Category Archives: News 2016

Oct 23, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 23, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

YPWUA News: 

Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Please hold off on watering lawns so there is culinary water available for all.

VYPA News:

The community has ordered two new griddles for the community hall. Huge thanks to Cecil for doing the research in order to find ones that are suitable. Also thanks to Cecil for winterizing the community hall!

Also, Willie Sullivan has purchased the toilets for the community hall.

This Spring will be busy with projects to have all these items installed and in service.

– AF

Village News:


Just a reminder to folks in Yellow Pine that our local medical response is coordinated by Cascade Fire/EMS and Valley County’s 9-1-1 system. Our local medical folks check in with each other and have Valley County Radios to monitor the Valley County 9-1-1 dispatcher for calls in Yellow Pine. The ambulance stationed in Yellow Pine is only in-service when Jeff F is here per the State of Idaho, Health and Welfare. To activate an emergency response, please remember to call 9-1-1 as soon as you can. This allows the ambulance from Cascade to get rolling to YP and for the 9-1-1 dispatcher to track down our emergency responders. If you have a medical Emergency, Please Call 9-1-1.

– JF
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Ed’s Propane truck came in Oct 20th.

Amerigas Propane is due to come in Nov 1st. Call them at 208-634-8181 by Oct 26 to get on the list.

Local Observations:

Monday (Oct 17) rained most of the night, low clouds, misting a little and damp. Snow line lower on VanMeter (6500′?) and new snow on the very top of Golden Gate. Light rain most of the afternoon. Overcast evening and calm.

Tuesday (Oct 18) no frost, sprinkled off and on most of the night, low foggy clouds this morning, sprinkling and damp. Snow line lower on VanMeter (6000′?) and standing water and puddles down here. Spotted a pine squirrel in the yard. Sprinkles all morning. Rain showers off and on during the afternoon and evening. Power off and back on at 637pm. More rain after dark off and on into the night and early morning.

Wednesday (Oct 19) no frost, low clouds on the mountains but clear above and damp. Pot holes full of water. Snow line looks like its about 6000′ – fresh snow on top of Golden Gate peak. Partly sunny during the day and a little warmer, but the light afternoon breezes were chilling. Mostly clear by evening.

Thursday (Oct 20) dipped below freezing during the night, but clouds came in and temp above freezing before sunrise. Stellar jay in the yard. Cloudy all day and quiet. Breezy late afternoon.

Friday (Oct 21) no frost this morning, mostly cloudy. Increased traffic, more people around. Clouds all day, but sun broke thru every so often, a little warmer than it has been. Snow line is higher on VanMeter. Cloudy evening. Pine squirrel scolding from tree by the golf course.

Saturday (Oct 22) early morning rain, no frost, clearing above, low foggy clouds on the hills. Increased weekend traffic. As the day warmed up, the foggy clouds on the mountains dissipated, partly sunny at times mid-day. Overcast later in the afternoon and mild.

Sunday (Oct 23) no frost, heavy dew, some high haze but mostly clear this morning. Thicker haze after lunch time and filtered sun. Pine squirrel stashing pine cones this afternoon. Quiet evening and mostly cloudy.

Photo to Share:

Profile Pass on 10/20/2016


photo by Colleen Back

“Here’s a pic of Profile Pass on Oct 20th.  It was passable as you can see made easier with a lot of hunters coming in and out of Big Creek. Seems the next week will be better weather, so the pass will likely continue to be navigable for the time being.”

[Note: As of Oct 22nd, there was 10″ of snow at the pass.]

Letters to Share:

Gordon Cruickshank for Valley County Commissioner

As your Valley County Commissioner I want to highlight some of the accomplishments over the years and ongoing projects for Valley County:

• Donated land to build 72 Work Force Housing units in McCall
• Secured Grants with the Federal Highway Administration for Warm Lake Road (nearing completion) and Warren Wagon Road (scheduled for 2017)
• East Lake Fork Bridge replacement with another Grant in the coming years
• Fire Wise Grants to help reduce the risk of fire in many areas of the county
• Grants supported the purchase of the Wellington Recreation Area and new campground
• A grant to study the possibility of a Bio-Mass Campus in Valley County
• Securing easements for the Snowmobile Grooming Program
• Testified in front of a Congressional Senate Committee on the impacts of the Endangered Species Act to communities
• Testified twice to Congressional House Committees on utilizing the Idaho Department of Lands for an optional timber management program on the National Forest without Transferring Ownership of the Public Lands

Gordon Cruickshank
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Sean Gould for Valley County Commissioner

Sean Gould is committed to Valley County. Born in McCall, Sean volunteered with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation before graduating from McCall Donnelly High School, where he met his wife Morgan Zedalis, in 2001. During college summers, Sean worked in Valley County’s kitchens, construction crews, land-survey teams, for the ID Fish and Game, and Ikola logging. Sean studied moral psychology, ethics, and the importance of home. He’s on McCall Library’s Board of Trustees and McCall’s Environmental Advisory Committee. An active outdoorsman, Sean works as a raft guide and ski instructor. In his spare time he enjoys rock-climbing, trail running, and skiing with his wife and two huskies.
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The Star-News to sponsor candidate forums in McCall, Cascade next week

The Star-News October 20, 2016

Candidates on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election have been invited to speak at candidate forums in McCall and Cascade next week sponsored by The Star-News.

The McCall forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the downstairs community room at Idaho First Bank.

The Cascade forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Cascade American Legion hall.

Invited are candidates for Valley County offices, District 8 of the Idaho Legislature, the Idaho Supreme Court and the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Candidates will give opening remarks, after which written questions from the audience will be read. There will be time before and after the forums to meet informally with the candidates.

source: The Star-News:

Midas Gold News:

Midas Gold files operating plan with Payette National Forest

Process begins to secure myriad of state, federal permits

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 20, 2016

Midas Gold as filed its plan with the Payette National Forest to extract gold from the Stibnite area of Valley County.

The three-inch thick plan details how Midas Gold plans to remove gold and antimony from the ground at the historic site near Yellow Pine.

The plan also outlines how Midas Gold plans to restore the damage it does while mining as well as the previous damage done by nearly 100 years of mining in the area east of McCall.

The submission begins what likely will be years of study and public involvement by the Payette under the National Environmental Policy Act, the nation’s master environmental protection law.

Midas Gold hope that the Payette will approve its plans to remove what the company thinks is four to five million ounces of gold and 100 million to 200 million pounds of anitmony, a fire-retardant material, at the site over 12 years.

The company predicts that up to 1,000 employees will work to build the mine over three years, after which an average of 600 people would work to remove the precious metals.

The company is selling hard its plans to completely restore past mining scars at the site. That effort is reflected in the name of the application, a Plan of Restoration and Operation. Normally, mining plans submitted to federal agencies are called Plan Of Operations.

“The redevelopment of the Stibnite Gold Project site will see the restoration of salmon migration into the headwaters of a branch of the Salmon River for the first time since the 1930s,” said Laurel Sayer, president & CEO of Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., the subsidiary of Midas Gold Corp., of Vancouver, B.C., that will manage the project.

Dozens of Permits

Before restoration or mining can happen, the company must obtain dozens of permits from the Payette as well as other federal agencies and state and local governments, said Anthony Botello, ranger of the Payette’s Krassel District, on which the project is located.

Among the permits needed will be for dredging and filling, to ensure the quality of the air and water in the area is protected and to alter the steams in the area.

Several agencies and groups will be invited to weigh in on the proposal in addition to the public. Those groups include the Idaho State Historic Preservation office, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Native American tribes.

The goal of the agencies is to ensure restoration work is done as the mine is operating and not wait until Midas Gold has completed removing minerals, Botello said.

State and federal agencies will work to ensure there is enough money set aside by Midas Gold to complete the restoration and monitor water quality if the mine were to suddenly shut down, he said.

The Payette will hire a consulting firm to do most of the environmental analysis, and Midas Gold has agreed to pay for that part of the project, Botello said.

continued The Star-News:
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Midas Gold names point person to guide permitting process

Payette forest also to hire project coordinator

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 20, 2016

A political veteran has been hired by Midas Gold to shepherd the company’s plan to mine gold in the Stibnite area near Yellow Pine.

Laurel Sayer has been named as president and chief executive officer of Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.

Midas Gold Idaho is a subsidiary of Midas Gold Corp., of Vancouver, B.C., and the operating company for the company’s Stibnite Gold Project.

Sayer, who previous was a board member of Midas Gold Corp., spent more than two decades working on policy matters with Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, with an emphasis on natural resources.

She has served as executive director of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts since 2013 and will step down from the position to assume her new role.

“We are excited that Laurel will take a hands-on approach to help guide us in shaping the future of the Stibnite Gold Project, particularly given her commitment to conservation and protection of the environment,” said Stephen Quin, President & CEO of Midas Gold Corp.

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Midas Gold has invested $137 million looking for gold at Stibnite

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 20, 2016

Since it first started work in 2009, Midas Gold has invested $137 million into the Stibnite Gold Project, $100 million of which has been spent in Idaho, according to figures from the company.

The Vancouver, B.C., company has 29 employees in Idaho, of which 23 are permanent full-time. Six employees work at the company’s office north of Donnelly.

Peak employment for the company was in 2012 when 130 people, including contractors, worked during the height of the exploration phase that consisted of core drilling.

The company has predicted that obtaining environmental approvals could take up to five years. If permits are received, then construction of the mine would take up to three years.

During construction, the company expects to hire about 1,000 people, either directly on contract with other companies.

If gold mining begins in earnest, the extraction phase is expected to last 12 years. There would be an average of 600 people working on the site, according to Midas Gold estimates.

Total payroll would be an estimated $48 million per year during construction and $56 million per year during mining and processing.

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Idaho News:

Tamarack Resort owners buy back land, buildings

New company formed to operate ski area this winter

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 20, 2016

Homeowners at Tamarack Resort have moved to put the resort under local ownership – for now.

Last week, the Tamarack Homeowners Association announced a newly formed company had bought the land and buildings previously owned by New TR Acquisition Co., also known as NewTrac.

On Monday, representatives of the homeowners bought key pieces of the Lodge at Osprey Meadows that had been put up for auction by Valley County for non-payment of property taxes.

The new company is called Tamarack Homeowners Acquisition Company. Meanwhile, a subsidiary of the homeowners association will operate the ski area at the resort southwest of Donnelly this winter.

… Replay Resorts had operated the ski area the last two winters after the homeowners association had operated the ski area for the four previous seasons.

… The properties bought by the homeowners include two timber stands, 37 lots in the Blue Mountain Subdivision, 14 condos in the Lodge at Osprey Meadows, The Canoe Grill, Seven Devils Pub, Sports Dome, Wildhorse Youth Activity Center and the unfinished expansion of the lodge.

However, millions of dollars in past-due property taxes have not been paid on the acquired parcels, Valley County Treasurer Glenna Young said. Valley County is moving forward with a Dec. 5 hearing to seize those properties.

… The homeowners will decide which of the properties are important for the operation of the resort and will pay those back taxes, said Larsen, who previously worked for Replay Resort and is now working for the homeowners.

“Some properties might be allowed to go back to the county to facilitate them being acquired by people with a vision for their future development,” he said.

The homeowners group also paid about $287,000 in back taxes due on facilities on land leased from the Idaho Department of Lands, including the two main ski lifts, the unfinished mid-mountain lodge and the zip line.

full story The Star-News:
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Homeowners move seen as good news for Tamarack golf course

Unfinished Village Plaza not involved in buyout

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 20, 2016

The move by the homeowners of Tamarack Resort to buy out the previous resort owners is good news for the future of the Osprey Meadows Golf Course, a spokesperson for the golf course said.

The purchase of land and buildings formerly owned by New TR Acquisition Co. and West Mountain Golf by homeowners gives those who control the course hope it can be sold, Boise attorney T.J. Angstman said.

“This is what we’ve been waiting for – for five years,” Angstman said.

Angstman represents Jeanne Bryant of Receivership Management Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn.

Bryant in turn represents Retirement Security Plan & Trust of Wichita Falls, Texas, the company from which former golf course owner Matthew Hutcheson illegally transferred $3.3 million.

Hutcheson was convicted in 2013 on 17 counts of wire fraud and is serving a 17-year prison term.

Angstman hopes that any buyer of the resort properties from the homeowners also will buy the golf course to help repay RSPT for the funds lost to Hutcheson.

… The Tamarack Municipal Association operated the course for three years, from 20012 through 2014, after the owner could no longer afford to operate or irrigate the course.

In 2014, Bryant sued the homeowners association in federal court for past-due property taxes as well as $718,000 per year in rent.

As a result of the lawsuit, the association walked away from the course in 2015, calling Bryant’s claims unreasonable. The lawsuit was later dismissed.

full story The Star-News:
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Idaho 55 bridge over Gold Fork River expected to open

The Star-News October 20, 2016

The new Idaho 55 Gold Fork River Bridge on Idaho 55 south of Donnelly was scheduled to open no later than today, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

Once traffic is switched to the new bridge, construction crews will remove the temporary bridge used during construction, and ITD news release said. Motorists should expect to see construction on the west side of Idaho 55 through late October.

The project includes a single span 151-foot-long bridge which replaced the two-span 137-foot-long bridge built in 1947

The new road has 12-foot travel lanes with 10-foot shoulders and bridge abutments and roadway slopes to withstand high flows from the Gold Fork River

There is a modern guardrail in both directions and new roadway approaches on each side of the bridge, the ITD said.

source: The Star-News:
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Valley centennial committee seeks info on old buildings

The Star-News October 20, 2016

The Valley County Centennial Committee will celebrate the 100th birthdays of the county and Cascade next year and is interested in buildings which have reached the century mark.

The buildings will receive either a sign or banner to showcase their significance in local history.

Those who would like their building recognized should contact Shauna Arnold at skhines @ for details.

source: The Star-News:
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Workshop on Doing Business with the Government in McCall

(via email 10/18)

We are scheduled to present a “Doing Business with the Government” training in McCall on Oct 26th.  As of today we only have two people registered for the training.  Without a minimum of 5 registrants the training will be cancelled.  Please pass the information below along to other business acquaintances in your area.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to review requirements for doing government contracting, assistance available from PTAC, SBAs role in government contracting, contracting with ITD and the DBE program, and finally you will hear from a federal contracting officer who will enumerate details for contracting with their agency.

Dates, times and registration details are below.  Training starts at 8:30 AM and run approximately to 12:30 PM.  For additional information on this training please contact Lee Velten at (208) 426-1742.

26 Oct 2016 – McCall at the Idaho First Bank, 475 Deinhard Lane in McCall, ID

Registration Link:

Lee H Velten, Idaho PTAC Analyst
Boise State University SBDC
2360 W University Dr, Ste 2132
Boise, ID 83725-1655
(208) 426-1742

[h/t to GC]
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Western governors, feds attempt uneasy collaboration

By KEITH RIDLER – 10/21/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — The relationship between federal land management agencies and Western states to find collaborative ways to manage large swaths of forests and rangelands is improving but could be better, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

“I’m seeing it improve,” said Otter. “It’s long overdue. I would also tell you that it’s not unique to Idaho.”

Otter and U.S. Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Lyons addressed a two-day workshop of the Western Governors’ Association’s National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative that ended Friday in Boise.

The plan is to bring local, state, federal and private entities together to find collaborative ways to attain the dual goals of creating jobs while also reducing the threat of forest fires and improving rangelands.

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Western Governors’ Association

Sharing a video of my speaking to the crowd with other commissioners on impacts of Forest and Rangeland Management at the workshop this past Friday.

Gordon Cruickshank

Roundtable: Impacts of Forests and Rangelands on Local Governments

Streamed live on Oct 21, 2016

Moderator: Dennis Becker, University of Idaho. Panelists: Gordon Cruickshank, Valley County Commissioner; Joe Merrick, Owyhee County Commissioner; Don Ebert, Clearwater County Commissioner; Terry Kramer, Twin Falls County Commissioner. This roundtable is part of the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, the central policy initiative of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock in his capacity as Chair of the Western Governors’ Association.
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Texas billionaires will deal on Idaho trail access, Valley County official says

by Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman Oct 21, 2016

The two Texas billionaire brothers who bought 172,000 acres of forest land in Southern Idaho stopped logging in part because they were worried it was being overlogged, a Valley County official said.

And they were disgusted with the trash they found at the many dispersed campsites spread out across the lands previously owned by Boise Cascade and Potlatch Corp., said Larry Laxson, Valley County Parks and Recreation Director.

Most of all, Laxson said, he is hopeful access for snowmobiles to the county’s extensive trail system can be worked out for this winter. He has been talking to Farris and Dan Wilks and their representatives every week.

“They are very reclusive, they kind of want their privacy,” Laxson said. “They’re good people.”

Read more here:
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Idaho officials eye purchase of 1,400-acre forest parcel

By KEITH RIDLER – AP 10/18/16

BOISE, Idaho — In a push to add more forests to state endowment lands, the Idaho Land Board voted Tuesday to consider buying about 1,400 acres near St. Maries from the state Department of Fish and Game.

The unanimous vote by the five-member board is part of the board’s new strategic reinvestment plan to use about $160 million from commercial real estate and residential cottage site sales to buy timberland and agricultural land.

The land near St. Maries has an appraised value of $4.6 million.

The vote directs the Idaho Department of Lands to pursue buying the land and to hire an independent timberland adviser to analyze the possible purchase.

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Crews to move Idaho’s largest tree for construction

10/20/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Crews are working to remove Idaho’s largest sequoia tree from where it sits next to a hospital because of construction.

On Wednesday, a crew from Environmental Design Inc., a company whose expertise is moving large trees, began work to move the 104-year-old tree from its place next to St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center to a new site at Fort Boise Park, The Idaho Statesman reported ( ). The tree won’t be physically moved until the spring, but work needs to be done to make sure the tree remains healthy.

In order to move the tree, which stands 98 feet tall and is more than 20 feet around, crews will dig a trench around the sequoia and prune its roots to a 20- to 25-foot radius. A special watering plan will help heal the roots before the tree is actually moved.


Forest / Parks News:

Western governors, feds attempt uneasy collaboration

By KEITH RIDLER – 10/21/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — The relationship between federal land management agencies and Western states to find collaborative ways to manage large swaths of forests and rangelands is improving but could be better, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said.

“I’m seeing it improve,” said Otter. “It’s long overdue. I would also tell you that it’s not unique to Idaho.”

Otter and U.S. Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary Jim Lyons addressed a two-day workshop of the Western Governors’ Association’s National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative that ended Friday in Boise.

The plan is to bring local, state, federal and private entities together to find collaborative ways to attain the dual goals of creating jobs while also reducing the threat of forest fires and improving rangelands.

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US parks director: More worker sex harassment cases likely

By KEITH RIDLER – 10/20/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — The National Park Service must attract younger and more racially diverse visitors to the areas it manages, and it will probably uncover more cases of sexual harassment in its workforce of 22,000 employees following a scandal involving demands for sex by male workers from their female colleagues, the service’s outgoing director said in an interview Tuesday.

Jon Jarvis, who will retire from the park service in January after a 40-year career, was called before Congress in June after a report confirming sexual harassment and a hostile work environment at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. Some lawmakers on a House committee called for his resignation.

Jarvis, who is 63, said he is not retiring in response to those demands but that his term as director automatically ends after a new U.S. president takes office in January.

He called the sexual harassment horrible and unacceptable. Jarvis said he was unaware it had been going on, but he expected more cases to emerge now that the park service is actively investigating.


Critter News:

E-mails Reveal Back-room Arm-twisting at Idaho Fish & Game Commission

Opponents Axed Volunteer Commissioners, Targeted Agency Heads

October 17, 2016 IWF

BOISE — Recently unveiled emails confirm what Idaho sportsmen had suspected: That Gov. Butch Otter bowed to political pressure to axe two members of Idaho’s Fish and Game Commission, who ran afoul of a Legislator’s desire to revamp the way Idaho distributes its most prized hunting licenses.

“Idahoans enjoy a world-class wildlife resource thanks to our independent Fish & Game Commission,” said Kahle Becker of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. “The strong-arm politics we have unveiled are a direct threat to Idaho sportsmen and the hunting heritage we have built over decades.”

Recently unveiled emails clearly show that Blackfoot businessman Doug Sayer and Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, used their political influence to draw cross-hairs on the Commissioners who objected to their goals. Sayer is an influential member of the Idaho Republican Party; Bair is chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Sayer also tried, but failed, to bring down the Director and Deputy Director at the Idaho Department of Fish & Game.

At issue is the lottery system that Idaho uses to distribute highly prized and limited hunting permits, such as moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Historically, these permits have been distributed in annual lotteries. But some Legislators have pushed to carve out more and more tags to be sold to the highest bidder, which has been controversial.

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Wildlife groups offer $20K for information on wolf’s death

10/18/16 AP

BEND, Ore. — Wildlife groups are offering $20,000 for information about a female wolf found dead in Oregon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service described the wolf’s death as an illegal killing of an animal from an endangered species.

… The 3-year-old gray wolf known as OR 28 was originally from the Mount Emily pack and was part of the newly forming Silver Lake pack.

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Court mandates new recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal wildlife officials are now under a court order to update a decades-old recovery plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, a predator that has struggled to regain a foothold in the American Southwest despite millions of dollars of investment in reintroduction efforts.

An Arizona judge on Tuesday dismissed the concerns of ranchers and others and signed off on a settlement between environmental groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Scientists say study was misinterpreted in red wolf decision

By JONATHAN DREW – 10/18/16 AP

RALEIGH, N.C. — Four scientists cited in a decision to scale back the only wild population of red wolves say the government misinterpreted their work, according to a letter released Tuesday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in September it intends to sharply reduce the wolves’ territory in eastern North Carolina and remove some wolves from the wild to bolster a separate captive breeding population.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 10/22/2016

Wolf warning in Fort Simpson after animals seen lurking in community

County, stock growers call on Congress to delist wolves

Court Mandates New Recovery Plan for Mexican Gray Wolves
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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 21, 2016
Issue No. 807

Table Of Contents

* Re-introduced Sockeye Salmon Returning In Growing Numbers To Upper Yakima Basin’s Lake Cle Elum

* 2016 Snake River Sockeye: 574 Make It To Redfish Lake, Over 1,000 Fish Released Into Lakes (Anadromous Plus Captives)

* Chinook Forecast Decline, Low Steelhead, Coho Return: Recreational Fishing Shut Down On Columbia River Mainstem

* Deschutes River Water Quality: Court Filing Challenges PGE Contention Only FERC Has Jurisdiction

* Study Indicates Lake Pend Oreille Bull Trout Population Stable; If Continues Some Angling Might Be Allowed In Future

* Scientists Offer Review, Suggestions For John Day River Watershed Restoration Strategy

* NOAA’s Winter Outlook: Wetter, Cooler Conditions In Northern U.S., Drought To Persist In California

* Study Looks At How Salmon Rivers Might Fare With Climate Change, Larger Floods

* WDFW Suspends Lethal Action Against Wolf Pack In Northeast Washington, Killed 7 Wolves

* Research Shows Key To Humpback Whale Recovery Is Understanding Fidelity To Local Habitats

* Climate, Floods, Floodplain Habitat Discussed At Future Of Our Salmon Conference

Fun Critter Stuff:

The Kind Scottish Wulver

Posted on October 23, 2010 by Amanda Moffet in Scottish Myths

The Wulver

Wulvers are ofter called werewolves, but legend shows they are quite different. Said to inhabit the Shetland Islands to the north of the Scottish mainland. The ancient Celts believed that the Wulver evolved from wolves, and that the Wulver symbolizes the in-between stage of man and wolf. With the head of a wolf, the body of a man, and covered in short brown hair, the Wulver lives alone in a cave. Unlike his werewolf brethren, the Scottish Wulver is considered kindhearted, and he will often guide lost travelers to nearby towns and villages. There are also tales of Wulvers leaving fish on the windowsills of poor families.

The Wulver was frequently spotted fishing for its daily meal from a rock dubbed, ‘The Wulver’s Stane’ (Wolf Stone), and as long as he was left alone, a Wulver showed no aggression. Habitually, this peace-loving creature demonstrated a benevolent side as well, and oft-times was observed leaving extra fish on the windowsill of poor families.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much documentation on the elusive Wulver, the last reported sighting being in the early twentieth century. Considering there are few bad stories connected with the beast, many believe an encounter providential, and may lead a person to treasure buried amongst ancient ruins. Conversely, others view Wulver sightings as omens of imminent death.

Werewolf tales abound, cloaked in terror, wonder and ill will. Therefore, if ever you find yourself lost on the fog-shrouded shores of the Shetland Isles, you’d do well to pray the benign Wulver finds you first, and guides you safely home.


[h/t SMc]
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New Study Sheds Light on What Deer See

by Darren Warner July 28, 2014 Outdoor Live Blog

If you’re a deer hunter who likes to wear blue jeans to your stand, you might as well hang a cowbell around your neck to let whitetails know you’re in the woods. And if you wear camouflage with many subtle colors, it may be doing you more harm than good.

At the recent QDMA conference, researchers from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources presented findings from a new study on whitetail vision.

Before getting into that work, to understand what deer see and how their vision is different from ours, it’s important to revisit what we learned about vision in high school science class.

… Biologist Dr. Bradley Cohen trained does to associate light wavelengths with a food reward to test how well deer can see.

full story and video:

Fish & Game News:

News Releases

Fun Stuff:

Salut Salon “Wettstreit zu viert” (“Competitive Foursome”)

[h/t PK]

Quote of the week:

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.”

– Susan L. Taylor


Oct 16, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 16, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

YPWUA News: 

Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Please hold off on watering lawns so there is culinary water available for all.

Village News:

Parks’ Bench

On Saturday Oct 15 the Parks clan gathered to dedicate a bench to Gene, Bernice and Joe Parks out at the Yellow Pine Cemetery. Afterwards there was a potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern. There was quite a turn out and lot of great food.
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Please call Amerigas 208-634-8181 by Oct 26 to get on list for winter fill-up. Delivery is scheduled for Nov. 1.
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Flu shots

Flu shots will not be available in Yellow Pine this season. Please contact the clinic in Cascade or St. Luke’s in McCall.

Local Observations:

Monday (Oct 10) no frost and partly cloudy sky. Increasing clouds during the day. Mostly cloudy (dark bellies) by 3pm and breezy. Overcast and showers off and on late afternoon and evening, very blustery at times. Internet connection went out around midnight.

Tuesday (Oct 11) no frost, damp and partly clear. Mostly sunny but much cooler, chilly breeze. Lots of nutcrackers out in the forest today. Clear and chilly before sundown.

Wednesday (Oct 12) hard freeze, clear sky. Clarks nutcrackers and jays around the neighborhood most of the day. Mostly sunny, a little warmer than yesterday. Trees that were green last week are either bare or have fall colors. High haze of clouds later in the afternoon. Quiet day.

Thursday (Oct 13) probably froze (ice crust on the water pans) but above freezing at sunrise and overcast. A few drops of rain. Blustery after lunch. Very windy afternoon. Jays and nutcrackers all over the neighborhood. Rain all evening and all night.

Friday (Oct 14) low overcast and still raining. Standing water and big puddles. Rained all morning, slacked off mid-afternoon, then raining again before dark. Moderate hard rain for a while late evening, then sprinkles off and on. Rain during the night and early morning.

Saturday (Oct 15) Overcast with belts of foggy clouds along the flanks of the mountains, snow on top of VanMeter and Johnson Creek ridge. Pot holes full of water. Cloudy all day and chilly light breeze. Pine squirrel on the fence, jays and nutcrackers around. Rain started late in the afternoon, drizzled into the evening. Rained pretty good for most of the night.

Sunday (Oct 16) mostly cloudy, snow on top of VanMeter, Bald Hill and Johnson Creek ridge. Brief morning shower. Two shots fired 1045am in our block. Breaks in the clouds once in a while after lunch, but mostly cloudy and chilly breeze in afternoon.

Idaho News:


The Star-News October 13, 2016


© Pam Benham Photography 2016 for Midas Gold Idaho Inc.

Cascade High School student Autumn Jedry plants a tree at the Stibnite Gold Project east of Yellow Pine. Jedry and two dozen other Cascade students recently planted 1,500 trees at the request of Midas Gold Corp. as part of the restoration of the historic Stibnite mining area. The root systems of the trees will keep soils from eroding and contaminating the streams and rivers in the area.

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Tamarack homeowners’ association takes over resort operation

KTVB October 13, 2016

DONNELLY — After months of uncertainty over whether the popular ski resort near Donnelly would by parceled up and sold to the highest bidder, management said Thursday the future of Tamarack is secure.

The Tamarack Municipal Association, made up of a group of nearby homeowners, will take over the day-to-day operations of the ski lift after acquiring the resort from New TR Acquisitions Co. LLC (Newtrac.) Newtrac previously owned much of the property at the resort.

“The best thing about this sale today is stability. The resort has all the assets it needs to operate this winter and long into the future,” Tamarack General Manager Brad Larsen said.

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McCall could change restaurant ordinance

Karen Zatkulak, KTVB October 14, 2016

MCCALL – A local family-owned breakfast joint hoping to expand in Valley County has hit a roadblock. A city ordinance would have to change in order for The Griddle to open its doors in McCall.

It all revolves around the city’s formula restaurant code. It limits the number of eateries that are franchises or chains.

But after a recent request, it looks like the rule could be changing.

Griddle co-owner Ashley Ferguson says, “I think it would be great for us but I think it would be great for McCall also.”

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McCall survey shows 67% like new July 4 policies

Public confused over extent of alcohol ban

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 13, 2016

Two-third of respondents to an online survey said they liked the changes the city of McCall made to this year’s Independence Day celebration.

The results of the survey were reviewed last week during the regular meeting of the McCall City Council.

The council this year banned alcohol in city parks throughout the weekend before the holiday and on July 4, which was on a Monday.

A family-friendly festival was staged in both Legacy Park and Brown Park along the shore of Payette Lake featuring a variety of activities.

The change was in response to the 2014 holiday and a surge of complaints by local residents about rowdy behavior by young adults in the downtown parks, including drunkenness, explicit language and various stages of undress.

full story at The Star News:
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McCall council approves expansion of Albertsons

Renovation of former Paul’s Market to begin quickly

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News October 13, 2016

A renovation and expansion of the McCall Albertsons supermarket was given final approval last week by the McCall City Council.

The council gave its blessing to the planned $9 million project, which will include adding a second floor pharmacy and a mezzanine public seating area.

Work on the project will start as soon as possible, representatives for Albertsons told the council during its regular meeting last Thursday at McCall City Hall. The store will remain open throughout the remodeling, the representatives said.

full story at The Star News:
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Free workshop Oct. 26 to review government contracts

The Star-News October 13, 2016

Learn basic guidelines for doing business with the government at a free workshop Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Idaho First Bank, 475 Deinhard Lane, McCall.

This half-day workshop will provide participants with an overview on bidding with the Idaho Transportation Department, requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and available resources and services.

Participants will learn how to find government projects that are out for bid, required licenses and registrations, and the differences between state and federal contracting.

To register or more information, contact Liz Healas at (208) 334-8567 or elizabeth.healas @

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Flash Flood Watch for Pioneer Fire burn scar, emergency prep under way

Morgan Boydston, KTVB October 13, 2016

BOISE COUNTY — Areas around the Pioneer Fire burn scar are on high alert in the wake of a Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service from Friday through Sunday.

According to the NWS, a Pacific storm system will bring periods of moderate to heavy rain to the Pioneer Fire burned area in the Boise and West Central Mountains of Idaho from late Thursday through Sunday. The NWS says this will be a long-duration event.

With storm total rain amounts approaching three inches, flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows are possible in the burn area.

That is why Boise County is prepared with an emergency plan already in place.

“As the first rainstorm on the Pioneer Fire it might be worth paying attention to,” Boise County Emergency Management Coordinator John Roberts said, “and I think everyone is kind of watching it.”

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High-voltage power line to thread through southern Idaho

By KEITH RIDLER – 10/10/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Federal officials released a plan for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho that avoid sage grouse habitat and private land but cross about 9 miles of conservation area for raptors.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management released its final environmental impact statement Friday for the two segments of the Gateway West project proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

A final decision on the 2,200-page document would grant the power companies a right of way on public land to build the transmission lines and could be made by year’s end. Margaret Oler, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power, said the company is looking forward to final approval.

The segments are part of the 1,000-mile Gateway West transmission line project to deliver 1,500 megawatts from southern Wyoming through southern Idaho to points west, potentially tapping into Wyoming’s wind energy.


Forest News:

Federal Register Notice, minor amendment to 2012 Planning Rule


We are writing to let you know that the Forest Service published a Federal Register Notice today (Oct. 12), requesting public comment on a minor but important proposed amendment to the 2012 Planning Rule.

While the 2012 Planning Rule includes direction specific to national forest plan amendments, the 2012 Planning Rule did not explicitly direct how to apply substantive requirements set forth in the 2012 Planning Rule (requirements for sustainability, diversity, multiple use and timber) to those plans developed under the 1982 Planning Rule.

This proposed amendment to the 2012 Planning Rule would clarify the Department’s and Agency’s expectations for plan amendments, including expectations for amending 1982 Rule plans.

The proposed amendment is recommended and supported by the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule  and is based on experience gained by early adopter forests, public input garnered through plan amendment processes, and extensive dialogue with the National Advisory Committee.

The 30 day public comment period begins on Oct. 12 and ends on Nov. 14 2016.

Attached are some Frequently Asked Questions about the amendment. Additional information will be posted at:

We appreciate your on-going interest in the Forest Service and its 2012 Planning Rule.

With kind regards,
Andrea Bedell Loucks
Assistant Director
Forest Service
Ecosystem Management Coordination
p: 202-295-7968

Link to 2016 Planning Rule amendment FINAL.PDF
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Mountain Home RD plans ignition of Cottonwood II Prescribed Burn

Boise National Forest

BOISE, Idaho, October 11, 2016 – The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is planning to ignite a prescribed burn in the Cottonwood drainage located in a portion of Hunting Unit 39. The 900 aerial and hand ignition burn is expected to occur in mid-October or November weather and conditions permitting. The area will be temporarily closed approximately six to ten days for public safety following completion of the burn.

The purpose of this burn is to conduct a low to moderate understory burn to reduce unwanted brush and stimulate less flammable young shrubs benefitting big game animals. This previously treated area needs another prescribed fire to maintain low elevation ponderosa pine communities, reduce dense natural brush regeneration and the risk of large wildfires.

Project boundaries consist of National Forest System (NFS) Road 203 on the north end of the project and NFS Road 377 on the west perimeter. The boundary on the south and east side of the project is a major ridgeline running north/south from NFS road 203 back down to NFS road 377 and uses a combination of an unauthorized two track ATV trail, hand line and natural barriers as a containment line.

Please be aware that when the closure order goes into effect, a 24 hour evacuation notice will be given to campers, hunters and anyone in the area to vacate. The area will be patrolled to ensure that the public is not in the project area and signs will be posted on nearby roads prior to, and during the burn.

Small, chemically treated plastic spheres will be dropped from a helicopter that ignites after hitting the ground. Additional igniting will be done by hand using drip troches, which use a fuel mix of diesel and gasoline.

The burn will be ignited only if conditions are conducive to a safe, effective burn and when favorable weather conditions are present to minimize impacts to local communities. Smoke may be visible for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.

For more information on this fall’s burning program, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961 or call the Boise NF Prescribed Fire Hotline at 208-373-4208. Please visit the Boise National Forest Prescribed Fire Website at: or go to the Boise National Forest Facebook page U.S. Forest Service – Boise National Forest. Hunting information is available at Idaho Fish and Game at 208-334-3700 and

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs
Forest Service
Boise National Forest
p: 208-373-4106
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Lawsuit targets grazing in Sawtooth National Recreation Area

By KEITH RIDLER – 10/13/16 Ap

BOISE, Idaho — A conservation group has filed a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service is violating environmental laws by issuing grazing permits to central Idaho livestock growers with a long history of violating permit restrictions.

Western Watersheds Project in the lawsuit filed Wednesday says the Forest Service is issuing the permits despite knowing cattle grazers in the Satwooth National Recreation Area are not following guidelines.

The area also includes the newly-formed White Clouds Wilderness federally protected area.


Letters to Share from Mystic Farm Rescue:



Hello from Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.:

This is an extremely hard post to write, but I know all of you love the fawns and the rescue as I do and follow along on their progress. Unfortunately, a predator has decided he loves them, too. Nugget the Wonder Dog was on high alert on Sunday – we knew something was up. We saw some of the fawns yesterday scattering and running up the mountain with something behind them – we could not see what it was. The fawns come and go – usually in small groups. We saw one small group last night on the property and none today. Sadly, “Little Tiny” has not been seen for two days. Though the rest are unpredictable when/if they show up, she always comes back in the morning and the evening – she gets a bit extra to eat as she is small and on three legs.

This morning, a neighbor on the mountain told me that when checking their game camera, they could see crows eating on a dead animal. I immediately jumped in the truck and drove to the area. Nothing. There is another house being built up here, so I drove up to ask one of the workers if he had seen anything. He had…a fawn with crows eating on it. He also said he had never seen such a massacre. Lion? Bear? Coyotes? So, I hiked up the mountain for awhile, following any drag signs and such, until I suddenly realized I was acting out of emotion alone and had not stopped to arm myself. Bad move. So, I headed back home to wait.

I don’t know which fawn(s) for certain or how many (though my heart is telling me differently). I know every year that this is a possibility – it’s a natural consequence of release. It never gets easier. My heart is aching…

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Update on the attack of the Mystic Farm fawns:

It was a pack of coyotes – way too many up here on the mountain. Sadly, five fawns are gone. Only four remain. Yes, “Little Tiny” was among the four. So sad…

Movin’ on.

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Mystic Farm Update

A wonderful thing happened tonight! Just as it was getting dark, I was looking out the window in my office and saw three does and a tiny fawn come up to the area where we had put out a “snack” for the remaining fawns. I watched them for awhile, then went to feed my four pups. I looked out the window on the other side of the house, and there were the Mystic Farm fawns. I watched as they made their way around the side of the house, and joined up with the “wild” deer. Eventually, they all took off together! This is major. It makes my hear hurt just a bit less after the loss of the other fawns. This is what it is all about…

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Mystic Farm Calendars



It’s that time again…the new Mystic Farm Calendars are ordered and will be ready to ship out soon! For a minimum donation of $16 + $4 shipping, you can have the “awwwwww” experience each month when you flip the page and see the sweetness that is the fawns at Mystic Farm.

These make wonderful Christmas gifts – pair it with a Mystic Farm handmade candle (and maybe with some raffle tickets for the “GROW MORE SPOTS” event) and your shopping is done! Candles/scents available soon. You can use PayPal or send check, MO, or cash to:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
710 Sanctuary Hills Sagle, ID 83860

Thank you for your continued support

Critter News:

Rare albino buck shot by Emmett hunter

Michael Sevren KIVI Oct 12, 2016

Emmett bowhunter Kendall Rivers says he shot and killed the albino buck near Highway 55 and State Street. The area is a part of Unit 39. Idaho Fish and Game say the kill was legal.

It’s not clear if it’s the same buck occasionally seen at Dry Creek Cemetery. Photos of the white deer taken in the cemetery and the photos Rivers posted online do share a resemblance, but biologists say they can’t confirm the two are the same without biological testing.

Rivers says he believes it’s the same one and didn’t put two and two together until after he took the shot.


[h/t SMc]
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Snow season threatens construction of fences to protect hay

Farmers will have to weigh their risks

Oct 14, 2016 by Madelyn Beck IME

With snow in the forecast next week, farmers in Blaine County may have a difficult decision to make: build fences now to protect hay from elk, or wait to see if the county commissioners grant them public funds in the coming weeks from the county’s Land, Water and Wildlife Fund.

On Oct. 4, by a vote of 2-1, with Commissioner Angenie McCleary dissenting, the commissioners gave “conceptual approval” to a proposal to use up to $40,000 from the fund to help the Idaho Department of Fish and Game build 15 fences on 12 farms to keep elk away from haystacks.

There is a caveat. The commissioners stipulated that to get the requested funding, farmers and the Department of Fish and Game could not begin work on the fences until the commissioners make a final decision.

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Decoy deer draws fire across Idaho-Wyoming line

Associated Press, KTVB October 15, 2016

JACKSON, WYO. – A decoy deer that recently landed an Idaho hunter a $790 citation draws fire from poachers who see its mechanical movements across the state line in Wyoming.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the Wyoming Game and Fish Department decoy was set up on Idaho’s opening day for deer hunting.

Department official Mark Gocke says the man who fired the shot fled after spotting law enforcement.

The man, who is from Rigby, was stopped for firing at a deer in a closed hunt area.

He was cited for taking a deer without a license and warned for shooting from a public roadway.

About 40 percent of hunters fired shots at the decoy deer during stings in 2013 and 2015.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Police investigate shooting of pit bull, owner in Meridian

10/15/16 AP

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Meridian police say they’re investigating after a man shot at a pit bull that was attacking his dog — and the bullet also hit the pit bull’s owner.

Investigators said it happened at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday. They report that a 31-year-old woman was walking the pit bull when it broke free and charged toward the man and his dog. The dog owners tried to separate the animals, but when the pit bull tried again to attack the other dog, the man pulled a gun and fired.

He killed the pit bull, but the bullet passed through the animal and struck the woman in the abdomen as she continued trying to separate the dogs.

The woman was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury. Meridian police say they’re investigating whether either party should face charges.

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Man pleads guilty to wolf poisoning

Hunter placed poison on deer carcass

Oct 14, 2016 by Greg Moore IME

A central Oregon resident has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to placing poison on a deer carcass in the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness that caused the death of a wolf and a dog.

According to a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Tim Clemens entered a guilty plea Tuesday, Oct. 4, to one count of poisoning animals and one count of unlawful take of big game.

Fourth District Magistrate Lamont Berecz sentenced Clemens to 10 days in jail, 200 hours of community service in lieu of an additional 20 days in jail, and four years of probation, during which time he cannot hunt. The court also ordered Clemens to pay $675 in fines, court costs and community service insurance, $400 in civil damages for the big game animal killed and $10,000 in restitution to Idaho Fish and Game for investigative costs.

Fish and Game reported that the charges were the result of an investigation launched in January after conservation officers received a citizen report that two dogs had been poisoned in the Brush Creek drainage of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River during the previous fall hunting season. Brush Creek flows into the lower Middle Fork from the west at the Flying B Ranch.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Final week of September 2016
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Wolf Education International

News Releases 10/14

Genetic diversity and phylogeography of highly zoonotic Echinococcus granulosus genotype G1 in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico) based on 8279 bp of mtDNA

Wolf Conservation Through Stakeholder Management In Germany
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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 14, 2016
Issue No. 806

Table Of Contents

* Sea Lions Spending Longer Periods At Bonneville Dam, 40 Pinnipeds Last Week; Warm Ocean Conditions To Blame?

* Cormorant Culling From Boats Resumes In Lower Columbia Estuary, Will Continue Through October

* Complexities Of Measuring Effects Of Predation On Basin Salmon: Council Science Advisors Recommend Metrics

* Cantwell Says U.S. Ready To Start Talks With Canada On Columbia River Treaty

* NOAA Fisheries, In Court Status Report, Says Mitchell Act Hatchery BiOps To Be Completed By January 15

* Efforts Underway To Reduce Mercury, Improve Water Temps In Snake River’s Brownlee Reservoir; Will Help Coldwater Fish Downstream

* Climate Center Shifts From ‘Neutral’ To 70 Percent La Nina Weather Pattern; Suggests Cooler, Wetter For PNW

* Overall, Drought/Climate Conditions In Pacific Northwest Have Improved Since 2014-15, Some Outliers

* Report: Climate Change To Increase Number Of High Wildfire Risk Days Nearly 50 Percent In West

* Fall Chinook Run Downgraded Again: Commercial Gillnets Reach Limit, Tribes Continue To Fish

* USFWS Downlists Columbian White-Tailed Deer In Washington, Oregon From Endangered To Threatened

* Council Fish/Wildlife Committee Looks At How To Spend Project Cost Savings

* Northwest Power And Conservation Council Selects New Director Of Power Planning

Fun Critter Stuff:

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Man Saves Abandoned Baby Deer


Fish & Game News:

News Releases
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F&G: Valve repairs nearly complete at Tripod Reservoir

The Star-News October 13, 2016

Emergency repairs on the outlet valve at Tripod Reservoir, near Smiths Ferry, were scheduled to be completed this week, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said.

Crews hoped to have the repairs done last week, but once the faulty valve was examined, it became apparent that an easy fix was not in the cards.

“Like a lot of ‘simple’ plumbing projects, this one rapidly deteriorated into a much more cumbersome effort,” F&G Boating and fishing access coordinator Dennis Hardy said.

“In the process, reservoir levels had to be reduced further than anticipated to make the necessary repairs,” Hardy said.

F&G biologists will be assessing current water levels to determine if fish will survive the fall and winter.

“Either way, Tripod will be stocked with rainbow trout next spring as the reservoir refills,” F&G fisheries manager Dale Allen said. “We’ll have it ready for the 2017 fishing season.”

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Windows to Wildlife

In this edition of Windows to Wildlife, read about:

* Surveys of high elevation lakes in the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains
* Going Local with Native Plants
* Fall Wildlife Events
* Species Spotlight: Pikas

PDF file:


Oct 9, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 9, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

YPWUA News: 

Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Please hold off on watering lawns so there is culinary water available for all.

Village News:

Fish Fry

The Annual Fish Fry was held at the Yellow Pine Tavern Oct. 8th at 4 pm. Stu Edward provided the Halibut from his Annual fishing trip to Alaska.
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Mystery Solved

The slate slab for the grills that was missing from the Community Hall was somehow broken and disposed of – not stolen.
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Kennedy’s Fuel Delivery Date now Oct 11th

We have finalized our load date for deliveries [to Yellow Pine.]
Tuesday, Oct 11th – hope the weather is good.
Please tell your neighbors
See you then

Tracey Kennedy
Kennedy Fuel & Feed Supply
829 S. Main St. Cascade, Id 83611
208-382-4430 FAX 208-382-3183

Local Observations:

Monday (Oct 3) overcast and a few light sprinkles this morning, no frost (barely above freezing tho.) Pine Squirrel in the yard, no birds. Sprinkles and rain in early afternoon. Much cooler than it has been. Misting off and on during the evening. Fox sighting just before dark.

Tuesday (Oct 4) mostly cloudy this morning, no frost. Quiet, no birds around. Cloudy cool day, rain shower before 1pm. Clouds breaking up later in the evening and chilly.

Wednesday (Oct 5) foggy before daylight, got down to freezing briefly, heavy dew. Breaks in the clouds by sunrise, then scattered sunshine. Cloudy and breezy after lunch. Brief rain shower before 530pm. Mystery bird at the feeder (first bird at feeder in weeks.) Blustery afternoon and evening, rain showers pelting down off and on. Pretty good rain in the middle of the night.

Thursday (Oct 6) Damp and overcast, low foggy streamers on the hills, snow up on top of VanMeter (but not Golden Gate.) Huge flock of clarks nutcrackers (dozens!) flew up into the trees and several jays in the neighborhood around 3pm. Storm coming in, but only a couple drops of rain (felt like it might snow.) Quiet cloudy cool evening.

Friday (Oct 7) overcast morning, not a lot of dew. A few clarks nutcrackers and stellar jays flying and calling. Four deer bounced thru the golf course around 1030am. Cloudy all day, no rain. A raven was circling quite high above the village late afternoon.

Saturday (Oct 8) partly cloudy morning, heavy dew but no frost. Increasing darker clouds by lunch time. Nutcrackers and jays. Less clouds and calmer late afternoon. 20 degrees warmer than yesterday.

Sunday (Oct 9) high thin clouds covered the sky, not much dew and no frost this morning. Clarks nutcrackers calling in the forest. Air quality a bit poor early (smelled like burning garbage.) Breezy partly sunny day and warm. Very pleasant evening.

Photos to Share:

Tyndel Meadows and Landmark

received 10/03/2016



photos by Dave Putman

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s September Newsletter


From the Desk of Commissioner Cruickshank,

Thursday September 1st
My day started with a call from KTVB Channel 7 News wanting an interview to discuss the Tamarack Resort Tax Deed issue and why Valley County was taking the property due to the taxes not being paid.
Next was a call from the current National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) President wanting to discuss the upcoming WIR Board meeting in October and to discuss the review of the WIR By-Laws which I am leading.
Then I received a call from the Texas Representative for D F Development LLC who had just purchased the old Potlatch property from Southern Pine Plantation. We discussed what their management would be and how it will impact Valley County recreation and industry.
I then relayed the need to provide maps and documentation on projects Valley County had been working on with Southern Pine Plantation.
I did place a call into Lt. Governor Brad Little to discuss what I had discussed with D F Development LLC as it impacts the sawmills in our region if they stop the timber harvest that is currently ongoing.
Late this afternoon I received a call from a concerned person who had family working for the companies doing the timber harvest on the now D F Development lands and was worried that his family members would be out of a job and needed the commissioners to help find more timber to harvest so these companies can stay in business.
I forwarded an email I received on Rail Road Safety from NACo to all the Idaho Commissioners so they had the information provided.

Friday September 2nd
I prepared and sent out my August newsletter.
Worked on drafting a letter to salvage timber from the Pioneer Fire quickly as it will deteriorate within a year or so and lose any value it might have for the wood product market.

Tuesday September 6th
Today was a commissioner meeting day. Please review the minutes of the meeting at Valley County, Idaho | Official Site , click on the commissioners section and link to the minutes. The minutes are posted to the website soon after they are approved during the next regularly scheduled commissioner meeting.

Wednesday September 7th
Today KBCI Channel 2 News wanted an interview of the recent Tamarack Tax Deed. I met them at Tamarack for this interview to discuss the Ski Lifts and Mid-Mountain Lodge.
I emailed letters out on Secure Rural Schools funding to get congressional offices to support the need to re-authorize the funding which has expired. If not funded Valley County loses funding for road maintenance and the McCall/Donnelly and Cascade Schools lose funding for education.
Tonight I attended the Snowmobile Advisory Committee meeting in Cascade as access for groomed snowmobile trails is being discussed due to the recent sale of timber lands to D F Development LLC.

Monday September 12th
Today was Patriot Day in Cascade to honor the First Responders of 9-11 when the Twin Towers were destroyed. The Cascade School brought their student to see the event. First Responders from all agencies attended the event put on by the American Legion to honor the loss of life and the First Responders.
The commissioners then attended the commissioner meeting for the day. Again minutes can be found on the Valley County Website.
This afternoon Commissioner Willey and myself attended a boat tour of Payette Lake to view the Shoreline in the McCall Impact Zone and how McCall City officials are working through permits when changes are made to the shoreline landscape.

Tuesday September 13th
This morning we held an Executive Session to hear a Personnel matter.
This afternoon I attended a Fire Working Group meeting at the McCall Fire Department. They were discussing the study Valley County is doing for the Bio-Mass Campus potential.

Thursday September 15th
Today I participated in a conference call to discuss changes to the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) By-Laws.
Later today I held a conference call to discuss the WIR By-Laws review and potential changes and clarification for the WIR Board of Directors.

Friday September 16th
The American Forestry Resource Council held a meeting today in McCall to discuss timber harvest projects into the next few years with Region IV of the Forest Service. We heard potential volumes of timber to be harvested by the Payette, Boise, Caribou/Targee and Salmon/Challis National Forests. One of the topics discussed today was the need to salvage harvest what they could from the Pioneer Fire with the priority of removing hazard trees along the roadways and seeing the impact of the Pioneer Fire on three prior timber sales that were scheduled for harvest.

Monday September 19th
Commissioner day today. Minutes can be found on the Valley County Website. Of interest today was a workshop with our contractor who is doing a wage analysis and job description review to see where Valley County is with the wages for employees, helping with the Valley County Centennial next year and review of the Public Defender Contract.

Tuesday September 20th
I worked on emails and replied to a citizen with concerns about the Warren Wagon Road needing Bike Lanes.

Wednesday September 21st
I replied via email to a request by D F Development LLC to learn more about the Tamarack issue and how the Tax Deed process works in Idaho.

Friday September 23rd
I participated in a NACo Transportation Committee conference call. We discussed the new Drone Advisory Committee formed by the Federal Aviation Administration, congressional legislation related to transportation needs, autonomous vehicles, the interstate transportation system is aging and increased traffic with pedestrian issues.
I discussed an issue with the Warm Lake Road with the Road Superintendent and then called and visited with the engineering firm to understand the possible options.
This afternoon I participated in a WIR Conference call to review the agenda for the upcoming WIR Board of Directors meeting.
Tonight I was invited to dinner with a few of the Midas Gold folks where they reported Midas Gold had submitted their Plan of Restoration and Operations to the Payette National Forest and to introduce me to the new President for the Idaho operations.

Monday September 26th
Short Commissioner meeting this morning to pay bills, approve the Public Defender Contract and approve the Fuel Bids for this coming year.
We all then headed to Boise to attend the IAC Fall Conference. This afternoon I was honored to introduce Idaho’s First Lady Lori Otter who spoke on the Capitol Christmas tree project coming from the Payette National Forest and then the First Lady introduced the gentleman who is coordinating the entire process to get the Christmas tree from Idaho to the Nations Capitol. Next we had a presentation on Millenial Leadership in the future. I attended the IAC Transportation Committee meeting to learn about the Port of Lewiston, funding from the federal government for construction projects, Oversize permitting by counties and when extra funding comes in how is it distributed.

Tuesday September 27th
This morning started off with Lt. Governor Little speaking to the IAC Conference folks about workforce education, industry, food production and ammunition companies.
Next was a discussion with a panel from Boise State University on presidential debates. The discussion was about do they do any good?
At the 10:30 AM workshop slot I attended the IAC Environment, Energy and Land Use Committee Meeting. Presentations were made by the Friedman Airport in Blaine County and how planning needs to help protect the area around an airport. Midas Gold did a presentation on their project and the Idaho Conservation League did a presentation on their efforts to insure a mine doesn’t impact the environment.
The afternoon was the IAC Public Lands Committee meeting. Here we heard from the Idaho Office of Species Conservation on Sage Grouse status and lawsuits related to the listing of the Sage Grouse. Also discussed was the Fire Response allowed by ranchers in rangelands. Next was a presentation on the Clearwater Basin Collaborative and how this project is moving along since the beginning. Personnel from NACo provided an overview of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural School advocacy by NACo to Congress as it is important to Idaho. Also discussed was the Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 document and how this will greatly impact rangelands for grazing. All recognized that years of work with collaborative groups for a project is stopped by one lawsuit being filed with no bonding or surety required.

Tonight we had an dinner event held at Jacks Urban Meeting Place or JUMP for short. I had the honor of presenting a picture of an outgoing commissioner from Custer County this photo of him which hung in the NACo Headquarters in Washington DC since 2012. This commissioner was a strong advocate for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes the Federal Government is to pay as counties are not able to assess taxes on Public Lands.

Wednesday September 28th
7:00 AM meeting today for the IAC Legislative Committee to discuss resolutions that have been requested by IAC committees to be placed into legislative language for the upcoming legislative session.
Next was a General Session where we heard from folks running for IAC positions to provide their speeches. Then resolutions were provided to update the IAC membership what the resolutions consisted of for voting later in the day.
We held a discussion on how the IAC Membership felt on supporting a concept to Close the Gap on Health Care for Idaho.
Votes we tallied from this mornings speeches and I was elected to serve as one of two Idaho Representatives for IAC on the NACo Board of Directors. Other positions filled were the Representative to the NACo WIR Board of Directors for Idaho and the open Secretary/Treasurer position for the Idaho Association of Counties.
The Public Lands staff person for NACo spoke on Public Land issues to the membership and who he thinks Congress will finish out this session. Next another NACo staff spoke on the Stepping Up Initiative to help with the growing issue of Mental Illness when these folks end up in jail and in reality they need to be seen in a medical facility to help with their needs. Because not one know what to do with them they end up in the jails across the country.
We then voted on the IAC Resolutions for this year.
This afternoon was the Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks meeting where we voted in a new representative to the IAC Board of Directors.
The Executive Director with the Public Defense Commission spoke to us about the Guidelines and Rules for Public Defense in Idaho and the grant process approved by the Idaho Legislature during the last session.
Tonight was the IAC Board of Directors meeting where we went over the business of IAC financial status, investment policy, scholarship program and heard reports from sub-committees.

Thursday September 29th
Drove home from Boise and caught up on emails

Well there went another month and I see Christmas decorations are being displayed in the stores already.

Enjoy the fall as it is beautiful.

Thanks for reading my newsletter.

Idaho News:

Absentee voting opens in Valley County for Nov. 8 election

The Star-News Oct 6, 2016

Absentee voting is now open in Valley County for the Nov. 8 general election.

Registered voters may vote in person until Nov. 4 at the Valley County Clerk’s Office, located at 219 N. Main Street in Cascade.

Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their home by filling out a request form at

Absentee ballot requests can also be picked up at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade or at the Valley County Juvenile Detention Center at 550 Deinhard Lane in McCall.

Absentee ballot request forms may be returned by mail, email, or fax until Oct. 28. Sample ballots are posted on the Valley County website.

Voter registration is open until Oct 14 with registration also available at polling places on Nov. 8. A photo ID and proof of residency, such as a utility billing showing an address, are required.

Registration cards are available on the county website, at the county courthouse or juvenile detention center. For questions, call 382-7100.

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Hunters told former Potlatch land likely off-limits

Texas brothers also suspended road leases, logging

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News Oct 6, 2016

Hunters with state permits to hunt elk on large swaths of private land in Valley and Adams counties have been told they likely will not be allowed on the land this year.

A total of 305 letters sent by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley to permit owners said hunting probably will not be allowed on 172,000 acres of private land where hunters were previously allowed.

The controlled hunts for anterless elks are located in F&G hunting units 23 and 24, which extend from north of New Meadows to south of Cascade.

Jimmy Williams of Geographic Land Solutions of Cisco, Texas, told Berkley on Sept. 22 that hunting would no longer be allowed on the land.

Williams represents DF Development of Cisco, the new owner of land formerly owned by Southern Pine Plantations of Macon, Ga.

… Those hunters with permits for a controlled hunt may exchange their tag for a general hunt tag, the letter said.

full story The Star-News:
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St Luke’s clinics in McCall, Riggins to continue flu shots

The Star-News Oct 6, 2016

Payette Lakes Family Medicine in McCall and Salmon River Family Medicine in Riggins will continue to host walk-in flu vaccination clinics this month for adults and children.

Insurance will be billed for those who have insurance. There is no cost for those who do not have insurance. The clinics are walk-in only, no appointment necessary. FluMist is not available this flu season.

Those wanting a shot can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 11, Oct. 18 or Oct. 20, or on Wednesday and Friday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 14, at St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine, 211 Forest Street in McCall.

Flu vaccine clinics in Riggins will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at St. Luke’s Clinic – Salmon River Family Medicine, 214 N. Main Street in Riggins.

full story The Star-News:
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Donnelly Fire to host CPR, first aid classes

The Star-News Oct 6, 2016

Classes in CPR and first aid will be held next week by Donnelly Fire & EMS.

The session on CPR will be held Monday while the session on first aid will be held next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Both sessions start at 6 p.m. at the Donnelly Fire Station. Cost is $5. Call 325-8619 to register.

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2 families seek changes in law after losing cabins in Payette auction

By Benton Alexander Smith, KTVB October 07, 2016

MCCALL, IDAHO – Two Idaho families are researching their legal options after they lost their cabins at the latest Payette Lake state land auction August 19.

The Idaho Land Board gave the Idaho Department of Lands the power to sell the land it owns at Priest and Payette lakes in 2010. According to the state constitution, the only method the state can use to sell the land is an auction.

Many families have owned cabins on the state land at the two lakes for decades, leasing the land underneath their cabins from the state. Now that the state wants to auction its land at these locations, many have risked losing their cabins by participating in the auction.

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McCall Set to Loosen ‘Mostly Local’ Ordinance for Restaurants

By George Prentice Boise Weekly Oct 8, 2016

For years, McCall has enforced a “mostly local” ordinance, limiting the number of chain restaurants that can operate in the resort community. Now, there is a proposal before the city that would open the gates to restaurateurs who own multiple eateries in other communities.

The debate surfaced earlier this month when owners of The Griddle, who operate four other iterations of the restaurant in Idaho and Nevada, said they wanted to open fifth location in McCall. However, the “mostly local” ordinance dictates no more than 10 percent of the town’s restaurants can be chains, and that limit is maxed out with Subway, Chapala, Moxie Java, Stax and KB’s Burritos already operating in McCall. All together, there 44 eateries currently operating in McCall.

This week’s McCall Star-News reports the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of a modification to the ordinance that would allow restaurants with five or fewer out-of-town locations to open in McCall.

The Griddle owners said they already have their eye on space in Alpine Village. If the proposed rule change is approved by the McCall City Council, they’ll be flipping pancakes in the resort community sooner than later.

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Northern Idaho lumber mill closes, laying off 40

Associated Press, KTVB October 06, 2016

OROFINO, Idaho — A lumber mill in northern Idaho has closed down, leaving about 40 people without work.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Tri-Pro Forest Products closed its Orofino mill on Tuesday. Resource Manager Mike Boeck says a lack of cedar logs forced the company to curtail operations at the Clearwater County mill over the past few weeks.

Tri-Pro had purchased 3 million to 4 million board feet of cedar in 2014 after the Johnson Bar Fire along the lower Selway River, but litigation by Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United against the U.S. Forest Service stopped the transaction.

Boeck says that purchase could have kept the Orofino mill running for another six months.

Friends of the Clearwater and Idaho Rivers United officials say the sale was illegal.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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ATF: Challis BLM office fire not a criminal act

KTVB October 05, 2016

CHALLIS, Idaho – The fire that destroyed the Challis office of the Bureau of Land Management this week.was not a criminal act, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators have determined.

The ATF said Wednesday that the agency had completed its on-scene investigation into the cause and origin of the fire.

The cause was ruled undetermined with no evidence of any criminal act, the ATF said.


Forest News:

Prescribed burning on East Fork South Fork


The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District is planning on burning on the East Fork of the South Fork with ignition occurring sometime between Oct 9 and October 31.  Attached is a map, general location is 5 miles west of Yellowpine in the Deadman and Reegan creek drainages.  Please feel free to give a call to myself at 208-634-0622 or Justin Pappani at 208-634-0623.

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Bald Hill info sign 2016.docx

Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician- detail
Forest Service
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District
p: 208-634-0622
lenelson @
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Assessment to Address Valley County’s Request for Snowmobile Grooming Routes Update

USDA Forest Service 10/07/2016

The Boise National Forest has completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Decision Notice/Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) for the Assessment to Address Valley County’s Request for Snowmobile Grooming Routes. Forest Supervisor Seesholtz is the Responsible Official for this project. Valley County Snowmobile Grooming project includes approximately 239 miles of existing groomed OSV trails and 14.0 miles of proposed OSV trails on the Forest within State designated snowmobile areas 43c, 43d, and a portion of 43b.

The draft DN/FONSI identifies Alternative C with a modification as the selected alternative. Alternative C (modified) will amend the current cost-share agreement between the Forest Service, Valley County, and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to respond to Valley County’s August 2013 request for additional routes. Alternative C will authorize a new cost-share agreement for an additional 5 years. Under the terms of the amended agreement that will expire in May 2017 and the new 5 year agreement to be authorized from 2018 through May of 2022, Valley County will be allowed to groom the 239 miles of OSV trails identified in their existing agreement, as well as an additional 14.0 miles authorized in this decision, for a total of 253.0 miles of OSV trails.

The EA and draft DN/FONSI is available on the project website at This project is subject to objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B.

Eligibility to File Objection

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with §218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless they are based on new information arising after designated opportunities.

Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (§ 218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.

Content of an Objection

* Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted only as provided for at §218.8(b). Minimum content requirements of an objection identified at §218.8(d) include:
* Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request;
* Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request;
* Name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and
* Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies, which would resolve the objection.

Statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunity for comment.

Filing an Objection

The Objection Reviewing Officer is the Intermountain (R4) Regional Forester. Written, facsimile, hand delivered, and electronic objections will be accepted.

Send written objections, including any attachments, to: Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region, USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to:, within 45 days following the publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. The Ogden Utah office’s business hours for those submitting hand-delivered objections are: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Email objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) to It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9).

Objections may also be submitted through a web form on the Valley County Snowmobile Grooming Project webpage ( To submit comments using the web form select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the  project’s webpage.

Objections received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” on the Project webpage at

Objections, including attachments, must be filed with the appropriate reviewing officer within 45 days of the publication of the legal notice in the newspaper of record. The publication date of the legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. The legal notice is scheduled to be published in the Idaho Statesman (Newspaper of Record) on October 7, 2016. The legal notice will be published on the project website ( within 4 calendar days of publication. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

The Responsible Official for this project is Forest Supervisor Cecelia R. Seesholtz. Further information about this project may be obtained from Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at tramirez @ or by phone at 208-382-7400.
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Pioneer Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) receives funding

Boise, Idaho, October 4, 2016– The first BAER assessment, which analyzed 60,000 acres in the south central area of the Pioneer Fire, was approved by the U. S. Forest Service’s Washington Office giving  the Boise National Forest authorization to implement immediate, short-term safety and emergency stabilization actions within critical areas within the 188,000 plus acre Fire.

“The safety of visitors and our employees is a priority and putting emergency stabilization projects in place is the first step in addressing this risk.,” said Cecilia Seesholtz, Boise National Forest Supervisor.

The BAER Team identified a number of priority treatments. Examples include, work to protect infrastructure (i.e., roads and trails) from increased runoff and erosion expected after the fire. These actions will reduce post-fire effects to water quality and bull trout, a listed species under the Endangered Species Act. Reduce the potential for new noxious weed infestations and minimize the spread of existing infestations. Develop protective safety actions such as temporary closures or signage to reduce risks to human life and safety by warning motorists and forest visitors of existing threats while traveling within and downstream of burned areas.

Hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, wildlife and fisheries biologists, archeologists, geographic information specialists, and silviculturists (forestry specialists) make up the BAER Team. Prescribed strategies are applied from their detailed analyses to reduce potential damage on National Forest System lands before the first major storms. Approved treatments must be completed within one year.

As the season changes into fall additional soil movement may occur in areas not seen previously. Visitors should be prepared for changing conditions.

Visit:  for Boise National Forest closures.
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Two backcountry yurts to open after wildfire

Associated Press, KTVB October 06, 2016

BOISE — A portion of a popular backcountry ski system in central Idaho will open this winter following a wildfire that burned through the area this summer.

The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation in a statement Thursday say two yurts in the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt System deemed safe will be available possibly as early as November.


Letter to Share:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue



Critter News:

Lifesaving Meridian pug hailed as hero

KTVB October 05, 2016

MERIDIAN – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes – even dog size.

Eleven-year-old Jaxson the pug was hailed as a hero at a Meridian city council meeting Tuesday night after he saved his family by alerting them to a house fire.

Owner Todd Lavoie said he was upstairs using his computer the night of Aug. 29 when he heard the pug barking in an “irregular tone and cadence.” At first, he ignored it. But when the barking continued,  Lavoie said, he headed downstairs to check it out.

“He was actually barking at an outlet, which is very odd,” Lavoie said.

But as Jaxon’s owner got closer, he realized the cause of the pug’s alarm: Sparks were shooting from the outlet.

The sparks quickly morphed into flames, which Lavoie tried to extinguish with a towel before running to get a fire extinguisher and shut off the power to the house.

“During this entire time, the fire alarms were still going off, the dog was still barking at the outlet,” he said.

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Canyon County residents charged with felonies in alleged poaching


NAMPA — Seven Canyon County residents face a total of 35 felony charges for allegedly poaching big game animals in Adams County.

According to Idaho Fish and Game, officers discovered the remains of a bull elk killed before the legal hunting season opened in fall 2015 in unit 22 west of McCall. By the time the investigation was done, Fish and Game officers had discovered at least four more illegally taken bull elk and at least one mule deer.

Shannan Norris, 44, of Caldwell, Adam Norris, 27, of Nampa and Casey Dutton, 22, of Caldwell were arrested and booked into the Canyon County jail on numerous felony charges, according to Idaho Fish and Game.

Bob Norris, 69, of Caldwell, Trey Painter, 22, of Caldwell, Chad Painter, 43, of Caldwell and Roger Brutsman, 47, of Wilder also face felony charges in connection to the poaching incident.

There are four other individuals facing misdemeanor charges. They have not been named by Fish and Game.

The charges come after a months-long investigation by Idaho Fish and Game officers and the Adams County Prosecutor’s Office.

Each felony charge carries the potential of up to five years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines. The individuals charged also face a lifetime ban from obtaining hunting and fishing licenses. Each misdemeanor charge carries potential jail time of six months and fines up to $1,000. A one- to three-year hunting and fishing license revocation may also be included in misdemeanor sentencing.

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Oregon man pleads guilty to animal poisoning and unlawful take of big game

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, October 7, 2016 – 1:47 PM MDT
Incident included poisoning of two hunting dogs
Contacts: Valley County Prosecutor Carol Brockman (208) 382-7120
Mike Keckler, chief, Bureau of Communications, Idaho Fish and Game (208) 287-2870

Tim Clemens, an Oregon resident, entered a guilty plea Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 to one count of poisoning animals and one count of unlawful take of big game.

Fourth District Magistrate Lamont Berecz ordered Clemens to serve 10 days of jail time, 200 hours of community service in lieu of an additional 20 days of jail time, and four years’ probation, during which time he cannot hunt. The court also ordered Clemens to pay $675 in fines, court costs and community service insurance, $400 in civil damages for the big game animal killed, and $10,000 in restitution to Idaho Fish and Game for investigative costs.

“This was a complex investigative effort by Fish and Game officers,” Valley County Prosecutor Carol Brockmann said.  “Their investigation included packing into the remote area to locate the field-dressed carcass, obtaining DNA samples from the deceased animals, multiple interviews in two states and close cooperation with the prosecution effort.  It was through these efforts this case was seen to a successful conclusion.”

The charges are the result of an investigation launched in January 2016, when Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers received a citizen report that two dogs had been poisoned in the Middle Fork Salmon River area during the fall hunting season. A veterinarian confirmed that one dog had died from poisoning, and a second dog had survived after treatment for poison symptoms.

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Man survives two attacks by sow grizzly bear

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Oct 2, 2016

A man scouting for elk in Montana surprised a sow grizzly bear with cubs and was attacked not once, but TWICE on Saturday.

“Yeah, life sucks in bear country,” Todd Orr, 50, said with his face covered in blood as he made a short video at the scene.

Surviving the first attack, he waited until the bears had left and started down the trail. Before he could travel the three miles, the grizzly sow attacked again and really did a number on him.

Bear spray worked in deterring a grizzly attack on a group in Yellowstone National Park this summer, but it did not work in this case.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Final week of September 2016
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Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

WEI 07 Oct 2016

“Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe’s largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat.”

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Feds examining no-wake zone results on water-nesting bird

10/9/16 AP

CALDWELL, Idaho — Federal officials say it’s too early to tell if an increase in the size of no-wake zones for boaters at a wildlife refuge in southwest Idaho had a positive effect on a bird that nests in shallow water.

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Manager Annette de Knijf tells the Idaho Press-Tribune ( that a biologist did a survey on western grebes at the refuge this year.

“One of the challenges we have at Deer Flat is monitoring wildlife response,” de Knijf said. “This year we had a biologist from another refuge do initial grebe surveys here, but we do not know the results yet.”

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
October 7, 2016
Issue No. 805

Table Of Contents

* Agencies Seek Public ‘Scoping’ Comments For EIS Related To New Basin Salmon/Steelhead Recovery Plan

* Preliminary Report Details 2016 Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead Survival In Snake/Columbia; Snake River Sockeye Take A Hit

* Study Connects Massive West Coast Toxic Algal Bloom In 2015 To Unusually Warm Ocean Conditions; Warning For The Future?

* Study Evaluates Juvenile Salmon Density In Lower Columbia River Tidal Freshwater Habitats

* PGE Moves To Dismiss Deschutes River Water Quality Lawsuit, Says Only FERC Has Jurisdiction

* Congress Passes Bill That Includes $20 Million For Defense Against Invasive Mussels In Columbia River Basin

* Columbia River Fall Chinook Run Size Downgraded For Fourth Straight Week; Early Run Coho Far Below Average

* ODFW Pilot Project Uses ‘Environmental DNA’ To Track Fish, Could Offer Early Warning On Invasive Species

* BPA Makes U.S. Treasury Payment Of $1.9 Billion For FY 2016, Largest Ever

* WSU Study Details Role Of Reservoirs In Contributing To Greenhouse Gases, Methane A Major Source

* Interdisciplinary Project Gets $3 Million Grant To Study Columbia Basin Food, Energy, Water Needs In Changing Climate

* House Natural Resources Committee Passes Bill To Expedite Sea Lion Removal In Columbia River

* Anniversary Of Longest Continuous Glacier Research In North America: ‘Alaska’s Glaciers Are Sinking Rapidly’

* Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board Seeks New Members To Represent Gillnetters, Tribes, Agriculture

Fun Critter Stuff:


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Nana the Border Collie Performs Amazing Dog Tricks


Fish & Game News:

News Releases

Tips & Advice:

Best Apples for Baking: Apple Pie, Applesauce, Cider

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Not all apples are ideal for cooking! Below is a chart with some of the best apples for baking—from apple pies to applesauce.

Ever eaten a mushy apple pie?  Often, the reason for this is a soft apple, such as a McIntosh. Have no fear!  When you use the right kind of apple, you may find you actually like apple pie!

Below is a list of the best apples for cooking and baking. Note: Some familiar apple varieties may be missing because they are best eaten fresh out of the hand.


Oct 2, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 2, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

YPWUA News: 

Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Please hold off on watering lawns so there is culinary water available for all.

Village News:

Community Hall Theft

Whoever took the large slate slab from the community hall, could you please return it!  We have plans for it to be used in the kitchen for our new grills. – Thanks
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Parks Bench

Parks Memorial Bench dedication for Gene, Bernice and Joe Parks at the Yellow Pine Cemetery at 1pm on Oct 15th. Potluck to follow at the Community Hall. The family will be providing pulled pork, buns, “fine china” and cutlery. All are welcome. RSVP to Kathy Parks.
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Kennedy’s Fuel Delivery to YP

Hello Everyone! We’ve been delivering in your beautiful area recently and plan on returning for residential deliveries of gasoline and diesel week of Oct. 3rd-7th.

Please call the office to place your order 208-382-4430. If you already have, we have it printed off and ready to go=)

Our gasoline is NON-Ethanol 87 & 92 Octanes.
Diesel & Furnace Fuel 60/40 CUT
#1 Stove Oil

We recommend a site tank gauge or tank stick for monitoring fuel levels, and can bring them on the truck for installation or replacements.

Thank you for your order-We appreciate your business!

Tracey Kennedy
Kennedy Fuel & Feed Supply
829 South Main St.
Cascade, ID 83611
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Yellow Pine General Store and the Silver Dollar Grill

As of today [Sept 23] the Yellow Pine General Store and the Silver Dollar Grill are shut down until sold or leased out. Susan and I have operated the Silver Dollar for 15 years and the Store for the past 10 years. It is time in our life to devote our time to family. We do not plan on leaving this beautiful country, we plan on enjoying why we moved here in the first place. We are excited that now I can go fishing with my grandkids and riding 4 wheelers when our friends come up to visit. We have met hundreds of great people from all over the United States that has came to Yellow Pine to visit or ride through. We will still manage Alpine Village in the summer. Thank you everyone for your support.

Steve & Susan Holloway
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Tree Trimming

The tree trimming crew for Idaho Power was still working in the village this week.

VYPA News:

Village Of Yellow Pine Meeting Minutes September 17, 2016

Officers in attendance: Dan Stiff Chairman, Deb Filler Vice Chairman, Lorinne Munn Secretary, Ann Forster Treasurer, Cecil Dallman Member at Large.

1. Meeting was called to order at 2pm by Dan.

2. Lorinne handed out minutes of the last meeting of August 14th to be approved by the group. Minutes have also been posted around town and sent to members who have wished to be notified in that manner.

3. Ann gave the treasurer’s report. We have $40,000.00 in the bank and we need to get it under $30,000.00.

4. Willie gave the cemetery committee report. There is a watering problem. We can’t get the cistern to hold water so he proposes to plant natural grasses. He will plant the seeds before winter. He is renumbering the plots there will be placed metal stakes with the numbers and the kiosk will be updated with the new numbers. There will be a memorial bench placed for Bernice. 3 new plots were bought in June. The June meeting will need to elect a new commissioner for a 3 year term. Get your name on the ballot ahead of time there will be no nominations from the floor.

5. Cecil gave the Community Hall report. He is working on getting the BBQ ready. The exercise equipment will be put back in the hall for the winter. The railing for the ramp will be done soon they were waiting on some materials to finish it. At this point it was mentioned the power for the Memorial light comes from the Community Hall. Idaho Power was supposed to donate $60.00 per year for the power for the light. Marti Prouty was going to look into this to see why it was discontinued. Lynn mentioned an electrician is needed to look at the light because it hasn’t been working anyway.

6. Deb gave the Harmonica Committee report. She mentioned anything the Harmonica Festival makes over $12,000.00 goes into the general fund. 10 performers have already committed to coming back next year including Tony Holliday if he can fit it into his schedule. Also Oskar has offered to be a sponsor again.

There was quite a discussion about the proposed composting toilets. Dan suggested we check into an above the ground system to give us real sewer system. Willie said that has already been checked out and did not seem feasible. He said it would have to be a double pump tank for minimum of $20,000.00. The groundwater situation at the site is very bad. It was checked out 4 years ago. For 2 heated composting toilets the cost would be $4,000.00 to $5,000.00. You won’t have to stir it just a cleaning every 6 months. The waste comes out dry in a bag you can even use it as fertilizer. It does take electricity, the cost would be less than $200.00 a year. To pump our existing outhouse is $400.00 so there is a savings there. The only unknown at this point is the cost of building an extension off of the building to house the toilets, which Willie is sure will be well within our range. He will get those figures soon. He can get the heavy duty toilets right now for less than $2,000.00 each. Dan made a motion to purchase the toilets now, Jenny seconded the motion, motion passed. Construction will begin next spring. It has taken 10 years to get the money together thanks to Linda and Larry Welch, who raised the money specifically for an indoor toilet at the community hall.

Ann suggested we have a Community Communicator to get a list of landowners, their addresses and phone numbers. This would be useful for the Village Association, the Fire Department and Water Department. This person would contact all of the landowners and find out their preferred method of communication. Marti moved and Willie seconded to move forward and provide the money to send out an initial letter on this, motion passed. Judy Wiley volunteered to be the Communicator. It was mentioned all residents including renters to also be on the list.

Dan brought up that a computer would be useful for Village Council business. Could we use money from the general fund to purchase the computer, also a scanner and printer? Dan suggested we form a committee to investigate this. Willie move we form the committee, Lorinne seconded this motion, motion passed . Phil, Dan, Marti and Ann will be the members of this committee.

Ann brought up the question of having and entertainment area in a corner of the rec hall for DVD’s. We used to have such an area but it was removed. Ann made a motion for the entertainment area but no one seemed interested in the idea at this time.

Ann brought up that there were questions as to why the Memorial and the Museum were not part of the Village Association. The Memorial is a federal site and the Museum building is part of the School System, so they will not be a part of the Association.

It was discussed using community funds for a fire department audit but there is nothing to audit, there was only a checkbook available. The Valley County Sheriff’s Department has the checkbook from the fire department.

There have been recent thefts in town especially during the winter, of firewood and tools, and hot tubs being used. Please keep an eye out on your neighbor’s property and report any suspicious activity.

There will be a landing zone built next year for the life flight helicopter at the southwest corner near the intersection. Thanks to the efforts of Jeff Forster.

Ditch Day is scheduled for October 5th. Please turn out to help us keep our ditches cleared out before winter sets in, so the spring run off can be handled without flooding.

There was a motion by Sue N. to accept the minutes of August 14, 2016 motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 3:03 pm by Dan Stiff.

Our next meeting will be June 10, 2017.

Submitted by Lorinne N. Munn, Secretary

Local Observations:

Monday (Sept 26) mostly clear sky, no frost, good amount of dew. Stellar jay in the yard. Dump trucks and trailers headed south on the back Stibnite road this morning. Warm sunny day. Folks out enjoying the golf course. A little extra traffic, local streets are dusty again. Clear quiet evening.

Tuesday (Sept 27) clear sky, no frost, lots of dew this morning. Warm sunny day. Clear quiet evening.

Wednesday (Sept 28) clear sky, no frost, good amount of dew this morning. Dump truck with trailer headed west on EFSF road early. Passing clouds by lunch time. Warm, mostly sunny day. This evening it sounded like equipment working up at the gravel pit.

Thursday (Sept 29) some clouds, partly clear, not much dew, no frost. Two cowbirds and a blackbird in the yard (have not seen any for weeks.) Brief sighting of collared dove. Warm day, partly cloudy. OHV traffic in the evening, huge cloud of dust drifting across school yard at sundown.

Friday (Sept 30) mostly clear morning, some dew. The sun is coming up over the peak of Golden Gate just about 930am. More clouds and gusty breezes during the day. Blew the “color” off the trees and bushes. Pine squirrel chittering after 6pm (first one we have heard in weeks!) Pileated woodpecker on the ant pile. Rain shower around 2am.

Saturday (Oct 1) very loud thunder around 4am. Mostly cloudy and warm by sunrise. Heard some passing birds and a stellar jay in the neighbor’s yard. Blustery day, some pretty strong gusts at times. Raven flew over buffeted by the wind. Calm and clear just before dark.

Sunday (Oct 2) hard freeze this morning, partly clear sky at sunrise. Young pine squirrel sitting on the fence making a lot of noise. Some extra traffic before lunch time. A little before 1pm a child on a 4-wheeler racing around the neighborhood and thru the golf course. Dark clouds, blustery wind, then rain showers off and on late afternoon and early evening. Pretty rainbow at sunset.


7pm Oct 2, 2016 looking north east


Judy Wiley


There was a celebration of life for Judy Wiley and pot luck at the Yellow Pine Tavern on Saturday Oct 1 at 4pm.
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Ann sent this lovely poem

To a gentle soul who was a true friend to so many
Her grace, gentleness and loving spirit was aplenty

Judy loved her travels and touched many lives along the way
Her kind soul and respect to her friends she never strayed

She shared so much of her heart with openness and joy
Creating memories we’ll cherish and can never be destroyed

She was loyal, thoughtful, funny, honest and strong
With her quick wit and gentle smile she could do no wrong

For so many of us she always made time for milestones
Sharing in our lives the moments of joy and some of groans

Spreading her roots internationally and from Nebraska to Idaho
You can’t ignore her love of the Broncos from Colorado!

Her many adventures sailing, shooting, flying and scuba diving
She never stopped her exploring and always was thriving

Judy was a genuine asset to the community of Yellow Pine
And before her passing she appeared to be on cloud nine

She volunteered her time unselfishly, on that we all concur
However, time with family and friends she seemed to prefer

May our memories of Judy continue and never cease
While she, as an angel, is now above us living in peace

– AF

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”

– Paramahansa Yogananda

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

– Rumi

Idaho News:

Absentee voting opens in Valley County for Nov. 8 election

The Star-News September 29, 2016

Absentee voting is now open in Valley County for the Nov. 8 general election.

Registered voters may vote in person until Nov. 4 at the Valley County Clerk’s Office, located at 219 N. Main Street in Cascade.

Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to their home by filling out a request form at

Absentee ballot requests can also be picked up at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade or at the Valley County Juvenile Detention Center at 550 Deinhard Lane in McCall.

Absentee ballot request forms may be returned by mail, email, or fax until Oct. 28. Sample ballots are posted on the Valley County website.

Voter registration is open until Oct 14 with registration also available at polling places on Nov. 8. A photo ID and proof of residency, such as a utility billing showing an address, are required.

Registration cards are available on the county website, at the county courthouse or juvenile detention center. For questions, call 382-7100.

source: The Star-News
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St Luke’s clinics in McCall, Riggins to host walk-in flu shots

The Star-News September 29, 2016

Payette Lakes Family Medicine in McCall and Salmon River Family Medicine in Riggins will host walk-in flu vaccination clinics in October for adults and children.

Insurance will be billed for those who have insurance. There is no cost for those who do not have insurance. The clinics are walk-in only, no appointment necessary. FluMist is not available this flu season.

Those wanting a shot can drop in anytime from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 4, 6, 11, 18, 20, or on Wednesday and Friday, Oct. 12 and 14, at St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine, 211 Forest Street in McCall.

Flu vaccine clinics in Riggins will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, at St. Luke’s Clinic – Salmon River Family Medicine, 214 N. Main Street in Riggins.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone age six months and older receive the vaccine.

Young children, pregnant women, people over age 65, and those with chronic health conditions are at highest risk of flu complications. But anyone can get the flu.

source: The Star-News
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Idaho hunters learn Texas billionaires are locking them out at the last minute

Rocky Barker Idaho Satesman Sept 29, 2016

Steve Wolfinger was planning to go on what was his first Idaho elk hunt starting Saturday in Adams and Valley counties.

But a week before he was planning to get on a jet to fly from his home in Arkansas, the 70-year-old got a letter from Regan Berkley, an Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife manager from McCall. She told him that private land recently owned by Potlatch Corp. that covers much of the unit where he planned to hunt is now closed.

DF Development, the new owners of the 172,000 acres of timberland and a vast road system in Adams, Valley and Boise counties, informed Fish and Game that the land will no longer be open to hunting.

Wolfinger and 304 other hunters had controlled-hunt tags for units where 30 percent of the land is owned by the Cisco, Texas, company. Berkley told those hunters they could trade their controlled-hunt tag for a general elk tag if they wanted.

Hunters go through a lottery to get controlled-hunt tags for units where they have higher odds of bagging an animal. But that won’t work for Wolfinger: He has time to hunt this week, but the general season hasn’t started yet.

“I hope you spread the word,” his son, Bradley Wolfinger, told the Statesman via email. “Outrageous.”

Read more here:
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Senators seek reinstated federal funding for rural counties

County budgets face uncertainty under changing federal programs

Sep 30, 2016 by Madelyn Beck – IME

Idaho’s two U.S. senators are trying to secure congressional approval to fully fund two programs that funnel federal money to rural counties, including Blaine County, that contain lots of federal land, which isn’t subject to property taxes.

Since 1976, Congress has been paying counties for federally held lands under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, and since 2000 under the Secure Rural Schools Act.

In recent years, the PILT program has been a source of nearly $2 million for Blaine County and the Secure Rural Schools program has supplied about $100,000.

Full, mandatory funding for PILT expired in 2013, and the program now relies on yearly appropriations.

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Idaho auctions federal timber in deal with Forest Service

By KEITH RIDLER – 9/30/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Some 600 square miles of U.S. Forest Service land burned in Idaho in 2015 in one of the most destructive summers ever for the cash-strapped agency that for years has faced a backlog of projects aimed at reducing wildfire risks and completing habitat restoration work.

Now the agency in a unique partnership with Idaho that is being eyed by other states is looking to take on landscape-scale projects by using the state’s land management expertise that includes selling timber on federal land.

The first state-managed sale earlier this week brought in $1.4 million for 4.5 million board feet of timber on 216 acres of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in northern Idaho. Officials say the money, after expenses, will go into a fund to be used to finance future timber sales on federal land and non-revenue producing projects such as stream improvements for fish or tree thinning to protect communities from fire.

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Scientists and volunteers check Boise River health

KTVB October 01, 2016

BOISE – Some community members had the chance to be scientists for the day at the Boise River.

Volunteers and trainers participated in the Ninth Annual Treasure Valley Watershed Watch Saturday.

Each volunteer was paired up with a professional scientist to do basic water-quality testing.

“Everybody loves the Boise River but not everybody probably knows the status of the river, so this gives folks a chance to understand the health of the river, take some basic water quality tests, gather some data, be scientists for a day, and connect with the environment,” said Tim Merrick, public information officer for the U.S. Geological Survey.


Forest / BLM News:

Pioneer Fire bill rises as fire-cost reform stalls in Congress

By Rocky Barker September 25, 2016 Idaho Statesman

Rain has cooled the flames of Idaho’s Pioneer Fire , which at more than 188,000 acres is the largest fire in the nation.

The fire started west of Idaho City in the backcountry July 18, around the same time the Mile Marker 14 Fire was threatening homes in the Boise Foothills. The Pioneer Fire grew and threatened Lowman and rural homes along the South Fork of the Payette River as well as hamlets like Pioneerville for weeks.

Most of the local criticism of the firefighting effort was the traditional view that firefighters should have been able to corral it before it got big. But while firefighters put out 98 percent of wildfires, the 2 percent that escape account for 30 percent of the costs in forests thick with fuel after a century of fire suppression and because of climate change.

No homes were burned and no lives lost. Thousands of acres of timber burned, smoke filled communities including Boise and Stanley, and roads and forest lands popular for recreation were closed for weeks.

At Pioneer’s peak, 1,800 firefighters fought the fire, along with dozens of engines, airplanes, helicopters and seven different fire management teams.

The cost of the fire exceeded $93 million by Thursday, and with 430 firefighters still on the ground rehabilitating fire lines and completing containment, the cost is certain to exceed $100 million before it is done.

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Fire crews work to rehabilitate Pioneer Fire land

Karen Zatkulak, KTVB September 30, 2016

BOISE — The Pioneer Fire is now 71 percent contained and has burned nearly 190,000 acres. It started back in July, just north of Idaho City. Fire officials say it will most likely continue to burn until the snow falls.

More than 90 percent of the land damaged by the fire belongs to the Boise National Forest. Their crews are now busy with the second wave of response, fixing what the flames destroyed.

While the flames were still spreading and fire crews worked toward containment, another important team began their job — about 60 members of the Burned Area Emergency Response group entered the Pioneer Fire devastation.

“It’s a lot of country to burn at one time, which is a concern for us to chase and identify what the emergency conditions are,” said Terry Hardy, BAER Coordinator.

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Fire south of Silver City grows to 1,300 acres

KTVB October 01, 2016

OWYHEE COUNTY – A fire burning about 18 miles south of Silver City has grown to more than 1,300 acres since Thursday evening.

The Boise District Bureau of Land Management has 60 personnel assigned to the Josie Fire, which is burning in grass and sage on private and state-managed land.

The fire was ten-percent contained as of Saturday morning.

The BLM expects cooler temperatures to help firefighters make significant progress Saturday and Sunday.

The BLM says the fire is human caused, and is under investigation.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Forest Service plans new study for N. Idaho salvage logging

By KEITH RIDLER – 9/26/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service will do another analysis after a federal judge halted a northern Idaho wildfire salvage logging project following a lawsuit by two environmental groups, officials say.

The agency earlier this month gave notice that it plans to do a supplemental environmental impact statement for the project near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers.

A federal judge in May temporarily halted the project that aimed to harvest 34 million board feet of timber scorched by a 2014 wildfire after determining the Forest Service would likely lose the lawsuit because it failed to factor in how subsequent 2015 wildfires might have altered the project.

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Comments sought on grazing at Craters of the Moon

KTVB October 01, 2016

OISE – Federal officials are taking public comments on a draft environmental analysis for grazing alternatives at the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that it’s accepting comments on the draft management plan amendment and environmental impact statement through Dec. 29.

The B.L.M. also plans to hold two public meetings. The first is Nov. 3 at the American Falls District Library, and the second is Nov. 16 at the Carey City Council office.

The documents are in response to a court order following a lawsuit by Western Watersheds Project contending the federal agency did not sufficiently take into account the impacts that grazing has on sage grouse.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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High Valley Integrated Restoration Project Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact is Now Available

USDA Forest Service 9/27/2016

This bulletin was originally sent out on September 22, 2016.  I was notified this morning that there was an issue with the GovDelivery system on 9/22/2016 that caused many of the emails sent that day to fail.  I am re-sending this message to make sure that all subscribers to this project receive the notification announcing the decision.  I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

On June 15, 2016, the Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the High Valley Integrated Restoration Project were available for the pre-decisional objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B. One objection was filed during the objection filing period. The objection is available for review at The Objection Reviewing Officer (ORO) issued a response letter to the objection on September 1, 2016, which included instructions to complete an EA errata in order to incorporate text mistakenly omitted from the June 2016 EA. The ORO letter is available for review at

Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.12, Forest Supervisor Seesholtz has addressed all of the ORO’s instructions identified in the objection response and has issued the final DN/FONSI. The final DN/FONSI includes Appendix B, which includes the errata page for the EA. The Final DN/FONSI and EA are available on the High Valley Integrated Restoration Project web page:

As documented in the DN/FONSI, Forest Supervisor Seesholtz has selected Alternative B. Alternative B will conduct vegetation restoration activities by commercial thinning on about 5,729 acres, including 357 acres within RCAs. All treatments with wood product removal will be followed by sub-merchantable tree thinning and activity fuel abatement treatments. Thinning trees without wood product removal (non-commercial thinning) will be conducted on approximately 1,013 acres, including 684 acres within RCAs. Restoration prescribed fire treatment will occur on roughly 4,098 acres.

Transportation management activities under Alternative B will construct 0.4 miles of road on existing unauthorized routes; reconstruct (realign) 2.6 miles of road on new prism and 1.8 miles of road on existing prism; construct 5.6 miles of temporary roads on new prism and 3.0 miles on existing unauthorized routes; conduct aggregate surface road maintenance by replacing existing aggregate surface on 9.0 miles and place spot aggregate on 5.3 miles for targeted sediment reduction; and conduct 64.5 miles of road maintenance activities to facilitate commercial sawlog removal and to address current and future sediment production throughout the Project Area. Additionally, 8.5 miles of NFS roads and 18.8 miles of unauthorized routes will be decommissioned.

An estimated 31.7 MMBF of wood products would be provided to local/regional processing facilities.

To allow time for distribution of the decision, implementation of the Becker Integrated Resource Project may begin five days following the signature date of the DN/FONSI.

For additional information regarding this project, please contact Richard Newton, Emmett District Ranger, by phone at 208-365-7000.

Melissa Yenko
Forest Environmental Coordinator
Boise National Forest
1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4245
Email: myenko @
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Opportunity to Comment – Scoping Period Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project

Payette National Forest – 9/30/2016

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on the environmental analysis for the proposed Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project on the Council Ranger District, Payette National Forest. While the project area is located on the Council Ranger District, the New Meadows Ranger District Interdisciplinary Team is conducting the analysis and preparing the NEPA documents. The document describing the proposed action can be found on the project web page at: .

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project

The Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project is located approximately 15 miles west of New Meadows, Idaho. Proposed treatments include timber harvest, thinning, prescribed fire, road treatments and road decommissioning, and recreation improvements. The Huckleberry project area is approximately 67,000 acres within the Council Ranger District on the Payette National Forest. The project is located in the Indian, Lick, and Bear Creek subwatersheds within the Brownlee Reservoir Subbasin.

Purpose and Need for Action

The purpose of the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project is to:

Move vegetation toward the desired conditions defined in the Forest Plan and the most recent science addressing restoration and management of wildlife habitat, with an emphasis on:

* Improving habitat for specific wildlife species of concern such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed northern Idaho ground squirrel (NIDGS) and species dependent on dry coniferous forests (e.g. white-headed woodpecker), while maintaining habitat for other Forest sensitive and ESA-listed species;
* Maintaining and promoting large tree forest structure, early seral species composition (e.g. example aspen, western larch, ponderosa pine, and Douglas-fir) and forest resiliency;
* Reducing the risk of uncharacteristic and undesirable wildland fire, with an emphasis on restoring and maintaining desirable plant community attributes including fuel levels, fire regimes, and other ecological processes.
* Moving forest stands toward desired conditions as described in the Forest Plan by returning fire to the ecosystem; promoting the development of large tree forest structures mixed with a mosaic of size classes; and improving growth, species composition, and resiliency to insects, disease, and fire.

Support the development of fire-adapted rural communities.

* Creating conditions that provide firefighters a higher probability of successfully suppressing fire in the wildland urban interface by reducing potential fire behavior near values at risk (e.g., homes, communication towers, and power lines) and primary ingress/egress routes, essential to firefighter access and the public.
* Creating conditions where rural communities are less reliant on suppression forces.

Move all subwatersheds within the project area toward the desired conditions for soil, water, riparian, and aquatic resources (SWRA) as described in the Forest Plan and the Watershed Condition Framework (WCF) (USDA 2011) by:

* Reducing overall road density, road-related accelerated sediment, and other road related impacts across the project area; restoring riparian vegetation and floodplain function.
* Restoring fish habitat connectivity across the project area, especially in streams occupied by ESA Listed bull trout, (Salvelinus confluentus) and in or adjacent to bull trout Critical Habitat.

Manage recreation use with an emphasis on hardening (where needed) dispersed recreation sites for resource improvement, and improving existing trail opportunities.

Contribute to the economic vitality of the communities adjacent to the Payette National Forest.

The need for the project is based on the difference between the existing and desired conditions. These differences include:

* Less large tree size class than desired and higher canopy cover;
* Fewer early seral species (i.e. ponderosa pine and western larch);
* Fewer fire resilient species than desired;
* Increase in ground, surface, and canopy fuels;
* Less than desired watershed function and integrity.

The desired conditions for this project are based upon the Payette National Forest Plan (USDA Forest Service 2003), and the Watershed Condition Framework (USDA Forest Service 2011).

Proposed Action

Proposed treatments include timber harvest, thinning, prescribed burning, road closures and decommissioning, road re-routing, and recreation improvements.

Vegetative Treatments:

The Forest Service proposes approximately 42,600 acres of vegetative treatments in the project area to improve wildlife habitat for Northern Idaho Ground Squirrels (NIDGS) and species that rely on habitat similar to the white-headed woodpecker, and to move vegetation toward the desired conditions specified in the Forest Plan. Approximately 9,000 acres are in areas designed to mitigate fire risk to values at risk.

Commercial Vegetative Treatments

* Free Thin, Free Thin–Patch Cut-Selection Harvest, Aspen Restoration, and Mature Plantation Harvest – 23,800 acres.
* Meadow restoration through commercial and non-commercial vegetation treatments – 11,800 acres
* Restoration of Low Density Timber Stands – 1,500 acres
* Whitebark pine restoration – 600 acres

Non-Commercial Treatments

* Non-commercial thinning – 42,500 acres. Non-commercial thinning would be completed in areas of commercial harvest as well as outside of commercial harvest. This would consist of trees generally less than ten inches DBH and include plantations. Non-commercial thinning would be completed to improve wildlife habitat, increase growth rates and tree vigor, improve stand resiliency to natural disturbance, reduce density-related competition, reduce potential fire behavior and fire effects given a wildland fire.

Prescribed Fire Treatments

* Prescribed burning – 67,000 acres over the next 20 years

Community Wildfire Mitigation Treatments

Both fuel loading and fuel continuity would be altered to reduce surface fire potential as well as crown fire potential among the community wildfire mitigation treatment areas (see Prescribed Fire Treatments and Community Wildfire Mitigation Map). This would provide suppression forces a higher probability of successfully attacking a wildland fire within intermix or rural condition while creating a safer working environment.

A combination of non-commercial thinning, commercial thinning, limbing to reduce ladder fuels, piling dead and downed material, pile burning, and/or prescribed burning would facilitate the desired condition. More specifically, activities would result in the following:

* Increased canopy base heights to reduce potential for spotting, torching, and crown fire;
* Reduced canopy densities to reduce the potential for crown fire spread;
* Reduced species that are not fire-resilient to promote fire-resilient stands;
* Reduced ground and surface fuels. Recurrent application of the necessary treatments (primarily prescribed fire) every 5-15 years would maintain the desired condition, which is lower fuel loadings and reduced horizontal fuel continuity.

Watershed Improvement and Restoration Treatments

The proposal includes changes to the Forest System Road network to reduce road-related impacts to water quality and fish habitat, as well as to reduce overall road density. Specific actions include:

* 57.7 miles of system roads decommissioning
* Restoration of at least 70 miles of unauthorized roads

The project includes 13 opportunities that have been identified to improve fish passage and improve hydrologic connectivity. In the Bear Creek subwatershed, two trail bridges are proposed on FS Trail 228 where the trail crosses Mickey Creek and Wesley Creek.  Both of these streams are Bull Trout Critical Habitat.

Recreation Improvements

The recreation proposal focuses on improving existing developed and dispersed recreation opportunities and facilities, trail maintenance and relocation to improve watershed conditions and the recreational user’s experience. Work includes improving potable water well, coordinating dispersed camping along roads open to motorized travel 300 feet off the road to protect NIDGS, installing trail signs, hardening dispersed camping sites, decommissioning and replacing existing restroom facility with single vault restroom at the Bear trailhead, along with three fire rings and two metal stock hitch rails.

Trail work will include bringing the 33 miles of trails consisting of two-wheel motorized and non-motorized trail up to defined trail class standard for each trail. This includes signing at all trail junctions, new signing at trailheads lacking proper signs, and trail reestablishment and potential relocation where the trail is undefinable.

Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom will be the Responsible Official for this project.

Scoping Process

The detailed document describing the proposed action can be found on the project web page at: . A hard copy of the proposed action document is available upon request by email to Kim Pierson, New Meadows District Ranger, or by telephone at 208-347-0300.

The Payette National Forest is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. A Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016. To be most helpful please submit your scoping comments within 45 days of the publication of the Notice of Intent, and make your comments as specific as possible. Comments may pertain to the nature and scope of the environmental, social, and economic issues, and possible alternatives to the proposed action. Your comments will help us refine the proposal and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” on the project web site: . A legal notice regarding the scoping process is also expected to be published in the Idaho Statesman (newspaper of record) on September 30, 2016, however, the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register initiates the timeframe for the opportunity to comment. Copies of both the Notice of Intent and the Idaho Statesman legal notice will be posted to the project web page.

How to comment

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this project will be accepted. Send written comments to Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, 500 N. Mission Street, Building 2, McCall, Idaho 83638. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to, or via facsimile to 208-634-0744. Email comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Please put “Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project” in the subject line of the email comments. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments. The office hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Oral comments may also be provided at the New Meadows Ranger District Office during normal business hours via telephone 208-347-0300 or in person.

Comments may also be submitted through the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project web page at

To submit comments using the web form select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s web page.

Establishing Eligibility to Object

The project implements land management plans and is not authorized under the Healthy Forest Restoration Act and is subject to 36 CFR 218.7 parts (a) and (b). In order to be eligible to file an objection, specific written comments related to the project must be submitted during scoping, by the comment period on the draft EIS in accordance with procedures in 40 CFR 1506.10, or during any other periods public comment is specifically requested on this EIS (36 CFR 218.5). Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. Names and addresses of those who comment and/or file objections will become part of the public record.

For more information on how the objection process works for projects and activities implementing land and resource management plans and the requirements, contact Sue Dixon, email, by phone 208-634-0796, or you may read the regulations under 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B on the National Forest Service web site at

Public Meeting

To aid understanding and review of the proposed action, the public is invited to a public meeting on Tuesday October 18, 2016, from 4 to 6 pm at the Council Ranger District Office, 2092 Highway 95, Council, Idaho, 208-253-0100. Ranger District Staff will be available to discuss the project and answer your questions. Specific written comments on this project will be accepted at this meeting.

Stay Connected to this Project via the Web

To assist the Forest Service in meeting its goal of reducing our carbon footprint and to achieve a sustainable operation, we are transitioning to a web-based electronic comment system that allows all interested parties to receive project material (scoping documents, updates, draft and final NEPA documents, and decisions) by email. This system gives you direct control over which mailing lists you are subscribed to and immediate electronic access to project documents as they are posted online. It’s easy, it’s good for the environment, and it gives “on-demand” access to projects.

To subscribe to this new system, go online to the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project web page at . On the project website you will see a box titled “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page. Click on “Subscribe to Email Updates”. When you click on that item, you will be prompted to provide your email address and select a password. When you have logged in, you will be able to manage your account by subscribing to projects by Forest, District, project type, or project purpose. You will also be able to change your email address and password. If you no longer wish to follow the project(s), simply delete your subscription. Once you are subscribed, you will receive all project information via email, unless you request hard copies.

The environmental analysis will be mailed out to those who respond to this scoping letter, to those who have requested the document, or are eligible to file an objection in accordance with Sec. 218.5(a).

For further information on the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project, please contact Kim Pierson, New Meadows District Ranger, by email or by telephone at 208-347-0300.

/s/ Keith B. Lannom
Forest Supervisor
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Boise National Forest SOPA is Now Available

USDA Forest Service 10/2/2016

The Boise National Forest’s “Schedule of Proposed Actions” (SOPA) for October 1 through December 31, 2016 is now available on the Boise National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions webpage. The Forest Service produces the SOPA every three months to keep the public informed about projects that the Forest is currently working on or planning to analyze in the near future.

The SOPA has been standardized across all National Forests from a national database to track key project planning information. The reports for the Boise and all other National Forests are currently available at or through the Boise National Forest website at The Forest Service automatically posts the SOPA four times a year in January, April, July, and October.

If you have questions about a specific project please contact the project leader listed in the SOPA. If you have general questions about the SOPA, please feel free contact me.

Melissa Yenko
Forest Environmental Coordinator
Boise National Forest
1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4245
Email: myenko @

Letters to Share:

“Grow More Spots” Fundraiser

It’s that time again… The planning for the Mystic Farm “Grow More Spots” fundraising event (to be held in January). With Thanksgiving soon upon us – and Christmas right behind, we are trying to get a jump on the planning.

Stay tuned for updates on the event!

Dory and The Board
mysticfarmrescue @


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Mystic Farm Update


Greetings from Mystic Farm!

The fawns are all off the bottle (they said to tell you all that they hate me!) and well into soft release. Actually, one little one still gets a bottle once in a while – she is still healing from the badly broken leg and needs a bit more to catch her up. The other fawns get really upset when she comes trotting out with the distinct smell of milk on her breath!

The “GROW MORE SPOTS” fundraiser planning is moving along. The scheduled date is January 21st at Laughing Dog Brewery – put it on your calendar!  Stay tuned to learn of some fun additions to this year’s event and the availability of the raffle tickets soon.

Some great auction/raffle items have been coming in. Remember, if you have talked to me about donating items or being a sponsor, please get in touch with me ASAP. We are trying to get most of the organizing of the event in place before the holidays are upon us!

Check out today’s newspaper. What an awesome little girl, eh? Her mom is doing something right.


Thank you to everyone for your continued support!
Dory and all
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
mysticfarmrescue @

Critter News:

Man bit by rabid bat in Twin Falls County

Associated Press, KTVB October 01, 2016

TWIN FALLS – Public health officials say a man in south-central Idaho is receiving treatment after being bitten by a bat that has tested positive for rabies.

Tanis Maxwell, an epidemiologist with South Central Public Health District, tells the Times-News that the man was bit in Twin Falls County on Monday. The man, whose name has not been released, is being treated at a local hospital.

Maxwell says that the bat was captured and sent to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories for testing. Rabies can only be confirmed in a laboratory.

Nineteen animals have tested positive for rabies across the state since June.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Fourth week of September 2016
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Jackson wolf problems

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! September 26, 2016

The Walton Ranch has problems with the Pinnacle Peak wolf pack, which dens on the National Elk Refuge, but has taken up residence and is killing cattle on the ranch’s private property. There are at least 11 wolves in the pack, which is responsible for repeated cattle depredations. Jackson Hole News & Guide reporter Mike Koshmrl paid a visit to the ranch.

Learn the details at the link.
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Legal battle over Wyoming’s wolves

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! September 26, 2016

The legal battle over management of wolves in Wyoming continues, with environmentalists arguing wolves should remain under federal protection, while state and federal officials maintain that it’s time for wolves to be subject to state management.

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments last week on a lower court’s decision overturning the delisting of wolves. A decision on the case isn’t expected for several months.

Meanwhile, wolves in Wyoming remain under federal protection pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.

Check out the link for more information.
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Federal judge sides with conservationists in red wolf fight


RALEIGH, N.C. — A judge said that federal wildlife officials have failed to protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves in a preliminary ruling that restricts the government’s ability to remove the animals from private property.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle’s preliminary injunction released Thursday stops wildlife officials from removing the wolves from private property unless they can show that the wolves are threatening humans, pets or livestock.

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Advocates say hunts, slaughter threaten Yellowstone bison

By MATT VOLZ – 9/27/16 AP

HELENA, Mont. — Wildlife advocacy groups are suing to force the U.S. government to look again at whether the hunting and slaughter of bison that wander outside of Yellowstone National Park threaten the survival of one of the last genetically pure populations of the national mammal.

Buffalo Field Campaign, Western Watersheds Project and Friends of Animals filed the lawsuit against the Interior Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia. They are asking a judge to order federal wildlife officials to re-examine whether the Yellowstone bison should be listed as a threatened or endangered species.

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US cities increasingly dealing with messy goose poop problem

By MARK PRATT – 9/30/16 AP

Canada geese are loud, aggressive and annoying, but worst of all they poop everywhere — a messy problem vexing cities across the country trying to keep their parks clean and safe.

“Geese and their waste ruin youth sports and picnics, make it unpleasant for the elderly who like to walk in the parks, and the waste gets all over dogs’ paws,” said Annissa Essaibi George, a Boston city councilor who this week introduced a measure to drive the messy pests from the city’s parks, playgrounds, ballfields, golf courses and waterways.

The poop can make humans sick and pollute waterways, said the first-term councilor, a mother of four whose family trips to the park have been ruined by goose poop.

Communities large and small across the nation are dealing with the goose problem, said Paul Curtis, an associate professor of wildlife science and management at Cornell University. The National Park Service last year hired a contractor to keep Canada geese off the National Mall.

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Global wildlife meeting approves ban on trade in pangolins


JOHANNESBURG — The pangolin is described as the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world. The nocturnal, ant-eating animal got a much-needed boost Wednesday at a U.N. wildlife conference that approved a ban on trade in all eight species of Asian and African pangolins.

The small creature is heavily poached for its meat and scales that are used in traditional medicine in parts of Asia. There is also a market for pangolin products in Africa.

Delegates approved a ban on trade in seven pangolin species by consensus at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.


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Biologists to measure impact of Yellowstone River fish kill


EMIGRANT, Mont. — Rain fell on empty fishing access parking lots along the Yellowstone River on Friday morning. The river looked like chocolate milk — fishing was going to be tough. Inside Angler’s West, a fly shop here not far from the river, Rick Wollum answered a phone call.

“It’s open, but it’s dirty,” Wollum told the caller.

The murky water put a bit of a damper on what was an otherwise happy occasion for Wollum and other anglers and river users throughout the Paradise Valley, reported the Bozeman Daily Chronicle ( It was the first day in the last month that people were allowed to access whatever section of the river they wanted. It was a long time coming, but few took advantage, leaving the river looking about as quiet as it was over the last month.

A little more than a month ago, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shut down all water-based recreation on this river and its tributaries from the border with Yellowstone National Park downstream to the town of Laurel. It was a response to an outbreak of a parasite that biologists say killed tens of thousands of mountain whitefish.

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Warm Pacific Ocean ‘blob’ facilitated vast toxic algae bloom

By PHUONG LE – 9/29/16 AP

SEATTLE — A new study finds that unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures helped cause a massive bloom of toxic algae last year that closed lucrative fisheries from California to British Columbia and disrupted marine life from seabirds to sea lions.

Scientists linked the large patch of warm ocean water, nicknamed the “blob,” to the vast ribbon of toxic algae that flourished in 2015 and produced record-breaking levels of a neurotoxin that is harmful to people, fish and marine life.

The outbreak of the toxin domoic acid, the largest ever recorded on the West Coast, closed razor clam seasons in Washington and Oregon and delayed lucrative Dungeness crab fisheries along the coast. High levels were also detected in many stranded marine mammals.


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Tips & Advice:

The Many Helpful Uses of Baking Soda

by Farmers’ Almanac Staff Sunday, January 1st, 2006

What is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a naturally occurring substance present in all living things. It helps living things maintain the pH balance necessary for life. Baking soda is made from soda ash, which is sodium carbonate.

This product is a must-have in every home as it’s a great all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer. Check out these great uses:

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The Powers of White Vinegar

by Farmers’ Almanac Staff Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Vinegar has been produced commercially for about 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest products in use by humans. There are many different types of vinegar out there, all produced by the oxidization of alcohol into acetic acid, but white vinegar is the most useful and the most versatile by far.

Here are 15 ways to use white vinegar, one of the best household finds for the frugal-minded individual.



Sept 25, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 25, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho


Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Please hold off on watering lawns so there is culinary water available for all.

VYPA News:

(No minutes from September meeting yet.)

If you would like to receive minutes from the Village meetings, please contact Lorinne to get on the mailing list.

Village News:

Kennedy Fuel & Feed Gas and Diesel Delivery

Kennedy Fuel & Feed Supply will be delivering gasoline and diesel week of Sept. 26-29th.

In order to ensure our customers get what they need for the long winter; please call 208-382-4430 with the following…

1. How much fuel is currently in your tank?
2. Is your tank, fuel shed or gate locked?

* Our gasoline is NON-Ethanol 87 & 92 Octanes.
* Diesel & Furnace Fuel 60/40 CUT
* #1 Stove Oil

We recommend a site tank gauge or tank stick for monitoring fuel levels, and can bring them on the truck for installation or replacements.

Thank you for your order-We appreciate your business!

Tracey Kennedy
Kennedy Fuel & Feed Supply
829 South Main St.
Cascade, ID    83611
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Ed Staub Propane will be in on Oct. 3rd, Please call 208-405-6244 if you would like to be topped off before winter. [h/t GB]

Amerigas McCall (208) 634-8181
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station


Wednesday (Sept 21) a report that the transfer station was about half full.
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Tree Trimmers for Idaho Power


Saturday (Sept 24) Trees Inc. came to Yellow Pine to trim trees close to the power lines. One of the crew said, “We are keeping your power on.” They had a boom truck with a chipper on a trailer. Doing a great job and cleaning up. Crew working again on Sunday.

Local Observations:

Monday (Sept 19) stayed above freezing, clear morning and heavy dew. Loud airplanes turning over the village just after 930am. Mostly sunny warm day, breezy at times in the afternoon with passing clouds. Pileated woodpecker calling in the neighborhood. Bat fluttering around after bugs at dusk.

Tuesday (Sept 20) fairly warm cloudy morning. Mostly cloudy quiet day. No critters or birds around and very little traffic. By late afternoon it felt more humid and darker clouds, but no rain. The aspens are turning gold, more fall color up in the hills. Cloud to cloud lighting before midnight, close thunderclap just after midnight. Little rain showers during the night.

Wednesday (Sept 21) cloudy warm morning, overcast. Cloudy all day and quiet. Rain started at 7pm and still raining at 130am.

Thursday (Sept 22) low misty clouds, ridges socked in, pot holes in the streets full of water from last night’s rain. Cloudy all day and cooler. Large flock of robins flying south before dusk.

Friday (Sept 23) light rain shower early morning, partly clear and 2 drops of rain on my hat at 930am. Heard a few birds chirp as they flew by. Sun coming out before 10am. Cloudy and breezy after lunch, then calmer and partly clear late afternoon. Two loud gun shots at 614pm, then two more at 615pm. Closer gun shot at 616pm. Gunfire continued for a few more minutes. Partly cloudy evening.

Saturday (Sept 24) partly clear morning and 2 robins in they yard. Tree crew in the neighborhood trimming trees that are close to power lines. Mostly sunny day and warmer. Clear sky by evening.

Sunday (Sept 25) thick frost melting off roofs, partly sunny sky. Tree crew for ID Power still working in the village. Loud airplanes turning over the village at 955am. Sunny and warm afternoon, some passing clouds. Long-legged wasps congregating on the warm side of buildings. Pileated woodpecker on the ant pile this evening.

Fall Colors Sept 24th



Delbert Ellis Gossi


Delbert Ellis Gossi, 90, of Cascade, Idaho, passed away at home on September 11, 2016.

Delbert was born in Clayton, Idaho, on the East Fork of the Salmon River on February 17, 1926, to Louie L. and Ada (Papworth) Gossi. Delbert was the second oldest son, having lost a brother (Harold Lewis Gossi) at birth. His family lived in a house his father built in Clayton, and Delbert attended school through the 8th grade, which was as far as you could attend there. He was always proud of the fact that his mother was on the school board, and his aunt Eva was a school teacher. In May of this year, Delbert received an honorary high school diploma from Cascade High School.

Delbert’s younger years in Idaho were spent salmon fishing, floating down the Salmon River, and horseback riding up along the mountain ridges with his siblings, Lola, Tom, Babe (Phillip), and his cousins. Delbert always had a rifle with him, but didn’t really like killing deer. He worked as a ranch hand and also salvaged ice from the Salmon River to sell to tourists during the summers in Stanley, Idaho.

In May of 1941, his father signed a two-year contract with Morrison-Knudsen to build underground fuel storage in Honolulu, Hawaii. Louie sent money for the whole family to join him in Hawaii. They drove to Mackay, Idaho, caught a train to San Francisco and boarded the luxury liner S. S. Lurline for the seven-day cruise. Delbert talked about the great time they all had on the cruise ship. They arrived in Honolulu on Thanksgiving Day, 1941. One of the most memorable events of Delbert’s life occurred shortly thereafter on December 7th when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Vivid details of the attack and aftermath were etched in his mind forever. Delbert received his social security card there at age 16 and was hired to help clean up Hickam Air Force Base. The family was soon evacuated back to the mainland. They lived for a while in Richmond, California, all of them working in the shipyards before eventually returning to Idaho.

Since Delbert liked the ocean and was not 18 yet, his parents signed him up for the U. S. Merchant Marines/Coast Guard. He set sail back to Hawaii and the Marianna Islands and was on a ship for nine months sailing from Brisbane, Australia, to Manila, Philippines, moving military supplies. When his ship returned to San Francisco, Delbert returned to Idaho. It was then he received a draft notice to report to the U.S. Army. He spent two years in South Korea as a sergeant in charge of the motor pool and was honorably discharged in 1947, receiving the World War II Victory Medal. He served in the reserves until he was inducted again in January 1951. Again he served our country during the Korean Era and received his honorable discharge in January 1953. He also served in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1956. Delbert received his pilot’s license after he was out of the service. He was very proud to have served his country, and his family has been grateful and honored to remember him as a veteran each year.

Delbert met his future wife, Peggy Jean Fouts, at Bing’s Dance Hall on Highway 55 in Boise. He described driving his new blue 1949 Ford sedan back and forth in front of the Pinney Theater in Boise where Peggy worked, just to catch a glimpse of her. They were married on March 19, 1951, in Tacoma, Washington, anticipating Delbert’s orders to go to Germany. His orders were changed, and they transferred to Camp Stoneman in Pittsburg, California. They liked to dance, have dinner with friends, go to the beach, tour shipyards and visit relatives in California and Idaho.

Delbert loved the outdoors and started logging with his father. He soon began his own logging business and purchased his first Kenworth truck in 1966. He hauled timber into Producer’s Lumber Company in Boise in the early years and also worked out of Burley, Horseshoe Bend, Stibnite, Yellow Pine and Cascade. Cascade became home, and Delbert and Peggy loved the community and the life they had there. They were elected Grand Marshals of the Fourth of July parade in Cascade one year. When his logging days slowed down, Delbert enjoyed hauling scrap and spending time at his scrapyard on the river. It was a great hobby for him, and he loved the views of the river, its wildlife and the mountains surrounding it.

Delbert’s interests included collecting silver dollars and old coins, marbles, and military memorabilia. He loved taking trips to Nevada, playing poker with local friends and watching old western movies and the history channel. He loved to dance and up until just recently, a Johnny Cash song would always get him out on the dance floor. His daughters and granddaughters loved dancing with him. In his younger years, he liked ice fishing and snowmobiling. Delbert’s absolute main love was for his wife and family. He reminisced often about his parents and the good old times. He had a close relationship with extended family and often mentioned that his aunts, uncles and cousins always felt more like brothers and sisters to him while growing up. He loved being with family and looked forward to family gatherings in Clayton and Challis, especially Memorial Day weekends.

Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tom Gossi. He lost Peggy, his beloved wife of 65 years, on July 13, 2016. Broken Heart Syndrome is a very real disease. Delbert’s surviving children are Susan and Jerry Folger, their children and grandchildren, Derek and Jen Folger and daughter Florence; Lindsey and Brian Etchison and daughter Jane; Kara and Darrin Carlson and daughter Allie; Doug and Deedee Gossi, their children C.W. and Marina White, Corbin White and Deven Gossi, and grandchildren, Jordyn White, Casen White and Bryson Benton; Sally Gossi and her daughter Molly Bradford; Jill and Cody Huddleston and their daughters Erin, Kylie Jo and Jacie. Delbert is also survived by his sister Lola Coates from Mackay and his brother Babe Gossi from Hagerman, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Gee Whiz, Grandad, we’re going to miss you.

A military funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on October 8, 2016, at the American Legion Hall Post #60, 105 E. Mill Street, Cascade, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Tom Gossi Community Center, P. O. Box 33, Clayton, Idaho 83227.

Published in Idaho Statesman on Sept. 18, 2016

Idaho News:

Valley County Search and Rescue launches website

The Star-News September 22, 2016

The public can learn more about the volunteers who look for the lost at Valley County Search and Rescue’s first Internet site,

The site shows the people who make up the organization, its activities and searches over the years. There is information on planning outdoor activities, skills to survive in the back country and information on how to join.

The group is looking for new members, including hikers and those who own snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles or horses.

Volunteers 18 years and older can apply at the Web site or by obtaining an application in the Driver’s License section at the county sheriff’s office in Cascade.

source: The Star-News
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Information meeting Monday on Donnelly water bond

The Star-News September 22, 2016

The Donnelly City Council will host an informational meeting on Monday about the upcoming election to finance water system improvements in the city.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the Donnelly Community Center.

Voters will be asked on Nov. 8 to approve a $1.2 million bond to fund improvements to the city’s water system.

Improvements proposed with the money include adding a new well, adding back-up power, building a new well house, well communication and control equipment, and replacement of older water lines throughout the city,

source: The Star-News
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McCall Fire seeks buildings to use for training

The Star-News September 22, 2016

McCall Fire & EMS is seeking buildings slated for demolition for use for training by firefighters.

… Anyone with a building that might be used as a training facility should contact McCall Fire and EMS at 634-7070 or freddie @

full story: The Star-News
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Millions in rural Idaho school funding in jeopardy

Karen Zatkulak, KTVB September 22, 2016

BOISE — Students in Idaho’s rural school districts are at risk of losing valuable resources. Twenty-three million federal dollars known as the Secure Rural Schools fund has run out. It leaves state lawmakers and local schools pushing to get the money back.

Idaho City Principal and Superintendent John McFarlane says it’s money that’s needed for their 330 students. He says 86 percent of Boise County is federal land, meaning there’s not a lot of money coming in from taxes to support their schools.

The money stems from what used to be called forest funds. It was a percentage of the timber industry that went back into rural school districts like Idaho City.

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Resort tax necessary to pay back sewer bond

By Laurie Chapman ICFP Tuesday, September 20, 2016

RIGGINS — Riggins voters must choose whether or not to renew the resort tax for another 10 years on Nov. 8. The city finalized the ballot question wording on Aug. 23. But what is the resort tax history?

Ten years ago, according to city council member Jonny Wilson, the city’s sewer system required major upgrades. The system was in violation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules and regulations.

In order to pay for renovations, the city received a bond from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the time, the bond – which is similar to a loan – was $1.3 million.

Because of increased tourism traffic, the city wanted to pass on some of the expense to visitors. The city proposed a local-option resort tax to voters in 2006, set to take effect April 1, 2007. The measure passed 139 to 30, only 103 votes – 60 percent approval – was required.

The tax currently levies a two-percent fee on all short-term lodging, prepared meals and alcohol-by-the-drink sales within city limits.

“When the resort tax was originally implemented, the city wasn’t sure how much would be coming in,” Wilson said. “While the resort tax this past 10 years was a great benefit, it didn’t fulfill the complete obligation of the bond’s basic annual payment. We only receive about $55,000 of resort tax toward that payment.

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Elk City slide cleanup set for end-of-month

By David Rauzi ICFP Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ELK CITY — “It’s getting close.”

Under the best-case scenario, by the end of the month, State Highway 14 will return to normal through the Elk City slide site, with cleanup, repair and stabilization work essentially completed by that time, according to Reed Hollinshead, spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department.

“We still have to replace the guardrail between the road and the river,” he said, as well as restriping the road – set for this or next week, weather-depending — and also reseeding the hillside to re-establish vegetation to hold rocks back, which is the “best prevention against future slides.” Some temporary lane closures may be conducted for erosion control, which will include rock bolting, that will be conducted during the day.

“We’re in the hands of Mother Nature,” Hollinshead said. “Weather becomes more of a wild card for us as we move into fall,” and if conditions become too cold too fast, crews will return in spring to conduct erosion prevention measures.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 14, asphalt was laid down through the slide area, an approximate 500-foot-long stretch of highway about 10 miles west of Elk City where on Feb. 18 a landslide dropped hundreds of tons of rock, soil and debris. Travel in and out of Elk City was diverted along Forest Road 1199 for several months until a single piloted lane was punched through the slide area. Piloted traffic through the area was discontinued Aug. 24.

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Nampa mulls giving fire department to protection district

By Lis Stewart Sept 20, 2016

NAMPA — The city of Nampa is considering turning over control of its fire department to the Nampa Fire Protection District.

The Nampa Fire Protection District covers unincorporated land outside Nampa city limits. People living in the district pay a special levy that, in turn, pays the Nampa Fire Department for services. The district is governed by a board of three elected commissioners and is not controlled by the city.

Nampa City Council members on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to form a committee with the Nampa Fire Protection District that will look into what having the district annex the fire department would entail. The protection district’s board of commissioners recently passed a similar resolution.

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Fire restrictions lifted in Elmore County, S. Idaho

Friday, September 23, 2016 Mtn Home News

With the fire danger continuing to decrease across southern Idaho, city and county officials lifted burn bans in Mountain Home and across Elmore County last Friday.

Rain showers, cooler weather and lower wildfire dangers also prompted state and federal wildfire officials to lift Stage 1 fire restrictions across west central Idaho mountains that afternoon.


Mining News:

Midas Gold Complements its Leadership Team with New Appointments

Mr. M. Bogert appointed to Midas Gold Corp. Board of Directors
Ms. L. Sayer appointed President of Midas Gold Idaho & steps down from Midas Gold Corp. Board

September 20, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia – Midas Gold Corp. (MAX:TSX / MDRPF:OTCQX) (“Midas Gold” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Laurel Sayer as President and Chief Executive Officer of Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., (“MGII” or “Midas Gold Idaho, Inc.”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Midas Gold Corp. and the operating company for the Stibnite Gold Project in central Idaho. In addition, Midas Gold announced the appointment of Michael Bogert to the board of directors of Midas Gold Corp., replacing Ms. Sayer as she steps down to take on her new role. These appointments reflect Midas Gold’s objective of increasing local accountability and local representation in all its activities.

“In order to best reflect the needs and values of Idaho, Midas Gold has Idahoans at all levels of our decision-making process,” said Stephen Quin, President & CEO of Midas Gold Corp. “Laurel Sayer’s move from the board of Midas Gold Corp. to leadership of the operating company, Midas Gold Idaho, complements the strong technical team led by Bob Barnes, who will continue as Chief Operating Officer. We are excited that Laurel will take a hands-on approach to help guide us in shaping the future of the Stibnite Gold Project, particularly given her commitment to conservation and protection of the environment.” Ms. Sayer will also be appointed to the board of directors of Midas Gold Idaho, joining four fellow Idahoans and two other US citizens, ensuring a dominant presence of Idaho interests at the operating level of the organization.

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Midas Gold Files Plan of Restoration & Operations for Stibnite Gold Project

Integrated Plan for the Restoration of Legacy Impacts & for Development of a Modern Operation

September 22, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia — Midas Gold Corp. (MAX:TSX / MDRPF:OTCQX) (“Midas Gold” or the “Company”) today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., which operates the Stibnite Gold Project (“Project”) in central Idaho, filed a Plan of Restoration and Operations (the “PRO”) with the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands on September 21, 2016 in order to initiate the environmental assessment and permitting process for the Project. Midas Gold anticipates that the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands will conduct internal reviews to determine the PRO’s adequacy and completeness and will then commence the public review process in accordance with the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act and other requirements.

“The proposal laid out in the Plan of Restoration and Operations represents a rare opportunity to use private investment for natural resource restoration in conjunction with the redevelopment of the site as a modern mining operation that provides economic benefits to the region,” said Stephen Quin, President & CEO of Midas Gold Corp. “The redevelopment of the Stibnite Gold Project site will see the restoration of salmon migration into the headwaters of a branch of the Salmon River for the first time since the 1930s, clean up a large abandoned mine site that has compromised the local ecosystem, and benefit the local economy and local communities through the creation of a long life, modern operation that prioritizes protection of the environment.”


Fun Science:

Galactic ‘Gold Mine’ Explains the Origin of Nature’s Heaviest Elements

A unique galaxy loaded with hard-to-produce, heavy elements sheds light on stellar histories and galactic evolution.

The Kavli Foundation Adam Hadhazy, Spring 2016

Researchers have solved a 60-year-old mystery regarding the origin of the heaviest elements in nature, conveyed in the faint starlight from a distant dwarf galaxy.

Most of the chemical elements, composing everything from planets to paramecia, are forged by the nuclear furnaces in stars like the Sun. But the cosmic wellspring for a certain set of heavy, often valuable elements like gold, silver, lead and uranium, has long evaded scientists.

Astronomers studying a galaxy called Reticulum II have just discovered that its stars contain whopping amounts of these metals. Of the 10 dwarf galaxies that have been similarly studied so far, only Reticulum II bears such strong chemical signatures. The finding suggests some unusual event took place billions of years ago that created ample amounts of heavy elements and then strew them throughout the galaxy’s reservoir of gas and dust. This material, rich in heavy metals, then went on to form Reticulum II’s standout stars.


[h/t MMc]

Forest / BLM News:

Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Project Update

USDA Forest Service September 19, 2016

The Forest Service, Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger Districts, has revised the Environmental Assessment and prepared a draft Decision Notice for the Big Creek Restoration and Access Management Plan. We are proposing to maintain or improve watershed conditions and designate a minimum road system for administrative needs, access to outstanding rights and for general public needs in the Big Creek area in Valley and Idaho Counties, Idaho, approximately 7 miles north and east of the community of Yellow Pine, Idaho. The Responsible Official is Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor.

The environmental assessment was originally released for public comment in May 2016. It has now been revised in response to the comments received. The revised Environmental Assessment, draft Decision Notice, and other information are available for review at the project webpage at Additional information regarding this project can be obtained from: Anthony Botello, Krassel District Ranger,, Krassel Ranger District Office 500. North Mission Street, Bldg 1, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-0600. Persons interested in receiving updates about this project may subscribe to GovDelivery for project updates via email by clicking the link “subscribe to email updates” on the right side of the project webpage.

This proposed project is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Subpart B. This project is not related to the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Act. The Intermountain Regional Forester is the reviewing officer.

Eligibility to File Objections

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated opportunities.

Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. If an objection is submitted on behalf of a number of individuals or organizations, each individual or organization listed must meet the eligibility requirement of having previously submitted comments on the project (§ 218.7). Names and addresses of objectors will become part of the public record.

Contents of an Objection

Incorporation of documents by reference in the objection is permitted only as provided for at § 218.8(b). Minimum content requirements of an objection are identified in § 218.8(d) include:

* Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request;
* Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request;
* Name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and
* Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies which would resolve the objection.
* Statement demonstrating the connection between prior specific written comments on this project and the content of the objection, unless the objection issue arose after the designated opportunities for comment.

Filing an Objection

Written objections may be submitted to the reviewing officer through the project webpage: Simply click on “how to comment/object” on the right side of the page and fill out the web form with your comments. Written objections, including any attachments, may also be addressed Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; within 45 days following the publication date of this legal notice in the newspaper of record. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered objections are: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic objections can also be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx) to It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9).We appreciate your interest in the Payette National Forest and this project.

The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. We anticipate the legal notice will be published on September 21, 2016.

Keith B. Lannom
Forest Supervisor
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Bull trout lawsuit targets Payette National Forest roads

By Associated Press Thursday, September 22nd 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group has filed a lawsuit contending two federal agencies are violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to analyze how roads and motorized trails could be harming threatened bull trout in the Payette National Forest in west-central Idaho.

The federal lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in Idaho on Wednesday seeks to force the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete an analysis that could result in restrictions on roads and motorized trails.

Specifically, the group contends the 2007 travel management plan for the Payette National Forest needs updating following Fish and Wildlife’s 2010 designation of critical bull trout habitat within the forest.

The group is asking a federal judge to order the two agencies to do necessary work to update the travel plan.

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Wildfire rehab in Idaho, Oregon includes fall herbicide

By KEITH RIDLER – 9/21/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — The federal government’s 5-year, $67 million rehabilitation effort following a 2015 rangeland wildfire in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon is entering its second year with another round of herbicide applications combined with plantings of native species.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has started applying the herbicide Imazapic on federal lands to knock out invasive weeds in Oregon and will begin in Idaho in October, officials said this week.

The rehabilitation is part of the federal government’s plan to develop new strategies to combat increasingly destructive rangeland wildfires, mainly in Great Basin states that contain significant habitat for greater sage grouse, a bird found in 11 Western states. About 200,000 to 500,000 remain, down from a peak population of about 16 million.

About 100 square miles of aerial spraying is taking place in Idaho and Oregon and visitors are asked to stay away from posted areas.

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High Valley Integrated Restoration Project Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact is Now Available

USDA Forest Service September 22, 2016

On June 15, 2016, the Draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the High Valley Integrated Restoration Project were available for the pre-decisional objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B. One objection was filed during the objection filing period. The objection is available for review at The Objection Reviewing Officer (ORO) issued a response letter to the objection on September 1, 2016, which included instructions to complete an EA errata in order to incorporate text mistakenly omitted from the June 2016 EA. The ORO letter is available for review at

Pursuant to 36 CFR 218.12, Forest Supervisor Seesholtz has addressed all of the ORO’s instructions identified in the objection response and has issued the final DN/FONSI. The final DN/FONSI includes Appendix B, which includes the errata page for the EA. The Final DN/FONSI and EA are available on the High Valley Integrated Restoration Project web page:

As documented in the DN/FONSI, Forest Supervisor Seesholtz has selected Alternative B. Alternative B will conduct vegetation restoration activities by commercial thinning on about 5,729 acres, including 357 acres within RCAs. All treatments with wood product removal will be followed by sub-merchantable tree thinning and activity fuel abatement treatments. Thinning trees without wood product removal (non-commercial thinning) will be conducted on approximately 1,013 acres, including 684 acres within RCAs. Restoration prescribed fire treatment will occur on roughly 4,098 acres.

Transportation management activities under Alternative B will construct 0.4 miles of road on existing unauthorized routes; reconstruct (realign) 2.6 miles of road on new prism and 1.8 miles of road on existing prism; construct 5.6 miles of temporary roads on new prism and 3.0 miles on existing unauthorized routes; conduct aggregate surface road maintenance by replacing existing aggregate surface on 9.0 miles and place spot aggregate on 5.3 miles for targeted sediment reduction; and conduct 64.5 miles of road maintenance activities to facilitate commercial sawlog removal and to address current and future sediment production throughout the Project Area. Additionally, 8.5 miles of NFS roads and 18.8 miles of unauthorized routes will be decommissioned.

An estimated 31.7 MMBF of wood products would be provided to local/regional processing facilities.

To allow time for distribution of the decision, implementation of the Becker Integrated Resource Project may begin five days following the signature date of the DN/FONSI.

For additional information regarding this project, please contact Richard Newton, Emmett District Ranger, by phone at 208-365-7000.

Melissa Yenko
Forest Environmental Coordinator
Boise National Forest
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9-23-2016 News Release: Boise National Forest fall camping reminders

BOISE, Idaho. September 23, 2016 — Forest Officials want to remind hunters and campers of the 14 day stay limit in campgrounds and dispersed recreation areas, as well as seasonal campground closures within the Boise National Forest.

“Everyone has their favorite camping or hunting spot and fall is a popular time to enjoy the forest. Besides hunting many visitors enjoy camping in cooler temperatures amid the vibrant fall colors,” said Ronda Bishop, Forest Recreation Officer. “We just ask visitors to adhere to the 14 day limit giving others the opportunity to enjoy that special spot.” Visitors should be prepared for changing and extreme weather conditions.

As public use drops and as the weather gets colder the forest will start to close some recreation sites. Campgrounds that remain open with full service will continue to charge fees. Other campgrounds will remain open without services and fees will not be charged at those sites. Services discontinued include water, restroom maintenance and garbage service. Please pack it in, pack it out.

For a full list of closed campgrounds due to the Pioneer Fire visit: Then scroll down to bottom of the page.

Go to the same site for scheduled recreation site seasonal closings and choose the Areas and Activities header on the right side of the page. There you can select the ranger district for campground details.

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs
Forest Service
Boise National Forest

Critter News:

Please Be Aware of Your Surroundings During This Hunting Season

September 21, 2016 Idaho Fish & Game

click to access brochure:
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MCPAWS to present Oktoberfest at Alpine Village Oct. 1

The Star-News September 22, 2016

Alpine Village and MCPAWS present Oktoberfest at Alpine Village in McCall on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Festivities kick off at noon and will continue until 6 p.m. There will be live music by Bottom Line Band and Treasure Valley Musik Maisters, a costume contest, a raffle drawing, kids activities, craft vendors, as well as yummy food and local brews.

Entry fee is $10 and includes a free beer and event koozie. Youths under 21 are admitted free. All proceeds from the entry fee benefit the cats and dogs at MCPAWS.

… Those attending should dress in their best German attire for a chance to win the costume contest that starts at 2 p.m.

full story: The Star-News
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Take your favorite wagger to Tails on Trails at Brundage Oct. 2

The Star-News September 22, 2016

Tails on Trails, an event for runners and their four-legged friends, will be held at Brundage Mountain resort on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The second annual dog-friendly trail running event is hosted by and will benefit MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter.

The event offers two routes that will provide runners and their dogs with challenging elevation gains, stunning vistas, and delightful single-track descents on the mountain bike trails of Brundage Mountain.

Brundage will host an outdoor barbecue and beer garden at the main lodge after the race.

full story: The Star-News
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Bull moose relocated from Hailey

Animal taken to forest near Fairfield

photo by Jake Powell – A two-and-half-year-old bull moose examines his captors for a few seconds before trotting off into the woods north of Fairfield.

Sep 21, 2016 by Greg Moore – IME

Idaho Fish and Game employees last week relocated a bull moose from a residential section of Hailey to a more out-of-the-way place where it’s less likely to get into trouble.

Magic Valley Regional Wildlife Manager Daryl Meints said the department had received several calls from residents a few blocks east of downtown near Curtis Park about a moose that had knocked over a table and gotten its antlers tangled in a hammock and a kids zip line. Meints said he and four other employees from the regional office in Jerome went to check on the moose on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 14.

“It had all kinds of stuff hanging off of it and was just being a general nuisance,” he said.

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Meet Tuck, the Painting Horse of the West

Brian Holmes, KTVB September 21, 2016

BOISE – For the past two years a Boise artist has been helping a local veterans group by selling paintings and sharing the proceeds.

That’s not unusual. What is unusual is that this artist paints with his mouth, is covered completely in hair, and works for apples.

Every afternoon in the backyard of this south Boise home you can find Nancy Powers in the paddock putting a brush to her best friend.

“He’s 25,’ said Powers. “And I’ve had him since he was 3.”

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Bobcat spotted on Boise Greenbelt

By KBOI News Staff Thursday, September 22, 2016

Courtesy Sean Briggs

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — Here, kitty, kitty.

A reclusive bobcat has been photographed along the Boise Greenbelt this week thanks to a smart phone and a quick-thinking local resident. The bobcat, which are not uncommon in our area but are incredibly shy and rare to see, was spotted near Parkcenter Boulevard and River Run.

The cat was by the Boise River where the Greenbelt leads into the Bethine Church River Trail (a walkers only trail in east Boise).

Bobcats seem to like southeast Boise. Last year, a Boise man shared his trail cam with KBOI 2News, which also captured images of a bobcat hanging out in the area.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of September 2016
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Conservation Groups Sue Over Oregon’s Wolf Delisting

by AP Sept. 23, 2016

Conservation groups argue in a new lawsuit that Oregon violated its own Endangered Species Act by removing the endangered status of gray wolves.

The Bulletin reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday, coinciding with preparations to update the state’s wolf management plan. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission removed the wolf from the endangered species list last year, saying the species had rebounded within significant portions of its range.

But the Center for Biological Diversity’s West Coast wolf organizer Amaroq Weiss says wolves are still in danger of extinction in Oregon and should not have been delisted. The group argues in its brief that wolves occupy only 8 percent of their natural range in Oregon.

Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy had no comment on the conservation groups’ filing.

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Wyoming heads to court seeking to regain control of wolves

By BEN NEARY – 9/20/16 AP

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The future of Wyoming wolf management rides on a federal court hearing set for Friday in Washington, D.C.

The hearing before a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals comes two years after U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, D.C., sided with national environmental groups and rejected Wyoming’s wolf management plan.

Lawyers from the state and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking to override Jackson’s 2014 decision while environmental groups are urging the appeals court to retain the federal protections for wolves in the state. The appeals court likely will issue a written decision several months after Friday’s hearing.

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Wolf Education International News Releases

Sep 2016 By WEI Staff

Ontario ban cancels hunting season for wolves and coyotes

One man can fight the federal bureaucracy

Norway plans to cull more than two-thirds of its wolf population

Updates on cystic echinococcosis (CE) in Italy

Echinococcus granulosus infection in Spain

Control of cystic echinococcosis/hydatidosis: 1863-2002

Possible factors influencing distribution and prevalence of Echinococcus granulosus in Utah

Echinococcosis in the Ukrainian SSR

Human echinococcosis in Bulgaria: a comparative epidemiological analysis

Genetic variability and population structure of grey wolf (Canis lupus) in Serbia
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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
September 23, 2016
Issue No. 804

Table Of Contents

* ODFW Survey (Snorkeling, Electrofishing) Shows Smallmouth Bass In Lower Deschutes For First Time

* Trucking Spawning Salmon Above Willamette Dam Showing Success In Offspring Survival, Adult Returns

* Council Approves More Funds For Fighting Pike Invasion: ‘Pike Pose Enormous Threat To Salmon, Steelhead Recovery’

* Columbia River Fall Chinook Return Downgraded; Wild Steelhead Past Bonneville Dam Below Average

* NOAA Releases Draft Oregon Coast Hatchery EIS; Evaluates 10 Hatcheries, 42 Genetic Management Plans

* Council Fish And Wildlife Committee Looks At Possible Cost Savings From 10 Hatchery/Wild Fish Research Projects

* Dworshak Oil Spill Into North Fork Clearwater Slows Turbine Overhaul, Cleanup Continues

* Tribes Urge Washington State To Drop Appeal Of Ninth Circuit’s Fish Culvert Ruling

* Wallowa Project: Allowing A River To Do What It Needs To Do For Salmon/Steelhead Habitat

* Senior Advisor To Energy Secretary Selected As Bonneville Power’s New Chief Operating Officer

* Clues From Prehistoric Arid Periods In California: Is State’s Extended Drought The New Normal?

* Water Resources Bill Includes Provision To Return ‘Ancient One’ (Kennewick Man) Remains To ‘Appropriate Resting Place’

Fun Critter Stuff:

Rare crow shows a talent for tool use

For decades the New Caledonian crow has taken the crown of top corvid tool-user. Now experiments on the rare Hawaiian crow, or Alala, suggest that they too could be natural tool-users.

Read the abstract of the paper here:

Fun Critter Science:

How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships)

First large-scale study of ancient feline DNA charts domestication in Near East and Egypt and the global spread of house cats.

Ewen Callaway 20 September 2016 Nature

Thousands of years before cats came to dominate Internet culture, they swept through ancient Eurasia and Africa carried by early farmers, ancient mariners and even Vikings, finds the first large-scale look at ancient-cat DNA.

The study, presented at a conference on 15 September, sequenced DNA from more than 200 cats that lived between about 15,000 years ago and the eighteenth century ad.

Researchers know little about cat domestication, and there is active debate over whether the house cat (Felis silvestris) is truly a domestic animal — that is, its behaviour and anatomy are clearly distinct from those of wild relatives. “We don’t know the history of ancient cats. We do not know their origin, we don’t know how their dispersal occurred,” says Eva-Maria Geigl, an evolutionary geneticist at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris. She presented the study at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology in Oxford, UK, along with colleagues Claudio Ottoni and Thierry Grange.


[h/t MMc]

Fish & Game News:

Press Releases
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Services in Place for Fish and Game License Buyers Potentially Affected by License System Breach

By Mike Demick, Conservation Information Supervisor
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 2:32 PM MDT

The Identity Theft services announced last week by Active Network for Idaho Fish and Game license buyers are now in place and operating.

The Texas-based company owns and operates Fish and Games hunting and fishing license system and is making the services available to all license buyers whose personal information may have been compromised by an attempt last month to access the online license system.

Active Network is offering two years of free identity protection and restoration services.

The company established a website where people can check to see if their information was potentially impacted, receive instructions on how to access identity protection and restoration services, and receive tips to protect against identity theft.

The website address is:

Active Network also established a toll free call center to answer questions about the incident or the identity protection services provided.  The number is 1-855-260-2772.


Tips & Advice:

DIY Skunk Deodorizer

from The Farmers’ Almanac

To remove skunk spray odor from skin, fur, or fabric, mix 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, and a few drops of grease-cutting liquid dish soap. Work into the affected area, rinse, and reapply as needed.


First Day Of Fall 2016: The Autumnal Equinox

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Fall begins this Thursday September 22 with the autumnal equinox.

To be exact, the Northern Hemisphere enters on Thursday morning, September 22, 2016, at exactly 10:21 a.m. EDT.

The September equinox happens every year on either the 22nd, 23rd, or even 24th, depending on the calendar. This is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word equinox means “equal night”; night and day are about the same length of time. During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator” (just imagine the line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky) from north to south.  At this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime are roughly equal to each other.

Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights (i.e., hours of daylight decline).

more info:


“Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.”

– Eckhart Tolle


Sept 18, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 18, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho


Meeting at 10am September 17 at the Community Hall. Approximately 33 people attended.

Dave McClintock gave a construction update. The filter plant construction is nearly complete, still need to bring in the gravel and sand for the filter and some valves.

Discussion about the committees that have been working on updating the Articles of Incorporation, the By-Laws and insurance.

Discussion about what is owned by the Water Department (pipes, fitting, filtration plant.)

Two people have been trained on the proper way to take and submit water samples. Nicki Harner and Paula McClintock.

Voting results for Board of Directors: Dave McClintock, Dawn Brown, Stu Edwards, Willie Sullivan and Matt Huber. Ballots counted by Sundy Martin and Tom Harriman.

There are approximately 51 Class A Shareholders eligible to vote.

Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Please hold off on watering lawns so there is culinary water available for all.

VYPA News:

Meeting at 2pm September 17th at the Community Hall. Approximately 31 people attended.

If you would like to receive minutes from the Village meetings, please contact Lorinne Munn to get on the mailing list.

Treasurer Report given by Ann Forster.

Cemetery Report given by Willie Sullivan. The cemetery cistern will not hold water. They plan to look into a drought resistant grass to plant at the cemetery before winter.  The three people on the Cemetery Board: Willie and Candy Sullivan and Sundy Martin. There will be an election in 2017 for one board member who’s 3 year term expires. If you are interested in being on the cemetery board, please contact Willie Sullivan prior to the election.

The Harmonica Festival report was given by Deb Filler.

Discussion about composting toilets for the Community Hall.

Discussion about compiling a contact list of Village Association members.

Discussion about purchasing a computer, scanner/printer for VYPA, a committee will look into it.

Discussion about putting up a shelf in the Community Hall for books, DVDs and VCR movies.

Discussion about the Veterans Memorial and YP Museum – they are separate from the VYPA.

Discussion about firewood thefts in the village. Please watch over your neighbors.

Discussion about a Life Flight landing zone. The area is on the Boise National Forest, on the South West corner of the crossroads.

Discussion about ditch cleaning to prepare for spring run-off. Ditch Day will be October 5th.

Official Minutes of the meeting will be posted when received in the YPTimes.

YPFD News:

Meeting at 10am September 18th at the Community Hall. Approximately 22 people attended.

A 90 day temporary Board of Commissioners was voted in: Dan Stiff, Cecil Dallman and Jeff Forster.
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Fun Fact: The first 4th of July Golf Tourney and BBQ to benefit the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department was held in 1998.

Village News:

Midas Gold

After the VYPA meeting on September 17th Belinda Provancher, Rocky Chase and Kyle Fenn from Midas Gold brought maps and gave a presentation on roads and reclamation of the gravel pit.

The road to Thunder Mountain will remain open until Midas gets permits and starts mining.

A report from Midas Gold will be posted when received in the YPTimes.

Local Observations:

Monday (Sept 12) no frost this morning, partly cloudy and light breezes. No birds in sight, but heard a belted kingfisher. Later a hairy woodpecker showed up. Sounds like heavy equipment up at the gravel pit. Breezy and more clouds after lunch time. Cool, breezy cloudy afternoon. Chilly breeze and cloudy quiet evening.

Tuesday (Sept 13) below freezing this morning, clear sky, light chilly breeze. Warmed up after lunch to be a beautiful day. Quiet (except for a few noisy airplanes) and not much traffic. A few clouds later in the day.

Wednesday (Sept 14) a little sprinkle of rain around 9am, overcast and chilly but no frost. No birds or critters around. Cloudy chilly damp day, sprinkles off and on into the afternoon. Enough to settle the road dust but not make mud. Cool cloudy evening.

Thursday (Sept 15) a little below freezing early morning, damp from yesterday’s rain. Low foggy clouds socking in the ridges, but big patch of blue sky overhead. Quiet, no birds or squirrels around. Trees and bushes showing a little more color. The sun chased away the low foggy clouds, mostly sunny beautiful day and warm enough to forgo a jacket. Quiet day in the neighborhood (a little extra traffic.) Pileatd woodpecker in the neighborhood. Dark clouds to the east before dusk.

Friday (Sept 16) clear morning, down to freezing early, heavy dew. Warm sunny day. Shooting to the west started a little after 3pm and lasted maybe 30 minutes. Clear warm evening. Heard a robin at dusk (first one in several weeks.)

Saturday (Sept 17) stayed above freezing (barely) and high thin clouds this morning. Thicker clouds after lunch. Breezy and cloudy at 2pm. Pair of pileated woodpeckers flying over the neighborhood. Sprinkles of rain at 415pm and again around 7pm (not enough to wet things.) Actual rain started around 10pm and lasted most of the night!

Sunday (Sept 18) warm, damp and mostly cloudy this morning. A brief light shower at 950am with sunshine thru breaking clouds. Mostly sunny all day, increasing clouds in the afternoon. Two juvenile jays visiting the the neighbors. Increasing clouds later in the afternoon, then rain shower early evening.

Photos to Share:

Sept 12, 2016

South Fork of the Salmon River



photos by Dave Putman


Delbert E. Gossi

Delbert E Gossi, 90, of Cascade, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

Cremation services pending under the direction of the Heikkila Funeral Chapel.

Source: The Star-News Sept. 15, 2016

Idaho News:

Valley transfer station to offer free cleanup days Sept. 22-24

The Star-News September 15, 2016

Fees will be waived or reduced on a variety of items during Fall Clean-Up Days at the Valley County Transfer Station Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-24.

Normal fees will be waived on items such as lumber and yard waste, and fees will be reduced for tires, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units. No hazardous materials will be accepted and the free and reduced rates do not apply to commercial haulers.

The transfer station is located on Spink Lane east of Farm to Market Road east of Donnelly. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 634-7712 for questions.

Source: The Star-News
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Donnelly voters to be asked to judge $1.2 million water bond

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 15, 2016

Voters in Donnelly will be asked on Nov. 8 to approve a $1.2 million bond to fund improvements to the city’s water system.

Improvements proposed with the money include adding a new well, adding back-up power, building a new well house, well communication and control equipment, and replacement of older water lines throughout the city, Donnelly City Clerk Cami Hedges said.

The Donnelly City Council voted on Sept. 6 to place the bond election on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Currently the city of 152 people receives water from one well, some of the water lines are outdated and there is no backup in case of a power outage, Hedges said.

If the bond issue passes, the city will apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Idaho Department of Commerce as well for grants from other state and federal programs to pay back the bonds.

Whatever amount cannot be raised through grants will need to be paid back by users through an increase in monthly water bills, Hedges said. Currently, the city’s 125 customers pay a flat rate of $32 per month plus $2.50 for each 1,000 gallons of water used.

The bond issue requires one more than 50 percent of the vote to pass. Informational community workshops are planned before the election, Hedges said.

Source: The Star-News
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Valley County plans detour around Green Gate closure

1/4-mile of new road will link snowmobile trails

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 15, 2016

The snowmobile trails on the west side of Payette Lake should be back in business this winter as Valley County officials have found a route around the closure of a key road access.

The one-mile route will allow snowmobilers to bypass Green Gate Road, where a gate was erected in July by the new owner of property over which the road crosses

The new route will require the county to build about 1/4 mile of new road, Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson said.

… Cost of the new section of road was estimated at between $6,000 and $10,000, which will come out of the county’s fund for trail grooming, Laxson said. That may mean trail grooming in the area may end sooner at the end of next winter, he said.

The new gate is located 2.3 miles from Warren Wagon Road along the Green Gate Road. The gate marks the entrance to 160 acres of timbered private land that is surrounded by state land.

full story: The Star-News
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West Mountain snowmobile routes secure despite lease losses

New owners may sell Valley County land for parking lot

By Tom Grote for The Star-News September 15, 2016

Snowmobilers on West Mountain will not have their winter travels disrupted despite the canceling of leases to Valley County by the new owners of private land in the area, a county official said.

The new owners may be interested in allowing the county to acquire a key parking lot for snowmobilers south of Cascade, Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson said.

The leased roads that have been removed will affect snowmobile trails that go to the top of Red Ridge near McCall and in the Packer John area near Smith Ferry, Laxson said.

However, the county will be able to groom public roads in those areas so that snowmobilers will continue to have access, he said.

… The cancellation of the leases also will force the county to examine all of its snowmobile trails to ensure that public access is assured and similar private leases do not exist elsewhere, Laxson said.

full story: The Star-News
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Valley County to accept unwanted pesticides until Sept. 27

The Star-News September 15, 2016

The Valley County Weed Department will accept unwanted pesticides for disposal until Sept. 27.

The pesticides should be in their original containers and left at the weed department office at 55 Gold Dust Rd. south of Cascade. Call supervisor Steve Anderson at 382-7199 to make an appointment for drop-off.

The county will not accept paints, primers, oils, solvents or fertilizers. The materials will be taken to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture collection site in Nampa on Sept. 28.

In a related topic, Anderson reminded residents that the Valley County Transfer Site on Spink Lane will accept latex paints for disposal at no charge but only if the paint is solidified using cat litter, saw dust or dirt.

Also, Anderson said the county no longer has herbicide to distribute under the state’s cost-share program to control noxious weeds.

Those who obtained herbicide under the program are reminded to turn in their reports so the county can apply for funding for next year, he said.

Those reports were due Sept. 1 and those who do not submit their reports will not be issued herbicide next year, Anderson said.

The county also is collecting information on land owners who have not make efforts to control the spread of noxious and invasive plants, he said. Violators will be notified by letter and reminders to all property owners will be sent with property-tax bills in November, Anderson said.

State law requires all landowners to control noxious weeds on their property and gives the county the authority to spray noxious weeds on private property and charge the landowner for the cost.

Call Anderson at 382-7199 for questions and to learn about options for control.

Source: The Star-News
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Construction begins on Hwy 95 through Council

Alex Livingston, KTVB September 15, 2016

COUNCIL, Idaho – U.S.. 95 – the main highway through Council – will be seeing some big changes in the next year.

The Idaho Transportation Department will be re-routing that highway to bypass the small town altogether, which has come with mixed feelings from residents and businesses in the area.

“Construction of the bypass is designed with safety and economic opportunity in mind,” said Jennifer Gonzalez with ITD. “This bypass will move traffic, especially large trucks, from downtown where there were two 90 degree turns.”

The $7.1 million project has already gotten its start as bulldozers work on what used to be private property. While the project is still in its early stages, there have been some complaints from residents.

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Human west Nile cases identified in Canyon, Payette counties

Sep 14, 2016 Messenger Index

Human cases of west Nile virus have been confirmed in two Canyon County residents and one Payette County resident by Southwest District Health officials. These are the first positive human cases of west Nile in Canyon and Payette counties for 2016. The first case in Idaho this season was reported in Elmore County.

The cases from Canyon County were a female in her teens, who was hospitalized with west Nile meningitis and is now recovering at home and a female in her 50s with west Nile fever, who was not hospitalized. The Payette County case was a male youth with west Nile fever who was not hospitalized.

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BLM approves new geothermal project in Idaho

KTVB September 15, 2016

BURLEY, Idaho — Federal officials have approved the first geothermal project on Idaho’s public land since the 1980s.

The Times-News reports that the Burley Bureau of Land Management has given the go-ahead for Walker Ranch Energy’s geothermal project, which will include a plant about 13 miles south of Malta.

The power plant will be built on private property, but up to 22 wells will be drilled on 200 acres managed by the Burley BLM office. The operation is expected to eventually produce 25 megawatts of energy.

Royalties will be shared between the BLM and the state of Idaho.

BLM Burley Field Manager Kevin Crane says the agency is pleased with the plan to create clean, renewable energy resources, even though the timeline for power production isn’t yet known.

Copyright 2016 KTVB

Weather News:

Season in Review

Joel Tannenholz Sage Winds Summer 2016 Newsletter

June was warm, with temperatures averaging 3 to 6 degrees above normal. The greatest departures were in the central Idaho mountains and the Hells Canyon area.

It was an unusually dry month, with most of southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho receiving less than half of normal rainfall. Precipitation was less than 5 percent of normal in some parts of the Snake River Valley northeast of Mountain Home, and the Camas Prairie.

The warmest weather occurred during the first 10 days and the last 5 days of the month, when a very warm upper level high pressure ridge centered over the southwestern and central U.S. extended its influence into our area. Between the warm spells, the ridge competed with a series of three cool but relatively dry upper level troughs originating over the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

The wettest of these systems brought measurable precipitation to much of our area form the 14th through the 16th. Settling over the Pacific Northwest Coast, it affected the weather as far south as northern California before it finally moved inland and dissipated over northern Idaho on the 21st.

By the 29th the Southwest Monsoon was already underway, and some of this moisture drifted north and fed into an upper level disturbance crossing southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho.

During the evening of the 29th, a rogue thunderstorm formed over east-central Malheur County and crossed the Owyhee Mountains. As it descended on the lower Treasure Valley, strong gusty outflow winds blew into Boise from the west. A gust to 47 mph was measured at the Boise airport.

Other notable thunderstorms occurred on the 6th and 7th, when gusts to around 60 mph were measured in the Magic Valley just east of Jerome during the late evening. Thousands of acres of crops were damaged as a result. Jerome was also the site of a 50 mph thunderstorm gust during the early evening of the 30th.

July’s average temperatures were close to normal across most of the area. An exception was Baker County, where a couple of areas in the western half of the county, including Baker City, averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal.

The precipitation pattern was diverse, ranging from much below to much above normal. Most of southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho were dry, but there was a wet swath from east-central Malheur County across the Treasure Valley to the upper Weiser River and McCall areas. There was also a much smaller area of above-normal precipitation in the Magic Valley.

The showery weather lasted from the 9th through the 12th, but most of the rain fell on the 10th. Some of the heavier amounts that day include 1.4 inch at McCall, 0.95 inch near Board Corral Mountain in Malheur County, 0.76 inch at Eagle, 0.74 inch at Star, 0.61 inch at Meridian, and half an inch at Scott Mountain Lookout in Boise County. The 0.27 inch at the Boise Airport set a new daily record.

During the early morning of the 10th, thunderstorms produced quarter-inch hail at Emmett and half-inch hail near Deer Creek Pass in Valley County. The low temperature of 47°F on July 11th was the coolest July temperature in Boise since 2000.

The weather system responsible was a cold upper level low pressure system which formed over the Bering Sea on the 5th and reached the Northwest Coast on the 8th. This system was steered by the flow around an upper level high pressure area between Alaska and Hawaii.

From the 21st through the end of the month, a very warm upper level high pressure ridge was the dominant feature over the Intermountain West. On several of those days triple-digit highs were experienced in the lower valleys.

August was slightly warmer than normal across most of the area. Exceptions included the Baker and Burns areas, and portions of the central Idaho mountains, which were slightly cooler than normal. Precipitation was below normal across the area. This wasn’t really significant, because August is the driest month of the average year for most of southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho. For example at Boise, 50 percent of Augusts receive no more than a tenth of an inch of rain.

Weather-producing patterns were typical of late summer this year, with the exception of the weather system which moved through on July 8th-10th. Each Pacific system was relatively weak, generally moved inland north of our area. Most of their precipitation was confined to northern Idaho and adjacent sections of Washington, Oregon, and western Montana. In our (forecast) area, there was no measurable rain at Boise, Burns, McCall, and Rome.

Incursions of monsoon moisture were usually deflected east of our area ahead of trailing Pacific cold fronts, but there were a couple of notable isolated thunderstorms.

On August 6th, an outflow gust of 57 mph was measured north of Triangle in Owyhee County, and on the 7th an observer west of Emmett reported three-quarter inch diameter hail.
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Fall 2016 Outlook

Stephen Parker Sage Winds Summer 2016 Newsletter

One of the strongest impacts on global weather is whether or not we are in El Niño or La Niña conditions. At the present time, we are in what is called “neutral” conditions, which means that neither one is present. However, there is a 55-60% chance of La Niña conditions developing during the fall and winter of 2016-2017. If this occurs, it may give us a slightly above-normal chance for above-normal precipitation this coming late fall and winter.

The country’s temperature outlook is for a better chance of above-normal temperatures, especially in the Four-Corners region and parts of Alaska.

The country’s precipitation outlook is for equal chances of above- and below-normal in most areas, with a small area of better chances for above-normal amounts from Montana into the Northern High Plains, and areas of below-normal in the southeast and centered over western Nevada.

For southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho, these charts generally indicate a better chance of above-normal temperatures with an equal chance of both below-normal and above-normal precipitation.

Forest News:

Announcing the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

“Peoples Tree” will make cross-country journey from Idaho to Washington D.C.

Date:  September 13, 2016
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

McCall, ID – For more than 50 years, a Christmas tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Payette National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Idaho to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way.

The 80 – foot Engelmann Spruce is the second U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Idaho. It will be cut on Nov. 2 near McCall and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. With great fanfare, the tree will leave the Payette National Forest followed by ambassadors from the Payette and Choose Outdoors for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Community stops include:

* McCall, ID (Nov. 5 from 5:00 –7:00 p.m. at Downtown McCall, 1000 2nd Street)
* Cascade, ID (Nov. 6 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, E Mill St)
* Horseshoe Bend, ID (Nov. 6 from 1 – 2 p.m. at Horseshoe Bend School District #73, 398 School Drive)
* Boise, ID (Nov. 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Cabela’s, 8109 West Franklin Road)
* Boise, ID (Nov. 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Idaho State Capitol, 700 W Jefferson St)
* Weiser, ID (Nov. 8 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Main Street)
* Council, ID (Nov. 8 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at 101 Bleeker Street)
* New Meadows, ID (Nov. 9 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at 101 Virginia Street)
* Grangeville, ID (Nov. 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Truck Route)
* Lapwai, ID (Nov. 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Nez Perce National Historic Park, 39063 U.S. Highway 95)
* Moscow, ID (Nov. 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St)
* Coeur d’Alene, ID (Nov. 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 525 East Front Avenue)
* Salmon, ID (Nov. 12 from 2:30 –4:30 p.m. at 204 Main St)
* Idaho Falls, ID (Nov. 14 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Alturas Academy, 3950 S. Yellowstone Hwy)
* Twin Falls, ID (Nov. 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 4th/5th and Shoshone Street East)
* Ogden, UT (Nov. 15 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Forest Service Regional Office, 324 25th Street)
* Grand Junction, CO (Nov.16 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mesa Mall, 2424 Old US Hwy 6 & 50)
* Glenwood Springs, CO (Nov.17 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Centennial Park/9th Street)
* Denver, CO (Nov. 18 from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop, 7970 Northfield Blvd.)
* Kansas City, MO (Nov. 19 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Union Station Kansas City, 30 W Pershing Rd)
* Columbia, MO (Nov. 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia Mall, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W.)
* Paducah, KY (Nov. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave)
* Paducah, KY (Nov. 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave)
* Nashville, TN (Nov. 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops Opry Mills, 323 Opry Mills Dr.)
* Knoxville, TN (Nov. 23)
* Blacksburg, VA (Nov. 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at 135 College Ave.)
* Joint Base Andrews, MD (Nov. 27)

After arriving in Washington, D.C. the tree lighting is expected to occur in early December. The exact date will be determined by the U. S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, and will be broadcast on C-SPAN.

For tour information, event details, news and updates, and to track the tree cross-country, visit or
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Restrictions to be lifted in West Central Idaho Mountains late Thursday night

September 14, 2015 Boise National Forest

BOISE, Idaho – With the reduced risk of wildfires due to cooler temperatures and precipitation in the area, state and federal wildfire officials will lift Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within the West Central Idaho Mountains effective Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted on forest and rangelands managed by the Boise National Forest, Boise District BLM, Idaho Department of Lands and other state and private lands within:

* Ada, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Elmore, Boise, Valley and Washington Counties
* Within Washington County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Mann Creek Reservoir
* Within Valley County all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Cascade Reservoir
* Within Elmore and Boise Counties all Bureau of Reclamation Lands surrounding Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch Reservoirs

For a map of the Treasure Valley and West Central Mountain Zones visit:  Idaho Fire Information.

For a map of the West Central Mountain Zone visit:;;

Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbeque or sheepherder stove outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites. Fire managers remind people to use water to put out all campfires and to soak all charcoal and hot ash from barbeques and stoves.

The BLM Fire Prevention Order remains in effect for all BLM managed lands within the state of Idaho. This order prohibits discharging, using, and possessing fireworks; discharging a firearm using incendiary or tracer ammunition; burning, igniting or causing to burn any tire, wire, magnesium, plastic or explosive material, including exploding targets that may cause a fire.

More information is available at Forest Service, BLM and IDL offices. Current fire restrictions throughout the state are available at and

County and local officials should be contacted regarding fire restrictions outside the described areas.
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Logging near New Meadows to start after federal lawsuit dismissed

Contract one of several to improve health of national forest

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News September 15, 2016

The dismissal of a lawsuit by a federal judge has cleared the way for logging on Payette National Forest land near New Meadows.

The Payette has awarded the Cold Bear Stewardship Contract to Idaho Forest Group of Grangeville.

The project is located on the New Meadows District near Lost Valley Reservoir and is the second of a dozen contracts planned as part of the Lost Creek Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project.

The contract will see timber cutting on 892 acres and improvements on 14 miles of roads. The contract is expected to produce about 6.6 million board feet of logs for wood products, a Payette forest news release said.

In the timber stands, thinning and controlled burns will be used to encourage the growth of larger trees, improve wildlife habitat and make the area less prone to large wildfires, the news release said

The road work will improve water quality in streams along the roads, which in turn will aid in growing fish populations.

full story: The Star-News
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Fall burning program to start in early October

Boise National Forest
September 16, 2016

BOISE, Idaho, September 19, 2016 – Fire officials on the Boise National Forest will soon begin their annual fall prescribed burning program of nearly 3,100 acres this year, which could last for several weeks depending on weather and fuel conditions.

Fire crews anticipate favorable weather conditions by early October, as temperatures continue to drop allowing them to ignite low-intensity prescribed fires that reduce potential wildfire fuel, improve wildlife habitat and reduce threats to nearby communities.

Specific information is available by contacting the local ranger districts, the Boise National Forest Headquarters at 208-373-4100, online at or by calling the prescribed fire hotline at 208-373-4208.

Fire officials strongly advise hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to determine the location and anticipated times of burns before heading out into the forest.

Fire personnel will attempt to contact people who might be hunting or recreating in an area before a planned ignition.  Impacts to recreational users on the forest are anticipated to be very minimal.

Lowman Ranger District (530 acres):

* Bear Creek (500 acres) about 20 air miles east of Lowman and near Grandjean will be ignited using a helicopter to reduce fuels and restore the area;
* District Pile Burning (10 Acres) will involve fire crews burning slash piles in a variety of locations across the district. This type of burning usually occurs after heavy precipitation or with snow on the ground;
* Cache Creek Whitebark Pine (20 acres) will burn a series of hand piles created from thinning vegetation from around Whitebark Pine trees. The project is located approximately 15 air miles northeast of Lowman.

Cascade Ranger District (440 acres):

* Crawford Aspen (7 acres) is located about four miles northeast from Cascade and the goal is to improve aspen habitat and reduce wildfire risk to the urban area;
* Horsethief (360 acres) located about three miles northeast of Horsethief Reservoir will involve a helicopter and hand lighting to reduce fuel by igniting a landscape burn;
* West Side Restoration Broadcast Burn (50 acres) is located about 10 miles west of Cascade, and fire crews will treat timber landing slash piles;
* District Pile Burns (23 acres) will involve fire crews burning slash piles in a variety of locations across the district. This type of burning usually occurs after heavy precipitation or with snow on the ground. Locations will include 15 miles west of Cascade and areas surrounding the FAA shed 10 miles southwest of Cascade. Other areas include single slash piles at Warm Lake, Crawford, Landmark and Yellowpine.

Emmett Ranger District (869 acres):

* West Scriver Pile Burn (364 acres) is located about seven miles north of Crouch and fire crews will burn slash piles near Forest Road 695 that are remaining from the West Scriver logging operations. This type of burning usually occurs after heavy precipitation or with snow on the ground;
* Pinney Slope Pile Burn (500 acres) is located about seven miles north of Crouch and fire crews will burn slash piles that are remaining from the Pinney Slope logging operations. This type of burning usually occurs after heavy precipitation or with snow on the ground;
* District Pile Burning: (5 acres) will involve fire crews burning slash piles near Garden Valley. This type of burning usually occurs after heavy precipitation or with snow on the ground.

Mountain Home Ranger District (1267 acres):

* Cottonwood II (1,000 acres) This broadcast burn is located 22 miles northeast of Boise and will involve a helicopter and hand lighting to maintain current desired vegetative conditions and fuel loadings by igniting a landscape burn;
* Boise Ridge Pile Burn (225 acres) located in the Shafer Butte area will involve slash pile burning;
* Trinity Salvage (42 acres) located west of Featherville will involve slash pile burning.

Signs will be posted on roads near all burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress.

Site-specific burn plans have been developed to address potential smoke management concerns. All burns will be conducted when there is favorable atmospheric ventilation to minimize smoke impacts to local communities. Local residents may notice smoke from these prescribed burn projects for a few days following ignition, particularly in the evening hours.
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Cottonwood II Fuels Reduction Project Update

USDA Forest Service September 17, 2016

The Decision Memo for the Cottonwood II Fuels Reduction Project on the Mountain Home Ranger District has been signed. The Decision Memo documents District Ranger Stephaney Kerley’s decision to implement the Cottonwood II Fuels Reduction Project. The Decision Memo is also available on the Project web page:

Ranger Kerley has determined that this action falls within categorical exclusion 36 CFR 220.6(e)(6). The Cottonwood II Fuels Reduction Project was reviewed in accordance with the categorical exclusion guidelines at FSH 1909.15(30), as updated on May 28, 2014. Following review of the resource conditions identified at 36 CFR 220 .6(b), Ranger Kerley determined that no extraordinary circumstances exist. In addition, the interdisciplinary team’s analysis did not identify any other unusual circumstances or uncertainties about environmental effects associated with the action that would preclude use of a categorical exclusion.

On January 17, 2014, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (Pub. L. No.  113-76). Section 431 of that Act directs that the 1992 and 2012 legislation establishing the 36 CFR 215 (post-decisional appeals) and 36 CFR 218 (pre-decisional objections) processes “shall not apply to any project or activity implementing a land and resource management plan … that is categorically excluded ….under the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA].”  On February 7, 2014, the President signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) (Pub. L. No. 113-79).  Section 8006 of the 2014 Farm Bill repealed the Appeals Reform Act (ARA) (Pub. L. No. 102-381).  The ARA’s implementing regulation was 36 CFR 215.  The 2014 Farm Bill also directs that the pre-decisional objection process established in the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2012 shall not be applicable to categorically excluded projects or activities.  As a result of these two statutes, the Forest Service no longer offers  notice, comment and  appeal opportunities pursuant to 36 CFR 215 for categorically excluded projects.

Implementation of this decision is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.

Please contact Robert Burnside, Assistant Fire Management Officer, if you have questions regarding this project at 208-587-7850.


Aaron Stockton, South Zone NEPA Planner – Boise National Forest

Letter to Share:

Annual “Grow More Spots” fundraiser

received Sept. 15th

Hello Mystic Farm supporters!

Last night we had our brainstorming meeting for the annual “Grow More Spots” fundraiser event. We are looking at January again this year… well, next year…2017. If you would like to help with the planning, selling tickets, donating auction items, etc., please contact me or any of the board members.

Would anyone like to donate a car, boat, ATV or a home we could raffle off? If so, contact me ASAP.

Dory and The Board
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
mysticfarmrescue @

Critter News:

Reminders issued to hunters on public lands

The Star-News September 15, 2016

The Payette National Forest has issued reminders for hunters who use national forest lands.

Fire restrictions are not in effect on the Payette, but hunters should use caution with campfires and warming fires. Two human-caused wildfires were found recently, one caused by an abandoned warning fire, and the other from an abandoned campfire, a Payette news release said.

“Leaving a campfire unattended is illegal, and violators can be legally responsible for the astronomical costs of suppressing a wildfire resulting from their carelessness,” Payette Supervisor Keith Lannom said

Use of all ATV/four-wheelers, UTVs/side-by-sides, and off-road motorcycles is restricted to areas shown on the Payette National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map. The map is available on the Payette National Forest website and for free at all Payette office

Gates have been placed across some roads to protect vulnerable road surfaces, to provide hunting for hunters on foot, and, to protect deer, elk, and bear from hunting pressure, the release said.

“Preventing excessive motorized hunting pressure is necessary for the long term health of these populations in order to continue to provide the current number of hunting opportunities,” Lannom said.

Campsites on undeveloped parts of the forest may only be occupied for up to 18 days and subsequent camps must be located at least five miles from the original site.

“This rule is intended to prevent visitors from ‘staking out’ a popular site for an entire hunting season,” Lannom said.

Hunting blinds also must be removed after 18 days and construction of permanent hunting blinds is not allowed. Failure to remove man-made components of hunting blinds is treated in the same manner as garbage left behind by visitors and is illegal, the Payette release said.

Source: The Star-News
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Wildlife managers worry animals could move towards the city

Sep 16, 2016 (KIFI/KIDK)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Weeks after fire crews contained the Henry’s Creek Fire burning, Idaho Fish and Game warns thousands of deer could die, a result of their habitat being destroyed.

“The deer will not do very well,” Gregg Losinski, Idaho Fish and Game spokesperson said. “No matter how hard we try because of the severity of the fire.”

Losinski says Fish and Game biologists have been out surveying the 52,972 acres that burned.  They have been looking at the impact the fire will have on wildlife come winter.

“We aren’t talking about a few animals, we are talking about thousands of animals,” Losinski says.

With thousands of acres charred, Losinski says, thousands of deer will likely die because the habitat they normally reside has been destroyed.

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Bannock county seeing some cases of parvo virus; vets warn dog owners to be cautious

Misty Inglet KIFI/KIDK Sep 14, 2016

POCATELLO, Idaho – Veterinarians in the Pocatello and Chubbuck areas are reporting some cases of parvo virus. Vets say while there doesn’t seem to be an outbreak or epidemic, even a few cases can be dangerous. So they want to urge dog owners to be careful.

Parvo virus affects dogs, especially puppies. It’s highly contagious and easily spread.

It’s an intestinal virus where dogs can’t absorb the proper nutrients. Some signs of the virus are vomiting, diarrhea, not eating or drinking, and a lack of energy in dogs.

It is treatable, but it can take up to a few weeks to get it out of a dog’s system. Vets say the best treatment is simply prevention.

“The best way to avoid it is to have your dogs vaccinated,” said Matthew Engle, a veterinarian with Alameda Pet Hospital. “Definitely vaccination is key and unfortunately, having non-vaccinated dogs in the population is what puts all the other dogs in the population at risk.”

Engle said he’s had two cases of parvo at Alameda in the last couple weeks. He said that’s a little bit unusual to have them so close together. Because other vets are also reporting a few cases, he said the public should just be weary and get their dogs vaccinated.

Vaccines can be given at any veterinarian’s office or pet hospital. The cost for the vaccine is about $20.

Copyright 2016 NPG of Idaho
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Adoptions begin for dogs rescued from Louisiana

KTVB September 13, 2016

BOISE — Less than a week after 19 dogs arrived in Boise from Louisiana shelters overtaxed by devastating flooding, some of the pets have begun to find their forever homes.

Idaho Humane Society spokeswoman Allison Maier said at least three had been adopted by Monday. More will be out on the shelter’s adoption floor this week after their spay and neuter surgeries and other health checks are complete.

The animals were transferred to Idaho with help from the non-profit group Dog Is My Copilot in an effort to reduce crowding at shelters in areas of Louisiana affected by last month’s massive floods.

Maier said the dogs brought to Boise were not separated from their families during the disaster.

“The dogs we received came from one of two situations: They were either in shelters prior to the flooding or they were surrendered by their owners after the flooding,” she said.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of September 2016
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Profanity Peak wolf controversy

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! September 8, 2016

The plight of the Profanity Peak wolf pack in northeastern Washington has drawn national attention after the pack repeatedly preyed on cattle and state officials made the decision to lethally control the entire wolf pack. Wolves in this region of the state are not under federal protection, but have protected status under state law.

In an unusual move, conservation organizations joined in and said while the need to remove the pack is regrettable, it is necessary.

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Modern Wolf Fable

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! August 26, 2016

A speculative yet highly cited article in the Washington Post entitled “Storied Alaska wolf pack beloved for decades has vanished, thanks to hunting” opined that the East Fork wolf pack roaming Denali National Park since the days of Adolph Murie has vanished due to hunting. See links below to read the article.

The piece assumes that the members of the pack transition from one generation to the next, serving as a genetic link through the decades. But that’s not a realistic assumption. For those familiar with wolves in Wyoming, we know that on occasion, all wolves from a pack will have been eliminated, only to have a new pack move into the area and are once again given the same pack name, often based on a geographic location. That’s the case with Denali’s East Fork pack.

Dick Bishop, a retired Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist has written a rebuttal of the current storyline in the Alaska NewsMiner.

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New Predator Control Review Exposes Flaws

Review is flawed as well

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! September 5, 2016

The headlines proclaimed the importance of a new research paper. KRWG reported, “Study debunks theory that killing predators reduces livestock losses.”National Geographic ran with this headline: “The case for mass slaughter of predators just got weaker: A new study found that there’s little evidence that lethal predator control does anything to help ranchers.” The piece was complemented with a feature photo of four bloody wolf pelts hanging off the bed of a pickup truck.

… I suspected the eventual outcome of the review simply by a few alarming statements in the review’s second paragraph: “Controversy and uncertainty about predator control generally persisted for decades in the absence of convincing evidence. Resolving this controversy will help to restore populations of predators and other species in largely undisturbed ecosystems as well as in more developed landscapes with people and domestic animals.” …

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Summit on resuming state control of wolves set in Wisconsin

9/11/16 AP

MILWAUKEE — Hundreds of people are expected at a summit this week in northwestern Wisconsin on whether the state should resume control of the growing gray wolf population.

Advocates who support a return of wolf hunting and trapping seasons will meet Thursday in Cumberland. Two Wisconsin Republican legislators organized the Great Lakes Wolf Summit, which is expected to draw up to 200 attendees and bring together people from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan who want their states to again regulate gray wolves, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reported.

Great Lakes wolves went off the endangered species list in 2012. But in 2014, a federal judge put wolves in the western Great Lakes back on a list of federal endangered species.

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Feds Will Stop Introducing Red Wolves on Private Property

September 13, 2016 By WEI Staff

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed dramatic changes Monday to its 29-year effort in North Carolina to save endangered red wolves, including dramatically shrinking their range.

An estimated 45 to 60 wolves – down from more than 100 in recent years – now roam five counties of northeastern North Carolina, much of it private land. Under the proposal, they would be limited to federal land in Dare County, in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Dare County Bombing Range.

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Canadian man attacked by wolf

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! September 8, 2016

A 26-year old man was attacked by a wolf at the Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. A co-worker rescued the man, who was then flown out to a hospital where he is now recovering from the attack.

In the wake of the attack, three wolves have been killed in the area, but it is believed the wolf involved in the attack has not yet been located. Additional security measures have been instituted for mine workers.

Officials believe that the wolf may have become habituated to humans, leading to the attack. This is the third attack on humans by wolves in the area in the last 12 years, according to Canadian press sources.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
September 16, 2016
Issue No. 803

Table of Contents

* La Nina Prediction For Northwest Winter Now Neutral, Could Mean Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures; Is The Blob Back?

* Council Approves Emergency Funds To Cover Shortfall For This Year¡¯s Pikeminnow Fishing Rewards Program

* NOAA Releases 2015 Sockeye Salmon Passage Report; Council Hears Better News About This Year¡¯s Sockeye

* Washington Long-Term Water Supply Report: Wetter Winters/Springs, Drier Summers, Less Snowpack

* Fall Chinook Run Downgraded But Catch Rates Allow Extended Fishing; Steelhead Way Below Preseason Forecast

* Senate Approves Matching Funding For Watercraft Inspection Stations To Protect Columbia River Basin From Invasive Mussels

* Columbia River Basin Restoration Act, Addressing Toxics Reduction, Passes U.S. Senate

* Portland General Lays Out Several Defenses It Might Use In Deschutes River/Clean Water Act Lawsuit

* IDFG Researchers Win National Award For Non-Traditional Method Of Eliminating Unwanted Fish Populations

* Biologists Suspect Pathogen PKD Responsible For Killing Thousands Of Whitefish In South Fork Snake River

* Washington Taps New Member For Northwest Power And Conservation Council

* Correction: Canada Water Pulse To Aid Lake Osoyoos Salmon

Fun Critter Stuff:

Free Range Chickens


Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game says elk calf spotted along Idaho 55 is doing fine

The Star-News September 15, 2016

People who have seen an elk calf near Idaho 55 and Spink Lane in recent weeks should leave the calf alone, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said.

The McCall office of the F&G has received numerous reports each day about the elk calf, Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“We appreciate people’s concern about this calf,” Berkley said. “It’s mom was hit on the highway, and the calf has been hanging out nearby since then.”

The calf is not injured, has plenty to eat, and appears healthy, she said.

By the end of August, elk calves grow large enough to manage on their own. The calf eventually will move off and likely join up with other elk, Berkley said.

“Darting and relocating the calf is not the best option, as that comes with risks, such as the calf running towards the highway, injuries that may occur during the drugging process, and the calf’s increased vulnerability in an unfamiliar place,” Berkley said. For questions, call 634-8137.

Source: The Star-News
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Plan announced to help those affected by Fish and Game hack

Sep 16, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – The following is a press release from Idaho Fish and Game:

Active Network, the Texas-based company that owns and operates Idaho Fish and Game’s hunting and fishing license system, today announced it will offer the following identity theft services to all Fish and Game license buyers whose personal information may have been compromised by an attempt last month to access the online license system.

The services include:

* Offering two years of free identity protection and restoration services.

* Established a website where people can check to see if their information was potentially impacted, receive instructions on how to access identity protection, and restoration services, and receive tips to protect against identity theft. The website will go live on Monday September 19, 2016 at 8 am MDT. The website address is:

* Also established a toll free call center to answer questions about the incident or the identity protection services provided. The number toll free is 1-855-260-2772 and will be available on Monday September 19, 2016 at 8 am MDT.

On Monday, the company will mail out notices to all license buyers potentially affected by the data breach. The notices include information about what happened and the steps outlined above to protect customers from identity theft.

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Idaho Fish & Game News Releases


What Is a Harvest Moon?

Fred Schaaf Farmers’ Almanac

What is the “Harvest Moon,” and why does this particular Moon have special importance? We explain in detail.

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. This usually means it’s the September full Moon though it can also fall in early October, coming anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the equinox.

There are just a fraction over 12 complete Moon cycles every year, on average (there being about 29.53 days in a synodic month). The Harvest Moon isn’t like the other Moons. Usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes.

Also,the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum. It may almost seem as if there are full Moons multiple nights in a row!

The abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening was a traditional aide to harvest crews, hence the “Harvest” Moon. Now you know!

more info:


“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

– Winston Churchill


Sept 11, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 11, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Welch Memorial Golf Tournament Results


1st Place – Tom Irving & Jerry Nasker
2nd Place – Donny Rhoton & Jake Smith
3rd Place – Dan & Umi Stiff

On behalf of the Welch Family, I would like to thank everyone that donated their time, money, items, support and man-power to this year’s Welch Memorial Golf Tournament & Auction. Because of the overwhelming support from sponsors and participants we were able to raise an AMAZING $3527.50 which will be used for the 2017 Yellow Pine 4th of July Fireworks Fund and the bathroom project at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.

– Lisa


Reminder – if possible please pay your 2017 water bill early, it will help with funding the completion of our water project.

Water meeting at 10am Saturday Sept 17 in the Community Hall.

Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!

VYPA News:

Village meeting Saturday at 2pm Sept 17 in the Community Hall.
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Village Of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda

September 17, 2016 2pm At The Community Hall

I. Call To Order
II. Reading Of The Minutes
III. Treasurer’s Report
IV. Cemetery Committee Report
V. Community Hall Report
VI. Harmonica Committee Report
VII. Old Business
Discussion On Composting Toilet For The Community Hall
VIII. New Business
Community Communication
Computer For Village Council Business
Entertainment Area For DVD’s and VHS Tapes
Funds: Memorial And Museum
Fire District Audit
Landing Zone For Life Flight
Recent Thefts In Town Last Winter
Water Department
Discussion by Midas Gold
IX. Meeting Adjourned

There Will Be A Further Presentation After The Meeting By Midas Gold

Don’t Forget To Attend The Water Meeting September 17th At 10am At The Community Hall And The Fire Department Meeting September 18th At 10am At The Community Hall

YPFD News:

Fire Department meeting Sunday at 10am Sept 18 in the Community Hall.

Local Observations:

Monday (Sept 5) a few sprinkles during the night, first measurable rain since Aug 9th. Overcast morning, low clouds on the ridge. Low flying plane turning over the village around 930am. Three flickers in the yard, no other birds. Light shower after lunch time. Clouds breaking up, chilly breezes. Quiet evening.

Tuesday (Sept 6) got below freezing for a short time early morning, partly cloudy and chilly breeze. No birds around. Afternoon cloudy and chilly breeze. During the evening a couple drops of rain, not enough to freckle the roof. Chilly breeze, mostly quiet.

Wednesday (Sept 7) chilly morning, mostly clear, above freezing. A few finches and a clarks nutcracker calling out in the forest. Sunny day, pleasant temperatures. Increasing clouds during the day, breezy at times. Mostly cloudy before dark. Hardly any critters around.

Thursday (Sept 8) warm partly clear morning (streaky high clouds.) Bunch of airplanes circling over the village around 9am, very noisy plane at 945am. Hardly any birds around. Four more planes turning over the village at 10am. Sunny and pleasant temperatures. Helicopter flying over at 333pm. Spotted a stellar jay and 2 northern flickers in the forest. More airplane traffic in the afternoon, breezy at times. Mostly clear before dark.

Friday (Sept 9) got slightly below freezing for a short time early morning, mostly clear, light breezes. Heard a raven calling, no birds at feeders. Sunny mild day. Quiet afternoon until several loud airplanes buzzed the village between 450pm-5pm. Just before 8pm, airport courtesy van spun out on the lower Ellison St. hill.

Saturday (Sept 10) down to 32 this morning for a short time, clear sky. Quiet day (except for a few noisy airplanes.) Beautiful sunny day, warm and very mild breezes. Dry and dusty streets. No birds or critters around, not even a squirrel. Quiet evening.

Sunday (Sept 11) stayed above freezing this morning, mostly clear sky. Smoky haze to the east, air quality slightly poor. One hummer visiting feeder, but no other birds. Air quality improved after lunch. Shooting to the west started a little after 2pm for about 15-20 minutes. Cloudy and breezy afternoon. Clear before dark. Bat flying around catching bugs at dusk.

Local Letter to Share:

House Painters

Natural Born Painters – Nick Palmer (208) 861-9805 out of Meridian is willing to come to Yellow Pine.

They prepped, caulked, painted, cleaned up and had the job done in less than 48 hours. We are very pleased and the house looks great. – rrSue

Idaho News:

Valley County Fall Candidate Forums

Sept 5, 2016

Dates of the Fall Candidate Forums sponsored by The Star-News.

McCall – Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., Idaho First Bank Community Room.

Cascade – Thursday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall.

Tom Grote, Editor & Publisher
The Star-News

[h/t to Gordon C.]
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Land managers rehabilitating land scorched by MM14 Fire

Morgan Boydston, KTVB September 10, 2016

ADA COUNTY — Thousands of animals will be looking for a new place to eat and take cover after the Mile Marker 14 fire scorched 4,311 acres of open space.

Starting Saturday, for the next four days the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is working to stabilize that land. It has been almost two months since the MM14 Fire broke out near Lucky Peak reservoir, charring habitat that is crucial for elk and mule deer in the winter months.

Land managers tell us the impact from the fire to wildlife up there was significant, so they’re working to bring that natural habitat back.

“There will not be any food and there will be no cover for them to survive winter,” Idaho Fish & Game Wildlife Habitat Biologist, Krista Muller, said. “That’s a major challenge on our end.”

To bring back lost vegetation and steady this vital watershed for nearby communities, BLM and Fish & Game are rehabilitating the land, starting with stabilizing the hillsides and preventing erosion and run-off.

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Photos pay tribute to Boise’s first ‘first responders’

Firefighters ride on an engine pulled by three horses through Boise in 1910. The firefighters are putting on their uniforms, even as they speed to a fire.

Doc Roach collection, Boise State University Library Special Collections and Archives

link to photo gallery:
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Artist’s son donates drawings of famous leaders to tribe


LAPWAI, Idaho — Their eyes stare back as if they can see.

The small pencil strokes in the drawings and on each face seem to bring the men to life. The eight drawings depict leaders like Chief Joseph, Chief Black Eagle, Chief Kip Kip and Chief Peo Peo Tholekt and others. The drawings were created by Steve Allured in the 1950s and were donated to the Nez Perce Tribe by his son, Ron Allured.

The drawings will be on display at the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge until Sept. 30, reported The Lewiston Tribune ( After that they will be taken back to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee’s building, where they will permanently hang.


Forest / Parks News:

Team studies fires this year in ’88 Yellowstone burn areas

Several wildfires ignited by lightning strikes this summer in areas of the park that burned 28 years ago have grown substantially

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Fire managers in Yellowstone National Park are curious to find out why wildfires are burning so actively this summer in areas that burned back in 1988.

The 1988 wildfires burned 36 percent of Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres. The park has seen wildfires every year since then, but fires that occurred in the 1988 fire scars have largely stayed in check.

But Yellowstone fire ecologist Becky Smith says fires this year are burning much more readily in the 1988 fire scars. One fire has burned about 60 square miles.

To help find out why, the park has called in a special federal team that studies fire behavior.

Smith says fire managers see it as a learning opportunity on how and when the 1988 fire scars will now burn.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.
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Park Service says Yosemite expansion was legal

9/9/16 – AP

Federal officials say a U.S. lawmaker was mistaken in claiming Yosemite National Park broke the law by adding its largest amount of land in decades without clearing it through Congress.

National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said Friday that the 400-acre addition doesn’t require approval because the land was donated. He says different standards apply to donations vs. acquisitions using Land and Water Conservation Act funding.

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, says the expansion required congressional approval because of its size and value.

Yosemite officials announced this week that a nonprofit conservation group bought the land for $2.3 million and donated it to the park as wildlife habitat. It marked Yosemite’s largest expansion since 1949.

Bishop staffers say the congressman maintains his position and will seek answers.


Letter To Share:

Mystic Farm Annual Fundraiser

Sept 5, 2016

It’s That Time Again! As most of you know, Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. is operated 100% on donations – no state or federal funding. There are no paid salaries at Mystic Farm – only volunteers – and we need your help. Each year, we conduct a fundraiser to bring in the major amount of yearly operating funds. If you have expressed interest in being a part of this – or think this would be something you would like to do – please contact me for further information if you would like to attend our upcoming brainstorming meeting! Thank you for your consideration and your great ideas to help support the rescue. Respond to this email or text/phone me: 208 241-7081

Dory and the Mystic Farm Board
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc
mysticfarmrescue @

Critter News:

Mountain lion causes Kuna schools to lockdown

Anielle Wiley Sept 8, 2016 Kuna Melba News

KUNA — Parents received an interesting phone call from the Kuna School District Thursday, Sept. 8, after a mountain lion sighting created a lockdown situation for three schools.

“In my 23 years working for the district I have never had to lockdown for a mountain lion,” Kuna School District Superintendent Wendy Johnson said.

Capt. Barry Clark with the Kuna Police Department said the lockdown was placed by police at Indian Creek Elementary, Ross Elementary and Kuna Middle School. The lockdown happened at about 3 p.m. Johnson said it was a “soft lockdown,” meaning parents were able to escort their children home from school. School buses were asked to wait to pick up students until Kuna police knew the area around Indian Creek was safe.

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Judge says US should reconsider habitat for Canada lynx


BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government was wrong to exclude large areas of the Rocky Mountains when it designated almost 40,000 square miles of habitat as critical to the survival of imperiled Canada lynx, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Montana ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider adding more habitat for the wild cats in several states.

The judge cited the presence of a reproducing lynx population in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Agency officials had earlier concluded that area was “not essential” for the recovery of the species, pointing in part to low population densities of snowshoe hares that lynx eat.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of September 2016

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Profanity Peak wolf pack details revealed by state; pack removal continues

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Sept 2, 2016

The number of wolves killed from the cattle-attacking Profanity Peak wolf pack in Ferry County has not changed since last week, but Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials have increased the number of confirmed cattle kills by two.

“Since July 8, the agency has documented 13 depredation events on livestock, including eight confirmed and five probable depredations,” Donny Martorello, department wolf program leader, said today.

As state gunners flew in helicopters trying to shoot more members of the 11-wolf pack, a calf was confirmed killed by wolves as recently as Aug. 31.

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BLM drops plan to surgically sterilize wild horses


PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dropped a research effort that would have led to the surgical sterilization of more than 200 wild mares at a facility in Oregon.

The agency said Friday the decision was made in response to litigation from groups that assert the procedures to be researched were unnecessary and barbaric. Advocates for wild horses sought to halt the study or, at the very least, allow the media and the public to observe and record it.

“This decision, though not made lightly, is in response to litigation that could have put the wild horses, BLM staff and our research partners at risk by requiring unnecessary persons or equipment be placed within the small confines of the space where the procedures would take place,” the BLM said in a statement released through its Portland office.

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Idaho confirms whitefish kill in South Fork of Snake River

9/10/16 AP

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Biologists have confirmed thousands of dead whitefish on the South Fork of the Snake River in southeastern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Friday.

Biologists suspect it’s an outbreak of proliferative kidney disease, the same pathogen believed responsible for killing thousands of whitefish in the Yellowstone River last month and led to the temporarily closure of that acclaimed river in Montana.

The disease was also responsible for whitefish die-offs on the South Fork of the Snake River in 2012, Idaho officials said.

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Columbia Basin Bulletin

Sept 9, 2016

Court Allows Continued Culling Of Cormorants In Columbia Estuary To Reduce Predation On Salmonids

NOAA Fisheries Stipulates No Mitchell Act Funds For 10 Hatcheries Until Hatchery BiOp Completed

Study Shows More Than 30 Percent Of Hells Canyon White Sturgeon Have Ingested Hooks Embedded In Them

Canada Releases Water To Aid Juvenile Sockeye Migrating Down Okanagan River

NOAA Names Thom New West Coast Administrator; Stelle Moves To Senior Advisor To NOAA Chief

Nez Perce Launch Study To Assess Bringing Condors Back To Hells Canyon Ecosystem

Study Outlines Framework For Decisions On ‘Translocating’ Native Fish Facing Climate Change

States Extend Buoy 10 Fishing, Snake River Fishing Opens; Coho, Steelhead Passage Slow

Oregon Adopts Forage Fish Management Policy That Links Protections Along Northwest Coast

ODFW Unveils Updated Oregon Conservation Strategy To Protect Fish And Wildlife, Habitat

USFWS Creates ESA-Listing Workplan To Address Listings, Critical Habitat Next Seven Years

NOAA: Nine Of 14 Humpback Whale Populations Don’t Warrant ESA Listing

Earliest Evidence Of Human Use Of Anadromous Salmon In Americas: At Least 11,800 Years Ago

Fun Critter Stuff:

Cute Baby Pygmy Goats Compilation

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GOAT yoga set to become the latest craze as classes on Oregon farm sell out

Daily Mail Sept 7, 2016

Just when we thought yoga trends couldn’t get any more bizarre an American businesswoman has unveiled goat yoga.

Although sadly the goats themselves do not participate, this unlikely activity sees yoga fans enjoying the sport al fresco surrounded by the horned creatures.

Lainey Morse, from Willamette Valley, Oregon struck upon the idea for the unusual business when, during a children’s birthday party hosted at her farm, a parent suggested the location as a site for a yoga class.

And, after opening a field up for classes at her aptly named property, No Regrets Farm, inevitably came the goats.

While attendees get into child pose and downward dog, the curious creatures wander around the humans – sometimes just as spectators and other times cuddling up to the yoga enthusiasts.

continued w/photos:

Fish & Game News:

Tips & Advice:

Does Eating an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctors Away?

by Sandi Duncan Monday, September 21st, 2009 Farmers’ Almanac

You’ve all heard this popular saying but did you ever wonder if there’s any truth behind it? After reading these apple facts you may want to test it out for yourself:



Sept 4, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Sept 4, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho


Water Meeting Sept. 17 at 2pm, Community Hall
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Water Project Update Aug 29, 2016

Photo of the finished concrete work at the water system


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Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!

YPFD News:

Meeting 10am Sunday September 17 at the Community Hall

Village News:

Saturday (September 3) – A little buck was found dead on private property in the village Saturday morning before 9am. It was shot with an arrow. Archery season is open. F&G appreciates locals calling it in. The phone number to report poaching is 1-800-632-5999.

Saturday (September 3) – the cannon went off at 109pm to start the Welch Memorial Golf Tournament. Looks like the golfers were having a great time.

Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 29) partly cloudy and calm morning. No birds. Increasing smoky haze by lunch time. Gusty breezes kicking up after 1pm. Breezy all afternoon, smoke increasing, and dusty. Air quality rather poor. Calmer evening and better air quality.

Tuesday (Aug 30) clouds and smoke, crappy air quality this morning. Heard a few finches calling in the neighborhood, one hummer at the feeder (immature calliope.)  We seem to be under an inversion, the smoke became thicker by lunch time, bad air quality. The predicted breezes have not arrived as of 2pm (see Red Flag Warning for today.) Pileated woodpecker flying around and calling late in the afternoon. By 6pm it was “snowing” ash here and still calm. Black and white ash on outside surfaces, thick smoke, barely see VanMeter hill by evening. Rather eerie and very quiet.

Wednesday (Aug 31) clouds and smoke, bad air quality this morning. Pileated woodpecker drumming and calling. Helicopter few over the village at 1033am (probably not LifeFlight.) Slight breeze during the day, not enough to clear the smoke. Late afternoon pileated woodpecker calling in the neighborhood. Somewhat better air quality by evening. Stars out at midnight.

Thursday (Sep 1) partly cloudy, haze of smoke, better air quality than previous days, but still rather poor. A couple of young finches at the feeders, pileated woodpecker calling. No hummingbirds or jays around today. Warm, dry, sunny and gusty afternoon winds. Calmer towards evening and much better air quality.

Friday (Sept 2) overcast morning, calm, humidity up a little, better air quality. A few finches flying and calling. Sprinkles of rain for about 30 minutes, not enough to wet things or settle dust. Cloudy, cooler, breezy day. Better air today. A bit more traffic running around. Cloudy cool evening.

Saturday (Sept 3) Got down to 32 degrees this morning, mostly clear. Loud bang at 902am (report later that a little buck was shot in the village.) A few finches calling. Increasing traffic and dust (a few at excessive speed in the neighborhood.) Warmed up in the afternoon and clouds coming in. Dust hanging in the air at dusk, pink cloud sunset. Traffic at 2am.

Sunday (Sept 4) low of 35 degrees, cloudy, chilly breeze, no birds or hummers around. Busy day, chain saws, 4-wheelers and airplanes. Loud gun shot at 515pm – sounded pretty close. Little sprinkle of rain, enough to dampen surfaces but not enough to settle dust, breezy and quite cool.

Photo to Share:

Riordan Lake cache

Built to secure food from bears by the geezer’s family and members of the boys’ camp his father operated in the ’50’s-’60’s. Photographed in ’80’s.


[h/t SMc]

Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s August Newsletter

Sept 2, 2016

From the desk of Commissioner Cruickshank

Wow another month slipped away and now we have a coolness in the air so fall is coming soon.

Wednesday August 3rd
Caught up on emails today. Larry with the Recreation Department came by to borrow a post auger needed to set the fire rings at the Wellington Recreation Campground in Smith’s Ferry.

Thursday August 4th
Another day of catching up with emails and registering for the Idaho Association of Counties Annual Fall Conference in Boise.

Monday August 8th
Commissioner day today where we pay the bills and have reports from Elected Officials and Department Heads. The minutes of the meetings can be found on the Valley County website at  Minutes are not posted to the website until they have been approved during a commissioners meeting so it may be a week or so before they are available.
We finished the day conducting an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workshop to review the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Each Fire District contracts with Valley County to handle the EMS function for our region.

Tuesday August 9th
Today the commissioners met to review the Valley County Fiscal Year 2017 proposed budget and provide some last minute changes before the budget is published. Working through the entire day found us with a proposed budget we can utilize to provide the services we feel are needed to sustain the working of Valley County. All the Elected Officials and Department Heads do a tremendous job of insuring their employees are rewarded for their work and they have the tools needed to do the necessary work of the county. This year we added one new patrol deputy, one new detention officer for the jail and courthouse security, one position back in the appraisal office of the Assessor we removed several years ago and added a few part time positions to assist where over time was being paid out. By using part time we reduce or eliminate the over time using the same amount of dollars.

Wednesday August 10th
Today I reviewed some proposed legislation on the 129,000 pound truck weights and how this  is added into current legislation. I then provided comments back to the Idaho Association of Counties staff who is working this issue for the counties.
I also participated in a conference call with the Valley County Clerk, the Road Superintendent and his Office Manager to review the Road and Bridge budget and how to handle the Secure Rural Schools funding within the proposed budget. If we receive the funding we need to be able to utilize the funds. In the event we don’t receive the funding then we don’t do some of the projects this funding would pay for.
Tonight I attended a dinner event with Midas Gold to visit with their Board of Directors and meet the new investment partners. Two of the investors wanted to discuss the importance of what Midas Gold is proposing and how this impacts or benefits Valley County.

Thursday August 11th
This morning I participated in a meeting to welcome new Rotary members and explain what is expected of a Rotarian.
I reviewed changes to the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) By-Laws for proposal this fall at the IAC Board of Directors meeting.
At noon I met with Melinda one of Senator Risch’s staff to discuss how Valley County is doing. Of course I took the opportunity to discuss the need for the Secure Rural Schools program to continue and the need for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes from the Public Lands as both are very important to provide the services for Valley County.
This afternoon I attended the Midas Gold open house appreciation event at their offices. They were having a BBQ and presentation on the status of Midas Gold activities.

Friday August 12th
Today the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) District III held their meeting in Cascade. Eight of the ten counties in District III had representatives here to discuss county issues. Reports were heard from various representatives who sit on IAC Committees or Boards for District III. We also had a legislative update from IAC staff Kelli.

Saturday August 13th
The Valley County Fair has been going on all this week. Today was the 4-H Livestock Auction. For the last several years I have assisted as a ring man along with Ron from Cascade to assist the auctioneers to collect bids on animals. What a great event we had this year selling the animals the 4-H members worked on for this fair.

Monday August 15th
Today Commissioner Hasbrouck and myself attended the official Ribbon Cutting event for the Wellington Recreation Park. Valley County has received grants the past few years to purchase some property here to secure the buildings for the snowmobile grooming and to develop a 18 space campground.
We also heard today that Southern Pine Plantation had sold the timber lands they had purchased from Potlatch and all the current timber harvest projects were stopped as a result. In researching the information we learned that the official announcement would not be until next Tuesday the 23rd of August on who purchased the property.
This afternoon I sent in my registration to attend a National Association of Counties Rural Action Caucus Symposium to be held in December.

Tuesday August 16th
I received a call from a concerned father who’s sons were losing their jobs as a result of the recent purchase of the private timber lands. We also discussed the Pioneer Fire and the need to start now with the process of encouraging the Boise National Forest to do some Salvage Timber Harvest which would help offset the need for timber and help support restoration of the landscape after the fire event.

Wednesday August 17th
This morning was a meeting of the Americas Best Communities Project Leads to report on their progress of their specific projects. We reviewed a recent press release sent out by Congressman Labrador supporting the efforts of the Valley County/Meadows Valley plan in the contest. This fall on October 3rd on of the projects is an Economic Summit to bring local leaders together and hear from other professionals in working with Economic Development in businesses. If you would like to attend please visit VALLEYCOUNTYEDC.ORG/SUMMIT and register to attend. Space is limited to 200 attendees so be sure and register soon. If you have any questions please contact the McCall Chamber of Commerce at 208-634-7631 or email admin @ .
This afternoon I met with folks from Wallowa Industries, Sustainable Northwest, Idaho Department of Lands and Wildfire Prevention Associates to discuss the feasibility study being conducted on the potential of Valley County having a Bio-Mass Campus. This Bio-Mass Campus possibility would provide products from the small diameter trees harvested in fire wise projects and other activities in the forest to reduce the need of burning in the fall. Products such as post and pole, firewood, pellets, mulch and wood shavings are just some of the potential uses.
Tonight I attended the Valley County Republican Central Committee meeting in Cascade.

Thursday August 18th
Tonight I attended the Valley/Adams County Farm Bureau meeting in New Meadows. Their topic tonight was understanding the “Transfer of Public Lands” and what that means to farmers and ranchers who utilize the Public Lands.

Friday August 19th
I participated in a conference call with folks from the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition and two staff folks who work with the Chief of the Forest Service. The topic to discuss was approval of Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) members for areas that have not been able to approve project requests. Areas in California, Nevada and Montana have not had enough people to meet and thousands if not millions of dollars are not being utilized to do projects to enhance the National Forests in those areas. Additionally over 40 percent of existing RAC members terms will expire and nothing is happening to replace the vacancies in a timely manner. Communication on applications was also a request as some have applied over two years ago and have heard nothing in return as to their status.
Today I also received some information on how Salvage Logging was being accomplished on the Tower Fire which happened a year ago in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. It appears this might be a program that could be utilized on the Pioneer Fire to salvage some of the timber and do restoration work.

Saturday August 20th
This morning I listened to the recording of the objection by New TR Acquisitions on Valley County’s Tax Deed process. As I was out of town I wanted to hear the presentation and discussion before our Board meeting on Monday.

Monday August 22nd
Commissioner day today where we paid bills and heard reports from Elected Officials and Department Heads. Today was the day the Board is to decide the Tax Deed process for the New TR Acquisition Objection. The commissioners approved sending the Tax Deed Process back to the Valley County Treasurer to correct the errors found and re-start the Tax Deed Process with New TR Acquisition. All the minutes once approved can be found on the Valley County website under the commissioners section.
We had a rumor of who Southern Pine Plantation sold their timber lands to however if proved to be just a rumor.

Tuesday August 23rd
I received a call from Lt. Governor Brad Little to discuss the sale of the Southern Pine Plantation timber lands. We discussed the issue of the current timber sales being stopped and what this would mean to the infrastructure in place and losing the knowledge of the timber companies who are shutting down as a result of this new company stopping current harvest sales on this private property.
This afternoon Valley County recorded the Deed transferring the ownership of Southern Pine Plantation to DF Development LLC, a Nevada Limited Liability Company with an address of Cisco, Texas. Upon further research this company is part of the Wilks Brothers who are purchasing large tracts of land in the Northwest. They have also purchased land in Idaho County and have allowed some activities on the land.
I called Lt. Governor Little back with this information and he was going to reach out to the new owners and attempt to find out what their management plans will be for our area.

Wednesday August 24th
I created draft letter to the Boise National Forest Supervisor to encourage Salvage Harvest where possible on the Pioneer Fire landscape. In the letter I discussed the need to maintain our processing facilities and our timber harvest companies as this is needed to assist with restoration of the National Forest and the economy of the region. I shared this draft letter with surrounding county commissioners and asked them to provide a letter of support as well to do salvage logging.
I signed a contract award for a Fire Wise project the commissioners approved on Monday as all the necessary paperwork has been received to allow this project to start.

Friday August 26th
I returned a phone call concerning a question if Valley County could bundle parcels taken in the Tax Deed process. With my understanding of Idaho State Code any parcel taken for failure to pay taxes must be sold on a parcel by parcel basis in the Tax Deed process.

Saturday August 27th
This evening I attended a Republican Women BBQ where all Republican candidates were asked to speak on their work as elected officials. I spoke on my being honored to represent Valley County and how this is accomplished.

Monday August 29th
Commissioner day today. When the minutes are approved they will be on the Valley County website. Two topics worked on today was the Tax Deed for the Mid-Mountain Lodge and two ski lifts were added to our Tax Deed sale as they were not objected to by New TR Acquisitions and we discussed the impacts of D F Development LLC purchasing all the timber lands left from Southern Pine Plantation who had purchased them from Potlatch. These were originally the Boise Cascade Corp lands for many years. Valley County received a letter today terminating the lease we had for our snowmobile grooming program which allowed access across these lands.
I returned a call concerning a road right-of-way issue in a subdivision on who provides easements to build the road and will the county maintain.

Tuesday August 30th
I left a message with a representative who sent us the letter from D F Development LLC asking to speak about our lease being terminated. I followed up my message with an email.
Worked on emails to catch up.

Wednesday August 31st
I attended Rotary today as District 5400 Governor of Rotary was speaking on what Rotary means and the, service above self, we as Rotarians follow.

Well that concludes another month of activities for this commissioner.

Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Thanks for reading my newsletter.

Idaho News:

Valley County to auction Tamarack properties

Shannon Camp, KTVB September 01, 2016

DONNELLY, Idaho — Chair lifts, a zip line and a half-finished lodge are just a few of the Tamarack Resort properties that Valley County says it will soon sell to the highest bidder.  It’s the latest chapter in what has been a tumultuous 10 years for this resort just west of Donnelly.

“Valley County will hold an auction on parcels of property that have not paid their taxes for the last three years or more,” said Gordon Cruickshank, chairman of the Valley County Commissioners.

On October 17, Valley County plans to auction off 24 properties in order collect the past tax money it’s owed. Those properties include improvements Tamarack Resort has made on state-leased land including the incomplete Mid-Mountain Lodge and the Tamarack Express and Summit ski lifts.

“Tamarack has had a long and complicated exit from the bankruptcy procedures that began in 2008,” said the resort’s general manager Brad Larsen.

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Texas billionaire brothers halt logging, snowmobile access on S. Idaho forests

by Rocky Barker Idaho Statesman Sept 2, 2016

Logging companies were abruptly told in August to pull their crews off of 172,000 acres of private land that for decades was owned by Boise Cascade.

But a representative of new owner DF Development LLC, apparently affiliated with Wilks Development and owned by two Texas billionaire brothers who have been buying land across the West, told loggers in an email late Friday that they’d be able to get back into the woods.

“We will try to get operations up and going as soon as we can,” the company said in the email.

The email came after the Statesman reported earlier Friday that at least four logging companies have been forced to lay off around 100 loggers and truckers, causing economic upheaval in Valley, Boise and Gem counties. The new owners also have written Valley County, terminating its leases to roads on the land that are critical access to its popular West Mountain snowmobiling trails.

“The new owners, DF Development LLC, intend to continue forest management operations, but in order to do that we need to get everyone insured, contracts revamped and accounting set up so everyone can be protected and get a paycheck,” a local representative of the new owners wrote in the email to the loggers.

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Work completed on improvements to Goose Creek Grade near McCall

The Star-News Sept 1, 2016

The Idaho Transportation Department has completed improvements to Goose Creek Grade on Idaho 55 west of McCall.

The improvements are intended to enhance safety and provide motorists with a better line of sight as they travel through the canyon. Idaho 55 will be fully opened between McCall and New Meadows today, an ITD news release said.

Improvements include:

• Improved the alignments of the four curves on Goose Creek Grade and installed rockfall protection.

• Adjusted the roadway alignment to lengthen the turning radius and removing rock from the mountainside at each curve.

• Widened the road for better sight distance.

• Constructed drainage areas for better snow storage, water run-off and rock catchment.

For more information, visit the project website at or call (208) 334-8938.

source: The Star-News
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Threat of West Nile Virus declines

No new infected mosquitoes found in Cascade

By Dan Gallagher for The Star-News Sept 1, 2016

The threat of West Nile Virus in Valley County has declined after new tests found no evidence of the disease in mosquitoes, Valley County officials reported this week.

The county has continued to find the kind of mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus around Cascade’s Fischer Pond Park, but has not detected the virus itself there since its initial discovery a month ago, said Steve Anderson, the county’s pest control supervisor.

During the first week in August, mosquitoes trapped at Fischer Pond Park on the North Fork of the Payette River and at the Blue Heron camp unit for Lake Cascade State Park tested positive for West Nile.

full story: The Star-News
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Don’t Dump Idaho campaign discourages illegal dumping on public lands

KTVB August 29, 2016

BOISE – It’s an eyesore, a nuisance – and a public health hazard.

The Bureau of Land Management is warning about people dumping trash on public lands.

The BLM says over 1,700 cases of illegal trash dumping have been documented, investigated or ticketed on Idaho public lands since 2000.

Last year, after the Soda Fire in Owyhee County, a crew cleaned up 2,400 intact car tires and many more that had been burned in the fire.

The BLM has a new campaign to get people to stop leaving trash in Idaho’s great outdoors.

It’s called Don’t Dump Idaho.

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Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate water pollution

By Keith Ridler – 8/31/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday submitted an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shift control of permitting and enforcement aspects under the federal Clean Water Act to the state.

“It’s a pretty big day for us,” said Barry Burnell, administrator for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Division.

Idaho is one of only four states where federal authorities manage pollution discharge into surface waters, the others being New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Idaho officials say a state-run program will have more responsive local experts better acquainted with Idaho making decisions.


Forest News:

Man Pleads Guilty To Destruction Of Historic Cabin

News Release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho on Tuesday Aug 30, 2016

BOISE – Jason Reed, 22, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States Magistrate Court to destruction of government property, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Reed was charged by an information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Reed admitted that in August of 2015, he caused extensive damage to the Trapper Cabin.

The Trapper Cabin is a government owned historic property located at the French Creek Trailhead on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest, in Valley County, Idaho.

Reed advised Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush that he broke out the cabin’s windows, wrapped a winch cable from his father’s ATV around the deck of the cabin, and pulled the deck off its foundation. He then admitted to wrapping the winch cable around a log on the corner of the cabin and pulled the two bottom logs, causing the cabin to partially collapse.

The Trapper Cabin was built in 1936 and is one of two cabins left in Idaho that were built and utilized for predatory control by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was built in the Rocky Mountain style log cabin, using peeled lodge pole pine logs and mud chinking. It is the only cabin on the Payette National Forest that was built in this style. Prior to the damage caused by Reed, the cabin was in good condition and was eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cost to restore the cabin is $31,919.20. Reed has agreed to provide restitution in full.

The charge of destruction of government property is a class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $100,000.

Reed is scheduled to be sentenced on November 14, 2016, before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service.
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Trapper Cabin Damage


Photos courtesy Payette National Forest

Photos show The Trapper Cabin before it was vandalized, left, and after it was damaged last year by Jason Reed of Boise, right.

Posted Sept 1, 2016 in The Star-News
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Trapper Cabin

The Trapper Cabin was built in 1937 by the U.S. Biological Survey (currently known as the USDA Wildlife Services) for predatory animal control. The cabin has a Rocky Mountain log cabin style unique on the Forest and is one of two cabins left in Idaho that were built and used for predatory control.

Location: The cabin is on the McCall District of the Payette National Forest. It is located north of Upper Payette Lake. Payette National Forest, Rural Valley County

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Forest Service eyes turning 2 Idaho lookouts into rentals

Associated Press, KTVB September 04, 2016

KAMIAH, Idaho – The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comments on a plan to make available two former fire lookouts and two cabins available as rentals in northern Idaho.

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is looking at opening the Scurvy Mountain Lookout and Wallow Mountain Lookout as rentals for $45 per night each.

The agency is also looking at opening the Gold Meadows Cabin and Liz Creek Cabin as rentals for $40 per night.

None of the structures have previously been available as rentals.

Comments are being taken until Oct. 14.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Still growing, Pioneer Fire prompts closure of Deadwood Reservoir

KTVB September 01, 2016

VALLEY COUNTY – The massive Pioneer Fire has prompted the closure of Deadwood Reservoir, a popular recreational destination in Valley County.

An information officer for the Pioneer Fire says the reservoir will be closed at least through the coming Labor Day weekend, and will likely remain closed for as long as the fire continues to burn.

The fire has grown to almost 165-thousand acres – nearly 258 square miles – and is 52 percent contained. Hot temperatures and low humidity this week helped the fire spread dramatically to the north – toward the reservoir.


[Note: as of Sunday morning the Pioneer Fire was 181,065 acres.]
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Pioneer Fire growth slows as weather cools

KTVB September 04, 2016

BOISE – Cooler temperatures, higher humidity, and rain are helping the fight against the Pioneer Fire in Boise County, officials said.

The weather helped to limit the fire’s growth to 765 acres on Saturday, mostly in the Bearskin Creek area.

[Note: See YPTimes Fire News for latest updates.]
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Officials speak out on salvage sales

By Janet Monti  Aug 26, 2016

The Aug. 24 Messenger Index asked if there is an ember of life for salvage sales from recent forest fires. The answers are varied and complex.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said, “If the U.S. Forest Service is not urged by the communities, county commissioners, land owners, timber people, the window of time to salvage the trees closes. I told the forest supervisor we have to form a secure line for the pending sals in the areas that have burned for all this to be salvaged.”

Idaho’s Congressmen are also concerned about the timber salvage taking place in a timely manner.

In addition, the U.S. Forest Service shared information about the value of salvage operations for rehabilitation of burned forests.


[h/t SMc]
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Hazel #1 Minerals Plan of Operations Project Update

USDA Forest Service Sept. 2, 2016

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the Hazel #1 Mineral Exploration Project located on the Idaho City Ranger District. Information regarding this project can be found on the project webpage,

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. Even if you have no specific concerns, I am asking that you respond if you desire to stay on the project’s mailing list.

To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by October 3, 2016, and make your comments as specific as possible. Your comments will help us refine the proposal, and identify preliminary issues, interested and affected persons, and possible alternatives. Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the Hazel #1 Mineral Exploration Project webpage

For further information on the Hazel #1 Minerals Exploration Project, please feel free to contact, Melissa Swain, Minerals Administrator, 208-392-6681.

Aaron Stockton – South Zone NEPA Planner, Boise National Forest
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After 2 bad fire years, this fire season light in Northwest

By Nicholas K. Geranios – 9/3/16 AP

After two consecutive years in which wildfires set acreage records in Washington state, this fire season has been very light. In fact, wildfires have been smaller and less destructive in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this year thanks to a heavy winter snowpack and some rain in the spring and summer months.

Firefighters are cautiously optimistic the fire season might be drawing to an early close as fall approaches.

“When you get into fall weather, temperatures are cooler and the humidity goes up, especially at night,” said Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. “That tends to help bring the fire season to a close.”

As of Aug. 31, 432,129 acres had burned this season in the three Northwestern states, Gardetto said. At the same date last year, 743,882 acres had burned, Gardetto said.


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Hunting Season Has Opened – Things to Consider While Hunting on National Forest Lands

Date:  September 3, 2016
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

McCall, ID– Hunting Season began this week on your public lands managed by the Payette National Forest, and forest staff would like to remind visitors of the rules and regulations that apply to hunting on Forest lands.

These rules and regulations have been put in place to balance the desires of all forest visitors, make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience, and to protect the landscape so that the Payette National Forest is able to continue to provide the same, or better experiences and resources into the future.

Please note that fire restrictions are not in effect on the Forest, however; we ask that all forest users use caution with campfires and warming fires.  Two human caused wildfires were reported and extinguished over the past few days – one caused by an abandoned warning fire, and the other from an abandoned campfire.

Each year, we receive many comments from hunters about the following hunting-related activities on the forest:

Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Use: Use of all OHVs (ATV/four-wheelers, UTVs/side-by-sides, and off-road motorcycles) is restricted to areas shown on the Payette National Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). This map is available on the Payette National Forest website and for free at all Payette National Forest offices (Weiser, Council, New Meadows, and McCall Ranger Districts, and the McCall Forest Supervisor’s Office). The MVUM is also available as a free download for smartphone and mobile device map apps, such as Avenza PDF Maps. Use of motor vehicles on routes not specifically shown on the map is prohibited.

Please report any vandalism of national forest gates. Roads are closed or gated for a combination of reasons such as: to protect vulnerable road surfaces; to provide hunting opportunities for non-motorized hunters; and, to protect deer, elk, and bear populations from excessive motorized hunting pressure.  Preventing excessive motorized hunting pressure is necessary for the long term health of these populations in order to continue to provide the current number of hunting opportunities.  We work in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in order to do our best to meet these objectives.

Payette National Forest Stay Limits: Campsites on undeveloped parts of the forest may only be occupied (including by unoccupied RVs or camping equipment) for up to 18 consecutive days.  After this period, camps must be relocated at least five miles away from the original site.  Please note that stay limits on undeveloped areas of many national forest units and lands managed by other agencies are commonly only 14 days—please check with the responsible agency in advance. Fee campgrounds on Payette National Forest may only be occupied for 14 consecutive days.

This rule is intended to prevent visitors from “staking out” a popular site for an entire hunting season.  With stay limits in effect, popular sites must be shared more equitably among hunting parties and other campers.

Use of hunting blinds: Stay limit rules associated with campsites also apply to hunting blinds; they must be removed after 18 consecutive days.  Also, construction of permanent or semi-permanent hunting blinds is not allowed.  Failure to remove man-made components of hunting blinds is treated in the same manner as garbage left behind by visitors and is illegal.

Campfires: Always pay careful attention to fire restrictions. The Payette National Forest is not currently in fire restrictions, but this can change with whether and vegetation conditions and many other areas do have current fire restrictions in effect.  Visit this website for information on Fire Restrictions:

Every year on the forest, firefighters must respond to wildfires that originate from campfires left behind in hunting camps, and not properly extinguished.  Always fully extinguish your campfire before leaving camp.  Leaving a campfire unattended is illegal, and violators can be legally responsible for the astronomical costs of suppressing a wildfire resulting from their carelessness.

Thank you for your cooperation and please have a safe and successful hunting season!

If you have questions, please contact our District offices as listed below:

Weiser Ranger District – 208 549-4200
Council Ranger District – 208 253-0100
New Meadows Ranger District – 208-347-0300
McCall Ranger District – 208-634-0400
Krassel Ranger District – 208-634-0600

The Payette National Forest – It’s All Yours!  Go!  Play!
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Death threats surround Profanity Peak wolf pack removal; WSU apologizes for statements

By Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review Aug 31, 2016

Death threats have been reported surrounding the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s decision to eliminate the cattle-killing Profanity Peak wolf pack in Ferry County, according to the Seattle Times.

The threats have been received by people on both sides of the emotional issue, the newspaper reported today.

Fuel was thrown on the volatile issue last week when the Seattle Times ran a story quoting a WSU researcher who said the cattle were grazing on an allotment near a wolf den and that the attacks on cattle were predictable.  The story ran while state personnel were involved in the dangerous work of trying to hunt the wolves by helicopter.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Last week of August 2016

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“Lethal control action” aimed at problem wolves near Jackson

August 29, 2016 KIDK

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirms several calves and one adult cow were killed by wolves on private land just north of Jackson last week.

Agency spokesman Tyler Abbott said “lethal control actions” were initiated in cooperation with Wildlife Services to find and remove the wolves responsible.

… Abbott said it is a very active time for wolf activity throughout the region with new pups joining adults in their packs.

full story:
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Wildlife officials end wolf trapping as cattle attacks stop

AP Sep 02, 2016

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Wildlife officials have stopped trapping for a group of wolves suspected of killing livestock on private land near Grand Teton National Park.

The News and Guide reports that two of the four wolves that U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services personnel have been trapped and killed and the other two have not been seen harassing cattle.

Officials announced Thursday they would stop looking for the two remaining wolves.

Officials linked these particular wolves to attacks that killed two adult cows and injured four calves over the past two weeks.

Wildlife officials say that since the two wolves were killed there has not been any cattle predation.

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Decision imminent on fate of world’s only wild red wolves

By Jonathan Drew – 9/3/16 AP

RALEIGH, N.C. — The fate of the world’s remaining wild population of red wolves will be decided soon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to announce in September whether it will maintain, modify or abandon a 30-year effort to return the wolves to the wild in eastern North Carolina.

Meanwhile, conservationists say the wildlife service is already neglecting its duty and have asked a federal judge to step in. A Sept. 14 hearing is scheduled on their efforts to block what they say are harmful or lethal ways of removing wolves from private land.

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New study questions wolf DNA

September 2, 2016 By WEI Staff

Stop the freight train — brand-new DNA study involving North American wolves and coyotes threatens to derail the whole concept of what we consider “pure wolves,” as well as the federal reintroduction programs dealing with them.

Researchers from Princeton University studied the genomes from a variety of gray and red wolves as well as coyotes. Both the gray species (Canis lupus) and the red (Canis niger, so-named from a black phase of them) wolves were initially listed as endangered in 1973.

The federal Endangered Species Act allows for the protection of threatened or endangered species and subspecies (the Mount Graham red squirrel is one of the latter) but does not authorize safeguards for hybrids.

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Sask. man recovering in hospital after wolf attack at Cameco mine

August 31, 2016 By WEI Staff

“A 26-year-old man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a wolf while on shift at a northern Saskatchewan mine.

The incident happened Monday morning at 12:05 a.m. CST at Cameco’s Cigar Lake uranium mine, about 660 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Cameco spokesperson, Rob Gereghty told CBC News that a contractor at the mine was mauled by an unprovoked wolf while taking his lunch break outside.”<<<Read More>>>

Wolf attack in northern Saskatchewan 3rd in 12 years

“On Dec. 31, 2004, Cameco miner Fred Desjarlais was jumped by a wolf outside the Key Lake mine. Desjarlais wrestled the wolf to submission before being rescued by a busload of co-workers.

And then ten months later, Ontario geology student Kenton Carnegie was killed by wolves at Points North Landing, a mining supply camp in the same area as Key Lake.”

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Hunters fend off wolves after dog attacked at wilderness camp

August 31, 2016 By WEI Staff

“A group of hunters say they were forced to fight off two wolves after their dog was attacked at their wilderness camp in the N.W.T.’s Mackenzie Mountains last weekend.

Only a few hours after the group had set up camp for their week-long adventure, they heard noises outside their tent. When Andrew Stanley went outside to see what was happening, he saw two husky-sized wolves attacking his dog, Charlie.

One wolf had the dog by the neck, and the other was biting the dog’s legs, back, and belly. When Stanley approached with his rifle, the wolves let go of his dog and fled, but not before Stanley was able to shoot one of the wolves dead.”

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Deaths of grizzly bears down in Yellowstone region

9/3/16 AP

POWELL, Wyo. — Both conflicts with and deaths of grizzly bears are down in the Yellowstone region this year from Wyoming to Idaho, but they’re not out of danger yet.

This fall, bears will be preparing to hibernate and wildlife officials are ready to intervene if there are confrontations with humans.

Wildlife officials said the availability of more food is reducing bear and human interactions.

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US judge: Government can keep killing salmon-eating birds


PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps Engineers can continue killing double-crested cormorants that prey on Columbia River salmon and steelhead in a move that shows just how complex the debate has become over how to best sustain imperiled fish species emblematic of the Pacific Northwest.

Following the ruling made public Thursday, the Audubon Society of Portland on Friday called the decision “deeply disappointing.”

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Fish parasite found in Silver Creek

August 29, 2016 Idaho Mountain Express

State officials have found Silver Creek fish infected with the same parasite that caused a massive fish die-off in Montana’s Yellowstone River.

Idaho Fishery Manager Jeff Dillon confirmed the presence of the parasite, but said it was found in live rainbow trout and hasn’t yet been linked to fish mortalities. Dillon said biologists noticed skin lesions on the fish during a routine survey, which resulted in testing.

Dillon said stressed fish are more susceptible to the parasite and other diseases, which may explain why the Idaho fish have survived infection.

Dillon said the parasite can cause proliferative kidney disease, or PKD. He said it sometimes affects trout but most often sickens whitefish. Dillon said the parasite originally came from Europe but was first found in the United States in the Hagerman Fish Hatchery in 1980.

The first report of the parasite in the wild in Idaho was in 2012, when Dillon said they found it in a small number of infected fish in the south fork of the Snake River. The incident was small and isolated, according the state Department of Fish and Game.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that the whitefish die-offs in the Yellowstone River could number into the tens of thousands. The Chronicle also reported suspended recreation on the Yellowstone River as officials investigate.


Letter to Share:

A plea to steelheaders to treat wild fish with care

Anglers will soon begin to seek steelhead in the Salmon, Clearwater, Grande Ronde, and Snake rivers. The fish they hook will consist in part of wild steelhead listed under provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Unlike hatchery steelhead, the wild ones have an intact adipose fin. Anglers must release them unharmed.

Wild steelhead numbers this year amount to only about half of the low return last fall, and about 40 percent of the 10-year average count at Bonneville Dam. ESA-listed wild fish make up only about 20-25 percent of the total steelhead run, a result of habitat lost, hydroelectric dam projects, and Columbia River gillnets that kill or stress fish, particularly large steelhead that spend two or more years at sea.

Steelhead that pass Lower Granite Dam this year faced Columbia River water temperatures in excess of 71 degrees from Bonneville Dam to the Snake River confluence. That stressful experience used more marine-stored energy than usual.

Sport anglers can help wild steelhead by handling exhausted fish very carefully. These valuable potential spawners should be kept in water, not brought onto the river bank or into the boat for hook removal or photos.

Stress and damage to gills increase for fish handled out of water. These fish remain in Idaho rivers from late September until they enter tributaries to spawn in spring, and are vulnerable to repeated hooking and handling.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game does not discourage out-of-water handling of wild steelhead for ego pictures, although it should follow the lead of the state of Washington and make it illegal.

I hope anglers will take special care by keeping wild fish in water during hook removal.

Don Chapman, McCall

Posted Sept 1, 2016 in The Star-News

Fun Critter Stuff:


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Stray dog falls in love with runner during marathon

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New Cat Door

Yesterday, I spent an hour and half installing a new cat door so Philo the Cat could come and go as he pleases. This is his reaction.


Fish & Game News:

News Releases
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Notifications sent following fishing license data breach


BOISE, Idaho — Notices that personal information might have been compromised will be sent to hunting and fishing license holders in Idaho and Oregon following the breach of a vendor’s computer system. They likely will be sent in Washington state, too.

Officials in Idaho and Oregon said Dallas-based Active Network will mail the notices to people in their states following the computer hack last week that shut down online license sales.

Washington officials said they’re in contact with the company and expect similar letters to be sent in their state, but that hadn’t been finalized Friday. Officials say the number of records exposed could be in the millions.

Online license sales have been halted in all three states until the extent of the hack is fully understood.


Tips & Advice:

Kitty Litter in Your Tent?

Before packing your tent up for the season, put some clean kitty litter in a sock and tie it in a knot. Put it in the tent. This will help keep mold and mustiness away.

– Farmers’ Almanac


Aug 28, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 28, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho



Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!
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YPWUA Shareholder Meeting

There was a meeting Saturday Aug 27 at 315pm in the Community Hall for the Yellow Pine Water Users Association Shareholders. Just under 50 people (and 3 dogs) attended.

First item of business Construction Update:

Dave McClintock gave us an update on the construction project at the new water filter plant and an outline of the history of the project. The cement work is now complete!  (There are photos at the Yellow Pine Facebook page.) There is still some work to do to complete the project, like hauling in special sand and gravel to fill the new filtration plant, installing all the high tech gizmos, etc. The project started moving along once they got thru all the massive amounts of red tape, engineering, DEQ, etc. This work will not be cheap and they urge us all to get caught up on delinquent water bills and construction fees. And it would be a big help if folks paid their Jan 1, 2017 bill a little bit early if they can.

A couple of points to note. The YPWUA owns the ‘infrastructure’ ie. the filtration plant, technical devices and the pipes. (The YPFD owns the hydrants.) Dave owns the equipment, ie. the backhoe, forklift, etc. Dave has not charged the YPWUA for use of the equipment or his time to work on the infrastructure over the years. The lion’s share of the expense for the water filter project has been for the engineering, and its not cheap to get cement trucks up here. If there are no unexpected expenses, the YPWUA has enough to finish the project.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing who and what a Shareholder is, and who can vote during an election for board members. A Shareholder in “good standing” can vote. If you cannot attend a meeting, you can vote by proxy, but make sure your proxy is also a Shareholder.

A “Yellow Pine Water User” is any property owner in Yellow Pine that is connected the YPWUA system and is assessed a yearly fee for the water service. All water users have been assessed a construction fee of $1000 to build the new filtration plant. Some folks paid the entire fee and some folks took an “installment plan” so they pay a higher yearly bill. In other words that is why ‘Jane Doe’ pays $120/year and ‘John Smith’ pays $250/year. If you are unsure about your construction fee status, look at your water bill. If you are a new property owner, it will be noted in the billing history if the prior owner paid the fee.

A Shareholder is a Water User that has bought a “share” in the company for $100. (Bit of history: the first shares were $250 back in Faye Kissinger’s time, but most folks could not afford it so he lowered the price.) The share is tied to the property, and only one share per property that is also a Water User, ie. if your property with home consists of more than one lot and you only pay one water bill, you can only buy one share. If the person you bought your property from had a share, that share transferred automatically to you. So even if grandpa lost the stock certificate and you inherited his old cabin, you are still on record at the YPWUA as having a share. The easiest way to find out if you are a Shareholder is to look at your water bill. If you are a Shareholder it will have a number next to “Member”, if you are not a Shareholder, that space is blank. If you wish to purchase a share and are a Water User in “good standing”, contact the YPWUA.

Links to the YPWUA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are below. I will not be posting the list of Shareholders on the internet. Shareholders will receive an updated list in the mail in early September.

Second Item of Business the election of YPWUA Board Members:

After a lot of discussion and motions, it was decided by majority vote of the Shareholders to postpone the election for YPWUA Board Members until September 17, 2016, and form some committees to look into amending a few things. There were objections about the ballots that were mailed out. A majority of Shareholders present (and by proxy) voted to take nominations from the floor and issue a new ballot. This ballot will be mailed out to the YPWUA Shareholders and the deadline to return is September 17, or Shareholders can attend (or by proxy) the election at the next YPWUA meeting on September 17.

After about an hour and a half we were pretty much commented and discussed out. Many thanks to Deb Filler for keeping the meeting moving along. Thank you Dave and Paula for all the info and decades of great water.
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YPWUA Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation






YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department Budget Meeting

There was a meeting August 27, 2016 at 6pm at the Yellow Pine Fire Department building. Around 30 people (and 2 dogs) attended.

Dave gave a report on the YPFD budget, the fees received from Valley County that they collect on our property tax bill for the Yellow Pine Fire District. Money has been budgeted towards expanding the Fire Hall to house our fire equipment.

[Who would have thought all those years ago when we built that huge building that it would be filled to over flowing with firefighting equipment?]

The budget was passed but may be amended. There will be another YPFD meeting on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 10am at the Community Hall.

Sad news. Dave has retired as our Fire Chief. Many thanks for his decades of service to our community. He will have big shoes to fill.

VYPA News:

The next meeting is September 17, 2016

Village of Yellow Pine Association Bylaws

VYPA Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015

Village News:

Labor Day Weekend Golf Tourney

Play golf at Yellow Pine during Welch memorial tourney on Sept. 3

Golfers can play in the back country during the Welch Memorial Golf Tournament in Yellow Pine on Monday, Sept. 3.

The event starts at 1 p.m. and proceeds benefit the community. The $20 entry fee includes refreshments and membership in the Yellow Pine Country Club, “home of the unfair fairways.”

A $50 sponsorship also includes an advertisement on a hole of the sponsor’s choice. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. Space is limited to 32 golfers and there will be awards for the first three teams.

After the tournament, a potluck will be held at the Yellow Pine Tavern at 5:30 p.m.. A donation of $1 is requested for the event, which will include awards and a community fundraiser auction. Checks can be made out to Village of Yellow Pine Association and sent to P.O. Box 61, Yellow Pine, ID 83677.

For more information, contact Lisa Thomas-Rhoton at 412-6163 or lisathomas2310 @

Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 22) Just before 9am airplane with sputtering engine circling around over the village for several minutes. Mostly cloudy sky, high thin but solid with wispy edges, hardly any dew and calm. Very few birds around and none at the feeders. Low haze of dust hanging in the air towards the back Stibnite road. Around lunch time a lone hummingbird visited the feeders, getting breezy. Early afternoon, not so hot, breezy and wind gusts once in a while. Decreasing clouds and cooler towards evening, almost calm.

Tuesday (Aug 23) chilly morning, clear sky, haze to the east, more dust than smoke, good amount of dew. A female cowbird, one humming bird and a doe with non-spotted fawn. Sunny day, pleasant temperatures. Shooting to the west started a little after 7pm and went on for about 30 minutes. Clear cool evening.

Wednesday (Aug 24) chilly morning, clear sky, dust hanging in the air. Heard a jay and few finches in the neighborhood, no birds at feeders. Sunny morning, partly cloudy after lunch, breezy and mild temperatures. Clouds building in afternoon, breezy and mild temperatures. Clear evening.

Thursday (Aug 25) cool morning, clear sky, haze to the east (smoke and some dust.) Finches flying and calling, but only one visited the feeder. Heard a pileated woodpecker calling in the afternoon. A few clouds drifted by, light breezes and mild temperatures. Hazy sky towards evening.

Friday (Aug 26) cool morning, mostly clear sky. A few finches flying around calling, no birds at the feeders. Sunny warm day, some high thin hazy clouds. Towards evening a couple of hummingbirds visited and heard a pileated calling from the north.

Saturday (Aug 27) almost clear sky in the morning. A few pine-siskins and a jay came to the feeders and one hummingbird. A few gusty blasts mid day, warm and sunny all day, very dry.

Sunday (Aug 28) partly clear sky, high thin clouds, dry and dusty. Mostly sunny warm day. Huge cloud of dust out in the middle of the golf course around 730pm.

Idaho News:

Valley County budget gambles that Congress will approve money for roads

Public hearing set Monday for $19.5 million spending plan

BY DAN GALLAGHER for The Star-News August 25, 2015

The Valley County commissioners on Monday will consider a proposed budget which could lose $1 million for the county roads if Congress does not allocate money.

The board proposes a $19.5 million budget for fiscal year 2017 which starts on Oct. 1.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

The upcoming budget includes the full 3 percent hike in property taxes allowed under state law as well as revenue from new construction for a total of about $100,000, Valley County Clerk Doug Miller said.

Commissioners chose not to levy any of the $987,000 in deferred property taxes from previous years as allowed by law, Miller said.

The budget includes $6.8 million for the county road and bridge department and $1.5 million for solid waste disposal.

full story: The Star-News
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Bell sounds off on Round 3

Valley County to try a third time to seize Tamarack Resort parcels

BY DAN GALLAGHER for The Star-News August 25, 2015

The owners of Tamarack Resort on Monday escaped for a second time from having land and buildings in the resort near Donnelly seized for nonpayment of property taxes.

Valley County commissioners accepted the recommendations from Valley County Treasurer Glenna Young and Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Brockmann that the tax notices on 35 parcels owned by New TR Acquisitions, or NewTrac, were incorrect.

Young’s office will send out new corrected versions of the notices in a third attempt to allow the county take over the properties.

“Idaho code requires a notice and summary of pending tax sales to include the date the delinquency occurred,” commission Chair Gordon Cruickshank read from the memorandum the board passed.

“After hearing all of the evidence presented, we find the notice of impending tax deeds improperly lists the date of delinquency as Jan. 1 2011, when it should say Jan. 1 2012, or the 2011 taxes, and Jan. 1, 2013 for the 2012 taxes,” Cruickshank said

Last year, NewTrac took the issue to court with a similar argument and Judge Jason Scott ruled the county needed to further itemize the costs and payments on the past-due notices.

Young sent out new notices this year and NewTrac appealed to the commissioners.

By last December, Tamarack owed about $12 million dollars in unpaid property taxes, with $11.5 million of that amount due to the North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District.

full story: The Star-News
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Idaho auctions 30 Payette Lake lots for $12.6 million

Two current lesees lose their lots in open bidding

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News August 25, 2015

A total of $12.6 million for public schools and a state mental-health hospital was raised on Friday when the Idaho Department of Lands auctioned 30 state-owned lots around Payette Lake.

The auction, the fifth in three years, saw 25 currently leased lots and five non-leased lots sold. The bidding was held at the Stueckle Sky Center on the campus of Boise State University.

During the auction, two current holders of leased lots were outbid for their lots. One lot, at 2225 Payette Dr., sold to an outside bidder for $101,500, or $27,500 more than the minimum bid.

The second lot, at 995 Cedar Crest Drive, sold for $91,000, which was $14,000 over the minimum bid.

The new owners also had to pay the previous leaseholder for the value of any building on the properties. The names of the previous leaseholders and the new owners were not disclosed.

There was competitive bidding on three un-leased lots, which sold for a combined $920,000 over appraised value.

Including Friday’s auction, 117 lots at Payette Lake, including 16 un-leased lots, have sold for a total of about $110 million for state endowment funds.

full story: The Star-News
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Donnelly Food Bank has new home, same needs from the community

Scores of families rely on food bank for basic needs

BY TERI ROBINSON for The Star-News August 25, 2016

The Donnelly Food Bank has settled in to its new home to better serve those who cannot afford the food required for a healthy diet.

This spring, the food bank completed its move from its former inadequate quarters to its new building next to the Donnelly Fire Station.

The building was funded completely by individual local donations with no government funding or grants used, said Pastor Brian Reese of the Donnelly Bible Church, which operates the food bank.

The food bank serves about 150 households in the Donnelly area, with about 75 to 80 families served every week, Reese said.

The items that can be found at the food bank range from bread, eggs, milk, cereal, soup, along with diapers and personal hygiene products.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the food bank distributes boxes with turkey or ham dinners which also include winter clothing and children’s toys, to those in need.

full story: The Star-News
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Smiths Ferry campground Valley County’s first park

18 sites set up at Wellington Recreation Park

BY DAN GALLAGHER for The Star-News August 25, 2015

Wellington Recreation Park at Smiths Ferry officially opened to the public last week. The facility is the first park operated by Valley County.

The park features 18 camping vehicle pads to accommodate visitors just west of the Wellington Snow Park buildings along Idaho 55. The sites include fire rings, concrete pads for trailers and concrete picnic tables.

“This is pretty exciting. It’s kind of been a dream for people,” said Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson, who attracted grant money and oversaw the project.

Wellington is a popular trailhead for snowmobilers accessing along the extensive Smiths Ferry network. The county in 2011 bought 3.6 acres from then-owner Potlatch Corp., where the warming hut, restrooms, snow groomer garage and a former ambulance garage area are located, with $160,000 in grant money.

The county then bought 7.2 acres from Potlatch in 2014 for $57,800, which included $46,800 from an Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation grant, $10,000 in matching money from the county and donations from the Cougar Mountain Country Association. Laxson obtained another $83,500 state parks grant to put in the road and water system as well as the pads.

Wellington connects to hundreds of miles of trails for ATVs and mountain bikers headed to West Mountain, East Mountain, Sagehen Reservoir, the Silver Creek Plunge on the Middle Fork of the Payette River, Warm Lake and even Stanley, Laxson said.

full story: The Star-News
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Horsethief Reservoir closed to camping

By Chadd Cripe Aug 22

Horsethief Reservoir has been closed to camping after the host resigned, Idaho Fish and Game says.

The closure began Monday. Horsethief will be available for day use only until a new host can be found, perhaps putting Labor Day camping plans in jeopardy. Idaho Fish and Game, which owns the reservoir, has an agreement with adjacent landowners to allow camping only with a qualified host on-site.

The east side of the recreation area also will be unavailable without a host. The west side, which includes the boat launch, dock and fishing area around the dam, remains open for day-use activities.

Horsethief traditionally stays open for camping until Sept. 20. It is 10 miles east of Cascade.

“We realize how important this is for Labor Day, and we will try to get a host as quick as possible,” Fish and Game’s Southwest Region Fisheries Manager Joe Kozfkay said in a press release.

Anyone interested in serving as the camp host can contact Kozfkay or Dennis Hardy at (208) 465-8465. Hosts must be qualified, have a background check done by Fish and Game and be available by Labor Day weekend to reopen the area for camping.


Forest / Parks News:

Fire Restrictions, August 23, 2016

News Release August 23, 2016, Payette Interagency Dispatch
Contact:  Brian Harris, 208-634-6945, bdharris@fs.fed,us

Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Restrictions in Portions of Central Idaho

McCall, Idaho – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Payette Dispatch Area Zones 3 & 4 beginning at 00:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.   Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.  These restrictions are being implemented by agencies managing state, private and public lands in the area, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association (SITPA), and the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL).  Fire restrictions are intended to decrease the risk of any human caused wildfires in the designated areas.

Payette National Forest lands will NOT be going into fire restrictions at this time.

Fire restrictions will be in effect within Zone 3 – Long Valley/Meadows Valley Zone, and Zone 4 – Little Salmon Zone of the Payette Fire Restriction Area.

Fire, fuels and weather conditions as they relate to fire restrictions will continue to be monitored – based on these conditions, restriction can be reduced or additional restrictions may be issued if conditions warrant.  The land management agencies would like to thank the public for their attention to fires in Idaho so far this season and ask for their help in preventing any future unwanted fire with drying fuels and hotter temperatures expected to continue into this fall.

Though conditions do not warrant fire restrictions on Payette National Forest system lands, forest users should remain cognizant of the late summer dry and warm conditions, be sure campfires are always attended, and continue to be diligent in ensuring their campfire is completely out before leaving.

Stage I restrictions will be in effect in the following areas:  For a detailed map showing all Payette Fire Restriction Area zones, please visit:

* Zone 3: Long Valley/Meadows Valley: All BLM, state, and private lands located within Meadows Valley and the northern portions of Long Valley. Beginning at Highway 55, T16N, R3E, Section 23 SW corner, the southern boundary runs from this point west to the Payette National Forest boundary. It then follows the forest boundary northwest and the north to the Forest Service Road 074. The boundary then follows the road east to Highway 95, then continues east to the Payette National Forest boundary. The boundary line turns south and continues to follow the forest boundary south and east to the Payette-Boise National Forest boundary. Here the line turns west and travels to its junction with Highway 55.

* Zone 4: Little Salmon   All state, private and BLM managed land (except that located within NFS boundaries) south of the main Salmon river to Smokey Boulder road

Under the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, the following acts are prohibited on the restricted state, private and federal lands, roads and trails:

* Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire except within a designated recreation site, or on their own land, and only within a permanent owner-provided structure.

* Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

The following are exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

* Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

* Persons using fire fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used only in an area cleared of flammable material.

* Persons using metal fire pans (sides must be 3 inches high with a metal grate on top) within 1/4 mile of the Main Salmon River.  Pack-out of ashes is required.

* Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

* Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

* All land within a city boundary is exempt.

* Other exemptions unique to each agency.

With the volume of wildfires burning throughout central Idaho, fire managers are asking the public to be extra cautious when spending time in the outdoors.  Idahoans are also reminded that the use of fireworks are prohibited on forest and range lands in Idaho during closed fire season (May 10 through October 20).

Please visit for current information regarding fire restrictions or contact the local land management office.
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The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary

Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY August 25, 2016

2016 marks the centennial of the National Park Service, the mission of which is to preserve “unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.”

And though we’re celebrating 100 years of the National Park System this year, from Maine to Hawaii, Florida to Alaska, and everywhere in between, not to mention American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it may come as a surprise to learn that the first National Park was designated in 1871, 45 years before the National Park Service as we know it came into existence in 1916.


Critter News:

Six wolves from Profanity Peak Pack killed by state gunners so far

Rich Landers Aug 25, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

State workers have killed six wolves so far in an effort to eliminate the cattle-killing Profanity Peak Pack in Ferry County, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reported today.

The operation using helicopter gunners north of Sherman Pass will continue, said Donny Martorello, the agency’s wolf policy leader. The pack was estimated to total 11 animals, including six pups, when the lethal control action was authorized on Aug. 4.

Since mid-July, WDFW has confirmed that wolves have killed or injured six cattle and probably five others, based on staff investigations.

Two adult female wolves from the pack were killed by state shooters on Aug. 5. When the pack continued to attack cattle, Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth on Aug. 19 authorized field staff to remove the remaining members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack to prevent additional attacks on cattle in the range lands between Republic and Kettle Falls.

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Wolf advocates outraged that state preparing to kill wolves


SPOKANE, Wash. — Some wolf advocates are outraged that the state is preparing for the second time to exterminate an entire wolf pack for preying on livestock in northeastern Washington state.

This is the second time in four years that a pack of endangered wolves has received the death penalty because of the grazing of privately owned cattle on publicly owned lands, the Center for Biological Diversity said.

Washington is home to about 90 wolves, and killing the 11 members of the Profanity Peak pack would amount to 12 percent of the population.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second Week of August 2016
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Wolf-livestock conflicts up sharply in Wyoming

Rich Landers Aug 23, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

While Washington is dealing forcefully with a cattle-attacking wolf pack this month, the situation also is contentious elsewhere.

Federal officials say the number of conflicts between wolves and livestock in Wyoming is up sharply, exceeding the number of wolves that were killed last year, which was the second highest number in the state since they were reintroduced to the northern Rockies 21 years ago.

Sheep and cattle killed by wolves have been found in the Upper Gros Ventre area, in the Salt and Wyoming ranges and other areas of the state, wildlife officials said.

Here’s more form the Associated Press:
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Wisconsin’s wolf population highest ever, with nearly 900

Aug 23, 2016 BY WEI STAFF

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s wolf population has reached a record high of nearly 900 animals, state wildlife officials announced Thursday.

Figures from the Department of Natural Resources’ over-winter monitoring show between 866 and 897 wolves are roaming the state, up 16 percent from last year’s count of 746 to 771 animals.

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Wolf attacks on cattle and hunting dogs rise

Aug 26, 2016 BY WEI STAFF

“Nearly two years after the gray wolf was placed back on the federal list of endangered species, wolf attacks on Wisconsin livestock and hunting dogs are rising.

State Department of Natural Resources statistics show 58 confirmed or probable wolf “depredations” — deaths or injuries — of domesticated animals this year through Aug. 15, compared to an average of about 37 for that period in each of the previous three years.

The DNR attributes the increase to growth in the wolf population, which this winter was estimated at nearly 900, its highest level since before the 1960s when the species was all but extinguished by hunters.

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Idaho controlled hunt drawing results online

Rich Landers Aug 23, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

Hunters who applied in Idaho’s second controlled hunt drawing for elk, deer, pronghorn, and fall black bear can check online to see whether they were successful in the recent computerized drawing.

Results are available on the Idaho Fish and Game website.

Applicants can enter their hunting license number and follow three simple steps to find out if they were successful or not in the drawing.  Traffic on the website may be heavy at times, so please be patient.

Postcards will be mailed to successful applicants

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Mustang death ruled accidental

Misty Inglet Aug 25, 2016

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Power County Sheriff’s Office and a local veterinarian say the horse that was found dead in a field was due to an accident.

Investigators found bark in the head wound of the horse and a six inch piece of wood in another wound.  They are calling this an accident, with the horse somehow injuring itself.

Investigators are no longer calling this a suspicious act.

Ranch owner Kimberly Clark says, she apologizes to the public and all of the “Go -Fund-Me” money they were raising for a reward, will be returned. Clark says she is currently in the progress of returning the money to those who donated.

Copyright 2016 NPG
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Changes at Snake River dams helping Idaho sockeye salmon

By KEITH RIDLER – 8/28/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Structural changes at two Snake River dams in Washington state are helping more endangered sockeye salmon make the trip upstream to central Idaho this year, federal officials say.

The permanent system at Lower Granite Dam and a temporary system at Little Goose Dam pull up cold, deep water for fish ladders to combat high temperatures that discourage fish from completing their journey. The success of the new systems could lead to similar changes at other dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers.

“The strategy of putting cooler water at the top end of the ladder appears to be effective,” said Ritchie Graves of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It takes a while to learn how to do it correctly.”

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Recreational dam builders block fish passage

Rich Landers Aug 24, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

Every hiker can enjoy a dip in a cool stream on a hot day, but remember, fish need cool water more than we do.

Building dams out of rocks and logs to form a swimming hole technically is illegal on streams, and the explanation is easy:  they inhibit fish migration and can cause flooding.

… “At this time of year the water is lower and warmer with less oxygen, so the fish we saw in the wide shallow pool needed to be able to move around to find optimum conditions.

‘Plus, during spring runoff, both banks will be eroded as water is forced around the dam.

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Job retraining planned after Yellowstone River closure

8/26/16 AP

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana labor officials will offer advice on job retraining for fishing guides, raft operators and other workers affected by the closure of a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River.

Gov. Steve Bullock announced Friday that the Department of Labor and Industry will host a meeting in Livingston on Monday to provide further information.

State wildlife commissioners closed the Yellowstone indefinitely to all recreational activity last week following a massive fish kill in the Paradise Valley area north of Yellowstone National Park.

Officials hope to stop the spread of a contagious parasite blamed for killing tens of thousands of whitefish and smaller numbers of trout.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
August 26, 2016
Issue No. 801

Table of Contents

* Identifying, Preserving Columbia/Snake Cold Water Refuges Important Salmon Recovery Tool

* Conservation Groups File Notice To Sue EPA Over Columbia/Snake Water Temperatures

* Deschutes River Alliance Sues PGE Over Water Quality Issues In Deschutes River; Sockeye Reaching Pelton-Round Butte

* Cooler Water Continues To Flow In Lower Snake River; Fish Ladder Cooling Now Also At Little Goose

* Good Fall Chinook Return, But Slow Fishing, Prompts Liberalizing Catch Restriction On Unmarked Fish

* Northwest Members Of Congress Push State Department On Columbia River Treaty

* Washington Gets First Fish Habitat Mitigation Bank To Assist Salmon/Steelhead Recovery

* WDFW Offers Free Fishing Days While License Sales Down Due To Hacking Of Outside Vendor System

* WDFW Designates Elwha, Nisqually Rivers As Wild Steelhead Gene Banks Off-Limits To Hatchery Fish

* WDFW Starts Removal Of Ferry County Wolf Pack After Finding Dead, Injured Calves

* WSU Researcher Finds, Mysteriously, Chum Salmon Less Sensitive To Toxic Stormwater Than Coho

* Study One Of First To Document Ecological Consequences Of Amphetamine Pollution In Urban Streams

* Four Retiring Coal Plants Likely Means Northwest Will Need More Generation To Lower Chance Of Power Shortfall

* Reclamation Awards $19 Million Contract For Hydro Upgrades As Part Of 20-Year Grand Coulee Modernization

Fun Critter Stuff:

Care for a kiss?

Orphaned elk named Buttons cuddles up to Washington State firefighters in adorable pictures

Associated Press July 5, 2016

An affectionate elk paid some Washington state firefighters a visit over the holiday weekend as they worked to tame a wildfire.

The orphaned elk, dubbed Buttons by the locals, is a fixture in Kittitas County, where she took up residence with some cows and goats on a hillside.

Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon says she arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people’s shoulders.

continued w/photos:

[h/t GC]
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Kind-Hearted Elk Kisses Firefighters To Say Thanks For Putting Out Wildfire


Fish & Game News:

F&G Press Releases
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Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

By KEITH RIDLER – 8/26/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — A breach in a vendor’s system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers’ personal information, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI are investigating the hack into Dallas-based Active Network, the Washington State Office of Cyber Security said in a statement. Washington halted all sales earlier this week, allowing anglers to fish license-free, while Idaho and Oregon have stopped only online sales.

“Initial assessments indicate personal information exposed by the vendor for Washington residents includes names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth and the last four digits of Social Security numbers,” Washington officials said in a statement.

Active Network, whose event and activity management software is used by tens of thousands of event organizers nationwide, including marathons and other races, said the potential threat was isolated to fishing and hunting licensing systems in the three states.

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Tripod Reservoir to be drawn down to repair failed water valve

The Star-News August 25, 2016

Tripod Reservoir near Smiths Ferry, will soon be drawn down as Fish and Game crews begin repairs on a failed emergency water control valve. The drawdown and repair work will begin in early September.

“We normally drop the reservoir’s water level by about two feet and not until October,” Fish and Game recreation site maintenance foreman Dennis Hardy noted. “The repairs will require the water level to be dropped by at least six feet, perhaps more.”

The extent of the repair work will remain unknown until crews can inspect the faulty valve, Hardy said.

If repairs go as planned and spring rains are close to normal, Tripod Reservoir should be full in time for the 2017 spring fishing season, he said.

source:: The Star-News

Tips & Advice:

How To Stop Being A Mosquito Magnet!

by Deborah Tukua Monday, August 22nd, 2016 The Farmers’ Almanac

If there’s a mosquito near, are you the one that seems to have a target drawn on your skin? Mosquitoes are a pesky nuisance for many this time of year. Besides the irritating itch, infectious mosquito–transmitted diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis, chikungunya, and Zika are on the rise throughout the world.

Outbreaks of various mosquito-transmitted diseases are circulating in Africa, Brazil, through Latin America, the Caribbean, and beyond. Despite global awareness, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are a major health problem. As world-wide travel connects us to other continents and their diseases, researchers are looking for ways to control mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.

Mosquito Facts

Some people are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes than others. Understanding how mosquitoes select their target, what they are attracted to, and what they find offensive, could hold the key to preventing mosquito bites.

With its keen sense of smell, mosquitoes can detect its next victim up to 55 yards (50 meters) away. Only the female mosquito bites, males do not. The female mosquito needs the iron and protein in your blood to produce eggs.

Scents that Draw Mosquitoes:



Aug 21, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 21, 2016 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho


The Yellow Pine Water System Construction photos.

The concrete pouring is scheduled to be finished Monday, Aug. 22nd.

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The Yellow Pine Water Users Assn. Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Incorporation Amendments, and Bylaws.
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YPWUA Meeting

Yellow Pine Water Users Association Shareholders Meeting August 27, 2016 at 315pm in The Community Hall.
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Please be conservative when watering lawns. We ask those that are here all week to not water lawns on the weekends so that more water is available for the weekend cabin owners. There will NO lawn watering on all summer holidays and during the Festival weekend!

Village News:

Yellow Pine Meetings For August 27, 2016

Shareholders Meeting of Yellow Pine Water Users Association Inc. August 27, 2016 at 315pm at The Community Hall  for the annual election for board members and  on the water system

A public hearing for the Yellow Pine Fire District budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 August 27, 2016 at 6pm at the Yellow Pine Fire Station.
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Transfer Station

A report from Monday afternoon: the bins at the Transfer Station were 3/4th’s full. Please remember: household trash only into the bins (“Your Mother doesn’t work here!”) – M
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Idaho Power

Idaho Power was in on Wednesday to change out meters. Quick, efficient and friendly.

VYPA News:

Village of Yellow Pine Meeting Minutes August 14, 2016

Officers in Attendance:

Dan Stiff, Chairman; Cecil Dallman, Member – at- Large; Ann Forester, Treasurer.

1. The meeting was called to order by Dan Stiff at 2pm.

2. Lorinne was not present to hand out the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were shared online and posted at the Tavern, the Post Office and Store and by the Yellow Pine Times.

3. Ann gave the Treasurers report.

General Fund: $3564.00
Community Hall 2.14
Bathroom Fund 8339.90
Cemetery Fund 5270.85
Harmonica Fund 22,830.00

As you can see we have had a pretty good year. We did have a discussion about moving some funds into the Community Hall. Further on that later in the minutes.

Ann wanted everyone to know that the books for the Village of Yellow Pine Association books are always open for your viewing. If you are concerned in anyway please contact Ann and arrange for a viewing.

Dan Stiff mentioned that we will be fully transparent in our management of the community funds.

4. Cemetery Committee Report: Willy was not present for the report, and thus, the report was bypassed.

5. Community Hall Report: Cecil gave a summary of the community hall needs.

a. We need to either repair or replace the existing grill and purchase a second one for the community events we do each year.

b. Gary Neibrand, Cecil, and Cinda will look into the needs of the kitchen and report back to the committee at the September meeting to determine cost, etc.

c. A special Thanks to the folks that worked on the ADA ramp at the community hall. Dan Stiff, Jeff Forster, Willy Sullivan, Jay Carrol, Josh, and Gary Neibrand. All they have to do is finish welding the handrails.

6. Harmonica Report: Steve Holloway gave the report.

* Great Harmonica Festival

* Estimate the town will bring in between $5,500 and $6,000 this year.

* Thanks to all that headed up and took charge of the different areas to make this a success

* Thanks to the Band, Phil Jensen and group, for a great performance and running the sound system.

* Huge thanks to our Medical team ran by Jeff and Ann Forster, Dale and Gary and all the other volunteers

* Huge thanks to Cinda for running the Community Hall Breakfast. Great job.

* We had a lively discussion about bringing back the “Crowd Pleaser” and moving the stage closer to town, maybe put another small stage at the North end of town.

* Thank you all for making this festival as successful as it is.

7. Water Report: Matt gave us a report.

a. Progress of the Water System project. Things are going as scheduled. Things being accomplished this week are: Replacement of the Sand Filter, more concrete work. Could take as long as 2 months to complete.

b. Matt urged all residents to contact Dave McClintock and inquire as to their status as a Share Holder in the water department. If you are, request a meeting of the Water department.

Our water situation will continue to be grave, with less than 25% capacity. Please refrain from watering your lawn and conserve water the next few months to get us through this crisis.

8. OLD Business:

Dan Stiff gave a report on the proposed 4.9 acres intrusion from the current Valdez pit into National Forest land. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration by the community on the issue of the pit being enlarged.

a. Jeff McFadden, Road Superintendent for Valley County informed me that, as far as the county is concerned, the current resource is “Depleted.” The wording on the original Contract between the Valdez’s and Valley County reads, “The contract will be valid until the resource is depleted.”

b. Diane Green, from the Idaho State Land Resource office in McCall. Diane is responsible for ensuring Valley County holds the rock contractors responsible for the state required reclamation plan.

1. At issue is the fact that Valley County did not ensure the contractors completed the reclamation as prescribed by the Idaho State plan. The quarry walls were not benched properly and there are issues with disruption of water resources in the area.

2. To solve these issues to reclaim the land properly, the State has proposed a 4.9 acre extension at the SW corner of the existing pit. Dan provided a map of the area. This 4.9 acres will not be visible from town except those up on the hill across the east fork up toward the Water Dept. What this extension of the pit allows the state to accomplish is, a. bench the pit properly and b. then follow through with the reclamation plan.

3. Midas Gold has volunteered to do the reclamation of the pit to prove to the state and various agencies that they are capable of a proper reclamation. The 4.9 acres would be a 2-year project and then the reclamation would commence immediately. Properly benched, 2ft of top soil, trees planted, water drainage fixed, etc.

4. Please remember that all of this is just a proposal. We as a community are caught between a rock and a hard place. We either allow the 4.9 acres mined to get the existing pit fixed or we live with a scar that will be tied up in litigation between the County and the Contractors. We will discuss further at the September meeting.

5. Dan will provide further information as it becomes available. Dan has been working with Donna Valdez on the concerns of the community about the quarry

Dan Stiff brought up the issue of our Fire Commissioners vacancies, Gary Mullens is still listed as Fire Commissioner for District 1. Jeff Forester was nominated, in an informal chance meeting with Dave McClintock and is qualified, as Fire Commissioner for District 1 but not registered as a Commissioner. Residents of Fire District 1 signed confirmation of the appointment and the paperwork was completed in Dec 15. By state law, we must fill the vacancy created by Gary’s death immediately. Dan proposed that the community send a letter requesting completion of the registration of the vacant position and for full disclosure of Fire Department information IAW State of Idaho Directives) There was a unanimous show of hands vote to send a letter to Dave McClintock in regards to having a Fire Commissioner meeting (IAW State of Idaho Directives) to address the issue of non registration of Jeff and to get further information about our Fire Department.

9. New Business

Dan Stiff gave a report on the Road Coalition meeting on 26 July.

a. Parks Creek slide area bypass route visit. There are various proposals for the slide area. One is to bypass it altogether starting at the entrance to the Holloway property (used to be Linda Welch’s) and come out on the east fence line of the Eiguren Ranch. Funding and the complication of a division of properties and getting permission to re-route the public road through private land will be difficult.

b. Red Metal Mine Rd. The FS installed a gate at the start of the road. I asked, “Why put the gate here and not at the start of the private land at the mine?” Anthony Bortello, Krassel District Ranger, replied, “We won’t maintain a road that dead ends at private property so the gate was installed here.” We discussed various alternatives for access to Crater Lake.

c. Sugar Creek Rd Closure. Again we ran into the same philosophy from the Forest Service. The Road dead ends at private property so we blocked it off here and also because of the fish runs in Sugar Creek.

d. Midas road closure proposal. (I paraphrase) Rocky Chase, of Midas told us that they have been considering all possibilities to continue to allow public traffic through their mine site during operations and have come up with a road block as to how to safely accomplish that. So, we will be gating the road at our property line for the duration of the project. I asked, “Rocky, if you had all of your lawsuits completed and you prevailed, how long would you have to gate here?” Rocky, “it is scheduled for a 12 year dig and 3 to 5 years of reclamation.” I asked Anthony Bortello, Krassel District Ranger, “Anthony, if this 9 miles of road (East Fork Road above the Profile Junction) goes nowhere, with your culture and behavior based on Sugar Creek and Red Medal Mine, would you maintain this 9 miles? His response, “Probably not, we would gate it where we did this spring during the runoff. My response, “Sorry Rocky, but you just said it would be at least 17 years, more likely 20 that you would close the road. Are you going to allow you workers to use this road to visit Yellow Pine on weekends, etc.?” Rocky, “No, it will be a dry camp.” Basically the road to Stibnite will be closed from Yellow Pine for 20 years. Midas CEO was in Town Wednesday and told us that the closure was one of the possibilities and that all alternatives are being looked at. This topic is one that we need to really work with Midas on.

From Dan, My biggest fear is that between the road closures and the cut off of recreating opportunities will have a significant economic impact on the Village of Yellow Pine. Our history is full of being susceptible to the every cyclical mining industry. During those lulls the village barely stayed together. With gates on the roads to the mines and now the closure of roads from Yellow Pine to Stibnite and the Thunder Mountain region will cause others to recreate in the many other wonderful opportunities available in other parts of our wonderful state.

We, the Road Coalition, have another meeting in Cascade on the 23rd of August. Myself, and Lynn Imel, will be in attendance representing the community. You are also welcome to attend. If you have further questions about the coalition please contact me, or Lynn.

The next meeting will be Saturday September 10th at 2pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45pm.

There were 24 present at the meeting. Thank you to everyone for attending. This was a great turnout.

Minutes submitted by Lorinne N. Munn, Secretary.

Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 15) quiet morning, clear sky, a little bit of dew, hardly any birds (one grosbeak, one hummingbird and a couple of pine-siskins.) Smoky haze building to the east before 1030am, but air quality still pretty good. Sunny hot dry day and quiet. Late night “chirping” out on the golf course, probably an elk.

Tuesday (Aug 16) clear hazy sky (smoke) and dust cloud hanging over the back Stibnite road, not much dew. No birds at feeders, but heard a pileated woodpecker in the forest. Heating up quickly in the sun this morning, hot after lunch. Airplanes flying over in the heat of the day. More smoke in the afternoon, crappy air quality. Blue dragonfly sighting. Quiet evening, bats out flying, very red moon.

Wednesday (Aug 17) a few thin clouds, smoky haze mostly to the east. No birds at the feeders. Dusty streets, smoky haze, air quality rather poor. Belted Kingfisher visited the neighborhood before lunch time. Helicopter flew over at 1248pm. Clouds building up after noon, mostly cloudy by 1pm. Thunder and overcast later in the afternoon. Air quality slightly better towards evening but not that great, and a couple drops of rain. Pileated woodpecker drumming and calling from near the Community Hall.

Thursday (Aug 18) no clouds, haze of smoke to the east, dry and dusty. A couple pine-siskins at the feeders, a juvenile jay and a young golden mantle squirrel. Hot dusty dry day. A report that the 2 young osprey have fledged, left the nest and are flying up and down the river. Hot dry day, some smoke but not as bad as it has been. Quiet evening. Dust abatement worn off YP Ave in front of the Vets Monument.

Friday (Aug 19) no clouds, slight haze of smoke to the east, dry and dusty. No birds or squirrels this morning. Hot dry sunny day, better air quality, less smoke. No critters around. Have not seen the columbian ground squirrels for over a week. Heard a pileated off in the distance. A few high wispy clouds late afternoon, bit of a breeze. Slow to cool off in the evening.

Saturday (Aug 20) no clouds, very little haze, good air. Heard a raven and some pine-siskins calling. Hot dry dusty day. Shooting 5pm to 7pm to the west. Warm evening.

Sunday (Aug 21) no clouds, light haze of smoke to the east. No birds or critters in sight or earshot (just noisy airplanes.) Firewood gathers with chainsaws out in the forest. After lunch a p/u truck “lost” a traler on Westside Ave, the trailer skidded to a stop and missed the trees. Tip – hook up your safety chains. Hot and breezy afternoon. One hummingbird at the feeder in the afternoon and seeing more wasps.

Photos to Share:

Sunrise over Warm Lake Summit / Salmon spawning in Bear Valley Ck.

Photo’s taken 08/18/2016



photos by Dave Putman

Idaho News:

Hwy 55 Bridge Work

The Star-News August 18, 2016


Photo for The Star-News by Gary Ertter

Workers on Tuesday place a 155-foot concrete support beam onto the new bridge on Idaho 55 spanning the Gold Fork River south of Donnelly. Beams were placed on Tuesday and Wednesday as crews continue to work on the new bridge. The previous bridge was built in 1951 and has outlived its design life, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. The $3.2 million project is expected to be completed this fall.

source: The Star-News
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Fire Truck for Burgdorf Hot Springs

The Star-News August 18, 2016

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Photo by Hal Sager

At left, Jim Huntley, the manager of Burgdorf Hot Springs, accepts delivery of a one-ton Dodge fire truck from Secesh Meadows Rural Fire Department Chief Cris Bent. The department replaced the fire truck with water trailers that are easier for Secesh Meadows residents to operate.

source: The Star-News
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WICAP to distribute school supplies in McCall

The Star-News August 18, 2016

School supplies and commodities to qualifying persons will be held Monday in McCall.

The distribution will be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday at the Idaho Department of Labor conference room at 299 S. Third St.

The distribution will be conducted by the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership.

source: The Star-News
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Former Adams County prosecutor disbarred by Supreme Court

BY TOM GROTE for The Star-News August 18, 2016

Former Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Ray Robinson was disbarred from practicing law in Idaho last week by the Idaho Supreme Court.

The disbarment comes more than three years after the Idaho State Bar filed charges against Robinson in May 2013.

Robinson must wait five years before he can apply to be admitted to the bar again, said Caralee A. Lambert, assistant counsel to the bar in Boise.

The charges stem from Robinson’s private law practice in six court cases in Valley County. None of the cases involved his work as Adams County prosecutor, a seat he assumed in January 2013 after winning election.

The bar held a hearing in February 2014, after which it recommended to the Supreme Court that Robinson be disbarred.

full story: The Star-News
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30 Payette Lake lots auctioned off

KTVB August 19, 2016

The Idaho Department of Lands auctioned 30 state-owned lots right on Payette Lake in McCall this afternoon. The lots were valued at over $11 million.

The auction was held at the Stueckle Sky Center on the Boise State campus.

Twenty-five of the lots included cabins that were under lease.

Owners of the cabins had mixed emotions about the auction knowing their homes could be taken away from them.

“I was pretty calm and determined and Debbie’s emotional, because she’s very emotional and it’s our property, it’s our house, we recently built the house, and so we didn’t want to give it up,” said Hal Joseph. “It’s going to be our retirement home, and we’re happy about that.”

We don’t know many details about the auction winners, but we do know the land sales generated over $12.5 million for the endowment funds that support Idaho’s public school system and State Hospital South.

Copyright 2016 KTVB
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Boise County Cooperator’s Gain Incident Management Experience

photo caption: USFS Fire Chief Bob Shindelar & volunteers. USFS Mike McMillan Photo

BOISE, Idaho, (August 16, 2016) – The Boise County Emergency Management Service program has been active on the Pioneer Fire, helping to address ongoing needs for structural protection, law enforcement, health and other emergency services for public safety and support to communities that are at risk resulting from the Pioneer Wildland Fire.

Boise County Emergency Services, in addition to helping with essential services to support firefighting efforts, were recently provided an opportunity to increase their knowledge and build additional skills for emergency personnel and cooperators to prepare and better address future all-risk events.

The Emergency Services unit is tasked with planning for and responding to large-scale disasters (all-risk incidents). They are the focal point between the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and Boise County. Emergency Management interacts with and supports all first responders in the county including law enforcement, ten fire departments, six EMS units and federal land managers.

To gain experience and training, Boise County Emergency Management Planning Committee members were able to observe a night burning operation at the Pioneer Fire; attend incident planning and situation management meetings; and observe medical unit activities-all key elements of the incident management leadership. Afterward, five members of the committee (Jessica and Dan Gasiorowski, Joyce Brewer, Dawn Justice and Mitch Tain) volunteered for more in-depth training. These five shadowed leaders of the Southern Area National Incident Management Team, a Type 1 team (highest complexity incident management) and were able to learn first-hand from team leaders aspects of fire planning, situation leadership, finance and accounting and fire information.

Boise County Emergency Manager, John Roberts stated, “It is an amazing opportunity to be able to observe and learn from a National Type 1 Incident Management Team on assignment. These Management Teams are the elite of emergency responders and our volunteer managers learned a lot. This experience will make us better at managing our local emergencies. I’d like to offer a big ‘Thank You’ to the Southern Area National Incident Management Team for the chance to learn at their sides and to Chief Shindelar for making it happen.”

Bob Shindelar, Boise National Forest Fire Management Officer stated, “Boise County Emergency Services is well-versed in the operations aspect of emergencies; this fire afforded the opportunity to work together to increase the skills and knowledge of county resources under the incident command system.” He went on to explain that this experience helps continue the mutual efforts to work toward increasing local skills for all-incident management teams in the County.

Over the past three years, the Boise National Forest and Boise County Emergency Services cooperators have held joint emergency simulation exercises each spring. These exercises have been highly successful to build relationships and afford opportunities to practice and learn command and communication skills under the incident management system.  The continuation of training and support at the Pioneer Fire provided real-life incidents that grow the program goals.
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Pioneer Fire affecting business in Garden Valley

Dean Johnson, KTVB August 19, 2016

GARDEN VALLEY – The Banks-Lowman Road has been closed for two weeks now because of the Pioneer Fire. The highway serves as one of the main arteries for Boise County. The closure is starting to have a major impact on some Garden Valley businesses.

“We’re on a fairly busy, scenic byway, but now we’re on a dead-end road,” said Idaho X-Sports general manager Jason Sawin.

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Nampans seek change to open-range law after bull crash

By KATY MOELLER – 8/20/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Two gashes on the top of her head were stapled. Deep wounds on her forehead and face were stitched. Her left eye was temporarily paralyzed by nerve damage, and the iris settled into an awkward and constant gaze from the lower right corner of the socket.

Doris “Dori” Garner, who was encased in neck and full upper-body braces for months while her broken bones healed, recalls her horror when she caught a glimpse of herself in a mirror, reported the Idaho Statesman (

“I looked like Frankenstein’s bride,” said Garner, a tiny 47-year-old woman who had a 2,500-pound bull land on top of her in a car-livestock collision last November on U.S. 95 in Adams County. “It was scary to look at myself.”

The injuries that she and her husband, William “Jack” Garner, now 54, suffered weren’t just cosmetic. The Nampa newlyweds — married just two months before the crash — suffered life-threatening head trauma and other critical injuries.

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Telephone scammers continue to target Idahoans

KIFI/KIDK Aug 19, 2016

Idahoans are still getting threatening telephone calls from people claiming to be with the United States Marshals Service.

The callers are threatening people with arrest warrants for not responding to federal jury summonses.  The calls, most recently to the Boise and Coeur d’Alene areas, come from the same phone number, 208-391-5870.   that is not a valid phone number for the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

The caller claims to be a Deputy U.S. Marshal and demands that people post bond for a federal jury summons.

The Marshal’s Service again advises that officers do not notify peple of arrest warrants by phone. A valid arrest warrant would be served in person by a Deputy U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.

If you get such a call, do not provide any information and notify the U.S. Marshal’s Service immediately.  Their best advice is hang up.

It is a crime for an individual to falsely represent himself or herself as a federal official or Deputy United States Marshal.  Accordingly, this scam and any similar fraudulent conduct will be investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, in partnership with the FBI.

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Idaho plant at center of legal battle listed as threatened

Keith Ridler Associated Press, KTVB August 15, 2016

Slickspot peppergrass (Photo: USDA)

BOISE — A small, flowering plant found only in southwest Idaho will again be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced the listing of slickspot peppergrass to take effect Sept. 16.

The plant was originally listed in 2009 but Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter filed a lawsuit challenging the decision.

In August 2012 a federal judge vacated the listing and ordered Fish and Wildlife to more clearly define what “foreseeable future” meant when discussing threats to the plant.

The agency in 2014 held comment periods on the definition of “foreseeable future” as well as the agency’s determination the species needed federal protection.

The listing could have ramifications for cattle ranchers who graze on public land where the plant is found.

Copyright 2016 KTVB

Forest News:

Kennally Creek Campground and Trailhead Temporary Closed due to Black Bear Activity

Date:  August 15, 2016
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945

McCall, ID – The Payette National Forest has temporarily closed the Kennally Creek Campground and trailhead due to black bear activity that has increased over the last few weeks.  On Thursday, August 11, a black bear attempted to enter an unoccupied vehicle.  In the weeks prior, a black bear was coming into the campground while it was occupied.  In the interest of public safety, the area will be closed to the public until at least August 31, 2016.

The specific area closed includes Kennally Creek Campground, Kennally Creek Horse Camp, and the North Fork of Kennally Creek Trail (#102), from the trailhead at Kennally Creek Campground to the junction with the Needles Summit Trail (#101).  The Needles Summit Trail and rest of the North Fork of Kennally Creek Trail are open for use.

The rationale for closing the campgrounds, trail, and trailhead is to eliminate the presence of human food and garbage.  This will allow time for the bear or bears to self-relocate.

Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Regan Berkley reminds all forest visitors to make sure all food and garbage is secured in their vehicle whenever possible.  This is especially important when the campsite is unoccupied, and at night.  Reports of the bear’s behavior strongly suggest it obtained some kind of food at this campground earlier in the summer.  Bears have great noses and long memories, and it likely returned to the campground several times in hopes of getting more food.  Unfortunately, once bears have grown used to human food and lost their fear of humans, they can become unpredictable and dangerous.

For more information on the campground and trail closure, contact Susan Jenkins at the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0415 or  For more information about black bears, including advice on being bear smart at camp or home, contact Regan Berkley at the McCall Idaho Fish and Game office at 208-634-8137 or
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Payette exhibit shows the role of fire lookouts on national forests

BY TERI ROBINSON for The Star-News August 18, 2016

Visitors to McCall can now get a close-up look at a time-honored method of fire detection with no mountain climbing is required.

The former Peck Mountain Lookout from the Council Ranger District, decommissioned in the mid-1990s, and now stands in front of the Payette National Forest headquarters on Mission Street.

The lookout was built in 1935 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. The lookout was occupied each summer until the 1970s.

full story: The Star-News
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New Public Affairs Officer on the Boise

Boise National Forest
August 17, 2016
Information Contact Lee Ann Loupe, 208-373-4105

Boise, Idaho – The Boise National Forest is pleased to announce that Venetia Gempler has accepted the job of public affairs lead on the Boise National Forest. She brings a wealth of experience and familiarity with the Boise area and the Forest. She begins her new position with the Forest on August 22.

Ms. Gempler stated, “I am looking forward to coming back to the Boise National Forest and working on-the-ground with our communities and partners.”  She went on to state, “The Boise is a special place for me and it’s where I started my federal career.”

Prior to this, Ms. Gempler was the Supervisory Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation covering the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  Additionally, her experience includes: Communication Director for Fire Program Analysis for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC); Public Affairs Specialist for Fire Program Analysis for the Bureau of Land Management  at NIFC; Public Affairs Specialist on the interior Columbia Basin Project; and Supervisory Information Assistant on the Boise NF.  She started her federal career as a firefighter on the Boise National Forest.

Boise Forest Supervisor Cecilia Romero Seesholtz stated, “We are very pleased that Venetia will be joining our staff.  She brings a great portfolio of skills and experience in public affairs and an expansive knowledge of resource management that will really benefit the Forest and the public that we serve.”

Letter to Share:

Gentle Souls of the Forest book

Greetings from Mystic Farm!

I was recently contacted by a wildlife photographer, Mark Schneider. He has self-published a coffee table book of whitetail photography. He sent me a copy and asked if he could pledge 25% of the sale of each book to Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue. Folks, this book is beyond wonderful! You will be amazed at not only the beauty of the subject, but the unbelievable skill and caring soul of this photographer. Truly incredible. Think Christmas!

(The ordering information … is below).

Thank you for your continued support…

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
New Address:
710 Sanctuary Hills
Sagle, ID  83860

Here is the book info:

To any lovers of whitetail deer… I have recently self-published a book of my deer photography titled “Gentle Souls of the Forest.” This 144 page coffee-table book is a simple photographic tribute to whitetails as they live their lives throughout the seasons of the year.

Please check out my FB page:

The book costs $39.95 (plus $4 shipping) and I will donate 25% of the sale price of each book to Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. if you mention this facility when you order. Deer and all wildlife need as much help from dedicated rehabbers as they can get. Even if you are not interested in purchasing my book, please consider making a donation to Mystic Farm or any local wildlife rehabilitation facility in your area!

If you would like to order my book, you can email me via my FB page or at I will ship a book to you and you can pay after receiving the book!

The book can also be purchased on Amazon here:

Remember, please be sure to mention Mystic Farm when ordering so I can pass along the 25% donation to Dory at Mystic Farm.

Thank you,
Mark Schneider

Critter News:

Profanity Peak wolf pack targeted for extermination after more attacks on cattle

By Rich Landers Aug 19, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

The Profanity Wolf Pack has been sentenced to extermination after resuming attacks on cattle this week, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced tonight.

State wildlife biologists received authorization to remove the Ferry County wolf pack after investigating two calf carcasses and an injured calf in a Colville National Forest grazing area today.

The injured calf was classified as the subject of a confirmed wolf attack and the dead calves as subjects of probable wolf attacks, the agency said in a release. Since mid-July, WDFW has confirmed that wolves have killed or injured six cattle and probably five others, based on staff investigations.

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Managing wolves in Washington requires balance, realism

Aug 19, 2016 Sue Lani Madsen The Spokesman-Review

As popular culture loses daily touch with nature, romanticizing it becomes the dominant attitude.

“Wolves are really, really popular if you don’t have any,” northeast Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz said on the recent TVW special “Wolves in Washington.”

Government bounties to encourage killing wolves accelerated in the 1800s. The wolf was practically eliminated from Washington by the 1930s and was one of the earliest species listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1974. But neither “kill all wolves” nor “keep all wolves” is a sustainable position.

The challenge is finding a balance for the 21st century.

Managing wolves in Washington requires balance.doc
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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second Weed of August, 2016
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Denali wolves need protection from hunting, protesters say

By Rich Landers Aug 16, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

Alaska wolf advocates unhappy with state-authorized hunting and trapping for wolves around the borders of Denali National Park are stepping their protests up the line to the governor.

This tactic has been used elsewhere by wildlife advocates on other issues, including lethal wolf control in Washington state.

Tired of having their concerns not addressed by Alaska’s Board of Game, opponents of wolf hunting near Denali National Park sought the attention of Gov. Bill Walker last week with a protest in downtown Fairbanks, writes Sam Friedman of the News-Miner.

“About two dozen people assembled at noon outside the 7th Avenue state offices building,” he wrote. They held signs and periodically howled likes wolves, drawing puzzled looks from people headed into the building.

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He defends the herd for three hours from the attack of wolves

August 18, 2016 WEI

Three hours to defend the herd from the attack of a wolf pack. It happened the other night to a young Romanian worker who takes care of 230 cattle of Piedmontese breed of Titian Aiassa, 34, of Casalgrasso breeder who in the summer moved animals alp “Pearl Formosa”, 1,800 meters above sea level in the valley of San Giovanni, above Limone.

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Hikers lure mountain goats to trouble at Heart, Pearl lakes near Hoodoo Pass

By Rich Landers Aug 18, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

Mountain goats and hikers are coming into dangerously close proximity at Heart Lake in the Bitterroot Mountains.

The goats near the popular backpacking destination south of Superior, Montana, have given up the safety of the stateline cliffs, lured by salts and foods around the mountain lake.

The attraction away from the cliffs has left the mountain goats more vulnerable to wolves and mountain lions in the area.

Campers also are at risk. A backpacker’s dog was injured by a mountain goat last week, according to Liz Bradley Missoula Area wildlife biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

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Groups plan lawsuit following Columbia Basin salmon die-off

8/15/16 AP

BOISE, Idaho — Three environmental groups and two commercial fishing advocacy groups say they will file a lawsuit against the federal government over heat-related fish kills in the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest.

The groups on Monday sent a 60-day notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups say are violations of the Clean Water Act.

The groups say 250,000 adult sockeye salmon died in 2015 due to high temperatures in the Columbia River and lower Snake River.

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Snake River early steelhead run looks grim

By Rich Landers Aug 19, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

Last year’s warm water and low flows may be haunting steelheaders in the Snake River system this season.

Here’s an update from Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune:

Fishing for the normally reliable run of steelhead that return to the Snake, Salmon and Grande Ronde rivers could be tough this fall.

Counts of the A-run steelhead, which predominantly spend one year in the ocean, have been so low that regional fisheries managers dramatically scaled back their forecast. Before the season began, managers predicted about 230,000 A-run steelhead destined for tributaries of the Snake River and the upper and middle sections of the Columbia River would swim past Bonneville Dam. Now they expect only about 123,400 to make the trip. About half of those, or just less than 62,000, are expected to make it as far as Lower Granite Dam. The run is about 50 percent complete at Bonneville.

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Parasite prompts recreation closure of Yellowstone River section

By Rich Landers Aug 19, 2016 The Spokesman-Review

In an unprecedented move prompted by a fish kill, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is closing 182 miles of the Yellowstone River from Gardiner to Laurel to all water-based recreation — fishing, wading, floating, tubing, boating.

This section includes Paradise Valley and prized guiding and fly fishing waters.

“This action is necessary to protect the fishery and the economy it sustains,” the agency says in a press release. “The closure will also help limit the spread of the parasite to adjacent rivers through boats, tubes, waders and other human contact and minimize further mortality in all fish species.”


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Squirrel Steals GoPro, Shoots Video Game Worthy POV Run Through a Tree

Animals stealing action cameras is nothing new — monkeys, seagulls, and foxes have all gotten their 15 minutes of fame this way. But this thieving squirrel is a veritable filmmaker by comparison.

The video was captured by YouTuber Viva Frei, who dubbed it the “BEST POV EVER!” We’re not sure about all that, but it did leave us going “no way!” when we first watched it—this isn’t some crappy video of bark or the sky or the squirrel’s furry underbelly.


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