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Road Reports Oct 5, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: It has been dry and warm the last few days, but local streets are still in good shape (not much traffic.) Dust abatement was applied on main street June 29th and has pretty much worn off. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open with delays for construction in two locations.
ITD Update Sept 12: “This week we start work to repave State Highway 55 between Round Valley Road and Clear Creek in Valley County.”
Update from ITD August 26, 2022: Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (Oct 5) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Old report Friday (Sep 23) road is good, watch for hunting traffic.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Old report Friday (Sep 23) road is not bad, getting rougher in places between Yellow Pine and the Eiguren Ranch.
Note: The county did not do dust abatement this season.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Oct 5) Mail truck driver says the road was graded last week and in good shape.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Quartz Creek Road:
Old report July 30: “Saturday I cleared Quartz Creek Road of trees. At the top (upper loop) I cleared the left fork but on the right fork there was a widowmaker tree that I left as I was working by myself and didn’t feel comfortable removing it without help.” – SA

Old Thunder Mountain Road: Open
Old report July 16: “Saturday the Yellow Pine Escapades rode to Meadow Creek Lookout without any issues. Had a great lunch, then half the group returned to Yellow Pine via the Old Thunder Mountain Road while the other half returned through Stibnite. A group of four motorcycles came through the Old Thunder Mountain Road. I’m assuming they cut the four or five recently cut trees we saw.” – SA

Lick Creek: Open
Old report Sept 19th: “Rough”
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open
Old report Tuesday (Sept 6): “The county did grade over Profile. It was much better than before. It looks like they graded from the mouth of Profile Creek over to Jacob’s Ladder Flat. The only section it appears they didn’t do was from the top down to the first Big Creek culvert. Of course some of the rougher spots are still there but overall a good improvement.” DV
Old report Wednesday (Aug 24): “Profile being worked today.”
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – watch for heavy equipment traffic.
Old report: road graded during the first 2 weeks of June. No current repot.
Starting in July cleanup work at Stibnite will “cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers.”
“There will still be a lot of traffic coming through for the next 1.5 years while the “Burnt Log Route” is being built, a lot of the equipment will have to come in on the burnt log route so until then JC and the current Stibnite route will be used.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open
No current report on conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Monumental Creek Trail Report:
Old report Sep 15: “Mon Tr also has 2 big trees lying in it & a spill in 1 rockslide w big rocks in Tr. But shale slide w gabion bastian clear.”
Old report July 23: Trail past Roosevelt Lake is disaster. Beaver swamp at Trap Cr on 1/4 mile of trail, hard scramble around. Treed in below awful. Slide is Bad.
Topo Map near Trap Creek (link):

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open
No report on current conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open
Old report Thursday (June 30) rough, not graded. (See Landmark to Stanley report.)
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Landmark to Stanley: Open
Old report from Valley County: “We have a crew working in the Deadwood/Bear Valley area blading. They should be done August 8th-9th.”
Old report Thursday (June 30) “Good with a few significant potholes to Bruce Meadows, then bad washboard to the highway.” – DP

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No report on current conditions, travel at your own risk.

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Oct 2, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 2, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Oct 4 – Village Council Team Meeting
Oct 6 – New Flags 1pm at the Kiosk
Oct 10 – Vaccinations at Community Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 6 – Fall Back (Time Change)
(details below)
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Local Events:

Oct 4th – Village Council Team Meeting

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

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

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

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm on October 12th by the Music Festival committee. If you are interested in being a working member of the festival planning committee for next year, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Deb Filler for additional info. Everyone is encouraged to attend and get involved, provide input.
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Oct 31st – Halloween

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

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

Fall Colors September 30, 2022

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courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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September Weather 2022

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

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

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

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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

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

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become a snack

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 20: Bins were about 85% full. Road to dump is good.

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

YPWUA Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

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

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

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

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 9-12-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

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

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

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

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

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
July 3, 2022 YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting (minutes to follow)
July 4, 2021 YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
July 5, 2020 YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Village Council Team Meeting Planned Oct 4th

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

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

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

Lynn Imel
VYPA-Secretary

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

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

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

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

Proposed Expenditures:

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

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

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

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

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

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

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

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 30, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 373 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 495,873.

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

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

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

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 29, 2022

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

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

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,180 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, the spokespeople said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

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

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is now scheduling and administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

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

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

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

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

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

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

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

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

Take-Home Tests

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

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

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

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

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

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Two people found shot and killed in Adams County

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, October 1st 2022

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

Authorities responded and found the two people dead.

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

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

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

KTVB Staff September 29, 2022

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

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

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Tips and Advice:

Energy-saving tips for the Fall from Idaho Power

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, September 28th 2022

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

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

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Fire Season:

Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
InciWeb Link:
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4 Corners Fire smoke slows L. Cascade algae

Future threat remains from runoff of burned areas

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 29, 2922

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

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

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Four Corners Fire [Final] Update September 26, 2022

Payette National Forest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunting Information – (link).
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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/30/2022
The fire has transitioned to a Type 4 local incident management organization.
Total Personnel 21
Size 2,157 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Tenmile Fire, September 29, 2022

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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/25/2022
Size 39 Acres
No area or trail closure is expected, but the fire is on the Ramey Ridge Trail 006 where it intersects with the Rock Rabbit Trail 008 which is a primary route into Chamberlain Basin. The Beaver Creek Trail 016 that had been closed for bridge replacement is now open and is another route that can be used to reach Chamberlain Basin.
InciWeb Link:
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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/29/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
No reported growth on fire; infrared mapping hasn’t occurred since September 8th.
Containment goals for portions of the fire located outside the Wilderness area have been achieved.
InciWeb Link:
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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/25/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/25/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/29/2022
Total Personnel 143
Size 37,836 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 64%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Ross Fork Fire mapped at 37,868 acres

September 28, 2022 Local News 8

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

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 2
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 1st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 414
Size 130,112 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, October 1

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

September 26, 2022 Local News 8

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

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

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

KTVB Staff September 30, 2022

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

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Salmon-Challis National Forest reports 3 new fires

September 27, 2022 Local News 8

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

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Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning ignited wildfires

September 30, 2022 Boise District Office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KTVB Staff September 30, 2022

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

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Public Lands:

The Payette Post – Forest Newsletter August/September 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Agencies work on guide to clearing before fires happen

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 29, 2022

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

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

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

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Illegal dumping near Mountain Home threatens public access to endowment land

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

Jude Binkley September 27, 2022 KTVB

“Pick up after yourself.”

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

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

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Mining News:

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

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

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

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

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

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Critter News:

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

Shirah Matsuzawa September 29, 2022 KTVB

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

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

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

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Idaho Fish and Game cautions hunters against Avian flu

September 29, 2022 Local News 8

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

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

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

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Fish and Game News:

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

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

Keep safe by keeping a clean camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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More F&G News Releases

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Seasonal Humor:

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Idaho History Oct 2, 2022

Cougar Dave Lewis

(Part 3)

Big Creek – Wilderness

CDphoto1Longtime Idaho hunter “Cougar” Dave Lewis poses with his prized team of hunting dogs. Photos courtesy Pat Cary Peek

CDphoto-headerTall tales?
Viola author sifts fact from legend in book about Idaho mountain man

By Laura Pierce – Daily News staff writer

When Idaho mountain man “Cougar Dave” died in 1936, he left a stack of legends nearly as tall as the mountain that state officials later named for him.

For Viola resident Pat Cary Peek, sifting through those stories became a quest that ultimately yielded a book.

But she cam across some major surprises in writing “Cougar Dave: Mountain Man of Idaho.”

“As I did the research, the only thing that held true was that he died,” Peek said of her research into the life of hunter/trapper Dave Lewis, who apparently had a yen for telling whoppers.

That included explaining to 1910 census workers that he’d been born in Arkansas, in the 1920 census revisiting that story to say Wales, and in 1930 opting instead for a birthplace in Illinois.

It was only after tracking down Lewis’ death certificate, which led her to the funeral home that sipped his remains to Oregon, that Peek ascertained her subject had been born just outside Yoncalla, Ore.

Peek, whose quest to learn the truth about Lewis led her to Oregon and central Idaho, and to scores of people who knew of the wily outdoorsman, isn’t completely sure why Lewis told the tales he did.

Bitterness over family relations back home and possibly a need to give his guiding business a more exotic bent might be culprits, she noted. But the most apparent reason Lewis told the stories he did – including several fictitious accounts of fighting in the Civil War – was that he simply could make people believe him.

“He just liked to tell stories and was very smart,” Peek said.

Lewis, who lived in the central Idaho wilderness on Big Creek, northeast of McCall, made believers out of a number of influential men during the ’20s and ’30s.

The charismatic guide/outfitter shared hunting camps with the likes of Idaho Gov. H.C. Baldridge, timber magnate Frederick Weyerhaeuser, Bunker Hill Mine manager Stanley Easton of Kellogg and a number of high-powered lawyers, doctors and magazine editors from across the country.

“Oh they loved him, all those doctors and lawyers and mucky-mucks,” Peek said. “David just charmed them. It was the persona he built.”

It was with Lewis that these men marveled at the wilderness surrounding them and discussed how they could preserve the beauty of the land for future generations.

Cougar Dave Lewis, then, for all his embellishments and revisionist history, had a hand in turning one of central Idaho’s most wild places into protected wilderness, outside the encroachment of industry and development, Peek said.

“Around David’s fire, talk of preserving the vast central Idaho region as a primitive area first took shape, and eventually the primitive area became what is now the 3,678-square mile Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest and most isolated wilderness in the lower 48,” Peek states in her book.

Peek first encountered stories of the enigmatic outdoorsman while living at the University of Idaho’s Taylor Ranch Field Station, which was at Lewis’ homestead site.

CDphoto2Lewis is shown in this undated photo at his cabin in the heart of central Idaho wilderness. Photo courtesy Pat Cary Peek

Peek spent the winter of 1992-93 at the ranch, in addition to other, shorter forays over the years. Her husband, Jim Peek, at the time a professor of wildlife biology at the UI, was doing research at the ranch and Pat regularly accompanied him.

Her reflections of that one winter season yielded an earlier book, “One Winter in the Wilderness,” which was selected as the Idaho Library Association’s Book of the Year for 1998.

At the ranch, where a segment of Lewis’ workshop still stood and where some of his tools still lay, Peek found herself captivated by the apparent romance of Lewis, after hearing tales of his Civil War service and apparent Welsh background.

“I was just really curious about him,” Peek said. “But the more I got into it, the more I realized nobody knew the truth about where he was born and raised.”

A self-avowed fan of research – “I just love digging around in libraries – to me that’s fun,” Peek said – it wasn’t long before she started finding material on Lewis. Much of it was write-ups in various outdoor publications from the ’20s and ’30s, when Lewis was actively guiding hunters in the rugged Idaho wilderness and getting a reputation as a real character.

But Peek found she hit pay dirt when she located Lewis’ death certificate and contacted the Boise-area funeral home listed on the document. Sure enough, the funeral home had records going back to 1936, which stated Lewis’ remains had been shipped back to Yoncalla, Ore., to a man Peek learned later was Lewis’ half-brother, Kit Letsom.

As a former longtime resident of the Eugene, Ore. area, Peek had no trouble heading back to where she still had family and tracking down some of Lewis’ relatives.

It was there that she got a hint why Lewis had been so closemouthed about his beginnings. One source of major friction, she said, involved Lewis handing over property to his stepfather.

“He was very angry,” Peek said of Lewis, who apparently left the state for good, shortly after agreeing to give 620 acres of farmland over to his stepfather, John Letsom.

Peek noted it’s not clear why Lewis gave the property to Letsom, but there seemed to be a lot of rancor attached to the transfer. She added that Letsom, in turn, left the property to his full-blooded son, Kit. And to the frustration of the rest of th Letsom clan, Kit later deeded it back to Lewis’ survivors – the children of Lewis’ sister.

“The Letsoms are still unhappy about it,” Peek said, of the reactions she got when she went to Oregon to interview Letsom family members.

In her research Peek also discovered that a number of Lewis legends were simply untrue. The fibs included his age (to which he added 10 years), his Civil War service and his place of burial (which is on the family homestead property in Yoncalla – not in Boise or Cascade, as some historical references have noted).

From the information she was able to gather, plus her firsthand experience of living in the wilderness Lewis called home, Peek crafted what she calls a story of “narrative nonfiction” about Lewis’ life.

Her book reads like a story, with characters Peek has researched speaking for themselves, and the hunting parties Lewis led unfolding in narrative fashion.

Peek, who self-published the book in 2004, said she’s been pleased with the response of readers.

“It’s sold over 800 – it’s doing quite well,” she said.

“Cougar Dave: Mountain Man of Idaho” is carried locally by BookPeople of Moscow, as well as by Hastings at the Palouse Mall in Moscow.

CDphoto3Pat Cary Peek is the author of “Cougar Dave” Mountain Man of Idaho.” (Geoff Crimmins / Daily News)

Editor’s note: Standing more than 9,000 feet, Lewis Peak is located in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

source: Moscow Pullman Daily News January 20, 2005
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Further Reading

“Cougar Dave, Mountain Man of Idaho” by Pat Cary Peek
Link to Book at Amazon
The state of Idaho named a mountain for him when he died in 1936. Cougar Dave Lewis, miner, guide and bounty hunter, was as wild and free as the mountain, as independent and solitary, as unfathomable and some would say as stubborn and immovable as the peak that bears his name. He lived alone in the center of what is now the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and played a part in establishing the original Idaho Primitive Area…

“One Winter in the Wilderness” by Pat Cary Peek
Link to Book at Amazon
Highlights the experiences of the Peeks and their daily life at the Taylor Ranch Field Station, and includes historical and fictionalized stories of an existence among Idaho’s wildlife.

Link to More Dave Lewis photos from the Idaho State Historical Society
Link to 1928 Photos Warm Lake to Yellow Pine to Big Creek to Cougar Dave Lewis Ranch. Harry Shellworth Album Idaho State Historical Society, photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.

Link to Cougar Dave Lewis Part 1
Link to Cougar Dave Lewis Part 2
Link to Taylor Ranch History
Link to Frank Church Wilderness
Link to Big Creek / Edwardsburg Index Page

Link to Deer Hunting
Link to Elk Hunting
Link to Idaho Hunting Stories
Link to A Hunt in the Rockies 1892
Link to The Carlin Party Tragedy
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Road Reports Oct 2, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Rain Thursday and early Friday was enough to settle the dust. Dust abatement was applied on main street June 29th and has worn off. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open with delays for construction in two locations.
ITD Update Sept 12: “This week we start work to repave State Highway 55 between Round Valley Road and Clear Creek in Valley County.”
Update from ITD August 26, 2022: Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (Sept 28) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Friday (Sep 23) road is good, watch for hunting traffic.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Friday (Sep 23) road is not bad, getting rougher in places between Yellow Pine and the Eiguren Ranch.
Note: The county did not do dust abatement this season.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Sept 28) Mail truck driver says the county is in the process of grading and the road is in good shape.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Quartz Creek Road:
Old report July 30: “Saturday I cleared Quartz Creek Road of trees. At the top (upper loop) I cleared the left fork but on the right fork there was a widowmaker tree that I left as I was working by myself and didn’t feel comfortable removing it without help.” – SA

Old Thunder Mountain Road: Open
Old report July 16: “Saturday the Yellow Pine Escapades rode to Meadow Creek Lookout without any issues. Had a great lunch, then half the group returned to Yellow Pine via the Old Thunder Mountain Road while the other half returned through Stibnite. A group of four motorcycles came through the Old Thunder Mountain Road. I’m assuming they cut the four or five recently cut trees we saw.” – SA

Lick Creek: Open
Report Sept 19th: “Rough”
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open
Old report Tuesday (Sept 6): “The county did grade over Profile. It was much better than before. It looks like they graded from the mouth of Profile Creek over to Jacob’s Ladder Flat. The only section it appears they didn’t do was from the top down to the first Big Creek culvert. Of course some of the rougher spots are still there but overall a good improvement.” DV
Old report Wednesday (Aug 24): “Profile being worked today.”
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – watch for heavy equipment traffic.
Old report: road graded during the first 2 weeks of June. No current repot.
Starting in July cleanup work at Stibnite will “cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers.”
“There will still be a lot of traffic coming through for the next 1.5 years while the “Burnt Log Route” is being built, a lot of the equipment will have to come in on the burnt log route so until then JC and the current Stibnite route will be used.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open
No current report on conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Monumental Creek Trail Report:
Report Sep 15: “Mon Tr also has 2 big trees lying in it & a spill in 1 rockslide w big rocks in Tr. But shale slide w gabion bastian clear.”
Old report July 23: Trail past Roosevelt Lake is disaster. Beaver swamp at Trap Cr on 1/4 mile of trail, hard scramble around. Treed in below awful. Slide is Bad.
Topo Map near Trap Creek (link):

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open
No report on current conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open
Old report Thursday (June 30) rough, not graded. (See Landmark to Stanley report.)
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Landmark to Stanley: Open
Old report from Valley County: “We have a crew working in the Deadwood/Bear Valley area blading. They should be done August 8th-9th.”
Old report Thursday (June 30) “Good with a few significant potholes to Bruce Meadows, then bad washboard to the highway.” – DP

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No report on current conditions, travel at your own risk.

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Weather Reports Sep 25-30, 2022

Sep 25 Weather:

At 930am it was 39 degrees and clear with Green AQ. At 1230pm it was clear and sunny. At 240pm it was 84 degrees, clear and slight breeze. At 715pm it was 69 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 26, 2022 at 09:30AM
Clear, Dew
Max temperature 86 degrees F
Min temperature 37 degrees F
At observation 38 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 26 Weather:

At 930am it was 38 degrees, clear sky and roofs wet with dew. At 1pm it was 77 degrees, clear sky, good air and light breeze. At 3pm it was 84 degrees, clear sky, strong sunshine and light breezes. At 720pm it was 66 degrees, clear sky and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 27, 2022 at 09:35AM
Mostly cloudy, light breeze
Max temperature 87 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 27 Weather:

At 935am it was 42 degrees, mostly cloudy (like bubble-wrap) ad light breeze. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy and light breeze. At 315pm it was 86 degrees, partly cloudy and light breeze. At 715pm it was 70 degrees, clear sky and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 28, 2022 at 09:30AM
Mostly clear, light breeze, light dew
Max temperature 89 degrees F
Min temperature 39 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 28 Weather:

At 930am it was 42 degrees, mostly clear (some thin haze,) light breeze and light dew. At 1230pm it was 79 degrees and partly clear/cloudy. At 315pm it was 83 degrees, mostly cloudy / partly clear and getting breezy. At 720pm it was 71 degrees, mostly clear and almost calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 29, 2022 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 87 degrees F
Min temperature 42 degrees F <– previous AM
At observation 58 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 29 Weather:

At 930am it was 58 degrees and mostly cloudy. Getting a bit gusty around 11am. At 1230pm it was 64 degrees, mostly cloudy and a little bit breezy. At 3pm it was 65 degrees, mostly cloudy and a little breezy. At 4pm overcast. Rain started 525pm and stopped around 630pm. At 725pm it was 46 degrees and mostly clear. Not raining at 11pm. Likely rained on and off between 230am and 630am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 30, 2022 at 09:30AM
Partly cloudy, light breeze
Max temperature 70 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.30 inch
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Sep 30 Weather:

At 930am it was 42 degrees, partly cloudy and light breeze. At 1145am it was mostly cloudy, VanMeter Hill socked in. At 1pm it was overcast. At 330pm it was 59 degrees, broken overcast and light breezes. At 6pm it looked mostly clear (partly cloudy.) At 720pm it was 52 degrees, partly cloudy and light cool breeze.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time October 01, 2022 at 10:00AM
Broken overcast, light breeze, good air
Max temperature 61 degrees F
Min temperature 32 degrees F
At observation 37 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Road Reports Sept 28, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: It has been dry so far this week and with increasing traffic local streets are getting dusty again. Dust abatement was applied on main street June 29th and is wearing thin. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open with delays for construction.
ITD Update Sept 12: “This week we start work to repave State Highway 55 between Round Valley Road and Clear Creek in Valley County.”
Update from ITD August 26, 2022: Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (Sept 28) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Friday (Sep 23) road is good, watch for hunting traffic.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Friday (Sep 23) road is not bad, getting rougher in places between Yellow Pine and the Eiguren Ranch.
Note: The county did not do dust abatement this season.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Sept 28) Mail truck driver says the county is in the process of grading and the road is in good shape.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Quartz Creek Road:
Old report July 30: “Saturday I cleared Quartz Creek Road of trees. At the top (upper loop) I cleared the left fork but on the right fork there was a widowmaker tree that I left as I was working by myself and didn’t feel comfortable removing it without help.” – SA

Old Thunder Mountain Road: Open
Old report July 16: “Saturday the Yellow Pine Escapades rode to Meadow Creek Lookout without any issues. Had a great lunch, then half the group returned to Yellow Pine via the Old Thunder Mountain Road while the other half returned through Stibnite. A group of four motorcycles came through the Old Thunder Mountain Road. I’m assuming they cut the four or five recently cut trees we saw.” – SA

Lick Creek: Open
Report Sept 19th: “Rough”
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open
Old report Tuesday (Sept 6): “The county did grade over Profile. It was much better than before. It looks like they graded from the mouth of Profile Creek over to Jacob’s Ladder Flat. The only section it appears they didn’t do was from the top down to the first Big Creek culvert. Of course some of the rougher spots are still there but overall a good improvement.” DV
Old report Wednesday (Aug 24): “Profile being worked today.”
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – watch for heavy equipment traffic.
Old report: road graded during the first 2 weeks of June. No current repot.
Starting in July cleanup work at Stibnite will “cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers.”
“There will still be a lot of traffic coming through for the next 1.5 years while the “Burnt Log Route” is being built, a lot of the equipment will have to come in on the burnt log route so until then JC and the current Stibnite route will be used.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open
No current report on conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Monumental Creek Trail Report:
Report Sep 15: “Mon Tr also has 2 big trees lying in it & a spill in 1 rockslide w big rocks in Tr. But shale slide w gabion bastian clear.”
Old report July 23: Trail past Roosevelt Lake is disaster. Beaver swamp at Trap Cr on 1/4 mile of trail, hard scramble around. Treed in below awful. Slide is Bad.
Topo Map near Trap Creek (link):

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open
No report on current conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open
Old report Thursday (June 30) rough, not graded. (See Landmark to Stanley report.)
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Landmark to Stanley: Open
Old report from Valley County: “We have a crew working in the Deadwood/Bear Valley area blading. They should be done August 8th-9th.”
Old report Thursday (June 30) “Good with a few significant potholes to Bruce Meadows, then bad washboard to the highway.” – DP

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No report on current conditions, travel at your own risk.

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Sep 25, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 25, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
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Local Events:

Oct 12 – Festival Committee

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

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

So, thanks to those that:

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

Sep 25th – YPFD Training

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

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

A report that the Idaho Power tree trimming crew were here on Monday, September 19th. Thanks for keeping our power reliable.
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Found Keys Profile Gap

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

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Dump News

A report of a mattress left on the burn pile. Please review the Transfer Station rules below.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

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

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become a snack

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 20: Bins were about 85% full. Road to dump is good.

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

YPWUA Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

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

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

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

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 9-12-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

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

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

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

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

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
July 3, 2022 YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting (minutes to follow)
July 4, 2021 YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
July 5, 2020YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Agenda for September 10th VYPA Meeting

Approval of July minutes (August meeting was cancelled)

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

VYPA Minutes Summary September 10, 2022

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

Treasurer’s report: All records kept by the previous Treasures have been put in “the cloud”, making them very difficult to access. The following is the only information given to The new Treasurer:
* General Fund $ 6,695.22
* Festival 10,012.47
* Cemetery 4,363.92
* Infrastructure 2,283.59
* Community Hall 810.07
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$24,165.27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Business:

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

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

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

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

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

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

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

Proposed Expenditures:

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

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid-19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

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

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

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

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

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

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

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Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
Website:
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Local Observations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 23, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 506 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 494,0593.

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

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

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

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 22, 2022

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

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

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,166 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, the spokespeople said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

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

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is now scheduling and administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

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

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

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

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

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

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

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

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

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

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

Take-Home Tests

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

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

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

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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CPR, First Aid to be taught Oct. 4-5 in Donnelly

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

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

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

Call 208-325-8619 to register.

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

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

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

September 22, 2022 Local News 8

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

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

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

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Fire Season:

September 24, 2022 Map

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The Payette National Forest Prepares for Fall Prescribed Burning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why put more smoke into the air?

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

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

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Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest Prescribed Burns Fall 2022

September 22, 2022

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

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

Phil Roth
208-271-2761

Laurel Ingram
208-634-0622

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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 9/24/2022
Size 13,729 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 96%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 24th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map IR September 23, 2022

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Four Corners Fire contained after 5 weeks

Efforts by firefighters saved hundreds of homes near Lake Cascade

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

This will be the last daily update for the Tenmile Fire from Great Basin Team 4.
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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 39 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 16, 2022

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, September 6, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Dismal Fire, September 14, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Patrol Point Fire, September 14, 2022

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

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Ross Fork Fire 45% contained

September 23, 2022 Local News 8

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

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

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

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 9/16

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

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Owl Fire 100% contained, Moose Fire 51% contained

September 21, 2022

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

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

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Firefighter dies battling the Moose Fire

September 24, 2022 Local News 8

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

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Mining News:

Feds give Perpetua $200K for antimony study

Pentagon wants to know more about Stibnite production

By Drew Dodson The Star-News September 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential for 35%

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Idaho City District Ranger selected

Josh Newman promoted from within the Boise National Forest

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

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

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

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

September 22, 2022 Local News 8

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

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

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

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Critter News:

Fish and Game reminds residents to protect garbage against bears

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Fish and Game seeks reports of sightings of moose, calves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 23rd 2022

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

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

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

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

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Fish and Game News:

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

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

Conservation officers and sportsmen are playing for the same team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Idaho History Sep 25, 2022

“Cougar” Dave Lewis

(Part 2)

Yellow Pine to Edwardsburg to Cougar Dave’s for a hunting trip in 1925

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Idaho Game Trails

by Claude P. Fordyce

An account of a big-game hunt by pack train into an almost inaccessible part of Idaho, where good game fields still offer that chance for hunting which you have looked for and seldom found.

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The privilege of a hunt in one of America’s last bits of almost virgin wilderness, plentiful with big game, was sufficient incentive for the writer to jump at the chance of accompanying Sam Cupp, guide, and his party into the region of Big Creek, tributary of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Central Idaho, last fall.

The Forest Service has a system of arriving at a pretty accurate estimate of the big game resources in America, and it was indeed surprising to learn that Idaho has hundreds of square miles of forests as primitive and unfrequented as it was centuries ago, where big and small game live unmolested in native haunts — one of the last of our heritages of wild life which has not been touched by the mania of destruction which characterizes modern America.

The cumulative summary of big game in Idaho’s national forests for 1923 gives these surprising figures: there are of deer, 45,021; elk, 5,213; moose, 579; mountain sheep, 1299, and mountain goats, 3,452 — this last the largest number of any state in the Union and surpassed only by Alaska. Idaho has more game and fish than any other state, more natural resources and more unexplored territory, and is one of the few states in the Union that is not hunted to death.

This bountiful supply of game resources is due first to the fact that so much of the state is still wild and inaccessible — much of’ its mountainous wilderness is not penetrated by trails; and second, and perhaps the main reason, is that this region has not had publicity. It is with extreme reluctance that I give even this account of the hunting possibilities of this paradise, for once its potential possibilities are known there are hundreds of nimrods who stand ready to go even to the far ends of our hemisphere if the game is really there. That means depletion in time.

OL-1photoCircle – One of the hunters and a goat.
Left – The writer with a black bear.
Bottom – A nice buck.

The northern and southern portions of the state of Idaho are totally dissimilar as far as climate and topography are concerned; the northern part called the “Panhandle” has the largest and heaviest stands of timber, many large lakes and much mining, while the southern and eastern portions, chiefly sage brush deserts, have been made to blossom as the rose and yield bountiful crops thru irrigation. Near the dividing line of these vastly different regions runs the Salmon River — a territory of great mountain ranges, fine trout and salmon haunted streams, wonderful forests, with a rough terrene [sic] offering but little grazing, therefore there are but few ranches and ideally suited to game production and general recreation.

Last year the Forest Service projected a trail far toward the David Lewis Ranch on Big Creek, 235 miles from Boise and in the very heart of the big game country. Harry C. Shellworth hunted there last year and his party brought out their full quota of big game. He saw in one band 32 mountain sheep (which are now fully protected), bears, deer and many mountain goats.

Our party consisted of Charles F. Speed, Dr. R. G. Davenport, Sam Cupp, guide, and the writer, who met in Boise where we got acquainted with 150 of Idaho’s sportsmen at the unique hunting camp banquet, which was one of the monthly dinners of the Boise Fish and Game League. This league is a model and their organization has been copied by other groups of similarly interested men in Idaho as well as other states. They not only stand for but ACT for conservation, their meetings foster good fellowship, and their most recent achievement was the establishment of the game refuge on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Our party left by auto for Yellowpine [sic], a distance of 150 miles, which is the real “jumping off place” for here we bid farewell to the automobile for a month and met our pack train and the rest of the personnel of our party — Floyd Morden, Harold Young and Cy Johnson. Yellowpine is a log cabin settlement at 4,700 feet altitude, in the bracing air of the lower mountains and surrounded by a yellow pine forest without a peer in America. It is destined to be a great summer resort and a number of Easterners have already built cabins.

After a hard day’s journey we appreciated the hospitality of the log hotel, and F. F. Foster won our hearts thru the medium of his famous raisin bread. We took stock of our provisions and laid in our last supply of candy and “ropinos” to smoke, at the commissary of A. G. Behne. Behne is a real pioneer of the old school — one of the type of men who have built the West — and this is the third community he has started in his life. Next by is the United Mercury Mines and many smaller holdings. While awaiting our outfit we observed the packing of 35 mules with dynamite destined for the Cinnabar Mines. In season Yellowpine is the rendezvous for deer hunters and they “get their stuff.”

Before us lay 85 miles of trail along Profile Creek and Big Creek to the Dave Lewis Ranch. The first day out our party naturally organized into an exact status — dudes and buckeroos. Sam Cupp, head guide, was our flapjack wrangler, and he was “there” and an expert horseman and packer, having taken second money on “Lightfoot” at the Pendleton roundup. Floyd Morden and Harold Young were fine young fellows and always ready to do their “stunt,” and past masters at the gentle art of “snaring” ponies. We were advised to take particular notice of Cy (37) Johnson. During the World War Cy and Cupp broke 30,000 horses in nine months for the French army. The “37” meant that he wouldn’t sit down to breakfast unless there was sitting before him a stack of 37 flapjacks “to start in on.” Perhaps this was one reason that our pack-train numbered some 35 horses. Of the hunters Doc Davenport of Colorado came with much experience, chiefly with deer in Texas in the days when it was wild and woolly, and his only pretext for being with us was his enthusiasm for bears. Speed of Evanston came all primed for the experience of his life, and he got it, along with some beautiful trophies of the hunt. The humble writer just came, saw and conquered; while he bravely assumed a certain dignity, he exactly qualified as the ace tenderfoot, and with 20 miles a day in the saddle after a year in an office chair he couldn’t keep his mind on his feet.

OL-2photo1Top – Lewis ranch cabins

OL-2photo2Center – Doc got his bears and hit the trail for home.

OL-2photo3Bottom – Our party divided into groups, each hunter with a guide and supplies and pack-horses for the ten-day bear and elk hunt.

One of the chief joys of any outdoor trip is the camaraderie among the fellows. The close association for a month under trying circumstances of hard work, extreme fatigue and occasional exasperating circumstances brings out whether a man’s a man or not.

Of neighboring camps there were few in this new country. At one night’s trail camp we sat around the friendship fire of Gill and he told us how to cook tough goat meat tender, and I pass it along to you: “You place the goat meat with several rocks in a big kettle and cover with water and cook it for all it is worth. When you can stick a fork in the rock, the meat is tender.”

Our introduction to Big Creek was at Edwardsburg, the site of the Forest Service headquarters — a log cabin and tent settlement of generous proportions. An immense log structure for headquarters was under Construction and near by lay the bodies of two bears which had just which had just been brought in. Doc Davenport went wild at the sight of them. In the corral was a string of fine pack mules and in the commissary were panniers of supplies ready for any emergency fire call from any point in the great forest acreage faithfully and continually under observation from the summer fire lookouts. The Forest Service personnel are big men. Some day the reading public will come to know them, as their exploits are just as worthy as the much-vaunted Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Their calling is as picturesque; they are intrepid as any group of men on earth, and seem imbued with the strength of the great pines which are their wards. It is indeed a privilege to know a man like J. P. Rutledge, the assistant supervisor of the Idaho forest, whose fine spirit exemplifies Uncle Sam’s best policies in administering the outdoor heritages of the people.

Edwardsburg was named after W. A. Edwards, whose ranch adjoins the forest headquarters, an accredited eastern lawyer who came west for his health and settled here to develop his ranch and to mine. With vision into the future when a town will be here, he is the type of the empire builders. Near his hospitable cabin home he has caught 25-pound salmon which had come 700 miles up from the mouth of the Columbia to spawn.

A pack-horse trip down Big Creek is one of the most inspiring journeys in America — sheer walled polychrome canyons, the beauty of trout-haunted roaring streams, camps in clearings amidst great trees, and trails thru endless aisles of the silent forest. In the entire 85 miles from Yellowpine to the Dave Lewis ranch there are but four or five ranches, as the grazing value of the land is low and widely distributed. When winter comes these people are snowed in from October to June and must pack in supplies for that time and visit their neighbors miles away on snowshoes or skis. What a boon the radio must be to shut-ins like these!

OL-3photo1Top – On the trail

OL-3photo2Center – “Cougar” Dave Lewis, who has killed more than 1,000 mountain lions and whose ranch was the headquarters of the hunting party.

OL-3photo3Bottom – The gang.

On the third day we came to Dave Lewis’s ranch — a small clearing with three cabins and the largest one of four rooms allotted to our party. Uncle Dave is famous in these parts, a professional cougar hunter who has hunted these predatory animals for fifty years, first off the stock ranges, then out where the great deer herds are wintering, and he has killed more than 1,000 mountain lions — 500 in Idaho and the rest in California and Oregon. Dave is one of the few men who voted for Abe Lincoln. You conclude that he is old, but he could out walk any of us. Such is the efficacy of the simple outdoor life. He has always lived in the wilderness just ahead of the march of civilization. After the Civil War he came West during the days of the survey of the Union Pacific and as a young man knew General Dodge, Joe Meek, Ezra Meeker, Jim Bridger and others of our famous old scouts. He saw the West when it was black with buffalo, and men of his type as well as the big game of America are making now their last stand.

Lewis is a dead shot. The sheriff at Cascade relates how many forehead shots are in the cougar pelts brought in by Lewis for the $50 bounty. One of Dave’s records is 13 cougars out of 14 shots. He is absolutely unafraid — fear never enters his mind. He said that he learned deliberation in shooting in the old muzzle-loading days when every shot had to count. He waits until within a few feet of his quarry and then drops his animal. He uses a .44-caliber model ’92 Winchester, and for cougars his favorite is a .32-20 carbine with open sights. His winter cougar hunts usually last three days each, and he carries a minimum of equipment and sleeps under the lee of a big tree with a big reflecting fire in front.

The very happy news he gave us was that during the summer his dogs treed 20 hears in the valley near his cabin, but he shot none of them. He saw 420 deer in one gulch within 3 miles of his ranch. The season before, Shellworth’s party got its full quota of goats on the ridges back of the ranch and saw one band of 32 mountain sheep up there.

Laying east of Dave’s cabins, 6 miles, is the union of Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the trail was a particularly difficult one. To the north across Big Creek, which is here a swiftly-flowing, broad stream of 50 feet, loom great stretches of brown grass-covered hills backed by the density of pines, and far back beyond lie the Black Buttes, where we were to go on a bear hunt. Twenty miles north of the ranch are the Cottonwood Buttes, northeast of Chamberlain Basin, where elk were plentiful. The few lazy days in camp gave us opportunity to peer north over the broad reaches of the brown hills to feast our eyes on browsing deer which seemed.to know that the season was closed, because when the season did open they were wary and cautious and had to be really hunted.

Short sorties from the headquarters cabins daily up Rush Creek showed occasional signs of big game, but the deer and bears had left the valley after the berry season and had gone higher up where the bears could get the pine nuts, and the deer for sanctuary until the first snows should drive them down again to the valleys for a time. As the snow disappeared they would return to the heights and sporadically return until the winter snow came for good, and the valley floor would then be the home of hundreds and the easy prey of the predatory cougar — the wilderness Fight for the survival of the fittest.

The goats remained high up in the crags and pinnacles. The first few days were occupied in reconnaissance trips verifying the locations that bears and deer were “using.” Daily our larder was replenished with fish from Big Creek; never a time did the disciples of Izaak Walton whip the clear, cold waters without landing, with the lure of spinners and bacon strips, a full quota of Dolly Varden and cut-throat trout — the stream seemed a veritable fisherman’s paradise.

Came the time for organized hunts. Packs made up with tents, bedding, mess kits and food supplies for ten days. With complete equipment and our saddle and pack horses we headed one day up Big Creek 6 Miles, fording the stream several times past sheer walls, to Conyer’s Ranch, where my out-fit camped for the night. Speed and Cy Johnson headed on for Cave Creek and Crooked Meadows for elk — if unsuccessful they were to go over to Mosquito and Moose Meadows. Davenport, Cupp, Uncle Dave, Hap Young and I blazed our trail next day to the top of Black Buttes, where we established camp. Each day we hunted afoot over heavily timbered and rocky buttes and saw plenty of bear sign.

One day Cupp and I kept to the top-most ridges while Dave and Doc went down the west slope toward the breaks. Suddenly we heard an outlandish yelping of the dogs and then a shot. Cupp and I literally “fell” down the mountain side and came to the scene of conflict — Doc had shot his first bear. That night it snowed and when we got out of our tents in the morning we shoveled away 2 feet of flakes. We rearranged our kitchen leanto tent and built a big reflecting fire in front and did our cooking and eating there (we don’t “dine” in the wilderness, we stow it away in amounts). This blizzard weather was a trying test for Cupp’s novel sleeping bag arrangement. In spite of the common belief that the air mattress is cold to sleep on our new arrangement proved that it could be used in the coldest weather. There is no question that it is the ultimate in sleeping comfort. Atop the air bag were spread inch-thick pads of wool as it came from the shearer and then cleaned, and above this was placed the regular sleeping bag — double Kenwood wool warmth bags encased in a light canvas shell. I used Fialas no-hide-fur bag in a comfort sleeping pocket. We slept perfectly comfortable every night and feel we have established the utility of the air mattress in cold weather by the use of an adequate insulating pad above it.

On another day we all kept to the top ridges as we supposed the likely places for bear to be the talus slopes below which after the snow Bruin would be hunting for a winter den. After a particularly arduous jaunt we sat down to rest when Doc suddenly sighted, on a small clearing between the trees on the valley floor 200 yards below, a sure enough grizzly. Now a grizzly bear trophy was Doc’s cherished ambition — he talked it, he dreamed it — it would be the fulfillment of his most cherished ambition. It was enough to excite anyone and Doc was excited. He blazed away, and altho in calmer moments he proved his worth as a sure shot here he emptied his gun and missed every shot down hill and at the rapidly moving target. I lost my head, for this was Doc’s bear, but I added a fusillade from the powerful .30-’06 -Winchester, which J. A. McGuire has used so successfully in Alaska and elsewhere, but missed. In a short space of time Dave had difficultly in holding the younger dogs of the pack, but the leader, the Norwegian huskie, stood on a jutting rock poised as a statue and with every fiber of his being aquiver. He would not “break” — he was the perfect hunter — until Dave gave command, and then the whole pack leaped down the rough mountain side with marvelous speed and was gone. Only a few minutes elapsed before we could no longer hear the yelping — they were on a hot trail. We descended to the valley and tried to pick up the trail; found one dog, Cub, who was bewildered. We concluded that a black bear would be treed, but this was certainly a grizzly, and no telling how many miles away he was by now, so we returned laboriously to camp.

Next day one dog returned and the day after two more dogs came, one with his snout filled with porcupine quills. Dave said this was the dog’s third experience — they don’t seem to know that they can’t beat the “buzz-saw” game. The fifth dog did not return to our camp, and when we got back to the ranch a week later Floyd told us that the dog got to the ranch five days after our hitting the grizzly trail. If dogs could talk —

OL-4photo1Monarch of the wilds. (Photo by Dr. A. E. Weaver.)

Now our party broke up, Doc and Dave returning to hunt south of the ranch, from which place they planned to hunt bears. Hap Young went after two lost horses, and Cupp and I, with a string of pack horses and full equipment, went north along a good Forest Service trail to Disappointment Creek and Cottonwood Meadows for elk. There we hunted in the densest lodge-pole thickets I ever saw, and the wonder of it is that elk can wedge their antlers thru the trees and travel as fast as they do. We came to the camp of a party from Nampa and at another camp met our fellow hunters, Cy Johnson and Speed, who had their elk; then joining forces, we all returned on a two-day trip back to the Lewis ranch. We saw a number of elk and many deer and some bear sign.

Shortly after our arrival at Lewis’s Doc, Dave and Hap came in from a successful bear hunt and Doc announced that he had come for bear and had secured his trophies and was ready to go out so next day he, Cupp and Young took the trail for home.

The Mormon Mountains south of the Lewis Ranch are the rendezvous of many mountain sheep and goats. Lewis estimated that there were 500 sheep here in 1906, but they are not so plentiful now because of their destruction from scab disease probably contracted from domestic sheep. He has seen many dead with a mass of scab on their bodies. One mountain sheep has become a pet of old Dave’s and has been within 30 feet of him several times in three years before he was killed by a poacher.

Our quest for goats was the most interesting feature of our trip, and as hunting goes, the easiest we had, for on the very day that each went for his trophy that day he got it. Dave’s definite knowledge of the country, of course, saved us time. Riding saddle back up the canyon south of the ranch to the top of the ridge we left our horses to be returned to camp by one of the packers and we crossed the ridge afoot and trailed down the adjoining valley to Rush Creek then to Big Creek and home.

Coming to a jutting promontory high up in the pinnacles and crags, we peered across a small canyon and on a brown ledge 200 yards away we saw the beautiful white of a mountain goat slowly moving; as Speed was the first to sight it it was his goat according to our accepted rule in hunting. One shot mortally wounded the animal and by the time we reached it it was dead. Traveling down this canyon was the roughest walking I ever experienced, and but one example of the many days of similar travel. There was no trail, of course, and we laboriously fought our way over the rough, rocky terrene, over and thru down timber, down steep slopes and thru a maze of the underbrush of briars, where only a few feet progress was possible before a stop had to be made to recover vitality. We had to literally drag ourselves into camp and so fatigued that every step seemed the last one possible, but after a wonderful feed prepared by Floyd and Cy our spirits were soon revivified — a few yarns by the fireside with sleeping dogs on the floor, then the welcome wool, a seeming few minutes of the densest slumber, then the morning call of the cook to “come and get ‘er,” and we were again fresh and ready for another day in the wilderness.

Time approached for homeward plans preceded by the days set apart for the open deer season — two trips on the ridges west of the ranch and our quota filled — chosen from among dozens of possibilities. Then the trail to the “outside” and back to city life— indeed a far cry from those idyllic days in America’s last frontier — days of opportunity which come to few men and, as time flies, opportunities which will soon be no more for this treasureland of big game will go like the rest of America’s outdoor heritages.

As I write comes from Shellworth a copy of the bill sponsored by the friends of conservation and passed by the legislature of the state of Idaho creating the Middle Fork Salmon River Game Preserve, whose west boundary comes just east of the Dave Lewis ranch. This does not cover the region of our hunt. The Middle Fork Game Refuge will likely in time become a national game preserve and it ought to — else we are dealing unfair toward posterity. The people of Idaho are nobly conserving their big game resources — and before it is too late.

Outdoor Life June 1925
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Courtesy Sandy McRae: “I found the Outdoor Magazine in the William Edwards old Big Creek house in the 1950s.”

Link to Outdoor Life June 1925.pdf
Link to Outdoor Life 1925-06: Vol 55 Iss 6
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Further Reading

Link to More Dave Lewis photos from the Idaho State Historical Society

“Cougar Dave, Mountain Man of Idaho” by Pat Cary Peek
Link to Book at Amazon
The state of Idaho named a mountain for him when he died in 1936. Cougar Dave Lewis, miner, guide and bounty hunter, was as wild and free as the mountain, as independent and solitary, as unfathomable and some would say as stubborn and immovable as the peak that bears his name. He lived alone in the center of what is now the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and played a part in establishing the original Idaho Primitive Area…

Link to 1928 Photos Warm Lake to Yellow Pine to Big Creek to Cougar Dave Lewis Ranch. Harry Shellworth Album Idaho State Historical Society, photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr.

Link to Cougar Dave Lewis Part 1
Link to Cougar Dave Lewis Part 2
Link to Cougar Dave Lewis Part 3
Link to Taylor Ranch History
Link to Frank Church Wilderness
Link to Big Creek / Edwardsburg Index Page

Link to Deer Hunting
Link to Elk Hunting
Link to Idaho Hunting Stories
Link to A Hunt in the Rockies 1892
Link to The Carlin Party Tragedy
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Page updated October 2, 2022

Road Reports Sept 25, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: It has been dry the last couple of days and with increasing traffic local streets are getting dusty again. Dust abatement was applied on main street June 29th and is wearing thin. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open with delays for construction.
ITD Update Sept 12: “This week we start work to repave State Highway 55 between Round Valley Road and Clear Creek in Valley County.”
Update from ITD August 26, 2022: Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (Sept 21) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Friday (Sep 23) road is good, watch for hunting traffic.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Friday (Sep 23) road is not bad, getting rougher in places between Yellow Pine and the Eiguren Ranch.
Note: The county did not do dust abatement this season.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Last graded August 17th by the county.
Report Wednesday (Sept 21) Mail truck driver says the road is getting rougher.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Quartz Creek Road:
Old report July 30: “Saturday I cleared Quartz Creek Road of trees. At the top (upper loop) I cleared the left fork but on the right fork there was a widowmaker tree that I left as I was working by myself and didn’t feel comfortable removing it without help.” – SA

Old Thunder Mountain Road: Open
Old report July 16: “Saturday the Yellow Pine Escapades rode to Meadow Creek Lookout without any issues. Had a great lunch, then half the group returned to Yellow Pine via the Old Thunder Mountain Road while the other half returned through Stibnite. A group of four motorcycles came through the Old Thunder Mountain Road. I’m assuming they cut the four or five recently cut trees we saw.” – SA

Lick Creek: Open
Report Sept 19th: “Rough”
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open
Old report Tuesday (Sept 6): “The county did grade over Profile. It was much better than before. It looks like they graded from the mouth of Profile Creek over to Jacob’s Ladder Flat. The only section it appears they didn’t do was from the top down to the first Big Creek culvert. Of course some of the rougher spots are still there but overall a good improvement.” DV
Old report Wednesday (Aug 24): “Profile being worked today.”
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – watch for heavy equipment traffic.
Old report: road graded during the first 2 weeks of June. No current repot.
Starting in July cleanup work at Stibnite will “cause some delay in travel through the area, it won’t be closed but there will be flaggers.”
“There will still be a lot of traffic coming through for the next 1.5 years while the “Burnt Log Route” is being built, a lot of the equipment will have to come in on the burnt log route so until then JC and the current Stibnite route will be used.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open
No current report on conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Monumental Creek Trail Report:
Report Sep 15: “Mon Tr also has 2 big trees lying in it & a spill in 1 rockslide w big rocks in Tr. But shale slide w gabion bastian clear.”
Old report July 23: Trail past Roosevelt Lake is disaster. Beaver swamp at Trap Cr on 1/4 mile of trail, hard scramble around. Treed in below awful. Slide is Bad.
Topo Map near Trap Creek (link):

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Open
No report on current conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open
Old report Thursday (June 30) rough, not graded. (See Landmark to Stanley report.)
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Landmark to Stanley: Open
Old report from Valley County: “We have a crew working in the Deadwood/Bear Valley area blading. They should be done August 8th-9th.”
Old report Thursday (June 30) “Good with a few significant potholes to Bruce Meadows, then bad washboard to the highway.” – DP

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No report on current conditions, travel at your own risk.

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
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Weather Reports Sept 18-24, 2022

Sep 18 Weather:

At 930am it was 44 degrees and thinning overcast. At 1230pm mostly cloudy and light haze of smoke. A little after 2pm thunder and dark overcast. More thunder and starting to rain at 238pm. At 245pm it was 62 degrees, dark overcast, sprinkles alternating with showers and occasional thunder. Not raining at 330pm. Short shower 340pm w/thunder. Thinning clouds 4pm. Distant thunder 5pm and dark clouds. Shower started at 630pm, patches of blue sky but dark clouds to the north east. At 730pm it was 55 degrees and partly cloudy to mostly clear and breezy. At 830pm short rain moderate shower.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 19, 2022 at 09:30AM
Clear, light breeze, good air
Max temperature 69 degrees F
Min temperature 36 degrees F
At observation 41 degrees F
Precipitation 0.10 inch
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Sep 19 Weather:

At 930am it was 41 degrees, clear sky, light breeze and good air quality. A few clouds building up by 1230pm, light breeze and good air. At 3pm it was 72 degrees, partly clear, ligth breeze and good air. At 730pm it was 65 degrees, mostly cloudy and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 20, 2022 at 09:30AM
Partly cloudy, dew, Yellow AQ
Max temperature 78 degrees F
Min temperature 36 degrees F
At observation 42 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 20 Weather:

At 930am it was 42 degrees, partly cloudy, heavy dew, haze of smoke – Yellow AQ. At 1230pm it was 70 degrees, no clouds above haze of smoke. At 3pm it was 82 degrees, clear sky above haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and light breezes. At 545pm it was 79 degrees, better air quality and partly cloudy. At 730pm it was 63 degrees, mostly clear and slight breeze, good air quality.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 21, 2022 at 09:30AM
Clear, dew, lt breeze, lt haze of smoke – Yellow AQ
Max temperature 84 degrees F
Min temperature 38 degrees F
At observation 43 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 21 Weather:

At 930am it was 43 degrees, clear above light haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) heavy dew and light breeze. At 1230pm it was 74 degrees and clouds building up to the south. At 150pm it was 74 degrees and mostly cloudy (dark bottoms.) At 320pm it was 71 degrees, dark overcast, a little breezy and thunder getting closer. Light sprinkles of rain started at 348pm. Gusty breezes and increased rainfall at 415pm. Likely didn’t last long, not raining at 550pm. At 745pm it was 53 degrees, mostly cloudy (dark, nearly overcast) and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 22, 2022 at 09:30AM
Overcast, breezy, starting to sprinkle
Max temperature 80 degrees F
Min temperature 43 degrees F
At observation 52 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
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Sep 22 Weather:

At 930am it was 52 degrees, overcast, breezy and starting to sprinkle. Not raining at 1020am. By 1pm the temperature had dropped to 50 degrees, dark overcast and almost calm. At 350pm it was 52 degrees, dark overcast and slight breeze. At 740pm it was 49 degrees, dark overcast (no rain) and slight breeze. At 2am it looked clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 23, 2022 at 09:30AM
Clear, frost, Yellow AQ
Max temperature 52 degrees F
Min temperature 32 degrees F
At observation 36 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
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Sep 23 Weather:

At 930am it was 36 degrees, clear sky, frost melting and steaming, light smoke – Yellow AQ. At 1230pm it was 64 degrees, clear sky, light haze of smoke and light breeze. At 3pm it was 71 degrees, clear sky, light breeze and slight haze of smoke to the south – very blue sky to the north. At 715pm it was 59 degrees, clear sky and increasing haze of smoke.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 24, 2022 at 09:30AM
Clear, light breeze, frosted
Max temperature 73 degrees F
Min temperature 32 degrees F
At observation 37 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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Sep 24 Weather:

At 930am it was 37 degrees, clear sky, light breeze and light frost melting. At 1230pm it was clear and sunny. At 3pm it was 77 degrees, clear sky and slight breeze. At 715pm it was 64 degrees, clear and calm.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time September 25, 2022 at 09:30AM
Clear, Green AQ
Max temperature 80 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 39 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
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