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Road Report May 23

Note: High elevation passes are still closed with snow. Spring road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for rocks and trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We have had sprinkles and showers the last 3 days (loud thunderstorm yesterday, not much rain.) Pot holes had a little water in them yesterday, not too dusty – yet. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

Warm Lake Highway: (May 23) mail truck driver (Robert) reports clear pavement over the summit.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (May 23) mail truck driver (Robert) reports the South Fork road is clear, no rocks or trees to move today.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report (May 23) mail truck driver reports the EFSF road is still in good shape, county graded it last week.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No current report. Road between Yellow Pine and the dump has not been graded and last report was “bumpy”.
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark for winter to full sized vehicles. There is less than 2 feet of snow at 6500′ per the SNOTEL stations.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Lick Creek: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles. Open between Yellow Pine and Zena Creek Ranch.
Update from FS: The Lick Creek road is slowly opening up. Currently visitors can access from the South Fork Salmon River road and get almost to Foolhen Meadows, approx. 1 mile below the Hum Lake trailhead.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles.
Trail Report: from (May 10, 2018) video link:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. Friday (May 11) report that it’s rough in some places, some wash boards starting, and still fairly smooth in other places.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Not advised to go beyond Stibnite, snow in the high elevations. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.
(May 21) Warren Wagon Road is open to Secesh and Warren.
(May 23) Secesh Summit (McCall to Warren). Valley County plowed the road open this week.
(May 23) Warren Summit (Warren to the South Fork of the Salmon River) is open with caution as Valley County has not surveyed the roadway for damage yet – travelers may run into road issues.

Deadwood Summit: Report (May 19) from Deadwood Outfitters: Road open to Deadwood over Fir Creek 4×4 required.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′


Village News May 22, 2018

Free Noxious Weed Program

Meeting with Valley County Weed Control Dept May 17, 2018

Steve Anderson our Valley County weed guy was scheduled to meet over coffee with whoever was available to talk about the weed control program and how it relates to Yellow Pine. Present were Lorinne Munn, Ann Forster and Jeff Forster.

Steve related they would bring up a team along with the chemicals and apparatus to mix the product which is Milestone a specialty herbicide. All that is needed is a place to convene and a water source to mix the chemical. Jeff offered the fire department grounds as a meeting place and water source.

A good time to meet would be a weekday such as Thursday where they could drop off the chemicals and apparatus and return on Monday to pick up the equipment. Mid June or early July would be the best time in terms of the weeds actually appearing. It was mentioned maybe June 14 or July 12 we need to work around special events on June 23 and June 30. Steve said he would check his calendar and get back to us on a specific date. We suggested making a presentation of the program at our June 9th Association Meeting. I will put it on the agenda.

Steve mentioned the program is the Landowner’s Assistance Cost share Program. The chemicals are provided for by the Department of Agriculture the product is $300.00 per gallon. The Cost share part is provided by the landowner by providing the labor to apply the product. Steve’s group will actually help the elderly or disabled by applying it for them. The other landowners must apply or have folks representing them apply the product to their land. Jeff said he would be the point man Identifying areas that need treatment as he bikes through the area a lot. Sherry Gordon has also identified areas that need attention. Sign up sheets are being distributed to those folks interested in taking advantage of this program. You must sign up to get treatment. As it turns out a bunch of us ladies have vowed to become a spraying team and I’m sure many guys will also step up.

Please contact Kathy Hall 208 633-6270 for forms and information dealing with the program here in Yellow Pine.

Steve hopes this will become a yearly project hoping to have Bethany and the Forest Service involved next year. He hopes to include outlying areas on board such as Johnson Creek, who have already been involved in the past and the Eugerin Ranch.

In response to inquiries about toxicity to animals Steve says as soon as it dries there is no concern. The only issue is not to use any animal waste for fertilizer in your garden from any animal that may have consumed any of the treated plants as it may kill your garden plants.

Submitted by Lorinne N. Munn
Secretary of the Village of Yellow Pine Association

link to form:

Steve Anderson from Valley County Weed Control
Office (208)382-7199
e-mail: SAnderson @
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Milestone® specialty herbicide

Link to info

Canada Thistle

Field Bindweed

Oxeye Daisy

Rush Skeletonweed

Spotted Knapweed

May 20, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

May 20, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 10 Burn Permits required
May 15 Firewood Season Starts – permits at The Corner
May 20 Noxious Weed Program deadline – could be extended
May 22 Next Festival Planning meeting 11am Community Hall
May 26 at 1pm ATV/UTV Rally to benefit the Community Hall
May 26 Willie and the Single Wides at The Corner
June 5 at 2pm Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class
June 9 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Commissioner Meeting
June 20 Yellow Pine Vet Clinic call 208-382-4590 for appointment
June 30 Golf Tournament
July 4 Parade 2pm and Fireworks at dusk
July 7 Community Hall Yard Sale 9am to Noon
August 3, 4, 5 Music and Harmonica Festival
September 8 at 10am Community Hall YP Fire Budget Hearing
(details below)
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Village News:

Dust Abatement Sign-up

It’s time to think dust abatement again. Word from North American Dust Control is that they will be in YP sometime in June. Please let me know if you are interested in having dust abatement done. fillerd2 @ or 633-6945. – Deb F.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report from Monday (May 14) that the bins at the transfer station were empty. Please remember, the bins are for household trash only. The road is rather rough between Yellow Pine and the dump.
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Burn Permits Needed After May 10

A reminder that May 10 is beginning of fire season where burning permits for open burning are required. The free permits show the fire officials who has a planned burn. Seeing smoke can easily raise concerns. When neighbors call in seeing smoke, the fire department can then see if that person has their burn permit or if they need to go and address the source of the unknown smoke.

Contact Fire Chief Jeff at 633-1010 or email j4star1911 @
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Noxious Weed Program

Free Valley County Weed Department Noxious Weed Program Yellow Pine Property Owners

Yes It Is Free please keep reading.

The Village of Yellow Pine was contacted by Steven Anderson of the Valley County Weed Dept. regarding a Noxious Weed Program for our area.

The way it will work is each property owner gives approval for Steve to go on your property and look for Noxious Weeds. Steve will be here in May to assess your property. Then he will return in June with all items needed to rid your property of the Noxious Weed.

At this time I need anyone who is interested to fill out the attached form and get it back to me or Lorrine at the Tavern by May 20. You also can go to the Tavern and fill out the form there and leave it with Lorrine.

My information:
Kathleen Hall 208 633-6270 or cell phone 630 915-1544 Email 75hallker @

link to form:

Steve Anderson from Valley County Weed Control
Office (208)382-7199
e-mail: SAnderson @
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Yellow Pine Vet Clinic June 20

Dr. Keith Ruble from Cascade Vet Clinic will be in Yellow Pine on Wednesday June 20th. You must sign up via the clinic by calling (208) 382-4590 (M-W-F) so they can bring charts and meds.
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Yard Sale – Saturday, July 7 9am-Noon

Garage Sale Date Change

Due to the busy day we will have on June 30, I have decided to more the garage sale to July 7 from 9-noon.

Everyone can bring their items anytime to the community hall. I will have a space marked for the items.

Please remember this is a Donation and Everything Must Work.

If you want your items back if they don’t sell you must pick them up at 12:30 on July 7th.

The proceeds of the Garage Sale will go to the maintenance of the Community Hall.

If you have questions please call Kathy Hall at 208 633 6270 or text to 630 915 1544

Thank you everyone for your support of the Yellow Pine Community Hall
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights.) Jukebox is up and going.
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The Corner

Saturday, May 26. Happy to say that Willie and the Single Wides will be bringing live music to The Corner for Memorial Day weekend. We can’t wait to see them again!

The Corner is open for Breakfast and Dinner with prior arrangements. Typically breakfast is served between 5 and 6 am with dinner between 6 and 7 pm.

The Corner Store is open as well, just call for grocery needs, fresh produce, eggs, meat etc.
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

The Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) class is a go. June 5th at 2:00 PM. I’ll provide the details of where, when we know what the weather will be like. Class details will follow. This class is open to all who would like to attend.

YP Fire Commissioner Meeting, June 9, 2018 – 10:00 Community Hall

YP Fire Budget Hearing: September 8, 2018 – 10:00 Community Hall

Fire Department Training on Sunday’s at 11:00 all are welcome

Test of the fire siren will resume beginning June 1, at 12:00 noon and go through November

CPR class coming to YP in June; Class details to be announced in the near future. If interested please notify Jeff or Ann.

Special Use Permit for Fire Station and Helispot:

The Boise National Forest has granted a “Special Use Permit” to the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District for the Fire Station lot and the Helispot. The Helispot is a new addition and the Fire Station lot was a renewal. This permit will expire 12/31/2037 (20 years) and will need to be rewed again at that time. Thanks to Jake Strohmeyer, District Ranger and Chris (Kit) Woras, Special Use Permit Administrator of the Boise Forest for spending a lot of time and correspondence to get this permit completed.


The Helispot needs a lot of work and a base needs to be put down before officially being used. I’m currently in discussion with some folks to help with the ground prep and to put the base down. Life Flight and other agencies will need to do an inspection as well before using the helispot.


Lifeflight has a new Base Manager. Doug advised me that LifeFlight will come out to YP to do a site visit to look at the Helispot and provide a Landing Zone class for anyone who would like to participate, all are welcome. As soon as I receive a date I’ll pass it along.

Anyone needing a Smoke/CO detector or fire extinguisher please let Jeff, Cecil or Dan know.

Jeff F.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.
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4th of July Golf Tournament June 30th

Our 20th annual Yellow Pine Golf Tournament will take place on June 30th 2018. The proceeds will go towards the Yellow Pine Medical Training and Supply Fund. By giving to this annual event, you’ll be supporting the village of Yellow Pine and our growing EMS service.

Thanks to Cascade Fire/EMS Fire Commissioners, Chief Steve Hull and the EMS Director Keri Donica, Yellow Pine is now a Cascade Fire/EMS Paramedic Ambulance Sub-station. This allows us to have equipment available in Yellow Pine to treat and care for patients in the field, not only First Aid but Advanced Life Support. Yellow Pine now has Nationally Registered: 4 EMR’s, 1 RN-EMT, and 1 Paramedic in Yellow Pine.

The cost for the event is $20/person or $50 will give you a sponsorship and pay for 2 players!

As a sponsor, your name will be put on a plaque, or you can provide your own sign for the event. This plaque will be posted on one of our 18 holes during the tournament.

To reserve a place in the tournament please contact Jeff or Ann Forster @ or call (208) 633-1010.

You can mail your payments to: P.O. Box 38 Yellow Pine, ID. 83677.

Please make checks payable to “Cascade Fire EMS” attn: YP Golf Tournament.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Jeff Forster – Paramedic & Ann Forster – BS, RN, EMT
Event Coordinators
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2018 H-Fest

Harmonica Meeting May 22 at 11am at the Community Hall 1pm everyone welcome.

We will be discussing our T Shirt Logo and checking on our task schedule.

The next meeting will be June 22

The 2018 T-shirt logo contest is closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a design.
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VYPA News:

Saturday, May 26 at 1pm Yellow Pine Escapade – an ATV/UTV Rally to benefit the Community Hall

link to FB image:

Join us for a fund-raising escapade in Yellow Pine.

The course is approximately 30 miles with 5 checkpoints.

Meet at the Community Hall at 1pm to sign in and get route details.

Come have some fun and help out the Community Hall.


1. Helmets MUST be worn by all participants/riders who are less than 16 years old.
2. Vehicle drivers shall have a valid driver’s license; under-aged, non-licensed drivers must have parental/guardian consent.
3. All traffic signs and road regulations shall be obeyed.
4. The event is not a race; drivers shall abide by the posted speed limit.
5. The rally is a fund raising event for the Yellow Pine Community Hall; all funds donated for participation will be used for this purpose.
6. A donation of $20.00 (cash or check) is to be paid to participate.
7. A participant is a person who has donated to participate.
8. Participants under the legal age of majority MUST have parental/guardian consent to participate.
9. A qualified vehicle shall have at least one participant on board. Multiple participants in the same vehicle are allowed.
10. The rally has a specified timeframe in which it must be completed.
11. The end of the rally is at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.
12. Consumption of alcoholic beverages by any participant/rider, before the end of the event is expressly forbidden.
13. The use of any narcotic or dangerous drug by any participant/rider is specifically prohibited.

Rules of the Rally:

1. At the starting point, each person who signed up and donated to participate is given a participant indicator.
2. The participant will follow the specified route and stop at each checkpoint.
3. At the checkpoint, each participant will be given a card which proves the participant was at the checkpoint.
4. Participants keep all of the cards they receive from all of the checkpoints.
5. At the specified rally end time, all participants bring their checkpoint cards and meet at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.
6. Winners will be verified, announced, and prizes awarded at the end of the event.

link to event on FB:

Next VYPA meeting June 2018
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Local Propane Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
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Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430

We have a great price on wild bird seed. $19.99 for a 50 lb bag. 12.99 for a 25 lb bag. We also sell suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. Niger Thistle seed $13.25 for 5 lbs.
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Local Observations:

Monday (May 14) overnight low of 33 degrees, clear sky this morning. Swallows are flying low, robins calling, finches eating sunflower seeds. A large pileated woodpecker was drumming on a power pole, showing off his red crest in the morning sun. Rufous and black-chinned (male) hummingbirds visited after lunch. Partly cloudy sky and warm mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. A few finches and cowbirds, colombian ground squirrels and a chipmunk stopped by. Mostly clear at sundown and mild. Robins and a mourning dove calling just before dark.

Tuesday (May 15) overnight low of 35 degrees, clear sky this morning. Swallows very active, a few finches, evening grosbeaks and robins, heard the squeaking wings of a mourning dove in flight. Clouds moving in by lunch time and a little breezy. Low flying airplane at 134pm. Cowbirds and jays joined the finches and grosbeaks at the feeders for a late lunch. A couple drops of rain this afternoon, then a blustery front came through in the early evening with gusty breezes and spatterings of rain on and off, high of 78 degrees. Robins chirping at dust. Reports of heartleaf arnica, bearberry and shooting stars blooming along the EFSF river.

Wednesday (May 16) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Robins, grosbeaks, jays and cowbirds this morning, all the various species of squirrels out and about including a chipmunk. Helicopter and airplane traffic most of the morning and into the afternoon. More grosbeaks joining the finches this afternoon. Rain showers late afternoon/early evening, high of 69 degrees. Male calliope and 2 male rufous hummers visited after the rain. A raven stopped by around sundown, bigger flock of cowbirds, no sign of tree swallows. Collared elk and yearling wandering down Westside Ave at dusk, robins cheerily chirping.

Thursday (May 17) overnight low of 40 degrees, overcast this morning. Swallows are back, lots of cowbirds, a few jays, robins and several finches. Two female yellow-headed blackbirds joined the cowbirds for lunch, pair of flickers calling from the power pole in the school yard. Sprinkles and rain showers on and off late afternoon ending at full dark, high of 70 degrees. Reports of heartleaf arnica and arrowleaf balsamroot blooming along the South Fork.

Friday (May 18) overnight low of 44 degrees, overcast this morning and a bit damp from the showers last evening. Swallows pairing up and claiming bird houses. Finches, cowbirds, grosbeaks and jays at the feeders this morning. Lilacs on the verge of blooming, bleeding hearts have lots of little flowers coming on. Daffodils are about done, a few still standing proud. Mourning dove calling from the forest after lunch, male rufous hummer guarding the feeder. Cloudy cool afternoon, little sprinkles of rain on and off into the evening, high of 63 degrees.

Saturday (May 19) overnight low of 39 degrees, almost clear sky this morning. A car alarm was going off this morning. Increasing traffic. Swallows flying low, finches, jays and grosbeaks at the feeders, male rufous hummer buzzing at any “intruders” near his feeder. Clouds building up after lunch time, cooler and a few sprinkles of rain early afternoon, high of 70 degrees. First blossom opened on the lilac bush, wild strawberries blooming like crazy. At sundown most of the sky covered in high thin clouds. Robins calling at dark.

Sunday (May 20) overnight low of 41 degrees, overcast this morning. Tree swallows flying low, seems most of them have claimed a bird house to sing from. Robins and and a few finches and evening grosbeaks, hummers showed up later in day. Pine squirrel dashing up and down the fence and a golden mantle ground squirrel doing chin-ups on the bird feeder, lots of colombian ground squirrels scampering about. Afternoon thunderstorm with light showers, high of 66 degrees. Both a white and red-breasted nuthatch visited. Very dark clouds early evening and more rain. Robins calling at dusk, no swallows visible.

Idaho News:

Yellow Pine to be base for ATV race on May 26

All-terrain vehicle drivers can start their engines and join the Yellow Pine Escapade fundraiser on Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.

The rally course will be about 30 miles long with five checkpoints. Participants will be given a card at each station to turn in at the finish line.

Cost is $20, and proceeds will benefit the Yellow Pine Community Hall. For more information, visit the Yellow Pine Facebook event page or call 208-633-6945.

source: The Star-News May 17, 2018
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Small missing airplane traveling from Boise to McCall found, one dead

by KBOI News Staff Monday, May 14th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — The small airplane that went missing on its way from Boise to McCall has been found along with the pilot who was deceased.

The Idaho Transportation Department says the plane left Boise at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday but failed to arrive in McCall. ITD says the flight path between Boise and McCall has been was searched by radar and cell phone.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office found that the missing plane would be in Valley County after further pings from the ELT were received by the US Air Force.

Idaho Civil Air Patrol found wreckage of the plane as they were searching the ground. The pilot of the plane was found deceased and is identified as 34-year-old Nolan Smith of Boise.

The plane was found east of MP 93 in the mountain area near Smiths Ferry.

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Health department to host clinic for hepatitis A vaccine

The Central District Health Department will hold a free walk-in hepatitis A vaccine clinics on Wednesday at Heartland Hunger Resource Center.

The clinic, which will start at 4 p.m., is being held to mark Hepatitis Awareness Month. The vaccines are free to uninsured adults ages 19 years and older.

No appointments are necessary, but doses are limited. For more information, call 208-630-8001.
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Health department offers screening for STIs

The Central District Health Department will offer free screenings for sexually transmitted infections during the month of June.

The testing is free, confidential and will include treatment if needed.

To schedule an appointment, call the Valley County office at 208-630-8002. For more information, visit

source: The Star-News May 17, 2018
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First Aid, CPR classes set for Donnelly June 4-5

The Donnelly Fire Department will teach a two-day CPR/AED and First Aid class beginning Monday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at the Donnelly Fire Station.

The CPR/AED course will be Monday, June 4. The First Aid class will be Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m.

Cost is $20, and space is limited. To register, call 208-325-8619. The Donnelly Fire Station is located at 244 W. Roseberry Rd.

source: The Star-News May 17, 2018
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McCall council split on July 4 parks alcohol ban

Nielsen, Holmes want to ease previous restrictions

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News May 17, 2018

The McCall City Council last week split 2-2 on whether to continue the ban on alcohol in the city’s parks during the Independent Day holiday.

Mayor Jackie Aymon and council member Bob Giles said they were in favor of imposing the ban for the third year in a row while council members Colby Nielsen and Melanie Holmes said they wanted to lift the ban this year.

Council member Thom Sowers was absent, so the council will discuss the matter again at a work session on May 30. Sowers did not respond to an email request by The Star-News on which way he is leaning on the subject.

City staff has recommended a 36-hour restriction to be levied on parks starting the night of July 3 and ending the morning of July 5. The recommendation for a shorter ban comes as a result of the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year.

Alcohol will be banned during the holiday for the third year in a row at North Beach on Payette Lake by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and Valley County. The ban will last 10 days and span the weekends before and after July 4.

North Beach was the site of impromptu beach parties by hundreds of young adults between 2007 and 2015 that officials said resulted in large amounts of trash and excessive alcohol use.

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Fire destroys Whitetail Club golf cart storage barn

Cause unknown in blaze that torched 50 member carts

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 17, 2018

Photo by Whitetail Club Security Staff

A fire destroyed a storage building at Whitetail Club Golf Course last Thursday containing 50 golf carts with golf clubs belonging to members.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported about 8:20 p.m. last Thursday, according to information from McCall Fire & EMS. The cause of the blaze was listed as unknown.

Firefighters from the McCall department and the Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District were called to the scene but were hampered by heavy smoke and extreme heat, Capt. Brandon Swain said.

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Whitewater fans expect banner year

May 16, 2018 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho’s Outfitters and Guides Association is expecting a big whitewater season this summer.

Snowpack ranging from 105 percent of normal in the Salmon River and Middle Fork basins to 120-145 percent of normal in the Clearwater and Panhandle basins foretells season-long flows, according to outfitters.

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Funnel cloud seen in the Treasure Valley

by KBOI News Staff Thursday, May 17th 2018

Funnel cloud seen in New Plymoth and Star area. (Photo courtesy Crystal Dawn)

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Funnel cloud Utah/Idaho border

May 17th

Thunderstorms near the Utah/Idaho border produced at least one funnel cloud yesterday afternoon.

Photo via Weather Service Pocatello FB link:

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Primary Results

Local News 8 May 16, 2018

Republicans Brad Little 72,391 37%
Democrats Paulette Jordan 38,458 58%
Lieutenant Governor
Republicans Janice McGeachin 51,079 29%
Democrats Kristin Collum 52,336 88%
1st Congressional District Representative
Republicans Russ Fulcher 42,793 43%
Democrats Cristina McNeil 19,069 70%
Idaho Legislature
District 8 Senator
Republicans Steven Thayn 4,568 56%
Valley County
Valley County Commissioner – 3rd District
Republicans Cecilia (Cec) Tyler 770 49%
McCall Hotel Tax 3% of hotel and rental charges for 10 years – Needs 60% to pass
In Favor 511 85% – Against 90 15%
Cascade School Levy $2.4 million over 10 years – Needs 55% to pass
In Favor 298 36% – Against 527 64%

source w/more info:
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Valley County Results

link (courtesy The Star-News):
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Tyler wins Republican primary for Valley commission

Stayton comes out on top in Valley treasurer’s race

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 17, 2018

Cecilia Tyler on Tuesday won the Republican primary for the Valley County commission seat from District 3, out-polling two opponents.

Gabe Stayton won the Republican nomination for Valley County Treasurer in a crowded six-way race.

Tyler received 770 votes, or 49 percent of the 1,572 votes cast. She was followed by Lonnie King with 508 votes, or 32 percent, and Ken Arment with 294 votes, or 19 percent.

Tyler will now face Democrat Dave Bingaman and independent Ed Allen in the Nov. 6 general election.

The winner will replace commissioner Bill Willey, who did not seek re-election to the seat that he has held since 2011.

Stayton received 339 votes, or 21 percent of the 1,594 votes cast. The next largest vote-getter was Rhonda Komula, who received 285 votes, or nearly 18 percent of the total.


Mining News:

Ask Midas: Financial Assurance

Midas Gold Idaho wants to keep the community informed about the work we are doing at the Stibnite Gold Project site. The Ask Midas blog series gives the experts in our company a chance to answer some of the community’s most frequently asked questions and help clear up any misconceptions around the project.

MYTH: Recent news stories claim that mining companies in the U.S. no longer have to provide proof of financial responsibility, also known as financial assurance or bonding, for the cost of environmental cleanup and reclamation.

FACT: Mining companies are still required to provide financial assurance for the cleanup and reclamation of the sites where they work. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was considering adding a new rule that would have required mining companies to provide additional financial assurance over and above what is already required. However, the Agency Administrator for the EPA determined that this would be a duplication of existing federal and state regulations that ensure mining companies prove the necessary funds set aside to reclaim project sites. This ruling aims to reduce unnecessary duplication of laws but does not let industry off the hook for responsible cleanup practices and providing financial assurance to ensure cleanup work is done. Reclamation and bonding is a requirement for all modern mining companies.

Midas Gold will be required by the U.S. Forest Service, and state agencies overseeing our project, to provide financial assurance and set aside millions of dollars to guarantee environmental restoration work is fully funded before we receive a permit.

If you have a question you would like us to answer, please email it to



Low-ignition Homes – Building materials

One of the most important responsibilities a WUI homeowner has is to reduce your home’s vulnerability to wildfire ignition.

Building Codes for New Construction

If you have not started constructing your new WUI home, an important consideration available to you that others do not have, the placement of your home and other structures on the landscape.

Draws act like chimneys and carry fire up slopes. If possible, locate new construction AWAY from the edges of draws and slopes.

Wildfires burn more rapidly up hills and draws, so try to place all structures on flat ground. If this is not possible, set building back 100 to 200-feet from the edges of slopes and avoid cantilevering any part of a structure over the edges.

Many communities in Idaho have adopted all or part of the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code (2006). These codes set standards for new construction and can include:

* Ignition resistant building materials.
* Ignition resistant building techniques.
* Driveway access for fire apparatus.
* Vegetation plans for new residences and subdivisions that provide defensible space.
* Sprinkler systems on structures over 5000 sq. ft.
* Proper address labels for emergency response.
* Other restrictions on outdoor burning, outside storage, etc.

For ordinances and building codes for your area, contact your local Idaho city or county Planning and Zoning Office.

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Agencies Promote Wildfire Awareness with Local Communities

Bureau of Land Management – Idaho Thursday, May 17, 2018

A partnership of federal land managers, local fire departments, and Idaho Firewise has announced the Every Yard Counts (EYC) Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about wildfires in the wildland-urban interface and what can be done to protect homes in southwest Idaho.

The Every Yard Counts Campaign focuses on creation of defensible space – the critical distance between a home and the potentially flammable brush and vegetation that can surround one’s property. The program aims to promote effective fire-resistant landscaping strategies to communities and individual homeowners to combat the increasing threat caused by wildland fire.


Public Lands:

BCYPSR May 24th Meeting Agenda

We will meet at the E.O.C in Cascade from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday May 24th. The Forest Service will present on their Land Resource Management Plan in the morning so come prepared with any questions. If you are not able to make it let me know if you would like to call in via a zoom webinar link by Wednesday morning and I will send you an email invite.

Josie Greenwood
STEAM and Environmental Educator
UI Valley County Extension Office
jgreenwood @

Big Creek/Yellow Pine/South Fork Collaborative Meeting Agenda
May 24th, 2018; 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
BCYPSR 5-24-18 Agenda.pdf

Collaborative Meeting Minutes April 26, 2018
BC-YP Meeting-April 26%2c 2018.pdf
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Temporary road closure near Idaho City due to logging operations

Boise, Idaho, May 19, 2017 –The Idaho City Ranger District is temporarily closing National Forest System (NFS) road 393, located west of Gold Fork Trailhead on Highway 21, to all public uses while salvage logging operations take place as a result of the Pioneer Fire. This closure will remain in effect through October 31, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

All motorists using Highway 21 in the Idaho City area should use caution since heavy traffic and large trucks will be traveling the area in support of various logging operations within the Pioneer Fire area.

Forest visitors are also reminded to be cautious this time of year when weather conditions are unpredictable. Roads may still be snow covered or muddy on much of the forest. Please know before you go and take precautions.

For all current closures within the Boise National Forest visit:
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Temporary road closure in Clear Creek drainage effective May 21

Boise, Idaho, May 19, 2017 – The Lowman Ranger District is temporarily closing a portion of National Forest System (NFS) road 582 within the Clear Creek drainage to motor vehicles while roadside hazard tree removal operations take place as a result of the Pioneer Fire. This temporary closure will begin May 21, and will remain in effect through July 15, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

This closed section will start at the junction of NFS road 545 (Long Creek) and proceed approximately 11.5 miles in a northerly direction to the junction with NFS road 510 (Horse Creek Summit). The lower end will remain open allowing Long Creek residents access to their homes.

All motorists in the Lowman area should use caution since heavy traffic and large trucks will be traveling the area in support of operations within the Clear Creek drainage.

Forest visitors are also reminded to be cautious this time of year when weather conditions are unpredictable. Roads may still be snow covered or muddy on much of the forest. Please know before you go and take precautions.

For all current closures within the Boise National Forest visit:
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Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Soliciting for Nominees

Contact: Joe Schindel (208) 373-4175

Boise, Idaho, May 14, 2018 – The Secure Rural Schools Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committee (RACs) as a mechanism for collaboration with local communities and federal land managers in recommending Title II projects. Secure Rural Schools funds are available to organizations, counties, and the Forest Service to accomplish work benefiting local communities and public lands. Projects may include: watershed restoration, sediment control, habitat improvement, invasive weed control and many other land management activities that directly benefit the American people.
Title II-Special Projects on Federal Land

Several Southwest Idaho RAC member’s terms have expired, the RAC is seeking to fill these vacant positions. If no new members are appointed the RAC will not be able to recommend fund distribution for selected projects. “There is a need for diverse and engaging applicants who can improve collaborative relationships and help represent land management opportunities and rural community interests,” said Richard Newton, Emmet District Ranger.

The Southwest Idaho RAC represents Ada, Adams, Boise, Elmore, Gem, Valley, and Washington counties and includes the Boise, Payette, Salmon-Challis (Middle Fork Ranger District), Sawtooth (portions of the SNRA and Fairfield Ranger District) and Wallowa-Whitman (Hells Canyon NRA) National Forests.

Each RAC consists of 15 members and 3 replacement members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Each nominee is required to submit a form AD-755 to the RAC Designated Federal Official (DFO) Richard Newton,, 1805 Highway 16, Room 5, Emmett, ID 83617-9076. The AD-755 can be downloaded from the Boise National Forest advisory committee site:

Applications Are Due July 29, 2018.

Committee members represent diverse interests within three categories. The Southwest Idaho RAC currently has 5 members and is soliciting nominees for Categories A, B and C.

Category A:

* Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
* Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
* Energy and mineral development interests; or commercial or recreational fishing interests
* Commercial timber industry
* Federal grazing or other land use permit holders or represent nonindustrial private forest land owners, within the area for which the RAC is organized

Category B:

* Nationally recognized environmental organizations
* Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
* Dispersed recreational activities
* Archaeological and historical interests
* Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations

Category C:

* Hold state elected office or their designee
* Hold county or local elected office
* Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
* Are school officials or teachers
* Represent the affected public at large.

The Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated on: their understanding of The Secure Rural Schools Act, diverse geographic representation across the area, diversity of applicants, community support, consensus-building ability, dedication to serving the community’s interests, and active participation in current natural resource issues.

The Secretary’s office processes all AD-755 forms and performs a background check on all nominees. Once nominees are cleared, the Secretary will review and make selections of new members. Appointed members will receive a letter from the Secretary including a certificate of appointment. This process, beginning with application submission through appointing new members may take several months.

Critter News:

Leave wildlife babies alone

By Mike Demick May 16, 2018 IME

Spring is here, and with it comes baby wildlife season. The chance of encountering young animals from baby birds to lone deer fawns increases. But what should you do—or not do—if you find a baby animal in your yard or in the hills?

While humans often have good intentions when they try to intervene, often more damage is done when we meddle with Mother Nature. Idaho Fish and Game offers this simple suggestion to those that discover baby animals that appear to be abandoned: Please leave them alone.

Each spring, a myriad of baby birds, ducklings, fawn mule deer, calf elk, bear cubs, baby raccoons, fox and rabbits are taken from the outdoors and brought to Fish and Game. The unfortunate part of these well-intended “rescues” is that in most cases, the animal was not lost, abandoned, or orphaned.

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Pet Talk – Glaucoma in dogs

by Dr. Karsten Fostvedt May 18, 2018 IME

Glaucoma is an increase in pressure within the eye and is a very common disease in dogs. Primary glaucoma is an inherited condition and usually affects both eyes. Secondary glaucoma can affect one or both eyes, depending on the cause.

Fluid in our eyeball is under constant production and drainage. With primary glaucoma, fluid in the front chamber of the eye backs up because of a malfunction in the drainage area, which causes an increase in pressure. With secondary glaucoma, the movement of the fluid within the eye is obstructed usually because of disease, such as uveitis, lens luxation, bleeding in the eye, tumors, prior intraocular surgery and other conditions.

Glaucoma will cause redness of the eye, watery discharge and marked pain. Without immediate treatment, it can cause severe cloudiness to the eye and blindness due to the death of retinal cells, the rods and cones in the back of the eye. Signs of glaucoma are very similar to many other eye diseases, so veterinarians always recommend that a painful red eye be checked immediately.

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New $16M animal shelter looks to give community a face-lift

5/14/18 AP

Hailey, Idaho — A new Idaho animal shelter will feature a “cat cafe,” where potential pet owners can order a coffee or cookies and go into a petting area to socialize with the shelter’s felines.

The Times-News reports the new $16 million Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley in Hailey, which is under construction, is set to open at the end of the year.

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Feral cats now considered invasive species, Idaho Humane Society reacts

by Sarah Jacobsen Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Boise, ID (KBOI) — The Western Governors Association released the top 50 invasive species in our region and one addition to the list may surprise you, feral cats.

And while the association is calling for euthanizing these animals, the Idaho Humane Society is stepping up to help these animals find loving homes.

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Cat saves family

“He’s been waiting his whole life to do this one heroic thing.”

by Christian Hauser, WKRC Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Green Township, Ohio (WKRC) — The Kecskes family knew something was wrong Tuesday morning when they were awoken by the family cat.

It turned out to be carbon monoxide. Investigators said the trouble started with a gas boiler in the basement. The family can’t use it again until it is professionally serviced.

Ariana Kecskes says the family cat, the normally quiet Mr. Boo, is the hero of the day. Mr. Boo is a rescue the family has had for about seven years.

…. There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the house but the family says they will go out and get some for the house.

full story:
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Second mountain lion spotted on ISU campus in 1 week

5/17/18 AP

Pocatello, Idaho — Idaho State University officials are warning people to use caution after a second mountain lion was spotted on the Pocatello campus in less than a week.

On May 11, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials tranquilized and relocated a cougar from a trail south of the university. On Wednesday, ISU officials issued a campus-wide alert after a resident reported spotting a mountain lion near the school’s Stephens Performing Arts Center.

ISU public safety officers, Pocatello police and state wildlife officials searched the area but didn’t find the big cat.

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1 dead, 1 injured after mountain lion attack on mountain bikers near North Bend

by KOMO Staff Saturday, May 19th 2018

North Bend, Wash. — A man is dead and another was taken to Harborview Medical Center on Saturday afternoon after a highly unusual fatal mountain lion attack near North Bend east of Seattle in the Cascades, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The 31-year-old man taken to the hospital is currently awake, alert and and was upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition as of Saturday evening, Harborview spokesperson Susan Gregg said.

The mountain lion was tracked and killed.

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Controversial wolf researcher agrees to leave WSU

5/15/18 AP

Pullman, Wash. — A controversial wolf researcher will accept a $300,000 settlement to leave Washington State University, the school said.

Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation Lab, sued the Pullman school for infringement of his academic freedom.

Wielgus angered ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second Week of May 2018
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Idaho man to serve month in jail in moose poaching case

5/18/18 AP

Coeur D’Alene, Idaho — A northern Idaho philanthropist convicted of poaching a moose near Mica Bay has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports 66-year-old John A. Huckabay was sentenced to two years in prison, but 1st District Judge Benjamin Simpson then suspended that sentence and ordered Huckabay to serve a month in jail without the chance of work release or public service release.

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Dozens more charges filed in wildlife poaching ring probe

By Evan Bush – 5/16/18 AP

Seattle — Prosecutors in Oregon have filed more than a hundred charges in an investigation of wildlife poaching that has spanned state lines and allegedly left dozens of animals shot illegally and sometimes left to rot.

The Wasco County District Attorney’s office charged eleven people with misdemeanor wildlife crimes in that county Tuesday. Some of those charged in Oregon are also being prosecuted in Washington state for allegedly killing bears, deer, elk or bobcats illegally. Members of the loose network often filmed or photographed their hunts, capturing gruesome scenes, including some in Washington that showed hunting dogs gnawing on dead or wounded bears. In some hunts, the alleged poachers left their prey to waste, collecting little meat or hide, investigators said.

Officials in both states have said the case is among the largest and most complex they’ve ever investigated, but still have not pinpointed any specific motives of the alleged poachers, other than to kill for thrill.

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Large bull escapes, takes out some shrubs in Meridian neighborhood

by KBOI News Staff Monday, May 14th 2018

Ada County Paramedics says the bull, named Ricky, got loose near Locust Grove and Ustick. Boise Fire, Meridian Police and one of Ada County Paramedic’s battalion chiefs helped wrangle Ricky. (Ada County Paramedics)

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BLM launches Wild Horse and Burro “Online Corral”

By Karole Honas May 18, 2018 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – For years the Bureau of Land Management has struggled to get its mustangs adopted.

There are more wild horses in the west then there is grass to feed them. The BLM rounds them up and allows them to be adopted, but it’s not cutting into the herds enough.

Now, the BLM hopes Wild Horse and Burro ‘Online Corral’ will connect Americans with adoptable animals.

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World Migratory Bird Day Highlights “Year of the Bird” – May 26, 2018 at Ponderosa State Park

Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945
May 18, 2018
Joint News Release from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Idaho State Parks & Recreation, and the Payette National Forest.

McCall, Idaho – As International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates its 25th year and has expanded across the globe, IMBD has become a single event, World Migratory Bird Day. “Year of the Bird” is the theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, an international celebration of the hundreds of bird species that migrate between their nesting habitats in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. This year we unify our voices for bird conservation and share ways to protect birds 365 days of the year.

There are many small actions people can take to help birds throughout the year, and across differing bird habitats. Transforming backyards into safe stopover sites with native vegetation, fresh water, and keeping cats indoors are some of the ideas we’ll explore on our local Bird Day, May 26, hosted by Ponderosa State Park in cooperation with Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Payette National Forest.

Join us for the following activities at Ponderosa State Park:

* 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Take a Buddy Birding and join the bird walk led by Diane Evans Mack, local birder with Idaho Fish and Game. Meet at the Fox Run trail head.

* 10:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. – Activities for all ages, including a Junior Rangers program. Meet at the Activity Center.

All participants are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for hiking. There is a $5.00 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee to the park, unless you have a valid Idaho Passport or Idaho Annual Pass attached to your vehicle.

For more information visit Ponderosa State Park, Payette National Forest, and IDFG Region 3 Facebook pages.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Fish and Game postpones decision on Chinook season

by Steve Bertel May 15, 2018 KIVI TV

Boise, ID – A late Chinook salmon return prompted Idaho Fish and Game commissioners to postpone a decision on setting summer fishing seasons on the Clearwater, South Fork of the Salmon and Upper Salmon rivers.

“Spring chinook fishing is currently open on several rivers, but fish have been slow to return and by Monday, May 14th, less than 800 spring Chinook had crossed Lower Granite Dam about 25 miles downstream from Lewiston. That’s less than 5 percent of the 10-year average for that date,” explained Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips.

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Spring chinook numbers on Snake, Columbia rivers improving

5/19/18 AP

Lewiston, Idaho — Spring chinook counts in the Snake and Columbia rivers are improving after a late start to this year’s run, but fishery managers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are still unsure how strong the final run will be.

Flows on the lower Columbia River have surged in recent weeks and may be the reason for a dip in the number of chinook passing Bonneville Dam last week and this week, The Lewiston Tribune reported .

Idaho’s harvest share for the Clearwater River and its tributaries could range between 1,000 and 2,500, said Joe DuPont, regional fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston. The lower number is based on how strong the run will be if its timing lines up with an average of other late runs. The larger number is based on a run timing that matches last year’s run, the latest ever recorded.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
May 18, 2018
Issue No. 873
Table of Contents

* Successful Lake Trout Suppression In Lake Pend Oreille Brings Back Kokanee; Walleye Next Challenge

* Study Looks At How Viral Disease Spreads To Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead, Hatcheries

* Spring Chinook Fishing Closed Until Run Update; Steelhead Fishing Opens In Lower Columbia

* As Spring Chinook Arrive, Steller Sea Lion Presence At Bonneville Dam Breaks Single Day Record

* Court-Ordered Spring Spill Now Moot As High Columbia/Snake Flows Forcing Involuntary Spill At Dams

* Flooding In Upper Basin Expected To Continue For Several Days; NOAA Says Above Normal Temps June-August

* Fearing Fish Disease Transmission, WDFW Denies Transfer Of Atlantic Salmon To Kitsap County Net Pens

* Draft Report On Columbia Basin Fish/Wildlife Costs In 2017 Out For Review; $450.4 Million

* NOAA Fisheries Seeking Comment On Upcoming Assessment Of Puget Sound Salmon Harvest Plan

* Montana Researchers Use Low-Cost, Aircraft Mounted ‘LiDAR’ To Locate Spawning Invasive Fish

* PGE Files Additional Points In Urging Judge To Dismiss Deschutes Water Quality Case

* Study Suggests Managers Should Reduce Fishing Pressure On Large Fish To Maintain Stocks

Fish & Game News:

Pocatello man sets new catch-and-release record for rainbow trout

30.5-inch fish tops the old record by an inch

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Provided by David Raisch

Would you release a 30.5-inch rainbow trout if you caught it? David Raisch of Pocatello did, and he’s now a state-record holder.

Raisch caught his record fish in late March and recently submitted it into Idaho Fish and Game’s catch and release records, which allows anglers to claim a state record while letting the fish live. The program started in 2016, and it complements the traditional “certified weight” records that require anglers to weigh the fish on a certified scale, which means the fish is typically killed.

Raisch was fly fishing in the Snake River when he landed the record rainbow, which coincidentally is where the previous record of 29.3 inches was caught.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Family realizes its ‘puppy’ is actually black bear

Bear transported to rescue center

May 14, 2018 Local News 8

A Chinese family has turned over its pet to a wildlife rescue center after they realized the puppy they had been raising for two years was actually a black bear.

Su Yun said she started to grow suspicious of the animal when she noticed its large size and even larger appetite.

Yun said the bear ate “a box of fruits and two buckets of noodles” every day, and had eventually grown to 250 pounds.

“The more he grew, the more like a bear he looked,” Yun told Chinese media.

The animal, an endangered Asiatic Black Bear, has been relocated to the Yunnan Wildlife Rescue Center. Staff were reportedly so intimated by the bear that they had to sedate it before transport.

The family says it brought the bear home thinking it was a Tibetan mastiff.


Seasonal Humor:


Idaho History May 20

Johnny Behind-The-Rocks McKeown

(click image to see original clipping)
photo caption: Johnny McKeown, who became known as Johnny Behind-the-Rocks, made his living by feeding the horses of passing freighters. He charged freighters 50-cents to feed the horses and let them rest at his place overnight. Guy Whitney, who at the age of 12 stopped at McKeown’s place with his father on a freight trip, said this photo epitomizes Johnny Behind-the-rocks. “Sometimes the smell would drive you out of his shack,” Whitney said.

McKeown fed horses for freighters

Every community has its characters, just like every family has an odd uncle or a slightly different aunt. Mountain Home’s history has a number of characters; one known to many early residents was “Johnny Behind-The-Rocks.”

John McKeown was first a placer miner in Silver City, Idaho City, North Idaho, and Rocky Bar. His final residence near Dixie was built into a large rock in lean-to fashion. The dwelling was a conglomeration of willows, straw, and boards. He didn’t use any nails and the door was an old horse blanket. He raised some stock and traded with people who came and went on the old toll roads.

Many conflicting stories exist about the personality of “Johnny Behind-The-Rocks.” He kept track of the comings and goings of people on the road and thus was able to pass a lot of gossip along.

Little is known about Johnny’s family except that his finely-dressed sister visited him once – one can hypothesize why she didn’t become a regular visitor.

Johnny wasn’t known for his delight with soap and water, thus the myth that a bath given during an illness by local do-gooders caused his demise.

source: Mountain Home High School 60’s Era Classes
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John M “Johnny Behind The Rocks” McKeown

(click for original image)
Added by Gravely and Morticia Diggens

Birth: 1826 Ireland
Death: 1915 Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho
Burial: Mountain View Cemetery Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho

source: Find a Grave
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A look into Mountain Home’s past

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Tomas Hiler

One of the more popular men buried in the cemetery is John McKeown, better known as “Johnny-Behind-the-Rocks.” He was originally a placer miner by trade.

Before coming to the Mountain Home vicinity, he worked in Silver City, Idaho City, North Idaho and Rocky Bar. He finally homesteaded near Dixie and spent the rest of his life raising cattle and horses.

In many ways, he was a very odd individual, although he was generous to those he liked.

He was a very dirty man at the time of his last sickness. When brought to town, he wore parts of six suits and several pair of underwear with approximately $1,500 in his pockets.

McKeown needed medical care, but the first order was to have him bathed and cleaned up. As the story goes, “He just couldn’t take a bath after so many years without one.”

He was buried in the Mountain Home Cemetery, and his monument was purchased with the money found on him when he died.

Meanwhile, a newly erected sign along the Highway 20 at the base of Bennett Mountain marks the closest location by the highway where Johnny lived.

source: Mountain Home News
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(click image for original)
Added by Gravely and Morticia Diggens

source: Find a Grave

Road Report May 20

Note: Spring road conditions change quickly. Be prepared for rocks and trees falling in the road. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We have had sprinkles and showers the last few days, not enough to fill the pot holes, but enough to keep the streets from getting too dusty – yet. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam:

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

Warm Lake Highway: (May 16) mail truck driver (Robert) reports clear pavement over the summit.
Big Creek Summit SNOTEL station 6580′

South Fork Road: (May 16) mail truck driver (Robert) reports he had to cut a tree laying across the road on Friday, today no trees or rocks to move.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report (May 15) the county graded the EFSF road, smooth driving from YP to the South Fork. (May 16) mail truck driver also reports the county had graded the road, much improved.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: (May 16) road between Yellow Pine and the dump has not been graded and is “bumpy”. The old mud hole by Golden Gate was reported mostly dry on May 9th.
Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed at Landmark for winter to full sized vehicles. There is over 2 feet of snow at 6500′ per the SNOTEL stations.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Lick Creek: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles. There is around 4 feet of snow at 6800′. Open between Yellow Pine and Zena Creek Ranch.
Update from FS: The Lick Creek road is slowly opening up. Currently visitors can access from the South Fork Salmon River road and get almost to Foolhen Meadows, approx. 1 mile below the Hum Lake trailhead.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Summit closed for winter to full sized vehicles.
Trail Report: report from (May 10, 2018) Lois & I came out of Big Creek & made the following observations:
From Big Creek to about a mile south of Belvedere Creek the road is bare. From that point to the Big Culvert (old exit to Cleveland Mine Road) the road is snow covered and about 4-5 feet of snow at the Big Culvert. At Profile Gap there is about 6 feet of snow. At entrance to Red Metal Mine Road there is about 4-5 feet of snow. At Missouri Ridge road entrance there is about 2 feet of snow, and at the rock pit there is about 1 foot of snow. A determined person with a high clearance 4×4 vehicle could probably drive to the rock pit; however there is a large cottonwood tree partially blocking the Profile Road about 1-2 miles from the EFSF Road. You can probably get a pickup past the tree (perhaps with a few scratches), but trailers will be a problem. In cool mornings the snow is so hard snowmobiles will tend to heat up, but by early afternoon the snow is mushy and hard to traverse. The warm temperatures of recent days is rapidly melting the snow.
For folks wanting a visual of conditions go to the following link:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam:

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. Friday (May 11) report that it’s rough in some places, some wash boards starting, and still fairly smooth in other places.

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Not advised to go beyond Stibnite, snow in the high elevations. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

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

Deadwood Summit: Report (May 19) from Deadwood Outfitters: Road open to Deadwood over Fir Creek.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
Deadwood Summit SNOTEL station 6860′

Weather Reports May 13-19

Johnson Creek Stream Gauge May 1-20, 2018
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May 13 Weather:

At 930am it was 52 degrees and mostly cloudy. Partly clear after lunch. At 330pm it was 62 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breezes. At 745pm it was 59 degrees and partly cloudy. At 930pm it was mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 14, 2018 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 67 degrees F
Min temperature 33 degrees F
At observation 49 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 14 Weather:

At 930am it was 49 degrees and clear. Early afternoon it was 73 degrees and partly cloudy. At 845pm it was 62 degrees and mostly clear.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 15, 2018 at 09:30AM
Clear sky
Max temperature 74 degrees F
Min temperature 35 degrees F
At observation 52 degrees F
Precipitation 0.00 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 15 Weather:

At 930am it was 52 degrees and clear. Clouds moving in by lunch time and a little breezy. Around 3pm it was 73 degrees and mostly cloudy, light breezes. A few drops of rain at 410pm. At 650pm wind gusting up and splatters of rain on and off. This pattern continued until around 745pm. At 815pm it was 57 degrees, overcast and lighter breezes. Sprinkles and splatters at 835pm. Steady light rain at 9pm. At 915pm it was 53 degrees and a few drops. At 10pm not raining, more like just really wet air.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 16, 2018 at 09:30AM
Mostly cloudy
Max temperature 78 degrees F
Min temperature 45 degrees F
At observation 53 degrees F
Precipitation 0.02 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 16 Weather:

At 930am it was 53 degrees and mostly cloudy. Light sprinkles on and off starting at 220pm. At 235pm it was 63 degrees and overcast, not sprinkling. Sprinkling again at 255pm, didn’t last long. A few drops at 603pm, bigger drops 606pm, moderate steady rain 610pm. slacked off the light rain at 620pm, drops and drops at 623pm, not raining at 626pm. A few drops before 8pm, then very light sprinkles At 815pm it was 57 degrees and a few drops falling, didn’t last long. At 915pm it was cloudy and a little breezy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 17, 2018 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 69 degrees F
Min temperature 40 degrees F
At observation 48 degrees F
Precipitation 0.07 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 17 Weather:

At 930am it was 48 degrees and overcast. At 245pm it was 66 degrees and mostly cloudy. Sprinkle of rain started at 449pm, until 509pm. Sprinkles on and off around 630pm (maybe earlier too) still dripping a little at 715pm. Steady rain still falling at 730pm. A break in the rain for a short time around 8pm, then sprinkles on and off. At 915pm it was 51 degrees and sprinkling, didn’t last long.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 18, 2018 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 70 degrees F
Min temperature 44 degrees F
At observation 51 degrees F
Precipitation 0.09 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 18 Weather:

At 930am it was 51 degrees and overcast. At 225pm it was 56 degrees, overcast and a few little tiny sprinkles starting. Sprinkled on and off late afternoon into the early evening. At 915pm it was 49 degrees and mostly cloudy.

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 19, 2018 at 09:30AM
Almost clear
Max temperature 63 degrees F
Min temperature 39 degrees F
At observation 50 degrees F
Precipitation 0.03 inch
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch
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May 19 Weather:

At 930am it was 50 degrees and almost clear, one tiny cloud. Partly cloudy and light breezes at 1pm. At 3pm it was 66 degrees, mostly cloudy and sprinkling a little. At 830pm it was 62 degrees and mostly cloudy (high and thin.)

NOAA Weather report:

Observation time May 20, 2018 at 09:30AM
Max temperature 70 degrees F
Min temperature 41 degrees F
At observation 53 degrees F
Precipitation Trace
Snowfall 0.0 inch
Snow depth 0 inch

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread – Super easy to make, very forgiving, it’s a quick homemade version of your favourite cinnamon bread.


Dry Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups plain flour (all purpose flour)
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

Wet Ingredients:

3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups sour cream (Note 1)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar:

4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed


Preheat oven to 180C/350F (all oven types).

Grease a loaf tin approximately 21 x 11 cm / 8″ x 4″ and line with baking paper, leaving overhang (see video).

Place Dry Ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Place Wet Ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk until combined.

Place Cinnamon Sugar ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine (it should be like a slurry, see video).

Make a well in the Dry Ingredients bowl. Pour in Wet Ingredients, then mix 12 – 15 times until just combined (few lumps ok, see video).

Spoon about 1/4 of the batter into the tin (about 3/5″ deep) and smooth surface.

Dollop about 1/3 of the Cinnamon Sugar over the batter.

Top with half the remaining batter. Dollop the remaining Cinnamon Sugar over the batter. Drag a butter knife back and forth (lengthwise and cross wisto make the swirls. Top with remaining batter – dollop it on, the more the Cinnamon Sugar is moved about, the more swirls.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Then remove and cover with foil, and bake for a further 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Stand in the tin for 5 minutes before lifting it out onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool before slicing (can still be warm but don’t slice while hot, may crumble). Moist and flavoursome enough to eat plain but a little extra butter doesn’t hurt.

Recipe Notes

1. You can substitute the sour cream with yoghurt. Full fat Greek or other non sweetened yoghurt is best, but even a low fat one will work.

2. Don’t stress if you don’t get lots of swirls. I was actually undecided whether to do swirls like you see in the photos, or a thick strip of cinnamon sugar in the middle because that concentrated buttery cinnamon sugar is SO GOOD! So whether you get swirls or end up with larger pockets, it’s a win either way (swirls look better but I swear larger pockets taste better!).

Quick note : The reason I cover the cinnamon sugar with batter rather than having swirls on the surface is because the cinnamon sugar will burn if it’s exposed on the top of the bread for whole time it’s baking. It’s ok if some bursts through while baking, you just don’t want any of it on top when you first put it in the oven. Hence why I do swirls BEFORE covering with batter.

3. Baked goods like this are always best served on the day of making it, but this keeps exceptionally well because it is so lovely and moist. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Also freezes great!

4. Feel free to add raising, other dried fruit, raspberries, blueberries, nuts, choc chips etc. The batter is quite thick so they will disperse well once baked (with thin batters, they sink).

5. Serves 8 to 10. I say 8 to be safe.