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Nov 28, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 28, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

Community Calendar:

April 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
May 15 – Nov 30 – Firewood Season
Oct 27 – Transfer Station on Winter Schedule
Nov 1 – Winter Mail Delivery Starts
Dec 3 – 10am-2pm Craft-n-Learn Community Hall
Dec 7 – McIntosh’s Xmas Party
Deb 17 – 10am-2pm Craft-n-Learn Community Hall
(details below)
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Local Events:

McIntosh’s Xmas Party December 7th

Bill and Loraine will have their annual gathering from 5pm to 7pm. Ham will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
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Craft-n-Learn Dec 3 and 17

From 10am to 2pm we will be opening up the Yellow Pine Community Hall to all interested folks! Bring your favorite crafts and coffee mug and join us for Craft-n-Learn.
You are welcome to bring snacks, your favorite drink mug, and a craft to work on.
Even if you don’t know any craft, come on out and enjoy learning one, or learning a new one.
ALL are welcome! Kat A.
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Village News:

Thanksgiving Potluck Nov 25

On Thursday 25 people sat down to a Thanksgiving feast in the Community Hall.

20211125Thanksgiving1-aphoto courtesy DF
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Christmas in Yellow Pine

Yellow Pine Santa’s elves! Time to think about Christmas bags!

– Nik
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Notice – 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

Hwy 55 closed until at least Dec 5th

photo courtesy Cougar Mountain Lodge (Smiths Ferry)

Link: to current road reports.

Profile Gap, Lick Creek, Elk Summit, Thunder Mountain and Deadwood roads may have snow. These roads have not been bladed and are rough. Travel at your own risk.
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Critters

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat has been hanging around the upper part of the village recently. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

Be Bear Aware

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

Bats

While bats are an important part of our ecosystem and most do not carry rabies, CDH offers the following tips to protect yourself and pets:
* Never touch a bat with your bare hands.
* If you have had an encounter with a bat, seek medical attention.
* If you come in contact with a bat, save the bat in a container without touching it and contact your health department to arrange testing for rabies. Whenever possible, the bat should be tested to rule out an exposure to rabies. During regular business hours in Ada, Boise and Elmore Counties, call 208-327-7499 and in Valley County, call 208-634-7194. After business hours in all counties, call 1-800-632-8000.
* Always vaccinate your pets for rabies, including horses. Pets may encounter bats outdoors or in the home.
* Bat-proof your home or cabin by plugging all holes in the siding and maintaining tight-fitting screens on windows. Bats can enter through holes the size of a quarter.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started November 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.

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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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Dump emptied Wednesday, Nov 17th.

Dump update October 27th: It was [last] emptied today and we are now in winter mode. When it gets fairly full we will call to have it dumped. Contact Cecil.

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

Dump Tips

Do you know where your trash goes after it leaves Yellow Pine?

90 tons per week of Valley Co.’s solid waste comes to the Adams Co. landfill. (Valley Co. has a contract with Adams Co.) When Valley Co.’s weekly trash exceeds 90 tons, the rest is then taken to Payette. The more garbage, the more cost in transferring it further away.

Tips to reduce trash:

1. When purchasing groceries refuse plastic bags as they reek havoc at the Adams Co.’s landfill, causing problems with equipment.

2. Garbage: recyclables, compost, trash

If each household would have containers for these three categories this is the place to start.

– B. Dixon
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Local Groups

YPWUA News:

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

Oct 11, 2021 Water Update

Warren Drake has been in this week and shut down the summer tank, took samples, and spent time on the winter drip points. He built a small, insulated box from pressure treated wood, around each [trickle] point that will allow better winter access, make it so [he] can use each point for sampling, and also ensure that things don’t freeze.

DRINKING WATER WARNING October 11, 2021
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 180 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: 10-11-21.

YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 at the Community Hall at 10am. Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting held July 5, 2020 at the Community Hall 2pm. link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Dawn Brown
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
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VYPA News:

Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link: (see document at link for attachments)
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.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Hailey Harris, Secretary
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

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

If you have an emergency, please call 911.

To Yellow Pine Residents and Visitors,

November 28, 2021

Should you need to reach the Fire Chief please call my cell 208 738-7986 or the Tavern 208 633-2233 or 911.

If I am out of town, please notify any of those folks who have attended one of our Winter Structure Fire Response Plan Training Sessions held Oct. 17 and Oct 31. Specifically Mike or Cindy Fortin 208 633-2371, Josh Jones 208 633-3300 or Clint Limbaugh 208 685-9589. They will give the appropriate response in my absence.

For liability reasons, specifically if a non-registered and trained volunteer gets injured or causes an injury, or damages any equipment, our insurance will be null and void and the individual will be held personally and financially responsible. So anyone who is not a registered volunteer, and has not attended our training session must not use the Fire Department equipment. You will be trespassing if you do. Cascade Fire Department is also qualified and authorized to use the equipment. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and you have a valid drivers license you may fill out an application for the “Yellow Pine Fire District Volunteer Firefighter“ located at the Tavern or the Store and see if Mike or Cindy or Josh or Clint could familiarize you to the current location and use of the Fire Department Equipment. Thanks for your understanding.

Your Fire Chief,
Lorinne N. Munn

Hopeless Point After Action Report

Date 11/08/21 Version 1.0 YPFPD Distribution

This After-Action Report (AAR) was created by interviewing volunteers and professional LEO’s that were on site, to capture their experiences and observations. I did not interview Tim Rogers, Ron Basabe, Josh Jones and Hailey Harris as this had already been done by Deb Filler. The people I interviewed for this AAR include the following:

Marshall Haynes, IDFG LEO
Dean Hickman, USFS LEO
Willie Sullivan, YPFPD Responder
Merrill Saleen, YPFPD Deputy Fire Chief
Nikki Saleen, Logistics Expert
Jeff Forster, Rescue Response Expert
Cindy Fortin, Experienced Fire and Rescue Background

Their input has been captured and integrated with Deb Filler’s report to recreate the approximate timeline and the actions that took place during the rescue response.

Phil Jensen
District 2 Fire Commissioner
Yellow Pine Fire Protection District
Link: to full report “Hopeless Point Consolidated AAR Draft.docx”

Chimney cleaning brushes are available to borrow from the YPFD.

Sept 11, 2021 YPFD Budget meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss upcoming election (no minutes yet.)
July 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
June 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:

Sept 30, 2020 YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

Also 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: Lorinne Munn
Deputy Fire Chief: Merrill Saleen
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Phil Jensen – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Nikki Saleen
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325
Closed
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233
Winter Hours at the Tavern
Open Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat: 9am-2pm 4pm-8pm
Open Sunday 9am-2pm
Closed Tues & Thurs
Call the Tavern 208 633-2233 or Cell 208 739-7086 for other arrangements
Full Breakfast Menu. Burgers, Pizza, Fajitas, Beer Wine and Pop
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Closed for the winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300
Store hours: 10am to 5pm, Monday – Sunday. Gas and Diesel now available. The Liquor Store is now reinstated. Now Selling Black Rifle Coffee.
The store is stocked with basic convenience store items such as food, fuel, liquor, beer, wine, tobacco, ice, non alcoholic beverages, snacks, ice cream. New Yellow Pine branded shirts, hats and koozies have arrived. We are going through the process of installing a propane dispenser and bottle exchange service.
For any particular store item requests, please call 208-633-3300 or Email
For room reservations, please call 208-633-3300 or Email for reservations
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Our Elk & Deer hunts are booked for our 2021 season, we do have a couple openings for our 2022 Elk & Deer hunts. We Also have a couple openings for Mountain Lion hunts December 2021 through February 2022 and Spring Bear hunts May of 2022. Please see our Website site for further details.
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 452-4361
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

The Star-News

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

Garden Mountain Contractors
We would like to extend our services into the Yellow Pine area if there may be a need. We dig a lot of dirt! If you need this give us a shout on our FB page below. – Larry Williamson Garden Valley, Idaho FB Page:
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Local Observations:

Monday (Nov 22) overnight low of 18 degrees. This morning almost clear, cold and frosty. Jays and pine squirrel visiting. Mostly clear at lunch time and warming up. Warm, mostly clear and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 51 degrees. Rosy glow to the west at dusk, mostly clear and calm. Looked mostly clear before midnight.

Tuesday (Nov 23) 24 hour low of 18 degrees from Monday morning. This morning big fat flakes of snow falling and low foggy overcast. Pine squirrel, downy woodpecker and a goldfinch in winter plumage visiting. Rain/snow mix after lunch time for a short while, then back to snow. Low foggy overcast (socked in) mid-afternoon and light snow falling (3/8″ so far) and high of 33 degrees. Still snowing at dusk. Not snowing before midnight. Broken clouds after midnight.

Wednesday (Nov 24) overnight low of 17 degrees, yesterday’s snow total 1.5″ (SWE=0.09″). This morning mostly clear sky. Pine squirrel and jays visiting. Mail truck was a little late (came in via South Fork.) Mostly clear and above freezing after lunch time. Mostly clear sky (some haze and a few clouds) mid-afternoon with a chilly breeze and temperature dropping quickly, high of 39 degrees. Likely mostly clear just before full dark. Looked clear before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 25) overnight low of 13 degrees. This morning partly hazy sky, snow depth ranges from 0″ to 1.5″. Heard a flicker calling, pine squirrel and jays visiting. Mostly cloudy by lunch time. Overcast and above freezing mid-afternoon, high of 43 degrees. Looked mostly clear before dusk, cold breeze and just above freezing.

Friday (Nov 26) 24 hour low of 19 degrees from Thursday morning. This morning above freezing and overcast. Pine squirrel yelling from the trees, jays visiting. Light snow fell around 11am for a short time, no accumulation. Gray overcast and light chilly breeze mid-afternoon, high of 39 degrees. Looked mostly clear at dusk, still above freezing. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 27) overnight low of 27 degrees. This morning above freezing, overcast and patches of old snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, a hairy and a downy woodpecker and jays visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Broken overcast mid-afternoon and snow melting, high of 44 degrees. Cloudy and not too cold yet by dusk. Looked cloudy and still above freezing before midnight. Rain during the night.

Sunday (Nov 28) 24 hour low of 33 degrees. Trace of rain in the gauge. This morning mostly cloudy. Pine squirrel chasing a hairy woodpecker, jays and a downy woodpecker visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Warm with chilly breezes and broken overcast mid-afternoon, high of 54 degrees. Mostly cloudy at dusk (lots of pink), and light breeze.
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Idaho News:

ID55 slide was in finished section

Highway at Smith Ferry closed at least through Monday

By Max Silverson The Star-News November 24, 2021

The rockslide that closed Idaho 55 at Smith Ferry was on a section of a construction project that had been finished, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

The highway at the slide will remain closed at least through Monday at the project, which is straightening curves on a section of Idaho 55 north of Smith Ferry.

On Sunday, crews began work to remove boulders and mud from the hillside and build a temporary rock wall about 20 feet tall and 500 feet long, Idaho Transportation Department Chief Communication Officer Vince Trimboli said.

“Once the wall is built to reinforce the slope, a temporary road will be constructed around the slide to safely allow traffic,” Trimboli said.

The goal is to clear the road as soon as possible while ensuring the safety of construction workers and the public, he said.

A scheduled closure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. last Thursday was in effect when the slide came down, Trimboli said.

Crews were not working in the area when the slide occurred and no one was injured, he said.

The slide was about 250 feet long and extended about 200 feet up the slope from the road and was estimated to be contain between 30,000 and 50,000 cubic yards of rock and dirt, Trimboli said.

No trigger for the rockslide had been identified as of this week.

“It was ready to go,” Trimboli said of the completed section. “Obviously Mother Nature had other ideas.”

U.S. 95 is the only alternate route around the slide area until the temporary road is built.

The two-year project focuses on straightening and improving about a mile of road between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge.

The slide occurred on a hillside just south of the site of a rockslide that closed the same section of road for 10 days in March. That slide was caused by a large rock that broke loose.

Last week’s slide was larger and on a less stable hillside made up of sand, dirt, cobblestones, boulders and decomposed granite, Trimboli said.

The area where the March rockslide came down has since been secured with dozens of anchors drilled into the rock face.

The section where last week’s slide occurred is too loose to effectively secure anchors or install protective metal netting, he said.

Anchors and protective netting have been installed where possible throughout the project and rocks and boulders that could tumble onto the roadway were removed.

About 178,000 cubic yards of rock has been excavated in the project so far.

Trimboli was confident that the slide would not delay the project’s scheduled completion in Fall 2022.

The project is about 60% completed with seven of nine cliffside excavations almost completed.

Construction had been scheduled to be suspended for the winter in December.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Highway 55 closure impacting nearby businesses: ‘It’s basically shut our businesses down’

After a rockslide near Smiths Ferry, Highway 55 is closed through at least November 29.

Shirah Matsuzawa November 24, 2021

As many people hit the road to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones — or just get away for a long weekend — here’s a reminder: because of a recent rockslide near Smiths Ferry, Highway 55 will remain closed through at least Monday, November 29.

“It’s an inconvenience for travelers from the valley to come up to Cascade or McCall,” said Patrick Willis, the owner of Cougar Mountain Lodge.

Willis told KTVB it’s a lot more than just an inconvenience for the people who live or work in the area, like himself. To get to Smiths Ferry from Cascade, he has to go north on 55 instead of south, then head down U.S. 95 from New Meadows toward the Treasure Valley before heading back up 55 to Smiths Ferry.

“For me to come to work, it adds 200 miles onto my commute that would normally be 17 miles,” Willis said.

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Hwy 55 Update #7: 3:30 P.M. 11/28/2021

Idaho State Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road will remain closed another seven to 10 days depending on weather. Construction crews made significant progress today (November 29) shoring up the rockslide area near the Rainbow Bridge about 20 miles south of Cascade, Idaho.

The crews completed construction of a rock structure, known as a buttress, approximately 20 feet tall and 400 feet long to stabilize the base of the slide. The next step is to remove slide debris, install drainage systems above the buttress and widen the roadway to two lanes before the winter.

“We have made very good progress and stabilized the slide area. This allows crews to remove excess rock from the hillside and begin building a two way road around the slide area,” said Jason Brinkman, ITD District 3 Engineering Manager. “Our goal is to finish the work as quickly as possible while also focusing on both the safety of the construction team and the public once the road reopens.”

Until the highway is reopened, travelers can use U.S. Highway 95 as an alternate route.

The public can receive direct project updates by signing up for text or email alerts on the project website, (link), or visit Idaho 511 before leaving on a trip to learn the latest highway conditions.


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Valley County sees new cases increase to 27 in week

By Tom Grote The Star-News November 24, 2021

New cases of COVID-19 in Valley County increased in the last week as reported by the county’s two hospitals.

A total of 27 new cases were reported for the week by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center. That compares to 11 new cases reported the previous week and nine new cases the prior week.

The two hospitals have reported 1,616 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020. That is a reduction from the total reported last week due to a change in reporting methods by St. Luke’s McCall.

A total of 11 deaths confirmed from COVID-19 and two probable deaths from the virus have been reported among Valley County residents, according to Central District Health.

Clinics & Tests

Cascade Medical Center will hold a vaccination event from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Cascade American Legion Hall.

The clinic will provide the Moderna vaccine as well as booster shots for those over age 18 who received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine more than six months ago.

Also offered will be the Pfizer vaccine for youths age 5 to 11.

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is offering the Pfizer vaccine for youths age 5 to 11 by appointments through MyChart.

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

Appointments also can be made by calling St. Luke’s Connect at 208-381-9500.

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

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.

St. Luke’s McCall offers walk-in COVID-19 vaccines for adults age 18 and older for initial doses from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Luke’s Clinics – Payette Lakes Family Medicine, 211 Forest Street, McCall.

Appointments also can be scheduled online through St. Luke’s myChart or by calling 208-381-9500 or 208-634-2225.

Booster shots only for the Pfizer vaccine are available by appointment through Payette Lakes Clinic to those who have a compromised immune system. Patients should schedule the booster shots through their MyChart account.

Cascade Medical Center offers a walk-in vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with the Moderna booster.

The Pfizer vaccine for those age 12 and older, is available on Wednesdays as well as the Pfizer booster.

full story:
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COVID-19 Updates: 570 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

November 24, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 570 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths Wednesday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 305,133.

The state said 86,216 people have received one dose of a two dose series, and 206,021 people have received an additional or booster dose. 1,723,127 total doses have been administered. 854,178 people are fully vaccinated.

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 70,684 cases.

The state said 33 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 13,376, and 5 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,256.

8 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 3,891.

full story: [Valley County 1558 cases, 13 deaths.]
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Cascade Medical Center Begins Planning for New Hospital

Press Release November 19, 2021 from CMC

At its November 17, 2021 board meeting, the Cascade Medical Center Trustees voted to begin planning a new healthcare campus. The existing hospital, built in 1974, is out of room, out of date, and can no longer keep up with the growing health care needs of the community. “This building has served Valley County well for half a century, but it’s too small and out-dated to take us any farther” says George Greenfield, Chairman of the CMC Board of Trustees. “The communities we serve are growing and our patients deserve a health care facility that meets the current standard of care” commented Medical Director, Dr. Ron Ellsworth.

CMC serves several thousand local residents and visitors each year. Its current facility is approximately 12,000 square feet – about half the size needed to care for its patients by today’s standards. Plans for the new facility call for a 30,000 square foot building.

Over the next few months, the hospital will work on details of the expansion. Those details will be presented to the public in various forums to obtain more input. Ultimately voters in the tax district will decide whether or not to support funding the $33 million project. If approved, the new hospital could be ready in 2025.

Until we have a new facility, our staff will continue to provide great care for our patients and community at our current Lake Cascade Parkway location.
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Cascade Medical Center – New Hospital FAQs

Why does Cascade need a new hospital?
We’re out of room. Given our current patient base and volumes – we have half the space we need to provide the medical care according to current care standards.

The existing facility is nearly 50 years old and lacks certain expected hospital features, such as in-wall medical gasses, ADA bathrooms, and a safe room. The building has electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems that cannot be readily repaired or replaced. In some cases, parts can no longer be found to fix certain issues. This creates a less-than-comfortable environment for patients and staff and makes adding new or updated medical equipment and technology much more difficult and expensive. Several areas do not have adequate ventilation, heating and cooling, making climate control a frustration for patients and staff alike.

Why not do a renovation and small expansion at the current hospital now?
Renovation and expansion in a hospital setting is expensive and disruptive to patient care. A hospital must be able to maintain 24×7 operations to serve its community, honor its license granted by CMS and the State of Idaho, and meet its mission. Closing during construction is not an option. Any money spent prolonging the life of the current hospital hampers our ability to prepare a new campus that will serve our community for future generations.

Why can’t the current hospital be renovated?
Much of the current facility was constructed in such a way that replacing critical infrastructure simply cannot be done, short of demolition. Known asbestos content makes demolition more difficult. The cost and disruption of renovating the existing buildings make a new facility, in a new location, a much better option for our community.

Adding a new building on the same site is not feasible due to our limited space (2.6 acres split down the middle by a public road). With required set-backs, there is simply not enough space to expand or build a hospital large enough to meet the community’s needs beyond 10 years. Even parking is a problem, with only 40 spaces which are further reduced when snow piles up.

What are the biggest problems with the current facility?
CMC simply does not have enough space to meet the needs and demand for medical services at current health care standards. CMC operates in a space that is approximately HALF of what is needed to meet patient needs – and that doesn’t even consider future growth which our community is already experiencing. Climate control in each season is a big frustration. Even concrete is beginning to break down. Basic accessibility requirements are not met, including public stair and ramp slope and ADA bathroom requirements. There are other issues with plumbing and electrical systems that are simply not sustainable. The use of multiple outbuildings is inefficient.

Why do we have to move the location of the hospital?
In 2020, CMC hired Wipfli to assess the ability of our existing hospital to meet the community’s needs. (Wipfli is an independent company with expertise in strategic planning and financial auditing of rural hospitals.) Over several months they conducted detailed audits and interviews to reach an opinion in a 76 page report. In summary, Wipfli concluded that “The existing site is extremely constrained and expansion zones are limited by topography and the public street; any growth will displace parking which is already tight on campus. The existing site cannot accommodate needed expansion to serve the hospital over the next 10+ years.”

The existing hospital seems just fine, why change it?
Our incredible hospital and clinic staff has done a great job providing high quality medical care in this building for several decades. They continue to do so today but it is becoming more and more difficult as health care changes and our community grows. In its facility assessment, Wipfli stated that there are “major facility and operational issues.” Departmental space issues and challenges were documented in every single department. Even with renovation, we are simply bursting at the seams.

How much space is needed to build a new hospital?
The existing hospital sits on 1.6 acres, with an adjacent helipad and empty lot of 0.6 acres separated by a public street (Lefever Drive). Wipfli recommends at least 10-15 acres for new Critical Access Hospitals to allow for growth and expansion. Currently at 12,000 square feet, the new hospital needs to be roughly double that size to meet TODAY’s needs, with the ability to expand further to meet the future needs of our community and support the growing retirement and tourism activity.

Where will the new hospital be located?
We are still finalizing that decision. The new location will be in or near the City of Cascade so that we can continue to serve our current community while positioning ourselves to care for an ever growing population who desire to receive health care close to home.

Why do we have to do this now?
The process for planning, funding, and building a new hospital takes years. By starting now, we can open the new hospital in 2025. The current facility will be over 50 years old by then and its mechanical systems will be at their limit. Waiting will require further renovation and replacement of equipment and systems which will nickel and dime the health district and its tax payers while only postponing the inevitable replacement of the medical center. We are already seeing accelerating growth in the area and new residential developments are coming on line from Clear Creek to Donnelly and from Cascade to Tamarack. Improved access to the area once the canyon’s road construction is complete will create even more interest in our area by the time the new hospital opens in 4 years.

Why not sell out to one of the large health systems and have them pay for expansion?
In 2020, Cascade Medical Center polled its community and received over 400 responses. Two-thirds of those surveyed asked that we remain independent. While we enjoy excellent relationships with other health providers, including St. Luke’s, Saint Al’s, and the University of Utah, independence has its advantages. As an autonomous provider owned by the taxpayers, we can be laser-focused on the needs of the people who live in our area. We get to make decisions and invest in resources that make the most sense for people living in the west central mountains. Our local control allows us to move quickly and make decisions locally.

Why not simply rely on the medical facilities in McCall?
Having local access to health care is an important quality of a vibrant community. Without Cascade Medical Center, many of our patients would need to drive another 15 to 30 miles to see a provider or receive physical therapy. For time sensitive emergencies, having a local hospital with 24×7 ER service is literally a life saver. Our patients enjoy receiving care close to home and continuing their care relationship with our providers to maintain wellness and improve their quality of life.

Will the new hospital offer additional services?
The primary goal is to assure continuity of existing services: primary care, family medicine, 24×7 emergency care, inpatient and rehabilitative services, mental health, and physical therapy. A larger footprint will allow us to consider new services, including specialties like cardiology, eye care, foot care, dermatology, urology, ENT, and digestive health. We will continue to look for ways to serve our local communities so they can receive as much health care locally as possible.

What is the current financial status of the hospital?
The hospital has achieved a positive bottom line each year for the past 5 years. This is the result of prudent financial management, public support of the medical center through property taxes, and partnership with the hospital’s Foundation and Auxiliary. This solid financial standing will help CMC secure bond or loan funding at attractive interest rates to support construction of the new hospital and clinic.

How many people are seen in the Clinic annually, and where do they come from?
Our volumes have been growing steadily. From 2018 through 2020, the family medicine clinic saw an average of 5,275 patients each year and this year we saw over 5,500 patients. Approximately 70% of our family medicine patients live in Cascade, 10% in Donnelly, 10% in McCall, and 10% from other communities. In addition, almost all of Cascade’s 4,000 plus physical therapy sessions this year were with patients who live locally.

How many residents are treated annually in the current hospital’s emergency room, and where do they come from?
The CMC ER treats 1,400 patients per year, of whom 56% live in Cascade, 25% in the Boise area, and 8% from other Valley County communities. The remaining 11% live elsewhere in Idaho or out of state.

How is the emergency department staffed?
The ER is staffed 24×7 by board-certified Physicians and Physician Assistants. A new hospital facility will provide the environment and appeal needed to retain providers and support staff as well as recruit additional health professionals as we grow.

How much will the new hospital cost?
The entire project is estimated at $33 million. To be on the safe side, we have included over $6 million in contingency and inflation factors in that amount, given the uncertainty of the economic and construction trades environment. The Board is forming a project management committee that will examine project details and dig deeper into the budget in order to validate these preliminary estimates.

How will we pay for it?
Hospitals routinely face the challenge of renovating, expanding, and replacing their infrastructure. As an independent Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic, Cascade has several good options. Federal agencies such as USDA have programs specifically to support hospital building projects. A combination of public and private loans and grants will be sought in addition to the operating funds surplus that the hospital has been able to accumulate over time. The hospital’s Foundation is readying a capital campaign to raise funds. Finally, a temporary property tax increase will be requested of voters to help service the debt necessary to build a new hospital.

How much will this add to my taxes?
This is still being determined. Over the next few months, we will narrow our funding options, which will then tell us how much help we need from property owners.

Will the projects generate new jobs?
In addition to short-term construction jobs, the new medical center is projected to increase the hospital’s workforce as we add new capacity and services.

What accommodations have been made for future pandemics or large-scale community disruptions?
The new hospital is being planned and designed with the capability to quickly convert beds to handle a higher number of inpatients, with rooms that provide negative pressure systems when the need exists. Emergency power systems will also be available in both the hospital and clinic, allowing for ongoing needs without interruption.

What would happen to the old hospital facility?
There are a range of possibilities for the future use of that property, but nothing has been decided. While it is out of date as a hospital, the building and grounds can be repurposed in many ways once the medical center moves into its new home.

Was a needs assessment conducted in considering a new hospital and clinic?
Thorough market and financial assessments were conducted, as well as a space analysis based on current use and future projections of patient volume. The proposed sites under consideration are being carefully studied by an experienced healthcare architectural firm based on factors such as access, topography, helipad location, zoning, building orientation, parking, site amenities, traffic, neighborhood, and environmental issues.

How long will construction take?
If voters approve the project in May, the new medical center could open in 2025.

Why should I support this if I don’t use the hospital?
The medical care provided for our growing communities should be considered in the same light as police, fire, schools, parks, public infrastructure and other essential services that are supported by tax dollars. Even if you don’t personally use such services, they are necessary and valuable. Maintaining a state of the art medical facility is key to improving public health, retaining local talent, and growing our economic base. Our medical facilities are available 24×7, to everyone.
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Tamarack winter operations ‘on hold’ pending more mountain snow

By Meredith Spelbring Nov 24, 2021 KIVI

Full Tamarack Resort winter operations are “on hold” until the mountain gets more snow.

The Resort will delay the official season kickoff and full opening until more snow arrives, according to a news release. Officials at the resort will evaluate the snow conditions on a weekly basis to determine when the full mountain will open.

Snow making at the base of the mountain will allow the Discovery Chair to open free to the public Nov. 26-28. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and guests can pick up their free ticket at Tamarack Outfitters skier services area, according to the release.

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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Seeking Comments on Plans for Three Recreation Projects

McCall, ID, November 23, 2021 – The Payette National Forest is seeking public input on three recreation projects near McCall, Idaho on the McCall Ranger District. Comments are requested by January 3, 2022. Information about each project, as well as on how to provide input, can be found below.

Bear Basin Area Trails The Forest is reviewing existing routes in order to designate a sustainable trail system in the Bear Basin area which is approximately 3 miles west of McCall. Currently 5.6 miles of unauthorized trail are proposed to be added to the National Forest Trail system with two small reroutes of approximately 0.3 miles. Additionally, as part of this process, unauthorized routes not identified to become part of the National Forest Service Trail system would be decommissioned. Decommissioning could include between approximately 3 and 8 miles of unauthorized routes. More information can be found on the project webpage: (link)

Payette Lake Trail – East Side The Forest is considering a request from Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association to construct a 3.2-mile non-motorized trail on the east side of Payette Lake. Approximately 0.7 mile of this trail would be located on National Forest System lands, with the remainder on state endowment lands managed by Idaho Department of Lands. The trail would connect the Silver Gate Road with the Fall Creek Loop Trail (#107). More information can be found on the project webpage: (link)

Little Ski Hill Lighting Improvements The Forest is reviewing a request from Payette Lakes Ski Club to install additional lighting at Little Ski Hill on the Outback and Race Run trails, as well as on lower slopes in front of the lodge. In total, 40 new, 25-foot light poles and 65 new light fixtures would be installed. This project would double the area currently available for night skiing at Little Ski Hill to 30 acres. More information can be found on the project webpage: (link)

How to Comment These projects are being considered under categorical exclusions from detailed analysis (36 CFR 220.6). There are no additional designated public comment periods for categorical exclusions; therefore this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input. A webform comment link can be found on each of the project websites.
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USDA Forest Service Payette Lake Trail – East Side Update

Nov 23, 2021

The McCall Ranger District is considering a request from the Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association to construct a 3.2-mile non-motorized trail on the east side of Payette Lake. Approximately 0.7 mile of this trail would be located on National Forest System lands, with the remainder on state endowment lands managed by Idaho Department of Lands. The trail would connect the Silver Gate Road with the Fall Creek Loop Trail (#107).

This project would be categorically excluded from documentation under 36 CFR 220.6(e)(1). As a categorical exclusion, there are no additional designated public comment periods so this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input. Comments are requested by January 3, 2022. More information, including a map of the proposal and webform comment link, can be found on the project website: (link)
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USDA Forest Service Little Ski Hill Lighting Update

Nov 23, 2021

Payette Lakes Ski Club has proposed to install additional lighting at Little Ski Hill on the Outback and Race Run trails, as well as on lower slopes in front of the lodge. In total, 40 new, 25-foot light poles and 65 new light fixtures would be installed. This project would double the area currently available for night skiing at Little Ski Hill to a total of 30 acres.

This project would be categorically excluded from documentation under 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3). As a categorical exclusion, there are no additional designated public comment periods so this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input. Comments are requested by January 3, 2022. More information, including a map of the proposal and webform comment link, can be found on the project website: (link)
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USDA Forest Service Lucky Ben Road Access Update

Nov 23, 2021

The Payette National Forest is considering permitting the owner of two private parcels approximately 2 miles west of Warren in Idaho County, Idaho, to construct approximately 550 feet of new road, and to maintain and use approximately 1 mile of existing routes on the National Forest that are not open for general public use, to access their inholdings. Construction and maintenance would include improving drainage on the existing routes and new construction would be in accordance with applicable Forest Service engineering standards. Additionally, a redundant unauthorized route along a tributary to Arlise Creek would be decommissioned to improve watershed conditions. The term of the permit would be 20 years.

The purpose of this project is to respond to a permit application for long-term motorized access across National Forest System (NFS) lands. The project is being evaluated as a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act as provided in 36 CFR 220.6(e)(3) – Approval, modification, or consideration of special uses that require less than 20 acres of National Forest System lands.

As a categorical exclusion there are no additional designated public comment periods for this project so this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input. Comments are requested by January 3, 2022, and may be submitted via the project webpage at: (link)
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USDA Forest Service Bear Basin Area Trails Update

Nov 23, 2021

The Payette National Forest is reviewing existing routes in order to designate a sustainable trail system in the Bear Basin area located approximately 3 miles west of McCall. Currently 5.6 miles of unauthorized trail are proposed to be added to the National Forest Trail system with two small reroutes of approximately 0.3 miles. Additionally, as part of this process, unauthorized routes not identified to become part of the National Forest Service Trail system would be decommissioned. Decommissioning could include between approximately 3 and 8 miles of unauthorized routes. More information can be found on the project webpage: (link)

This project would be categorically excluded from detailed analysis under 36 CFR 220.6(e)(1) and (e)(20). As a categorical exclusion, there are no additional designated public comment periods so this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input. Information on how to comment can be found on the project website.
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Critter News:

Idaho creates chronic wasting disease management zone

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will allow emergency hunts to kill up to 1,000 deer to determine the extent of the disease.

Associated Press November 23, 2021 (KTVB)

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has designated a chronic wasting disease management zone in north-central Idaho, allowing hunts to kill up to 1,000 deer to determine the extent of the disease.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the decision Monday allows Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever to establish the emergency hunts that will target a mix of whitetails and mule deer of both sexes.

Planning for the hunts is in progress. The hunts are designed to help wildlife officials determine the prevalence and geographic area of the disease. The hunts aren’t intended to contain the disease, though the commission could in the future authorize such hunts.

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Fish and Game News:

Fish and Game officers seek information about a wasted elk near Anderson Ranch Dam

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, November 22, 2021

Conservation Officer’s seek the public’s help in learning more about a wasted cow elk near Anderson Ranch Dam.

On the morning of November 12, 2021 Fish and Game officers received a tip through the Citizens Against Poaching hotline of a wasted cow elk. The elk, which was left intact, was found approximately 40 feet off Anderson Ranch Dam Road in Unit 44 approximately half a mile south of the 134c Forest Service road.

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DHW, Fish and Game officials urge caution after Chronic Wasting Disease found in Idaho deer

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Hunters are encouraged to have their deer, elk or moose tested for CWD

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Fish and Game are encouraging hunters to take precautions when handling deer, elk or moose due to recent detection of Chronic Wasting Disease. Fish and Game announced the first detection of Chronic Wasting Disease in Idaho in two mule deer taken by hunters during October.

CWD is a fatal disease caused by a prion, a type of infectious protein, that affects the nervous system of deer, elk, reindeer, and moose. The prion protein is primarily in certain tissues in the animal, including eye, brain, spinal cord, and lymph nodes. Animals may not appear ill early in the infection.

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) are different, and here’s how they differ

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The EHD outbreak that occurred over summer and fall has likely ended, CWD has been detected for the first time in Idaho

Idaho had an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) during summer, mostly in white-tailed deer in the Clearwater and Panhandle areas. The EHD outbreak killed deer throughout the summer and fall. Idaho Fish and Game also received positive tests for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from two mule deer bucks taken by hunters in Unit 14 north of Riggins during October. These were the first CWD-positive animals ever detected in Idaho. These are two separate and unrelated diseases.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal and contagious disease that affects the nervous systems of deer, elk, moose and reindeer. CWD is believed to be caused by abnormal, misfolded forms of the prion protein accumulating within brain cells, which causes progressive damage to those cells and brain damage.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, to date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infecting people. However, hunters are encouraged to have their animals tested for CWD, and not consume any animal that tests positive for CWD.

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MK Nature Center’s Holiday Bird Seed Sale is Dec. 3-4

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The MK Nature Center will host its 15th annual bird seed sale on Dec. 3 and 4. Come and stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds. Proceeds from this event benefit educational programs and day-to-day operations at the MK Nature Center.

High-quality bird seed, including black-oil sunflower, dove and quail mix, nyjer thistle and other varieties are provided through partnership with Wild Birds Unlimited of Boise. Wild Birds Unlimited is a long-time supporter of this event, helping make sure that the bird seed sale is one of the nature center’s most successful and popular fundraisers.

The MK Nature Center Gift Shop will have many nature-themed holiday items for purchase. Come check out these items for the nature lover on your holiday gift list.

COVID-19 Procedures: We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

The Cincinnati Zoo is at it again with a load of Fiona cuteness!

In an adorable video posted to Facebook, Fiona swam along with her mother in playful gestures as they bobbed in and out of the water.

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Hwy 55 Update Nov 28, 2021

Hwy 55 Update #7: 3:30 P.M. 11/28/2021

Idaho State Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road will remain closed another seven to 10 days depending on weather. Construction crews made significant progress today (November 29) shoring up the rockslide area near the Rainbow Bridge about 20 miles south of Cascade, Idaho.

The crews completed construction of a rock structure, known as a buttress, approximately 20 feet tall and 400 feet long to stabilize the base of the slide. The next step is to remove slide debris, install drainage systems above the buttress and widen the roadway to two lanes before the winter.

“We have made very good progress and stabilized the slide area. This allows crews to remove excess rock from the hillside and begin building a two way road around the slide area,” said Jason Brinkman, ITD District 3 Engineering Manager. “Our goal is to finish the work as quickly as possible while also focusing on both the safety of the construction team and the public once the road reopens.”

Until the highway is reopened, travelers can use U.S. Highway 95 as an alternate route.

The public can receive direct project updates by signing up for text or email alerts on the project website, itdprojects.org/id55smithsferry, or visit Idaho 511 before leaving on a trip to learn the latest highway conditions.

Idaho History Nov 28, 2021

Idaho 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic

Part 82

Idaho Newspaper Clippings February 25-26, 1920

Idaho photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 25

The Challis Messenger., February 25, 1920, Page 1

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Mrs. John W. Stephens Is A Flu Victim

On February 23rd, at 4 a.m., occurred the death of Mrs. Allie May Stephens, at her home about 4 miles north of this city, of influenza, of which she had been a sufferer but a short time.

Interment was made in the Challis cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

This well known lady was born at Pittsfield, Maine on the 13th day of March, 1886, and lacked but a few days of being 34 years of age at the time of her death.

On Christmas day, 1905, she became the wife of John W. Stephens, who, with a little son, survive her. Besides the husband and son she leaves her mother, sister and three brothers to mourn her loss. …
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19200225CM3Prominent Lost River Women Victims Of Flu

The deaths of Mrs. Charles Lemon, Mrs. Jimmy McKelvey and Mrs. Gather Perkins, all prominent Lost river women, from influenza, are reported, the two former dying at their homes in Lost river valley and the latter dying in California where she and her husband were spending the winter.

The report that Charlie Lemon had died from the flu was not correct.

Mrs. Al. West and daughter, Mrs. Laura Ivie, are reported as seriously ill from the flu in the Mackay hospital.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 25 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., February 25, 1920, Page 2

19200225CM4Would Fight Flu With Whisky
Representative Sabath Proposes Temporary Suspension of Dry Measure.

Washington. — Representative Sabath, Democrat, Illinois, has offered a resolution declaring that whisky is needed as a “cure for influenza, which is alarming [sic] increasing,” and proposing suspension for ninety days of provisions of the national prohibition law requiring special permits and reports from druggists, doctors and others as to the use of liquor for medicinal purposes.

The resolution declared its purpose was to the “end that whisky may be prescribed and obtained for medicinal purposes without unnecessary hindrances and delay.”
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More Pay for Teachers

Chicago. — An average salary increase of $50 a month will be given to Chicago school teachers after February 1. More than 1000 teachers failed to report Wednesday and 15,000 pupils were without instruction.
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Women Flogged In Prison
Story That sounds Like Page From Spanish History

Atlanta, Ga. — Whipping of women at the city stockade has been ordered discontinued entirely by the prison committee of the Atlanta city council after a public hearing of charges brought by the Atlanta Humane society that women had been strapped to a contrivance resembling a chair and flogged.

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The Challis Messenger., February 25, 1920, Page 5

Items About People You Know

Everything Closed — During the early days of the spread of the flu in this section the schools, picture show and pool halls were closed down and a ban placed on public gatherings of all kinds. This section has been responsible for containing the disease in a great measure, to those who had already been exposed.

Out of Quarantine — Bill Vogel and Jesse Zilkey, the first ones quarantined in this valley for the flu were released the fore part of the week. No new cases, other than those already under quarantine, have developed during the past few days and it is believed that the situation is under control now.

Income Tax Man — The revenue department, who was to have been here in the interests of the income tax drive from the 23rd to the 26th of this month, advises us that his visit has been post poned to around the 13th of next month on account of the flu quarantine.

News is Lacking — In these days of quarantine there is a scarcity of news – no one coming or going except in cases of absolute necessity.

From Ramshorn — The Challis boys, who were sufferers from the flu at the Ramshorn mine, have recovered and quite a few of them have come down to their homes to rest up during their convalescence.

Verne McGowan Home — Verne McGowan returned home the latter part of last week from a trip to Salt Lake and Elko, Nevada. He reports the flu as thick on the outside as it is here.

To Mackay — Mrs. Frank Nickerson was called to Mackay last week by the serious illness of her sister, Mrs. Al. West.

Heavy Snowfall — A heavy fall of snow visited this section the latter part of last week and has been followed by colder weather.
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The Challis Messenger., February 25, 1920, Page 7

Idaho And Idahoans

Internal revenue collectors will begin soon to visit all the cities and towns of the state to preparation of the collection of current internal revenues. The deputies will receive income tax returns, and also will arrange their schedule so as to spend a few days in each town to aid taxpayers in making out their returns.

The ice crop is about harvested and the quality of the ice secured is exceptionally good. In Adams county the ice cut was twenty-eight inches thick. In Bear Lake county one company alone has harvested more than 12,000 tons of high grade ice.

The roads throughout the state are improving with use and in most sections are now worn smooth. In the panhandle the roads were deeply rutted before freezing, and as a result they are still rough.
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Thirty Nations in Red Cross

Washington. — The first general council of the league of Red Cross societies will meet at Geneva March 2 to map out a program for the advancement of health, prevention of disease and alleviation of distress throughout the world, the American Red Cross announced Tuesday. Delegates from each national society have been invited.

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The Challis Messenger., February 25, 1920, Page 8

19200225CM6Quarantine Regulations County Health Officer

Whereas a contagious and infectious disease, known as Influenza has again made its appearance in many states and particularly in certain parts of Custer county, public health demands that prompt and efficient measures be taken to prevent the spread of said disease to those portions of Custer county not yet infected.

1st. Now, therefore, it is ordered by the County Health Officer of Custer county that all of that portion of Custer county which drains into Salmon River shall and is hereby declared to be a quarantine district for the purpose of preventing the introduction of Influenza into the said district. Said quarantine district and this order creating the same shall remain in full force until the further order of the Board of Health of said Custer county, Idaho.

2nd. All persons are prohibited from entering said district without a permit from the County Health Officer.

3rd. The County Health Officer is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint as many quarantine guards and to create as many quarantine districts as may be necessary to enforce these rules and regulations.

4th. The County Health Officer of Custer County, Idaho, shall cause to be printed suitable permits and quarantine cards in harmony with law and these regulations and place a sufficient number of said permits and quarantine cards at each quarantine station with the quarantine guards stationed there to meet all such necessary demands. It is hereby and herein further ordered and directed that the County Health Officer shall provide all quarantine guards at each quarantine station with “yellow flags” of suitable size, to be used by said quarantine guards in placing or causing same to be placed on the vehicle in which said person or persons are traveling.

5th. All persons coming into said district and desiring to remain therein shall be quarantined for a period of four days, at the home of such person or persons, in case they have a home in said district, and if not, then in some suitable place prepared and designated by the County Health Officer.

6th. All persons have business to transact in said district may enter said district and attend to [?] business, and depart again from said district; but all homes or other places to which such person are allowed to stop and enter must be quarantined for a period of four days; such person or persons so entering under the provisions of this [Order?] shall stop at the first quarantine station on the road [?], that such person or persons enter said quarantine district, and procure a written permit therefor; said permit shall direct such person or persons to travel the most direct public highway to and from his or her, or their homes or place where they seek to go, without stopping; and that each home of place where such person or persons shall go or stop, shall be quarantined by the placing of a proper quarantine card up in a conspicuous place on said residence or place where such person or persons shall go or stop as aforesaid; said quarantine card shall be applied such person or persons by said quarantine, such quarantine to be and remain in full force and effect for a period of four days from and after such person or persons shall so enter as aforesaid; and in the event any such person or persons or others in said home shall become afflicted with said disease, then in such case, said quarantine of said home or place shall be and remain in full force and virtue until ordered discontinued by said County Health Officer. It is further hereby and herein provided that all persons entering said quarantine district as aforesaid, shall place in a conspicuous place on the vehicle in which they travel a “yellow flag” and keep said flag thereon for a period of four days provided they remain in said quarantine district for such period of time; said flag to be supplied by the quarantine guard.

7th. All persons desiring continuous passage through said district shall be granted such privilege, but such person or persons shall first procure from such quarantine guard a permit and flag therefor, and all homes and other places in which they may be permitted to stop and enter shall be quarantined for a period of four days, as provided in Rule Sixth hereof.

8th. The County Health Officer is hereby empowered and directed to cause to be printed large quarantine cards to be posted up in a conspicuous place at each quarantine station so created as aforesaid, which said quarantine card shall correctly describe the boundaries of the Quarantine District hereby created.

9th. Every person or persons, company or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Order will be prosecuted as in such case made and provided.

An emergency existing therefore, this Order shall be and is in full force and effect from the date hereof.

Penalty for violation of this Order is $50.00 fine or imprisonment in the county jail for ninety days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Dated at Challis, Idaho, this 4th day of February, 1920.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 25, 1920, Page 1

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19200225DSM2Axel Pearson Was Buried Here Wednesday

The funeral of Axel Pearson was held at 1:30 Wednesday at Grice’s chapel, Rev. J. E. Oslund, of the Swedish Lutheran church conducting the services. Dean J. G. Eldridge also spoke. Mr. Pearson was a Moscow boy, but had been working recently in Spokane, where he died of pneumonia following influenza. He was 34 years of age. He leaves his mother, Mrs. P. E. Pearson, two brothers, Fred and Victor, and a sister, Mrs. Andrew Nelson, all of Moscow.
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‘Tenshun!

All ex-service men are commanded to appear at the University of Idaho campus at 1:30 Sunday afternoon, February 29, to take part in the parade to the Liberty theatre, where services in honor of our sleeping comrades will be held.

Every ex-service man is expected to wear his uniform and to take part in the parade. The French government has given memorial certificates which will be presented at the theatre to relatives of those sleeping in France.

Let us make this occasion a memorable one.

Remember the time, 1:30 p.m.; the place, University campus, and the date, Sunday, February 29.

Be One of the Marchers.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 25 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 25, 1920, Page 3

“Truth” Presented By Drama League

“Truth,” a comedy of American life in four acts, by Clyde Fitch, will be presented by the Drama League of Moscow at Guild Hall Tuesday evening, February 24th, at eight o’clock. Several dates have been set heretofore for the presentation of the play but it was postponed on account of the influenza epidemic.

The play promises to be most entertaining. It deals with prevarication. …

(ibid, page 3)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 25, 1920, Page 4

Individual Health Claims Resumed Now
Student Health Claims Will Be Paid Only If Certificate IS Obtained First

Health claims will be paid after this week, according to Professor H. T. Lewis, chairman of the health committee. Written authorization from either Professor Lewis, or Dean French, will be required before any student can obtain benefit from the fund.

“Absolutely no claims will be paid,” says Professor Lewis, “without written authorization. Emergency cases only will be excepted, such as a fall or burns. There has been much confusion concerning the health claims, and any infringement on the rules as states will not be recognized. In an emergency case the proper authorities should be notified by phone, and provision will be made immediately for the student.”

Must Have Certificate

The physicians certificate or bill will not be accepted as a substitute for a card. The only way in which a student may utilize the fund, is to get an authorization, or health card from Professor Lewis or Dean French.

A new card must be secured for each consultation. A student may not use the same card for several consultations, but is free, however, to go to any physician he may care to.

Pay as Follows

The committee will pay according to the following rule: (1): Any bill up to five dollars in its entirety. (2) In larger bills, $5.00 plus 50 percent of the excess over $5.00 will be paid. If the amount should happen to be six dollars, five fifty will be paid, or seven fifty will be paid on a ten dollar claim. The maximum amount the board will pay is $7.50. This includes all claims for the semester. This amount will be paid in one sum or for several consultations. The physician will take the health card, write his fee on it and sent it to Professor Lewis, who will pay up to the maximum amount.

Equipment Added

The resumption of payment of individual health claims does not mean that students having consultations this week may receive a card. During the time the claims have been suspended the money has been spent for general expense. To the hospital equipment purchased last year, four cots, four mattresses, four complete sets of bedding have been added. In addition to this a nurse bill for service during the quarantine, was paid.

Heat, light and food have been supplied, also ambulance hire for students who were ill with influenza. Miscellaneous supplies such as thermometers, hot water bags, pails, etc., were also purchased. Most of what was purchased is permanent equipment. There are now 8 hospital cots.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 25, 1920, Page 5

City News

A letter from George Rowland, written in Spokane Tuesday, says Mrs. Rowland’s mother, Mrs. H. A. DeBolt, is low with pneumonia, but the fever has been reduced from 105 to 102, and that Mrs. and Mrs. Rowland would not leave for Moscow until the family is better. Mrs. P. L. Orcutt, of Orofino, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DeBolt, was summoned, and passed through Moscow Tuesday for Spokane. Mr. DeBolt is recovering, also other members of the family who are down.

Corlis McElroy is a recent victim of influenza. Mrs. McElroy and son, Ivan, are just recovering from an attack. Mrs. G. F. Savage is acting as nurse.

Mrs. M. M. Snow, who has been very ill of influenza and other complications, is improving slowly. Her nurse, Mrs. H. L. Judd, who has been here for four weeks, left today for her home at Marshall, Wash.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 25, 1920, Page 6

Mrs. Lindley Improving

The hundreds of friends of President and Mrs. E. H. Lindley will be please to learn that Mrs. Lindley’s condition is such as to give strong hopes of her recovery. She is “holding her own” to use the expression of those in attendance, and it is believed the crisis has passed and that she will begin now to show improvement. Mrs. Lindley has been very ill with influenza followed by a very severe attack of pneumonia and her condition has caused the gravest alarm. But the reports today are more encouraging and that hope that “springs eternal in the human breast” is in the ascendancy. Mrs. Lindley’s mother, Mrs. Kidder, who has been ill at the same times, is also reported to be improving today and it is believed that the “worst is over” in both cases. Dr. Lindley has been dividing his time between his arduous duties as president of the University of Idaho and the home where Mrs. Lindley and Mrs. Kidder have been very ill for several days, but he is standing the strain remarkably well despite the fact that he but recently recovered from a severe attack of influenza.
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Possible Cause of Fever

The Medical Journal asks if “all fever, or at least a large proportion of it, may not be due to some change in the fluids of the body which prevents water from being available as perspiration which by its evaporation serves to keep the body cool.”

It may be that the practice of making a fever patient perspire freely has another purpose than the washing out of impurities from the blood, this being an actual cooling by evaporation. “An abundance of water has been found beneficial in fevers, and there are many clinicians who are decidedly of the opinion that cold-water baths have much more than merely a direct and mechanical refrigerating purpose, for they are followed by rather free diuresis and often also by perspiration. Indeed, one of the great indications for bath in fever is that the skin is dry and hot, for it is under these circumstances that the bath will do much good.”
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A Freak Egg

M. W. Schumacher, living northeast of Moscow, has a monstrosity in the form of an egg. Mr. Schumacher is engaged in dairying and raising Barred Rock chickens. One of these hens has laid several double yolked eggs and one egg had three yolks. But the freak consists of an egg as large as a goose egg, inside of which is an ordinary sized egg with shell, yolk, white and all complete. The outside, or big egg shell contained only white and no yolk, but it contained enough white to fill a tea cup. The end of the big egg shell was broken and the fluid drained out into a cup. Through the aperture could be seen a perfect egg of normal size and the end of this was perforated and the white and yolk were drained out. Mr. Schumacher retained the two empty shells as a souvenir.

(ibid, page 6)
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Payette High School, Payette, Idaho (1)

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Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 26

Payette Enterprise., February 26, 1920, Page 1

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Personal And Local Mention

Mr. W. L. Spotswood is having a hard siege of lagrippe and is under the doctor’s care. The sudden change from the climate of southern California was evidently a little too great.

Harry Sanger who has been in a very critical condition at the Ontario Hospital for the past two weeks is now showing some improvement. His case has been a baffling one, but the attending physician gives much hopes of his recovery.

Mrs. H. T. Smith returned Monday evening from Spokane where she went three weeks ago to visit with relatives. She was taken with the Flu shortly after arriving and was confined to her bed most of the time during her stay. She feels like a bird out of the cage since arriving home.

Mr. A. J. Shearer, living north of town, is quite seriously sick with mumps.

Gen. L. V. Patch returned to Boise Wednesday after spending several days with his family. The General was quite sick during his stay in Payette.

Ben Bruce a painter working for Mr. R. Miller, was quite seriously injured this morning while painting the J. A. Lauer house. He fell from a ladder and was found unconscious by the young lady working for Mrs. Lauer. Dr. I. R. Woodward was called but found no bones broken. He was badly bruised and somewhat scratched about the face and will be laid up for several days.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 26 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., February 26, 1920, Page 2

[Obituary]

Juanita Griner who had been lying for the past two weeks almost at the point of death, died on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Great hopes for her recovery were entertained last week, but on Saturday new complications arose which in her weakened condition she could not overcome. She was the second child of Clarence and Zora Griner and was born at Danville, Illinois, on February 18, 1910. When she was four years of age her parents removed to Oregon and she lived in that state until last September when the family came to Fruitland. She had been attending the Baptist Sunday School here and belonged to the third grade at school. In a peculiar way she attracted the love of those who came in contact with her and her passing from this world is sincerely mourned by a large number of friends young and old. Her mother and older sister and two younger brothers, an uncle and grandfather survive her. He death was caused by pneumonia following influenza.

(ibid, page 2)
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Payette Enterprise., February 26, 1920, Page 5

Fruitland Department
Mrs. F. M. Burtch

Mr. and Mrs. William McConnell were called to Caldwell Monday by the serious illness of Mrs. McConnell’s aunt, Mrs. Anna Spencer.

Miss Alberta Griner is getting well after being dangerously ill for the past three weeks.

Andy Castle who has been very ill with pneumonia was taken to the Ontario Hospital on Monday of this week to be operated upon for appendicitis.

Everett Smith who has been quite ill is now able to be out again.

Mrs. Frank Thompson and Miss Lola Rich who were among those very ill lately are improving at present.

Little Helen Tussing who was taken to Portland to a specialist, was operated upon by Dr. Otis Aiken, Orthopedic Surgeon, who lengthened the muscle of the right leg and put the limb in a cast. He predicted that she would soon be able to walk.
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Little Willow

Nellie Kiefer is still on the sick list, not fully recovered from the effects of the Flu.

Our school house at the Eastside needs some attention from the school board at Payette. If something isn’t done in the near future they may be called upon to explain the reason why. The pupils need more than a teacher and a fire in their school room and that is all that is furnished them now.
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Dead Ox Flat

Mr. Widsdom is slowly recovering from the flu.

Miss Smith who has been very ill with influenza is much improved and plans to take up her work as teacher next Monday. Miss Cecil Dixon of Payette is substituting in her place.

Miss Charlotte West, teacher of the Jefferson district is suffering with a severe cold and slight attack of the grippe and could not teach Monday.

Mrs. Wm. Vincent is recovering slowly from the flu.

(ibid, page 5)
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Payette Enterprise., February 26, 1920, Page 6

North Payette

Mrs. McGrevey is able to be up and around her room again after an attack of the flu.

Mrs. Will Armstrong is recovering from the flu.

Mrs. Fowler who has been quite ill is reported much better.

Edna Parsons is recovering from the flu.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Filer Record., February 26, 1920, Page 1

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Died

Wednesday morning at her home at Roseworth, Mrs. Anna Cox, age 24. Pneumonia following influenza was the cause of her demise. Mrs. Cox leaves to mourn her death, her husband and one son, age 10, and a multitude of friends. She was a native of Virginia and has been a resident of this section for the past four years. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Friday afternoon, burial following in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
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Received Sad News

Mrs. J. O Noggle received the sad word Tuesday morning telling of the critical illness of her father, B. F. Sherrick at Elida, Ohio. Owing to her recent illness and that of her daughter, Gladys, together with the fact that she will on Monday move to 511 fifth avenue north, Twin Falls, she will be unable to go to the bedside of her father. The Noggle ranch will be farmed by John [?].

source: The Filer Record. (Filer, Idaho), 26 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Filer Record., February 26, 1920, Page 4

Maroa Notes

Attendance at school is on the increase as the flu decreases.

The light and power line to the school house is completed. As soon as fixtures can be installed there will be plenty of light for all occasions. The school house, teacherage and janitor’s cottage will be lighted, in all there will be forty lights put on. There will be a motor in the pump house to pump water.
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Elmwood Items

Leona Chapman has been absent from school on account of illness.

William Detweiler is ill at his home, with pneumonia.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Rutter are ill with the influenza.

Mrs. Rubie Bennet and little daughter are ill with the Lagrippe.

O. L. Dudley left Sunday for Ohio, where he was called by the serious illness of his sister, Miss Carrie Dudley.

The family of Mr. Korkel [?] are quite ill with influenza.

Mr. George Lincoln had the misfortune to bread his leg Wednesday when he slipped into an irrigation ditch.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Filer Record., February 26, 1920, Page 7

News Notes

William Detweiler is reported ill at his home south of town.

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Paget are again able to be about after having been sick with influenza for a week.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Filer Record., February 26, 1920, Page 10

19200226FR2
Cedar Draw School Teacher Is A Victim of Influenza

Miss Geneva Bohman, 24, who has been teaching the Cedar Draw school for the past several months, passed away last week at Cedar Draw. Death was due to influenza and pneumonia. Miss Bohman, whose home was in St. Louis, Missouri, was taken sick a week ago. The school trustees secured a physician from Buhl who attended her during her illness. Funeral arrangements will not be made pending receipt of information from her relatives in St. Louis.

(ibid, page 10)
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Idaho County Free Press. February 26, 1920, Page 1

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19200226ICFP2Three In Same Family Are Dead Of Influenza

Three persons in one family died of influenza at Keuterville last week. The dead are:

Mrs. Frank Winkler, aged 65, who died at 6:30 Wednesday evening.

Frank Winkler, aged 70, her husband, who died at 11:15 the same night.

Arthur Romain, 13, a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Winkler, who died Thursday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Winkler were pioneer residents of the Keuterville section. They were natives of Austria.
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Idaho County Will Have But One Man in Lower House
Representation In Legislature Reduced Because of Light Vote In 1918

Idaho county will have but one representative in the next legislature. Heretofore two representatives have been sent to the low house of the state law-making body from Idaho county, but because of the light vote polled in the county in the election of 1918 the representation is reduced by one-half.

Announcement that, with three new counties in the state, ten less representatives will be sent to Boise in 1921 than in 1919, was made Saturday by Robert O. Jones, secretary of state, after statutory appointment had been completed. The house, in the next session, will outnumber the senate by ten.

What Change Means

The new apportionment means that only seven counties in the state will have more than one representative in the lower house next year, whereas twice that number of counties had two or more in 1919. Nezperce county, where 3289 votes were cast for governor in 1918, gets only one representative, while Caribou, with only 461 votes, has equal representation.

Three reasons exist for the big decrease in the number of votes cast in 1918, compared with previous elections in Idaho – the influenza epidemic, which raged about the time of the last election, failure of voters to go to the polls because of unconcern, and the fact that many voters were in the army and navy and did not cast ballots at the last election.

Situation Unheeded

The legislature, cognizant of the paucity of votes, nevertheless failed to provide a new plan for apportionment this year and the secretary of state was required to comply with the following sections of the statues:

Sec. 52. Representatives Districts.

The several counties shall elect members of the house of representatives as follows: Each county shall elect one representative for each 2500 votes and remaining fraction thereof amounting to 1000 votes or more cast in said county at the last general election, based on the total vote cast for all candidates for governor; provided, that there shall be at least one representative from each county.

Sec. 54. Duty of Secretary of State

The secretary of state must certify to the county auditor of each county on or before the first day of April preceding a general election the number of representatives in the legislature said county will be entitled to elect at the following election.

Where Members Come From

Here is the new apportionment:

The number of representatives each county is entitled to elect to the house of representatives of the Idaho state legislature which convenes January 3, 1921, is as follows:

Ada, 4; Adams, 1; Bannock, 2; Bear Lake, 1; Benewah, 1; Bingham, 1; Blaine, 1; Boise, 1; Bonner, 1; Bonneville, 1; Boundary, 1; Butte, 1; Camas, 1; Canyon, 2; Caribou, 1; Cassin, 1; Clark, 1; Clearwater, 1; Custer, 1; Elmore, 1; Franklin, 1; Fremont, 1; Gem, 1; Gooding, 1; Idaho, 1; Jefferson, 1; Jerome, 1; Kootenai, 2; Latah, 2; Lemhi 1; Lewis, 1; Lincoln, 1; Madison, 1; Minidoka, 1; Nezperce, 1; Oneida, 1; Owyhee, 1; Payette, 1; Power, 1; Shoshone, 2; Teton, 1; Twin Falls, 3; Valley, 1; Washington, 1. Total 54.
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Highway Closed For Period of 30 Days

The North and South highway will be closed for a distance of about a mile up the Salmon river from a point one-half mile south of the Doumecq place, for a period of thirty days, it is announced by Grant Smith & Co., highway contractors. Excavation is now in progress on this stretch of road, and it is impossible for teams to pass over the road. Mail is being packed around the obstructed section of the road.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho), 26 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. February 26, 1920, Page 2

Doumecq

(Special Correspondence)

The Rev. G. W. Gamble held preaching services Sunday. He was unable to keep his last appointment on account of the influenza quarantine.

The play which was presented in the Doumecq schoolhouse Friday night was successful. The crowd though not large, was appreciative and caused the players to do their best. Proceeds from the play and dance were devided [sic] between the two schools.

Miss Iowa Wann, who teachers at Bug Slope, attended the play and dance Friday night.

(ibid, page 2)
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Idaho County Free Press. February 26, 1920, Page 4

Whitebird

(Special Correspondence)

Mrs. W. Lane and family left recently for Nogalez, Ariz., where they were called on account of illness of Mrs. Lane’s father. Mrs. Land had not known of her father’s location for a number of years, until she received a telegram from a physician saying her father was there and dangerously ill. Mrs. Lane’s brother owns property, in Arizona and if she likes the location the family will make their home there.

Mrs. J. B. Hardman was called to Portland recently owing to illness of her mother.

The new primary teacher, Miss Ethel Davenport, arrived here last Thursday. She began teaching on Monday.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Wallace Miner. February 26, 1920, Page 6

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The Metals

Under date of February 18 the Engineering and Mining Journal has the following comment on the metal market: (…)

Copper — Copper has been very dull during the week and there has been very little or no buying by large consumers, who have been held back by lack of transportation facilities, due largely to congestion resulting from recent storms, and who have experienced much difficulty in some cases by labor shortage due to the epidemic of influenza. Large producers are not meeting the outside market, but are holding firm at around 19c. Export business is reported done regularly at 19c and a little higher.

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 26 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 26, 1920, Page 1

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Mrs. Lindley Not So Well

Mrs. E. H. Lidnley, wife of President Lindley of the University of Idaho, who has been critically ill with pneumonia following influenza, is not so well today. Her condition has caused some alarm but there is still strong hope that she will recover. Ernest Lindley, eldest son of President and Mrs. Lindley, who has been with the basket ball team of which he is captain, has been asked by telegraph to come home and is expected to reach Moscow tomorrow noon. Faculty women and neighbors are assisting in caring for Mrs. Lindley and her mother, Mrs. Kidder, who is also quite seriously ill with the disease. Yesterday it was believed that the crisis had been passed and that Mrs. Lindley was beginning to improve, but this proved a false hope as her condition is not as satisfactory today as yesterday.
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Short Skirts and Low Necks

The dress reformers will have to find some other platform than ill health upon which to state their attack on modern feminine attire. The world is full of fine, strong, healthy girls in short skirts and low necks. If the morals of the world can’t stand the low necks and the short skirts, it is the morals of the world which are unhealthy, the girls are all to the good. — Baker (Oregon) Herald.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 26, 1920, Page 3

Harvard Happenings – Aged Pioneer Miner Ill

Harvard — Frank Cochrane and John English went to Bovill Saturday to see “Uncle Pat” Flynn, who is quick sick at the Bovill hospital. Mr. Flynn, who was one of the early pioneers of the Hoodoo Mining district, is now past eighty years old and is getting quite feeble.

The influenza situation is greatly improved here. School reopened Monday after two weeks quarantine. While there were several cases of the disease in the community, all were of a mild type compared with a year ago, and those afflicted are on the road to a speedy recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Smith took their young son, Fred, to Spokane, for medical treatment the first of the week. The little fellow has been in poor health for some time.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 26, 1920, Page 5

City News

Miss Betty Dowdy, who with her brothers, Marvin and Marcus, spent the winter in California, returned home today, the brother having arrived two days ago. Miss Dowdy was ill in Spokane, where she was compelled to stay two weeks, on the journey home.

Mrs. W. H. Connor has gone to Cheney, Wash., where her daughter, Mrs. Cora Campbell is ill with influenza.

“Billie” Carter, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Carter, is quite ill with pneumonia.

A wire from Spokane, dated 10:42 this morning, to V. McQueen, a brother of Mrs. H. A. DeBolt, said: “Mother has pneumonia. Is getting worse all the time. S. T. DeBolt.” All relatives of the family here have been summoned, as little hope is now entertained for her recovery. Other members of the family are, it is believed, out of danger.

A two-reel film of Dodge Brothers ignition system will be given at the Y. M. C. A. This evening. Admission free.
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Cora Correspondence

Mr. Bursan has gone to Dakota to join his wife who has been very ill but is improving. Later they may go to Everett.

Mrs. Doupe is very ill with influenza.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Nezperce Herald., February 26, 1920, Page 1

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Local News

Curtis J. Miller is about his business activities again after a real tussle with the flu.

Mrs. Lizzie Ransier has a severe attack of influenza, contracted last Sunday when she spent the day in intensive work among the flu sufferers on Central Ridge.

Among the Nezpercers who have visited Central Ridge the past few days to render assistance among the influenza sufferers are the following: Misses Lottie Sorenson, Bertha Schafer, Blanche Sweet, Laura Jacobs; Mrs. Lizzie Ransier, Mrs. Frank Wright, and Messers. Roy Walters, Earl Hess, Floyd Jorgens, Ben Laier, Arthur Heston and Billie Conger. Calls have been coming in for assistance and Judge Niles and others here are making every effort to have people ready to meet these calls. Dr. Gist was expecting three nurses last night, to be supplied by the Lewiston Red Cross, but these failed to arrive. Many of the flu patients on the Ridge are showing good improvement, there are a few severe cases there still, with a continued tendency of the spreading of the malady in that neighborhood.
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Fred Williams is ill of the flu at the home of his uncle, C. T. Berry, in this city.
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County Spelling Contest March 23

On March 23, next a written spelling contest will be held among the schools of Lewis county that care to compete, according to advices being prepared and sent out by County Superintendent of Schools Miss Wilson.

Since this is to be a written match, definite plans can be made for it and carried out without probable interference by influenza conditions. The regular annual oral and written contest is set for March 19, the rules of which will be along lines of those which have gone before. Preliminary matches will be held by the several schools and winners at these matches will compete at the county contest at Nezperce on March 19. But the holding of this event will be contingent upon flu conditions within a limited time prior to that date, and the matter will be more or less in abeyance for the present.

The inter-county contest, which was to have been held at Lewiston on March 26, has been dropped for the reason that influenza outbreaks in sections of the five counties concerned make preliminary work for it impractical.
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Mrs. Anna Lomax-Walters Dead

The sad news was received here the first of the week that Mrs. Anna Walters, nee Miss Anna Lomax, had passed away at her home in Los Angeles, Cal., on the 17th instant as the result of an attack of influenza.

The deceased was about 35 years of age, and leaves her husband and two children. She was well known in Nezperce, where for a number of years she was a popular member of the sales force of the Felt Mercantile Co., during which time she was prominent in our social circles and made many warm friends in the community, who will be sadly impressed by the sad news of her untimely end.
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County Teachers Conference

It is planned to hold the conference of Lewis county school teachers at Ilo on Friday March 5, and the meeting of the school directors of the county on the following day. The program as arranged for the conference on its original date, Feb. 13, will be carried out as far as possible.
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Mrs. J. R. Hughes and baby daughter returned Tuesday from a visit with relatives in South Idaho, being well recovered from a severe flu attack which detained them at Spokane several days.
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Central Ridge News

Most every family that didn’t have the flu last winter is having it this, it seems.

The schools are closed this week on account of the flu.

Mrs. Stach and daughter, Hattie were called to the Bruce Senter home, where all are sick with the fly.

The Thostensons have a case of measles at their home, Lewis being confined with the ailment, but is getting along all right.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 26 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., February 26, 1920, Page 7

Local and Personal News Notes

Sheriff A. W. Mitchell has been on the sick list the past week with an attack bordering on the flu. His condition is improving at this time, however.

Mrs. E. Nelson and Mr. R. L. Ralstin, of Lewiston, came in Friday to visit Mr. and Mrs. Bert Ralstin, of near Mohler, and assist in caring for him during an attack of the flu.

Wilfred Waters, one of our well known young farmers of Route 2, has been confined to his home for some time by an attack of inflammatory rheumatism, but is said to be showing improvement at this time.

Tom Thompson was in Lewiston yesterday for treatment of wounds received in the service in France.
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For Mohler Postmastership

The department announces that an examination will be held at Ilo on March 13 for the filling of the postmastership of Mohler. That office pays a salary of $253 per year, and any adult residing in the territory served by that office may take this examination.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Nezperce Herald., February 26, 1920, Page 8

19200226NH2What Spreads Influenza?
Doctors, Boards of Health and Newspapers May Spread Influenza by Mental Suggestion.

[Editorial]

A well known citizen treats this important subject pointedly and interestingly as follows:

Common sense, supporting the doctrine of the church, affirms the golden mean between the extremes of co-called Christian Science (Mind Monism) and the Materialism (Matter Monism). It affirms the real existence of both mind and matter, but it also affirms the superiority of mind over matter. Common sense, confirmed by experience insists that mind is over matter.

Because mind is over matter, a clever doctor can, by mere mental suggestion, make you sick enough to die. Hypnotists can put some persons to sleep by mental suggestion. I have heard of medical fraternity initiations in which the victim almost died under the mental suggestion that blood was gushing from his arteries and veins. On the other hand, even in cases of pneumonia, patients sometimes fight their way back to health by sheer will power.

In view of these generally admitted facts, it is not improbable that much of the influenza epidemic is due to mental suggestion. I do not deny the germ theory. I believe that corn grows only where it is planted. But every farmer knows that corn will not grow, even if it is planted, unless the soil is also fit for it. Now medical men assure us that the pneumococci and other germs are nearly always present in the mouth of everyone. Lowered physical, and probably much more lowered mental resistance, makes the soil fit for the rapid growth of pneumococci. Doctors admit that they know little about the matter. But some of them hold that colds, la grippe, influenza and pneumonia are merely stages in such growth favored by the right mental and physical conditions in the patient.

It is my contention, therefore, that many disease epidemics are greatly promoted, if not even caused by mental suggestion. If newspapers from the very beginning would make no mention of the flu, and if no one started or repeated or exaggerated rumors about it, there would be far fewer persons suffering from such diseases.

Even boards of health are the victims of misguided mental suggestion. To a certain extent they are also, no doubt innocently, contributing to the spread of the disease by mental suggestion.

Doctors and health experts disagree as to the value of the drastic bans. In the fall of 1918, when in the city of New York the flu was a prevalent and virulent as elsewhere, no ban was proclaimed. The death rate there was less than elsewhere. It must make many of the doctors smile in their sleeves to observe how the public, once having worn the yoke of a ridiculous and valueless ban, clamor for the same or a similar yoke upon the reappearance of the flu even in a mild form. Like many other characteristics in our mental life, it makes a man think, if he thinks at all, that this “land of the free” has become the land of bunc.

The present epidemic was only mild all over the country. Except in this or that locality the death-rate was scarcely above the normal. Of course “it is decreed unto all men once to die, and after this the judgement.” But why worry about a death-rate that is scarcely above the normal? What would the public demand and the boards of health decree if we were undergoing a really serious disease epidemic, in which the death would take 10 to 25 percent of the population? I hope that the boards would become hysterical and do nothing. Otherwise we would probably be ordered to burn down our houses and cremate our clothes and our bodies.

If, then, this epidemic is largely due to mental suggestion, it must largely be overcome by mental suggestion. Newspapers should avoid headlines and sensationalism. They should publish the full truth and show that the present death-rate is not so very alarming.

If boards of health were one-tenth as zealous in proclaiming bans on suggestive films in the movies, on suggestive and immoral dances and fashions that corrupt morals and invite the spread of venereal diseases, as they are in giving sensational interviews to newspapers on the flu, they would become veritable towers of moral and physical strength in their respective communities.

(Not be misunderstood or misinterpreted in my intentions, I feel impelled to state expressly and emphatically that this article from start to finish was meant only for general application, not with any particular reference to our local board of health or out local doctors; every one of whom is held by the writer of these lines in the highest and most sincere esteems.) — A Citizen

(ibid, page 8)
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Further Reading

Northwest Mask Wars And Pandemics

NWPB News July 20, 2020 By Knute Berger

1918FluCincinatti-aVolunteers wearing gauze masks at a street kitchen in Cincinnati serve food to children of families afflicted by the flu pandemic in the winter of 1918-1919. Courtesy of Spokesman-Review Archives

Was there resistance to masks during the 1918 pandemic? Did they work? How was mask wearing enforced in the old days?

Quick answers: Yes, there was resistance and defiance, masks worked to limit or stall the spread of disease, and mask-wearing was sometimes enforced with fines, arrests, jail time and, in at least one case, gunfire.

After scouring press coverage on the West Coast during the 1918 flu era, I can say resistance to adopting masks was not universal, but it also was not uncommon. In Seattle, during the influenza’s lockdown period in October and November of 1918, people without masks were banned from public transit and ticketed or fined by members of the police’s masked “Flu Squad.” Headlines had a somewhat negative spin: “Thousands Are Hit with Flu Mask Order,” shouted one in the Seattle Star.

The masks recommended during the 1918 pandemic were made of heavy-duty six-ply cotton gauze. They were thick and no particular joy to wear. People who refused to wear them or couldn’t be bothered were called “mask slackers” or “mask scoffers.” During World War I, the term slacker described people who neglected their patriotic duty, almost as bad as being a draft dodger.

In Walla Walla, the chief of police, John Haven, refused to enforce a state mask mandate. He pointed out that he was going to meet heavy resistance and, anyway, that he had no authority to carry out a state directive, only city ordinances. Still, he also openly defied the instructions of the city’s health officer, J.E. Vanderpool, to follow the state health officer’s guidance.

Even as people dropped dead in Walla Walla and rural southeast Washington, business owners pushed to have their establishments — saloons and billiard halls — reopened in defiance of advice from most doctors and health officials.

Yakima was less reluctant to crack down on scoffers and slackers if they were doing business with the public. The city’s sanitation inspector arrested 15 people for “working or transacting business in a public place without wearing gauze masks prescribed by the city health commissioner,” according to a 1918 article in the Spokesman-Review. The problem was the merchants, not their customers. The business community held that the city had no authority to mandate masks.

Then, as now, health officials were divided on whether masks truly prevented the spread of Spanish influenza. Many understood that the chances of transmission were worse in enclosed public spaces, like churches and movie theaters, but opinion was divided on the efficacy of masks outdoors. Some believed the fresh air fought the flu, and encouraged people to open their windows and let in the bountiful breeze.

Mainstream medical belief held that going maskless could spread contagion. The thick multilayered gauze masks appeared to work in reducing new cases, and they proved effective for medical staff treating flu patients.

Other physicians claimed the masks themselves became an unsanitary health hazard if not cleaned and sterilized. Dr. J. C. Bainbridge, a prominent physician from Santa Barbara, California, claimed, “The common use of the mask tends to propagate rather than check influenza.” Others simply argued that masks had no effect. However, historians generally believe that social distancing and masks saved tens of thousands of lives since there was little else that proved truly effective, such as vaccines and serums.

Still, divided opinions and often localized health authority meant communities responded differently to the pandemic. Seattle and Spokane, for example, were generally mask compliant. Spokane, in fact, had trouble keeping up with the public demand for masks, and many of the coverings were hurriedly made and ill-fitting. The Spokesman-Review featured photographs of professional women in masks under the headline, “Women in Business Life Don ‘Flu’ Masks.” There was less enthusiasm in Portland, on the other hand, which did not pass a mask ordinance, with one city council member objecting that he would “not be muzzled with a mask like a hydrophobia dog.”

The San Francisco Bay Area saw reluctant acceptance of masks at first, then massive pushback. A mandatory ordinance, announced in bold headlines on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle in late October 1918, read: “Wear Your Mask! Commands Drastic New Ordinance.” It blared over the mugshots of city leaders all masked up like surgeons. Many equated mask compliance with patriotism and the war effort, an appeal that worked for many prior to the end of World War I with the signing of the armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, midpandemic on the West Coast.

In the debate over masks by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Seattle and Portland were cited as cities that had benefited from masking. Violators of the new San Francisco law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined between $5 and $100 and risked up to 10 days in jail. The city wasn’t fooling. By Nov. 10, a San Francisco Examiner headline read, “1,000 Alleged Mask Slacker Cases in Jails.” Judges tried to clear this mass of mask arrest cases as fast as possible with fines or two days in jail.

But the penalty, in some cases, could be even worse. Shortly after the mask rule went into effect, a local blacksmith named James Weisser was arrested for drunkenness and spent the night in jail. After release the next morning, he proceeded to publicly and loudly inveigh against the mask rule on the corner of Powell and Market streets, drawing a substantial crowd, according to the Examiner newspaper. This intersection is well known as the downtown jumping-off point of the city’s famed cable cars.

A deputy health inspector, Henry Miller, pushed his way through the crowd and ordered Weisser to get a mask at a nearby drugstore. Weisser then attacked Miller, flogging him with a pouch full of silver dollars and knocking him to the ground, where he continued the beating. Miller drew and fired his revolver, wounding Weisser and two bystanders, including a woman whose leg was grazed by a bullet. The crowd scattered and police arrested both Weisser and Miller. I could not find coverage of what happened to the two after that.

The city’s influenza numbers showed improvement less than three weeks after the mask ordinance went into effect. But, as in the current pandemic, opposite conclusions were drawn: Success could mean masks were no longer necessary, or could be a sign that the policy was working and should continue. That December, the mask order was lifted. Bay Area residents celebrated. In Oakland, one newspaper reported, “citizens made bonfires of their muzzles in the streets.”

But shortly after the mask bonfires, the Spanish flu reignited and cases climbed again. San Francisco reinstituted its mask rules in January 1919, triggering a rebellion that resulted in the formation of the Anti-Mask League. A mass meeting protesting the masks drew over 2,000 people. The league petitioned the city, demanding a rollback of the mask mandate, and officials complied a month later.

In Seattle, a similar narrative took hold. Once people were free of their masks, they refused to go back to them, even as flu cases started to rise again. A Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial in early December 1918 warned that reinstating health edicts would spark fear not of the flu, but of an excess of “regulatory zeal.” There was no indication, the editorial opined, that “another shutdown of business and revival of the mask would be tolerated.” Compliant Seattle was done with compliance.

Many observers of the time believed masks helped flatten the pandemic curve. When it came to stifling dissent, however, they proved an ineffective muzzle.

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source: Texas State University
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Road Reports Nov 28, 2021

Note: Hwy 55 is closed until at least Nov 28th, see below for link for updates.

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Most back country roads were NOT graded this season and are rough. This time of year there is snow in higher elevations. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are mostly bare with snow/ice in the shady places. 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 Webcam (check date on image)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Hwy 55 closed until at least Nov 28th

Visit (link) for updates
Smith’s Ferry Project: Starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, drivers can expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., the road will be open to one-way alternating traffic. Please note: the delays may be significant immediately after the road reopens due to large traffic volumes. Once this traffic clears, drivers can expect 15-minute delays. We encourage drivers to plan ahead and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
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Warm Lake Highway: Open – probably less snow by Sunday.
Report Friday (Nov 26) highway is snow covered (and ice over the summit) from Scott Valley all the way to the South Fork.
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) mail truck driver reports the county had plowed the highway, snow floor going over the summit, due to the cold the ice wasn’t slippery this morning.
Report Monday (Nov 22) about 7 or 8 miles of ice on the road over the top of Big Creek summit.
On Sunday (Nov 28) the SNOTEL site shows 10″ of snow.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open – probably less snow by Sunday.
Report Friday (Nov 26) snowy road from the top down to 4 Mile, then patchy snow. Lots of small rocks to dodge.
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) mail truck driver reports about 3″ of snow on the upper end of of the road, no trees or big rocks down.
Report Monday (Nov 22) road was dry, a lot of small rocks came down from the rain, but no trees to cut out.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open – probably less snow by Sunday.
Report Friday (Nov 26) snow cover on entire road, lots of rocks (and potholes) to dodge.
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) mail truck driver reports a little snow on the road this morning and “sneaky” pot holes.
Report Monday (Nov 22) – lots of pot holes and small rocks to dodge.

Johnson Creek Road: Closed on upper end? – Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) Mail truck driver says there is a sign on the highway saying Johnson Creek road is closed (he came in via the South Fork today.)
Report Monday (Nov 22) mail truck driver reported about 8″ of snow on the road up high.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed? – Snow getting deep on summit. Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) “Came over Lick Creek Road from Boise via hwy 95. There is solid snowpack from little Payette Lake down past Hum Creek. Several trees had been blown down and are partially buried by snow. Plus loose, larger rocks under the snow. Drifts exceed 10 inches with about 8 inches on top. Snow is loose with ice underneath and narrow ruts. Very little traffic has come over the summit in recent days and the road is no longer recommended for general passenger vehicles. A Subaru (that shall remain nameless) got stuck but was able to get going again after putting chains on.” – SA

Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed? – Likely deep snow up high. Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) “Yesterday we rode our tracked ATVs from YP to BC. The scariest part of the trip was from YP to the Profile Creek Road. There was a thin layer of ice that was VERY slippery: It felt like you might slide into the EF & that looked mighty cold. From that point on it was smooth sailing with a little more than a foot of snow on Profile Gap. The conditions yesterday were very poor going over Profile Gap for standard 4×4 vehicles: even tired ATVs & UTVs would be more fun than perhaps desired. Snowmobilers would not like the nearly bare road for the first couple of miles up Profile Road & the stretch from Jacob Ladder flat to the airstrip.” – C&L
Link: Video of side trip up toward Crater Peak
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – Likely snow up high.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) road was icy between YP and Profile Creek turnoff.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
The SNOTEL station showed 28″ snow Wednesday morning, Nov 24th.
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Open? travel at your own risk. Likely deep snow on summits.
No current report.

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Weather Reports Nov 21-27, 2021

Nov 21 Weather:

At 10am it was 18 degrees, clear and frosty. At 1245pm it was 36 degrees and mostly hazy. At 3pm it was 40 degrees and flat gray overcast. At 520pm it was 31 degrees and mostly clear. At 1030pm it looked mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 22, 2021 at 10:00AM
Almost clear, frosty
Max temperature 42 degrees F
Min temperature 18 degrees F
At observation 19 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Nov 22 Weather:

At 10am it was 19 degrees, almost clear sky and frosty. At 1pm it was 48 degrees and mostly clear. At 2pm it was 50 degrees, mostly clear and light breezes. At 530pm it was 31 degrees, calm and mostly clear. At 11pm it looked clear or mostly clear. Clouded up early morning.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 23, 2021 at 10:00AM
Low foggy overcast, snowing
Max temperature 51 degrees F
Min temperature 18 degrees F <– previous AM
At observation 28 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth Trace
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Nov 23 Weather:

Started snowing before 10am. At 10am it was 28 degrees, low foggy overcast and snowing big flakes, ground is white. Looks like a little rain with the snow before 1pm. At 250pm it was 32 degrees, low foggy overcast and light snow falling (3/8″ so far.) At 540pm it was 31 degrees and still snowing. At 730pm it was still snowing. At 1130pm it was not snowing and looked like another 1/2″ new since this afternoon. Broken overcast at 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 24, 2021 at 10:00AM
Mostly clear
Max temperature 33 degrees F
Min temperature 17 degrees F
At observation 18 degrees F
Precipitation 0.09 inch
Snowfall 1.5 inch
Snow depth 1.5 inch
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Nov 24 Weather:

At 10am it was 18 degrees, mostly clear sky. At 1pm it was 35 degrees and mostly clear. At 3pm it was 34 degrees, mostly clear (some thin haze and a few clouds) and cold light breeze. Dropped to 31 degrees before 330pm. At 550pm it was 23 degrees and likely mostly clear. At 1030pm lots of stars. Mostly clear at 130am.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 25, 2021 at 10:00AM
Partly hazy, snow depth 0″ to 1+”
Max temperature 39 degrees F
Min temperature 13 degrees F
At observation 19 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 1/2 inch
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Nov 25 Weather:

At 10am it was 19 degrees and partly hazy sky, snow depth ranged between 0″ to a little over 1″. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy. At 2pm it was 38 degrees and overcast. At 510pm it was 33 degrees, cold breeze and appears mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 26, 2021 at 10:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 43 degrees F
Min temperature 19 degrees F <– previous AM
At observation 34 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth Trace
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Nov 26 Weather:

At 10am it was 34 degrees and overcast. Snowing lightly before 11am – did not last long, no accumulation. At 230pm it was 37 degrees, overcast and light cold breeze. At 505pm it was 34 degrees and appears mostly clear. At 1030pm it appeared cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 27, 2021 at 10:00AM
Overcast
Max temperature 39 degrees F
Min temperature 27 degrees F
At observation 33 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth Trace
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Nov 27 Weather:

At 10am it was 33 degrees and overcast. At 1230pm it was mostly cloudy. At 510pm it was 37 degrees and cloudy. At 1130pm it looked cloudy. Above freezing overnight and a trace of rain fell at some point.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time November 28, 2021 at 10:20AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 44 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F <– previous AM
At observation 40 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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Venison Jalapeño-Cheddar Summer Sausage

You’ll love the sharp flavor of Cheddar cheese and spicy kick of jalapeño peppers in this venison summer sausage recipe.
By Raschell Rule
Yield: 3 venison summer sausage logs
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

3 pounds venison, ground
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 jalapeño peppers (or to taste), seeded and minced
3 tablespoons tender quick
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Mix the tender quick, water, mustard seed, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and liquid smoke together in a large bowl until the tender quick is dissolved. Add the ground venison, jalapeño peppers and cheese; mix well. Divide in thirds and roll into logs. Wrap tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 170 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

Unwrap the sausage logs and place on the prepared baking pan.

Bake for a few hours or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees.

Cool to room temperature and dab excess oil. Slice and serve.
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Air Stagnation Advisory Nov 26 to Dec 1

Air Stagnation Advisory Nov 26, 1125am to Dec 1, 11am

Yellow Pine Forecast

Saturday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Light north wind.

Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Sunday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Air Stagnation Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
1125 AM MST Fri Nov 26 2021

West Central Mountains-Lower Treasure Valley ID-
Upper Treasure Valley-Upper Weiser River-Harney County-
Baker County-Malheur County-Oregon Lower Treasure Valley-
1125 AM MST Fri Nov 26 2021 /1025 AM PST Fri Nov 26 2021/

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/
WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...An extended period of stagnant air, with light winds
  and little vertical mixing.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast and southeast Oregon and
  southwest and west central Idaho.

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Periods of air stagnation can lead to the buildup of
  pollutants near the surface.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This product concerns itself with
  meteorological conditions, not pollution. If pollution worsens,
  state DEQ`s will issue air quality information.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If possible, reduce or eliminate activities that contribute to
air pollution, such as outdoor burning, and the use of
residential wood burning devices.  Reduce vehicle trips and
vehicle idling as much as possible.  Check with local agencies
for possible restrictions in your area.

Hwy 55 Update Nov 24, 2021

Hwy 55 UPDATE #6: 1:30 P.M. 11/24/2021

Crews are making progress on the rock wall to secure the rockslide on SH-55 near Smiths Ferry. The road is still anticipated to be closed through at least Nov. 29. Please note that US-95 is the alternative route for this closure. For safety, local roads are restricted to non-local drivers.

ITD appreciates your patience and understanding during this holiday weekend as crews work to restore service of the highway. If you do travel for Thanksgiving, remember to check 511 for the latest road conditions, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and drive well

Road Reports Nov 24, 2021

Note: Hwy 55 is closed until at least Nov 28th, see below for link for updates.

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Most back country roads were NOT graded this season and are rough. This time of year there is snow in higher elevations. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have about an inch of snow and could be icy on cold mornings in the shade. 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 Webcam (check date on image)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Hwy 55 closed until at least Nov 28th

Visit (link) for updates
Smith’s Ferry Project: Starting Wednesday, Sept. 8, drivers can expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., the road will be open to one-way alternating traffic. Please note: the delays may be significant immediately after the road reopens due to large traffic volumes. Once this traffic clears, drivers can expect 15-minute delays. We encourage drivers to plan ahead and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
Project link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) mail truck driver reports the county had plowed the highway, snow floor going over the summit, due to the cold the ice wasn’t slippery this morning.
Report Monday (Nov 22) about 7 or 8 miles of ice on the road over the top of Big Creek summit.
On Wednesday (Nov 24) the SNOTEL site shows 12″ of snow.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) mail truck driver reports about 3″ of snow on the upper end of of the road, no trees or big rocks down.
Report Monday (Nov 22) road was dry, a lot of small rocks came down from the rain, but no trees to cut out.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) mail truck driver reports a little snow on the road this morning and “sneaky” pot holes.
Report Monday (Nov 22) – lots of pot holes and small rocks to dodge.

Johnson Creek Road: Closed? – Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Wednesday (Nov 24) Mail truck driver says there is a sign on the highway saying Johnson Creek road is closed (he came in via the South Fork today.)
Report Monday (Nov 22) mail truck driver reported about 8″ of snow on the road up high.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed? – Snow getting deep on summit. Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) “Came over Lick Creek Road from Boise via Hwy 95. There is solid snowpack from little Payette Lake down past Hum Creek. Several trees had been blown down and are partially buried by snow. Plus loose, larger rocks under the snow. Drifts exceed 10 inches with about 8 inches on top. Snow is loose with ice underneath and narrow ruts. Very little traffic has come over the summit in recent days and the road is no longer recommended for general passenger vehicles. A Subaru (that shall remain nameless) got stuck but was able to get going again after putting chains on.” – SA
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Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed? – Likely deep snow up high. Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) “Yesterday we rode our tracked ATVs from YP to BC. The scariest part of the trip was from YP to the Profile Creek Road. There was a thin layer of ice that was VERY slippery: It felt like you might slide into the EF and that looked mighty cold. From that point on it was smooth sailing with a little more than a foot of snow on Profile Gap. The conditions yesterday were very poor going over Profile Gap for standard 4×4 vehicles: even tired ATVs and UTVs would be more fun than perhaps desired. Snowmobilers would not like the nearly bare road for the first couple of miles up Profile Road & the stretch from Jacob Ladder flat to the airstrip.” – C&L
Link: Video of side trip up toward Crater Peak
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – Likely snow up high.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) road was icy between YP and Profile Creek turnoff.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
The SNOTEL station showed 28″ snow Wednesday morning, Nov 24th.
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Open? travel at your own risk. Likely deep snow on summits.
No current report.

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Hwy 55 Update Nov 23, 2021

Hwy 55 UPDATE #5: 1:30 P.M. 11/23/2021

Despite winter weather rolling through Idaho, work continues to secure the rockslide on State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry. The road will remain closed through Thanksgiving weekend, at least November 29. Please plan ahead to use US-95 as the alternate route for your holiday travels.