Category Archives: News 2019

Apr 14, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 14, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – boil water order
April 21 – 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern
May 5 – 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall
May 20 – Deadline 2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
June 11 – Vet Day Yellow Pine
June 29 – Highland Games
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 18 – (tentative) Noxious Weed Spray day
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

April 21 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern

Fried Chicken and Potato Salad provided by the Tavern
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May 5, 2019, 3pm, Taco Feed at the Community Hall

In thanks for the great support of the community, the Community Hall Committee is giving back.

A Taco Feed will be held at the Community Hall on May 5th at 3pm. The Community Hall is providing the fixin’s.

Please join us for good food and to check out the progress that has been made in the Community Hall.

Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list.
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June 29 – Highland Games

For the second year, Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers will bring the Highland Games to Yellow Pine on June 29th. Last year they donated over $2,600 to the Helipad and this year money will be raised for the water department. Come see these fantastic athletes and support the water department.
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Noxious Weed Spray day July 18

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I tentatively have Thursday, July 18, 2019 marked on my calendar.

We had really good participation last year but we can do better, lets start talking now and get more people involved as it is “Everyone’s responsibility to control Noxious and Invasive plants”. I think last years event went very well, we will try and be a little more organized this year, if we missed someone put them on top of the priority list. I will bring my entire crew, all of our equipment, PPE, and mixed herbicide, you provide the volunteers, we’re here to help you not do it for you.

I misplaced 1-backpack sprayer last year, please keep your eyes peeled in case we laid it down someplace or forgot to pick it up.

Spread the word, save the date. I look forward to hearing from you. The best way to contact me this time of year is through e-mail, I will be in and out of the office until May, I check my e-mails daily but I can’t always respond until I get back into the office.

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Spring Rock Migration Season

Rain on snow events had the roads closed on and off from Sunday night thru Tuesday afternoon. Below are photos and updates.

Sunday Night – A report of a large rock blocking the South Fork Road, no location given.

Monday – Reports that large rocks were blocking the East Fork of the South Fork road just upstream from Caton Creek Monday morning April 8th.


Photo courtesy of John Byrne

Crews from Cascade and Yellow Pine cleared both roads before noon Monday, but trees and rocks were still coming down. The mail truck made it in OK. Early afternoon a new slide on the South Fork blocked the road in the Poverty Flats area. Crew from V. County road dept. cleared it enough for the mail truck to get out later in the afternoon.

Monday afternoon avalanche, location across the EFSF river from the Eiguren Ranch

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photo by John Byrne

Photo of the avalanche log jam in the East Fork of the South Fork river Monday afternoon – and reports of more mud, rocks and trees coming down on the roads.

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photo by Chris Eaton

Tuesday Updates – Video of the EFSF river by John Byrne
FB video link:

Tuesday April 9, EFSF river


photo by Chris Eaton

A report that the log jam on the EFSF is breaking up on its own and headed down river. The river is really “ripping” and running chocolate brown. Johnson Creek is running clear and no problems so far.

As of noon Tuesday the roads from Yellow Pine out to Cascade are open.

Tuesday – from Midas Gold (this is about halfway between Yellow Pine and Stibnite.)


An overnight slide is currently blocking a section of Stibnite Road and the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. Right now, a half mile stretch of the road is blocked near Tamarack Creek and, in places, the river is running up onto the road. Our team is developing a plan to safely clear the slide and we will start work as soon as possible. We are closely coordinating all of our efforts with our state and federal partners.

link to photo gallery on FB from Midas Gold:

It may be a while before the road is open to Stibnite. (Helicopter flying Wednesday.)

Wednesday – roads were back to “normal” Spring travel, the mail truck only had to stop 3 times to move rocks on the South Fork road.
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Tick Season

It is official, ticks are out.


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Power Outages

We had 2 quick power blips this weekend, lasting just long enough to reboot the computers. One on Saturday around 245pm and again today around 5pm.
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Yellow Pine water system on boil order until further notice

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has placed the Yellow Pine Water Users Association Public Water System on a boil order until further notice.

The water system has had perpetual issues this winter with meeting water treatment requirements of produced water and with maintaining enough volume in the storage tanks. The problem could most likely be solved by reducing water system usage. Until that occurs:

* Not flushing the water to waste for 24 hours or until turbidity returns to pre-scrape levels after a sand scraping event, is cause for a boil order.

* Opening the orifice plate on the sand filter(s) to let more water through allows the water to pass through the sand too fast, and is cause for a boil order.

* Not maintaining a certain minimum water level in the storage tanks reduces the “contact time” to below engineered timeframes, and is cause for a boil order.

* Using more water than the water system can produce will cause depressurization events within the water system, and is cause for a boil order.

Yellow Pine’s water system has not been able to maintain all of these requirements on a consistent basis and none of the contingency efforts have proven to be successful.

Your Drinking Water Operator, Warren Drake, will provide you with the public notification, and with a Certification Form. The Public Notification needs to be posted within 24 hours, and the filled out Certification form and a copy of that notice must be sent to me within 10 days. The water system will receive a violation if a Certification Form is not received by DEQ.

If you have any questions, please call me at (208) 373-0457.

Thank you,
Richard Lee Drinking Water Analyst
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

see attachments:
PWS #ID4430059 -Yellow Pine – CT Ratio Disinfection Violation Public Notification January 2019.pdf

#4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19.pdf
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Missing US Flag

A report that the US Flag at the Kiosk on main street went missing. If you have any info, please contact the YP Tavern. A temporary flag will be hoisted until a replacement flag arrives.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.

– Marj Fields
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Roads

Please share road reports, if you see a slide or rocks down, please take a photo so it can be shared with the plow driver.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report March 14 that the transfer station was emptied. A report March 15 that the dumpsters are empty, but there is trash strewn between and behind the bins. Road report March 17 that the ice floor is starting to break up, slushy during warm afternoons.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.


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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Bears are out of hibernation and hungry. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil order issued April 2, 2019

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.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

Smoke Alarm Info:
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC
Link to FB page:

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 Suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry).
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (Apr 8) 24 hours of rain gave us 1.18″ in the gauge, overnight low 37 degrees, low clouds and steady rain this morning, about 3″ old snow/ice remains. Jays, finches, robins and a red-wing blackbird calling. The river is louder than last evening. Reports of slides and rocks blocking the roads. Still raining and overcast mid-day. Crews cleaned up last night’s slides and the mail truck made it in, then another slide came down on the South Fork. A few finches visiting. Still raining and overcast mid-afternoon, high of 46 degrees. Report that a crew from Cascade has been dispatched to the slide on the So. Fork. Flickers, jays and robins calling. Steady rain at dusk. A report our local plow drive had to go out yet again this evening, trees down in the road this time. Rained all night.

Tuesday (Apr 9) another 24 hours of rain gave us 0.91″ in the gauge, overnight low of 36 degrees, low clouds and light rain this morning, about 2″ old snow/ice remains. Jays, finches and robins calling. It stopped raining before lunch time, low misty clouds. Jays and finches visiting. Short rain shower (with a few blobs of snow) mid-afternoon and breezy, breaks in the clouds at times, high of 47 degrees. A report of a yellow-headed black bird. Flickers calling from all over the neighborhood. Cloudy at dusk, light breeze, robins calling, river getting louder. Snowing after midnight.

Wednesday (Apr 10) overnight low of 32 degrees, 3/4″ new snow and flaking this morning under cloudy skies, about 2.5″ snow/ice (about half the ground is bare.) Jays, robins and finches calling. Cloudy and a little breezy mid-day. Finches and female hairy woodpecker visiting. Occasional flakes of snow, light breezes and overcast mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Jays and flickers calling. A few flakes of snow fell mid-evening. Elk wandering around the lower end of the village just before dusk and robins calling. At dusk it was overcast and a little above freezing. A few stars out before midnight. Snowed during the night, probably started after 2am.

Thursday (Apr 11) overnight low of 29 degrees, 1 1/4″ new snow and snowing lightly this morning, low overcast, about 3″ snow/ice (average.) Jays, robins and finches calling. Breezy mid-day and early afternoon snow showers. Finches and 2 hairy woodpeckers visited. Mid-afternoon storm passed thru with snow/hail/rain and breezy, high of 47 degrees. Broken clouds late afternoon. Elk wandering around the neighborhood. River sounds a little louder. Broken cloud cover and robins chirping at dusk. Some stars out after midnight.

Friday (Apr 12) overnight low of 30 degrees, overcast (top of VanMeter foggy) and light breeze, about an inch average old snow/ice, more than half the yard is bare. Finches, jays and flickers calling. Snow showers mid-day and breezy. Hairy woodpecker and finches visiting. Mid-afternoon short shower of graupel (little ice balls), high of 48 degrees. Mid-evening rain shower. Broken clouds at dusk and robins hopping around and calling. May have rained around 10pm, roofs looked wet at 1030pm. A “freckle of graupel (little snow balls) during the night.

Saturday (Apr 13) overnight low of 31 degrees, mostly clear sky and light breeze. Most of the snow has melted, about an inch remains in the shade (and old piles of snow.) Finches, jays and robins calling. Buds swelling on aspens and lilacs. Mostly cloudy by mid-day, high of 49 degrees. Hairy woodpecker, jays and finches visiting. Power blinked off and back on at 234pm. Overcast and blustery mid-afternoon. Light drizzle before dusk and low clouds, probably sprinkled half the night.

Sunday (Apr 14) overnight low of 35 degrees, overcast this morning, very little snow remains in the shade. Finches visiting, jays, robins and flickers calling. Cloudy mid-day, light breeze. White-breasted nuthatches and finches visiting. Overcast and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Chipmunk, hairy woodpecker, jays and finches visiting. Power blinked off and back on around 5pm-ish. Cloudy at dusk.
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RIP:

Richard Henry Filler

June 9, 1945 – April 9, 2019

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Richard Henry Filler, 73, a resident of Yellow Pine, passed away April 9, 2019 in Boise.

No public services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City. http://www.bowmanfuneral.com 208-853-3131.
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Richard Henry Filler, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019. He was born June 9, 1945 in Pasadena, California. Richard spent his formative years in Sheridan, Oregon. He had three careers in his lifetime. He was first a bank manager; then self employed; and lastly, his most satisfying, with Child Support Enforcement for the State of Idaho. He retired in 2001 and spent many wonderful days camping in Idaho’s mountains. His love of the Yellow Pine area became a passion and in 2008 he and his wife purchased property in Yellow Pine, built their home and became full time residents.

Richard is survived by his wife, Deb; his children, Frank (Hermalyn) and Annette (Talitha); step daughter, Linnea (Rick), brother, Ron (Loretta); and three grandchildren. He was a steadfast, loyal friend and protector, with a strong commitment to his beliefs.

“Sleep well, my love. You are with me until I join you for our next journey.”
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Idaho News:

Injured hunter rescued in Valley County

Apr 10, 2019 KIVI


Photo by: Idaho National Guard

[Valley County], Idaho — A seriously injured hunter was rescued near Yellow Pine, Idaho on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 about 2 p.m. the Valley County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a man was badly injured while hunting for antler sheds about 5 miles south of the Yellow Jacket Ranch, located on the South Fork of the Salmon River.

Cody Morrow, 21, of Kooskia, ID was in the Bear Creek Drainage and was reported to have sustained numerous broken bones, head trauma, and a punctured lung. He was unable to move.

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Floodwaters, mudslides block traffic on Idaho 55

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 11, 2019

Valley County roads were hit hard by rain-fueled spring runoff Monday and Tuesday, with water overflowing several roadways and causing a partial closure on Idaho 55.

Water flowing over the road about 14 miles south of Cascade on Idaho 55 caused the Idaho Transportation Department to close one lane of traffic on Tuesday until the flow subsided.

Another mudslide on Idaho 55 about four miles south of Smiths Ferry crossed the road and was contained by road crews, but rocks and mud on the hillside were still unstable, Idaho Transportation Department Public Information Specialist Jake Melder said.

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Message about Highway 55

April 8, 2019 ITD

Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is currently working on Highway 55 between mile markers 101-102 due to mudslides and water over the road. This area is one mile north of Rainbow Bridge. Expect delays as they have closed it to one lane with flaggers, alternating directions. This is expected to go through the night. ITD will update us as soon as they can with further information.
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New Meadows declares emergency after flooding

City’s sewer system threatened by Little Salmon R. overflow

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 11, 2019

The City of New Meadows declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning after rising floodwaters poured over roadways and threatened to breach the city’s sewage storage pond.

The declaration enables the city to receive help in the form of personnel, equipment and money from Adams County, which also declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

The county’s declaration is the “first step” in getting the state to declare an emergency, which would provide state funding to reduce the burden on the county and city, Adams County Emergency Manager Carol Walsh said.

“We have not reached the need for a state declaration yet, but it is a probability,” Walsh said.

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Landslide blocking U.S. 95 north of Council

ITD is warning drivers to be alert for rock or mudslides and inches-deep water on the road.

KTVB April 9, 2019

Council, Idaho — U.S. Highway 95 is completely blocked in both directions after a landslide sent earth and rocks tumbling onto the roadway Tuesday.

The slide occurred sometime Tuesday morning between the towns of Council and New Meadows. The closure area stretches from Milepost 140 to Milepost 160.

According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, clearing the debris from the road will take hours. Drivers should take a different route.

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Highway 95 closed again due to flooding after mudslides closed it earlier

ITD is warning drivers to be alert for rock or mudslides and inches-deep water on the road.

KTVB April 9, 2019

Council, Idaho — U.S. Highway 95 is closed again after it was closed for several hours Tuesday and later reopened after a landslide sent earth and rocks tumbling onto the roadway.

Highway 95 from Weiser to Payette is now closed due to flooding. The Idaho Transportation Department closed the highway again Tuesday night and stated it would be closed overnight. All traffic is being diverted to Highway 201 in Oregon.

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Highway 95 reopens after flooding, mudslide

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says the route was now clear, but drivers need to remain cautious.

KTVB April 11, 2019

Weiser, Idaho — U.S. Highway 95 has reopened in both directions after emergency crews spent days grappling with mudslides, erosion, and high water.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday afternoon that the route was now clear, but urged drivers to be cautious, as the slopes above the highway remain unstable.

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Flooding reported from Adams to Payette counties; Code Red alerts issued

Apr 09, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Flooding from spring runoff is causing water to run or pool on top of U.S Highway 95, Idaho Highway 52, and Idaho Highway 55 throughout the Central Mountains, from McCall/New Meadows area to the Fruitland/Payette areas near the Oregon border. The Idaho Transportation Department is urging motorists approaching these hazards to use caution.

“Heavy rain and melting snow are causing isolated hazards in the Weiser, Payette, and Salmon Drainages,” said ITD spokesman Jake Melder. “This includes the cities of Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall and Cascade. Hazards created by flooding may be pooling, erosion, mudslides, rockfall, and water running over the top of roadways.”

ITD crews are out in force mitigating these hazards with warning signs and, where possible, cleaning up debris. The Department reminds motorists who come upon these hazards to exercise caution.

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Families stranded, road crews stretched thin as Idaho battles flood waters

Five families near Council are stranded without power after the bridge to their homes was wiped out by flooding.

Misty Inglet April 10, 2019 KTVB

Council, Idaho — Flooding is continuing to leave damage behind in its wake across parts of Idaho on Wednesday.

U.S. Highway 95 from Payette to Weiser has been closed since Tuesday night because of all the water across the road.

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Gov. Little declares state of emergency for Idaho County

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, April 11th 2019

Grangeville, Idaho (CBS 2) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has declared a state of emergency for Idaho County.

The governor on Wednesday issued the declaration for “extraordinary spring flooding.”

The north-central Idaho county has been hit hard by spring runoff and some residents had to be rescued by emergency crews including the Idaho Army National Guard and Boise Fire.

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Parts of Washington County under water after countywide flooding

“There was a really loud roar and then our house started shaking.” One homeowner describes the effects of flooding in the county.

Misty Inglet April 9, 2019 KTVB

Washington County, Idaho — Washington County, Idaho is dealing with flooding across several areas after snowmelt and spring runoff led to rising river levels that washed out river banks and some roads.

Two of the areas in the county that are seeing the most flooding are Weiser and Cambridge. The Idaho Transportation Department says flooding can be seen along much of Highway 95.

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Boise Fire and Idaho National Guard save 5 people near Grangeville

The two teams actually got the call to rescue the people while they were training for that exact scenario.

KTVB April 9, 2019

The Idaho National Guard and the Boise Fire Department Dive Team worked together to save people from rising flood waters on Tuesday.

The two teams were actually training for that exact scenario when they got the call to action when the Clearwater River had flooded its banks and trapped five people in a home north of Grangeville.

Two people were airlifted and three others were able to wade through the waters to safety.

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Avalanche damages Board Ranch houses

IME April 8, 2019


The avalanche this afternoon carried heavy snow and downed trees into this residence on the Lower Board Ranch. Express photo by Roland Lane

Two houses were heavily damaged by an avalanche this afternoon that slid down a hillside of burned trees and onto the Lower Board Ranch, west of Ketchum.

Responders were dispatched at about 2 p.m. to the area of Whipsaw Lane and Cross Cut Lane, on the south side of the residential area accessed by Warm Springs Road.

Large amounts of snow laden with downed trees ended up on the residential properties. It was reported from the scene by first-responders that there were no injuries.

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Avalanche caught on camera hurtling down Ketchum mountainside

Video courtesy of Victoria Horst Jensen

KTVB April 9, 2019

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Melting snow creates these ‘wet slab’ avalanches in Blaine County

In the last week, Blaine County has experienced a dozen avalanches and now crews are being to clear the aftermath of them and find others that happened.

Shirah Matsuzawa April 10, 2019 KTVB

Ketchum, Idaho — Two avalanches hit Warm Springs Road near Ketchum on Sunday, one of which seriously damaged two homes, knocking one of the homes off its foundation.

In the last week, Blaine County has experienced a dozen avalanches and now crews are beginning to clear the aftermath of them and find others that happened.

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Heavy flooding on Nez Perce Reservation could lead to evacuations

The tribe’s executive committee has declared a state of emergency and is urging residents to be on the alert.

KTVB Staff April 10, 2019

Lapwai, Idaho — The Nez Perce Tribe’s executive committee has declared a state of emergency due to heavy flooding on and near reservation land.

Though rain is not expected today and water levels are declining, people are advised to take extra precautions and stay alert. Mudslides, landslides, and rockslides are still likely to occur.

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Cascade approves ‘dark sky’ regulations

City joins, McCall, Valley County with lighting rules

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 11, 2019

The Cascade City Council on Monday voted to adopt a dark sky ordinance governing outdoor nighttime lighting in the city.

Cascade joins Valley County, which adopted a dark sky ordinance in 2004 that was updated in 2017, and McCall, which has had a dark sky ordinance in place since 2006.

The ordinance is intended to protect the skies over the city from light pollution by requiring light fixtures that cast little or no light upward.

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Spring 2019 Extension Events

University of Idaho Extension, Valley County

What a winter Valley County has had!

It’s wonderful seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Spring is the time to prepare for gardening and ensure we start on the right foot to healthy beautiful lawns, If you have any concerns about soil health contact our office for soil sampling information.

We also have great publications available for high elevation gardening and landscaping that will help you address any questions you may have and prepare you for success.

Our office specializes in community development, agriculture, horticulture, and 4-H youth development programs.

link to: calendar
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Scam Alert:

Idaho Attorney General warns of tax scams reported throughout state

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, April 11th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho State Tax Commission are warning Idahoans of recent tax scams targeting people in the state.

The reported scams came to people in Middleton and Orofino through the mail.

“These mailings are particularly concerning because they show scammers are researching actual tax records and then tailoring their scam attempts specific to individuals,” Wasden says. “If there’s ever any reason to question the legitimacy of a tax document you receive in the mail, call tax officials – not on the numbers provided in the mailing – and check its authenticity. Be especially suspicious of anything that aggressively demands payment in a short amount of time.”

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Public Lands:

Motorized trail closures imposed in Danskin Mountains

Contact: Boise National Forest Venetia Gempler (208) 373-4105

Boise, Idaho, April 8, 2019 — The Boise National Forest Mountain Home Ranger District has extended the closure for motorized access on all trails in the Danskin Mountain OHV (off highway vehicle) Area to minimize trail damage and protect resources due to lingering snow and continued rainfall that have led to very wet trail conditions.

Acting District Ranger Michael Brady extended the closure beyond April 10, after District staff inspected part of the trail system and encountered snow, tread damage, down trees and cut slope failure.

“We know this is a popular area for motorized trail users and we are asking them to help us maintain trail integrity and protect wildlife by delaying use during the spring snow melt,” said Brady. “We are monitoring trail conditions weekly and will open the area to motorized travel as soon as possible.” The closure extends through May, 31, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor allowing the trail system to dry out and for crews to complete needed repairs.

Annually, trail restrictions are put in place starting Jan. 1 and last through the early season in order to reduce potential motor vehicle damage on soft or muddy trails. This closure prohibits all motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle travel on designated trails within the Danskin Mountains OHV Area.

The Danskin Mountains OHV Area is located about 20 miles east of Boise and involves nearly 160 miles of designated motorized use trails. Primary access routes and area trailheads are signed with the closure order. Citizens observing illegal activity are encouraged to report violators to Forest Service law enforcement officers.

Further information is available by contacting the Mountain Home Ranger District office at 208-587-7961.

To view the detailed description of the closure and map visit:

0402-01-89 Danskin Spring Trail Closure MAP.PDF

4-8-2019 – Extended Motorized trail closures Danskin Mountains.pdf
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Letter to Share:

We need getting kids there. Rain or shine the party goes on. Everything is free except getting there. Please pass on to anyone who has kids. If you are a business, we are a 501C3 and if you or anyone can spare a little cash we can give you a receipt for your donation. Come see what we do and you can help.

Just for Kids!

Annual free just for kid’s day hunting and shooting at Little Canyon Shooting Inc. At the Peck, Idaho Ranch. Watch for directions signs from Hwy 12 to the ranch on the free day:

Sunday, April 14th 2019

Check in time 9 AM To 1 PM – hunting, shooting all day!

Shoot at a .22 rifle range, practice on the clay shooting range, practice on the archery range with life size targets, and then go to the open fields where 3 pheasants will be released for each hunter. Each youth will be assigned a safety advisor and will hunt with a dog and handler. After each youth has been through once, those that didn’t harvest a bird can go through again. The .22 small bore rifle range, clays, and archery ranges will be open all day or as long as we have shooters. There will also be tours of the bird hatchery.

There will be a complimentary lunch, and ammunition will be provided by vista outdoors in Lewiston. We have shotguns available for the younger hunters or you may bring your own. Remember, members and local sportsman will work dogs for the hunters and each youth will be assigned a safety advisor. Please call and let us know if you plan to attend. We also need sponsors if you can help!

Requirements

Idaho Residents: Hunters safety certificate and Idaho hunting license.

Non-Residents: Hunter safety certificate and 502 class non-resident shooting preserve license (available on-site).

RSVP To let us know if you plan to attend: Call or email – 1-208-486-6235 lcs @ cpcinternet.com littlecanyonshooting.com

1-208-883-3423 jhag1008 @ gmail.com The Gamebird Foundation

Help us find kids who are our future hunters and leaders and will help preserve our great American outdoor tradition.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation
thegamebirdfoundation.org
208-883-3423
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Critter News:

MCPAWS to offer free cat microchipping during four clinics

The Star-News April 11, 2019

MCPAWS Animal Shelter will offer free cat microchipping at four travel clinics beginning Saturday in Riggins.

The shelter sends 80 percent of lost dogs back to their owners, but less than 10 percent of lost cats, MCPAWS executive director Amber Kostoff said.

“Why the disparity? I can sum it up in one word: microchips,” Kostoff said.

Microchips are the size and shape of a small grain of rice and are inserted just under the skin on the back of a pet. Each chip is registered in a national database with the pet owner’s information.

Any shelter, veterinarian or animal control officer can find the owner of a lost microchipped pet in minutes.

“If your cat goes missing, you are 20 times more likely to find her if she is microchipped,” Kostoff said.

Stray cats and dogs that are not reclaimed are added to the pet adoption program, she said.

“We’ve given ourselves the goal of getting our feline return to owner rate into the double digits in 2019,” Kostoff said,

The travel clinics will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• Saturday: Riggins, Salmon River Heritage Center, 109 South Lodge St.

• Saturday, May 11: Council, American Legion Hall, 2046 U.S. 95.

• Saturday, June 22: Cascade, Cascade City Hall, 105 S. Main St.

• Saturday, July 20: New Meadows, New Meadows City Hall, 401 Virginia St.

Free microchipping is offered at any time at the MCPAWS shelter at 831 S. Third St. in McCall. Call 208-634-3647 to set up an appointment. Cats must be in carriers.

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Pet Talk – Increased blood pressure in dogs and cats

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt April 12, 2019 IME

Systemic hypertension is elevated blood pressure. We measure blood pressure in millimeters of mercury. Systolic blood pressure is when the heart is pumping at its maximum. Diastolic blood pressure occurs when the heart is at its maximum rest. In dogs and cats, pressure is measured with a blood pressure cuff in a manner similar to that in people, but special equipment must be used to detect blood flow in their tiny arteries. An increase in blood pressure can cause damage to the kidneys, eyes, heart and other organs.

In both dogs and cats, systemic hypertension is associated with chronic kidney disease. In dogs, adrenal gland disease can cause systemic hypertension. In cats, hypertension is a cause. Hypertension is a rare complication of some medications.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of April 2019
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Record number of wolves in Oregon

The number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year.

By Andrew Selsky Associated Press April 9, 2019

Salem, Ore. — A record number of wolves are roaming the forests and fields of Oregon, 20 years after the species returned to the state.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported Monday that the number of known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year. There are likely even more wolves because not all individuals or packs are located during the winter count.

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Wolf Education International

4/8/2019 Newsletter

Wyoming Wolf Data Final Report

Northeastern Wolves: Then and Now

State Of Idaho Funds Controversial Wolf Bounty Program
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4/11/2019 Newsletter

Wolves move into Dutch national park
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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
April 11, 2019
Issue No. 903
Table of Contents

* Two More Days Of Spring Chinook Fishing, But Harvest Managers Wonder If Looking At ‘Really Poor Run’
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442436.aspx

* NOAA Releases New 2019 BiOp For Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead; Includes Flexible Spill, Take Provisions
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442383.aspx

* Court Hears Arguments For Immediate Changes At Willamette Dams To Aid ESA-Listed Salmonids
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442408.aspx

* Corps Begins Willamette Basin NEPA/EIS Process To Determine Dams’ Impacts On Wild Steelhead, Wild Spring Chinook
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442409.aspx

* Following New Sea Lion Removal Efforts, ESA-Listed Wild Willamette Steelhead May Post Best Run In 3 Years
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442412.aspx

* Conservation Groups Sue NOAA To Compel The Agency To Assess, Reduce Impact Of Salmon Harvests On Orcas
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442418.aspx

* As Flooding Hits Parts Of Basin, Water Supply Forecasts For Spring, Summer Dropping
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442421.aspx

* New Executive Manager For BPA Fish/Wildlife Division Discusses Funding Issues With NW Power/Conservation Council
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442433.aspx

* Washington Wolf Report: 126 Wolves, 27 Packs; First Pack West Of Cascade Crest Documented
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442398.aspx

* Oregon Wolf Report Documents Minimum Count Of 137 Wolves, 16 Packs
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442420.aspx

* Washington Gov. Inslee Appoints Patrick Oshie To Northwest Power And Conservation Council
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442434.aspx

* With Low Water Supplies Forecasted, Inslee Declares Drought Emergency For Okanogan, Methow, Upper Yakima
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442400.aspx

* Study Uses Advanced Simulations To Project Outcomes Of Bull Trout Reintroduction In Pend Oreille River Basin In 200 Years
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442422.aspx

* Montana Requires All Watercraft Travelling Across Continental Divide To Columbia Basin To Be Inspected For Invasive Species
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442428.aspx

* Elwha River Fishing Closure Extended Two Years To Aid Re-Colonizing Salmonids After Dam Removal; Some Adults Up To River Mile 40
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442429.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
Monday, April 8, 2019

During the week of April 1, the majority of steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was located either near the Pahsimeroi River confluence or upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19. Angler effort downstream of Salmon was minimal and no angler interviews were obtained.

Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River confluence in location code 17 averaged 24 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed near Challis in location code 18 averaged 42 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the East Fork in location code 19 averaged 6 hours per steelhead caught. Check the Harvest Report for more details.

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F&G Commission sets migratory game bird seasons and adjusts wolf hunt in two units

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Meeting by conference call on April 11, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission set seasons for migratory game birds for 2019-20, and amended wolf hunting seasons in Units 51 and 50 for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

The seasons for migratory game birds will remain mostly the same as the 2018-19 seasons, with a few exceptions:

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Tundra swans are dying from historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin

By Kiira Siitari, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ongoing cleanup and restoration efforts are underway to help prevent this annual die off

Panhandle Region Fish and Game staff have received numerous calls about dead tundra swans in the lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin, particularly around Harrison Slough. The deaths are attributed to poisoning from mine waste contamination found in the wetland sediments where the birds forage.

Each spring, an average of 150 tundra swans are found dead or sick along the Coeur d’Alene River floodplain. The spring of 2019 is shaping up to be a noticeably bad season for migrating swans. This may be due to a combination of factors, including timing and distribution of ice melt, water levels in the floodplain, and length of time the migrating swans stayed in the area while on their way to breeding grounds in Alaska.

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

Baby zebra born at Idaho Falls Zoo

Apr 12, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Idaho Falls Zoo announced the birth of its new female Plains Zebra named Ayana on Friday.

Ayana was born on Tuesday, April 9.

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Seasonal Humor:


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Apr 7, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 7, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 21 – 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern
May 5 – 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall
May 20 – Deadline 2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
June 11 – Vet Day Yellow Pine
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 18 – (tentative) Noxious Weed Spray day
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

(details below)
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Local Events:

April 21 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern

Fried Chicken and Potato Salad provided by the Tavern
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May 5, 2019, 3pm, Taco Feed at the Community Hall

In thanks for the great support of the community, the Community Hall Committee is giving back.

A Taco Feed will be held at the Community Hall on May 5th at 3pm. The Community Hall is providing the fixin’s.

Please join us for good food and to check out the progress that has been made in the Community Hall.

Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list.
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Noxious Weed Spray day July 18

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I tentatively have Thursday, July 18, 2019 marked on my calendar.

We had really good participation last year but we can do better, lets start talking now and get more people involved as it is “Everyone’s responsibility to control Noxious and Invasive plants”. I think last years event went very well, we will try and be a little more organized this year, if we missed someone put them on top of the priority list. I will bring my entire crew, all of our equipment, PPE, and mixed herbicide, you provide the volunteers, we’re here to help you not do it for you.

I misplaced 1-backpack sprayer last year, please keep your eyes peeled in case we laid it down someplace or forgot to pick it up.

Spread the word, save the date. I look forward to hearing from you. The best way to contact me this time of year is through e-mail, I will be in and out of the office until May, I check my e-mails daily but I can’t always respond until I get back into the office.

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Yellow Pine water system on boil order until further notice

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has placed the Yellow Pine Water Users Association Public Water System on a boil order until further notice.

The water system has had perpetual issues this winter with meeting water treatment requirements of produced water and with maintaining enough volume in the storage tanks. The problem could most likely be solved by reducing water system usage. Until that occurs:

* Not flushing the water to waste for 24 hours or until turbidity returns to pre-scrape levels after a sand scraping event, is cause for a boil order.

* Opening the orifice plate on the sand filter(s) to let more water through allows the water to pass through the sand too fast, and is cause for a boil order.

* Not maintaining a certain minimum water level in the storage tanks reduces the “contact time” to below engineered timeframes, and is cause for a boil order.

* Using more water than the water system can produce will cause depressurization events within the water system, and is cause for a boil order.

Yellow Pine’s water system has not been able to maintain all of these requirements on a consistent basis and none of the contingency efforts have proven to be successful.

Your Drinking Water Operator, Warren Drake, will provide you with the public notification, and with a Certification Form. The Public Notification needs to be posted within 24 hours, and the filled out Certification form and a copy of that notice must be sent to me within 10 days. The water system will receive a violation if a Certification Form is not received by DEQ.

If you have any questions, please call me at (208) 373-0457.

Thank you,
Richard Lee Drinking Water Analyst
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

see attachments:
PWS #ID4430059 -Yellow Pine – CT Ratio Disinfection Violation Public Notification January 2019.pdf

#4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19.pdf
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Missing US Flag

A report that the US Flag at the Kiosk on main street went missing. If you have any info, please contact the YP Tavern. A temporary flag will be hoisted until a replacement flag arrives.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.

– Marj Fields
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Roads

Please share road reports, if you see a slide or rocks down, please take a photo so it can be shared with the plow driver.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report March 14 that the transfer station was emptied. A report March 15 that the dumpsters are empty, but there is trash strewn between and behind the bins. Road report March 17 that the ice floor is starting to break up, slushy during warm afternoons.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.


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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Bears are due to come out of hibernation soon. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil order issued April 2, 2019

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.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

Smoke Alarm Info:
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC
Link to FB page:

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430, Suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Apr 1) overnight low of 24 degrees, overcast this morning, measured 11″ of old snow. Two robins were hopping around on the snow crust, lots of finches visiting and more calling from the trees. A few breaks in the clouds mid-day. Jays joined the finches at the feeders early afternoon. Mid-afternoon it was overcast and a brief rain shower, high of 50 degrees. A few cow elk at hole #1 early evening. Calm and partly clear at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 2) overnight low of 27 degrees, high haze over most of the sky this morning, 10″ old snow on average, bare spots are growing. Woodpeckers drumming and calling, jays and finches visiting. Solid cloud cover by mid-day. Short light sprinkle, breezy and overcast mid-afternoon, high of 51 degrees. Cloudy at dusk, several robins calling. Cloudy before midnight. Early morning rain showers before sunrise.

Wednesday (Apr 3) overnight low of 24 degrees, early morning rain and overcast, average of 8″ old snow on the ground, more open places. Ravens, robins and finches calling. Thinner cloud and filtered sunshine mid-day, light breezes. Jays and finches visiting. Breaks in the clouds and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Flickers calling. Little shower of rain late evening, cloudy and damp at dusk. Robins calling. Cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 4) overnight low of 31 degrees, broken cloud cover this morning, measured an average of 6″ old snow on the ground. More bare ground on local streets. Robins, finches and flickers calling. Pretty good rain shower mid-day, high of 52 degrees. Intermittent rain showers in the afternoon and evening. Sprinkling at dusk and robins calling. Looked wet and cloudy at 1030pm. Early morning rain.

Friday (Apr 5) overnight low of 32 degrees, low overcast (VanMeter socked in low) and light rain continued until 11am, measured an average of 5″ old snow on the ground. Jay and finches visiting. Rain shower mid-day, higher clouds. Pine squirrel, finches and jays calling from around the neighborhood mid-afternoon and cloudy, high of 49 degrees. A report of a rufus sided towhee today. Showers on and off in the evening, raining lightly at dusk and robins chirping. Rained until some time after midnight.

Saturday (Apr 6) overnight low of 30 degrees, overcast sky, average of 5″ old snow taking into account larger bare patches. Lots of birds calling this morning, robins, flickers, finches, jays and a red-winged blackbird. Finches and red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Snow flurry then rain/snow shower mid-day. Rain showers and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Cow elk at hole #1. At dusk it was overcast and damp, almost misting. Looks like it rained all night.

Sunday (Apr 7) overnight low of 35 degrees, low overcast and steady rain this morning, average of 4″ old snow/ice on the ground. Finches, flicker, jays and robins calling. Still raining mid-day. Still raining mid-afternoon and breezy, high of 45 degrees. Quiet wet day, more open ground showing, south facing hillsides are bare. Cloudy and raining at dusk, robins calling.
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Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s March Newsletter

4/2/2019

From the desk and travels of Commissioner Cruickshank,

March 1st through March 7th I have attached my report after attending the National Association of Counties (NACo) Mid-Winter Legislative Conference held in Washington D C. I will note that the majority of my travel and expenses was paid by the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) as their representative on the NACo Board of Directors. I also had one night of hotel paid by NACo for staying an additional day to attend the Rural Action Caucus Day of Action. Valley County paid for one hotel night in Boise so I could catch a 6:00 AM flight.
link to report:

Friday March 8th
I had calls from citizens on the conditions of the county roads due to the recent snowfall from the prior several weeks. I explained to them of major equipment breakdowns which required renting other equipment that isn’t set up with all the attachments we use to at least try and keep up.

Saturday March 9th
I spent much of the day reviewing the claims, emails and related documents prior to our Commissioner meeting on Monday.

Sunday March 10th
I prepared and sent out the February Newsletter. I prepared the NACo report after attending the NACo Conference and emailed Idaho folks who attended the conference to get feedback on what they thought of the conference.

Monday March 11th
Commissioner day today. Please find the minutes of the meeting once approved posted on the Valley County Website at Valley County Idaho Official Site and found under the Commissioners section.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

Tuesday March 12th
I sent out the agenda for my NACo West Region Call on Thursday.

I responded to emails, returned phone calls, sent emails on attending future NACo Conferences and had a phone conversation to clarify committee membership on NACo Committees.

Wednesday March 13th
I sent out an email to the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition on what I learned while in Washington D C on the status of the Secure Rural Schools program.

Thursday March 14th
I reviewed a future Rock Crushing Contract for the Road Department.

I hosted the NACo West Region Conference Call where I had asked attendees from the West Region to provide any feedback on the recent NACo Conference so I could report this to the NACo staff to learn where we needed to improve for future conferences.

Tonight I attended a Valley County Snow Advisory Committee meeting to discuss the ongoing Snow Grooming Program and related issues.

Friday March 15th
I visited with the Valley County Treasurer on a Tax Deed issue where Valley County acquired a Cabin on a Forest Service lease.

I sent an email concerning our Firewise program to the administrator with Idaho Department of Lands to clarify some concerns.

I prepared and sent out my notes from the West Region Conference call.

I received a message asking for information on avalanche issues with Warm Lake Road near Landmark and sent out a request to learn more on the issue.

Monday March 18th
Commissioner day today. Please find the minutes once approved on the Valley County Website. Of note we set Public Hearing dates of Monday April 22nd in Cascade from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the American Legion and April 23rd in McCall from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Idaho First Bank Conference Room.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

Tuesday March 19th
I returned calls from staff on setting the Hearing Dates set yesterday for the Waterways Ordinance.

I visited with a citizen on a possible new snowmobile groomed route to consider.

Wednesday March 20th
I received and sent an email on a trail maintenance schedule for the Payette National Forest trails that primarily falls in Valley County.

I sent information on the avalanche issue to the folks requesting information.

Thursday March 21st
Today I attended the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) meeting held in McCall where we heard about grazing to assist with fuels reduction, Good Neighbor Authority by Idaho Department of Lands on the National Forest, a presentation by a University of Idaho Range Specialist who spoke on grazing projects she had conducted on Sage Brush lands, heard a report from the Lands Allocation Committee on their meetings and had an update on PFC projects. We also learned that a Deputy Supervisor will be assigned to the Payette National Forest for the summer.

Friday March 22nd
I participated in a NACo Executive Board Conference Call today where we recapped the NACo Conference, heard updates from staff and reports from the Executive Board.

Monday March 25th
Today was a commissioner day however my fellow commissioners were away on Spring Break. Commissioner Hasbrouck called in so we could have the meeting and pay the bills. After this I along with the Valley County Prosecutor and Cascade City Mayor went to the Valley County Jail to conduct a Jail Inspection which is required quarterly by the commissioners.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

I also reviewed an application form the Valley County Assessor is creating for people who could qualify for some Tax Exemptions on new business ventures which is allowed by Idaho State Code for any major improvements over $500,000.00.

Tuesday March 26th
I sent an email to the Director and other with the Idaho Transportation Department concerning news I learned from a citizen on proposed work on Highway 55 asking why the Valley County Commissioners had not been informed of this pending work as it was closing Highway 55 for several hours at a time.

I attended a meeting with the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) and the Forest Service Regional Office via Video Teleconferencing at the Payette National Forest Supervisors office. The meeting was held to learn the focus of the Regional Office for Region 4 for the upcoming years. Of note there is more work to be completed by the Forest Service however funding and staff still hamper the ability to reach goals requested by the Secretary of Agriculture. I also learned that 28 Harvest Sales received a No-Bid due to the market for timber products isn’t the same is all areas.

I returned a phone call to the Assessor as they had learned some additional information on the Tax Exemption application process.

Wednesday March 27th
This morning I attended another meeting with the AFRC and this time it was with the Payette and Boise National Forests in McCall also using the Video Conferencing to connect with the Boise National Forest and AFRC. Today we learned more on the projects scheduled for timber harvest on both forests using Stewardship Contracting, traditional Timber Sales and Good Neighbor Authority utilizing Idaho Department of Lands. The discussion was projected targeted goals to meet the request by the Secretary of Agriculture, doing fuels treatment to reduce the risk of fire and staffing needs.

This afternoon I attended a meeting with the Idaho State Tax Commission staff to discuss the conditions of approval for businesses who would apply for the Tax Exemption allowed by Idaho State Code.

I also was able to have a phone conversation with the Project Manager for the Highway 55 project so he knows my concerns with the Highway closures and to understand why the Valley County Commissioners were not provided a presentation on this upcoming work on Highway 55. This work is scheduled to begin this fall on a section of Highway 55 north of Smith’s Ferry and below the Rainbow Bridge to drill and blast some of the rock walls along this section of Highway 55. The work will be done in several phases with the closures after Labor Day and prior to mid May so it doesn’t interfere with long closures during the busy summer season.

Well that about wraps up this month. Many folks were on Spring Break this week across the area. I hope you had a chance to get outside a bit as Winter just won’t let go and Spring wants to be here.

Thanks for reading the newsletter of my work for you.
Gordon
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Idaho News:

Fire marshal: Propane leak led to deadly McCall home explosion

A propane leak that led to flammable gas slowly pooling in the crawl space beneath a McCall home is to blame for the massive explosion that killed a man and badly injured a teenage girl.

Joe Parris, Katie Terhune April 3, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — A propane leak that led to flammable gas slowly pooling in the crawl space beneath a McCall home is to blame for the massive explosion that killed a man and badly injured a teenage girl.

Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl released the result of the investigation Wednesday, while urging all Idahoans to guard themselves and their houses from a similar tragedy.

The March 17 explosion completely leveled the house on Fairway Drive, near the McCall Golf Club. The force of the explosion drove boards through the roofs of nearby homes and left a field of smoking debris where the home had stood.

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‘It smells like rotten eggs:’ How to detect and prevent propane or other gas leaks

After an undetected propane leak caused a house explosion in McCall, fire officials are speaking out with a safety message to prevent other disasters.

Misty Inglet April 3, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — A flammable gas leak is being blamed for a McCall house explosion that killed one man and left a teenage girl badly injured.

The Idaho State Fire Marshal, Knute Sandahl, released the results of his investigation Wednesday morning.

According to Sandahl, an undetected propane leak is what led to the explosion. He said there were fractures in the joints of the piping from the propane tank and so the gas pooled in a crawlspace underneath the house, eventually making its way up through the floorboards and inside the home.

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State puts kibosh on Valley County road tax levy

Tax commission says November advisory vote not enough

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 4, 2019

A misunderstanding of state law means Valley County will not be able to collect $3.3 million in property taxes starting next year to improve and maintain county roads.

A total of 69 percent of voters last November approved an advisory vote that county commissioners thought gave them the go-ahead to impose a permanent increase in property taxes under state law.

But the Idaho State Tax Commission on Monday told county officials they did not fully consider all relevant sections of state law before putting the advisory vote on the ballot.

State law allows the county to enact a property tax for roads, but another section of state law says the total amount of property taxes cannot be increased by more than 3 percent per year, tax commission Tax Policy Bureau Chief Alan Dornfest said.

The only way the county could raise the $3.3 million per year is to hold an election specifically to override the 3 percent increase cap.

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‘We take the blame’: Valley County commissioners weighing options after $3M ballot confusion

In November, 69 percent of voters approved an advisory vote for a road levy, but the language on the ballot was incorrect.

Shirah Matsuzawa April 4, 2019 KTVB

Cascade, Idaho — A misunderstanding in Valley County now has county leaders looking for a new way to get funds to improve and maintain its roads.

In November, 69 percent of voters approved an advisory vote for a road levy.

“The road levy was a way to provide some stability to our road maintenance issues,” Valley County Commission Chairman Gordon Cruickshank said.

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High snowpack levels could make for excellent whitewater rafting, jetboat season

Apr 02, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Idaho outfitters are excited about mountain snowpack levels across Idaho — because the abundant snow provides a strong indication of a promising whitewater rafting and jet boating season on rivers this spring and summer.

Experts say Idaho snowpack levels are above-average in the river basins, that count the most for whitewater rafting and jet boating statewide.

“Snowpack levels are particularly strong in the Owyhee (130 percent of normal) and Bruneau river basins (121 percent of normal), where desert river trips are wholly dependent on natural runoff,” said Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association spokesman Steve Stuebner.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold mine study delayed until Christmas

Company says info requests, shutdown, slows process

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 4, 2019

It could be Christmas before a federal draft study of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine is released, the company announced on Tuesday.

The release of the draft study had already been pushed back from May to August earlier this year to allow Midas Gold more time to submit studies on water quality at the mine site before, during and after the project.

But a 35-day federal government shutdown from late December to late January further slowed progress on the study by the Payette National Forest, according to a Midas Gold news release.

“The partial government shutdown unfortunately extended the schedule and the request for more modeling of alternatives has had additional impacts on the schedules,” Midas Gold Idaho President Laurel Sayer said in the release.

The delay in the release of the draft study means the soonest the Payette could approve the project would be late 2020, according to the news release.

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Midas Gold gets $5M from Barrick, files papers for $200M

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 4, 2019

Midas Gold Corp. has taken steps to ensure it has enough money to finish planning and building its proposed gold and antimony mine in Valley County.

Barrick Gold Corp. has agreed to invest up to $5 million to assist Midas Gold in advancing its Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

The Toronto company, which owns about 19.7 percent of Midas Gold Corp., modified its agreement with Midas Gold to “increase financing flexibility,” a Midas Gold news release said.

“Previously Barrick may have participated in financing; now Barrick will participate,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

It is expected the money will be used for permitting and general and administrative expenses as Midas Gold awaits approval on its proposed gold and antimony mine about 35 air miles east of McCall, Lyon said.

More money for the Stibnite Gold Project has been needed due to delays for getting the project approved.

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Public Lands:

Spring 2019 Prescribed Fire on the Payette National Fores

4/2/2019

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the Four Mile and Bald Hill Prescribed Fire projects this spring. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The Bald Hill project area is north of the East Fork Road, in Williams and Dutch Oven Creek drainages as well as an area west of Profile Rd near the jct of the East Fork and Profile roads. Maps of the project areas are attached for your reference, areas that we will be working in are yellow. Timing will be dependent on weather; ignitions will most likely occur sometime in April or May 2019. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Please let me know if you need more specific notifications, such as health related concerns with smoke.

Thanks for your continued support and I will pass on more specifics as we get closer to implementation.

Link to: Bald Hill Spring 19.pdf

Link to: FourMile_Spring19.pdf

Have a good day,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District
p: 208-634-0622
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Boise National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA)

4/3/2019

The Boise National Forest’s published “Schedule of Proposed Actions” (SOPA) report for April 1, 2019 through June 31, 2019 is now available on the Boise National Forest Schedule of Proposed Actions webpage. The Forest Service produces the published SOPA report 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.

https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110402

The SOPA has been standardized across all National Forests from a national database to track key project planning information. The SOPA reports for the all National Forests are available at http://www.fs.fed.us/sopa. 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 to contact me.

Sincerely,
Terre Pearson-Ramirez
Acting Forest Planner
Boise National Forest
1249 South Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4245

Note: Cascade Ranger District:
The Boise National Forest would authorize Idaho Power Company to reroute approximately 2.49 miles of existing overhead 7.2-kilovolt (kV) distribution line with approximately 2.74 miles of single-phase underground line.
Location: UNIT – Cascade Ranger District. STATE – Idaho. COUNTY – Valley. LEGAL – Township 18 North, Range 08 East, Section 04, and Township 19 North, Range 08 East, Sections 28, 29, 32, & 33, Boise Meridian. Yellow Pine area.
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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update, April – June 2019

Here is the link to the Payette NF SOPA web page: Payette NF Schedule of Proposed Actions
https://www.fs.fed.us/sopa/forest-level.php?110412

Note: Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District
Big Creek Hazardous Fuel Reduction
Description: Community protection for Edwardsburg/Big Creek area using commercial and noncommercial treatments and Rx fire to reduce hazardous fuels. Treatments are on USFS lands along public roads and adjacent to private property, outside of wilderness.
Web Link: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=54260
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Mountain Home Ranger District temporarily closes roads for upcoming tree planting

Boise, Idaho, April 4, 2019 – As part of the ongoing reforestation effort for the 2013 Elk Complex fires, the Mountain Home Ranger District will temporarily close National Forest System (NFS) Roads to plow them in preparation for spring planting of various conifer species, primarily ponderosa pine.

The roads are closed to motorized use (wheeled vehicles and snowmobiles) to provide for public safety, prevent road damage and to protect wintering wildlife during the Elk Reforestation effort on roads typically inaccessible during this time of year.

The Elk wildfire burned hot and consumed most of the trees so planting is needed to accelerate the establishment of ponderosa pine. Other areas within the Elk wildfire are expected to be planted for several more years.

NFS roads affected include 128 (Lester Creek road), 129 (Fall Creek road), 118 (Stavely Creek road), and 103 (No Name Creek). The closures are in effect beginning April 2 through June 15, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor.

Any violation of this order is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.

For specific details and a map visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

For more information, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.

0402-01-88 Spring Road Plowing Closure – Stavley Creek MAP.pdf
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BLM supplies wildland fire engine to local Rangeland Fire Protection Association

Date: April 3, 2019
Contact: Jared Jablonski 208-384-3210

Boise, Idaho – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) transferred a surplus wildland fire engine to the Owyhee Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) in Jordan Valley, Oregon. The Type 4 wildland engine can hold over 800 gallons of water and is equipped with its own pump system.

The transfer took place as part of BLM’s Rural Fire Readiness program, which helps boost the crucial role of rural cooperators in wildland firefighting. The program gives the BLM not only the ability to transfer equipment at no cost, but also tools, protective gear and training to RFPAs and volunteer and rural fire departments.

“Having an engine with four-wheel drive that holds so much water is really beneficial,” said Teo Maestrejuan, Owyhee RFPA Chairman. “This engine makes us much more diversified.”

The RFPAs are all-volunteer organizations comprised of ranchers and farmers in remote areas who proactively provide initial attack against new fires and respond alongside BLM firefighters. They are often closest to a fire when it starts, bringing local knowledge of road access to remote areas and a passionate motivation to protect the land.

The equipment, training and communication procedures used by RFPA members allow them to seamlessly integrate with BLM firefighting operations. The Owyhee RFPA has assisted the BLM on multiple wildland fires since its inception in 2012, most notably on the nearly 280,000-acre Soda Fire in 2015.

“The RFPAs play a critical role in fighting wildland fires in Idaho,” said Russ Babiak, BLM Boise District Fire Management Officer. “Any time we can assist a local cooperator—be it through training or equipment—it’s a win-win situation that continues to promote a safe and effective wildland firefighting community.”

Last year, southwestern Idaho had 147 wildfires that burned 80,606 acres. The BLM works closely with other federal and state agencies, local fire departments and RFPAs to respond to wildland fires.
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USFS Regional Intermountain News

Volume 3 Issue 1 April 2, 2019

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Critter News:

Cascade vet clinic to host vaccinations Saturday

The Star-News April 4, 2019

Cascade Veterinary Clinic will host a pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pet owners do not need to make an appointment.

Cascade dog licenses will be available for purchase. Canine vaccinations available will include rabies, distemper, parvo, lepto, adenovirus, para-influenza and bordatello.

Feline vaccinations available will include panleuk rhino, calicivirus and feline leukemia.

For more information, call 208-382-4590. The Cascade Veterinary Clinic is located at 935 S. Idaho 55.

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[Note: The Cascade Vet Clinic will come to Yellow Pine on Tuesday June 11th, please call to get on the list.]
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Cats Might Not Act Like It, But They Know Their Names As Well As Dogs, Study Says

April 4, 2019 Matthew S. Schwartz NPR

Call a dog by its name, and its tail wags, it starts panting happily, and it showers you with love and affection.

Call a cat by its name and … well, cats are a bit harder to read. Does the cat even know what its name is?

So researchers in Japan set out to answer the question: Can a cat understand the difference between its name and any other random word that sounds like it?

Research on cats is slim compared to research on dogs. That may be because cats can’t be bothered to participate in the experiments.

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Pet Talk – Cats and herpes virus

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 4/5/2019 IME

Feline herpesvirus is a common upper respiratory infection of cats. Most cats are exposed at some point during their life. Once exposed to the virus, most cats develop sufficient immunity to destroy the virus and antibodies to prevent reinfection. Some cats, like some people, develop latent infection. This means the virus isn’t destroyed, but goes into remission, and can be reactivated during times of stress or illness.

Signs of herpes infection in cats are highly variable and range from mild conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) to life-threatening illness. In severe cases, upper respiratory infection, fever, loss of appetite, marked pink-eye and ocular and nasal discharges occur.

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Photos: Idaho Horse Show dazzles with amazing horses

The Idaho Horse Show Association held the Idaho Horse Show at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday, April. 6. Different classes of horses were tested and judged for skills, body, and several other categories. (Photos by Axel Quartarone)

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Fish & Game issues advisory about bears waking up from hibernation

The Star-News April 4, 2019

Spring has sprung, and so have the hibernating bears. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reminding residents of the dangers of the animals finding human food sources and to take precautions.

“Understandably, they are hungry, and with several feet of snow on the ground, their food options are limited,” F&G regional wildlife manager Regan Berkley said. “Now is the time to start making sure they don’t find food at houses or businesses in town.”

Residents can take precautions by using bear-resistant trash containers properly and not propping lids open, leaving bags outside the containers or tampering with latches.

Businesses are also urged to not prop open dumpster lids, especially at night when bears are most likely to look for easy meals in town.

Residents are also cautioned to take down bird feeders. “Bird seed is high-calorie nutrition for bears, and they’ll return to your home many times if they’ve found that easy meal even once,” Berkley said.

Bears that find easy sources of human food can become dangerous, she said. “Unfortunately, bears that have become too accustomed to human food sources cannot responsibly be relocated,” Berkley said.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game sometimes must intervene and trap and euthanize a bear who has become a nuisance, Berkley said.

“Luckily, the solution is simple: Don’t allow bears to access human food sources in the first place,” she said.

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Washington wolf census finds more packs, breeding pairs

By Nicholas K. Geranios – 4/4/19 AP

Spokane, Wash. — The number of gray wolves in Washington state kept growing last year and for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range, wildlife officials said Thursday.

The state has a minimum of 126 wolves in 27 packs with 15 successful breeding pairs, defined as male and female adults that have raised at least two pups that survived through the end of the year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife found in its annual wolf census.

A year ago, there were 122 wolves in 22 packs with 14 breeding pairs.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of April 2019
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 4/1/2019

Montana Bills to Stop Wolf Hunting Dead

Local Rancher Deals With Losing Livestock to ‘Rogue’ Wolf Pack
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Idaho moose population is in decline

Wood River Valley is exception to trend

4/5/2019 IME

While the Wood River Valley’s moose population appears to be stable, wildlife managers are expressing concern about a dwindling population in most of Idaho.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the state’s moose population steadily increased into the early 2000s. The animals had greatly expanded their range and numbers throughout the state since the 1970s, and also expanded west into Washington and northeastern Oregon.

However, the department said, moose populations have declined in parts of the country since the 1990s, and concerns have escalated since the early 2000s. Eastern moose populations were the first to experience significant reductions. Moose populations in the West appeared to fare better, but the Rocky Mountain states eventually began seeing similar declines.

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New squirrel species reported in valley

Fox squirrel is native to the East

Greg Moore 4/5/2019 IME

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has received its first reported sighting of an Eastern fox squirrel in Blaine County.

Dan Casali, a resident of Cold Springs subdivision south of Ketchum, reported the sighting to the “Share your observations” section of the department’s website on March 24. The species has been reported on the site in five other counties in Idaho, all in the southern part of the state.

The fox squirrel, a native of the eastern U.S., is the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America. Weighing about two pounds, it’s about four times the size of the American red squirrel, the only tree squirrel other than flying squirrels native to the Wood River Valley.

… He said the squirrels have been introduced into numerous urban areas in the West, including to Boise in 1917, and have spread from those places.

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Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
April 2, 2019

* NOAA Releases New 2019 BiOp For Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead; Includes Flexible Spill, Take Provisions
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442383.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Some units remain open to wolf hunting until April 30

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Some wolf seasons for spring 2019 were extended last year.

Due to changes in wolf hunting seasons, some wolf hunts for spring 2019 are not reflected in the 2017-18 big game rules booklet. The units and dates shown in red reflect open areas for wolf hunting in spring 2019.

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Bear hunters in southeast Idaho take note: Spring bear hunt rules for 2018 still in effect

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Recently approved big game hunting seasons and rules, which included expanding bear hunting opportunity in southeast Idaho, take effect July 1, 2019.

In March, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission set big game hunting seasons and rules for 2019-2021, which included expanding bear hunting opportunity in the Southeast Region. With spring bear hunts upon us, hunters are reminded that bear hunting regulations this spring are the same as they were in spring 2018. The recent changes to bear hunting regulations in southeastern Idaho are not applicable until after the approved big game rules take effect July 1, 2019.

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F&G offers fewer moose tags for 2019 while biologists research moose declines

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, April 1, 2019

Moose population decline is consistent throughout most of the West

Opportunities for moose hunters to harvest one of Idaho’s most sought-after trophy species will be fewer in 2019-20 in an effort by Fish and Game wildlife managers to address declining populations in much of the state.

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See comments and details about Idaho’s steelhead Fishery Management Plan

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Idaho received federal authorization in March to continue its traditional steelhead seasons

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received authorization for its steelhead fishery from the National Marine Fisheries Service in March, which determined that Idaho’s Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan provides the necessary protection for salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

Who blinked first in this epic stare down between a Bald Eagle and a Squirrel?

Lincoln, Maine (Circa) — This photo of a bald eagle and a squirrel’s epic staring contest has gone viral on the internet.

Roger Stevens Jr.’s photo has been shared over 11,000 times as of Friday. The photo, which was taken on Monday, shows a bald eagle and a squirrel participating in a staring contest in a treetop in Maine.

According to WTAE, Stevens took additional photos of the staring match, showing the eagle attempting to catch the squirrel. The squirrel then jumped into a hole in the tree avoiding becoming a meal.

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Seasonal Humor:

SpringYet-a

Is it spring yet?
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Yellow Pine water system on boil order until further notice 4/2/2019

Yellow Pine water system on boil order until further notice

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has placed the Yellow Pine Water Users Association Public Water System on a boil order until further notice.

The water system has had perpetual issues this winter with meeting water treatment requirements of produced water and with maintaining enough volume in the storage tanks. The problem could most likely be solved by reducing water system usage. Until that occurs:

* Not flushing the water to waste for 24 hours or until turbidity returns to pre-scrape levels after a sand scraping event, is cause for a boil order.

* Opening the orifice plate on the sand filter(s) to let more water through allows the water to pass through the sand too fast, and is cause for a boil order.

* Not maintaining a certain minimum water level in the storage tanks reduces the “contact time” to below engineered timeframes, and is cause for a boil order.

* Using more water than the water system can produce will cause depressuration events within the water system, and is cause for a boil order.

Yellow Pine’s water system has not been able to maintain all of these requirements on a consistent basis and none of the contingency efforts have proven to be successful.

Your Drinking Water Operator, Warren Drake, will provide you with the public notification, and with a Certification Form. The Public Notification needs to be posted within 24 hours, and the filled out Certification form and a copy of that notice must be sent to me within 10 days. The water system will receive a violation if a Certification Form is not received by DEQ.

If you have any questions, please call me at (208) 373-0457.

Thank you,
Richard Lee Drinking Water Analyst
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

see attachments:
PWS #ID4430059 -Yellow Pine – CT Ratio Disinfection Violation Public Notification January 2019.pdf

#4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19.pdf
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Mar 31, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Mar 31, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 21 – 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern
May 5 – 3pm Taco Feed at the Community Hall
May 20 – Deadline 2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
June 11 – Vet Day Yellow Pine
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 18 – (tentative) Noxious Weed Spray day
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

April 21 2pm Easter pot luck at the YP Tavern

Fried Chicken and Potato Salad provided by the Tavern
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May 5, 2019, 3pm, Taco Feed at the Community Hall

In thanks for the great support of the community, the Community Hall Committee is giving back.

A Taco Feed will be held at the Community Hall on May 5th at 3pm. The Community Hall is providing the fixin’s.

Please join us for good food and to check out the progress that has been made in the Community Hall.

Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list.
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Noxious Weed Spray day July 18

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I tentatively have Thursday, July 18, 2019 marked on my calendar.

We had really good participation last year but we can do better, lets start talking now and get more people involved as it is “Everyone’s responsibility to control Noxious and Invasive plants”. I think last years event went very well, we will try and be a little more organized this year, if we missed someone put them on top of the priority list. I will bring my entire crew, all of our equipment, PPE, and mixed herbicide, you provide the volunteers, we’re here to help you not do it for you.

I misplaced 1-backpack sprayer last year, please keep your eyes peeled in case we laid it down someplace or forgot to pick it up.

Spread the word, save the date. I look forward to hearing from you. The best way to contact me this time of year is through e-mail, I will be in and out of the office until May, I check my e-mails daily but I can’t always respond until I get back into the office.

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Missing US Flag

A report that the US Flag at the Kiosk on main street went missing. If you have any info, please contact the YP Tavern. A temporary flag will be hoisted until a replacement flag arrives.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.

– Marj Fields
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Roads

It is Spring Rock Migration Season

A report of a rather large slide on the South Fork road late this week, south of Krassel around MM26. The local plow went out and cleared the slide before the weekend. The local plow also went out and kicked rocks off the EFSF before this weekend, watch for fresh rock fall.

Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

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

A report March 14 that the transfer station was emptied. A report March 15 that the dumpsters are empty, but there is trash strewn between and behind the bins. Road report March 17 that the ice floor is starting to break up, slushy during warm afternoons.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.


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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Bears are due to come out of hibernation soon. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Please conserve water, a report that the village is using over 50,000 gallons per day!

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.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC
Link to FB page:

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430, Suet blocks. 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (March 25) overnight low of 25 degrees, thinning overcast and breezy this morning, average of 16″ old snow on the ground. Northern flicker, cassins finches and jays visiting. Thicker clouds mid-day and breezy. Quiet day, hardly any traffic. Mid-afternoon overcast and lighter breezes, snow melting and soaking in, high of 56 degrees. At dusk it was cloudy and light breezes, a robin chirping.

Tuesday (March 26) overnight low of 31 degrees, solid dark overcast and sprinkled from 1030am to 11am, measured an average of 15″ old snow. Northern flicker calling to the north east, cassins finches at the feeders. Sprinkles on and off mid-day. Northern flicker and red-breasted nuthatches joined the cassins finches at the feeders. Steady rain mid-afternoon, dark overcast and rather breezy, high of 45 degrees. Break in the showers early evening, but sprinkling again at dusk and mountain peaks and ridges fogged in.

Wednesday (March 27) overnight low of 32 degrees, overcast and sprinkling, estimate 15″ old snow, it is getting softer. Robin calling in the neighborhood. Still sprinkling mid-day, low dark clouds. Finches visiting after lunch and not raining. Mid-afternoon dark and cloudy, slight breeze and not raining, high of 47 degrees. Hard shower late afternoon, then drizzles and drips. Another blast of rain late evening, moderate rain at dusk. Trace of snow fell sometime during the night/early morning.

Thursday (March 28) overnight low of 30 degrees, overcast this morning, measured an average of 14″ old snow on the ground. Raven and robin calling, jays, finches and pine squirrel visiting. Breaks in the clouds mid-day, a little bit of sun early afternoon. Red-breasted nuthatches, flickers and hairy woodpecker visited. Mid-afternoon sleet storm, little snowballs mixed with rain, then huge flakes of snow for about 10-15 minutes, tapering off to rain/snow mix then broken clouds, high of 46 degrees. It was mostly clear at dusk, getting foggy up Johnson Creek. Overcast before midnight.

Friday (March 29) trace of snow fell before 730am, overnight low of 28 degrees, overcast and occasional flakes of snow this morning, measured 13″ old snow. Raven and robin calling, finches, red-breasted nuthatch and jays visiting. Breaks in the clouds mid-day. Finches and a jay visited. Cloudy mid-afternoon and a little breezy, high of 46 degrees. Broken cloud cover at dusk and light breezes. Cloudy at midnight.

Saturday (March 30) overnight low of 25 degrees, clear sky and light breeze, average of 12″ old snow on the flat (bare ground under trees growing, south facing hills getting bare spots.) Robin, flicker and finches calling this morning, finches at the feeders. Mostly cloudy by mid-day. Jays joined the finches at the feeders. Mid-afternoon had mostly cloudy skies and variable breezes, high of 49 degrees. Quiet afternoon, very little traffic. Broken cloud cover at dusk. Looked cloudy at midnight.

Sunday (March 31) overnight low of 21 degrees, mostly clear sky, average of 12″ old snow on the flat in the open (bare ground on the south side of buildings.) Lots of finches calling this morning, 3 ravens calling and flying over the forest, pine squirrel scolding from the fence, and 2 tree swallows on the power line. Clouds building up mid-day and breezy. Hairy woodpecker, white-breasted nuthatch, finches and jays visiting. Partly clear and warm by mid-afternoon, light breezes, high of 53 degrees. Elk spotted out on the golf course. Partly cloudy at dusk and almost calm, a couple of robins calling.
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RIP:

Linda Elaine (Murphy) Kildow

November 10, 1952 ~ March 16, 2019 (Age 66)

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Linda Elaine Vipperman-Kildow age 66 of Nampa, Idaho, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at home with her loving husband Teddy by her side. She was born November 10, 1952 in Gooding, Idaho to her parents Charles and Lillie Vipperman.

Linda attended elementary school in Gooding, Idaho. Graduating from Mountain Home High School. Her love for learning continued as she attended the University of Idaho and Boise State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in English and several endorsements which allowed her to teach all subjects K-12. Her teaching career lasted for 29 years.

While learning and teaching was her passion, the real love of her life was family and friends. She was blessed with two sons, two daughters and four grandchildren. She married the love of her life Teddy on March 21, 2005. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and just doing things together. She especially enjoyed their trips to Yuma, Arizona with flea markets as her main attraction.

Linda loved to read. When she wasn’t taking care of her family, it was not unusual to see her with a book in her hand. Being well informed and educated about many things was important in her life.

Linda is survived by her husband Teddy, her mother Lillie, two sons, Aaron and Dillon, two daughters Sasha and Sheena and four grandchildren, Cameron, Savaya, Shaela and Sloane. One brother Charlie two sisters Jeanne and Marilyn and a number of other loving relatives and close friends. She is preceded in death by her father Charles.

A celebration of life will be held at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

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[h/t IW & SMc]

[Note: Linda was the last teacher at the Yellow Pine School.]
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Idaho News:

Snow-caused propane leaks disaster waiting to happen

McCall Fire responds to seven gas leaks in two weeks

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 28, 2019

Garrett de Jong’s gas detector screamed as he swept it back and forth on Thursday night at a home on Majestic View Drive in McCall.

“We had an explosive level of gas in the whole home,” said de Jong, acting fire chief for McCall Fire & EMS.

Had the gas ignited, the home could have been destroyed in the same way as a house on Fairway Drive in was obliterated in an explosion on March 17.

The fire department has responded to seven propane leak calls in the last two weeks, most recently a report of a propane gas smell at a vacant commercial building at 319 N. Third St. about 8:37 a.m. Tuesday.

This year’s heavy snowfall has de Jong worried about snow and ice falling from roofs and damaging pipes and regulators on propane tanks located near buildings.

A gas leak from similar damage is being investigated as the cause of the Fairway Drive blast that killed Johnathan “Rob” Field, 69, and critically injured his granddaughter, Bella Field, 15.

De Jong wants McCall area residents to call McCall Fire to help them prevent a similar tragedy at their home or business.

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Propane regulators should be cleared of snow

Mar 29, 2019 Local News 8

Ashton, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Fall River Propane is advising property owners who use propane fuel to clear snow away from regulators.

The company says the large amount of high-country snow this year has created a significant number of damaged propane regulators. That damage can cause a propane leak that could result in an explosion.

Fall River’s photo (above) shows a green-colored regulator. It had so much snow on it that the weight ripped the regulator off the foundation of the home at the brass connection. The company said that damage could have easily resulted in a gas leak.

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Nez Perce Tribe buys Zims Hot Springs near New Meadows

Area was used for ceremonial, spiritual purposes

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 28, 2019

Zims Hot Springs north of New Meadows has been purchased by the Nez Perce Tribe.

The tribe purchased the property from long-time owners Al and Linda Dixon last Friday, a news release from the tribe said. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The property includes two pools fed by natural mineral water from an artesian well and cooled by the waters of the Little Salmon River.

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Snow will start melting at higher elevations after warmer than average March

Water managers anticipate spring runoff

Mar 29, 2019 By Steve Dent KIVI TV

Idaho City — Mores Creek Summit north of Idaho City lost 30 inches of snow during the March, however, there is still 92 inches in the snow pack at the summit which is 16 more inches than average.

We went up for the NRCS snow survey with Ron Abramovich and it did look a lot different than it did a month ago following a historic snowfall that put several basins over the 100 percent clip for the entire season.

“The highest is Weiser at 148 percent, the Owyhee Basin is at about 130 and the Boise Basin is at 122 percent for the season,” said Abramovich.

… “The rivers are going to get really interesting in the next few weeks,” said Abramovich. “If it is melting an inch a day our rivers can absorb most of that and let it run off, but if you start pushing an inch and a half or two inches that’s when we know the streams will be rocking and rolling.”

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Be aware of noxious weeds as warmer weather approaches

Mar 29, 2019 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI TV

With the warmer and wet weather over the week, seeds are sprouting and the plants are growing. But we do not want all plants to grow and thrive here in the Gem State.

Noxious weeds are not native to the state and are invasive. Ada County Weed Control says a mild winter means an early start for weeds this year.

If you want to learn more about how to deal with the weeds, you can get a free, detail-packed booklet here.

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Landowner liability bill signed into law by Idaho governor

by Associated Press Wednesday, March 27th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Legislation to protect private landowners who allow the public on their land from liability under Idaho’s recreational immunity statute has been signed into law.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little late last week signed the legislation that clarifies that the state’s recreational immunity statute applies to private landowners.

Some state programs allow landowners to receive money to offset costs associated with opening their private property to the public.

State officials say that an Idaho Supreme Court ruling and a 2018 law mean government entities entering into agreements with nominal fees to the public are protected from liability under the recreational immunity statute.

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ITD crews working to clear Highway 95 mudslide

Mar 27, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Weiser — Idaho Transportation Department crews are working to clean up a mudslide along U.S. Highway 95, north of Weiser.

The slide happened late Monday afternoon, according to ITD spokesman Jake Melder.

“This is a natural occurrence. Water from melting snow seeps into cracks along the hillside. With low temperatures, the water freezes and expands, widening the cracks, causing the landslide. It’s very common,” he explained.

The mud and boulders have not blocked the highway and have remained on the shoulder. North-south traffic on Highway 95 has not been impacted.

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Avalanche closes section of Highway 21

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, March 28th 2019

Grandjean, Idaho (CBS 2) — An avalanche has closed a 12-mile stretch of Highway 21.

Idaho Transportation officials say the closure is between Warm Springs Creek Airport Road and the Custer/Boise county line.

ITD says the highway will remain closed until further notice, but crews will assess conditions at about 3 p.m. on today (Thursday).

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Avalanche traps some Stanley residents on south side of Highway 21

by CBS 2 News Staff Sunday, March 31st 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — An avalanche on Highway 21, at mile marker 100, trapped some Stanley residents on the south side of the snow, Saturday.

A social media post by Boise County Emergency Management reported that no injuries had been reported.

According to the post, snow in the middle of the road is estimated to be at eight feet.

They added that the trapped residents were staying at the Sourdough Lodge, in the mean time.

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Avalanche blocks road north of Ketchum

Forecasters warn of ‘considerable’ danger in Wood River Valley

Mark Dee 3/282019 IME


Express photo by Roland Lane

A small avalanche partially blocked state Highway 75 and caused delays near Lake Creek Drive north of Ketchum Wednesday afternoon, according to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

No injuries were reported, and crews from the Idaho Department of Transportation cleared the road in about an hour, according to Blaine County Patrol Captain Curtis Miller.

The slide was about 30 feet long and up to three-and-a-half-feet deep, Miller said.

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Mining News:

Legislature OKs law changing bonding for miners

Midas Gold, ICL disagree whether bill would ensure reclamation

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 28, 2019

A bill backed by Midas Gold that would change reclamation bonding for mining companies in Idaho only needs Gov. Brad Little’s approval before it is signed into law.

Representatives of the mining industry called the bill an assurance mined area would be restored, but an Idaho Conservation League spokesperson said its provisions could backfire.

The bill, known as House Bill 141, would give mining companies more flexibility for bonding reclamation costs by allowing the use of corporate guarantees, trust funds, letters of credit and certificates of deposit.

The bill passed the Idaho House of Representatives by vote of 59-11 on Feb. 28 and passed the Senate on a vote of 29-3 on March 19.

Among the bill’s sponsors was Rep. Dorothy Moon, R-Stanley. Moon represents District 8, which includes Valley County, where Midas Gold has proposed the Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

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Midas Gold begins process to raise $200M to build Stibnite Mine

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 28, 2019

Midas Gold Corp. has begun the process to raise up to $200 million to build its proposed Stibnite Gold Project in Valley County.

Midas Gold recently filed documents enabling it to raise the money over two years using a variety of investment offerings.

Midas Gold would use the fund for costs of permitting, pre-construction engineering, equipment and initial construction for the Stibnite Gold Project, said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

The $200 million could be raised anytime in the next two years, enabling the company to use the funds as the Stibnite project nears final approval, which could come as early as the fall of 2020.

The amount is intended to exceed what the company might raise, but the documents do not require the Vancouver, B.C., company to raise any of the money if it does not want to, Lyon said.

How the money is used would be detailed in a final document issued by Midas Gold Corp. after any financing is completed, she said.

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Phosphate mine deal creates conservation fund

Mar 29, 2019 Local News 8

Pocatello, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – As part of a mining lease agreement, a new conservation fund has been established in eastern Idaho.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the Rasmussen Valley phosphate mine. In exchange, the fertilizer company, Itafos Conda LLC, provided $1.2 million to form the Southeast Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Fund.

Funds will be awarded to successful applicants by a Habitat Improvement Team comprised of natural resource, land management, and Tribal trustees. They will use a public forum to consider and evaluate proposed habitat protection and enhancement projects.

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Public Lands:

Notice – Public Hearings – Proposed Waterways Ordinance

Date: March 20, 2019
RE: Proposed Valley County Waterways Ordinance 19-OS

The Valley County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on the proposed Valley County Waterways Ordinance 19-05. This ordinance would repeal Title 4 Chapter 5 Motorboat Noise; Chapter 6 Powerboating on Warm Lake; Chapter 7 No Wake Zone, Certain Waters; and, Chapter 8 Big Payette Lake Watershed Regulations. It would implement standards for all Valley County Waterways. Specific standards are listed and include age of operators, living aboard vessels, swimmers outside a no-wake area, and that a boat creating a wake larger than 24 inches must be 1,000 feet from the shoreline. It also includes specifics standards for Payette Lake, Upper Payette Lake, Little Payette Lake, Granite Lake, Warm Lake, Deadwood Reservoir, and Lake Cascade

A copy of the proposed ordinance is available from the Valley County Clerk’s Office or from the website: [link below]

Our office would appreciate your comments as a potentially affected agency or interested party regarding the proposed amendment. You may comment in person or by mail, fax, email or phone call. Written comments should be submitted at least seven days prior to the public hearing.

Further information can be reviewed at the Valley County Courthouse located at 219 North Main Street, Cascade, Idaho.

Doug Miller
Valley County Clerk

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Bill to ban exploding targets on state lands fails in House

by Associated Press Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to ban exploding targets on state lands in Idaho during wildfire season has failed in the House.

Lawmakers voted 35-33 Tuesday to reject the bill to prohibit target shooters from using the exploding devices that have caused wildfires.

Backers say it would have brought state lands into alignment with laws on federal lands prohibiting exploding targets from early May to mid-October.

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Bureau of Land Management seeks 2019 Artist-in-Residence in Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Date: March 27, 2019
Contact: Michael Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is pleased to announce an opportunity to be the next Artist-in-Residence in the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. The program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their art, inspired by the majesty of Idaho public lands.

The selected artist will visit this scenic area guided by BLM staff for one week in May or June. The residency is open to all professional artists over 18 years of age who are United States citizens. Applications will be accepted until April 26, 2019.

All disciplines of artists will be considered including photographers, painters, sculptors, videographers, writers, poets, musicians and composers. Final selections are based on the merit and professionalism of the artist and the proposal presented in the application. Selected works from the artist will be showcased to the public in a venue to be announced and will be included in future BLM exhibits and publications.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the program, proposed project, a professional resume and a minimum of five artwork samples in electronic format. A panel of professional artists and Bureau of Land Management staff will review the applications to select the artist.

Artist-In-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence program seeks to share the scenic beauty and unique stories of the landscapes and resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management through the world of art. It also provides an opportunity for learning and dialogue about the value of preserving these special places.

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

The deep canyon of the Snake River, with its crags, crevices and thermal updrafts, is home to the greatest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America, if not the world. The BLM’s mission at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) is to preserve this remarkable wildlife habitat, while providing for other compatible uses of the land. Some 800 pairs of hawks, owls, eagles and falcons come each spring to mate and raise their young. The NCA is “nature in the rough,” with few public facilities. However, the birds and their unique environment offer rich rewards to those willing to experience the NCA on its own terms and who have patience to fit into the natural rhythms of life in this special place.

For more information, please contact Cory Coffman at ccoffman@blm.gov 208-384-3485. To apply or to learn additional information about the program, please visit the BLM’s website at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/artist-in-residence
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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Macadamia-nut toxicosis in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 3/29/2019 IME

Macadamia nuts are harvested from Hawaiian macadamia trees. They are commonly eaten roasted and used in baked goods and candies. The nut is 75 percent oil.

The mechanism of the toxin is not well understood, but ingestion of nuts can result in temporary weakness and tremors of the rear legs in dogs. As little as 2 tablespoons of nuts ingested by a 25-pound dog may result in toxicity.

Signs are usually seen within 12 hours. Dogs may vomit, act lethargic, be shaky or weak, seem lame, or be unable to rise. Usually, the rear legs are affected more than the front legs. Often, a fever is present. Pancreatitis may arise because of the high fat content of the nuts.

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Man warns pet owners after his dog got caught in trap during hike in Ada County

Brad Dubach’s dog has been caught in two animal traps in five years.

Shirah Matsuzawa March 29, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — As the weather gets warmer, a lot of pet owners will be hitting the trails with their dogs.

But beware, there are a lot of animal traps out there.

Brad Dubach has been walking his dogs on different trails around Boise for 25 years. On Monday, that walk became a little more dangerous. During a hike near Blacks Creek Reservoir, his dog, Rose, got caught in a trap that was intended for a different type of animal, likely coyotes.

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How to recognize and avoid wildlife traps while walking your dog

How to release your dog from a trap

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Ada County horse tests positive for equine herpes virus

The illness forced high school rodeo organizers to cancel this weekend’s rodeo events in Homedale.

Associated Press & KTVB March 29, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Idaho agriculture officials confirmed that a horse in Ada County has tested positive for an equine herpes virus.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture say the horse traveled from Arizona to Idaho in February and then was transported to the Salty Dash Futurity in South Jordan, Utah, from March 15-17.

The horse is now under quarantine and receiving veterinary care at a private facility in the Treasure Valley.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Fourth week of March 2019
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Government-funded study says red wolves are distinct species

By Jonathan Drew and Matthew Brown – 3/28/19 AP

Durham, N.C. — A panel of top scientists concluded Thursday that the endangered red wolf of the southeastern U.S. is a species unto itself, giving the beleaguered canine a scientific and political boost as its numbers plummet in the wild.

The government-funded study by the National Academy of Sciences also found that the Mexican gray wolf of New Mexico and Arizona is a subspecies, which advocates say should support conservation efforts.

Another wolf species, the Western gray wolf, is thriving in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes and could lose federal protections under a proposal released earlier this month.

For red wolves, the affirmation of their genetic uniqueness comes after some North Carolina officials and a small but vocal group of landowners pushed the government to abandon recovery efforts, arguing the animal is a coyote hybrid.

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Wolf Education International

3/28/2019 Newsletter

Arizona: Wolves Enter Barn, Kill Young Girls Horse

Wolves make a comeback in Madrid 70 years after their disappearance

Wolf kills flock of sheep

Wolves target rancher’s animals again
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Idaho man charged with illegal guiding

Indictment related to Alaska grizzly hunts

Mar 28, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

US attorneys have charged Paul Silvas of Nampa, Idaho, in a four-count indictment with multiple felony Lacey Act violations.

According to the indictment, Silvas violated the Lacey Act by illegally guiding and filing false state of Alaska Department of Fish and Game hunt records in order to conceal the illegal take of brown bears and to conceal illegally guided hunts, along with transporting illegally taken game across state lines.

The indictment alleges that, on September 5 and September 12, 2014, as well as September 25, 2013, Silvas knowingly guided illegal hunts within the Noatak National Preserve for other residents of Idaho that did not possess the appropriate permits.

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Hunting for shed antlers could disrupt wildlife

Mar 28, 2019 By Anna Silver KIVI TV

Idaho — While the Treasure Valley is enjoying warmer temperatures, wildlife in the area are not out of the woods yet.

While it is not illegal to hunt for shed antlers in Idaho, it can disrupt the wildlife.

“They’re at their last fat reserves,” said Krista Biourn, Wildlife Biologist, Boise River Wildlife Habitat District.

“Because you’re pushing them around. You’re using that energy that they might need to survive,” said Biourn.

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Birds of Prey honored with national award

Mar 29, 2019 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI TV

If you have been out to the Birds of Prey you know how special a place it is for southwest Idaho. Now, their conservation efforts have been recognized nationally.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) and Birds of Prey NCA Partnership (BOPP), a Boise based non-profit organization, were recently honored with a 2019 Public Lands Partner Award. NCA and BOPP received the award in honor of their work to protect and conserve public lands and enhance visitor experience at the NCA.

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Photos: 60,000 snow geese flock to Parma area

Flocks of snow geese in Parma

Up to 60,000 snow geese are migrating through the Treasure Valley at the end of March. They make a stop near Parma at the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area. Some will fly all the way to Siberia. (Photos by Axel Quartarone)

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F&G to open Chinook fishing season April 27

The Star-News March 28, 2019

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved spring Chinook fishing on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers starting on April 27.

Fishing will open with a four-day-a-week season on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers and will run until sport anglers’ shares of the harvest are met or Aug. 11, whichever comes sooner.

Fishing will be open Thursdays through Sundays with a limit of four total fish, only two of which may be adults.

… The Fish and Game Commission is scheduled to decide on summer Chinook salmon fisheries on the South Fork Salmon River and upper Salmon River at its May meeting, the news release said.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
March 26, 2019
Issue No. 902
Table of Contents

* Corps Selects New Fish Count Contractor At Columbia/Snake Dams; Data Release Delays At Some Dams Until Transition Complete
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442357.aspx

* NOAA Approves Idaho’s Steelhead Fishery Management Plan, Allows ‘Take’ With Protections
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442356.aspx

* Draft Report: Watercraft Inspections For Invasive Mussels Increased By 23 Percent Last Year; 16 Percent More Contaminated Vessels
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442358.aspx

* Council Letter Requests More Federal Funds For Watercraft Inspections In 2020; Competition From Other States Could Be Coming
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442355.aspx

* NOAA Opens Consultation On Offshore Fisheries To Take A Look At Impacts On Orcas
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442354.aspx

* Snake River Runoff Allows River Managers To Maintain Flows For Salmon Redds Below Bonneville Dam
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442353.aspx

* Due To Low Numbers Fishery Managers Say No Smelt Dipping This Year
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442352.aspx

* WDOE To Raise Osoyoos Lake On Washington/B.C. Border A Month Earlier To Avoid Water Shortages, Low Flows
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442351.aspx

* Idaho Fish And Game To Host Lake Pend Oreille State Of The Lake Meeting; Updates On Status Of Fish Stocks
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442350.aspx

* Research: Rising Global Shipping Traffic Could Lead To Surge In Invasive Species Over Next 30 Years
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442349.aspx

* First Large Scale Analysis Of Gas Emissions Off Washington Coast: Contributes To Productive Fishing Grounds
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442348.aspx

* Study: Climate Change Having Profound Negative Impacts On Waterbirds In American West
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442347.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Spring bear seasons open April 1 in some units, many others open April 15

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, March 29, 2019

General hunts are available in most parts of the state

The state’s spring black bear season opens on April 1 in a number of units in the state, providing Idaho hunters with a chance to hunt big game in the spring.

The balance of units with spring black bear hunts are set to open on April 15.

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Public’s help sought in bull elk poaching case in the Tower Creek area near Salmon

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, March 29, 2019

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in the case

The remains of an illegally killed bull elk were discovered recently in the Salmon area and Fish and Game is asking the public for information to bring the poacher to justice.

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.

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

Watch how this happy-go-lucky rescue dog hilariously fails his agility course

It’s one of the cutest dog routine fails in dog show history.

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Seasonal Humor:


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Mar 24, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Mar 24, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 5, 2019, 3pm, Taco Feed at the Community Hall
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
June 11 – Vet Day Yellow Pine
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

May 5, 2019, 3pm, Taco Feed at the Community Hall

In thanks for the great support of the community, the Community Hall Committee is giving back.

A Taco Feed will be held at the Community Hall on May 5th at 3pm. The Community Hall is providing the fixin’s.

Please join us for good food and to check out the progress that has been made in the Community Hall.

Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list.
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Stibnite Advisory Council

March 14, 2019 Special Meeting Summary

Attendance:
Lynn Imel – Yellow Pine
Ronda Rogers – Yellow Pine Alternate
Gene Tyler – Donnelly
Julie Good – New Meadows
Darla Webber – New Meadows Alternate
Glenna Young – Cascade
Tami Testa – Council
Denis Duman – Idaho County
Joe Iveson – Adams County
Anne Labelle – Midas Gold Corp.
Laurel Sayer – Midas Gold Idaho
Absent:
Bob Crump – Riggins
Summary approved by the Chair
Distributed on March 14, 2019 to Advisory Council
1. Decision was made to record the Stibnite Advisory Council meetings.
2. Meeting protocol for the public will be listen and observe.
3. Discussed need for questions to be fielded through the community’s representatives. No new questions were presented to the Advisory Council from Cities or Counties at this time.
4. Discussed community input process from unrepresented areas.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.

– Marj Fields
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Roads

It is Spring Rock Migration Season

March 21, 2019 EFSF Road “Bowling Alley” photo by Chris Eaton. The rocks were plowed off the road on Friday March 22nd, however there will be more coming down.

Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

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

A report March 14 that the transfer station was emptied. A report March 15 that the dumpsters are empty, but there is trash strewn between and behind the bins. Report March 17 that the ice floor on Johnson Creek road is starting to break up, slushy during warm afternoons.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.


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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Snow mosquitoes are out. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

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.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

Smoke Alarm Info:
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC
Link to FB page:

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430, Suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (March 18) overnight low of 16 degrees, clear sky this morning and light breeze, estimate 22″ old snow on the ground. Birds are vocalizing more, heard the red-wing blackbird singing a little, hairy woodpeckers and jays calling, raven flew over “cronking”. Clear and sunny mid-day and flags flapping in the breeze. Warm and sunny mid-afternoon, light breeze, slushy snow on the street, high of 53 degrees. Clear at dusk, bright almost full moon to the east.

Tuesday (March 19) overnight low of 17 degrees, clear sky this morning, light breeze, measured 21″ old snow. Jays and hairy woodpecker visiting early. Sunny and warm mid-day. Starlings and jays visiting after lunch, red-wing blackbird calling from the trees, northern flicker on the ant pile (now snow free.) Very warm with strong sunshine mid-afternoon, snow melting near buildings, some of the tall snow piles are subsiding, high of 58 degrees. Beautiful almost full moon rising in a clear sky at dusk. Bright mars low in the sky before midnight.

Wednesday (March 20) overnight low of 19 degrees, clear sky this morning, measured 20″ crusty old snow on the ground. Lots of starlings, a few jays and a northern flicker visiting this morning, another flicker calling from up near the village. Sunny and warm mid-day, blindingly bright snow and deep blue sky. A report of the first Spring robin sighted, and a butterfly. Warm and sunny mid-afternoon, getting “mushy” on the paths, high of 62 degrees. A few late afternoon little clouds and haze, mostly clear at dusk. Robin calling as the light faded. Bright full moon with a bit of a halo at midnight.

Thursday (March 21) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly clear sky with a few clouds to the south, measured an average of 19″ old crusty snow. Starlings, jays and northern flicker visiting. First sighting of Cassins Finches, a male and a female. Mostly cloudy right after lunch time, and light breezes. Finches and jays visiting early afternoon. By Mid-afternoon it was mostly clear for a while and warm with light breezes, high of 60 degrees. The water is starting to soak in where it had been puddling on the paths. High hazy clouds late afternoon. Hazy thin clouds at dusk and still above freezing. It was down to 32 degrees at midnight and mostly cloudy.

Friday (March 22) overnight low of 23 degrees, mostly cloudy (thin haze) and slight breeze, measured 18″ crusty old snow on the ground. Jays visiting, flicker, raven and finches calling. Mostly cloudy mid-day, male and female finches visiting. Mostly cloudy with gusty breezes mid-afternoon, warm and snow melting, high of 55 degrees. At dusk it was much calmer, appears to be some high haze in the sky and quiet. Looked like it might by hazy at midnight.

Saturday (March 23) overnight low of 31 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, average 17″ old snow. Tree wells are bare and growing, lots of snow has melted away from buildings, a few patches of bare ground on south facing hills. Finches and jays visiting. Overcast by mid-day, seeing more places where the snow pack in the street is breaking-up. Jays visiting. Fairly warm by mid-afternoon, gray overcast and melting, high of 52 degrees. Two pine squirrels chasing each other around the neighborhood just before dusk. Overcast at dusk, robin chirping. Cloudy at midnight.

Sunday (March 24) overnight low of 31 degrees, overcast and sprinkling this morning, average of 16″ old snow on the ground. Jays visiting. Very quite day. Mid-day steady light rain, low clouds – ridges socked in, high of 43 degrees. Stopped raining for a bit early afternoon, trees “twittering”, raven calling from the forest and jay visiting. Mid-afternoon low clouds and occasional drop of rain. Not raining late afternoon, gusty breezes early evening, then light rain at dusk.
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RIP:

Daphne “Arlene” Pryor September

19, 1924 – March 21, 2019

Daphne “Arlene” McPheeters Pryor, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Arlene was born September 19, 1924 in Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She lived in the Lakeview community until she moved with her parents, Albert and Isa McPheeters, to Salem, Oregon. In 1938, the family moved back to Lakeview and she started school in 1931, graduating in 1939. She met and married Donald Wayne Pryor in 1942. Arlene lived with her parents in Culver, Oregon while Don was in the Army. Upon his return, they moved to New Meadows then the Nampa/Caldwell area where Don was employed with Union Pacific. They lived in Parma from 1956 to 1976 when Don retired and they moved to Nampa. Many wonderful winters were spent in the warm Arizona sun. Arlene was a loving and devoted mother to six children, Kay Curless (Jack), Sharon Korn (Dan), Vickie McArthur (Dave), Lorna O’Brezar, Phil Pryor (Roxie), and Jeff Pryor (deceased). She also became grandmother to many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren whom Arlene loved so much. Arlene was an excellent seamstress and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, crafts, collecting dolls, painting, and picnics with her family. She and Don were avid square dancers and loved traveling. Arlene has resided in Heron Springs Assisted Living since February of 2016. The family would like to thank the personnel and aides at Heron Springs and Idaho Home Health and Hospice for their loving care in Arlene’s final years. Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Isa McPheeters; husband, Don Pryor; son, Jeff Pryor; siblings, Dalton McPheeters, Clarence McPheeters, Warren McPheeters, Edna Jessen, and Iona Clark. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Adsmond, who lives in Lebanon, Oregon; and sister-in-law, Marge Bolstridge. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Wilder Cemetery District, off of Batt Corner Road in Wilder, Idaho.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho. To visit Arlene’s online guestbook or to leave condolences please visit: http://www.alsippersons.com

[Phil and Roxy Pryor were former caretakers at Johnson Creek International]
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Idaho News:

Propane blast kills McCall man, injures teen

House on Fairway Drive leveled by Sunday explosion

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 21, 2019

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Aerial photo shows the devastation at the scene of Sunday’s propane explosion at 910 Fairway Dr. in McCall, destroying the house and throwing debris over a wide area.

A McCall man died and his granddaughter was critically injured on Sunday when a propane leak exploded at their home on Fairway Drive, obliterating the house and spreading debris over a wide area.

The body of Johnathan “Rob” Field, 69, was removed Sunday night from the rubble of his home at 910 Fairway Drive adjacent to the McCall Golf Course.

Field’s granddaughter, Belle Field, 15, was critically injured in the blast. The Heartland High School student was rescued from the basement of the house by responders and taken by air ambulance to a Boise hospital.

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A plume of smoke from Sunday’s propane explosion was visible from downtown McCall.

The cause of the blast was traced to a propane gas leak, McCall Fire & EMS Acting Chief Garret de Jong said Tuesday.

The leaking propane probably accumulated in the crawl space under the basement, de Jong said. Still to be determined is how the gas found its way into the crawl space and how it was ignited, he said.

Firefighters rushed to the home after the massive blast that occurred about 4:19 p.m. Sunday and found the home leveled, McCall Fire & EMS Chief Garrett de Jong said.

Glass shards, window frames, insulation and boards were scattered as far as 100 yards from the house.

Neighboring homes were severely damaged by the blast. Two buildings containing four townhomes caught fire and had broken windows, collapsed roof sections and foundation damage, de Jong said.

Investigators from the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office spent Monday and Tuesday on the scene searching for clues.

The results of the investigation will take “weeks to months” to complete, Idaho State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl told The Star-News.

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‘They Had To Go’: McCall firefighters rescue teenager from wreckage of house

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 21, 2019

Where others saw danger all around, Jon Metz and Jason Beck saw the need to save a life.

As employees of McCall Fire & EMS, Metz and Beck ignored danger and rescued a teenage girl trapped in the burning basement of house in McCall that had exploded minutes before on Sunday afternoon.

Metz, a firefighter/paramedic, and Beck, an firefighter/emergency medical technician, were walking from their ambulance in the parking lot at Albertsons when they spotted a plume of smoke rising from near the McCall Golf Course about 4:19 p.m.

Not waiting to be dispatched, the two sped to the scene at 910 Fairway Dr., where a hellish scene confronted them.

“It was complete chaos,” said Capt. Freddie Van Middendorp, the public information officer for McCall Fire & EMS.

The house had been leveled by an explosion, debris had been tossed over a wide area, damaging adjacent houses, and fires were raging throughout the scene.

Metz and Beck saw a bystander yelling into the now-exposed basement of the house. That is when they heard a girl’s voice, Van Middendorp said.

The girl, identified by neighbors as Isabelle “Belle” Field, 15, was screaming for help from the burning wreckage.

The two did not hesitate, even though McCall Fire & EMS has strict rules that say the safety of firefighters takes priority, Van Middendorp said.

“Our protocol is ‘our safety is first,’ but we will risk a lot to save a lot,” he said. “When they heard the screaming, in their words, they had to go.”

Donning heavy fire-resistant coats and grabbing a water-powered fire extinguisher from their ambulance, Metz and Beck leaped into the blast zone, working their way between areas that were not on fire toward the sound of Field’s voice.

“When we got to the girl we were surrounded by fire and another explosion went off,” Metz told The Star-News. “We covered the girl from a fireball and then dragged her about 20 feet out of the hot fire area.”

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‘His House Was Literally Gone’: Fairway Drive neighbors rocked by propane blast

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 21, 2019

Annelle Adams had just risen from a nap on Sunday afternoon when what seemed like a war zone erupted outside of her home on Fairway Drive in McCall.

“It was like three explosions, just rocking the house,” said Adams, 67. “It felt like bombs going off and windows were shattering and things were falling off the wall.”

Unknown to Adams, the home of her next-door neighbor, Johnathan “Rob” Field, had just exploded, sending trusses and debris skyward before raining down onto the roof of the two-unit townhome where she lives at 908 Fairway Drive.

The explosion, caused by leaking propane, killed Field, 69, and critically injured Field’s granddaughter, Belle, 15.

Russ Adams was equally confused by the commotion, first thinking something had slammed into the house before realizing the violence of the force that had shook it.

“My next thought was that an airplane or something had hit,” said Adams, 62. “We were just wanting to make sure our neighbors were okay.”

The couple tried to escape the house but found several of their doors jammed from the sheer power of the blast.

The couple finally made their way outside and discovered that the roof to the other side of the townhome, which was closer to the explosion, had caved in.

The residents of the other townhome, Don and Cindy Sterling, were unharmed and joined the Adamses outside to determine what happened.

“And then we looked over and saw the flames starting and realized that his (Field’s) house was literally gone,” Annelle Adams said.

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CPR, First Aid, to be taught in Donnelly April 1-2

The Star-News March 21, 2019

The Donnelly Fire Station will teach a CPR/AED and First Aid class on Monday and Tuesday, April 1-2, at 6 p.m.

The CPR/AED course will be on Monday, April 1, and First Aid on Tuesday, April 2.

Cost is $20, and space is limited. To register, call 208-325-8619.

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Stretch of Highway 21 closes again due to avalanche

Mar 23, 2019 By Karen Lehr KIVI TV

Grandjean, Idaho — This may sound familiar: A stretch of Highway 21 between Lowman and Stanley is closed because of an avalanche.

The stretch of road near Grandjean just reopened last weekend after being closed for 25 days after more than 50 avalanches covered the highway in 60 feet of snow in some places .

The closure is in place between Warm Springs Creek Airport Road and The Custer – Boise County Line (23 to 35 miles south of the Stanley area).

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Bill limiting crop damage payments to farmers passes House

by Associated Press Saturday, March 23rd 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to limit how much the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has to pay ranchers and farmers for damage to crops caused by elk, deer and other big game is headed to Gov. Brad Little.

The House on Friday voted 54-12 to approve the bill that would cap the amount paid for any single claim at 10 percent of the money in the Expendable Big Game Depredation Trust Account.

Backers say the cap is needed because a claim recently came in for $1 million, enough to wipe out the fund and eliminate smaller payments to others.

Those opposed to the bill say it lets Fish and Game off the hook when it comes to paying for damage to crops caused by big game.

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Mining News:

3,000 Trees and 500 People

Mckinsey Lyon Midas Gold March 20, 2019

We just released our 2018 Sustainability Report and I am really proud to share it with you: http://www.MidasReport.com. This year’s report is centered around Midas Gold’s vision & values. After reading our report, I hope you will understand our dedication to living out our values through the work we do every day.

Here are a few of our proudest accomplishments from 2018:

* We know earning trust requires transparency. Last year, we brought more than 500 people up to our site to learn about our plans and see our daily operations.

* Our team spent 636 hours in local classrooms and afterschool programs teaching STEM education.

* The safety of our employees, consultants and the community is one of our top priorities. Last year, we partnered with St. Luke’s to help make our local schools safer by helping to provide them with Stop the Bleed kits.

* Midas Gold understands the importance of protecting Idaho’s star-studded skies. We hired a dark skies intern to help us determine what steps we can take to reduce light pollution associated with the Stibnite Gold Project. His work will help guide our engineering team into the future.

* Our company also continued our efforts to reduce erosion and, in turn, improve water quality and fish habitat by planting more than 3,000 trees at site which brings the total to over 55,000 trees over the last few years.

To see more of what our company was working on in 2018, read the full report. Please let me know if you have questions after reading it. You are welcome to share the report with friends and colleagues and on social media channels.
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Midas Gold Dark Skies Report

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Updates to Idaho mining law heads to governor

by Associated Press Tuesday, March 19th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Legislation rewriting portions of Idaho’s mining law is headed to Gov. Brad Little.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 29-3 to approve the legislation backed by the Idaho Mining Association that updates the state’s nearly 50-year-old mining law.

Backers say the update is needed to protect the viability of Idaho mining from federal litigation, federal regulation and those opposed to mining.

Those opposed to the legislation say financial mechanisms intended to make sure companies pay for cleanup costs of abandoned mines could leave Idaho taxpayers with cleanup bills if a company declares bankruptcy.

On a related front, Idaho taxpayers are paying for ongoing cleanup at the Triumph Mine in central Idaho about 7 miles (11 kilometers) southeast and downstream of Sun Valley following the bankruptcy of a mining company there.

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Public Lands:

2019 Maintenance Schedule so far…

3/20/19

It is officially Spring!

As such, I wanted to give you all an accurate an update on the 2019 Payette NF Trail Maintenance Schedule…we are still dialing this in based on ongoing collaborations, pre-scheduled projects, annual maintenance priorities and other committed partnership projects. There is still some info coming in so this is not yet final. We should have a final plan ready for implementation by May.

For the partners… if you see a trail that isn’t scheduled and you are assuming otherwise, please follow-up with me as soon as you can and we can discuss it and either update the map or not. For the rest of you, this is information for your consideration.

Please visit this link to see what we have so far and if you have questions, please hit me up.

Trails Link:

Joshua Simpson
Recreation, Wilderness, Trails and Noxious Weeds Program Manager
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District
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Secretary of Agriculture Award Received for Good Neighbor Authority Projects

March 22, 2019 News Release
Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 office (208) 634-6945 cell

McCall, ID. – Steve Kimball, Natural Resources Staff Officer on the Payette National Forest, was recently recognized with USDA Forest Service colleagues with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for efforts to advance the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) in the state of Idaho.

Kimball, along with Maureen Bookwalter from the Region 1 Office, Matt Staudacher from the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Scott Godfrey from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, and Lynn Oliver from the Boise National Forest were recognized for outstanding execution of GNA projects in the state of Idaho. GNA is helping the USDA Forest Service improve forest conditions on National Forest System lands and supports the Department’s Strategic Goal #6 – “Ensure Productive and Sustainable Use of our National Forest System Lands.” The award was presented by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to representatives that were able to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 12.

GNA was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill and allows the USDA Forest Service to enter into partnership agreements with state forestry agencies to complete critical land management projects that restore and keep National Forest System lands healthy and productive. Idaho has spearheaded this national program since its inception, with five GNA timber projects sold in the state so far. Income from these sales is being used to complete restoration projects on National Forest System lands across the state.

Kimball has worked for the USDA Forest Service for 38 years, having spent the past 4 years on the Payette National Forest where he provided leadership on forest health restoration through the GNA and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program. He is set to retire in early April and we wish him the best of luck in his new adventures.

For more information about the Good Neighbor Authority, please visit http://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/farm-bill/gna and http://www.idl.idaho.gov/forestry/gna. To view a short video of the award presentation, visit this link: https://spark.adobe.com/video/fd7Tl79u3z0Vk

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Bill increases penalty for attacking Idaho parks officers

Mar 22, 2019 By Associated Press

Boise, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to increase penalties for a person who attacks an Idaho Parks and Recreation employee authorized to enforce state laws is heading to Gov. Brad Little.

The House voted 37-28 on Thursday to approve the change to make the punishment for assaulting an Idaho parks Compliance Enforcement Officer the same as assaulting police officers, public defenders, correctional officers, firefighter and others.

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Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

By Matthew Brown – 3/21/19 AP

Billings, Mont. — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land.

The secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can be reached only by traveling across private property or small slivers of public land.

Bernhardt’s order requires the Bureau of Land Management to identify alternatives to access that could be lost during land sales or exchanges.

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Critter News:

Zero Scores Big

Avalanche rescue dog passes certification test

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 21, 2019

Zero, a two year old border collie, passed her certification as an avalanche and cadaver dog with flying colors on Saturday.

Zero successfully found two volunteers “buried” in one of several snow caves dug for the test, which took place at the McCall Airport.

Zero, owned by Tori Swan of McCall, is now cleared to join the Valley County Search and Rescue team.

In order to gain the certification, Zero had to identify the correct burial location of the volunteers while ignoring several empty snow caves, Valley County Search and Rescue South Lieutenant Larry Scarborough said.

Zero also had to find three locations at the test site where a cadaver scent was placed. Anything less than 100 percent would be failing, Scarborough said.

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Labrador retrievers still number one dog breed in the U.S.

Mar 20, 2019 By Jennifer Peltz KIVI TV

Labrador retrievers are still the most popular U.S. dog breed, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggie pup-ularity.

That’s according to new American Kennel Club data being released Wednesday.

Labs topped the list for the 28th year in a row, followed by German shepherds, golden retrievers, French bulldogs and bulldogs.

Rounding out the top 10 are beagles, poodles, Rottweilers, German shorthaired pointers and Yorkshire terriers.

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Pet Talk – Acne in cats

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt March 22, 2019 IME

Feline acne is the obstruction of hair follicles on the chin. The underlying cause and reason the problems develop are unknown. Underlying hormonal abnormalities are always suspected, but difficult to prove.

Early lesions consist of blackheads and black debris on the chin. Sometimes, mild scabbing, red bumps and pimples occur. Lesions may also involve the skin of the upper and lower lips. After time, the pimples can get larger and cause the hair follicles to rupture, which leads to discomfort and bloody drainage.

Diagnosis of feline acne is straight-forward, based on appearance of chin lesions. Rarely are biopsies or cultures necessary of the affected skin. The abnormal skin follicles are usually infected by staph bacteria, not transferable to people.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Third week of March 2019
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Wyoming governor planning grizzly ‘summit’ with other states

Mar 22, 2019 By Associated Press

Casper, Wyo — Wyoming’s governor says he has spoken with governors of neighboring states about the possibility of holding a grizzly summit.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he met with the governors of Montana and Idaho to discuss convening a summit to address the growing population of grizzly bears in the northern Rockies.

Gordon says Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and Gov. Brad Little of Idaho are both open to the idea of a forum to discuss strategies for grizzly management.

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Most radio-collared fawns and elk calves survived unusually snowy February

Mar 19, 2019 Local News 8

Despite February storms that battered much of Idaho and pushed snowpack and precipitation above average in most areas, radio-collared young fawns and elk calves were faring relatively well across the state through the end of February.

Through the end of February, 78 percent of the collared fawns and 94 percent of the calves were still alive.

That compares with 88 percent of the fawns and 97 percent of the calves surviving through February in 2017-18, and 55 and 80 percent in 2016-17.

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Mustang Mania Training Incentive Program continues to grow

Mar 22, 2019 by Steve Dent KIVI TV

Boise — The Mustang Mania Training Incentive Program allows people to adopt a wild horse or burro, train it, and then showcase what the horse has learned later this summer in a competition in Nampa.

It’s part of a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management to help manage wild horse herds and it continues to grow in popularity. In the past six years, the Zimmerman’s out of Caldwell have helped 600 horses find new homes.

“We have 67 animals going into private homes, which gets them off the government’s feed bill,” said Matt Zimmerman. “So it’s kind of a win-win situation for everybody.”

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Horse owners advised to take precautions due to virus

March 21, 2019 AP

Utah’s state veterinarian is advising horse owners to limit travel for their animals and to take precautions because of multiple cases of an equine virus reported in neighboring Nevada.

Dr. Barry Pittman says the cases reported in Nevada involve horses that traveled on rodeo circuits but that all the specifics of possible exposure in Utah aren’t clear.

Nevada agriculture officials have ordered the quarantine of several horses that tested positive for an equine herpes virus after the state high school rodeo last month in Pahrump.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says the virus is usually spread by direct horse-to-horse contact through the respiratory tract and nasal secretions but that it can also move indirectly through contact with physical objects that have virus contamination.

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Helping wildlife while avoiding common pitfalls

US Fish and Wildlife

We’ve been seeing a lot of tips for providing food, water and nesting materials to animals. Unfortunately, many of those tips are misguided end up being detrimental to the species we all want to help. Here are a few pitfalls you should avoid and some great alternatives that will help keep animals safe!

Avoid: String, twine, yarn, dryer lint and pet hair

String, twine and yarn can get wrapped around the legs and necks of birds and nestlings, cutting off circulation and often resulting in death. Stringy items can also become a choking hazard if mistaken for food. Never offer dryer lint as it could contain chemicals that are harmful to birds. Pet hair may also be dangerous due to chemicals from flea treatments and shampoos.

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Idaho Fish and Game Commission sets spring Chinook opening date

Mar 21, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Boise — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved spring Chinook fishing on the Clearwater, Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.

Fishing will open on April 27, with a two-day-a-week season on the Clearwater River and a four-day-a-week season on the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers. The season will run until sport anglers’ shares of the harvest are met (which varies by river) or Aug. 11 -— whichever comes sooner.

“Due to very low projected returns the Upper Snake River in Hells Canyon, fisheries managers did not propose to open a spring Chinook season for the fishery this year,” according to Fish and Game spokesman Brian Pearson.

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Fish & Game News:

Seven wolves taken in control actions in the Lolo Elk Zone

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Control actions have been conducted in seven of the last eight years to boost elk herds

Idaho Fish and Game has completed wolf control actions in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone to improve elk survival in the area. Seven wolves were taken during the operation, which started in late February. The operation is consistent with Fish and Game’s Elk Management Plan and Lolo Predation Management Plan.

The control operation was paid for using Fish and Game license dollars transferred to the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board, created by the Idaho Legislature in 2014.

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Trap Education Effort Partners with Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend the 24th annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs event. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events.

To register or just learn more about the training day, visit http://www.snakeavoidance.org, or contact event organizer Heidi Funke at hfunke3dk@gmail.com.

The combined event will be held at Veterans’ Memorial Park – State Street and Veterans’ Parkway in Boise – on Sunday, June 9th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. While the cost of the rattlesnake avoidance training is $65 for pre-registered dogs, the trap awareness seminar is free, with no appointment required.

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Irrigators asked to contact Fish and Game before turning water on

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ditch screens will be set, which safely return fish back to river or stream

To keep fish out of irrigation ditches, irrigators who divert water from local rivers and streams are asked to contact Idaho Fish and Game’s Anadromous Fish Screen Program at 208-756-6022 one week prior to turning their water on.

This will allow Fish and Game enough time to get all fish screens in place and fully operational, which will prevent trapping fish in the irrigation ditches.

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

This bison feels like all of us on the first day of spring

March 22, 2019 Circa

Randolph County, N.C. — One of North Carolina Zoo’s resident bison celebrated the first day of spring with what the zoo called a “happy dance” Wednesday.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Mar 17, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Mar 17, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

St Patrick’s Celebration

There was a pot-luck at the Yellow Pine Tavern March 16th. Corned Beef and Cabbage provided by the Tavern.
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March 17, 2019 Snow

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22″ of snow on the flat by the school.
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2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest

The contest for the 30th Annual Yellow Pine Music Festival T-shirt logo is open!
This year’s theme is “Then and Now”.
The winner receives $100!
Your one-color design* must include the following:

* 30th Annual
* 2019
* Yellow Pine Music Festival
* musical instruments incorporated into the design

Designs must be submitted electronically to yellowpinefestival@gmail.com or by snail-mail to Yellow Pine Festival, PO Box 10, Yellow Pine, ID 83677
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019.
Submissions become the property of the Village of Yellow Pine Association.

*Note: We have learned that simple designs show and sell better.
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Stibnite Advisory Council

March 14, 2019 Special Meeting Summary

Attendance:
Lynn Imel – Yellow Pine
Ronda Rogers – Yellow Pine Alternate
Gene Tyler – Donnelly
Julie Good – New Meadows
Darla Webber – New Meadows Alternate
Glenna Young – Cascade
Tami Testa – Council
Denis Duman – Idaho County
Joe Iveson – Adams County
Anne Labelle – Midas Gold Corp.
Laurel Sayer – Midas Gold Idaho
Absent:
Bob Crump – Riggins
Summary approved by the Chair
Distributed on March 14, 2019 to Advisory Council
1. Decision was made to record the Stibnite Advisory Council meetings.
2. Meeting protocol for the public will be listen and observe.
3. Discussed need for questions to be fielded through the community’s representatives. No new questions were presented to the Advisory Council from Cities or Counties at this time.
4. Discussed community input process from unrepresented areas.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.

– Marj Fields
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Roads

Local streets are snow/ice covered but starting to break-up and getting slushy on warm afternoons.

Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

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

A report March 14 that the transfer station is empty! A report March 15 that the dumpsters are empty, but there is trash strewn between and behind the bins. Report March 17 that the ice floor is starting to break up, slushy during warm afternoons.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.


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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Mountain lion sighted a few mile up the East Fork from Park’s Creek last week. Fox tracks in the village last week. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil Order Rescinded

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.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

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Free Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC
Link to FB page:

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430, Suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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Local Observations:

Monday (Mar 11) clear cold night, low of 2 degrees. Clear and very blue sky this morning, 24″ old snow on the ground. Lots of jays visiting and vocalizing. Clear blue sky mid-day, light breezes and icicles dripping a little. Red-breasted nuthatches joined the jays at the feeders after lunch time. Mid-after noon strong sun, very clear sky and light breezes, high of 47 degrees. Elk mobbing the neighbor’s hay, couple of gun shots just before dusk. Clear sky at dusk, a little below freezing, slightly thicker crescent moon high in the sky. Stars out and calm before midnight.

Tuesday (Mar 12) clouds came in before daylight, low of 9 degrees from yesterday morning, crusty old snow has buried ice layers and hard to measure, average 23″ deep. Fresh fox tracks in the neighborhood, heard a raven flying over. Pine squirrel, jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Blustery and cloudy mid-day. Some juncos and the local pine squirrel showed up after lunch time. By mid-afternoon there were a couple of breaks in the clouds, gusty winds and a few snow flakes, high of 42 degrees. Light snowfall late afternoon (big flakes for a little while around 6pm.) Still snowing at dusk, measured 1″ new snow. Cloudy and calm night.

Wednesday (Mar 13) overnight low of 22 degrees, cloudy, breezy and snowing lightly this morning, measured an inch from last evening’s snowfall and 24″ on the ground. Juncos and jays visiting. Occasional flakes of snow before lunch and breaks in the clouds on and off. Mail truck made it in good time. Breaks in the clouds and flaking at lunch time. Hairy woodpecker and juncos visiting after lunch. Occasional breaks in the clouds on and off, bits of sunshine before and after 12pm and occasional flakes of snow. Mid-afternoon gusty breezes, mostly cloudy and occasional flakes of snow, high of 35 degrees. At dusk it was partly cloudy to mostly clear and temps dropping quickly. Bright crescent moon and stars at 1030pm, flags flapping in the breeze.

Thursday (Mar 14) overnight low of -2 degrees, clear sky and slight cold breeze this morning, 24″ crusty icy old snow on the ground. Heard a raven and jays, juncos and hairy woodpecker came to visit. Bright sunshine mid-day. Pine squirrel, a clarks nutcracker and a white-breasted nuthatch stopped by after lunch. Still clear and sunny mid-afternoon, icicles dripping and light variable breezes, some big slabs of snow came off a few roofs, high of 43 degrees. Very quiet day, a report the transfer station has been emptied! Clear sky at dusk, fat crescent moon overhead and below freezing. Bright crescent moon and scattering of stars out at 11pm. Clouds moved in before morning.

Friday (Mar 15) overnight low probably in the low 20s (the gizmo still had 7F from yesterday morning) overcast and light breeze. Average 23″ old snow on the ground, hard to poke the measuring stick through the ice layers. Lots of jays this morning, red-breasted nuthatches, a few juncos and the local pine squirrel visited. It was partly cloudy by mid-day and above freezing. Hairy woodpecker and more jays visited after lunch. Mid-afternoon warm and partly cloudy, more roof slabs sliding off, high of 50 degrees. At dusk it was right at freezing and clear sky. Some haze in the sky before midnight, not as many stars.

Saturday (Mar 16) overnight low 13 degrees, partly cloudy/hazy sky this morning, strong sun bringing up the temperature quickly. Estimate 23″ old crusty snow/ice on the ground. Lots of noisy jays and a red-wing blackbird visiting. Filtered sunshine and icicles dripping mid-day. Starlings and hairy woodpecker joined the jays after lunch. By mid afternoon it was warm with high haze and filtered sunshine, high of 52 degrees. Break-up has started on local streets in a few spots. Thin haze but mostly clear at dusk. Thicker haze at midnight, patches of stars.

Sunday (March 17) overnight low of 15 degrees, mostly hazy sky and filtered sunshine this morning, measured 22″ crusty hard snow on the flat. Jays and pine squirrel visiting. Overcast mid-day, slow to warm up. Starlings pigging out on the suet after lunch. Mostly clear and warm mid-day, light breezes, high of 53 degrees. At dusk it looked mostly clear, some high haze and still above freezing.
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RIP:

Linda Elaine (Murphy Vipperman) Kildow

Linda Elaine Kildow passed away March 16 peacefully in her home. Linda Kildow taught school in Yellow Pine from 1992 till 2001 when the school closed. Some of you may remember her as Linda Murphy or Vipperman.
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Warren T. Harris

May 11th, 1977 – March 11th, 2019

Warren T. Harris, 41, of Everett, WA, formerly of Emmett, ID, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019. Services are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 208-459-0833

[Warren worked at the Stibnite Mine for a while.]

Obit

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Warren Theodore Harris was born May 11, 1977 in Boise, Idaho. At the age of 41, he went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 11, 2019, at his home in Everett, Washington.

Warren was born in Boise, Idaho. His parents, Warren and Karen Harris, were very excited and proud to have a son join their two girls.

Warren attended Emmett schools and was involved in many sports activities while growing up in Emmett. Warren loved many sports, but his “true love” was football. Warren played on the Emmett Varsity Football Team as a freshman and continued to play linebacker throughout his senior year. Warren attended football camp in Moscow, Idaho under the direction of Emmett’s Coach Pratt. Warren’s senior year, he won an award titled “Mr. Defense” and was very proud to receive this among his teammates.

Warren was an avid Chicago Bears Fan. He watched Football all the time; College, Monday Night Football and Sunday NFL Ticket. Warren was selected to play with a Treasure Valley All-Star Football Team in 1996 under Coach Cooper from Caldwell. Warren enjoyed this trip very much; not just visiting Australia, but the excitement of playing with other high school football players he played against in high school, motivated him even more. He looked forward to playing with many talented football boys. This was a trip of a lifetime and many memories were made in the land “Down Under.”

After high school, Warren met his first wife, Misty, in 1997 and they married in December of that year. They welcomed a daughter, Savannah, in March of 1998. Warren and Misty went their separate ways in 2001 and Warren remained in Bellingham, Washington.

Warren met Sarah Blackburn in 2003. They were married in 2005 and they had two children, Alexis in 2003 and Maximus in 2009. They lived in Bellingham, Washington and then moved to the Boise area for a short while. Warren and Sarah decided to part ways and both parties moved back to the Seattle area.

While living and working in Everett, Washington, Warren met his current girlfriend, Amy. Together they moved into an apartment and had made it their home for the last 7 years. Warren enjoyed the Seattle area and while being in Seattle Seahawk country, he still cheered on his favorite team, the Chicago Bears. Every year during high school football season, he would ask about the Emmett High School football team and how they looked. Warren was very excited to learn that his nephew’s team was on a roll. Our family would call him and tell him about the games and how the team played in the State Tournament. It was extra special when his nephew’s team made it to the State Championship Game in Pocatello, Idaho in 2015 and won.

Football took up a lot of time, but Warren did enjoy the outdoors. He liked to camp, fish, hike, loved campfires and enjoyed time at the family cabin at Warm Lake. While troll fishing, he would talk about many things, but the subject of football always came into his conversations.

Later on in life, Warren focused on his job, enjoyed spending time with his kids and started to watch more movies. Football movies too: “Remember the Titans, Rudy, We are Marshall, Invincible, and Radio,” to name a few.

The Heavens above will be well entertained when it comes to sports. Warren, we hope you entered your stairway to heaven through a field goal. May you rest in peace and enjoy your time with Mom, Dad and other loved ones. WE LOVE YOU.

Warren is survived by his children, Savannah, Alexis, and Maximus; his three sisters, Melissa Smith of West Melbourne, FA, Christin Harris Petersen and Jody Harris both of Emmett, ID; niece, Hailey Clayton; nephews, Hayden Clayton, Zach and Dylan Smith and his girlfriend, Amy.

Warren is preceded in death by his father, Warren Harris; his mother, Karen Harris; grandmother, Lois Betzold Keene Sanders; grandfather, Warren “Willy” Harris; grandfather, Ted Hoff; grandmother, Francis Hoff and brother-in-law, Chris Petersen.

Warren’s memorial service will be held on March 23, 2019 at the Emmett Church of the Nazarene at 11:00 AM. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emmett Huskie Football Program or your favorite Charity. Condolences and memories can be shared on Warren’s memorial page at http://www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.
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Idaho News:

Still lots of snow in Valley County

March 14, 2019 KBOI

Heavy snowfall in February has stacked Valley County and the high country with massive snow banks along roads and side walks. Some banks are so high they reach house roofs. (Photos by Axel Quartarone)

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Idaho Transportation Department to fix multiple potholes, cracks on Highway 55

by Haley Squiers Tuesday, March 12th 2019

Horseshoe Bend, Idaho (CBS 2) — Some drivers are having a bit of a rough ride on Highway 55, recently.

Both sides of Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry, at milepost 91, are dotted with large potholes, cracks, and dips in the pavement.

Idaho’s Transportation Department tell CBS 2 News that they’ve been putting cold patches on the potholes, recently.

They add that a full-scale repaving isn’t possible with the current weather.

It’ll be the end of April, beginning of May before crews can get out there to fix the issue.

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Photos: Sections of Highway 55 see heavy damage from snow fall

CBS 2 March 12, 2019

A section of Highway 55 is damaged from heavy snowfall and thousands of drivers this year. Reconstruction is scheduled for the spring once the snow melts. Caution is advised when driving through this area. (Photos by Axel Quartarone)

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ITD will study effects of salts on the ecology

The Star-News March 14, 2019 Jake Melder, Public Information Specialist, Idaho Transportation Department

In recent years, the Idaho Transportation Department has changed the method used to maintain roads during winter months. Previously, crews preserved a layer of snow, called a snow floor, and applied fine sand to the surface to provide some traction.

Today, crews plow the majority of snow off the road and apply salt or a magnesium-chloride solution to melt what remains.

The result of this approach has significantly increased safety and mobility on our highways. Maintaining bare and wet roads with salt provides better traction and vehicular control.

From 2011 to 2016, annual winter crashes have fallen from 1,966 to 643. Since 2010, ITD’s mobility index has risen from 28 percent to 89 percent.

These benefits may come with trade-offs in terms of the ecological impact of salts. ITD recently commissioned a literary review to study this question further. Additional study in the future is likely.

There are many factors in how salt usage may affect any given ecosystem – the sensitivity of the system itself, climate, application rate and frequency of application of salt, soil profile, dilution, etc.

The department will continue to refine the amount of salt needed to be effective, with a focus on minimizing the application while still achieving a bare and wet roadway for the safety benefit.

We will pursue a study of the specific environmental impacts and investigate alternatives or additives to mitigate the negative impacts of this approach to maintaining Idaho’s highways.

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Crews work to clear ‘avalanche alley’ on Highway 21

The highway has been closed for weeks due to a massive avalanche blocking the road.

KTVB March 15, 2019

Boise, Idaho — A 12-mile stretch of Idaho 21 known as “avalanche alley,” between Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit, may reopen this weekend.

A huge avalanche late last month shut it down.

Idaho Transportation Department crews have been working since then to clear the snow.

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March 2019 school bonds and levies

KTVB 3/13/2019

Valley County

Cascade School District
Supplemental Levy
$650,000 per year for two years
Result: Passed (For: 324, Against: 141)

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Wilks brothers put more land on the market

Two Valley County properties sold to Idaho buyers

By Nicole Blanchard for The Star-News March 14, 2019

More land in west-central Idaho has been put up for sale by two Texas billionaire brothers who bought about 172,000 acres in 2016.

Eleven Idaho properties are on the market, according to the website for Wilks Ranch Brokers, a real estate and property management firm backed by the Dan and Farris Wilks of Cisco, Texas.

The bulk of the parcels are in Valley County, including one new listing of 128 acres near Cascade priced at $281,600.

Two Valley County properties, listed last spring, sold to Idaho buyers in the fall, property records show.

Jimmy Williams, who handled the properties for Wilks Ranch Brokers, declined to discuss the amount the properties sold for and to whom they were sold.

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One person killed, another injured in McCall house explosion

One person was airlifted for medical treatment after being rescued from the building’s basement and one person was killed, according to officials at the scene.

by Devin Ramey, Gretchen Parsons March 17, 2019 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — An explosion near the McCall Golf Club destroyed a home on Sunday afternoon.

One person was airlifted for medical treatment after being rescued from the basement of the home and another person was killed in the explosion, according to officials at the scene. No word on their status or extent of injuries.

It is unknown if the two people lived in the home.

Two neighboring homes were significantly damaged but no one was inside at the time.

KTVB crews at the scene say there is only a crater is left from where the house was, with debris scattered across the area.

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Downtown McCall will be ‘under full construction’ this summer

The city council has approved spending $2.8 million on the next phase of work on Second and Lenora streets.

by John Masters March 15, 2019 KTVB

MCCALL, Idaho — Get ready for some road construction in downtown McCall this summer.

The McCall City Council has approved spending $2.8 million on the next phase of work on Second and Lenora streets.

McCall Public Works Director Nathan Stewart this project was started last fall when water and sewer lines beneath the roads were replaced.

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Extra! Extra! BREAKING NEWS: Historic Burgdorf Hot Springs, implements Prohibition, and is now a DRY POOL! (Water Only)

Burgdorf, Idaho March 14, 2019 (Facebook)

Due to an increase of Alcohol related incidents of misfortune, mishap, and down right debauchery, Historic Burgdorf Resort, bans the consumption of alcohol in the hot springs pool. Citing myriad customer complaints, safety concerns, and abandoned trash, in the pool and surrounding roadways, long time owners are left with no choice but to make the immediate change. One can still speakeasy in your own cabin, if you are lucky to have an overnight reservation and Alcohol is still allowed for special events. Other than that, NO BOOZE FOLKS in the Pool. Thanks for Understanding.

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Mining News:

Historian to discuss history of mining in Idaho Tuesday

The Star-News March 14, 2019

Historian Tom Blanchard will discuss mining in Idaho, with an emphasis on Valley County and the proposed Midas Gold project, on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alpine Playhouse in McCall.

In “Mining in Idaho: Today and Yesterday,” Blanchard covers the historic effects of mining on local communities and the history of the Stibnite mining district in Valley County.

He will also discuss the proposed Midas Gold project and the effects of political and environmental decisions from the early mining years.

Blanchard has served on the Idaho Humanities Council and on the Board of Trustees for the Idaho State Historical Society. He also served three terms as Blaine County Commissioner and five years as city administrator.

“Tom is able to add a very contemporary public policy perspective to historical issues which shape our lives,” said Tracey Kindall, executive director of the McCall Arts and Humanities Council, which is presenting the talk.

Admission is free for the presentation. The Alpine Playhouse is located at 1210 Roosevelt Ave.

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Scam Alerts:

Idaho Power warns against solar panel misinformation by door-to-door salespeople

by Haley Squiers Monday, March 11th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Spring will be here soon and, along with the return of warmer temperatures, comes the return of door-to-door salespeople.

Idaho power reported that some salespeople are posing as Idaho Power contractors and making promises that just aren’t true.

“If someone comes to your door stating that they’re an Idaho Power employee or working with Idaho Power, that’s a red flag,” said Idaho Power employee Danielle Ready.

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Some Facebook quizzes were designed to steal your data, lawsuit says

by Adam Forgie Tuesday, March 12th 2019

Salt Lake City (KUTV) — If you’ve taken a Facebook quiz, you should be aware that some of them were designed to steal your personal data, a lawsuit from Facebook states.

Quizzes with titles such as “Do you have royal blood?”, What does your eye color say about you?”, and “What kind of dog are you according to your zodiac sign?” are just some of the quizzes hackers used to steal user data.

Facebook is suing two Ukrankian quiz makers, saying the men lured 60,000 users to install malicious web browser extensions which stole profile data and friends lists before uploading them to offshore servers

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Public Lands:

Trump signs Owyhee County boundary changes into law

Mar 12, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the Natural Resources Management Act, which contains legislation authored by Idaho U.S. Senator Mike Crapo that establishes boundary changes for three wilderness areas in Owyhee County.

“The collaboration among the Shoshone-Paiute tribes, recreational groups, conservationists, ranchers, local residents, elected leaders and others is working to preserve the cultural, environmental and economic future of those who have lived in Owyhee County for generations,” said Crapo. “The changes signed into law by President Trump reflect the original intent of the members of the Owyhee Initiative — and ensures those who have accessed public lands for generations in the Owyhees will continue to do so, while also continuing to maintain preservation measures.

Crapo called Trump’s signature on S. 47 “a major milestone,” and said he would continue to work with each of the local interests to “ensure full and complete implementation of the Owyhee Initiative laws.”

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Critter News:

Gov. Little signs ‘pet-friendly’ license plate legislation

Mar 15, 2019 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – A new license plate will soon be available at your local DMV.

Governor Brad Little signed House Bill 105 into law Friday.

The legislation creates a “pet-friendly” license plate featuring a dog and cat, and the money for the plate goes to pay for spaying or neutering pets owned by low-income families.

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Pet Talk – Rat poison toxicities

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt March 15, 2019 IME

Rat poisons were pharmaceutically invented years ago, by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, called WARF, and the drug it produced was called warfarin. This drug killed rats and mice around silos and barns in Wisconsin and all the Midwest and U.S. Its common pharmaceutical name in human and veterinarian medicine is Coumadin.

It is now commonly used in stroke victims and potential stroke victims in human medicine, along with many other drugs, to prevent strokes in our humans.

Unfortunately, these poisons are in baits that kill rats and mice but are also accessible to our companion pets. The bait-treats can be found under homes and decks. Please check those places for unknown rat bait that could be placed by previous owners and renters.

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Is your dog limping? Canine bone cancer may be part of the diagnosis.

By Devon Smith, Ryan Eskalis, Jennifer Munoz and Veronica Yurowski 3/13/2019 (CIRCA)

Osteosarcoma (OSA) is one of the most common forms of bone cancer seen in veterinary patients. Most often, this devastating disease is seen in large-breed, intact (not spayed/neutered) dogs, although any dog or cat is susceptible.

The disease most commonly affects the appendicular skeleton, so the limbs are the most likely area of the body to be impacted. We also use the slogan “toward the knee and away from the elbow” to refer to where on the limbs this disease is most likely to appear.

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Simpson and Fulcher applaud decision to delist wolves

Mar 11, 2019 Local News 8

Washington, D.C. (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher applauded Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s announcement that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will propose a rule to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states.

This decision would build on the successful recovery of the species and the successful implementation of delisting in the State of Idaho which has responsibly managed the species.

“This is a smart, sound, scientific decision that recognizes the successful efforts of states and local partners who have dedicated time and resources to conserving and maintaining a healthy wolf population,” said Congressman Simpson. “No doubt this decision recognizes the State of Idaho and its effective management of the species following delisting in 2011. I applaud Acting Secretary Bernhardt for this decision which will return wolf management back to the states where it belongs.”

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Wolves resilient, but proposal tests expansion

3/14/19 AP

A proposal to strip gray wolves of federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S., yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states where hunting and trapping occur.

The Interior Department on Thursday declared gray wolves recovered across the Lower 48 states. If finalized, the proposal would allow hunting in more areas.

The species has seen a remarkable turnaround — from near-extermination to more than 6,000 gray wolves spread across nine states.

Critics say hunts could kill thousands of the animals and prevent their further spread.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of March 2019
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 3/11/2019

Wolves Kill Two Women In Tajikistan After Villagers’ Hunting Rifles Confiscated

Trump Administration Seeks To Take Gray Wolf Off Endangered Species List

Investigating the feeding habits of wolves in central Greece
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BLM offering new financial incentives to encourage more wild horse, burro adoptions

Qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling.

KTVB March 13, 2019

Boise, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management is now offering new financial incentives to encourage people to adopt wild horses and burros removed from public lands.

Through the new incentive program, qualified adopters are eligible to receive $500 within 60 days of the adoption date and an additional $500 within 60 days of titling for each animal, which normally occurs one year from the adoption date. The incentive is available for all animals that are eligible for adoption.

“We understand that adopting a wild horse or burro represents a commitment. The incentive is designed to help with the adopter’s initial training and humane care,” said BLM Deputy Director of Programs and Policy Brian Steed. “I encourage anyone who has considered adopting a wild horse or burro to join the thousands of owners who

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US eases land restrictions meant to protect bird in West

By Matthew Brown – 3/15/19 AP

Billings, Mont. — The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for Western States to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling bird species.

The changes by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will guide future efforts to conserve greater sage grouse, ground-dwelling birds that range across portions of 11 Western states.

Environmentalists have said the widely-anticipated move will undermine protections for the chicken-sized bird. They would allow more oil and gas drilling and other activities on grouse habitat.

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Idaho Fish and Game receives federal steelhead permit, fishing continues

That means two areas that have been closed will reopen immediately.

KTVB March 15, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Idaho anglers will be able to keep fishing throughout the spring season.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received federal reauthorization for its steelhead fishing season Friday. That means fishing will continue uninterrupted, and the two areas currently closed will reopen immediately.

“During this difficult period, we greatly appreciate the patience of anglers, outfitters and guides, and other businesses and communities that rely on steelhead fishing,” said Fish and Game’s Fisheries Bureau Chief Jim Fredericks.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
March 15, 2019
Issue No. 901
Table of Contents

* Report: Ocean Conditions Appear To Be Heading In Right Direction For Improving Salmon-Steelhead Runs
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442301.aspx

* Overall More Salmon/Steelhead Will Enter Columbia River Than Last Year, But Forecasts Mixed Among Species
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442300.aspx

* Salmon Fishing Rules Off NW Coast To Be Guided By Need To Protect Low Numbers Of Chinook
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442299.aspx

* Proposed Amendments To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Stress Reintroducing Salmonids Above Blocked Areas
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442298.aspx

* Corps Proposal For Downstream Fish Passage At McKenzie River’s Cougar Dam Out For Review: Surface Collector, Trap/Haul
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442297.aspx

* Draft Report On 2018 BPA Fish/Wildlife Costs Released For Comment; Total $480.9 Million, $16.8 Billion Since 1981
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442296.aspx

* Registration Open For Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference In British Columbia
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442295.aspx

* B.C. Research Shows Respiratory Fitness Of Farmed West Coast Salmon Unaffected By Virus
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442294.aspx

* During the 2014-16 West Coast Marine Heatwave (‘Blob’) Record-Breaking Number Of Species Moved Northward
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442293.aspx

* New BPA VP Of Environment, Fish And Wildlife Addresses Council On Fish And Wildlife Issues
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442292.aspx

* Montana Opens First Watercraft Inspection Stations To Prevent Spread Of Invasive Species
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442291.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Draw results available for spring turkey controlled hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, March 15, 2019

Didn’t draw? Youth, general spring seasons provide additional opportunities

The spring turkey controlled hunt drawing results are available through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters who already have an account can check to see if they drew controlled hunt permits for spring turkey at https://idfg.huntfishidaho.net/login.

Those without an online license system account can get step-by-step instructions on the Controlled Hunt Results web page.

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F&G receives federal steelhead permit and fishing continues

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, March 15, 2019

Federal authorization allows anglers to keep fishing throughout the spring season

Idaho Fish and Game on March 15 received federal reauthorization for its steelhead fishing season, so fishing will continue uninterrupted, and the two areas currently closed will reopen immediately.

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Upper Snake Region is accepting applications for the 2019 Commission Community Challenge Grant

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, March 15, 2019

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is pleased to announce the development of the Commission Community Challenge Grant program. This exciting new grant program provides competitive funding for officially recognized non-profit organizations to implement projects that are broadly supported by the local sportsman community and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, populations, or associated recreational opportunities.

Projects will be evaluated on consistency with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game mission: To preserve, protect perpetuate, and manage the fish and wildlife of Idaho and to provide continued supplies for hunting, fishing, and trapping.

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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Fun Critter Stuff:

Watch 700 elk dash across snowy Oregon road

These elk are facing an especially challenging winter as much of the state deals with record snow and below-freezing temperatures.

Travis Pittman March 6, 2019 KTVB

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife posted the video of the herd crossing a road in the Grande Ronde Valley in northeastern Oregon.

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Mar 10, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Mar 10, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 16 – St Patrick’s 4pm at the YP Tavern
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

St Patrick’s Celebration

Planning our St Patrick’s Celebration at the Yellow Pine Tavern for Saturday March 16, 2019 at 4pm. Potluck Corned Beef and Cabbage provided by the Tavern.
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Golf Tournament

It’s time to plan for the annual 4th of July Yellow Pine Golf Tournament. This year the proceeds will support the Community Hall and road repair.

The event will begin July 6th at 11am at the golf course, where the fairways aren’t fair and the greens aren’t green. The cost will remain the same at $50 per couple for sponsoring a hole with a sign displayed. $20 for individuals, each person playing will get a ticket for beer, additional tickets can be purchased for $3. Soda and water are free. Checks can be written to VYPA (Village of Yellow Pine Association)

There will be prizes for first, second and third places for men’s women’s and mixed. Also, there will be a prizes for closest to the pin. Spots go quickly, so be one of the first!

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Valley County Quarry – Notification of Decision

3/5/2019

The Decision Memo (DM) for the Valley County Quarry Development Project has been signed.

The decision will authorize the issuance of a 5-year special use permit (SUP) to authorize Valley County to use National Forest System lands for the purpose of developing and operating a quarry. The crushed gravel produced at this quarry will be used as surfacing on County roads that run through the Boise and Payette National forests in the Yellow Pine area. The surfacing will improve the maintainability of the roads and will reduce the amount of sediment entering the streams and rivers that these roads follow.

Implementation of this decision is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2019.

The DM can be downloaded from the project website located at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51422

If you have questions, please contact Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade District Ranger at 208-382-7402.

Notice of Public Hearing March 14 – Valley County Quarry Yellow Pine

The Valley County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, Idaho, on March 14, 2019, to review the application.

Please direct questions and comments to Cynda Herrick at the P&Z office. Comments must be received at least seven days prior to the public hearing.

Phone: 208-382-7115
Fax: 208-382-7119
cherrick@co.valley.id.us

CUP 19-01 Valley County Quarry Yellow Pine: Valley County Road & Bridge Department is requesting approval of an expansion of the existing CUP 10-3 Valdez Quarry. The expansion would be south onto approximately 5 acres of the USFS Boise NF. Rock material extracted from this quarry would be used as cover material for road maintenance. Upon completion of the quarry activities, both portions would be reclaimed, re-contoured, and re-vegetated. Access would be via a private drive off Murphs Ave.

link to: 20190208ValdezQuarryExpansion.pdf
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Winter Photo

Yellow Pine Tavern March 7, 2019

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We still have a lot of snow in Yellow Pine.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

The Cemetery Committee is interested in any information on the cabin that is located by the cemetery. We know that it had been on the property that was known as “Mary’s Cabins”. It was moved by Tom Richter while the Filler’s were building their house. Donna Valdez said that the people who ran the cafe and bar slept there, before the Tavern was built.

Do people have pictures or any information they can share? We’d love to put a plaque up on the cabin while we repair it.

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Roads

Lower Johnson Creek Plowing

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

Note: The dumpsters are full. Lakeshore may come in next week.

Please do not abuse our Transfer Station or we may lose it. Household trash must be placed in the bins, flattened cardboard boxes can also go into the bins. Do not stack trash in front of the doors. Woody yard debris only for the burn pile. No furniture, appliances, tires or construction debris allowed, those items must be hauled out to the Donnelly station by you.


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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Mountain lion sighted a few mile up the East Fork from Park’s Creek March 9th. Fox tracks in the village this last week. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.
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Ice Hole Campground Closed

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Emergency boil order instituted March 8th until water issue is solved.

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.

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th.

Note that the July 20th meeting is not on the second Saturday due to a conflict with a planned ATV rally involving many residents and visitors.

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

March 30, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Tavern
April 23, 2019 Tuesday 2pm at the Tavern
May 23, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 20, 2019 Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27, 2019 Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
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YPFD News:

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Updates:

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

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

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

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

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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC
Link to FB page:

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430, Suet blocks (peanut crunch, and cherry) for $1.99 per block. 50# bag of Polar Ice Melt available for $7.99.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Elkhorn Heating & Cooling
(208) 906-4067 Middleton, Idaho, Will service Yellow Pine

B&T Safety Solutions LLC
208-271-1600 Based out of Donnelly
Snow removal, cleaning chimneys and stoves, we do cabin staining/chinking as well
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Local Observations:

Monday (Mar 4) overnight low of 15 degrees, broken cloud cover and light breeze this morning, old snow averages 27″ deep. Local pine squirrel, a few juncos, some red-breasted and 2 white-breasted nuthatches, jays, a clarks nutcracker and a hairy woodpecker visiting this morning. Partly sunny mid-day, icicles dripping, high of 40 degrees. Mostly jays, juncos and nuthatches after lunch. By mid-afternoon it was partly clear, light chilly breezes, still above freezing and lots of icicles dripping. At dusk it was mostly cloudy, starting to freeze up and calmer. Partly clear at 10pm, stars to the east.

Tuesday (Mar 5) overnight low of 11 degrees, partly clear sky (high haze), snow depth ranges from 24-28″. Fresh fox tracks in the neighborhood. Pine squirrel, jays, red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Mid-day blue sky over VanMeter, cloudy to the south up Johnson Creek, gusty breezes and icicles dripping, high of 44 degrees. European starling, red-winged blackbird, flicker and a quartet of jays visited after lunch. Mid-afternoon warm, drippy and overcast, some paths are breaking up. At dusk it was still above freezing, flat gray sky. Cloudy and calm at 10pm. Started snowing around midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 6) overnight low was probably a little below freezing, mostly cloudy sky this morning, 1/2″ new snow, 27″ total snow. Lots of birds: juncos, red and white-breasted nuthatches, red-wing blackbird, hairy woodpecker, northern flicker, clarks nutcracker and of course the jays. Mail truck made it in good time today. Mid-day it was warm and lots of melting, high of 48 degrees. Mid-afternoon dark clouds, rain and gusty winds. Loud gunshot at 548pm. At dusk it was sort of misting, above freezing and very wet and drippy, dark clouds. At 10pm it was 33 degrees, occasional drops. Probably rained most of the night.

Thursday (Mar 7) overnight low of 32 degrees, no new snow, measured 0.34″ of rain in 24 hours, old snow is down to an average of 24″ on the flat, overcast and a few drops of mist this morning. Red and white-breasted nuthatches, starlings and jays visiting. Mid-day filtered sunshine and icicles dripping like crazy, high of 43 degrees. Clarks nutcracker, hairy woodpecker and jays visiting after lunch. By mid-afternoon it was partly cloudy, lots of blue sky, warm sun and lots of melting. At dusk it was partly cloudy and starting to freeze up. Some stars out at 10pm.

Friday (Mar 8) overnight low of 7 degrees, high thin haze and light cold breeze this morning, 24″ old crusty snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, starlings and jays visited early. Gray overcast and a few drips from icicles mid-day, high of 37 degrees. Starlings are still hanging around. Breaks in the clouds mid-afternoon, a little above freezing, icicles dripping and chilly light breezes. Cow elk with collar walking up Pioneer St. at 545pm. Report of a elk leg laying in the road near Park’s Creek. Deer and eagles on the South Fork. It had just started snowing at dusk and below freezing, clouds lowering. Snowed until around midnight.

Saturday (Mar 9) overnight low of 9 degrees, high thin haze and filtered sun this morning, average of 24″ snow on the ground. Hairy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatches and juncos visiting. Thicker broken cloud cover mid-day and icicles dripping a little, high of 34 degrees. Mid-afternoon gray overcast, cold breezes. At dusk the sky looked partly clear, some high haze with little clouds around the edges, very thin fuzzy crescent moon in the sky. Flag flapping breezes and some stars out at 10pm. Clearing and cold night.

Sunday (Mar 10) overnight low of 2 degrees, clear sky and light cold breezes this morning, est. 24″ snow on the ground (not much melting yesterday.) Red-winged blackbird, starlings, jays and a hairy woodpecker visiting. Very blue sky, breezy and icicles dripping mid-day, high of 39 degrees. Mid-afternoon clear blue sky, strong sunshine, breezy and icicles dripping. Clear at dusk, bright crescent moon high in the sky, temperature dropping quickly. A few elk (including one with a F&G collar) wandering up the main road.
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RIP:

John Lance

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A celebration of our dear friend John Lance, of Donnelly, [was] held on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at The Donnelly Club.

John lost his courageous battle with cancer on Feb. 15, 2019. He will be missed by many and was loved by all.

He was our bartender, friend, mentor and confidant. He never missed a festival, horseshoe tournament, or an opportunity to travel and visit friends and family.

Don your favorite tie-dye, funny T-shirt or Hawaiian attire and join with us and celebrate. Bring your favorite photos, memories and favorite dish. Be prepared to dance.

posted in the Star-News March 7, 2019
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Letters to Share:

Crews worked around the clock to keep up with Mother Nature

Valley County received four months worth of snow in four weeks. With the wind, I had to take road graders off of their routes to assist in opening roads that kept blowing closed with the relentless winds.

With the bad visibility, I had numerous dump trucks run off the road and get stuck because they could not see the road during very low visibility, and those same road graders had to go pull them out.

It is my decision to move this equipment around just to try to keep the roads open and to get the roads open. I do realize that some roads have been neglected but most of those roads are at least passable where, unlike other roads, there were residents stuck at home for two days because we couldn’t keep the roads open.

Almost all of my crew, including myself, had been working 12 to 18 hours a day just trying to keep up with Mother Nature, and they do have to go home and eat and rest.

Now we are in the clean-up stage, cutting the snow floor off and winging the banks down, so that means more berms in people’s driveways. We do not have snow gates to keep from putting snow in the driveways.

Only limited pieces of equipment are capable of turning the blades, and if we take all the snow to one side of the road, then we create a giant mound of snow on the other side.

If we backup to remove every single berm in driveways on our roads, we would be doubling our time. If we remove one driveway berm, then we have to remove all of them.

My mechanics have also been working long hours trying to keep equipment moving but with a fleet this size something is always broken down and we only have a couple pieces of spare equipment set up to remove snow. We have no backup road graders so when they break I have to put a truck on that route which doesn’t do the job as efficiently as the grader.

At this point I have hired private snow removal companies to go out and help us with bigger snow blowers to widen roads and clean our cul-de-sacs out so there will be room to put the next snow storm.

Jeff McFadden, Superintendent, Valley County Road Department

posted in the Star-News March 3, 2019
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Commissioner Cruickshank’s February Newsletter

3/10/2019

Friday Feb. 1st
I participated in a conference call with Senate Committee Staff to discuss Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments. We discussed a potential change to assist counties with populations lower than 5,000 for PILT funding and long term SRS funding.
I also created my January newsletter to send out.

Monday Feb. 4th
Today was a Commissioner meeting day. You can find the minutes once approved on the Valley County website at Valley County Idaho | Official Site and clicking on the commissioners section.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

I drove to Boise to attend an Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Board meeting tonight and attend the IAC Conference this week.

Tuesday Feb. 5th
I attended the IAC Public Lands Committee meeting. Topics discussed were on National Forest Management, Wilderness Study Areas managed as if a Wilderness, Good Neighbor Authority process, Stewardship Receipts and how they are utilized, Potential legislation to permanently fund the SRS program with an Endowment and Public Access through Private Lands.

Wednesday Feb. 6th
I attended a First Time Attendees session to assist with understanding the benefits of attending an IAC Conference and learning more about county government.
Next I attended a Legislative Panel discussion where the moderator asked questions of State Legislators on specific issues happening currently in the Idaho Legislature. Topics included Mandates forced onto Counties, Local Option Sales Tax to fund specific projects, Justice Levy caps as they relate to counties struggling to fund their Sheriff’s Offices including Jails, Public Defense Costs to a county, Transportation Funding and Medicaid Expansion.
I then walked into a County Roundtable Discussion to be asked to Facilitate the discussion. Topic here were Issues with the Department of Motor Vehicle Internet Connections with the State, Wolf Depredation on Livestock and Wildlife in Idaho, Cyber Security and Counties being impacted by Viruses.
This evening was the IAC Legislative Reception where State Legislators joined us for the evening of networking.

Thursday Feb. 7th
This morning was a meeting of the IAC Commissioners. We had presentations on Liability and Risk by the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, Public Defense Rules and Guidelines and Jail Standards.
I then drove home after the conference.

Friday Feb. 8th
This morning was a conference call with the leaders of the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition (NFCSC) to discuss an upcoming SRS Fly In to Washington DC to advocate for the SRS funding.
At noon I participated in a National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Board conference call. We discussed the schedule for the upcoming NACo Legislative Conference in March, heard who would be attending as speakers and learned of scheduled Hill Briefings during the conference.
I created my West Region Caucus Meeting Agenda for the NACo Conference.
I received a phone call from our Solid Waste Contractor to discuss potential changes to our contract in the future.

Monday Feb. 11th
Commissioner day today. Please find the minutes once approved on the Valley County website.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

Tuesday Feb. 12th
I received a call from a Tamarack representative to request being placed on a future Commissioners agenda.
I sent out a NACo West Region conference call reminder and agenda for the call.

Wednesday Feb. 13th
I prepared and sent out a notice of how Valley County offices could decide if employees could be allowed to stay home due to snow conditions.
I sent out emails to Idaho Commissioners on impacts from wolves to livestock and wildlife.
I researched contact information as I am attempting to connect folks who are working on Cyber Security to share resources.

Thursday Feb. 14th
I received a call from the School Superintendent thanking Valley County Road Department for working with him when schools need to be closed due to weather conditions.
I hosted the NACo West Region Conference Call today. We discussed the potential of the SRS Endowment Idaho’s Senator Crapo and Oregon Senator Wyden are working on for permanent funding of SRS. As there were questions on the history of SRS and PILT by one county council person I prepared documentation to send to their county to assist in understanding the programs.

Friday Feb. 15th
I received a call from members of the NFCSC to discuss some of the language in the SRS short term funding and the long term endowment proposal.

Monday Feb. 18th
President’s Day Today. I reviewed letters and documents pertaining to a Conditional Use Permit that was appealed to the Commissioners.

Tuesday Feb. 19th
Commissioners day today due to President’s Day yesterday. Please find the minutes once approved on the Valley County website.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

Wednesday Feb. 20th
I called and visited with NACo staff on the SRS proposals for short term and permanent funding.
I attempted to call Senator Crapo’s office in Washington DC only to learn the offices were closed sue to weather. When it snows in Washington DC it shuts the city down.
I participated in a NFCSC conference call finalizing the upcoming SRS Fly In details.

Thursday Feb. 21st
I attended the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC) meeting at the Payette National Forest Supervisors Office. Discussions were held on projects completed for restoration and proposed projects for restoration. Also discussed were Stewardship Funding that the Forest Service wanted approval on from projects they decided. Of course I voice my opposition to not allowing the PFC members the opportunity to apply for projects that they felt might be beneficial to the local forests and economy.
I participated in a NACo Transportation Committee conference call to review proposed resolutions that will be heard during committee meeting at the NACo Conference in March.

Friday Feb. 22nd
I prepared an email to the House Revenue and Tax Committee to oppose HB 154 which would change the Sales Tax formula and hurt 40 of the 44 counties and help 4 of the largest counties by providing them more funding. Valley County would lose $50,000.00 in revenue that would of been shifted to the property tax payer. Not a good move in my opinion. (note the bill is being held in committee).
I participated in a NACo Executive Board conference call where we discussed additional meetings during the upcoming conference in March. A meeting on Waters of the United States (WOTUS) will happen the day prior, speakers include Ben Carson, Senator Rubio, Secretary Purdue to name a few. There will also be a Day of Rural Action Caucus the day after if folks are still in town.
I also received a message that I was to introduce Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher for the SRS/PILT Press Conference at the Nations Capitol during the NACo conference.

Monday Feb. 25th
Commissioner day today. Minutes once approved will be on the website.
http://www.co.valley.id.us/

Tuesday Feb. 26th
I participated in a NACo staff call to discuss the WOTUS meeting on Friday March 1st at NACo Headquarters. This was to help us to prepare for the meeting and who would be attending. NACo has been a strong partner to help clarify the rules of WOTUS as it is being rewritten.

Wednesday Feb. 27th
I received a call on concerns about snow preventing a school student’s mother from getting to her child when school is let out. After a few calls I received a message saying thank you as it had been plowed. With the recent snowfall I had been in contact with our Road Superintendent as we had several major breakdowns during the storms which created less than we wanted in snow removal across the county.

Thursday Feb. 28th
I flew to Washington DC to attend the NACo Legislative Conference.
Tonight after arriving I met with NFCSC Leadership and NACo staff assigned to SRS to learn how the NFCSC Fly In went. 25 folks attended their Fly In and the offices they met were generally in favor of supporting the SRS program while working to continue with Responsible Forest Management of our National Forests.

Well the last 10 days or so showed us Mother Nature still knows how to send us the snow as schools were closed on five different days. Lots of snow fell which made our region look more like the days of my youth. High snow banks and fence post covered over in many areas show how deep the snow is. Ski areas are loving the huge snow amounts and next summer all our lakes will be full.

Thanks for reading the newsletter.
Gordon
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Idaho News:

Highway 55

from Valley County Sheriff’s Office 3/7/2019 via FB

We would like to share this information with all of you in regards to the plans that are in development with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). The section of highway that is being discussed is from MP 98, northbound to MP 99.4 The section of roadway has been identified as an area of safety concern. ITD has identified alternatives and secured funding to improve safety and mobility on this corridor. Construction would began after peak summer travel has subsided. Please click through the tabs at the top of the screen for more information about this project. To find more information and updates on road construction throughout the State of Idaho, visit the ITD website and clicking on the ‘PROJECTS’ tab.

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U.S. 95 bridge north of New Meadows to be replaced

The Star-News March 7, 2019

The U.S. 95 Little Rainbow Bridge north of New Meadows will be replaced starting this month, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

The Little Rainbow Bridge, located about 13 miles north of New Meadows, has reached the end of its design life, an ITD news release said.

The new structure will include a wider bridge deck and upgraded guardrail among other safety enhancements.

Braun-Jensen of Payette will build the $4.1 million project, with construction expected to be completed in late fall.

The work zone will be reduced to one-lane of traffic with flaggers assisting motorists through the area. As construction progresses, signals will be placed on either end of the structure. Work will occur during daytime hours.

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Work begins to replace U.S. 95 bridge over Weiser River

The Star-News March 7, 2019

The replacement of the U.S.95 Weiser River Bridge located about 10 miles north of Council has begun, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

Built in 1939, the bridge has reached the end of its design life, a news release said. The new structure will include a wider bridge deck and upgraded guardrail among other safety enhancements.

Knife River is the contractor for the $7.1 million project, which is scheduled be completed in late fall.

The work zone will be reduced to a single lane with alternating one-way traffic, an ITD news release said.

A traffic signal will be used at either end of the structure, and flaggers may assist with traffic control during different construction phases. Work will occur during daytime hours.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down and be prepared for stopped vehicles at the signal and crews working in the immediate vicinity.

For questions about construction, please contact Communications Specialist Jennifer Gonzalez at 208-334-8938 or via email at jennifer.gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov

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Blasting for Safety

Ski patrol uses dynamite to mitigate avalanche danger.

Mar 07, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

Epic snow in February hit Idaho’s mountains hard. At resorts like Tamarack that made it an epic month for skiers and snowboarders who had day after day of pristine powder. But for ski patrollers it created more work. One of their top priorities? Mitigating avalanche danger with explosives.

“This as a two pound cast booster, basically equivalent to a stick of dynamite,” said Robby Ski Patrol Direct Robby Russel. “What we do is throw it over the cornice to hopefully create a shock wave that causes the cornice to break off, initiating a slide below the cornice in order to mitigate it so skiers and come in the next hour or two and ski safely.”

Because of safety concerns they only allowed us on the mountain after the bulk of the storms had passed. But even when the snow lets up, cornices on the top of the mountain pose a risk of slides.

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Payette Avalanche Center

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Downtown McCall to be Transformed

$2.8 million project will rebuild streets, add sidewalks

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 7, 2019

Work on a multi-million dollar reconstruction of McCall’s downtown core will begin this spring after action taken by the McCall City Council at its regular meeting last Thursday.

A contract worth about $2.8 million was awarded to Sunroc Corp. of Boise.

“This phase is the most expensive phase in the downtown core, and it’s coming in under budget,” McCall Public Works Director Nathan Stewart told council members.

Sunroc bid was about $150,000 below estimates provided by the city’s contract engineer, Horrocks Engineers of Nampa.

The work will focus on reconstructing Second and Lenora streets as well as building sidewalks, street lights, and streetscapes, Stewart said.

Work is expected to last until August and will be divided into four stages to keep local businesses accessible and avoid snarling traffic, he said.

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Midas News:

Keeping Roads Open During Winter

March 5

During the winter, the snow stacks up at Stibnite. In fact, it has buried cars and covered roofs several times these last few weeks. Snowy winters are a big part of the Stibnite Mining District’s rich history.

We have photos of the area from the 1940’s that show the snow when it was more than 20 feet deep. In 1949, the roads were so bad supplies couldn’t be driven into site, so food had to be dropped out of planes for the miners. And in the earliest years of the site, Stibnite was totally inaccessible during the winter season unless you were traveling by dog sled.

While a lot has changed over the years, access to this part of the backcountry during winter was still limited just 10 years ago. Before Midas Gold started to explore the area for gold and antimony, Stibnite Road was piled too high with snow to drive a car or truck all the way up to the site. Today, we work hard to make it easy for recreationalists and snowmobilers to get up to their favorite spots during snow season.

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Public Lands:

Bill to allow civil lawsuits for blocking public lands fails

Mar 04, 2019 KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Legislation that would have allowed private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against private individuals or entities willfully and knowingly blocking access to public lands has failed.

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee on Monday voted to hold the bill in committee, killing it.

Backers of the legislation say illegally blocking access to public lands used by hunters, anglers and other recreationists is a problem in Idaho because there’s rarely any prosecution and possible fines are too small to create an incentive to follow the law.

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Boise National Forest Annual Surplus Seedling Sale

Contact: Venetia Gempler Phone: (208) 373-4105

Boise, Idaho, March 4, 2019–Landowners who wish to purchase trees and shrubs to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance their property are encouraged to come to the Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale.

The sale begins Saturday, April 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Seedlings will not be available on Sunday. The sale continues through the end of April; Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The price is $30.00 for 50 seedlings. Fifty seedlings is the minimum quantity that can be purchased. A bundle of 50 seedlings will easily fit into a standard grocery bag. This year limited quantities of big sagebrush and ponderosa pine seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is a resource for the entire Intermountain West, producing over three million (one and two-year old) trees and shrubs. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the nursery’s inception and constant efforts in public land conservation and restoration; stay tuned for upcoming ways to celebrate with us.

Seedlings produced at the nursery are used for restoration efforts on public lands disturbed by wildfire, timber sales, or other events. Some brush species produced sustain mule deer populations on their winter ranges.

When the nursery has produced more seedlings than is customers need, the surplus becomes available to the public. The seedlings are best suited for land owners with property in rural areas. They are not intended for homeowners in urban areas to plant in their backyards. Written planting instructions and technical assistance will be available.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is located 16 miles northeast of Boise on Highway 21 (15169 E. Highway 21, Boise, ID 83716). For more information about the annual seedling sale call: (208) 343-1977
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Letter to Share:

Dear friends. The attachment is very important for landowners, sportsmen and women, folks that just enjoy watching wildlife and those that would like to raise pheasant chicks. Please read and pass along to your friends. Make a few copy’s and take to work.

God Bless.

Jim Hagedorn
Executive Director
The Gamebird Foundation
thegamebirdfoundation.org
208-883-3423

Wanted

The gamebird foundation and Idaho Fish and Game will hold a Wildlife Expo March 30th, 2019 – 2:00 pm at Viola, Id

All farmers, land owners, sportsmen and women, and those who like to watch wildlife are invited to the Viola Community Center for you to meet with the Gamebird Foundation, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Latah Sheriff. We want to show you how we have been improving habitat for birds of all kinds, and other wildlife. Starting at 2:30 there will be a 1/2-hour power point presentation from IDFG on habitat restoration – and cost sharing, how you can get some financial help from the SAFE program, from the HIP program, and other sources for your land restoration activities.

The Gamebird Foundation will have tables set up with all the information on raising pheasant chicks, the sharing of brooders, making soft release pens, and to answer your questions. Also –

How you can get baby chicks free!!!

We will be able to show you the release property that is available for youth hunting with adult mentoring. We will have a video of young folks helping release rooster pheasants. Where does this happen?

Viola, Id at the Viola Community Center

Free pizza will be provided!
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Critter News:

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

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 3/8/2019 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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Walking dogs is sending older people to the ER, study says

Study warns of risks associated with aging

Mar 06, 2019 Local News 8

Maintaining an exercise regimen as you age is important, and having a pet who requires daily physical activity can be motivation to go for a walk. Unfortunately, walking a leashed dog can increase the risk of fractures in older adults, new research finds.

An injury from this simple activity can result in life-altering circumstances — and such accidents are increasing, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA Surgery.

… The researchers suggest that clinicians work with patients who use dog walking as exercise to reduce the risk of injury. That could including training dogs not to lunge when leashed and suggesting smaller breeds of dogs.

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US plans to lift protections for gray wolves

By Matthew Brown and John Flesher – 3/6/19 AP

Billings, Mont. — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The Associated Press.

Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was expected to announce the proposal during a Wednesday speech before a wildlife conference in Denver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Gavin Shire said in an interview with the AP.

The decision to lift protections is based on gray wolves successfully recovering from widespread extermination last century, Shire said. He said further details would be made public during a formal announcement planned in coming days.

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Advocates want protections kept for U.S. wolves

Mar 06, 2019 Associated Press

Billings, MT. — Wildlife advocates say plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states could halt the predators’ recovery in many areas where they’ve been exterminated.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Gavin Shire told the Associated Press Wednesday the government will propose lifting protections for wolves in coming days based on their successful recovery.

But environmental groups say the gray wolf remains absent across a majority of its former range, including portions of the Adirondack Mountains in New York State and southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

First week of March 2019
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New study finds deer species react differently to wolves

By AP Mar 04, 2019

Spokane, Wash. (AP) – A new study shows that different types of deer react differently when approached by hungry wolves.

Researchers at the University of Washington recently studied how wolves are interacting with two species of deer in the state: white-tailed and mule deer.

The study found that white tailed deer are graceful runners who will seek flat ground in an effort to outrun wolves.

But mule deer have developed a quick jump escape technique that makes them appear to be bouncing on a pogo stick. This is effective for escaping on uneven, rocky ground.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 3/5/2019

Wolves knocking on Colorado boundaries
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Big game feeding operations minimal

Mar 05, 2019 Local News 8


(near Sugar City)

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Idaho Fish and Game Department says there has been no need for large-scale, emergency winter feeding in eastern Idaho, despite near-record snowfall in the high country.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service reports snowpack ranges from 91 to 153% of average across the state, with the majority of river drainages between 110 and 130%.

But, wildlife managers said animals are faring well. They are optimistic they will not need to declare winter feeding emergencies anywhere this winter.

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Nampa sees some success with efforts to curb crow problem

by Erin Bamer – Idaho Press Tuesday, March 5th 2019

Nampa — Nampa Chief of Staff Bobby Sanchez estimates there are about 60 days left of the city’s crow season, when several thousand crows gather to roost in highly populated areas of the city at night. The city’s first multiphased crow mitigation plan is showing some success, he said.

Tactics such as using infrared lasers, drones and decoys were successful when tested, he said. Other efforts were not as promising, such as using deterrent sprays in trees where crows like to roost, according to Parks and Recreation Director Darrin Johnson.

“The larger question is where can we displace them to in the long run,” Sanchez said.

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The Columbia Basin Bulletin

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News
http://www.cbbulletin.com
March 8, 2019
Issue No. 900
Table of Contents

* Washington Fish/Wildlife Commission Allows Lower Columbia Fall Chinook Gillnet Fishing This Year, Matches Oregon Regs
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442258.aspx

* Options Discussed In Maintaining Flows For ESA-Listed Chum Redds With Below Average Upper Basin Water Supply
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442257.aspx

* Crazy Snow In Some Places Still Leads To Normal Water Supply Forecast For Basin; Grand Coulee 87 Percent Of Normal
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442256.aspx

* So Far, Sea Lion Abundance At Bonneville Dam Below 10-Year Average; Mostly Stellers
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442255.aspx

* Fifth Round Of Negotiations Aimed At Modernizing 55-Year Old U.S./Canada Columbia River Treaty Concludes
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442254.aspx

* Finland Study Shows Salmon Spawning In Home River Produce Far More Offspring Than Strays
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442253.aspx

* Idaho Governor Appoints New Member To Northwest Power And Conservation Council
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442252.aspx

* USFWS Proposes Lifting Federal Protections For Wolves; Legal Challenges Predicted
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442251.aspx

* NOAA Fisheries Launches New App Making ESA Species Habitat Easy To Find
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442250.aspx

* Wildfire And Ecosystems: OSU Ramping Up Research To Better Predict Wildfire Behavior
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442249.aspx

* Wildfire And Ecosystems: California Study Examines Centuries Of Climate Data To Better Understand Climate-Wildfire Links
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442248.aspx

* Wildfire And Ecosystems: Researchers Study 450 Years Of Forest Fires In Alaska, Big Increase In Last 100 Years
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442247.aspx

* Navigation Locks On Columbia/Snake Rivers Closed This Month For Annual Maintenance
http://www.cbbulletin.com/442246.aspx
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Fish & Game News:

Final big game season proposals available online

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Commission scheduled to set big game seasons March 13

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s final proposals for the 2019-20 big game seasons are now available to the public online.

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Draw results available for spring bear controlled hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Results available online

The spring black bear drawing is complete, and the results have been posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Hunters who already have an account can check to see if they drew controlled hunt tags for spring black bear.

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Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Steelhead angler effort and catch on the upper Salmon River increased throughout the last week. Temperatures were still well below average for this time of the year but not low enough to prevent anglers from fishing.

The majority of anglers were observed fishing between the Lemhi and North Fork Rivers in location code 16. Effort downstream of North Fork in location code 15 did begin to increase but remained relatively low. Additionally, the Deadwater ice jam went out on Thursday, February 28.

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Become a Volunteer Hunter or Trapper Education Instructor

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, March 4, 2019

New Instructor Classes Coming Up

Are you a safe and responsible hunter or trapper? Are you passionate about hunting and trapping ethics? Do you like sharing your knowledge and skills with youth and adults new to Idaho’s hunting and trapping traditions? If so, consider becoming a volunteer hunter or trapper education instructor.

To get started, attend one of Fish and Game’s New Instructor Orientation classes coming up in southeast Idaho. These classes also serve as great refresher courses for those who are already certified hunter or trapper education instructors.

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More F&G News Releases

https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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