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Jan 14, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 14, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

Power Outage Jan 10

Idaho Power scheduled an outage from 1pm-3pm for maintenance on Wednesday, January 10th. The power went off at 1257pm and came back on at 350pm.
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Ski Race Jan 27

The ski race will be at noon on the 27th. Meet at the community center at 11:55 for course, which will depend on snow conditions.

Chili Contest Jan 27

Heat Up Winter in Yellow Pine. Chili Contest & 1$ Chili Feed Saturday January 27th at 2pm at the Community Hall. Questions? Contact Kathy Hall 633-6270. Donations go toward Community Hall maintenance.
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Up coming events in February. February 4th Superbowl Sunday Party. February 17th Pie Contest.

Watch all of your favorite sports on our Big Screen TV at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Featuring Football. Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights.) Juke box is up and going!
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The Corner

The Corner is closed for the season. Stop by if you need wood permits. We will reopen after we have the baby.
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Winter Water Advice

To help prevent frozen water, avoid parking over buried water lines, allow the natural snow cover to insulate the ground. Driving over the lines will also push the frost deeper and can result in frozen pipes. Also, don’t plow the snow over where water lines are buried, and avoid covering up water shut off valves.

Water Bills are due January 31st.
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Be Predator Aware

Reports of coyote, bobcat and fox activity and tracks in and around the village (fresh fox tracks Jan 13.) Keep an eye on small dogs and cats and please don’t leave pet food outdoors.
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2018 Fest

The 2018 festival T-shirt contest is now open! All entries must include the year (2018) and the festival name “Yellow Pine Festival” in the design Entries must be received by Friday, May 18th, 2018. The prize for the winning design is $100! Multiple designs by the same artist can be sent in.

Hint: these shirts are screen prints, simpler designs stand out better. Submit your entry by email to Marj Fields at fieldsmarjie @
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YPFD News:

Winter Fire Safety Tips

Keep your chimney clean to prevent flue fires. Make sure your smoke detector is working. Never leave a portable electric heater unattended. Fire extinguishers should be charged, visible and easily accessible.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.

Training will resume in the spring.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting June 2018
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Winter Propane Tips

Keep the snow cleared around propane lines and pipes leading from your tank to the house. The weight of snow sliding off roofs can cause leaks that can result in fire. Make sure you have a CO detector with working batteries.

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

Diamond Fuel & Feed carries ice melt. “We sell 50# bags [of ice melt] for $8.99.” 208-382-4430
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Local Observations:

Monday (Jan 8) tiny skiff of snow fell during the night, overnight low of 29 degrees, high clouds dissipating with the sunrise and mostly blue sky – for a while. High haze moved in by lunch time and rather breezy but quite warm, high 49 degrees. Snow melting and icicles crashing down off roofs. Chickadees, jays, nuthatches and a hairy woodpecker visiting, pine squirrel scolding from the fence post. Partly clear afternoon and warmer than normal. Cloudy before sunset. Quiet evening.

Tuesday (Jan 9) did not get below freezing overnight, started sprinkling around 1025am and overcast. Measured 4.5″ of old snow, larger bare spots under trees in the forest. Nuthatches, chickadees and jays at the feeders, pine squirrel zooming up and down the fence. Gray cloudy day, sprinkling on and off (mostly on) and rather warm, high 42 degrees. Very quiet day. Still sprinkling at dark. Internet out around 1030pm for about half an hour. Still raining before midnight. Snowed a little in the middle of the night.

Wednesday (Jan 10) about 1/10″ new snow, measured 4.5″ total snow on the ground, overnight low of 27 degrees. Partly clear sky this morning, lots of small birds at the feeders. Squirrel tracks in the fresh snow. Breezy by lunch time. Power off at 1257pm. Lots of birds in the neighborhood early this afternoon, steller jays, clarks nutcrackers, ravens, hairy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatches and mountain chickadees. Light traffic. Power back on at 350pm. Flaking snow between 330pm and 4pm, the high probably around 32 degrees (battery failed during power outage.) Mostly cloudy at dark. Mostly clear before midnight, lots of stars out.

Thursday (Jan 11) overnight low of 27 degrees, snowing this morning, about 1/4″ new by 1030am (4.5″ old snow.) Nuthatches, chickadees and a female hairy woodpecker visiting. Snowed all morning, by 2pm about 1″ new snow and just above freezing (good snowball snow.) Some rain starting to mix in with the snow after sun down (another inch of snow fell), high 33 degrees. Another 2″ of snow fell before midnight, then rain most of the night.

Friday (Jan 12) overnight rain on snow, appears to have stayed just above freezing. New (heavy wet) snow squished down to 3.5″, and measured 7″ total snow on the ground. Short snow flurry, then short misty rain before lunch time. Cloudy and above freezing all day, high 39 degrees. Thank you to the neighbor who plowed Westside Ave today, very wet heavy snow. Chickadees, nuthatches and a hairy woodpecker visited. Foggy this afternoon, ridges socked in, thicker fog along the river. Just before dark less fog, misty mid-level belts across the mountains. Fog settled in to the valley floor by 1030pm, hanging right at 32 degrees. Snow flurry early morning.

Saturday (Jan 13) overnight low of 31 degrees, trace of new snow that fell before daylight, measured 6″ total snow on the ground (lost an inch.) Fresh fox tracks in the old slushy snow, a couple of pine squirrels sounding off this morning. Nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Cloudy and warm today, high 40 degrees, more melting (there is less than 2″ of snow left from the 4″ we received during Thursday’s storm.) Cloudy evening. Clearing during the night.

Sunday (Jan 14) overnight low of 24 degrees, almost clear sky this morning. Measured 5.5″ of old snow on the flat, some open ground under trees in the forest. Chickadees, jays, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting. Pine squirrel was a bit late to the feeders today. Very light traffic, quiet day. Warm afternoon, high 43 degrees, snow melting off roofs and dripping like crazy. Clear evening, temps dropping with the sun.

Idaho News:

2018 McCall Winter Carnival

KTVB January 12, 2018

McCall, Idaho – The always-popular McCall Winter Carnival returns to the Central Idaho mountain community for its 53rd year, bringing with it all sorts of fun and excitement for the entire family. The 2018 edition of McCall’s signature event runs from Friday, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Feb. 4.

Each year tens of thousands of visitors are treated to parades, dozens of larger-than-life snow sculptures and breathtaking firework shows over Payette Lake.

Organizers have a full slate of family-friendly activities planned this year (see the schedule of events below). New in 2018 is the McCall Ultra Sled Dog Challenge. This Iditarod qualifier race will span a 200-mile course throughout Valley County.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating another year of the McCall Winter Carnival,” Winter Carnival chair McKenzie Kraemer said. “The City of McCall has gathered together to create a memorable experience that keeps visitors coming back year after year, and we are so proud of our community.”

The theme of this year’s Carnival is “There’s ‘Snow’ Place Like Home” – a celebration of all that is special about the region of Idaho known as the West Central Mountains.

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Charges dropped in Lake Cascade campground shooting

Suspect said he acted in self-defense in Sept. 8 incident

By Tom Grote for The Star-News January 11, 2017

Charges will be dropped against a Nampa man in the Sept. 8 shooting death of a California man at a campground on Lake Cascade, Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Brockmann said Tuesday.

Charges will be dismissed against Christopher Humes, 47, Nampa, in the shooting death of William “Tinker” Brasuell, 45, San Diego, Calif., at the French Creek Campground west of Cascade.

“I have determined there is not sufficient evidence to meet my prosecutorial burden,” Brockmann said.

Results from a four-month investigation by the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and a ballistics expert from Illinois supported a claim by Humes that he acted in self-defense, she said.

“However the only persons who truly know what happened is the defendant and the deceased,” Brockmann said.

Humes was charged with aggravated battery following the shooting, which happened about 1:30 a.m. An autopsy found Brasuell had been shot once in the chest.

Humes told investigators that he fired three shots at Brasuell with a .380 handgun after Brasuell attacked him, court documents said.

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Grant to train four health-care workers, one firefighter in Cascade

By Tom Grote for The Star-News January 11, 2017

A $17,907 state grant from the Idaho Department of Labor will train four health care workers and one volunteer firefighter in Cascade.

The West Central Mountains Economic Development Council was awarded the Idaho Labor Micro-Grant to partially cover tuition costs for three certified nurse assistants and paramedic training, council Executive Director Andrew Mentzer said.

The grant also will provide physician assistant and paramedic training for a fire district volunteer firefighter along with books, supplies and administration costs.

An objective of the grant is to eliminate travel outside Valley County for the training, which will be supported online by the College of Western Idaho, the National Medical and Education Training Center in Massachusetts and Creighton University in Nebraska, Mentzer said.

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Snowmobilers arrive for holiday, but trails begin to suffer

By Max Silverson for The Star-News January 11, 2017

Snowmobiling was a popular option in Valley County over the holidays despite a lackluster snow year.

But if the snow doesn’t come soon, even the most resilient routes could become impassible, according to those with an interest in snowmobiling in the area.

“We’re running out of snow,” Valley County Parks and Recreation Director Larry Laxson said. Trails at lower elevations are in poor condition, Laxson said.

Valley County grooms around 400 miles of snowmobile trails with six groomers, and maintains eight parking lots for snowmobile access.

Only the Fish Lake and Red Ridge areas near Donnelly and McCall have yet to be opened due to lack of snow.

More trails could be taken off the grooming list if no new snow arrives, Laxson said.

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Nordic trails not the best, but better than elsewhere

By Max Silverson and Tom Grote for The Star-News January 11, 2017

With less than average snowfall beleaguering the region, Nordic skiing in Valley County remains one of the more resilient options for outdoor winter recreation.

As of last week, Ponderosa State Park in McCall had received one-quarter of the amount of snow on its 13 miles of Nordic trails as it received at the same time last year, Park Ranger Terri Bryant said.

The trails located on the park’s roads and bicycle trails were passable, including Easy Does It, Lower Lakeside, Thread the Needle, Fox Run and Northern Lights, Bryant said.

However, off-road trails were difficult to navigate due to brush, she said.

“When we groomed right before Christmas everything was starting to look really nice,” Bryant said. “Then it rained and we lost six to eight inches.”

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Brundage, Tamarack happy despite decreased snow levels

By Tom Grote for The Star-News January 11, 2017

Despite the lack of white stuff, the operators of Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack Resort are not feeling the blues about the winter – so far.

Both resorts reported strong business despite less-than-optimal snowpacks that had skiers watching out for rocks, brush and dirt along the trails.

Trails on Brundage Mountain near McCall “have some thin spots” but all six lifts were operating and all 1,920 acres of the resort were open, resort spokesperson April Whitney said.

“If you look around the West, there are only a handful of resorts that have all terrain and all lifts open like Brundage does,” Whitney said. “So, comparatively, we are doing quite well.”

On Wednesday, Brundage reported snow depths of between 29 inches and 39 inches.

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Early winter snowpack levels are concerning

by Nathan Larsen Monday, January 8th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — Only three weeks into the winter season and our snowpack levels are off to a poor start in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon. If you look at the numbers, most water basins within our region are below 70% of normal in southwest Idaho, or below 50% of normal for Southeast Oregon. The only areas that are seeing closer to average snowfall amounts are in the panhandle and parts of eastern Idaho. As a whole, Idaho is roughly 77% of normal, Oregon 42%, the snow water equivalent percent of normal represents the current snow water equivalent found at selected SNOTEL sites in or near the basin compared to the average value for those sites on this day. These values are derived from median snowpack levels ranging from 1981-2010.

Limited snowfall has been devastating for local ski resorts. Most resorts remain limited on available terrain to open up or, in some cases, nearly shutting down altogether until more snow arrives. Looking ahead this week, we do have a few storms that will bring additional snowfall to the region. At this point, neither storm looks very impressive but any additional snowfall is helpful. Models suggest some areas could see up to a foot of new snowfall through Friday at some of the ski resorts. I know it’s still early in the winter season and the pattern could still change in favor of healthy mountain snowpack, but we desperately need to build up our supply to meet our water demands in the warmer months.

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Thursday’s storm delivers in a big way for many Idaho ski areas

by Deni Hawkins Friday, January 12th 2018

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) — In case you’re not one of those people (like myself) who religiously checks in on the snow stake cameras and web links at our local ski areas every time it snows, (or potentially could snow), don’t worry: I’m here to help! We’re waking to fresh snow in Idaho’s mountains!

Whether or not you ski, (and yes, even if this whole ‘winter’ thing isn’t your cup of tea), the reality is that our mountains have been hurting for more snow this winter. Many SNOTEL sites in Idaho (where snowpack is measured) were reporting near-record low or record low values for early January just a few days ago. Thursday’s storm though, helped give our mountains a big boost (although we still need more if we want to be “sitting pretty” compared to our average snowfall for this time of year).

Here’s a look at what’s called a snowfall analysis of how much snow fell in certain areas across the state in the last 24 hours.

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Idaho snowmobiler presumed dead after avalanche

1/11/18 AP

Idaho Falls, Idaho — Authorities say an eastern Idaho man missing since he was caught in an avalanche Wednesday afternoon is now presumed dead.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says emergency workers received a report at 5 p.m. Wednesday that a snowmobile rider was caught in an avalanche near Mount Jefferson in the Centennial Mountains of Island Park. Other people snowmobiling with him tried to find the man but were unsuccessful, as were members of the Fremont County Search and Rescue organization.

The search was called off Wednesday evening because of poor snow conditions, the weather and the length of time that had passed since the avalanche.

Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries says the man was from Idaho Falls, and his name will be released once family members are notified.

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Kootenai County officials find missing snowmobiler

1/12/18 AP

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — Officials in Kootenai County have located a snowmobiler who was reported missing on Thursday evening.

The sheriff’s office says 62-year-old Fredrick Goodwin of Rathdrum was found around 8:40 a.m. Friday by searchers.

Goodwin was on foot when found.

The sheriff’s office says he was cold, wet and tired and suffering from the onset of hypothermia. Medical personnel treated him at the scene.

Goodwin was snowmobiling in the Panhandle National Forest on Thursday when he became separated from his party.

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Flu-related deaths continue to climb in Idaho

Morgan Boydston, KTVB January 10, 2018

The flu is nasty this year. It’s early in the season and already 23 flu-related deaths have been reported in Idaho.

In an average flu season, public health officials say that’s the total number of deaths.

It’s so bad that a school district in north Idaho had to shut its doors. Kellogg School District announced Wednesday night that they’re closing schools and buildings and suspending activities for the rest of the week because of a flu outbreak. They want staff and students to stay home, rest and get treated while the district deep-cleans buildings.

… But across the state, the illness is aggressive – particularly in northern Idaho, and particularly in people over 50 years of age.

… Pedersen says ten new flu-related deaths were reported to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in the last week, bringing the total reported deaths to 23 so far this flu season.

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Idaho landline fund loses revenue as cellphone use increases

1/11/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — A state fund that helps keep phone landlines affordable for rural Idaho residents is losing revenue as more people switch to cellphones.

The Idaho Statesman reports the Idaho Public Utilities Commission is figuring out how to keep the state fund solvent as it loses revenue that’s acquired by surcharges on landline bills.

The Universal Service Fund was established in 1988 to ensure reasonable landline rates by subsidizing eight small phone companies.

The commission doubled the surcharge fee in September as the number of landlines continued dropping. The surcharges don’t apply to cellphones or internet-based phones.

The commission says the fund is unsustainable even with the higher fees.

The commission says it has scheduled two workshops in coming weeks to discuss the issue with industry representatives and the public.


Public Lands:

Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest Intends to Submit Grant Proposal to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Lowman, Idaho, Jan. 9, 2018
Contact: Lowman Ranger District Mathue Fasching (208) 259-3361

The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to help with trail improvements and maintenance used by recreational users.

The different applications will request funding through the Departments Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV) and Motor Bike (MBR).

* MBR/ ORMV funds would be used to maintain trails on the North Zone of the Boise National Forest. These trails receive heavy summer usage from motor bike enthusiasts. This grant proposes to address culvert placements, signage, brushing and heavy tread maintenance needs.

* The second MBR/ORMV grant fund would be used for Deadwood Ridge Trail that were severely burned by the 2016 Pioneer Fire. The project would replace several bridges on the Deadwood Ridge Trail and restore use to a trail that is a favorite recreation destination for the Treasure Valley. This work would start in 2019.

All grant proposals will improve the visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. This will also help sustain the capital investment of the trail treads. If received, implementation of the grants would begin in late summer of 2018.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Mathue Fasching, Lowman Ranger District, 7539 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83631, or by calling 208-259-3361.
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BLM waives most day use fees in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Local News 8 – Jan 13, 2018

The Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15, 2018.

“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public lands heritage,” said Brain Steed, BLM Deputy Director. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community. Our fee-free days are a way to encourage our neighbors to enjoy a family outing while reflecting on the American values that have made America great.”

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM-managed recreation sites and areas will be waived for the day. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use and use of special areas will remain in effect.

The BLM will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on four additional occasions this year— Presidents Day (February 19), National Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

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BLM Advisory Council to meet in January

Date: January 12, 2018
Contact: Michael Williamson (208) 384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management today announced it will hold a meeting of the Boise District Resource Advisory Council, demonstrating that partnerships and inclusion are vital to managing sustainable, working public lands. The public is welcome to attend the meeting which will occur on January 30, 2017 at 3948 Development Ave., Boise, ID, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Planned agenda items at the meeting will be the Four Rivers Field Office Resource Management Plan scoping comments review, Wild Horse and Burro program, travel management planning, Soda Fire rehabilitation, Tri-State fuel break project, and other field office updates.

“The RAC represents diverse public interests and provides invaluable input for managing our public lands,” said District Manager Lara Douglas. “Their feedback helps us make more informed decisions, resulting in better projects on the ground.”

A half-hour comment period, during which the public may address the RAC, will begin at 11 a.m. Depending on the number of people wishing to comment and time available, the amount of time for individual oral comments may be limited.

Resource Advisory Councils are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in the communities we serve. The 15-member RAC provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on resource and land management issues within the BLM Boise District.

For more information about the upcoming RAC meeting, please contact Mike Williamson at (208) 384-3393 or
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USFS Regional Intermountain Newsletter



Critter News:

Pet Talk – Hyperthyroidism in cats and dogs

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 01/12/2018 – IME

Hyperthyroidism is an excess of circulating thyroid hormones. It results in a high metabolic rate, which causes changes in the heart and kidneys and causes marked weight loss. It also causes severe hypertension that can cause serious problems in the eyes

In dogs, hyperthyroidism is almost always caused by a malignant tumor of the thyroid gland, which must be surgically removed.

In cats, the cause of this disorder is unknown. There are two thyroid glands, one on either side of the larynx (voice box). In many hyperthyroid cats, one or both glands become overactive or enlarged. They commonly form benign tumors, or adenomas. In 1-2 percent of cats, a cancerous tumor forms.

Most cats are middle-age, 12-13 years old, at time of onset. Signs are often gradual in onset and include weight loss despite an increased appetite. Most cats are hyperactive and vocalize excessively.

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Mountain Lion Sightings [McCall] – Be on alert

Over the past 3 weeks, IDFG has received several reports of mountain lion sightings in McCall.

A message from Regan Berkley, IDFG Regional Wildlife Manager 1/11/18

Mountain lions occur throughout Idaho, but sightings are rare because the animals make their living by being secretive and cautious. It is likely that mountain lions move through McCall fairly often; however, these movements are typically at night and go unobserved.

Mountain lions may be drawn to McCall partly because of the large town deer herd. Deer are mountain lions’ primary prey species. Although McCall is not naturally winter range for deer, both landscaping plants and intentional deer feeding throughout town keep many deer in town through winter. IDFG strongly discourages feeding deer in town to avoid attracting predators, among other reasons.

Mountain lion attacks are even rarer than sightings, but keeping yourself informed and prepared is the best way to avoid a confrontation.

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Mountain lion spotted near Ada County trails

KTVB January 11, 2018

Ada County — The Ada County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to be careful after a mountain lion was spotted near popular nature trails in southern Ada County.

The big cat was seen Wednesday in the Hubbard Reservoir Area, not far from the intersection of Hubbard and Stewart roads. Deputies searched the area and did not find the cougar, but did come upon fresh tracks.

Mountain lions have been responsible for a number of attacks on dogs or other pets in the Treasure Valley area in recent years.

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Sheriff’s office says use caution after reported mountain lion sighting in Pocatello

By Misty Inglet Jan 13, 2018 – Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to use caution after a reported mountain lion sighting Friday night.

The sheriff’s office said a man reported seeing a mountain lion near Portneuf and Fort Hall Mine roads. The man was not attacked or hurt.

Officers later searched the area but could not find the mountain lion.

The sheriff’s office said to be cautious and alert, and if you do see a mountain lion, report it to local law enforcement.

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US says snow-loving lynx no longer need special protection

By Matthew Brown – 1/12/18 AP

Wildlife officials in the United States declared Canada lynx recovered on Thursday and said the snow-loving wild cats no longer need special protections following steps to preserve their habitat.

The Fish and Wildlife Service said it will begin drafting a rule to revoke the lynx’s threatened listing across the Lower 48 state under the Endangered Species Act. Wildlife advocates said they would challenge the move in court.

First imposed in 2000, the threatened designation has interrupted numerous logging and road building projects on federal lands, frustrating industry groups and Western lawmakers.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week January 2018
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Wyoming man pays fine for illegally shooting wolf

AP Jan 11, 2018

Jackson, Wyo. (AP) – A Rock Springs man paid $1,290 in fines after authorities say he illegally shot a wolf in western Wyoming and attempted to conceal the animal from a game warden.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports 30-year-old Clinton Blake settled the poaching case with a Teton County court last month after he was cited for hunting during a closed season, failure to tag an animal and shooting from a roadway.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden Jon Stephens says he intercepted the man driving a pickup truck after he was tipped off about suspected poaching last month.

Stephens says the man admitted to the poaching after Stephens saw the dead wolf in a box in the truck.

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Authorities link southern Oregon wolf pack to another kill

1/11/18 AP

Butte Falls, Ore. — Authorities say another calf was found dead on the same ranch in southwestern Oregon where the Rogue Pack of wolves was linked to killing a calf last week.

The Mail Tribune reports U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel were installing wolf deterrents on the ranch near Medco Pond when they found the carcass Wednesday morning.

Authorities say wolf prints were found at the kill scene and a tracking collar places the young female wolf OR-54 near the scene earlier that morning.

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Wolf hearing gets off to tense start

1/10/18 AP

Madison, Wis. — The Latest on a bill that would end state wolf management (all times local):

… A legislative committee is set to take comments on a Republican bill that would end the state’s efforts to manage wolves.

The Assembly’s natural resources committee was set to hold what promises to be a charged public hearing on the measure Wednesday.

The bill would prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from spending any money to manage wolves other than to reimburse people for depredation. State law enforcement officers would be barred from enforcing any federal or state law relating to wolf management or that prohibits killing wolves.

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Conservationists line up against ending wolf management

By Todd Richmond – 1/10/18 AP

Madison, Wis. — Conservationists pushed back Wednesday against a bill that would end state wolf management efforts and bar state police from investigating wolf poaching, saying the measure will open the door to indiscriminate wolf hunts and won’t help get the animals off the federal endangered species list.

The bill will create a perception that hunting wolves is permissible even though the practice would remain illegal under both state and federal law, they said during an Assembly natural resources committee hearing. And they warned that wolf advocacy groups will seize on the legislation to argue to Congress that Wisconsin can’t manage wolves and the animals should remain on the endangered species list.

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US senator proposes ending protections for Mexican gray wolf

By Susan Montoya Bryan – 1/8/18 AP

A wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico would be removed from the list of federally protected species under legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake.

The Arizona Republican introduced the measure last week. He’s a critic of the Mexican gray wolf recovery plan that was adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in November, calling it a regulatory nightmare for ranchers and rural communities.

“I plan to continue my efforts to push for real recovery that takes into account the needs of the local stakeholders most impacted by this policy,” Flake said in a statement Monday.

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Pack of wolves in Romania filmed by surveillance camera

1/10/18 AP

Bucharest, Romania — Romanian forestry officials have released footage of a wolf pack caught on surveillance camera in central Romania.

The rare sighting of six wolves walking in a line in snowy forest in the Piatra Craiului National Park was filmed recently by forestry authorities.

Forestry spokesman Robert Pache told The Associated Press on Wednesday: “We haven’t always had the infrastructure, but we’ve always had large carnivores and now the world can see them.”

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 1/12/2018

France approves cull to save sheep
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Restoration of protections for Yellowstone grizzlies urged

1/8/18 AP

Billings, Mont. — Conservationists and a Montana Indian tribe have asked a judge to restore protections for Yellowstone-area grizzly bears in light of a recent ruling in a case involving Great Lakes wolves.

The request by three conservation groups and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe was lodged on Monday in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

Federal officials in December announced a review of their July 31 decision to lift protections for an estimated 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. The review was prompted by the Great Lakes wolf ruling, which indicated in part that more consideration needed to be given to a species’ loss of historical territory.

Attorneys for the conservation groups and tribe say the grizzly review is being improperly used as an after-the-fact justification for lifting protections.

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Wolverine Winter Recreation Research Project: Investing the interactions between wolverines and winter recreation.

1/13/2018 PNF (FB)

The Payette National Forest was one of several collaborators supporting a five-year study (2010-2015) that evaluated the effects of winter recreation on wolverines.

Over the course of six winters, and in four study areas, researchers led by Round River Conservation Studies collared and monitored 24 individual wolverines and collected >54,000 GPS locations. Wolverines were exposed to a variety of winter recreation activities and 5,899 GPS tracks were also collected from volunteer backcountry recreationists.

Wolverines responded negatively to increased intensity of recreation, with off-road or dispersed recreation eliciting the strongest responses. Wolverines are proposed for listing under the ESA and study results will help guide management decisions for backcountry recreation on Forest Service lands. Please follow this link for more information:
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Third poaching of moose in 3 years reported in Nevada

1/9/18 AP

Jarbidge, Nev. — Nevada game wardens are investigating the illegal killing of a moose near the Nevada-Idaho line — the third poaching of a moose in Nevada over the last three years.

State wildlife officials said Tuesday a citizen discovered the carcass Dec. 25 about 20 miles southeast of Jarbidge.

Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward.

Game warden Fred Esparza says the moose was killed in a visible area near O’Neil Basin Road and the Sun Creek access road so it’s possible someone saw a hunter or an ATV nearby.

He says the moose killed earlier were shot by hunters who thought they were elk and self-reported the incidents. But this time, the animal’s head had been cut off and a large portion of meat taken.

State wildlife officials estimate there’s between 25 and 40 moose now living in Nevada.

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Court OKs killing a type of owl to see effect on other owls

1/10/18 AP

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a plan by wildlife officials to kill one type of owl to study its effect on another type of owl.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the experiment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t violate a federal law aimed at protecting migratory birds. The court says that law doesn’t prevent killing one species to advance the scientific understanding of another.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by advocacy groups Friends of Animals and Predator Defense challenging the agency’s plan to kill barred owls to assess their effect on the threatened northern spotted owl. The barred owl may be displacing the spotted owl in the Northwest.

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Decline of salmon also impacts salmon genetics

By Chad Sokol – 1/12/18 AP

Spokane, Wash. — As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too.

But until recently, the theory hadn’t been tested. Ancient salmon bones are hard to come by, and it’s even harder to extract workable DNA samples from them.

“Science finally caught up with what we already believed and allowed us to test it,” said Bobbi Johnson, the lead author of a new Washington State University study that raises concerns about the Chinooks’ ability to respond to environmental change.

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US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

By Michael Biesecker – 1/12/18 AP

Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas.

The National Marine Fisheries Service issued its new biological opinion on three organophosphate pesticides — chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion — after a yearslong court fight by environmental groups. At the urging of pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration had sought a two-year delay of a court-ordered deadline to issue the findings by the end of 2017, but it was unsuccessful.

The exhaustive 3,700-page federal review , dated Dec. 29, concludes that chlorpyrifos and malathion jeopardize 38 out of the 77 species under the jurisdiction of the fisheries service and that diazinon was found to jeopardize 25 of the listed species.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
January 12, 2018
Issue No. 858
Table of Contents

* Council Hears Rundown On Ocean Conditions Impact On Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead

* Oregon U.S. District Court Affirms Spill For Fish Plan; Final Decision Still With Appeals Court

* Plaintiffs In Spill For Fish Case File Reply Briefs In Ninth Circuit; Oral Arguments In March

* Long-Term Idaho Salmon Supplementation Study Delivers Mixed Results; Not A Stand-Alone Recovery Tool

* WSU Research Shows Dramatic Decline In Genetic Diversity Of Columbia/Snake Chinook Salmon

* Corps Extends Comment Period For Detroit Dam Juvenile Salmon Fish Passage EIS

* Federal Program Killing Beavers In Oregon Suspended To Assess Impact On ESA-Listed Salmon, Steelhead

* Uncertain Water Supply Forecast Results In Cautious Dworshak Operation Changes

* Council Approves Posting On Website Pilot Toxics Contaminant Map For Columbia River

* NOAA Fisheries Releases Draft Recovery Plan For California’s Green Sturgeon

* NW Power/Conservation Council Taps Idaho’s Yost As New Chairman, Montana’s Anders Vice-Chair

* National Academies Announce Climate Communications Initiative, Appoints Advisory Committee

Fish & Game News:

Public’s Help Sought in Deer Poaching Case

By Evin Oneale, Regional Conservation Educator
Monday, January 8, 2018

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of a large mule deer buck. The poaching incident likely occurred during the weekend of January 6th.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day.

Responding to the initial report, Fish and Game conservation officer Ben Cadwallader found the carcass of a large buck mule deer just one-half mile east of Arrowrock Dam off of the Middle Fork Boise River Road. “Based on the condition of the carcass, the deer was likely shot either this past Friday or Saturday,” Cadwallader said. The deer hunting season closed more than two months ago in this area.

Evidence was collected at the scene, but Cadwallader hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or others who have knowledge of the poaching incident. “I am very interested in visiting with anyone who has information regarding this poached deer,” Cadwallader noted.

In addition to the CAP hotline, persons with information regarding this case may also contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 weekdays and Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550 on weekends.

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Bull elk remains found on side of road, IDFG reports antlers removed with hatchet or axe

Local News 8 – Jan 12, 2018

Saint Charles, Idaho (KIFI/KIKDK) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game is looking for information about bull elk remains discovered on January 6 up Saint Charles Canyon near Saint Charles, Idaho, in Bear Lake County.

According to IDFG, all edible portions of meat had been taken from the animal, and the antlers had been removed with what appeared to be a hatchet or axe. The bull was dumped off the side of the road at the Cache National Forest boundary, approximately 100 yards from a US Forest Service entrance sign.

Officials said based on evidence at the site, there appeared to be significant shooting activity after the bull elk was dumped.

The bull elk was killed during an antlerless only muzzleloader elk hunt officials said.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Elk Herd Throws Raucus Pool Party in Beaver Pond

by David Smith Wide Open Spaces

The camera that Scott Root set up at this beaver pond captured some truly amazing footage of an elk herd rushing into the water.

The quality of the image and audio are outstanding. However, the herd of mostly cows and calves almost sounds like a herd of cats or birds.

It’s a typical day at the pool, with the youngsters wanting to jump in, a couple of teenagers competing with each other and the adults just drinking and quietly soaking in the water. What’s most intriguing to me is the calling this herd of elk engage in. With all the loud vocalizations, there’s clearly some intense conversation going on here.

It’s also worth noting this is a beaver pond. Beavers and the ponds their dams create provide a great service to other wildlife, often creating complex mini-ecosystems.

This clip has it all, with a bit of suspense and even a surprise ending, so watch until the end! You’ll undoubtedly smile at how it all ends.

[h/t Deadwood Outfitters]
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Elk Calf in puddle


Tips & Advice:

Waddling like a penguin may help you stay safe on the ice

by Gabi Warwick, WKEF/WRGT Monday, January 8th 2018

With the cold temperatures and dangers of refreezing, the possibility of falling on the ice is very real.

To protect yourself, fire officials recommend walking like a penguin. They said waddling increases your center of gravity, so spread your feet out slightly and take small steps.

… “The other thing is to keep your hands out,” Kimberly Hannahan with the department said, “because hands help with balance. Granted if you’re going to fall, you want to do the tuck and roll, but keeping your hands out is going to help with your balance and center of gravity.”

full story:

Seasonal History:

The Winter Of ’49

Dealing with the record setting winter of 1949 on the Palouse. Plowing out stranded travelers, digging out farm lanes, farm kids making the best of the situation, a snowy road trip filmed through the windshield of a ’48 Pontiac.


Seasonal Humor:



Jan 7, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 7, 2018 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Village News:

New Yellow Pine Baby!

The Huber family welcomed baby Freya at 10:40 a.m. on Jan. 3 – the first baby girl born at St. Luke’s McCall in 2018.

She weighed seven pounds six ounces and is 19.8″ long. Freya joins her sister Skadi, and parents Heather and Matt of Yellow Pine.


Pictured with Freya are attending physician Dr. Julie Welty St. Luke’s Clinic-Payette Lakes Family Medicine and obstetric registered nurse Mandi Johnson. A special gift basket was given to the family from an anonymous donor.

Welcome Freya!

source: The Star-News Tom Grote
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Ski Race Jan 27

The ski race will be at noon on the 27th. Meet at the community center at 11:55 for course, which will depend on snow conditions.

Chili Contest Jan 27

Heat Up Winter in Yellow Pine. Chili Contest & 1$ Chili Feed Saturday January 27th at 2pm at the Community Hall. Questions? Contact Kathy Hall 633-6270. Donations go toward Community Hall maintenance.
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Last Wednesday’s Doings

Photo of loading the dump truck on main street December 17th.
(courtesy Lynn)
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Up coming events in February. February 4th Superbowl Sunday Party. February 17th Pie Contest. February 18th Cross Country Ski Race.

Watch all of your favorite sports on our Big Screen TV at the Yellow Pine Tavern. Featuring Football. Open 9am to 8pm (or later on game nights.) Juke box is up and going!
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The Corner

The Corner is closed for the season. Stop by if you need wood permits. We will reopen after we have the baby.
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Boot Cleat Season

We have had a warm up and some rain, then a cold snap, so things are getting really slick for pedestrians and drivers alike. We have tried nubbins, chains, wires and highly recommend cleats.

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Winter Water Advice

To help prevent frozen water, avoid parking over buried water lines, allow the natural snow cover to insulate the ground. Driving over the lines will also push the frost deeper and can result in frozen pipes. Also, don’t plow the snow over where water lines are buried, and avoid covering up water shut off valves.
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Be Predator Aware

Reports of coyote, bobcat and fox activity and tracks in and around the village (fresh fox tracks this week.) Keep an eye on small dogs and cats and please don’t leave pet food outdoors. Unsecured garbage is also an attractant.
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2018 Fest

The 2018 festival T-shirt contest is now open! All entries must include the year (2018) and the festival name “Yellow Pine Festival” in the design Entries must be received by Friday, May 18th, 2018. The prize for the winning design is $100! Multiple designs by the same artist can be sent in.

Hint: these shirts are screen prints, simpler designs stand out better. Submit your entry by email to Marj Fields at fieldsmarjie @
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YPFD News:

Winter Fire Safety Tips

Keep your chimney clean to prevent flue fires. Make sure your smoke detector is working. Never leave a portable electric heater unattended. Fire extinguishers should be charged, visible and easily accessible.

There are YPFD T-shirts, as well as YPFD patches and stickers for sale at the Tavern now.

Training will resume in the spring.
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VYPA News:

Next meeting June 2018
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Winter Propane Tips

Keep the snow cleared around propane lines and pipes leading from your tank to the house. The weight of snow sliding off roofs can cause leaks that can result in fire. Make sure you have a CO detector with working batteries.

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

Diamond Fuel & Feed carries bales of pine shavings for warm pet bedding. Arnolds will deliver to Yellow Pine. Give them a call to set up an account. They also carry Diamond brand dog food. 208-382-4430
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Local Observations:

Monday (Jan 1) overnight low of 5 degrees, clear sky this morning with heavy frost. Measured 7″ snow on the ground. Lots of chickadees and nuthatches, a female hairy woodpecker and a brown tree creeper visiting. Steller jays and pine squirrel also visited later. Beautiful clear blue sky over snowy mountains today, very quiet. Some high haze by late afternoon, tinted pink by the sunset, high 35 degrees. A cow elk was standing in the neighbor’s pasture. Hazy sky at moonrise. Clear before midnight, very bright full moon.

Tuesday (Jan 2) overnight low of 6 degrees, clear sky this morning, light frost. Chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Fresh fox tracks on the crusty snow. Some high wispy clouds by early afternoon, lots of sunshine and icicles melting, high 35 degrees. Quiet day except for a lone snowmobile. Still light out at 530pm. Hazy moon up by 8pm.

Wednesday (Jan 3) not as cold last night, temps in the 20’s this morning and mostly cloudy. Measured 6.5″ snow on the ground. Lots of birds visiting, nuthatches, chickadees, 3 jays and a female hairy woodpecker. Hear a raven off in the distance, and saw a couple of pine squirrels chasing each other around. Cloudy quiet afternoon, high 37 degrees. Clearing during the night and a small halo around the moon.

Thursday (Jan 4) overnight low of 14 degrees, then clouds moved in before sunup, 6.5″ old snow. Several nuthatches and chickadees visiting this morning. Warmed up above freezing in the early afternoon, icicles dripping and growing, high 36 degrees. The tree wells are getting larger, but not much melting in the open flat. Quiet day, very little traffic. Cloudy evening. Temperature warmed up during the night.

Friday (Jan 5) above freezing this morning and overcast. Measured 6″ old snow. Red-breasted nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Fresh fox tracks from last night. Breaks in the clouds during the day and warmer than normal, high 41 degrees. Quiet afternoon, very light traffic. Still above freezing after dark. Sprinkles of rain during the night.

Saturday (Jan 6) overnight low of 32 degrees, foggy low clouds – ridges socked in to the valley floor, misting so lightly my coat didn’t get wet, and VERY SLICK icy paths. Measured 5.5″ old snow. A raven calling from the foggy forest this morning and lots of chickadees and nuthatches at the feeders. Later a couple of jays and the pine squirrel stopped by. Warmer than normal temps and a bit breezy early afternoon, melting snow, high 41 degrees. A lot of bare ground showing under the trees in the forest this afternoon. Partly clear to the west at sunset, a bit of gold and pink to the clouds and reflected on the snow. Cloudy after dark.

Sunday (Jan 7) overnight low of 29 degrees, mostly cloudy, warm and breezy this morning (37F at 1030am), measured 5″ of old snow on the ground. Lots of birds, chickadees, nuthatches, and a couple of jays, heard a raven calling to the north and a flicker flew overhead calling “wika-wika”. Pine squirrel visiting. Cloudy and warm this afternoon, snow melting, high 43 degrees. Very quiet day, faint sound of a chainsaw in the distance. Cloudy at sundown and still above freezing. Quiet evening.

2017 Yellow Pine Year in Review

Stories and headlines from The Yellow Pine Times Jan-Dec 2017

Jan 1, 2017
Our streets have been plowed by local volunteers, snow packed with a couple inches loose snow on top. December [2016] has been a bit colder than normal, it only got above freezing eight times, four mornings we had single digits and below zero temperatures on six mornings. The average high temp was 29 degrees and the average low was 5 degrees. There has been 36.9 inches of snow fall and down here on the flat by the school there is 16″ total snow on the ground.

Jan 4, 2017
No Mail on Wednesday
The mail truck from Boise had trouble getting through to Cascade on Wednesday morning due to the storm, so the mail run to Yellow Pine was cancelled. The storm missed Yellow Pine and slammed the Treasure Valley.

Jan 9, 2017
Bad Roads & Snow Slides Monday
Our mail truck driver (Robert) had a tough day on Monday, January 9th. He was 2 hours late getting to Yellow Pine. He said there were snow slides all along the South Fork road. He said he shoveled through a couple of them, but was about to turn around and go back at a slide too big to shovel by himself (deeper than he is tall.) The Midas Gold crew showed up headed into Stibnite, 11 guys and 8 shovels dug a path through the slide enough to get the trucks through. Robert said he also had to cut out a 3 foot diameter ponderosa pine that fell in the road. Then he said he encountered more snow slides all the rest of the way into Yellow Pine on the East Fork road.
Found this report from the Payette Avalanche Center posted Jan. 10th: “We also had a third hand report yesterday of approximately 7 avalanches on the road going to the Stibnite mine near Yellow Pine.”

Jan 11, 2017
Snomageddon Wednesday
Snowed Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning Yellow Pine had received 10″ new snow in 24 hours, giving us 25″ of snow on the ground. The county plow truck made it to Yellow Pine ahead of the mail truck. Neighbors with snow plows have been hard at work all day Wednesday to get the deep snow off many side roads.

Jan 22, 2017
Quiet Week
Not much to report this week. We had below zero temperatures early in the week. It warmed up and rained mid-week adding nearly half an inch of water to almost 2 feet of snow.

Jan 29, 2017
Snow Loads
Since the first of December Yellow Pine has received 54.7″ of snow plus over 1.5″ of rain. The snow soaked up the rain and has compressed down to 22″ deep on the ground. Some roofs are still holding the full snow loads. Snow is layered and crusty, medium and low slope roofs have not slid.

Jan 30, 2017
You never know who will stop in YP and ask for directions.

Tuesday Jan 30 photo by Dick Filler Photography
Watching a helicopter land on main street in Yellow Pine was quite a surprise and even more so when it happened twice in one day. According to eye-witness accounts the helicopter was contracted by F&G to count elk in the area. He finished his job early and was to meet fuel truck and crew at the F&G station. Jim, the pilot, decided to drop in to Yellow Pine to get directions and a couple of local ladies were happy to help.
The helicopter took off and headed up Johnson Creek, but the crew had not arrived yet, so he flew back to Yellow Pine and “parked” on the side of the road to wait.

Second landing photo by Dick Filler Photography
By the time Jeff, the fuel truck driver arrived late that afternoon, the locals had already made sure the pilot had something to eat, a place to stay, notified F&G as to his whereabouts, and his ‘chopper plugged in to keep warm. The whole crew spent the night here, and left early the next morning to continue counting elk.

Feb 1, 2017
Keep your dogs close! A heads up sent out on Wednesday (Feb 1) at 845pm saying wolves were reported close to the center of the village.

Feb 8, 2017
Wolf howling near the village again on Wednesday morning and late afternoon. Once in a while a local dog would howl back at it. Wolf howling across the river on Saturday morning.

Feb 10, 2017
Avalanche and Mudslides – Road Closed to Yellow Pine

The East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River Road was closed on Thursday (9th) due to an avalanche, cleared by 8pm, then closed again on Friday (10th) due to numerous mudslides. “There are numerous large trees and lots of rock in the slides, and on both sides of the road. The road has washed out in places and been eroded with water and mud and debris.” Dave headed out with the backhoe and worked Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday by himself. A Midas Gold track-hoe was walked down from the mine and headed out to help Sunday afternoon. By Monday afternoon they had cleared a “jeep trail” and we got a report that the road was “sort of open” – 4×4 and caution required.
Many thanks to Dave McClintock and Chuck Eilers from Midas Gold for getting a path carved through 22 mud slides on the EFSF road.
There were no slides between YP and Stibnite.

Feb 14, 2017
Wolves Still Around
Heard more than one wolf howling off in the distance Tuesday afternoon. (And again Wednesday morning.)

Feb 25, 2017
Yellow Pine Valley County Centennial Celebration Feb 25
Ski Race
Organized by The Corner and started at noon.
The race was fun, we had seven racers if you count Skadi (Matt pulled her in her ski stroller). My Dad did the count down to start. David Amos won and Matt came in second, Skadi was third place behind her dad. I think everyone took a tumble at least once. At the finish Matt and David were neck and neck then David wiped out and took Matt out with him, David was able to get up faster and sprinted to the finish.
Pie Contest
Held at the Yellow Pine Tavern at 1pm. There were a total of 8 entries (and many tasters!)
Bonfire with Commissioner Bill Willey
Commissioner Bill Willey was joined by approximately 15 Yellow Pine residents and Midas Gold employees at the lighting of the centennial bonfire.

March 7, 2017
Midas Gold Sonic Drill
The sonic drill pulled into town Tuesday evening. They will be heading up to Stibnite Wednesday.

March 17, 2017
St. Patrick’s Potluck
Great potluck at the Tavern today. Thanks, Lorrine, for the cornedbeef and cabbage and for hosting. Good food; good friends; good conversation!

March 18, 2017

Had the luck of the Irish with us yesterday. Our driller, while driving to Yellow Pine, picked up a passenger at mile 8. 8 600-1300 lbs boulders came down the hill. He was so lucky and the fact that he was driving alone. The F250 took all the damage and provided him a place to hide when the rest of the boulders came down. H&H towing came from Cascade last night and around 10 pm got the truck loaded and made it YP around midnight. Craziest St. Patty’s Day I’ve ever had! – DW

March 23, 2017
Coyotes Yipping
Thursday night (March 23) a little after 9pm, a pack of ‘yotes were yipping over in the direction of the Fire Hall.

Wet weather wipes out road in Boise National Forest
KTVB March 29, 2017

April 4, 2017
Slides, Slumps and Debris Flow along the South Fork Salmon River Impact Trails and Road
One-hundred thirty slides along the South Fork of the Salmon River have closed trails and damaged the road. The Road remains open, while Forest Service personnel continue to monitor the situation and make plans for repairs.
Damage to the road and trails is attributed to low elevation snow accompanied with warm weather and high rainfall creating “rain on snow” events, in February and March.
South Fork Road Slump

April 7, 2017
April 7th Wind Storm
The first blasts of wind started at 1107am, whipping the tree branches into a frenzy for a while. Very dark clouds at 1pm, then pea sized hail followed by rain and WIND! The sound of trees falling and snapping off was like thunder and lasted for about 10 minutes. The lights were flickering and power went off and on a couple of times, then the power went off at 125pm. (Power was restored by 330am.) Mother nature wasn’t done yet, the next wind/rain storm hit at 230pm, and another big one at 330pm downed more trees. In between storms the calm and quiet was almost eerie. Another blast of wind hit at 511pm, and the last big blow hit with rain at 618pm.

A report that there are about 200 trees down from the Devil’s Bathtubs all the way to hole #1 on the golf course, almost in a straight line from west to east. Also trees down on the old county road through the golf course and School Street. No trees were down in the EFSF road (close to the village.)
No reports of cabins damaged by falling trees, but at least 3 cabins had close calls. A few streets were blocked by trees and debris.
The fire truck responded to a small fire but it was put out by Matt with a fire extinguisher, prior to arrival. Without electricity the siren couldn’t be sounded and dispatch couldn’t be notified by radio but was later notified by landline.
Folks with chains saws cleared School Street today (Sunday.)

April 12, 2017
Power Outages
The power was out today (Apr 12) for 2 hours starting at 1146am.
There is a scheduled power outage for tomorrow (Thurs Apr 13) starting at 8am for approx 6 hours to finish repairs.

April 13, 2017
Power Outage
Thursday April 13th, Idaho Power shut off the electricity at 726am to finish repairs. Power back on at 611pm. Many thanks to the crews that worked all day in the rain!

Long Island Ice Tea Party Saturday April 15
Thanks to Dick and Deb for a fun filled Long Island Ice Tea Party. Good food and Great drinks. No reported crawling home or sleeping on the Filler’s yard.

April 16 – Easter Sunday Pot-luck at 5pm at The Corner

April 23, 2017
Yellow Pine Blowdown update
The trees fell almost in a straight line west to east, the worst impact is south west of Yellow Pine in the golf course area. A report that trees are down on the strip of forest between the new and old EFSF roads, however the campgrounds appear to be OK. Sadly, the osprey nest tree was one of the casualties along with other trees across the river. A few trees are down on Johnson Creek close to the village, and in the dispersed campground area by the old ford.

Power Outages May 7
The power was out from 430am to 3pm on Sunday May 7. Also on May 11, the power blinked off and back on at 830pm (wind storm).

Wind Storm Thursday May 11
Jeff opened up the road near the bridge going up to the water department and the road to the transfer station. We came in that evening and it took us 2 hours longer to clear trees/debris and rocks that were on the South Fork from Dead Man into town.

May 24, 2017 Power Outage
The power was off in Yellow Pine from 630pm May 24 until 340pm May 25. Multiple trees down somewhere on the line according to the Idaho Power Recording. It was rather breezy here that afternoon.

May 28, 2017
Coyote Alert
Received a report that a bold coyote has been hanging around in the village.

Photo taken on main street in Yellow Pine

Starting June 1, mail will be delivered to Yellow Pine 6 days a week.

June 4, 2017
Memorial Weekend Recap
We had a great Memorial Day weekend starting off with a Potluck to commemorate those who passed away this last year featuring: Buddy Bowman, Judy Wiley, John Carroll, Rick “Rockslide” Boyd, Dick Lemmon, Jerine Brown, Gerri Adkins and faithful dogs Ossa, Moon Doggie and Oscar. They will all be missed.
Another activity on our Memorial Weekend was the 5 year dedication of an additional Plaque for our Veterans Memorial of names of those who have served in the Yellow Pine area. Followed by a Luncheon at the Community Hall.
The final Event to our Memorial Weekend was a gathering at the Pioneer Cemetery to honor the Tavern’s own Buddy Bowman who passed away this last Winter.

June 11, 2017 Ray Gillihan’s 80th Birthday Party

June 14, 2017
Yellow Pine Vet Clinic
Dr. Ruble and crew from the Cascade Vet Clinic made it to Yellow Pine by lunch time after an emergency delayed their departure from Cascade. We had a table and chairs set up for their boxes of files and coolers of vaccines, and they even had a jar of dog treats on the table. Doggies seen were Romeo, Chin Chin, Bella and Rascal. Kitties seen were Brrrrt, Augress, Spot, Stripe, Dancer, Cletus and D-8. Then the vet clinic moved up to main street, then on to the post office. Dr. Ruble says he enjoys the trip to Yellow Pine each year to see our critters and beautiful scenery.

June 2017 Lick Creek Road Washout
Lick Creek Road Update Payette NF 6/9/2017

Snow is still prohibiting travel over Lick Creek Summit, and to add to the problem, major road damage is taking place.
The recent warm temperatures and resulting snow melt, coupled with rain from last weekend, has now caused the North Fork of Lick Creek to flow outside of its channel and down the road.
The damage has made the road on the east side of the summit impassible, and repair work in addition to more snow melt at the summit will have to be done before the road will open. … Typically, Lick Creek Road is open around about this time of year.

Road Report June 27
As far at the Lick Creek washout, crews have been working on it for 2 weeks and are hoping to wrap it up by the weekend. It is passable at this time, just be prepared for delays as crews are working on it.

Motorcycle Stolen June 30
Travis Patten from Donnelly reported: 2000 Kawasaki Klx400. Stolen from beside the Yellow Pine tavern between 11:00 and 11:45 last night. Keep eyes open everyone…

Yellow Pine Independence Day weekend
Another great 4th of July in Yellow Pine was celebrated on Friday the 30th with the Dave Nudo Band in the Tavern.
Saturday July 1 – Golf Tournament
It was another successful July 4th Golf Tournament at the Yellow Pine Country Club to benefit the Medical Supply & Training Fund for the Village.
Saturday July 1 – Parade
The parade started at 4pm with the “town bell” being rung by Joel Fields, followed by a color guard and ended at 410pm with the YPFD ambulance and fire truck. This year’s Grand Marshal was Lynn Imel. Christie Petersen was crowned Miss Yellow Pine. Willey Ranch Outfitter was represented with 3 horses. Out of the Blue provided the marching ‘band’. Various motorcycles, 4-wheelers and floats were decked out in red white and blue.

July 6, 2017
Did you feel it?
At 1232am (local time) July 6 we felt a mild jolt, like a wave passing through. It scared some of the chickens off the roost. The quake was a 5.8 over in Montana.

July 15, 2017 Fire on Profile Detected – start of Missouri Ridge Fire

Judy Wiley Memorial Stone July 17

Valley County orders residents to be ready to evacuate due to Missouri Fire
KBOI Thursday, July 20th 2017

Power Outage July 22
Idaho Power called on Thursday to let us know of a planned outage for maintenance on Friday from 1pm to 3pm. However the power was only off for 40 minutes.

July 23, 2017
Golden Gate Road Washout Reported
Road to Golden Gate is only passable on foot due to large deep wash-out about 2/3rds of the way up.

July 24, 2017 Missouri Fire Meeting Yellow Pine Community Hall

July 27, 2017
Yellow Pine Blowdown Update
Thursday (July 27) a report that a loader was loading logs from the far side of the golf course along the EFSF road.

July 30, 2017
Heeding the Siren’s Call
At approximately 1pm on Thursday July 27, the siren at the fire hall went off, and it wasn’t a test! However it was not a fire either. They needed some “muscle” to help with an ATV accident up Quartz Creek.

July 30, 2017 Pueblo Fire detected

August 1, 2017
Yellow Pine Blowdown Update
Tuesday (Aug 1) the crew had been working in the area along School Street and had a load ready to haul out.

2017 Music Festival August 4-6

Aug 6, 2017
Thank You YPFD from the west side residents (and festival campers) for watering Westside Ave. during the weekend. It helped keep down the dust.

Aug 13, 2017
Smoke in Yellow Pine
The smoke we endured this last week mostly came from fires in BC, Canada, fires in surrounding states and fires in the Idaho Wilderness. The Missouri Fire has been quiet. This weekend the weather changed and by Sunday we had good air quality.

Aug 14, 2017
Yellow Pine Blowdown Update
The Logging Crew was back to work on Monday, Aug 14, over in the hole #7 area. They have been working from first to last light. By Wednesday evening they were over by hole #17 (by the school corner.) Saturday they were over by hole #13.

Aug 21, 2017 95% Solar Eclipse in Yellow Pine

Aug 27, 2017
Thank you to the Yellow Pine Fire Department for providing fire extinguishers and smoke/CO2 detectors for the safety of homeowners in Yellow Pine.
Bear Aware
Reports of bear scat along Johnson Creek road near the village. Also a report of bear “sign” at the transfer station recently.
Tire lost on the EFSF road
On the way back from the harmonica festival, we lost a tire/wheel from our trailer. It’s an aluminum wheel, with a tire mounted. We would sure love to get it back if anyone traveling the road happens to come across it. Not sure when it came off because of the ungodly amount of dust, but it was between YP, and the South Fork Road. – Dave May

Sept 2 Welch Memorial Golf Tourney 2017

September 13-14 Scheduled Power Outage
Maintenance Work Requires Scheduled Power Outage
To maintain reliability, Idaho Power crews will be doing work on the power line that serves the Yellow Pine area.
The power must be off Sept. 13 and 14, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. The outage is necessary for crews to safely work on a power line in rugged terrain near Yellow Pine.

After the Snow Rolls in Midas Gold Team Helps Hunters
Midas Gold September 21
(Midas employees rescue 2 sets of stuck hunters)

Sept 18, 2017

Monday’s Power Outages
Monday September 18, our power went off at 1134am. Idaho Power recording said the outages was from Smiths Ferry up through Cascade, Donnelly, McCall and Warm Lake to Yellow Pine. Power came back on just after 515pm (off for less than 5 hours.) Then, at 1007pm the power went off again. The Idaho Power recording just after midnight said there were 3000 people in the dark, from Warm Lake to Yellow Pine and Cascade to Donnelly, also Round Valley and Smiths Ferry. Power came back on after 2am (off nearly 4 hours.) Was unable to find out the cause.

Oct 1, 2017
Saturday’s Fish Fry
Our Annual Fish Fry was a great success. Fish was provided by Stu Edwards. Everyone pitched in to make it a happen. Special thanks to my morning Coffee Crowd the Tavern is a good place to plan events. A great crowd showed up, folks from Johnson Creek, the East Fork and Big Creek joined Village residents to visit and eat. A raffle to benefit our planned Helicopter Landing Zone brought in over $800.00. Thanks Everyone we are well on our way!

Starting Nov 1, mail will be delivered to Yellow Pine 3 days a week.

Nov 2, 2017
Snow Storm & Power Outage Nov 2nd
We had about 3-4″ of heavy wet snow fall late Thursday night into Friday morning, then turned to rain. Power went out at 630am Friday. Idaho Power’s 1030am report said they were searching for cause of outage. The 1230pm recording said they had located a downed tree in a remote area and had called in extra resources. The 430pm Idaho Power recording said the extra resources were on site, estimated restoration “late evening.” The 830pm recording estimated restoration between 1030pm and 1230am. The 1030pm recording said the crews were finishing up repairs and estimated restoration by 1230am. Power back on at 1256am. (Rained and snowed all day Friday.) Total outage nearly 19.5 hours.

Nov 12, 2017
Matt’s back-country rescue
Three young men, out-of-state hunters from Bozeman, MT, drove almost to the trailhead at Roosevelt Lake to start their hunt. After cutting several downed trees they finally decided to just park on the road and hike the rest of the way. They hiked down past the pioneer cemetery several miles, spent several nights camping and finally got a nice buck. That night it really snowed. They got their deer and gear back to the truck to discover they were in serious trouble. They shoveled snow (it sounded like two days) then realized that wouldn’t work as the snow was getting steadily deeper. They packed four days of rations (& the deer) and started taking turns breaking trail and working their way through waist deep snow. About eleven o’clock they heard a snowmobile… Matt was breaking trail for the guide Al B. The three & packs were rescued by riding on snowmobile sled. They arranged for Matt to get the rest of their stuff, and waited a few days here in YP to ride out [to the valley] with Heather. We’ll see them next summer when they come back to get their truck. Amazing that Matt arrived at the right place at the right time. – LI

Nov 23, 2017
Thanksgiving in Yellow Pine
The annual Thanksgiving Day pot-luck was held at The Corner this year.

Nov 26, 2017
Hunter’s Missing Rope
Looking for a 5/8th inch climbing rope that is white with a green stripe that was stretched across the river from the Yellow Pine Campground by the concrete bridge to the other side. of the river. It was removed while we were hunting on the far side. If you or someone know of it’s whereabouts, please leave it at the Yellow Pine Tavern for us. Thank You.

December 25, 2017 Christmas Day Potluck at the Tavern.

Dec 31, 2017
Wednesday’s Doings
“The county dump truck with plow broke down on Johnson Creek near Ice Hole about two days ago. The crew arranged to have [locals] with backhoe and experience to help get it to a location suitable to load it onto the low-boy trailer. Today they all gathered for the big occasion. The crew pulled the dump truck to town and part of the way up the “Imel hill”, backed up the trailer, then used the county grader to push the truck onto the trailer.” – LI

Idaho News:

Regional trash landfill idea scrapped

Costs, length of permitting for Adams County site blamed

By Max Silverson for The Star-News January 4, 2018

Plans for a regional landfill in Adams County have been scrapped due to high construction costs, proponents of the landfill said.

In 2016, Adams, Valley, Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties entered into a tentative agreement to collectively fund and construct a new 200-acre facility at the Adams County landfill at Goodrich south of council.

Idaho County has pulled out of the agreement, making construction costs unaffordable for the remaining parties, Adams County Commissioner Mike Paradis said.

“Idaho County was the largest contributor and without them the project cannot move forward,” Paradis said.

“The estimated construction cost was $1.5 million according to our consultants,” he said. “The costs to the involved counties need to be less expensive or equal to current solid waste costs to keep the taxpayer liability to a minimum.”

Valley County’s share of the $1.5 million cost was $250,000, Valley County Commissioner Elt Hasbrouck said.

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Thin Ice

1/5/2018 Valley County Sheroff’s Office (via FB)

We are issuing a warning for the ice thickness on both Lake Cascade and Payette Lake. We have had numerous calls advising of the danger. We had one person go completely through, he was able to get himself out but there were several people on the lake past where he went through. Please use extreme caution and we are advising to stay off the lake for your safety and ours. Please check the ice conditions before you go out!
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Study: McCall needs 700 affordable homes, apartments

82% of current work force are commuters

By Phil Janquart for The Star-News January 4, 2018

McCall needs at least 700 homes and apartments to accommodate the local work force, a draft housing strategy presented last week to the McCall City Council said.

The McCall Area Housing Strategy is part of the city’s updated comprehensive plan called “McCall in Motion.”

The housing shortage especially affects hospitality workers, who earn lower-than-average wages, the draft study said.

Short-term vacation rentals and second homes are in large part responsible for the shortage, which has resulted in a large number of workers who must commute to McCall to work.

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Boise pilot crashes plane believing he was at Caldwell Airport

by KBOI News Staff Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

(KBOI Staff Photo)

Nampa, Idaho (KBOI) — A 28-year-old Boise pilot suffered minor injuries after he crashed his airplane in Nampa.

Police say the pilot crashed his Cessna 150 Monday night after he became disoriented while flying from Burley to Caldwell and attempted to land at what he thought was the Caldwell Airport, but ended up near East Terra Linda Way and Selland Way.

Nampa PD says when the pilot figured out he wasn’t at the airport, he was unable to avoid crashing. He suffered minor injures.

An investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration is underway. The plane will be scrapped for parts.

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Idaho officials say 5 new flu-related deaths reported

1/3/18 AP

Boise, Idaho — Idaho health officials say they have received five new reports of deaths caused by an influenza-related illness, bringing the season’s total to 13 deaths.

According to a statement from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, flu-related deaths at this point in the season are higher than they were during the same time frame in the seven previous seasons.

Health officials recommend anyone over six months of age get a flu vaccine.

The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that 72 people reportedly died from flu-related illnesses during the last flu season in Idaho, higher than the annual average of 23 deaths during each season from 2009-10 through 2015-16.

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Idaho’s water season off to slow start

Jan 05, 2018 – Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Natural Resources Conservation Service just released the first water supply outlook report for the 2018 water year.

Precipitation since the water year started on October 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 70 to 130% of normal.

“September gave us a good start on snowpack, but December was pretty dry, with only a third of the normal precipitation across Idaho’s west-central and central mountains,” said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist with the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service. “The good news for water users is that last year’s high snowpacks and runoff primed the hydrologic system and has kept rivers and springs flowing above average well into this fall and early winter.”

This year, the highest snowpack is in the Upper Snake above Palisades Reservoir at 112% of normal. The lowest snowpacks are approximately 40% of normal in the Weiser and Owyhee basins.

“We’re not quite halfway through the season, and a lot could change.” Abramovich said. “La Nina conditions are present in the Pacific Ocean, and this typically means that there will be wetter conditions in the second half of the winter in the Pacific Northwest.”

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Scam Alert:

Scam calls target Pocatello area

Jan 05, 2018 – Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Pocatello area customers of Idaho Power Company are being targeted by scam artists.

Pocatello Police said the caller tells the victim there is a technician in their area who will shut off their power if they don’t come up with an immediate payment within an hour.

Victims are asked to put cash into a pre-paid debit card and call the scammer back with the card’s authorization number.

Those cards are a favorite of scam artists because once they have the number they can immediately obtain the cash on it. It cannot be traced or returned.

The callers are very aggressive and their calls appear to be coming from real Idaho Power Company numbers.


Public Lands:

Attention backcountry skiers: Scientists want your help

By Dan Joling, Associated Press, KTVB January 05, 2018

Researchers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are looking for backcountry enthusiasts who want to aid a science mission.

A program funded by NASA is recruiting citizen scientists to measure snow levels in mountain terrain. The goal is better estimates of the water contained by snow in a watershed.

Oregon State University engineer David Hill says measurements taken by backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile riders have proven valuable in lowering the error rate of computer simulations of snow pack.

The citizen snow-measuring program is called Community Snow Observations.

Citizen scientists measure snow depth with avalanche probes and load the information into a smartphone app, which records the location and sends the data to researchers.

NASA spokesman Kevin Murphy says citizen scientists can provide information to augment the agency’s satellite or aircraft measurements.

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Boise National Forest SOPA Update

USDA Forest Service 1/2/2018

The Boise National Forest’s “Schedule of Proposed Actions” (SOPA) for January 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018 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
Phone: 208-373-4245
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Ronda Bishop Named as New Council & Weiser District Ranger

Ranger Greg Lesch Retires

PNF 1/1/2018

McCall, ID – Payette National Forest Supervisor, Keith Lannom is pleased to announce that Ronda Bishop has been selected to be the next Council & Weiser District Ranger. Bishop has replaced District Ranger Greg Lesch who retired at the end of the year.

“Ranger Lesch did an outstanding job on the Forest regarding our Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects,” said Lannom. “His nine years on the Forest were immensely productive, and we have benefited from his strong leadership. He will be missed, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Incoming ranger Bishop was the North Zone Recreation Program Manager on the Cascade Ranger District, of the Boise National Forest. “I am excited for Ronda to bring her leadership and communication skills to the Council & Weiser Ranger Districts and Payette Forest Leadership Team,” said Lannom. Bishop took over District leadership today, January 1, 2018.

Bishop started her career with the Forest Service in 1993 as a Wildland Firefighter on the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. After 11 years in the fire organization, she moved into Recreation and Lands. She was the Recreation Program Manager, then became the Recreation Special Uses Administrator on the Deschutes National Forest. She also detailed to the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. In 2011, she became the North Zone Recreation Program Manager on the Cascade Ranger District.

“I look forward to this new assignment and carrying on the tradition of quality leadership, partnership building and open communications in the management of our public lands,” said Bishop.

When not at work, she and her husband enjoy hunting and fishing. Bishop is a mother and grandmother who appreciates spending time with friends and family and feels it’s important to live life to its fullest and revel in all that you do at home and at work.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Forest Announces Winners of the 3rd Grade Smokey Bear Poster Contest

Date: January 4, 2018
Contact: Brian Harris, (208) 634-6945

McCall, ID – Annually, Fire Prevention Officers and staff host a 3rd Grade Smokey Bear Poster Contest. The contest includes having fire personnel visit 3rd grade classrooms to teach the students the importance of wildfire prevention.

The poster contest is divided into two geographic zones with elementary school from each community participating – McCall and New Meadows schools are in the east zone, and Council, Cambridge, Midvale, Weiser, Payette and Fruitland schools are in west zone.

For the east zone schools, Maya Anderton, Amelia Winters, and BreAnna Miller from McCall; and, Rylee Radford from Meadows Valley School each won 1st place in their class. Maya Anderton was awarded the east zone Best of Show award.

For the west zone schools, Albert Farrens from Midvale Elementary School; Tyree Veselka from Cambridge Elementary School; Elise Eppich from Council Elementary School; and, Grady Coen, Brian Donahue, Raelynne Rodriguez, and Cash Troyer from Payette Elementary are the 1st place class winners. The west zone Best of Show award was awarded to Elise Eppich .

1st place winners were given a Smokey Bear hooded sweatshirt, and a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Payette Forest Service Supervisor, Keith Lannom. Best of Show awardees were presented with a Smokey Bear fleece blanket, certificate of appreciation and a commemorative plaque.

All the winners’ posters are on display at the Forest Supervisors office in McCall.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest

Critter News:

Pet Talk – Why do big, old dogs breathe so loud?

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jan 5, 2018 – IME

Many older large-breed dogs breathe and pant as if something is caught in their throat. This is a disease called laryngeal paralysis. It is an inadequate opening of the larynx, or opening to the windpipe. This is due to weakness or paralysis of the vocal folds in the larynx. The disease varies widely in severity. It is very common in Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers older than 9. Male dogs are more commonly affected than female dogs. The primary cause of this condition is damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which brings nerve supply to the vocal folds. In most cases, we do not know the exact cause of the paralysis.

Clinical signs include voice change, exercise intolerance, panting and difficult/noisy breathing. The dog produces a raspy, hoarse sound while breathing. Sometimes no obvious signs are present at rest, but even mild exercise can cause respiratory distress. The body temperature may rise and some dogs may collapse if they can’t get adequate oxygen.

Definitive diagnosis is made by direct visualization of the cartilages of the voice box. Poor movement, or “fluttering,” of the cartilages will be noted. Your vet may want to perform tests on your dog, such as X-rays of the neck, thyroid tests and other blood tests.

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Dog rescued after 3 nights out near Ketchum

Greg Moore Jan 3, 2018 IME

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 20, Hailey resident Mary McClanahan was playing Frisbee with her border collie, Tessie, in a vacant field just off Warm Springs Road in Ketchum—a place often referred to as “the dog park.” She said the two of them were walking along playing their usual game—McClanahan throwing the Frisbee ahead and Tessie running to catch it and bringing it back—when she looked around and noticed that Tessie wasn’t with her.

“I kept walking and calling her and realized that she wasn’t anywhere around,” McClanahan said. “It was a complete mystery.”

When she got no response to her calls, McClanahan walked back to her car. She had already trained Tessie to “find the car” and figured she’d go there if they were separated—as, in fact, she had done on two hiking trips.

But this time, there was no Tessie.

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8-pound dog snatched by eagle survives

Pennsylvania family reunites with pet

Kaitlyn Walsh Jan 04, 2018 – Local News 8

An 8-pound bichon frise named Zoey is back with her owners after being snatched up by an eagle Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Felipe Rodriguez said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw an eagle grab his sister’s tiny pup and fly out of sight over the trees near the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania, about 80 miles north of Philadelphia.

“It seemed like something from the ‘Wizard of Oz,'” he told the AP on Wednesday. “I’m a city boy. This doesn’t happen in my world.”

Even more unbelievable, Zoey survived the ordeal.

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Blake the bowling dog

by Haley Kramer, KBOI Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

Emmett, Idaho (KBOI) – Meet Blake, the bowling Goldendoodle.

He’s 8 months old and loves to hang out at his owner’s bowling alley, KT’s Lanes, in Emmett.

“I think his high game is, like, a 93,” says his owner Katelyn “Kt” Simpson. “He gets strikes every once in awhile, pretty good spare shooter.”

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Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected

Associated Press Jan 5, 2018

BOISE, Idaho – A federal court has rejected a lawsuit by conservation groups contending a federal agency needed to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge on Thursday ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services of Idaho and against Western Watersheds Project and four other groups.

Lodge says that requiring Wildlife Services to update a 2011 study wouldn’t prevent more wolves from being killed in Idaho.

Lodge says that’s because the Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages wolves and has demonstrated it can kill wolves, hire third parties to kill wolves, or increase hunting and trapping for wolves.

Western Watersheds Project Deputy Director Greta Anderson says Friday the group hasn’t decided whether to appeal.

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Wolf Watch

12/22/17: Wolf news roundup – 12/22/17
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) Highlights of recent wolf news: As Wyoming’s wolf hunting season in the trophy zone nears closure, four hunt areas remain open. It cost Washington $15,000 to kill a wolf, after $147,000 was spent trying to prevent depredations. A wolf from Washington state is roaming in central Wyoming. The sheriff in Kittson County, Minnesota provides excellent information on wolf problems in that county…. (Click on the link above for the complete story.)

12/13/17: Wolf ruling impacts grizzly delisting
(By Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!) The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a federal appeals court ruling that may impact the agency’s final rule delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The deadline for comments is January 8, 2018. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a federal appeals court ruling that may impact the agency’s final rule delisting grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The deadline for comments is January 8, 2018. The only obligation at issue here is for the Service to contend with the implications of massive range loss for the species’ endangered or threatened status within its current environment…… (Click on the link above for the complete story.)
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 1/1/2018

Hydatid Disease:
Letter to Montana Legislature’s Environmental Quality Council
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Video: Mountain lion fooled by deer decoy

By KMVT News Staff Jan 03, 2018

A hunter captures video of a mountain lion approaching his deer decoy.

This occurred on Nov. 24, 2017 in Idaho. The hunter who submitted the video said “I was sitting in a tree stand hunting whitetail when I noticed a mountain lion stalking in on my deer decoy.”

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How do birds keep warm in the winter?

December 18, 2017 US Fish & Wildlife

Black-capped chickadee. Photo courtesy of David Mitchell/Creative Commons.

Have you ever wondered how birds can stay warm in the cold winter months? Common redpolls are a great example. These energetic foragers weigh less than 15 grams and can survive temperatures that plunge nearly 100 degrees below the freezing point! How do they do it? Birds of all shapes and sizes have special adaptations for living in cold climates. Here are just a few examples of tough birds and their tips for staying warm.


Just like people, birds shiver to stay warm. Birds have much higher metabolic rates and burn more energy to stay warm than we do. Black-capped chickadees weigh less than half an ounce and can maintain a body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit – even when the air is 0 degrees! They do this by having great insulation, being very active and remembering where they store their food. A steady supply of food is essential, because chickadees eat more than 35 percent of their weight every day! Compared to many other birds, chickadees have a large hippocampus – the part of the brain that’s responsible for spatial memory. In the fall, this part of their brain gets even bigger!

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
January 5, 2018
Issue No. 857
Table of Contents

* 10-Year Columbia River Harvest Agreement Extended Two Months As Work Continues On New Pact

* Parties In BiOp Case Still Hashing Over Spill For Fish Details As Final Decision Awaits Appeals Court

* Council Symposium Looks At White Sturgeon Survival Throughout Columbia Basin

* Science Panel Supports Basin Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative With Some Suggestions

* Coast Guard Removal Of Sunken Boat Near Bonneville Dam Could Change Chum Operations

* Fish Passage Center Releases Annual Survival Study For Columbia Basin Salmon, Steelhead

* Small Oregon Fish Proposed For Delisting; Listed Under ESA In 1985

* Council Report: Region Produces More Goods, Services Using Less Electricity

* Kalispel Tribe Forms New Tribal Electric Utility, Will Purchase BPA Power

Fish & Game News:

New year brings new hunting and wildlife watching opportunities

Many hunts continue well into the new year

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Specialist
Friday, December 29, 2017

Welcome to 2018 and all it will bring for outdoors folks. Many are looking forward to hunting, and even if you’re not a hunter, you’re probably a wildlife watcher, so there’s lots of cool things in the coming months.

It’s tricky to talk about the upcoming hunting season while it’s still in progress. January 1 is technically the start of the new hunting season, so don’t forget to buy your 2018 license, but it’s also continuation of 2017 for a variety of hunts.

Let’s look at what’s currently available, and then what lies ahead. As most hunters know, Idaho has some generously long bird seasons, so shotgunners can continue to pursue waterfowl and upland game birds. Waterfowl hunters should take note of extended seasons for white-fronted geese and snow geese, which last into February and March, respectively. You can see details in the waterfowl rules booklet.

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F&G News Releases

Fun Critter Stuff:

Genius dog takes herself sledding in snow

It is no secret that Secret the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd isn’t your typical dog. She is not only adorable but can also go sledding all by herself.

video: (USA Today)
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Wild cougar helps with late-night patrol at Utah prison

by Hannah Knowles, KUTV Sunday, December 17th 2017

(Photo: Utah correction)

A cougar was caught on camera outside the fences of the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison Friday night.

A tweet from the department said ”How’s THIS for perimeter patrol? A cougar was caught on camera outside the fences of Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison last night.”


Seasonal History:

1937 Circle C Ranch near New Meadows, Idaho

Digging through the Idaho Public Television archives, we found this 1937 Idaho State Historical Society film of some innovative Idahoans and a pretty ingenious winter vehicle. These fellows put tracks on a Ford Model T, affixed skis to the front, and filmed their maneuvers at the Circle C Ranch near New Meadows, Idaho.

Note: you probably have to be logged into FB to see the video.

Seasonal Humor:

Creative Woodstacking