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Winter Weather Advisory Dec 11, 11am – Dec 12, 11am

Winter Weather Advisory Dec 11, 11am – Dec 12, 11am

Link to YP Forecast

Winter Weather Advisory

National Weather Service Boise ID
308 PM MST Mon Dec 10 2018


.A moisture packed system will initiate snowfall across the higher
elevations of Baker County, Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. Snowfall
will quickly spread into the central Idaho mountains, with
periods of moderate snowfall expected through Wednesday morning.
Snow will weaken Wednesday afternoon.

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Upper Weiser River-
Baker County-
308 PM MST Mon Dec 10 2018 /208 PM PST Mon Dec 10 2018/


* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions. Total
  snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up
  to 12 inches above 7500 ft. Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches generally
  anticipated below 3500 ft with 1 to 2 inches anticipated around
  Baker City, Oregon.

* WHERE...In Oregon, Baker County not including Baker City. In
  Idaho, West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and Upper Weiser

* WHEN...From 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Tuesday to 11 AM MST /10 AM
  PST/ Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall is expected to fall
  between 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ Tuesday through 5 AM MST /4 AM PST/
  on Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at
  times. Mountain passes will become snow covered and slick.
  Monitor road conditions before traveling.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will
cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Dec 9, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 9, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Ice Hole Campground Closed for the season
Firewood Season is Closed
December 21, Winter Solstice
December 25, Christmas
December 31, New Year’s Eve
~ 2019 Events ~
May 25, 2019 ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
Jul 13, 2019 Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14, 2019 Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)

Village News:

Midas Gold Holiday Celebration

There was a good turn out on Dec 8th, 12pm at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Dessert Social, update on the Community Agreement and celebration of 2018
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Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

Note: when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.

– CD
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“Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves, it is time to think of Christmas Bags again!! Let me know if you want to help!!”

Contact Nicki
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Come Spring…

“To Yellow Pine residents. I will be making several trips next spring and summer hauling out metal, appliances, etc. . If you need anything hauled away please get on the list. Vehicles require a title. I will be hauling gravel back if anyone is interested.”

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Be sure to buy your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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.

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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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It should be safe to put bird feeders back out, bears are hibernating (according to Jon Hunter our F&G CO.) However, foxes are coming around and they do like bird seed.

Please remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.

Local Events:

2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

The 2019 schedule for the Yellow Pine Escapades has been updated on the website!

Expect new escapades this coming year, including an ATV-UTV Photo Scavenger Hunt; two (yes, two) ATV-UTV rides, a golf tournament, and even a community yard sale. Other events will be added to the calendar as plans are finalized.

Join us for a great season of fun! The starting point for fun in Yellow Pine! The website includes information on the events hosted by the Yellow Pine Community Hall as well as the other “goings-on” in the village. Food, lodging and fuel are available in Yellow Pine.

Local Groups:


There was a YPWUA Annual Shareholder’s meeting Saturday July 7, no minutes yet.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

There was be a YPWUA meeting in October. (?)
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 18th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th. Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.
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YPFD News:

The next meeting to be May 18th, 2019 at the Community Hall

There was a YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting June 9, no minutes yet.
There was a YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting August 6, no minutes yet.
Sept 22nd YPFD meeting minutes posted in the Sept. 30th Yellow Pine Times.
October 6 YPFD meeting minutes posted in the Oct 21st Yellow Pine Times.

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

Fire Department Training on Sundays at 11am will resume in the Spring.

The YPFD has 2 Size Chimney Brushes with extension rods that were donated for use around YP. If you would like to borrow one, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you. The YPFD also has loanable mitigation tools, (Weed-Whacker, Hedge Trimmer, backpack blower and 16’ pole saw). If you would like to borrow one or all, please contact Cecil or Jeff and we’ll get them for you.

It’s also time to check the Smoke Alarm batteries and Fire Extinguishers. Please test the alarm and replace Smoke Alarm Batteries every year, if you have the replaceable battery type. Fire Extinguishers should be checked as well and should be easily seen and reachable. A good location for the Fire Extinguishers would be the kitchen and near the wood stove and/or fireplace. The needle should be in the green.

If you need a Smoke Detector or Fire Extinguisher for your YP residence please contact Jeff F.

Smoke Alarm Info:

Cooking safety in the home:

Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Winter Hours (?)
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Fall Hours: 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm 7 days a week.

Daily Menu: full Breakfast served also Burgers and Pizza for Afternoon and Evening. Good selection of Beer and Wine also sold by 6 and 12 pack. Fuel available 92 Octane. Wi Fi, Ice.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC

Buck Horn Outfitters in Idaho’s west Central Mountains in Units 25, 20 A, & 19 A. Providing Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Mountain lion, & Wolf Hunts. We offer Guided Rifle or Archery Hunts & Drop Camps. We are not about Quantity we are about providing Quality Hunts. My husband and I have been in the back country all our lives, we offer Deluxe camps with great food & our Guides know hunting, the back country and Stock.

Link to FB:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99. Breaks the Ice Barrier. Quick Melting action, even in heavy snow.
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Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Dec 3) overnight low of 20 degrees, overcast and a few flakes of snow for 5-10 minutes, 1″ new snow and 4″ total snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, jays visiting, raven calling and flying over the village. A little more traffic than usual. Breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine after lunch. Cool and mostly cloudy afternoon (broken clouds), high of 32 degrees. After sunset it was getting pretty cold but looked cloudy. Clearing during the night.

Tuesday (Dec 4) overnight low of 0 (zero!) degrees, clear sky this morning, very blue over the white snow covered trees. Stellar jay and hairy woodpecker visiting. Clear chilly afternoon, lots of sunshine, a few icicles dripping in the sun but below freezing, high of 30 degrees. Very little traffic, quiet day. Temps dropping with the sun, getting cold.

Wednesday (Dec 5) overnight low of -5 degrees, clear sky this morning and frosty. Fresh fox tracks. Still way below freezing at lunch time. Steller jay visiting. Mail truck was about half an hour late, driver reported no problems. Clear cold afternoon, the sun is making icicles drip even tho it is below freezing, high of 23 degrees. Single digits and dropping by sundown. Very cold night.

Thursday (Dec 6) overnight low of -7 degrees, clear sky, dry – little frost this morning. Fresh fox tracks and looks like a large deer or small elk wandered down the side of our road. Hairy woodpecker visiting early. Steller jays dropped by for lunch. Clear cold afternoon, just a hint of a breeze, high of 23 degrees. Light traffic. Clear sky and single digits by sundown. Lots of stars sparkling during the night.

Friday (Dec 7) overnight the low was probably around zero (-4F on the gizmo from the previous morning), it was 9 degrees at 1030am with clear sky and moderate frost. Steller jays, hairy woodpecker and a pine squirrel visiting for lunch. Clouds coming in after lunch time, mostly cloudy by early afternoon, high of 29 degrees. Gunfire started around 2pm, sounded like it was on this side of the river went on for quite some time. Overcast and “warm” late afternoon (warmer than it has been.) Days are getting shorter, nearly full dark by 545pm.

Saturday (Dec 8) overnight low was probably around 20 degrees (9F from yesterday morning was the low in the last 24 hours) it was 25 degrees at observation time and overcast. Jays and hairy woodpecker were early visitors. Light traffic this morning. Icicles dripping early afternoon even tho it was still below freezing and clouds blocked the sun, high of 30 degrees. Mostly clear at dusk but not as cold as previous evenings. Clear and stars sparkling at 10pm.

Sunday (Dec 9) overnight low of 8 degrees, mostly high thin wispy hazy clouds this morning, frosty and inversion building (smells like a city!) Heard some small birds twittering up on the hill. Moderate traffic today. Woodpecker visited at lunch time. Partly clear at noon, then overcast by early afternoon and icicles dripping, high of 38 degrees. Quiet late afternoon and evening. Looked overcast at dark.

Tips & Advice:

Be Ember Aware! Tip Series

“Used with permission from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Living With Fire program.”

Be Ember Aware Tip #8 – Window Warnings

Typically, the weakest parts of the exterior walls of your home during a wildfire are windows. Radiant heat and direct contact by flames can break window glass. This happens because the window glass that you can see heats to a different temperature than the glass protected by the window frame. This difference in temperature causes the glass to crack. If the broken glass falls out during a wildfire, embers can enter your home and ignite it from the inside. An open, screen-less window, is the most vulnerable to ember attack. Our “Be Ember Aware” window tips include the following:

* Install windows that are least dual paned with tempered glass. It will resist greater fire intensities than single pane windows. The type of frame material used, such as vinyl, wood, or metal, is not as important as the type of glass.
* Remove wooden flowerboxes from under windows or construct them of fire resistant materials and use fire resistant plants. Do not use wood or bark mulches in the planter boxes.
* Do not place the firewood stack under windows.
* Prepare 1/2-inch plywood covers that are sized and labeled for your windows. If there is time, you can attach these covers before you evacuate. Shutters (instead of the plywood covers) can also be used.
* Decayed wood window sills should be replaced. Decayed wood is easier to ignite than wood in good condition.
* Move easily ignited materials, such as curtains and overstuffed furniture, away from the window. If the window glass breaks and falls away, embers could enter the house and ignite them.

Before evacuating, make sure all your windows are closed. These include basements, garage, and vehicle windows.

[h/t Fire Chief Jeff]
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Protect your home (and more) from winter’s freeze

Presented by Wood River Insurance Nov 9, 2018

Freezing temperatures may be good for ice skating or building snowmen, but sub-freezing temperatures can be dangerous for the average person and his or her home.

Cold weather often leaves people scurrying to do whatever is necessary to safeguard themselves from the big chill. But it’s important homeowners also protect their homes in cold weather.

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Idaho mail carriers look to customers to keep them safe

Clear snow and ice away from mailboxes to help.

Dec 7, 2018 KIVI TV

Idaho Post Offices are asking customers to help keep carriers safe by clearing snow and ice from around mailboxes and walkways as soon as possible after it snows. Many mail carriers are hurt every year from slipping on the ice near mailboxes.

“We want our carriers to return home healthy each night,” said Boise Postmaster Dan Corral. “Keeping a path clear to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our carriers safe and ensuring mail delivery each day.”

Idaho postal carriers, who each make an average of more than 600 deliveries daily, will continue to do their best to deliver the mail, according to Corral, however when mailboxes and approaches to mailboxes are buried in snow and ice it can make it difficult for carriers to make deliveries safely. Unsafe conditions such as icy sidewalks or large amounts of snow blocking mailboxes can prevent mail delivery.


Idaho News:

Dec. 20 deadline noted for Valley, Adams property taxes

The Star-News December 6, 2018

The deadline for the first half of the year’s property taxes for Valley and Adams counties will be Thursday, Dec. 20.

Payments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the county courthouses in Cascade and Council. The treasurer offices in both counties are staffed Monday through Friday, including the lunch hour.

Late charges begin on Friday, Dec. 21, and interest begins on Jan. 1, so mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 20.

Valley County property owners can also pay their taxes with credit cards at

For more information, contact the treasurer’s office at 208-382-7110 or

Online credit card payments are available in Adams County at For questions, call 208-253-4263 extension 6 or write to christy.roach @

Payments also can be left in the payment drop box just outside the main courthouse entrance in Council.

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Dec. 13 hearing set on 12% hike in Cascade fire district rates

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 6, 2018

The Cascade Rural Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing next week on a proposed 12 percent increase in billing rates for services.

The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 13, at the district’s fire station at 109 E. Pine St, in Cascade.

The proposed rates would be charged to the insurance carrier of anyone receiving services for motor vehicle, hazardous materials, water and backcountry or special rescue incidents, said Pamela DeChambeau, who serves as the district’s secretary and treasurer.

“No one is exempt from these charges, but if they don’t have insurance, they are not charged,” she said.

Current rates have been in place since 2016.

This proposed increase in rates will not increase the property taxes charged to district land owners, DeChambeau said.

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McCall bans shooting firearms within city limits

Change closes loophole discovered after deer shooting

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 6, 2018

Shooting firearms in the City of McCall was banned last week by the McCall City Council.

The council split 4-1 to close a loophole in the current city code that was revealed when a deer was shot in October inside the city limits.

McCall Police Chief Justin Williams proposed the change following the Oct. 16 shooting of a deer near the corner of Lick Creek Road and Davis Avenue.

The police department asked the Valley County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to prosecute the shooter, a juvenile, under the previous city code.

No charges were brought because the previous code prohibited shooting air rifles and BB guns in the city limits, but did not mention firearms, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Serhiy Stavynskyy told The Star-News.

Hunting inside city limits is not prohibited under state law unless it would violate a city law, such as disturbing the peace, Stavynskyy said.

The juvenile, who was from Boise and was accompanied by his parents, had a valid hunting license and a deer tag, Stavynskyy said.

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New Meadows passes update to city code on neighborhood clean-ups

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News December 6, 2018

The first major update in two decades to a clean-up ordinance in the City of New Meadows has been passed by the New Meadows City Council.

The ordinance requires violators to remove public nuisances like inoperable vehicles, furniture, waste and old appliances visible from the street or neighboring properties from their yards.

The intent of the update is to make the ordinance more enforceable and understandable to the public. Subjective language in the original 1998 ordinance hindered these efforts, according to city officials.

The updated ordinance avoids redundancy and confusion by relying more heavily on language in the state’s code that already applies to cities.

Excessive weed growth is also more rigidly defined as any growth over eight inches tall that creates a public safety or health hazard.

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Sheriff fears trespass conflicts will result in death

IWF says it has proof gates are illegal

Dec 5, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise County, Idaho – People who love Idaho’s outdoors are outraged about what some are calling the theft of tens of thousands of acres of public land.

Now the Idaho Wildlife Federation says they have proof that gates installed by the billionaire Wilks brothers are illegal… And one of Idaho’s top sheriffs says he thinks the growing conflict will result in people being killed.

Since the Wilks brothers started purchasing Idaho forest land, no trespassing signs and orange gates dot the landscape.

… “The road by Horsethief Reservoir, the road to Fish Lake up by New Meadows, the road to Corral Creek Reservoir by Cascade, there are roads up in the Cabartan, there’s roads over by Council, and these are just roads blocked by the Wilks’s…. it’s all over the place.”

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US to shut down Idaho nuclear waste processing project

By Keith Ridler – 12/8/18

Boise, Idaho — Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public this week said the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project that employs 650 workers will end next year.

Officials said workers are wrapping up processing 85,000 cubic yards (65,000 cubic meters) of radioactive waste at the department’s 890-square-mile (2,300-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.


Scam Alert:

Scammers posing as Boise Fire, Ada paramedics ask for ‘donations’

Ada County Paramedics said the fraudulent calls appear to be part of a nationwide scam effort.

KTVB December 4, 2018

Boise — Scammers targeting people in the Treasure Valley have found a new tactic: Posing as local emergency responders seeking “donations.”

Officials say the criminals are trying to take advantage of their victims’ Christmastime charitable giving.


Mining News:

Midas Gold convenes advisory council without 3 agencies

Foundation will be formed with $820K start-up money

By Tom Grote for The Star-News December 6, 2018

Midas Gold has convened an advisory council of local governments, but three of the 10 prospective members have not yet decided if they will join.

A telephone conference was held on Friday with the initial members of the Stibnite Advisory Council, which will meet regularly with officials of Midas Gold to get updates on the planned gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

The first in-person meeting of the council was scheduled to be held Wednesday at the Midas Gold office in Donnelly.

The cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Council and Riggins as well as Idaho County and the village of Yellow Pine all have agreed to sign the Community Agreement with the Vancouver, B.C., company. The agreement took effect last Friday.

Still to decide on joining are the City of McCall, Valley County and Adams County.

Valley County commissioners will hold a workshop at 1 p.m. Monday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

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Valley commissioners set Monday workshop on Midas Gold agreement

The Star-News December 6, 2018

Valley County Commissioners have scheduled a public meeting on Monday to discuss the county’s possible involvement in the Midas Gold Community Agreement.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the Valley County Courthouse.

Public comment is encouraged at the meeting, which is on the commissioner’s agenda as a two-hour workshop.

Under the agreement, each community that signs on would appoint an individual to serve on the Stibnite Advisory Council.

The council would meet regularly to get updates from Midas Gold on the Stibnite Gold Project.

Each of the communities would also appoint one person to serve on the Stibnite Foundation, a charitable community foundation to be established to support projects that benefit communities surrounding the project.

The signers also agree to submit letters to the Forest Service as part of an effort by Midas Gold to encourage community participation in the permitting process.

Under the proposed agreement, Midas Gold would give the Stibnite Foundation cash and company stocks at various stages of the permitting process, construction and operation of the mine. There would be no restrictions on how the money given to the foundation would be spent.

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DEQ work crews work to fix second Triumph Mine tunnel collapse

Settlement reached in mine waste discharge case

Tony Evans Dec 7, 2018 IME

More than 200 million gallons of toxic water is backed up in tunnels behind plugs in the Triumph Mine. Express photo by Willy Cook

Department of Environmental Quality work crews have cleared a new tunnel collapse at the Triumph Mine in East Fork and released 30,000 gallons of toxic water into a surge pond reservoir.

It is the latest of efforts to secure 200 million gallons or more of toxic mine drainage in numerous tunnels in the abandoned mine.

A recent federal court case will ensure that more regular monitoring of mine waste discharge is undertaken by state agencies

From 1882 until 1957, the Triumph Mine—northeast of Hailey—produced silver, zinc and lead, and left tailings and water discharge from the mine tunnel contaminated with the heavy metals. In 1988, the DEQ found elevated levels of arsenic, zinc and manganese in nearby surface water.

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BLM releases Caldwell Canyon mine proposal

Dec 04, 2018 Local News 8

Soda Springs, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has slated two public meetings to discuss the proposed Caldwell Canyon Mine.

BLM has released a draft environmental impact statement analyzing a mine and reclamation plan from P4 Productions, LLC. P4 is a subsidiary of Bayer. The plan would develop several phosphate leases the company owns on Schmidt Ridge, about 13 miles east-northeast of Soda Springs.

If approved, the Caldwell Canyon Mine would sustain about 185 mining jobs and 585 plant jobs for an additional 40 years. BLM said it would aid the region by providing $49 million in annual payroll, taxes, royalties, purchases and sustaining support and service jobs.

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Montana judge nixes Idaho mining company’s challenge to ‘bad actor’ label

The Idaho mining company’s CEO was the former chief financial officer at Pegasus Mining, which went bankrupt in 1998 and saddled Montana with more than $35 million in pollution cleanup costs.

Associated Press December 8, 2018

Billings, Mont. — A Montana judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Idaho mining company seeking to overturn its designation as an industry “bad actor” because of pollution tied to its CEO.

District Judge Mike Menahan said Friday the complaint from Hecla Mining Co. was premature because the state’s designation is not final.

Montana’s bad actor law blocks individuals and companies who don’t clean up their old mines from starting new ones.


Public Lands:

Payette: Project would help prevent disastrous wildfires

Granite Meadows project would thin forests near McCall, NM

By Max Silverson for The Star-News December 6, 2018

Keith Lannom told an audience in McCall last week that the proposed Granite Meadows project was essential to protecting McCall and surrounding areas from devastation similar to the Camp Fire in California.

“That’s the absolute worst case scenario,” said Lannom, who is supervisor of the Payette National Forest. “That’s the kind of stuff that makes me not sleep at night.”

Lannom and other Payette personnel presented specifics on the proposed 83,000-acre Granite Meadows landscape restoration project at a public meeting at the supervisor’s office in McCall.

The project is proposed for two large tracts of land north and west of McCall as well as north of New Meadows. This area includes Brundage Mountain Resort and Bear Basin.

… Public comments on the Granite Meadows project can be submitted until Dec. 15. Public comments will also be accepted following the draft environmental impact statement, which is expected to be completed in summer 2019. Comments can be submitted by mail, email at or through the project webpage at

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Software developed at ISU aids wildfire response

12/3/18 AP

Pocatello, Idaho — Computer software that developed at Idaho State University to aid in post-wildfire recovery efforts is now being used by some fire managers during active fires.

The RECOVER software system takes 26 different types of data and layers them into one information map. The data includes topography like roadways, housing locations, soil types, water bodies and vegetation, and the program helps officials anticipate what might happen during or after a fire to make better management decisions.

Keith Weber is Idaho State University’s geographic information system director. He told the Idaho State Journal that the software has helped emergency responders make decisions on 50 fires this season alone, including the massive Woolsey Fire that burned more than 600 structures in Malibu, California.

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BLM Idaho Releases Greater Sage-Grouse Final EIS and Proposed RMP Amendments

BLM Proposes Increased Flexibility and Access in Sage-Grouse Plans

Date: December 6, 2018

Proposed amendments would align conservation efforts at state and federal levels

Boise, Idaho – In keeping with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s commitment to work closely with states to enhance conservation, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed plan amendments addressing Greater Sage-Grouse conservation on public land in Idaho.

The proposed plan amendments aim to better align BLM resource management plans with state plans for conserving sage-grouse populations, strike a regulatory balance and build greater trust among neighboring interests in Western communities. The proposed amendments and final EISs also addresses the issues remanded to the agency by a March 31, 2017, order by the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, which determined that the BLM had violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it finalized the 2015 Nevada plan.

“We have appreciated the opportunity to work with Governor Otter’s team on a carefully crafted amendment to the 2015 plans,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We know the successful conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse requires the shared stewardship vision of the states, private citizens, landowners and federal land management agencies including those within the Department of the Interior.”

Bernhardt continued, “With today’s action we have leaned forward to address the various states’ issues, while appropriately ensuring that we will continue to be focused on meaningfully addressing the threats to the Greater Sage-Grouse and making efforts to improve its habitat.”

The BLM developed the changes in collaboration with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, state wildlife managers, and other concerned organizations and individuals, largely through the Western Governors Association’s Sage-Grouse Task Force.

“It is refreshing to have a federal agency willing to listen to the people in Idaho on an issue so important to our state and the West,” Gov. Otter said. “I appreciate Secretary Zinke’s commitment to upholding our state-based conservation plan for sage-grouse. We worked hard to develop a plan that was based in science and appropriately tailored to address the primary threats in Idaho.”

The proposed changes refine the previous management plans adopted in 2015. Under the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the BLM is required by law to work cooperatively with states on land-use plans and amendments.

“This plan has garnered wide support from a variety of stakeholders, including private industry, state agencies, and non-profit organizations that recognize the importance of conserving Greater Sage-Grouse while sustaining the multiple uses on BLM lands that are critical to Idaho’s economy,” said Peter Ditton, Acting BLM Idaho State Director.

In Idaho, the proposed amendments would establish buffer distances corresponding to the state’s three types of habitat management areas; remove the Sagebrush Focal Area designation from the 2015 plans; and adjust objectives for grazing allotments that contain or overlap with sagebrush-steppe habitat. The amendment process also offered an opportunity for the BLM to align its mitigation requirements under FLPMA with those established under Idaho law.

The BLM has also published Final EISs for lands it manages in Colorado, Oregon, Nevada/ northeastern California, Utah and Wyoming.

Publication of the Final EIS and proposed amendments in tomorrow’s Federal Register initiates a 30-day protest period, which will run through January 8, 2019. The Idaho Governor also has 60 days to review the proposed amendments for consistency with state and local laws and regulations. The process will conclude with a Record of Decision (ROD) following resolution of any protests received during the 30-day review period.

Approval of BLM’s Idaho Final EIS Proposed Plan Amendment would require amendments to 21 current BLM resource management plans: Bennett Hills/Timmerman Hills, Big Desert, Big Lost, Bruneau, Cascade, Cassia, Challis, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Jarbidge (1988 and 2015 Revision), Kuna, Lemhi, Little Lost-Birch Creek, Magic, Medicine Lodge, Monument, Owyhee, Pocatello, Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Sun Valley and Twin Falls.

Anyone who participated in the process for the Idaho EIS and who has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by the proposed land use plan amendments in the Final EIS will have the opportunity to protest the proposed plan amendments.

The Final EIS is now available online at Instructions for filing a protest with the Director of the BLM regarding the Proposed RMPA/Final EIS are found online at All protests must be in writing and mailed to the appropriate address or submitted electronically through the BLM ePlanning project website. To submit a protest electronically, go to the ePlanning project webpage and follow the instructions at the top of the home page.

If submitting a protest in hard copy, it must be mailed to one of the following addresses:

* U.S. Postal Service Mail: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, P.O Box 71383, Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

* Overnight Delivery: BLM Director (210), Attention: Protest Coordinator, WO-210, 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20003

Protests submitted electronically by any means other than the ePlanning project website will be invalid unless a protest is also submitted in hard copy. Protests submitted by fax will also be invalid unless also submitted either through ePlanning project website protest section or in hard copy.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personally identifiable information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask the BLM in your comment to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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USFS Regional Intermountain News

Volume 2 Issue 15 December 4, 2018


Letter to Share:

Greetings Mystic Farm Followers!

I actually made a video of Hubcap choosing the two winning pork raffle tickets out of the big jug…unfortunately – try as I might – being a techno-weenie got the best of me and I couldn’t figure out how to download the video from my phone to this email. So, you will have to take my word for it:

And the winners are: Kathleen Bradley and Brian Harvey!

Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets with hopes of winning a half of gourmet heritage processed pork…and the fawns thank you! Also, a HUGE thank you to Makers Long Acres for donating the hog and to Panhandle Custom Meats for doing the processing. Great local businesses both.

Mystic Farm has a new logo! Check it out below. Definitely has a lot of the ‘cute factor’ going on, doesn’t it?


Finally, a reminder to get your Christmas orders in for Mystic Farm all natural candles, T-shirts, hoodies, hats and swag bags. Shipping is no problem!

Your continued support means more than you know. Couldn’t do any of this without you.

Dory McIsaac
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

Critter News:

Valley County Magistrate Court

The Star-News December 6, 2018

Wayne LaRoy Fregien, 81, Yellow Pine, Idaho Department of Fish and Game – unlawful hunting and taking of game animals, birds or furbearers, $25 fine.

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Freezing temps pose major risks to pets in winter

Brady Halbleib Dec 05, 2018 Local News 8

December marks the first month of the winter season. Snow and cold weather are beginning to become the norm around southeast Idaho. Keeping warm outside can be a challenge for many, but what about your pets? The cold weather poses a major threat to dogs during the winter.

Here are some tips to keep your animals safe during the winter months.

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Pet Talk – Bronchitis in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 7, 2018 IME

Bronchitis is an onset of inflammation or irritation of the small airways (bronchioles) and medium-size airways (bronchi) in the lungs of the dog. It usually lasts seven to 10 days and is associated with coughing. Causes of bronchitis in dogs include bacterial and viral infections, inhaled foreign objects, the rare parasitic infection and irritation from dust, smoke or fumes. Allergies are also very common causes. Very rarely, tumors arise in the lungs that press on the bronchi and cause coughing and bronchitis.

Your veterinarian always classifies the cough as dry and hacking, or moist and producing phlegm and mucus. A dry, hacking cough is typical of a viral infection, whereas a moist-sounding cough is more common with a bacterial infection. Sometimes the dog is systematically ill, especially if the lungs are involved in the infection.

Diagnosis of bronchitis in dogs is based on a thorough physical exam, especially excellent auscultation of the heart and lungs by your veterinarian with his stethoscope. Occasionally, heart abnormalities can cause a cough and secondary bronchitis. If the heart is normal, then your vet listens to the quality and types of lung sounds-squeaks, whistles, rasps, gurgles, dry or moist. X-rays of the lungs will usually show patterns of bronchitis diseases, and also pneumonias and tumors. Blood tests often show elevated white blood cell counts in the cases of bacterial bronchitis.

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Meridian vet helps little dog recover after having close call with hawk

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, December 3rd 2018

Meridian, Idaho (CBS2) — A little dog named Rocky had a close call with a hawk last week.

River City Veterinary Hospital helped Rocky recover after his owners heard a scuffle in the bushes and the hawk flew away.

Rocky didn’t fly off with the hawk, but he had several wounds and punctures in his chest and sides. River City Veterinary Hospital also fixed up a deep laceration through his tongue.

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FDA approves drugs for dogs scared by loud noise; is it right for your pet?

Corey Rangel Dec 7, 2018 KIVI TV

For dog owners, it can be a helpless feeling to see their pet panic. A newly approved drug hopes to help pets left paralyzed by the sound of fireworks and other loud noises.

“We have all the way from very mild to very severe cases, where dogs are going through windows and escaping through crates during noise events,” says Dr. Amy Pike, a veterinary behaviorist.

Dr. Pike is excited about a new drug, which was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help dogs who get stressed out by loud noises.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Last week of November 2018
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Boise wildlife project complete on Highway 21

by Scott Logan Thursday, December 6th 2018

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — It’s that time of year again when snow drives wildlife from the high country.

“This time of year we get anything between 5,000 and 8,000 mule deer coming from as far away as Stanley into the Treasure Valley, especially the Boise Wildlife Management Area,” said Krista Biorn, habitat biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “And as many as 1,800 elk migrate down here to their winter range.”

And this will be the first winter that the Idaho Fish and Game Department finds out how a new deer guard works to reduce collisions between deer and elk and people driving on Highway 21.

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Idaho to pay $260,000 in legal fees in dairy spying lawsuit

Animal rights activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state over its 2014 law making it a crime to surreptitiously videotape agriculture operations.

Associated Pres December 4, 2018

Idaho will have to pay $260,000 to attorneys for animal rights groups after federal courts ruled Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued the order Friday as part of a settlement between Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Animal Legal Defense Fund and others.

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Grand Teton seeks to eliminate mountain goats to help bighorns

AP Dec 04, 2018

Moose, Wyo. (AP) – Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many visitors to a national park in Wyoming but park officials say the agile animals might need to go.

Grand Teton National Park officials say the park’s 100 or so mountain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep.

The bighorn sheep herd had as many as 125 animals just a few years ago. The goats are thriving but spread disease and compete with the bighorns for food.

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Businesses brace for impact of suspended steelhead season

12/3/18 AP

Idaho businesses that rely on steelhead fishing are bracing for the financial impact of the fishing season’s suspension.

Fishing outfitters and guides along the Salmon River already are seeing spring booking cancellations due to the unknown status of spring steelhead season, the Post Register reported .

“It’s going to hurt the whole community, all of the communities along the Salmon River and the Clearwater,” said Jess Baugh, owner of Mountain River Outfitters, a family-owned fishing outfitter based in Riggins.

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Celebrations planned in Riggins as city reacts to reopening of Idaho steelhead fishing season

The community feared economic devastation from the shutdown, but now the steelhead season is reopened. “There is a huge weight lifted off of our community’s shoulders,” said Richard Friend, the owner of River Adventures Riggins. “We were facing economic disaster without our winter steelhead season.”

Joe Parris December 7, 2018 KTVB

Riggins, Idaho — Update: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission made an agreement to reopen the steelhead fishing season. The community of Riggins is now planning to celebrate the decision.


Fish & Game News:

Steelhead fishing continues uninterrupted with two new area closures

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, December 7, 2018

F&G Commission approved agreement with groups to continue steelhead fishing in Idaho with area closures

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Friday, Dec. 7 approved an agreement to keep most steelhead seasons open, but steelhead fishing in two areas will close effective 11:59 p.m. Dec. 7, 2018.

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More F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

True horsepower: Equines pull semi tractor-trailer up icy hill

By Circa and Storyful Dec 7, 2018

A pair of hardy Belgian draft horses pulled a semitractor-trailer up Lizzie and Jacob Hershberger’s steep and icy driveway in southern Minnesota on Wednesday after the owner of the truck, Craig Helgeson, got in a bit of trouble trying to make the journey.

Helgeson stepped out of the truck and let driver Josie Swartzentruber take over as the Hershbergers’ team of equines helped get the truck up the hill.

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We Hope Your Day Is As Great As This Snow-Loving Panda’s

Bei Bei in the Snow


Seasonal Humor:


Idaho History Dec 9, 2018

Del Davis

South Fork Salmon River, Valley County, Idaho

The richest “poor farm” in the world!

(click image for source size)

source: Find a Grave, Added by Dailyblest on 29 Apr 2010
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link to Willey (Rebillet) Ranch, South Fork of the Salmon River, Valley County, Idaho
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A life in the saddle

Text: Greg Wilson Photography: Jim Fowler

Early outfitters were a rare breed in Idaho, perhaps because there seemed to be no need for the moniker.

Informal guiding, on the other hand, dates back—at least—to the first time a stranger stepped onto the soil, long before statehood, and asked a Native American to point the way. If you lived in the Idaho wilderness, you found your own paths through it and shared them with anyone who may have asked for directions. Licensing? Why?

If you could stay alive out there, well, that seemed like license enough.

Nonetheless, in 1954, Idaho did license its first guides and outfitters—a few hardened men whose way of life evolved naturally into a way of making a living. Primarily fishermen and hunters, they emerged from the backcountry, the heart of the land, to share outdoor skills and local knowledge with “outsiders,” helping them bag a trophy elk or land an impressive rainbow, but also sharing a unique brand of Western personality, companionship, and wisdom. More than 400 licensed outfitters operate in Idaho today, employing more than 2,000 licensed guides; but, fifty years ago, they were few and far between.

Although many of these men are gone now, their stories, handed down by those who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with them in the backcountry, are still being told. The legend of hunting guide Del Davis, one of Idaho’s early outfitters, lives on through the words of fellow hunter, guide, and devoted friend, Jim Fowler, who says, “Del was tough as nails, sinewy and strong.” Davis was rugged, a reflection of the landscape in which he lived.

As Fowler recites the stories of Del Davis, it’s obvious that he treasures the days spent with this remarkable man. Fowler is excited and animated as he speaks, an endless stream of memories bubbling to the surface, one tumbling over the last. He can’t get the words out fast enough. It is clear that life in the mountains with Davis was a gift, a nearly mythological snapshot of life as it will never be again.

One of Fowler’s favorite memories is riding back into camp late at night, following a hunt. “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face,” he says. “You held onto the reigns and saddle horn with one hand, and shielded your face with the other so you didn’t get your eye poked out as you rode through trees, around bends, over humps, down trails, across creeks, and up ridges in absolute pitch black. It was never scary, though. You knew that you were ‘going for it’ on this horse in the middle of nowhere, but you also knew that you were going to be okay, because Del knew his trade. His horses had ridden these trails for years.

“He would always say, ‘Trust your horse. He knows the mountain better than you do. He’ll lead you back to camp.’ Del had this quiet hint of knowing what he was all about, and he always had this knowing smile on his face—not a smirk, but the smile of a very self-assured person.”

Fowler first learned of Davis in the 1980s, when he asked a man digging postholes in Hagerman if he knew of “any good old boys” who hunted elk. “The best man, period—the only man—is Del Davis,” affirmed the post digger, a man from Filer, Idaho, not just many miles away from the Davis Ranch, but worlds away.

During Davis’s ranching days, his closest neighbor, a hermit, lived three miles downriver.

“Del had such a reputation,” Fowler says, “that even the ‘average Joe’ had heard of him.” And that reputation spread well beyond Filer. When taking a break from the filming of the 1950s classic River of No Return, Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum found time to relax with Davis, pitching horseshoes and fishing the waters of the South Fork.

In the 1960s, when only 700 people lived in Ketchum and sleeping dogs easily outnumbered trucks on Main Street, Davis carved out a life on his ranch and in the wilderness of the remote and far less populated Salmon River Mountains, to our northeast. A native to Idaho, born in 1921, Davis worked his father’s ranch as a youngster and learned how to ride, mend fences, and drive cattle. During Davis’s ranching days, his closest neighbor, a hermit, lived three miles downriver. The nearest town was Yellow Pine, six miles away as the crow flies, but easily around 30 on the ground, over extremely difficult terrain. The town’s 2004 census reads: 42 people, 21 dogs, 6 horses, 2 mules, 12 cats, 4 rabbits, and 8 elk. It counted even fewer inhabitants nearly a half-century ago.

Resting along the banks of the South Fork of the Salmon River, the Davis Ranch was originally known as the Willey Ranch. The family of Norman B. Willey, Idaho’s first Lieutenant Governor, homesteaded the property in 1921. Davis is gone now, but his 240-acre ranch, surrounded by the Payette National Forest, remains one of the largest in-holdings on federal land in central Idaho.

Access to the ranch was difficult, as none of the roads leading out of Yellow Pine cut a straight path to the property: Williams Peak and the surrounding mountains blocked the way. An old dirt road, 12 miles long and built in the 1950s, did lead from the more distant mining town of Warren, but it had not been maintained for years. Using a bulldozer, Davis took the task upon himself. “If something needed doing, even a Herculean task,” says Fowler, “he got it done.”

Over the years, Davis found the road challenging to maintain. He carried two logs in the bed of his pickup to span frequent washouts, carefully maneuvering his truck over the makeshift bridges. Trenches dug on the uphill side of the road trapped the tires, forcing the truck to hug the steep hillsides to avoid a tumble down the cliff to the valley floor.

Fowler delivered supplies to Davis along this road as late as the 1980s, loading food, guns, refrigerators, stoves, and loads of hay into a high-clearance four-wheel-drive truck. Lashing the goods down tightly to prevent spilling, Fowler negotiated the rough, roller-coaster-like road, a four-hour journey that averaged speeds of two or three miles an hour and never exceeded a top speed of eight. Fowler recalls passengers opting to get out and walk rather than risk the drive.

Access wasn’t easy four decades ago, and it’s even more difficult today. “After Del died, the road went to hell,” says Fowler. “He was the only one maintaining it.” Today the road is impassable, completely washed out.

To create easier access to the ranch, Davis hopped back into the seat of his bulldozer and plowed an airstrip on his property. “Easy” is a matter of perspective, however. The new airstrip required a very skilled backcountry pilot to make a landing on the 20-degree slope. The takeoff, even more challenging, resembled an air stunt: a plane had to launch downhill off the 600-foot strip, and then bank steeply to avoid the cliffs directly across the runway. Bush pilots not only delivered ranch supplies to Davis, but also dropped off his mail, literally—tossing it out the window in a bag as they flew over the property.

Growing up in the Idaho wilderness, it was natural that Davis also learned to shoot a rifle—with such skill that it raised a few eyebrows when he joined the military, just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During basic training, Davis repeatedly fired bullet after bullet through the bull’s-eye of a target 1,000 yards distant. His superiors took notice and asked him to repeat the exercise. Davis effortlessly drilled the bulls-eye with a volley of shots a second time. “He was a true ‘deadeye,’” says Fowler.

The officer pulled the young Davis aside and said, “Son, we have a special job for you.” That marked the beginning of Davis’s days as a sniper, instructed to “take out” key German officers during World War II.

During basic training, Davis repeatedly fired bullet after bullet through the bull’s-eye of a target 1,000 yards distant.

In all the days Fowler spent riding the mountains on horseback with Davis, he recalls only a few times that Davis shared his war experiences. “He didn’t like to talk about it,” says Fowler. “He was a sharpshooter, but he wasn’t boastful.” According to Fowler, Davis once said simply, “I did things during WWII that I’m not proud of, but they [his superior officers] told me to do it, and I did.”

Following military service Davis returned to Idaho, married his sweetheart, Bonnie, and settled on the ranch, which had belonged to his wife’s family. “Bonnie was very much the maverick woman,” remembers Fowler. “She was like Annie Oakley, and she loved being in the mountains.” They, along with their children, lived on the property year-round.

(from obituary)

The ranch orchard produced peaches, apples, and pears. A cow provided milk. Davis also grew grapes, alfalfa, and vegetables. For meat, he hunted elk, mule deer, black bear, and chukar. He was also a fly fisherman and enjoyed catch-and-release fishing for steelhead on the Salmon River, but “caught-and-kept” native cutthroat and bull trout, which were plentiful at the time. Davis had great respect for the balance of nature, fully aware that his existence in the backcountry depended on it.

Multiple skills are required to live on an Idaho mountain ranch, then and now, but Davis fully embraced the challenge. He bred and broke his own horses and served as veterinarian, electrician, plumber, carpenter, logger, gardener, cattleman, cowboy, outfitter, and packer. He generated cash by many means, including mining for gold, recovering more than 300 ounces from his claim. Davis also built a house with timber he logged off the property. Using horses, he dragged the downed trees to the sawmill—which he configured to operate on power provided by a truck engine—and cut the logs into dimensional lumber suitable for construction. A mile-and-a-half-long trench, dug by hand, provided irrigation and delivered potable water to the house from Sheep Creek. Using gravity, PVC pipe, and creek water, Davis engineered a Pelton-style water wheel to generate electricity for the ranch.

Not averse to a little wilderness luxury, Davis flooded two porcelain tubs with the thermal waters of a nearby hot spring. Slipping out of a pair of dusty cowboy boots and into a soothing hot tub, blanketed by a starlit sky, must have felt like a step toward heaven after a long day’s work on the ranch. “Being a rancher and a mountain man,” says Fowler, “he had to do everything. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that Del, at sometime during his life, had delivered a baby!”

Without a telephone, the only link to the outside world was a ham radio—and that was just fine with Davis, a man who preferred the quiet mountain life. He cherished his privacy, but did enjoy talking to others living in the backcountry. “At night,” says Fowler, “he talked to ranchers and outfitters in Oregon and Idaho, giving support, or helping someone solve a problem. It was one big backcountry family, a world unto itself.”

Davis was a superb hunting guide. “He was always giving friendly advice to help a person ride better, or shoot straighter,” says Fowler. Davis was very observant and had a great knowledge of the outdoors, particularly the habits of elk. In summer he led his horses into the high country, leaving them at the headwaters of Sheep Creek to graze beneath the tall peaks flanking the valley. This grazing strategy served two purposes: the horses were prevented from devouring the scarce feed closer to the ranch, saving it for later in the year; and, when Davis returned to round them up in early September, he always found them near the elk. Knowing the elk’s location greatly increased his odds for a successful hunt when the time came. “He just had a lot of horse sense,” Fowler says, deadpan.

“Del was a very calm man,” adds Fowler, “but you didn’t want to get on the wrong side of him, because then he was like a stirred-up hornet.”

During hunting season, Davis established a camp high above the ranch house. One evening at the camp, he discovered that an elk hide he’d hung on a sapling had been dragged into the woods. As if setting a mousetrap, Davis hung another hide, tying one end of a horse’s lead rope to it and tethering the opposite end to a mare’s bell hung just outside the cook tent. He waited patiently until the rope pulled taut and the bell rang. Then Davis, the “the stirred-up hornet,” flew out of the tent, jumping and shouting at the thief like a man who had just stepped on hot coals in his stocking feet. A?startled?bear sprinted into the darkness, leaving the hide behind.

“I miss the man who is responsible for many of the best times in my life.”

Davis was naturally concerned about losing another hide, but his greater concern was for the others with him in the tent, and for the?horses hitched nearby. He returned to the tent and, in the light of the full moon, aimed his rifle through a small opening in the tent toward the hide. Bonnie had a flashlight steadied along the barrel, prepared to turn on the light and illuminate the rifle’s sights, and the culprit, at the ring of the bell. Davis and Bonnie waited in darkness as the others slept. The bell clanged once more, and for the last time. Bonnie lit up the target, a single gunshot echoed off the cliffs, and the bear was dead.

Another bear, years before, had made the mistake of challenging Davis. He and his hunting clients were horseback, riding a trail bordered by thick bushes as they tracked a bear wounded by an errant shot the day before. When they least expected it, the injured bear burst from the brush, ambushing the men. Surprise didn’t delay Davis’s reaction. Like a dueling gunfighter, he swiftly and without hesitation drew his pistol and mercifully dropped the charging bear, perhaps saving himself, his hunting partners, and his horses.

Davis was a quiet man. He would spin a tale or two for entertainment, but he didn’t brag about his sharpshooting, his role in World War II, or his run-ins with bears. These were just the hard facts of war and living in the West. Crafty, intelligent, skilled and aware, he simply did what had to be done. It was all about survival—but that’s not to say that every day represented a threat.

“He lived hard, partied hard, and loved his Coors,” says Fowler. “If you showed up at the ranch with a case of beer, you’d better plan on drinking the whole case right then and there, except for one six-pack put in the stream and kept cold to nurse hangovers the next day.” Fowler describes Davis as “the original Marlboro-type man, capable of moving mountains, but also just a great guy with a great heart. He’d do anything for anybody.”

Living in an isolated and remote part of Idaho, where it’s tough for Santa Claus to make his rounds during Christmas, Davis lent a hand, as most ranchers do. Dressing up as Santa, he mounted his horse for a ride through the mountains, singing Christmas carols for the other ranching families, his children following on horseback dressed as elves, spreading good wishes and cheer.

“I miss the man who’s responsible for many of the best times in my life,” muses Fowler, “whether it was riding the trails and returning to camp after dark, unsaddling and grooming the horses, or talking over the prospects of exploring new valleys. Sitting around the stove in his tent at day’s end, we would share a whiskey and listen to the tales of this man’s man.”

Davis guided into his sixth decade, but his lifelong habit of smoking unfiltered cigarettes eventually put him down. When he died in 1990, Bonnie continued to run the ranch until, 14 months later, the family home caught fire. A neighboring rancher died in the blaze. The house went up in smoke, marking the end of an era, a lifestyle, and a man’s dream. The wind scattered the ashes, leaving only the stories behind.

Greg Wilson is currently working toward a Master’s degree in English Education. Greg is captivated by the art of storytelling and, when he’s not studying or writing, one of his favorite pastimes is to spend time trading good stories among friends.

source: Sun Valley Magazine January 15, 2009
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Delton Arlie Davis

Birth: 22 Jan 1921 Midvale, Washington County, Idaho
Death: 20 Oct 1990 (aged 69) McCall, Valley County, Idaho
Burial: Davis Ranch Cemetery, Yellow Pine, Valley County
Plot: near Yellow Pine, Idaho on the South Fork of the Salmon River

Del was an Idaho outfitter and guide for most of his adult life. He loved and respected nature. His favorite pastimes were hunting, and fishing his beloved South Fork of the Salmon River, his dogs by his side, with wife and family scattered along the river bank. He loved to watch the sun come up in the morning, a good smoke, a long soak in the natural spring fed hot tub, the smell of crisp mountain air, watching elk on mountain slopes out the window from his dinner table, a cold beer and telling hunting stories.

Irvin Davis 1878–1936
Susan Maude Turner Davis McCormick 1881–1952

Troy Lee Davis 1903–1951
Cora Rea Davis Towell 1905–1928
Georgie I. Davis Towell 1907–1997
Margie Opal Davis Towell 1910–2000
Alpha Dean Davis Rotert 1927–2008

Thelma Rose Shipp Davis McMullen 1926–1990
Married 2nd: Bonnie Rebilet Hayward buried in McCall, Idaho.

Judy Davis Sharp Bates 1942–2004
Delton Irvin Davis 1944–2006

source: Find a Grave

Road Reports Dec 9, 2018

Time to start using the winter route (South Fork) to Yellow Pine. Be aware of winter conditions, roads are likely ice and snow covered. Higher elevation roads are closed per the Valley County Road Dept. Please share road reports. Conditions change quickly this time of year.

Yellow Pine: It has been dry and cold in Yellow Pine recently, we have 2-3″ of snow on the ground. Local streets are snow covered, packed tracks and icy in some places. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (appears out of order)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wednesday (Dec 5) the mail truck driver (Dean) reports snow on the highway all the way from Cascade.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams

South Fork Road: Tuesday (Dec 4) the South Fork was plowed out to Warm Lake Hwy. Report (Dec 5) mail truck driver (Dean) reports snow floor, no rocks or trees down. Report Thursday (Dec 6) a few bare spots of pavement on the lower end, no rocks or trees in the road.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Thursday (Dec 6) snow cover has improved the icy conditions, a few icy spots but not bad.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles (per Valley County Road Dept.)
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (per Valley County Road Dept.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

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

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Weather Reports Dec 2-8, 2018

Dec 2 Weather:

At 1030am it was 28 degrees, overcast (thin spots) and foggy mountains. 1.25″ new snow, 3″ total snow on the ground. Light short snow around 11am. Light short snow at 12pm. Brighter (thinner clouds) at 1pm. At 3pm it was 31 degrees, back to overcast, low clouds on VanMeter, and chilly light breeze. Snowed pretty good 4pm-430pm (about 1/2″.) At 530pm it was 28 degrees, low foggy overcast and snowing lightly. Light snow still falling at 8pm. Probably done by or before midnight.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 03, 2018 at 10:30AM
Overcast, a few flakes
Max temperature 33 degrees F
Min temperature 20 degrees F
At observation 23 degrees F
Precipitation 0.07 inch
Snowfall 1.0 inch
Snow depth 4 inch
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Dec 3 Weather:

At 1030am it was 23 degrees, overcast and a few flakes (lasted about 5-10 min.) Breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine after lunch. At 330pm it was 28 degrees, broken clouds. At 530pm it was 25 degrees and mostly cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 04, 2018 at 10:30AM
Max temperature 32 degrees F
Min temperature 0 degrees F
At observation 1 degrees F
Precipitation 0
Snowfall Trace
Snow depth 4 inch (est.)
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Dec 4 Weather:

At 1030am it was 1 degree and clear. At 230pm it was 27 and clear. At 530pm it was 12 degrees and clear. At 9pm it was 8 degrees.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 05, 2018 at 10:30AM
Clear and frosty
Max temperature 30 degrees F
Min temperature -5 degrees F
At observation -3 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 4 inch (est.)
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Dec 5 Weather:

At 1030am it was -3 degrees, clear sky and frosty. At 1230pm it was 18 degrees and clear. At 230pm it was 21 degrees and clear. At 5pm it was 10 degrees, 8 degrees at 530pm, and 6 degrees at 6pm. At 8pm it was 3 degrees and thin fog.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 06, 2018 at 10:30AM
Clear and cold, dry – light frost
Max temperature 23 degrees F
Min temperature -7 degrees F
At observation -4 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 4 inch (est.)
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Dec 6 Weather:

At 1030am it was -4 degrees, clear sky, dry – little frost. At 230pm it was 21 degrees and clear. At 530pm it was 8 degrees and clear. At 830pm it was 3 degrees and clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 07, 2018 at 10:30AM
Clear and moderate frost
Max temperature 23 degrees F
Min temperature -4 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 9 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 3 inch
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Dec 7 Weather:

At 1030am it was 9 degrees, clear very blue sky, moderate frost. Mostly cloudy by 1pm. At 3pm it was 26 degrees and overcast. At 545pm it was 24 degrees and cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 08, 2018 at 10:30AM
Max temperature 29 degrees F
Min temperature 9 degrees F <– yesterday morning
At observation 25 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 3 inch (est.)
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Dec 8 Weather:

At 1030am it was 25 degrees and overcast. At 245pm it was 30 degrees and mostly cloudy (a few cracks.) At 545pm it was 22 degrees and mostly clear. At 10pm clear, lots of stars.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time December 09, 2018 at 10:30AM
Mostly high thin wispy haze
Max temperature 30 degrees F
Min temperature 8 degrees F
At observation 12 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 2 inch (est)

French Christmas Cookies


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup 2% milk
2-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
2 cups milk chocolate chips


1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted


Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk. Gradually beat cracker crumbs into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts and 2 cups chocolate chips.

Fill 2-in. foil baking cup liners three-fourths full. Place 1 in. apart in 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Drizzle with melted chocolate; let stand until set.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew

Serves 8


10 red new potatoes, skin left on, halved
1/2 onion, diced
3 large carrots, washed and cut in big pieces
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
3 bay leaves
3 pounds stewing beef, cubed
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup mushrooms, halved
1-1/2 cups beef broth
1 bottle of beer
2 cans tomato sauce
1 large sprig of thyme
1 large sprig of rosemary


Place the potatoes, onion, carrot chunks, garlic and celery in the bottom of an 8-quart slow cooker. Top with bay leaves.

Season beef with salt and pepper in a bowl. Add flour and toss to coat.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute beef in batches until the pieces are browned on all sides. If the pan starts to run dry, add a little more olive oil.

Add the cooked meat to the slow cooker and top with mushrooms.

In a bowl, mix the beef broth, beer and tomato sauce. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.

Place the sprigs of thyme and rosemary on top and put the lid on the slow cooker.

Cook for 8 hours on low heat or 4 hours on high.