Category Archives: News 2019

Dec 1, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 1, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Dec 7 thru Feb 21 Yellow Pine Tavern Holiday Closure
Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm
(details below)
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Local Events:

Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm

Potluck with turkey provided. We may have a Bingo game afterward.
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Village News:

Lost Dog

Don Waller (down on the South Fork near the McClain ranch) is missing his dog Able. Someone saw a dog that appeared lost fitting Abel’s description near Warren about a week ago but the dog wouldn’t get in with them. If you see Able, give Don a call (208) 636-2020.

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Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving at the Tavern. A special treat this year Prime Rib provided by Cory and Annie. As well as our Turkey provided by the Tavern. Pies and side dishes by our usual great Yellow Pine cooks.

20191128TavernThanksgiving-a
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Boil Water Advisory Lifted Nov 22

Good news! We have received a noticed that the boil order has been lifted. (More info under YPWUA News below.)
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South Fork Ice Flow

Folks need to be aware of dangerous road conditions about half way out the South Fork. Water has been running down the middle of the road this fall, eroding the pavement and freezing into a thick layer of ice right up to the edge along the river side. Folks have said that low clearance cars may have trouble with the deep rut and ice.

There have been 2 slide-offs and a few near wrecks reported this month.

photo courtesy Nancy Bellman – November 10th

Kelly Collins posted on FB around 1130pm Nov 17th in response to the photo above: I [saw] this pickup when it was upside down in the river. There is a thick stretch of ice right there, it kinda sneaks up on you. I also pulled two guys from Washington with a Dodge 1-ton with a cargo trailer out from that same spot about 4 days ago.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Saturday (Nov 23) the dump is very full. Others have reported the road is developing some pot holes to dodge.

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.

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil Water Advisory Lifted November 22, 2019

With the sharp reduction in water demand due to the repair of the large pipeline leak and the successful cleaning of Filter #1, water production now exceeds demand. The flow restriction orifices are installed in each filter as is required, and both turbidity and chlorine residual values remain acceptable.

The combination of all of these factors has resulted in the restoration of sufficient treatment and as a result the Boil Advisory can now be lifted.

A few things to note:

1. As Boulder Creek water temperatures drop with winter conditions, chlorine dosing has to increase to maintain proper ratios. As usual, I will regularly provide a chlorine residual “target” value that corresponds with changes in water temperature. Maintaining the correct residual will be critical in order to avoid “Treatment Technique” violations with DEQ and the resulting required public notification.

2. Upon my last visit I observed the flow meter malfunctioning. It’s operation was intermittent and replacement of the meter should be considered.

3. A new Micro Switch for control of the chlorine dosing pump has been ordered and I plan to install it on the next regular visit.

4. Modification of the filter output piping and valving is planned for January. I will create and submit a drawing to DEQ for approval and once approved, the work can be completed. This modification will allow for “filter to waste” operation as is required after filter cleaning or maintenance. Currently no provision for filter to waste exists. Cost for fittings and valves is estimated at $350

5. Filter #2 should be cleaned and I’ve schedule that cleaning for mid January after filter to waste plumbing work is completed

6. Securement of the Boulder Creek “overflow culvert” needs to be completed. Please advise as to availability of the donated cable and clamps. Work needs to be completed before winter conditions set in so that the culvert is in place and secure for spring runoff.
– Warren Drake

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the Community Hall.
Linkto: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Cemetery – Tim Rogers: Marge Fields is researching the history of the log cabin now located at the cemetery, but formerly was in the center of the Yellow Pine village. A plaque will be placed at the cabin. The previous information sign showing names and locations of deceased buried in the cemetery will be repaired this winter and placed next year.

Road & Ditch Committee has been created. Clayton Egbert, Chairman. Tim Rogers and Tom Lanham have volunteered. This group and will need more volunteers.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link to: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Fire Chief – Jeff Forster

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.”

link to: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest.

Training will resume in the spring.

-Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Holiday Closure Dec 7 thru Feb 21
Hours open 8am to close
Full breakfast served starting at 8am with special arrangement for earlier breakfast as needed. 92 Octane non ethanol gas available, cubed ice, beer, pop and water sold by the 6 and 12 pack, snacks, ice cream and many supplies available. Burgers and Pizza, Beer and Wine on the evening menu. Football and other sports available on our TV. Wi Fi, Verizon phone service and information available.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
It’s official starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!
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Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:
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Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, 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 (Nov 25) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light frost this morning. Raven calling to the south west, chickadee calling from the forest, jays, nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and clark’s nutcrackers visiting. Quiet morning. Overcast and a few flakes of snow falling at noon. Light snow and cold gusty breezes on and off in the afternoon, mostly cloudy, high of 34 degrees. At dark it was mostly cloudy and calmer. Cloudy before midnight. Light dusting of snow fell before sunrise.

Tuesday (Nov 26) overnight low of 17 degrees, light dusting of snow on the ground and overcast sky this morning. Raven flying over the village and calling, lots of red-breasted nuthatches and a few jays visiting. Breaks in the clouds after lunch time. Quiet cold day. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 30 degrees. Cold and cloudy at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Gusty breezes after midnight. Skiff of snow fell early morning.

Wednesday (Nov 27) overnight low of 20 degrees, light dusting of snow on the ground and overcast sky again this morning. Jays, nutcrackers, nuthatches and a female cassins finch visiting. Patches of blue sky between the clouds at lunch time. Mail truck (Ray) was a bit late today, he said Cascade got more snow than Landmark. Mostly cloudy with cold gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 36 degrees. Below freezing by dark, hazy flat sky. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 28) Happy Thanksgiving. Overnight low of 14 degrees, clear sky and a little frost this morning. The wild birds are enjoying a “feast” of seeds, corn and suet, a little mountain chickadee showed up to join in with the flock of red-breasted nuthatches. Thin high haze to the south at lunch time and weak sunshine. Made it above freezing by mid-afternoon and partly cloudy, high of 34 degrees. Sun down behind the ridge just before 4pm today. Partly cloudy at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight. Snow fell early morning.

Friday (Nov 29) overnight low of 12 degrees, overcast and snowing this morning, an inch by 10am and still snowing. Mostly red-breasted nuthatches and a solitary jay visiting. Light snow fall and thinner clouds at lunch time, but mountains still socked in. Snow stopped and clouds lifted early afternoon. Chilly, overcast and light cold breezes mid-afternoon, high of 29 degrees. Overcast at dusk. Lightly snowing after dark, still snowing lightly at midnight.

Saturday (Nov 30) overnight low around 20 degrees, mostly cloudy with growing clear patches this morning, 3/4″ new snow and 1.5″ total snow on the board. This has been the driest Nov in 10 years of record keeping, and the 2nd driest month of 2019 (July had a hair less, August a hair more.) Mountain chickadee, female hairy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatches, jays and clark’s nutcracker visiting. Breaks in the clouds and filtered sunshine at lunch time. Partly cloudy mid-afternoon and cold breezes, high of 33 degrees. Sun behind the ridge by 340pm. Appeared to be mostly clear at dark, thin crescent moon low to the southwest. Lots of stars out before midnight. Increasing clouds during the night.

Sunday (Dec 1) overnight low of 7 degrees, socked in and steady snow this morning before sunrise, then clouds lifting and lighter snow at sunrise, and light breeze. Nuthatches, jays and nutcrackers visiting, raven flying and calling. Break in the snow until noon, then steady snow and socked in down to the valley floor. Still snowing mid-afternoon, high of 28 degrees, measured 1 7/8″ new snow since this morning, 3″ total on the board. Still snowing at dark.
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RIP:

Budd Kehne

Budd L. Kehne, 96, of Eagle (and Yellow Pine), died Monday, November 25, 2019. Survived by wife Jerralyn (Jeri). Funeral Home: Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell
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Idaho News:

Officials warn of hazardous driving conditions in Boise County after car crash blocks parts of Highway 55

Boise County is currently under a winter weather advisory.

KTVB December 1, 2019

Boise City, Idaho — A multi-vehicle crash is blocking northbound lanes of Highway 55 in Boise County and officials are warning drivers of hazardous road conditions throughout the county due to winter weather.

According to Boise County Emergency Management, the crash happened at mile marker 57.5 and traffic is being diverted around the crash.

Officials did not state exactly how many cars were involved in the crash or if anyone was seriously injured.

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Boise man dies in snowy Idaho 55 crash

KTVB November 26, 2019

Donnelly, Idaho — One man is dead after police say he lost control on a snow-covered highway north of Donnelly Monday evening.

The wreck happened just before 8 p.m. on Idaho 55.

According to Idaho State Police, 27-year-old Kenneth Fourtner of Boise was headed north when he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him.

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Valley County recycling

Lori Hunter, Valley County Planning & Zoning Dept. Nov 26, 2019

The Valley County recycling guidelines have been updated, with additions! This version has been updated after receiving input from Commissioner Bingaman, Lakeshore Disposal, and the buyer of our recycled materials.

Please note – no plastic bags in recycling bins.

Recycling Guidelines

Updated November 2019

• There is no garbage collection at the recycling locations.
• Do not leave garbage, “Free” items or other non-recyclable items.
• Do not place bags containing recyclables in the bins. Remove the items from the bags. Currently Ridley’s, Albertsons and McPaws accept grocery bags.

Items Accepted for Recycle

– Corrugated Cardboard – Flattened/broken down corrugated cardboard. No wax coated boxes, egg cartons, chipboard or paperboard(These go to Mixed Paper).
– Mixed Paper – Includes printer paper, magazines, newspaper and packing paper. Also includes junk mail, neon paper and chipboard (such as cereal boxes.) No shredded paper and no food-contaminated items.
– Plastic – Includes #1 – #7 plastics mixed together. No plastic films such as garbage bags or grocery bags. Also no buckets, PVC pipe or other similar large items will be accepted. Containers need to be rinsed and free of food and chemical residue.
– Aluminum Cans – Only aluminum cans are accepted in the aluminum bins. No other forms of aluminum are accepted. Remove the cans from bags.
– Tin – Clean steel cans only in tin compartment. EMPTY aerosol cans are acceptable. No aluminum, scrap metal or bags.

• Contaminated bins may be disposed of as garbage. Please be aware of these guidelines and what you are placing in the bins to prevent this from happening. Your cooperation is appreciated and will contribute to the continuation of the recycling program in Valley County.
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Cascade, McCall DMV offices to be closed for training

The Star-News November 27, 2019

The Division of Motor Vehicle office in Cascade will be closed for Idaho State Tax Commission training next Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

The DMV office in McCall will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 9:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. for the same training.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is located at 219 N. Main St. in Cascade and at 475 E. Deinhard Lane, Suite 106, in McCall. Normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cascade and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McCall.

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Childhood friend 3D prints prosthetic arm for McCall man

A University of Idaho student made a prosthetic arm using a 3D printer for a childhood friend after he lost half of his left arm in a car accident.

Joey Prechtl November 29, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Losing a limb can be a traumatizing event, a person must re-learn how to live life with something they may have thought they’d never lose.

Alex Montes from McCall lost his left arm in a car accident in 2018. He was driving on Highway 55 from McCall to Boise, when he fell asleep at the wheel. Montes said he had his arm hanging out the window and the car flipped over onto it, causing him to lose it.

Montes told KTVB he didn’t get a prosthetic arm because he doesn’t have health insurance, and he couldn’t afford the out of pocket cost for one. He said a basic prosthetic would run him around $10,000.

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Tamarack opening beginner area this weekend for skiers and boarders

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, November 29th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Tamarack Resort is opening the beginner area Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for skiers and snowboarders.

The lift started turning Friday with several hundred people coming out to get some early season turns.

It has been snowing softly all day with one inch accumulating since early Friday morning.

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Mining News:

Midas: Cyanide leaching would be contained

Closed system would extract gold, silver, from slurry

(Note: This is the sixth part in a series detailing Midas Gold Idaho’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Gold and Silver Recovery)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News November 27, 2019

Gold and silver particles would be dissolved by cyanide in large tanks of water, leaving only rock as if it were coffee grounds leftover after brewing a hot pot of coffee, according to Midas Gold’s operating plan for its proposed mine near Yellow Pine.

After being freed from within rock during oxidation, gold and silver particles mixed with rock would be pumped into the vat leaching circuit at a continuous rate of about 3,000 tons per day.

The circuit would consist of a series of seven steel tanks filled with a diluted mixture of sodium cyanide and water being circulated through each tank.

The cylindrical tanks would average about 50 feet in diameter and 30 feet tall with a capacity of about 440,000 gallons.

Slurry would be pumped into the first tank in the series and begin working its way to the final tank. Each tank would be connected by screens that allow particles to pass through.

As the slurry moves through the circuit, sodium cyanide would dissolve gold and silver from the slurry and into the water solution in the tanks. The solution would contain about 0.3% cyanide.

Tanks toward the end of the circuit would be stocked with granular activated carbon, which attracts and absorbs dissolved gold and silver particles.

The carbon would regularly be transferred up the tank gradient to remove dissolved gold and silver lingering in tanks at the beginning of the circuit.

Once the fully-loaded carbon reaches the first tank, it would be removed from the circuit for the next step of the process, gold and silver recovery. The removed carbon would then be replaced with new carbon in the last tank, or most down-gradient tank, in the circuit.

Slurry would spend about 12 hours in the leach circuit until all the gold and silver particles are dissolved and removed through carbon absorption.

Rock slurry would be left behind in the tanks just like coffee grounds in a filter. It would then be neutralized, thickened and pumped to the on-site, lined tailings storage facility.

The leaching circuit would use about 10 tons of sodium cyanide per day, or about 50,000 tons over the expected 12-year to 15-year life of the mine.

Cyanide would be shipped to Stibnite in briquette form in double-walled and sealed tanker trucks to reduce the risk of a spill in an accident.

Large concrete walls capable of holding 10% more than the contents of the largest of the seven tanks would be built around the circuit in case of a spill.

A digital monitoring system would also make sure that the circuit remains at safe operating conditions, according to the Midas Gold operating plan.

Cyanide History

Cyanide has commonly been used to extract gold from rock since the late 1800s, including during previous mining operations at Stibnite.

However, the closed circuit, vat cyanide leaching proposed by Midas Gold is different than open heap leaching techniques used at Stibnite as recently as then 1980s and 1990s by Hecla Mining Company and Canadian Superior Mining.

Heap leaching involves piling hundreds of thousands of tons of ore onto a liner and then initiating a cyanide drip system to percolate through the heap and dissolve gold and silver particles.

A collection basin at the bottom of the heap would collect the cyanide solution for processing to remove the gold and silver.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Public Lands:

Payette, Boise forests now selling Christmas tree permits

The Star-News November 27, 2019

Christmas tree permits for the Boise and Payette national forests are now on sale at vendor locations and at Forest Service offices.

Cost is $10 per tree. Each permit will allow one tree to be cut, with a limit of three per family. Maximum height for a tree is 12 feet.

Forest offices will provide information on where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips.

Fourth-graders can also pick up a free Christmas tree permit as part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” program by completing a voucher online and bringing it into a Forest Service office.

Fourth-graders cannot receive their free permits from commercial vendors, electronically or through the mail. The voucher is available at (link).

Those heading out to cut trees are encouraged to check road conditions before leaving, as Forest Service roads are not plowed.

Tree cutters are also encouraged to bring the proper tools, such as a saw, a shovel and a red or orange flag. Trees should be cut to within 6 inches of the ground.

Vehicles carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate must display a red or orange flag tied to the end of the load as a warning to other drivers.

Christmas tree permits will be available at the following locations:

• McCall Ranger District Office, 102 W. Lake St., McCall.
• Payette National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 500 N. Mission St., McCall.
• Cascade Ranger District, 540 N. Main St., Cascade.
• New Meadows Ranger District Office, 3674 U.S. 95, Cascade.
• Albertsons, 132 E. Lake St., McCall.
• C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane, New Meadows.

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Little Red Goose Forest Resilience Project – Decision Memo signed

McCall, Id., November 19, 2019 – Tawnya Brummett, the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest, signed the decision memo today for the Little Red Goose Forest Resilience Project on the New Meadows Ranger District.

This project area is roughly 8,800 acres in the Little Salmon River subbasin in Upper Goose Creek, Sixmile Creek, and Lower Goose Creek between McCall and New Meadows, and is visible from Highway 55, Highway 95 and Brundage Ski Resort. The area has been heavily impacted by Douglas fir tussock moth as evidenced by the large areas of red needled trees this summer and fall.

According to a recent USDA Forest Health and Protection report, this area is also being impacted by the western spruce budworm, Balsam woolly adelgid, mistletoe, and root and butt rots which is compounding the effect on trees in the area.

This decision authorizes treatments on up to 3,000 acres identified within the larger 8,800-acre area, and includes commercial thinning, non-commercial thinning, commercial firewood removal, slash treatments (lop and scatter or pile burning), and broadcast prescribed burning. Hazard tree removal in Last Chance Campground as well as commercial treatments west of FSR 453 could begin as early as January 2020.

“[Little Red Goose] is an excellent example of how we can quickly respond to our changing forest conditions, and the importance of engaging with our communities and local officials to address insect and disease issues that have the potential to affect a much larger area,” says Brummett in her decision. “Much like wildfire, insects and disease do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries, and managing the National Forest to increase its resiliency to such disturbances is critical to being good stewards of the land and responsible neighbors.”

The project is categorically excluded from documentation in an EA or EIS because it fits within the Insect and Disease Infestation category authorized by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, specifically section 603 (16 U.S.C6591b)(FSH1909.15, 32.3(3)). This project adheres to the specifications of that authority.

More information about the project can be found on the Little Red Goose project webpage at: (link) or you can contact Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger at 208-347-0301.
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Winter logging operations may affect some snowmobile routes within the Emmett Ranger District

Crouch, Idaho, November 26, 2019 — This winter, some Emmett Ranger District snowmobile routes within Boise County may be affected by logging activities in an effort to respond to the recent tussock moth outbreak.

The West Scriver timber sale is ongoing, adjacent to National Forest System roads 693 and 696. The Boise National Forest has authorized winter logging along these routes through January 15, 2020 to remove dead and dying trees.

Logging activities are operating Monday through Friday. Visitors should proceed with caution since they may encounter heavy logging truck traffic. Signs are posted where active logging operations are occurring. “We want to provide as much notice as possible,” said Katie Wood, Emmett District Ranger. “There is a chance that harvest dates or timber operations may change and if so, we will get the word out so forest visitors can plan accordingly.”

The Emmett Ranger District has experienced numerous tussock moth outbreaks over the last few years. Options for control are somewhat limited over large areas. Dry sites, ridges and dense stands tend to have more damage because trees have less water to recover from feeding damage.

Multiple efforts are being planned in future years to improve the health and resilience of the forest including timber harvests, prescribed burns and tree plantings.
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E-Bikes welcome on ‘motorized use’ Forest Service trails, roads

Ogden, Utah, Nov. 20, 2019 – Electric bicycles, known commonly as e-bikes, have grown in popularity for both recreational use and hunting on public lands and are currently welcome on roads and trails where motorized vehicle travel is authorized throughout the Intermountain Region’s 12 national forests and Curlew National Grassland.

The USDA Forest Service considers e-bikes as motorized vehicles and therefore does not allow their use on non-motorized National Forest System roads and trails.

The Forest Service encourages e-bike riders to consult their local National Forest or Grassland’s motor vehicle use map to ensure they’re riding on an approved motorized-use roads or trails and to exercise caution when traveling among other motor vehicles.

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

The Forest Service Intermountain Region includes 12 national forests in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming with small portions in California and Colorado and 47,790 acres of National Grassland In Idaho. These public lands provide timber for people, forage for cattle and wildlife, habitat for fish, plants and animals, and some of the best recreational opportunities in the country.
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Letter to Share:

Community to Thank for Wildlife Rescue’s Success

November 26, 2019 Bonner County Daily Bee

It has been another successful year at Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue and we have the community to thank. None of this could be done without your help.

Mystic Farm is a non-profit, 501(c)3. We operate 100% on donations, grants, and volunteers. You are the backbone of the rescue. Because of you, there are many happy, healthy, and thriving fawns living their second chance at life in the wild. Thank you to the following: Safeway for the supplemental produce, Mountain Sky for the continued printing donations, The Bonner County Daily Bee for getting the word out regarding “don’t be a fawn napper,” Blue Sky for their community calendar, Community Assistance League for supporting us with a grant to help with predator control fencing improvement, Winter Ridge for the “Bags for Change” program, Dr. Marvalee Higgins at Fry Creek Veterinarian Clinic, Officers Josh, Matt and Rob at Idaho Department of Fish and Game, all the great “fawn warrior” volunteers who hauled produce and donated apples, those volunteers that were there with a second set of hands when needed (too many to mention), Sandpoint Furniture for selling the fabulous handmade Mystic Farm candles, all who purchased Mystic Farm candles and swag, those whom have generously donated cash and in-kind so we can keep the rescue up and running, and to everyone reading this that may have given us a word of support or a wave and thumbs up when you see the Mystic Farm truck driving by. We are truly blessed with this community.

Thank you — and the fawns thank you.
Dory Mcisaac
Sagle
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Critter News:

9 Thanksgiving foods that will make your dog sick

If you care about your dog’s health, think twice before feeding them off of your Thanksgiving plate.

Suzanne Nuyen November 25, 2019

It can be tempting to feed your dog a little bit off of your Thanksgiving plate, especially if you have a pet that’s prone to begging for food at the table. If you’re going to give your dog a Thanksgiving treat, make sure you’re not feeding them anything that will send them to the hospital. These popular Thanksgiving foods are a no-no for your pets.

Turkey skin and bones

Dogs love gnawing on bones, but if they swallow one it might cause problems. Poultry bones can splinter off in the esophagus or intestines and require surgery to remove. The fattier turkey skin can cause gastrointestinal distress and even life threatening inflammation in the pancreas.

Turkey twine
Corn on the cob
Garlic and Onions
Grapes/Raisins
Gravy and trimmings
Bread dough
Chocolate

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Wolf News Roundup

11/23/2019 By Cat Urbigkit Pinedale Online

Western Wyoming’s wolf hunting season opened Sept. 1st. Six of the trophy wolf hunt areas have had their quotas reached, so those areas are now closed. Of the total quota of 35 wolves available for legal harvest in the state’s wolf trophy zone, 25 wolves have been killed by hunters as of Nov. 21. An additional 22 wolves have been killed so far this year in the remainder of Wyoming, where wolves are classified as predators.

In the early 1990s, biologists attempted a reintroduction of endangered red wolves to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a failed program that was quickly ended once the endangered red wolves failed to raise pups. Although the reintroduced wolves reproduced, all of the estimated 40 pups died of parvo.

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Sockeye salmon run falters, but Idaho officials optimistic

Nov 26, 2019 By Associated Press


Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Boise, Idaho — Fisheries managers are optimistic a program to save imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon is heading in the right direction despite few of the ocean-going fish making it back to central Idaho this year.

Of the 730,000 young sockeye released in Idaho 2017, only 17 survived the 900-mile (1,400-kilometer) journey to the Pacific Ocean and then back again to arrive as adults in the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley.

But John Powell of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said late last week that fish raised to adults in hatcheries will keep the population going. Biologists also released 610 adults into central Idaho lakes this fall to spawn naturally.

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Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

by Keith Ridler Associated Press November 29th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho utility will voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving relicensing of the company’s hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce.

Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court says the EPA in response to the lawsuit has approved allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex on the Idaho-Oregon border.

The National Marines Fisheries Service says the change is not likely to jeopardize salmon or their critical habitat.

Idaho Power says allowing warmer water below the dams could reduce the cost of electricity and save customers up to $100 million over 50 years.

The company says the Hells Canyon Complex generates about 70% of its hydroelectric power supplied to customers.

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Fish & Game News:

2020 nonresident deer and elk tags go on sale Dec. 1

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, November 25, 2019

Nonresident hunters can buy 2020 hunting license and deer and elk tags starting Dec. 1, except Sawtooth Zone elk tags, which go on sale May 11.

Pioneer Zone elk B tags and Big Desert Zone elk B tags will also be available to nonresident hunters on Dec. 1, which were not available at that time last year.

Nonresident deer and elk tags have sold out in recent years and were gone by mid September in 2019, and if trends continue, they will likely sell out in 2020. Nonresidents are encouraged to buy licenses and tags early to ensure they have the opportunity to hunt in Idaho.

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MK Nature Center hosting 13th annual bird seed sale

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Stop by on Dec. 6-7 to stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds

The MK Nature Center will host its 13th annual bird seed sale on December 6 and 7. Come and stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds, and help support the Nature Center in the process.

High quality bird seed, including black-oil sunflower, dove and quail mix, nyger thistle, and other varieties are provided through partnership with Wild Birds Unlimited of Boise. Wild Birds Unlimited is a long-time supporter of this event, helping make sure that the bird seed sale is one of the nature center’s most successful and popular fundraisers. Proceeds from this event benefit educational programs at the MK Nature Center.

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Sorry anglers, no steelhead for the Boise River this year

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Roger Phillips/Idaho Fish and Game

Low returns mean all steelhead trapped in Hells Canyon will be needed for hatcheries

Low steelhead returns mean no steelhead will be released into the Boise River for the first time in more than 20 years. It’s an annual event that many anglers look forward to all year, but there aren’t enough fish available at the trap in Hells Canyon to do it.

“We have been holding out hope that we would have enough steelhead to stock into the Boise River this week, but as trapping at Oxbow has progressed this fall, we have determined that we are not going to have enough surplus fish above broodstock needs to make it happen,” Anadromous Fisheries Manager Chris Sullivan said.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Viral Bellingham cat ‘Cinderblock’ is on a mission to lose weight

by Dyer Oxley KOMO News Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Bellingham, Wash. — Exercise is rarely fun, as Cinderblock the Cat can attest. But no pain, no gain.

“I think what has drawn a lot of attention to her is people’s personal weight loss and body issues that we all have,” said Jason Collins, a vet tech with Bellingham’s Northshore Veterinary Hospital. “Having a feline that we can relate to and seeing her go through things is heartwarming.”

Cinderblock the Cat hails from Bellingham, but has recently become a bit of an online sensation with videos of her exercise going viral. Losing weight entails significant playtime, walking on a special underwater treadmill, and sticking to a low calorie diet.

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When eating is more important than breathing

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Seasonal Humor:

FallDogCold-a
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Winter Weather Advisory Dec 1, 11am to Dec 2, 11am

Yellow Pine Forecast

Today Snow likely after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 11pm. Low around 28. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday A chance of snow before 11am, then a slight chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
355 AM MST Sun Dec 1 2019

...WINTER STORM TODAY THROUGH MONDAY MORNING...

A Pacific storm will spread snow across eastern Oregon and
western Idaho today, tonight, and Monday morning. Heavy snow is
expected in northern Harney and Malheur Counties, the Lower
Treasure Valley, Owyhee Mountains, and the Boise Mountains.
Southern areas will have less snow and it may mix with or change
to rain there overnight or Monday morning.

West Central Mountains-Boise Mountains-Western Magic Valley-
355 AM MST Sun Dec 1 2019

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
11 AM MST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches,
  except up to 8 inches over the mountains.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and Western
  Magic Valley zones.

* WHEN...From 11 AM this morning to 11 AM MST Monday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Gusty northeast winds near Jerome will
  cause areas of blowing and drifting snow and reduced
  visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 

Winter Weather Advisory Nov 26, 11pm to Nov 27, 5pm

YP Weather forecast link:

Tonight A 30 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 20. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Snow. High near 32. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thanksgiving Day A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
201 PM MST Tue Nov 26 2019

...HOLIDAY TRAVEL TO BE IMPACTED BY STRONG WINTER STORM TONIGHT
THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

.A powerful winter storm will impact Oregon and Idaho beginning
this evening. Conditions will deteriorate tonight as snowfall
intensifies, and impacts much of the area. Additionally, this
system will produce areas of strong winds, especially across
southwest Idaho. The combination of snow and wind will impact
travelers through Wednesday afternoon.

West Central Mountains-
201 PM MST Tue Nov 26 2019

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
5 PM MST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches,
  except 4 to 10 inches over the mountains. Winds gusting 15 to 25
  mph with local blowing and drifting snow.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains zone.

* WHEN...From 11 PM this evening to 5 PM MST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Nov 24, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

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

Community Calendar:

Boil water order lifted Nov 22
May 15 – Nov 30 Firewood Season
Nov 25 – deadline to order 2020 YP calendar
Nov 28 – Thanksgiving potluck 2pm at the Tavern
Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm
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Local Events:

Nov 28 – Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 2pm Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern – Turkey and bread stuffing provided by the Tavern. Also prime rib, pumpkin pie, and deviled eggs promised
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Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm

Potluck with turkey provided. We may have a Bingo game afterward.
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Village News:

Boil Water Advisory Lifted Nov 22

Good news! We have received a noticed that the boil order has been lifted. (More info under YPWUA News below.)
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South Fork Ice Flow

Folks need to be aware of dangerous road conditions about half way out the South Fork. Water has been running down the middle of the road this fall, eroding the pavement and freezing into a thick layer of ice right up to the edge along the river side. Folks have said that low clearance cars may have trouble with the deep rut and ice.

There have been 2 slide-offs and a few near wrecks reported this month.

photo courtesy Nancy Bellman – November 10th

Kelly Collins posted on FB around 1130pm Nov 17th in response to the photo above: I [saw] this pickup when it was upside down in the river. There is a thick stretch of ice right there, it kinda sneaks up on you. I also pulled two guys from Washington with a Dodge 1-ton with a cargo trailer out from that same spot about 4 days ago.
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Valley County Road Meeting Notes

by Teri Norell

On Nov. 18 I attended the road workshop in Cascade offered by our County Commissioners.

Doug Miller (county clerk) opened the workshop by presenting information on present monies available and projected financial revenue and expenses.

In general the road department has @ $6 million dollars as to date and expenses $3-4 million per year for just basic maintenance. $4.2 million dollars have been appropriated for this year. A large portion of these expenses are for snow removal. Revenue for road maintenance is primarily obtained from user fees (gas tax and vehicle registration) which is @ $2 million/ year. There is potential revenue from federal SRS funds.These funds rely on Congressionally approval. Last years funds from SRS was $1.7 million. As of this year no SRS monies have been allotted. Senator Risch and Representative Crapo are hoping to introduce legislation to obtain these monies in the near future, but no promises. Obviously road maintenance expenditures are greater then income.

While there are funds to cover this years snow removal /road maintenance, following years would run into deficits.

Jeff McFadden presented information on all that is involved with maintaining road system in Valley County. There are approximately 731 miles of roads. These roads are classified as to their importance ie: bus route, main corridor etc. Priority for maintenance is related to that classification.

Following Jeff’s presentation, the workshop was open to questions and comments. The discussions centered around how to increase funding, what roads would be cut from snow removal when funds run low / out and how to improve public awareness on road concerns and up coming meetings etc.

Some of the ideas presented for funding: get recently failed road levy back on the ballot possibly as early as this coming May. This time doing a better job of informing the public as to its importance. At this time Valley county does not receive revenue for road maintenance from property taxes. Change the state gas tax calculation so as to be more favorable for those counties that have a road systems that encompass a large portion of public lands. Grants are another area of income discussed. It was mentioned that a part time grant writer had just been hired.

Ideas for improving Public knowledge of road concerns, meetings etc. include: A pamphlet having relevant county contact information will be coming out with upcoming property tax bills, Face Book site (to be set up as I understood) and county web site etc.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Saturday (Nov 23) the dump is very full. Others have reported the road is developing some pot holes to dodge.

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.

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

Boil Water Advisory Lifted November 22, 2019

With the sharp reduction in water demand due to the repair of the large pipeline leak and the successful cleaning of Filter #1, water production now exceeds demand. The flow restriction orifices are installed in each filter as is required, and both turbidity and chlorine residual values remain acceptable.

The combination of all of these factors has resulted in the restoration of sufficient treatment and as a result the Boil Advisory can now be lifted.

A few things to note:

1. As Boulder Creek water temperatures drop with winter conditions, chlorine dosing has to increase to maintain proper ratios. As usual, I will regularly provide a chlorine residual “target” value that corresponds with changes in water temperature. Maintaining the correct residual will be critical in order to avoid “Treatment Technique” violations with DEQ and the resulting required public notification.

2. Upon my last visit I observed the flow meter malfunctioning. It’s operation was intermittent and replacement of the meter should be considered.

3. A new Micro Switch for control of the chlorine dosing pump has been ordered and I plan to install it on the next regular visit.

4. Modification of the filter output piping and valving is planned for January. I will create and submit a drawing to DEQ for approval and once approved, the work can be completed. This modification will allow for “filter to waste” operation as is required after filter cleaning or maintenance. Currently no provision for filter to waste exists. Cost for fittings and valves is estimated at $350

5. Filter #2 should be cleaned and I’ve schedule that cleaning for mid January after filter to waste plumbing work is completed

6. Securement of the Boulder Creek “overflow culvert” needs to be completed. Please advise as to availability of the donated cable and clamps. Work needs to be completed before winter conditions set in so that the culvert is in place and secure for spring runoff.
– Warren Drake

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the Community Hall.
Link to: 20190707YPWUAminutes.rtf
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VYPA News:

Cemetery – Tim Rogers: Marge Fields is researching the history of the log cabin now located at the cemetery, but formerly was in the center of the Yellow Pine village. A plaque will be placed at the cabin. The previous information sign showing names and locations of deceased buried in the cemetery will be repaired this winter and placed next year.

Road & Ditch Committee has been created. Clayton Egbert, Chairman. Tim Rogers and Tom Lanham have volunteered. This group and will need more volunteers.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link to: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Fire Chief – Jeff Forster

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.”

link to: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest.

Training update 11/18: Training will resume in the spring.

-Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Fall hours open 8am to close
Full breakfast served starting at 8am with special arrangement for earlier breakfast as needed. 92 Octane non ethanol gas available, cubed ice, beer, pop and water sold by the 6 and 12 pack, snacks, ice cream and many supplies available. Burgers and Pizza, Beer and Wine on the evening menu. Football and other sports available on our TV. Wi Fi, Verizon phone service and information available.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
It’s official starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

subscribe:
A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, 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 (Nov 18) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light breeze this morning. First measurable precipitation in November on Sunday = 0.02″. Jays, nuthatches and nutcracker visiting, chickadee calling from the trees. Overcast by lunch time, light breezes. Not many birds around today. Thicker clouds, mild and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 51 degrees. Golfers out enjoying a nice day at the Yellow Pine Country Club. Overcast at dusk and calmer. A few stars out before midnight. Rain shower before 5am, more rain before 9am.

Tuesday (Nov 19) probably didn’t get below freezing last night, low dark clouds and steady rain this morning. A few jays and nuthatches visiting. Rain/snow mix, then back to rain at lunch time, stopped before 1pm then breaks in the clouds letting in a little sunshine. Partly clear/cloudy mid-afternoon, cool and a light chilly breeze, high of 43 degrees. Patches of new snow on the very top of Golden Gate, low cloud on VanMeter Hill hiding new snow up there. Almost full dark by 530pm now, looked partly clear. A few stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (Nov 20) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and bit of sunshine, light breeze and wet with dew and melting frost after sunrise. Jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Almost overcast at lunch time, thicker darker clouds and rather chilly. Mail truck was nearly on time. Gusty breezes kicking up early afternoon. Partly clear to partly cloudy mid-afternoon, gusty chilly breezes, high of 45 degrees. Breezy at dusk and flat sky. High haze and a few stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 21) overnight low of 16 degrees, almost clear sky this morning – a few little wispies and frosty. In addition to the jays and nuthatches a female cassins finch visited at lunch time. Strong sunshine at noon, but chilly. Clark’s nutcracker joined the jays and nuthatches at the feeders along with a resident pine squirrel. Partly cloudy (high wispies) and chilly breeze mid-afternoon, there is still frost on the ground in the shade, high of 41 degrees. Looked like some high haze at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Friday (Nov 22) overnight low of 16 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning – a handful of ‘popcorn’ clouds in the sky, slight chilly breeze and frosty. The female cassins finch is back along with half a dozen red-breasted nuthatches, noisy jays and nutcrackers. Sunny, clear and chilly at lunch time. A lone chipmunk visited. Clear and slight chilly breeze mid-afternoon, high of 45 degrees, sun is down behind the ridge by 345pm. The western sky was blushing pink at dusk, otherwise clear and calm. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 23) overnight low of 16 degrees, overcast sky and frosty this morning. A female cassins finch is still here (should have gone south by now), nuthatches, jays and nutcracker also visiting. Clearing off and sunny by lunch time, but cool. Mostly clear mid-afternoon, just a tiny cold breeze, high of 47 degrees. The frost on the ground on the north side has not melted in the last few days, it has built up and now looks like snow. Looked mostly clear at dusk. Dropped below freezing after dark.

Sunday (Nov 24) overnight low was just under freezing, a bit of frost and snow pellets on the ground, overcast and a very light breeze this morning. Jays, red-breasted nuthatches and clark’s nutcrackers visiting. Cloudy and cool at lunch time. Quiet day so far. Cracks in the clouds and cold light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. A few starlings have invaded. Big patches of clear sky late afternoon. Partly cloudy just before dark.
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RIP:

Jerome “Jerry” Schwarzhoff

Schwarzhoff, Jerome “Jerry”, 103, of Boise, died on November 21, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Wright Community Congregational Church, 4821 W Franklin Rd, Boise, ID 83705.

Published in Idaho Statesman on Nov. 23, 2019
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Idaho News:

Valley, public ponder how to plow

Levy defeat puts winter of 2020-21 in doubt

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

Valley County commissioners and the public on Monday swapped ideas on future funding and projects like snow plowing for the winter of 2020-21 in light of the defeat of the recent roads levy.

Monday’s workshop focused on changes that would affect services next winter, as the budget for the coming winter is already set.

County residents should not see a significant reduction in services this winter, Superintendent Jeff McFadden said at the meeting held at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

County voters on Nov. 5 failed to pass a property tax levy to fund county roads. The measure received 50.7% “yes” votes, but 66.7% was needed for passage.

Without the levy, the road department will have a deficit of about $4 million by 2023 if no other funding sources are found, Valley County Clerk Douglas Miller said.

The county looked at what roads could be cut from plow routes, which are classified as major and minor collectors, local roads and private roads, commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck said.

Private and local roads would be the last priority for plowing, Hasbrouck told about 60 people who attended the meeting.

“If we have to go a mile or a mile and a half to get to one residence versus a mile and a half to get to 20 residences then we’re going to have to prioritize which road we’re going to do, and I think that’s a pretty easy decision,” he said.

Roads serving year-round residents would be prioritized over second homes.

The county averages about 21 storms per year, with 10 days of snow cleanup needed on over 235 miles of road, McFadden said.

It costs about $1.58 per minute to operate a snowplow, and $2.25 per minute for a road grader. Every time it snows, eight to 18 pieces of equipment are out for up to 12 hours a day, McFadden said.

Straight stretches take less time and money to plow, where roads with intersections, curves and cul-de-sacs are more time consuming and expensive to plow, he said.

Not plowing seven roads would save about $20,000 per year, he said.

One member of the audience asked if a member of the public could plow a county road, to which McFadden said they could with an agreement with the county.

Other audience members said they were worried about emergency access to homes if they’re not plowed.

Others wanted to know how to alert second homeowners of the reduction in services and what happens if there is another month with heavy snowfall like this past February.

Hasbrouck said that there is no law requiring the county to plow any roads at all, but the county plows several roads specifically to maintain access for residents with medical needs.

Several funding sources were suggested by audience members, including toll booths, lobbying the state and federal legislatures for funding and using deferred property taxes.

Toll booths would need state approval and were unlikely, commissioners said.

The county cannot depend on state and federal funding, and deferred property taxes estimated at $1.1 million per year need to be saved for emergencies, they said.

“The past commissioners for the last hundred years have been running this road department without any property taxes and it’s finally come down to where we’re out of luck; now we’ve got to start paying our own bill,” Hasbrouck said.

Those attending and commissioners agreed the best way to move forward was to continue to educate the public on why a road tax is needed and try again to pass a similar levy.

Another road levy could be on the ballot in May 2020 or November 2020 but would require more effective public communication in order to pass, commissioners said.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Free Thanksgiving dinners set for McCall, Cascade, NM

The Star-News Nov 21, 2019

McCall
Quaker Hill Camp will host its 10th annual free community Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey and all the trimmings on Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are helpful but are not required.

Cascade
The American Legion Auxiliary of Cascade will host its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

New Meadows
A free Thanksgiving dinner will begin at 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at New Meadows United Methodist Church Education Building located at 201 N. Heigho St. in New Meadows.

full story:

Note: Thanksgiving pot-luck in Yellow Pine will be at 2pm at the Yellow Pine Tavern.
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CPR, First Aid classes to be offered Dec. 3-4 in Donnelly

The Star-News Nov 21, 2019

CPR/AED and First Aid classes will be held at the Donnelly Fire Station on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 3-4, at 6 p.m.

The CPR/AED portion will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, and the First Aid portion on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Cost is $25, and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 208-325-8619.

The Donnelly Fire Station is located at 244 W. Roseberry Road.

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Police in McCall seek public’s help finding graffiti vandal

Several incidents have been reported to police in the past two weeks.

KTVB November 19, 2019

McCall, Idaho — Someone has been defacing public property in McCall.

The McCall Police Department posted three photos of the damage on their Facebook page and put out a call for help in finding the responsible parties.

The photos show two utility boxes and a Big Payette Lake sign that have been tagged with graffiti.

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Highway 55 back open after semi truck carrying logs overturns

The road reopened in both directions by 2:43pm Friday.

Nyla Gennaoui November 22, 2019 KTVB

Banks, Idaho — Highway 55 was blocked in both directions for several hours Friday after a semi-truck carrying logs overturned near a sharp bend in the road north of Horseshoe Bend.

The accident happened around 11:30am.

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Tips & Advice:

Reduce your risk of catching the cold and flu

Nov 20, 2019 KIVI Staff

Boise, Idaho — It’s official: cold and flu season is underway across the U.S. The CDC says flu season is getting an early start with 30 states already reporting cases.

Dr. Adam Saperston serves as Medical Director for Blue Cross of Idaho. He says there are ways to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. First, they’re caused by different viruses. Second, the flu makes people sicker through a higher fever, making someone feel more weak, and other symptoms. The flu can also continue to become worse, causing someone to develop pneumonia and can be fatal.

Dr. Saperston says the number one way to avoid catching the flu remains getting your flu vaccine.

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Scam Alert:

Police: Avoid scams, don’t take Facebook quizzes

Nov 18, 2019 By WTMJ Staff (KIVI TV)

Facebook quizzes help identity thieves learn personal information, increasing people’s risk of being scammed, according to Prevention.com.

Some quizzes ask questions that are similar to security questions when setting up an account, such as where you were born, the name of the street you lived on, your favorite pet and more. When you answer these questions on the quizzes, you could be giving scammers the answers to hack your accounts.

Additionally, some posts mean well, but prompt people to comment or post information. For example, the following post is likely intended to simply be a fun holiday game, but scammers can use the information you provide, combined with the information on your profile, to scam you.

continued: (h/t Valley County Sheriff’s office)
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Mining News:

Pressure cooker would squeeze gold, silver from Stibnite slurry

(Note: This is the fifth part in a series detailing Midas Gold Idaho’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Cyanide Leaching)

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

Particles of gold and silver would be freed from other minerals like tender meat falls off the bone of a pressure-cooked pot roast, according to Midas Gold’s operating plan for the Stibnite Gold Project.

A massive pressure cooker for minerals, called an autoclave would be used to speed up the natural process of oxidation, or the weathering of rocks due to water, oxygen and pressure.

Most of the gold and silver at Stibnite is contained within the crystal structure of other minerals like pyrite.

Freeing the gold would require applying extreme pressure and heat to about 3,000 tons of ore per day in the autoclave, which would be about 16 feet wide and as long as a basketball court.

A slurry of gold and silver-bearing minerals generated during the flotation process would be pumped into the autoclave, where a chemical reaction would be induced by adding liquid oxygen into the chamber. The chemical reaction would result in the slurry being heated to about 430 degrees Fahrenheit and subjected to pressure equivalent to that of being about 1,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface.

The force of water, pressure and heat bearing down on the slurry would cause gold-bearing pyrite minerals to break down and free gold in individual particles.

After an hour in the autoclave, a slurry of individual particles of gold, silver and pyrite would be cooled and neutralized using lime and ground limestone.

This process, called pressure oxidation, is the most commonly used modern method for freeing gold and silver from within ore, according to Midas Gold’s operating plan.

Pressure oxidation can take hundreds or even thousands of years in nature because without extreme forces, gold particles remain locked within other minerals until the surrounding material is slowly eroded away.

The autoclave would be housed in a steel building capable of containing 10% more than the capacity of the autoclave in case of a spill. The outer shell of the autoclave would be made from steel and lined with at least two layers of brick to help it withstand the extreme heat.

Bricks would be inspected and replaced as needed annually, according to Midas Gold. Building the oxidation circuit would cost Midas Gold about $70 million

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Sho-Ban Tribes win FMC lawsuit

November 18, 2019 Local News 8

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court judgment which affirmed a Shoshone Bannock Tribal Court of Appeals decision regarding a long-running dispute with the FMC Corporation.

In it, the court ruled FMC must pay an annual use permit fee for storage of hazardous waste on fee lands within the Shoshone Bannock Fort Hall Reservation. The requirement was laid out in a consent decree settling a prior suit brought against FMC by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Circuit Court concluded the FMC’s storage of millions of tons of hazardous waste on the Reservation “threatens or has some direct effect on the political integrity, economic security, or the ‘health and welfare’ of the Tribes..”

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Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service Taylor Outfitting LLC. DBA McCall Angler Special Use Permit Reissuance Update

November 21, 2019

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed renewal of the special use authorization for Taylor Outfitting on the McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts of the Payette National Forest. The enclosed scoping document provides more detailed information about the project. The scoping document is also available on the project’s webpage at (link)

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your scoping comments by December 19, 2019, and make your comments as specific as possible.

The project webpage provides you tools to engage this process as you wish. From “Get Connected” on the right hand side of the page, click on “Subscribe to Email Updates” if you wish to receive electronic communication about this project. Use the “Comment/Object on Project” link to access a simple webform to submit your comments on this project. The “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” are the published comments received on this project.

Webform submission is preferred but written comments concerning this project will be accepted by mailing to the McCall Ranger District 102 West Lake Street McCall, ID 83638. Hand delivered comment letters may be delivered during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. Electronic comments may be submitted electronically through the project web page listed above.

Comments received in response to this request will be available for public inspection and will be released in their entirety if requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Comments received in response to this request will also be available for public inspection on the “Public Comment Reading Room” on the project webpage.

For further information on this project, please contact acting Recreation Program Manager (detail), Emily Simpson at 208-634-0415, or emily.simpson@usda.gov

Sincerely,
Ann Hadlow
Acting McCall District Ranger
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Forest Supervisor signs decision memo for the Little Red Goose Forest Resilience Project on the Payette National Forest

McCall, Id., November 19, 2019 Payette National Forest

Tawnya Brummett, the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest, signed the decision memo today for the Little Red Goose Forest Resilience Project on the New Meadows Ranger District.

This project area is roughly 8,800 acres in the Little Salmon River subbasin in Upper Goose Creek, Sixmile Creek, and Lower Goose Creek between McCall and New Meadows, and is visible from Highway 55, Highway 95 and Brundage Ski Resort. The area has been heavily impacted by Douglas fir tussock moth as evidenced by the large areas of red needled trees this summer and fall.

According to a recent USDA Forest Health and Protection report, this area is also being impacted by the western spruce budworm, Balsam woolly adelgid, mistletoe, and root and butt rots which is compounding the effect on trees in the area.


Dwarf Mistletoe – William Jacobi, Colorado State University


Western spruce budworm larva – USDA Forest Service

This decision authorizes treatments on up to 3,000 acres identified within the larger 8,800-acre area, and includes commercial thinning, non-commercial thinning, commercial firewood removal, slash treatments (lop and scatter or pile burning), and broadcast prescribed burning. Hazard tree removal in Last Chance Campground as well as commercial treatments west of FSR 453 could begin as early as January 2020.

“[Little Red Goose] is an excellent example of how we can quickly respond to our changing forest conditions, and the importance of engaging with our communities and local officials to address insect and disease issues that have the potential to affect a much larger area,” says Brummett in her decision. “Much like wildfire, insects and disease do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries, and managing the National Forest to increase its resiliency to such disturbances is critical to being good stewards of the land and responsible neighbors.”

The project is categorically excluded from documentation in an EA or EIS because it fits within the Insect and Disease Infestation category authorized by the Healthy Forest Restoration Act, specifically section 603 (16 U.S.C6591b)(FSH1909.15, 32.3(3)). This project adheres to the specifications of that authority.

More information about the project can be found on the Little Red Goose project webpage at: (link) or you can contact Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger at 208-347-0301.
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Lawsuit filed to stop big US Forest Service project in Idaho

Nov 20, 2019 Associated Press

Boise, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service is ignoring a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling by restarting a giant forest project in Idaho, say environmental groups that have filed another lawsuit seeking to stop the project a second time.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the other groups filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Idaho challenging the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest.

The Forest Service and environmental groups agree the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project that includes logging, habitat restoration and recreational improvements is precisely the same as the one halted by the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling against the Forest Service in August 2018.

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Forest Service to review water diversions in Sawtooth Valley

by Associated Press Saturday, November 23rd 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has agreed to complete environmental reviews of 20 water diversions in central Idaho that a conservation group says could be harming imperiled salmon.

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday signed off on the agreement between the Forest Service and Idaho Conservation League involving the water diversions in the Sawtooth Valley.

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BLM to conduct fall, winter timber pile burning

Date: November 20, 2019
Contact: (Jared Jablonski) (jjablonski@blm.gov) (208-384-3210)

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise District will conduct three prescribed timber pile burns on projects within Boise, Valley and Adams Counties between Nov. 27 and Feb. 1, depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions. The main objective of these burns is to reduce 245 acres of slash accumulated during past timber treatments, reducing hazardous fuels and the potential for harmful fire behavior.

K-Round Pile Burning – The K-Round Prescribed Pile Burn is located in Valley County, approximately 17 miles northeast of Banks. Prescribed fire managers will be targeting 21 machine piles located on 145 acres of BLM land.

Mile Marker 73 Pile Burning – The Mile Marker 73 Prescribed Pile Burn is located in Boise County, approximately 9 miles northeast of Horseshoe Bend. Prescribed fire managers will be targeting six machine piles located on 28 acres of BLM land.

Fort Hall Pile Burning –The Fort Hall Prescribed Pile Burn is located in Adams County, approximately 1.5 miles east of Fruitvale. Prescribed fire managers will be targeting 15 machine piles located on 72 acres of BLM land.

Fire managers will be waiting for adequate moisture levels in project areas before initiating ignition operations in order to ensure minimal fire spread outside of designated piles. Once initiated, prescribed burning operations are expected to last up to one week in each area. Personnel and equipment will be in the project areas for the duration of the burning operations. Smoke from the burns has the potential to be visible from long distances due to location, fuel type and burning conditions.

For more information, contact the Boise District Fire Information Line at (208) 384-3378.
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BLM to conduct prescribed burning in southwest Idaho

Date: November 20, 2019
Contact: (Jared Jablonski) (jjablonski@blm.gov) (208-384-3210)

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be conducting the Trout Springs Jackpot Prescribed Burn in Owyhee County between late November and January depending on weather, fuel and ground conditions. The Trout Springs Jackpot Prescribed Burn is located on Juniper Mountain, 36 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, Oregon. The planned prescribed fire will target 137 acres of downed juniper trees remaining from past cutting treatments.

The fire is part of a larger project intended to move pastures toward meeting rangeland health standards. Fire managers will be targeting weather and fuel conditions that minimize fire spread such as snow, high fuel moistures, and new grass growth. Containing the fire spread to individual tree debris zones reduces the risk of live vegetation mortality and allows for faster vegetation recovery.

Fire managers will perform ignitions over a multiday period, with subsequent mop-up and patrol of the prescribed fire occurring for several days. The public can expect to see smoke from the vicinity of Juniper Mountain during ignitions and for several days afterward.

This burn is a separate entry in the Trout Springs project and is adjacent to, not within, the 21-square-mile Trout Springs Prescribed Burn that took place in September 2019.

For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at (208) 384-3378.
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Critter News:

Santa Paws to take photo with pets Dec. 7 at Barn Owl

The Star-News Nov 21, 2019

Santa Paws is coming to town to take pictures with local pets and their human friends on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barn Owl Books and Gifts.

Pets must be secured in a carrier or on a leash. Furry friends may pose alone or with their family.

Cost is $5. Proceeds from the event will benefit the dogs and cats at MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter.

For more information, call 208-634-3647. Barn Owl Books and Gifts is located at 616 N. Third St., Suite 110, in McCall.

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Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, November 20th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Pet owners should be aware of traps and snares in Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game says most fur trapping seasons are open during late fall and winter, but some go year-round.

Owners should be careful letting pets run off-leash and unsupervised. They run the risk of having their pet’s toes pinched or worse – trapped by snares intended for large wildlife.

Know that one trap usually means there are more in the area. If you find one trap, avoid the rest of the area.

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Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Keith Ridler Associated Press November 18, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Federal authorities say a lawsuit seeking to ban black bear hunting using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming to protect grizzly bears should be dismissed.

The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in documents filed Friday say the decision to allow using bait to attract bears should continue to be made by the states in which the national forests are located.

Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and Wilderness Watch filed the lawsuit in June, contending the federal agencies are violating environmental laws because black bear hunters using bait have killed at least eight threatened grizzly bears since 1995 in national forests.

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Another moose poached near Idaho City

The young bull was illegally killed and left to rot on the Cottonwood Creek/Thorn Creek divide.

KTVB November 19, 2019

Idaho City, Idaho — Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers are searching for answers after a bull moose was illegally killed and left to rot near Idaho City.

The remains of the young moose were found over the weekend on the Cottonwood Creek/Thorn Creek divide, although investigators believe it was shot sometime in early November.

The discovery marks the second moose poaching incident near Idaho City this month, and the eighth total in three years. The head of a young cow moose was found on Rocky Ridge Yurt Road earlier in November.

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Study: Yellowstone bison mow, fertilize their own grass

“It’s almost like the bison become this giant fleet of lawnmowers moving back and forth across the landscape.”

Associated November 21, 2019

A study of grazing in Yellowstone National Park found that bison essentially mow and fertilize their own food, allowing them to graze in one area for two to three months during the spring and summer while other ungulates have to keep migrating to higher elevations to follow new plant growth.

Hundreds of bison grazing in an area stimulates the growth of nutritious grasses, in part because their waste acts as a fertilizer, according to research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Boise Fire: Chicken coop fires rise with colder weather

by Haley Squiers Friday, November 22nd 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Just like house fires, Boise firefighters say they see an increase in chicken coop fires when it gets cold.

Backyard chicken owners want to keep their flock warm, but firefighters say that can be dangerous.

The issue is heat lamps falling where they’re not supposed to.

“It’s very easy for those heat lamps, they’re hot enough, they produce enough heat, that they could ignite that straw or hay and then burn down your chicken coop,” said Boise’s Deputy Chief Romeo Gervais.

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Over 150 waterfowl dumped and left to waste along Highway 46

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, November 19th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Over 150 geese and ducks were dumped Friday along Highway 46 north of Gooding and left to rot.

Idaho Fish and Game officers are seeking information on the dumping of 154 snow and Canada geese and mallard ducks along Highway 46 on Nov. 15. All of the birds were left to rot, with no attempt to remove any meat.

“The birds were dumped prior to November 15th. This is an egregious situation of wasting waterfowl,” said Trevor Meadows, conservation officer. “If anyone witnessed a vehicle in the pull-off just north of the Camas and Gooding county line, please let us know a description of the vehicle or the occupants.”

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Fish & Game News:

Traps, snares and pets can be a bad combination, and here’s how to avoid a problem

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pet owners should know the basic functions of traps so they can release their pets if they’re caught

Pet owners are reminded fur trapping seasons are open during late fall and winter, and pets running off leash unsupervised could risk having their toes pinched – or worse – by traps and snares intended for wildlife.

While traps and snares are rarely encountered by bird hunters or hikers, pets can be attracted to them and become trapped, and people who allow their dogs to roam should be prepared to act quickly if it occurs.

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Releasing your Dog from a Trap

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New wild turkey hunts slated to begin in Southwest Idaho

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, November 21, 2019

December hunts are intended to relieve property owners from turkey damage

Four new wild turkey Landowner Permission hunts (LPH) are now on the books and slated to begin December 1 in areas with chronic turkey depredations. The hunts will give landowners, hunters and Fish and Game staff another tool to deal more effectively with private property damage caused by wild turkeys.

Approved by the Fish and Game Commission in August, these four new hunts are designed to alleviate depredation issues and increase social tolerance for wild turkey populations on private land.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey


President John F. Kennedy pardoned a turkey on November 19, 1963, stating “Let’s Keep him going.” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library/NARA

The official “pardoning” of White House turkeys is an interesting White House tradition that has captured the imagination of the public in recent years. It is often stated that to a turkey recorded in an 1865 dispatch by White House reporter Noah Brooks was the origin for the pardoning ceremony.

Reports of turkeys as gifts to American presidents can be traced to the 1870s, when began sending well fed birds to the White House. The First Families did not always feast upon Vose’s turkeys, but the yearly offering gained his farm widespread publicity and became a veritable institution at the White House. At Thanksgiving 1913, a turkey-come-lately from Kentucky shared a few minutes of fame with the fine-feathered Rhode Islander. Soon after, in December, Horace Vose died, thus ending an era.

By 1914, the opportunity to give a turkey to a President was open to everyone, and poultry gifts were frequently touched with patriotism, partisanship, and glee. In 1921, an American Legion post furnished bunting for the crate of a gobbler en route from Mississippi to Washington, while a Harding Girls Club in Chicago outfitted a turkey as a flying ace, complete with goggles. First Lady Grace Coolidge accepted a turkey from a Vermont Girl Scout in 1925. The turkey gifts had become established as a national symbol of good cheer.

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Seasonal Humor:

Thanksgiving Showdown – Farmer vs. Turkey


TurkeyStuffing-a
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Nov 17, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 17, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: The deadline to order calendars has been moved up to Nov 25th. If you have not ordered your 2020 Yellow Pine Calendar, send (rrSue) an email with “calendar” in the subject line and your mailing info.

The boil order and water restrictions are still in effect.

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
May 15 – Nov 30 Firewood Season
Nov 23 – Xmas tree permits
Nov 25 – Deadline to order 2020 YP Calendar
Nov 28 – Thanksgiving potluck 2pm at the Tavern
Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm
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Local Events:

Xmas Tree Permits Nov 23

The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 23. No local vendor this year.
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Nov 28 – Yellow Pine Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 2pm Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern – Turkey and bread stuffing provided by the Tavern. Also prime rib, pumpkin pie, and deviled eggs promised
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Dec 25 – Christmas dinner at the Community Hall 2pm

Potluck with turkey provided. We may have a Bingo game afterward.
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Village News:

Road Levy Failure will affect Yellow Pine Snowplowing

The Valley County Commissioners and Road Department are still working out the plan for Yellow Pine, they will have a report from the road department at the commissioner meeting on Monday, Nov 18th at 2pm, along with a public workshop.

Valley County Commissioner Elt Hasbrouck wrote on Wednesday Nov 13th, “The South Fork [road] will still be plowed but it may end up being a day or 2 later before we can get to it.” Elt also said, “I’m working on having Lakeshore place 2 bear proof containers on the southwest corner of the Johnson Creek intersection so that we won’t have to plow Johnson Creek.”

We will have info after the meeting to share next week.
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South Fork Slide Off

Sunday Nov 10 – report of a vehicle slide-off on the South Fork road. A pickup went off the road and crashed into the river around mile post 15. Nobody was hurt and our local SAR team was not dispatched.

The first tow truck called to the scene also slid off trying to pull the pickup out of the river. A second tow truck came and the rescue efforts blocked the road for some time and traffic was delayed. Some travelers came back to Yellow Pine as they didn’t want to take a chance on either the Johnson Creek or Lick Creek routes and waited here for word on the opening of the road late in the day.

20191110SoForkWreck-a
photo courtesy Nancy Bellman

Folks need to be aware of dangerous road conditions in that area of the South Fork. Reports that water has been running down the middle of the road, eroding the pavement and freezing into a thick layer of ice right up to the edge along the river side. Last report that low clearance cars may have trouble with the deep rut.

[h/t to locals that sent reports]
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Boil Water Order Still in Effect

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the community hall.
Link to: 20190707YPWUAminutes.rtf

2019 YPWUA Yearly Meeting Sunday July 7th 10am Community Center

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Current Account $27,510.17
B. Total revenue if everyone pays – $33,850.00
B. Budget Expenses – $32,010.00
C. Future rate increases – fall meeting a decision made on future rates
D. New Procedure Actions for Non-Payment – one water user stated that she was not going to pay her bill until her valve was repaired.
E. There are 55 shares held by 50 individuals, 112 services in Yellow Pine
F. It is requested that property owners that do not own a share, please buy one. $100 per share allows the property owner to vote on issues.

2. Operations Report – Steve
A. Current Operations We have obtained a grant to fix and get operational our new chlorine contact tank. We are currently using up to 50,000 gallons of water per day. We have spent many hours looking for leaks but have not found any major leak.
B. Chlorine levels through the boil order we will continue to keep the chlorine levels in an acceptable level.
C. Grant and work necessary
D. Boil Order Notification – Warren will be the one that orders and removes boil orders
E. Future Grants – we continue to investigate options for additional grants but nothing the works more than the grant to repair the chlorine contact tank.
F. Summer lawn watering – because of our boil order, we are requesting “no lawn watering the summer”.
G. Idaho rural water gave us a report that was given to the Water department several years ago.
H. Warren gave a very good explanation on our water system and what needs to happen to improve our system.

3. Election of Board Members
A. Dawn Brown and Stu Edwards, both are automatically nominated and without any other nominations, they will serve another 3 years on the board
B. Only shareholders can run for office and vote

Water Update Nov 11: The major leak has been repaired and has reduced our water usage to a level that our sand filters can keep up. We are still on a boil order until the sand filters can be cleaned and the turbidity levels settle. Warren will let us know when he feels comfortable with lifting the order.
– Steve H

Water Update Oct 23: October 22nd – The crew from Rocky Mountain Mechanical repaired the main water line leak up near the orchard.

Water Update Oct 15th: A major leak was found and a temporary fix was made until parts can be obtained. Once parts and people are available, that will be fixed. Fixing that leak doesn’t mean we will be off the boil order. The boil order was issued by the DEQ. They will not lift that order until the chlorine contact time meets the standard.
– Steve Holloway

Water Update Sept 21 (excerpted from VYPA 9/21 meeting notes):

Tests were conducted by Idaho Rural Water [July 19th] in an effort to locate the source of the major leak in the system. They will return October 3rd to continue the search for leaks. The line between Alpine Village and the Saleen property, which includes the bridge across the East Fork river is the line most suspected to be leaking. Cecil Dallman will stand by with a backhoe to dig in locations found. More digging work is needed at the tanks and pipes near the water facility. A second engineer is being consulted. Getting contractors to come to YP and replace seals is difficult. The previous grant money is tied to a timeline so some specified work must be done this fall.

The possibility for a large amount of grant money is very slim because we would have to take out a loan and use the borrowed money for the required matching money, and then there would be the loan payments. Money on hand must be used on required repairs to the contact tank. Because some water users do not have voting rights YPWUA does not qualify for some grants.

There are 56 shares available for purchase at $100/share. Each piece of land is entitled to own one share. Share holders are entitled to vote; water users that do not own a share may not vote, but do have access to water. The owners of the 56 lots are encouraged to purchase shares. Ownership of a share is shown on your annual water bill.

Anyone wanting to arrange a payment plan should contact Willie Sullivan.

– Steve Holloway/Willie Sullivan

May 1st: Leak in alley repaired

link to: #4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19
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VYPA News:

Cemetery – Tim Rogers: Marge Fields is researching the history of the log cabin now located at the cemetery, but formerly was in the center of the Yellow Pine village. A plaque will be placed at the cabin. The previous information sign showing names and locations of deceased buried in the cemetery will be repaired this winter and placed next year.

Road & Ditch Committee has been created. Clayton Egbert, Chairman. Tim Rogers and Tom Lanham have volunteered. This group and will need more volunteers.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link to: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway District 1
Dan Stiff, District 2
Merrill Saleen, District 3
Fire Chief: Jeff Forster

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.”

link to: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest.

Training update 10/24: “FD training is done for the year except for anyone wanting a one-on-one orientation session with the fire station and fire engine operations/pumping. Those that are interested can call me and I’ll make it happen.” – Fire Chief Jeff

YP Helispot update 10/24: “The Helispot is on it’s final stages of completion. The sidewalk to the pad needs to be concreted but everything else is complete. The gate and signs are up and Valley County Dispatch has the GPS coordinates. (44.95968 -115.49531) It’s listed as Yellow Pine Helispot. The gate is unlocked and will remain that way. There is a snow shovel there if needed. I’m asking that NO VEHICLES go beyond the gate. We already had a muddy ATV’er ride all over the pad and over the new paint with muddy tires marking up the pad. We’re planning on a dedication ceremony on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to the 2020 Harmonica Festival. More on that next year.”

YP Helispot update 10/26: “The concrete walkway to the Helispot was completed today 10/26/2019. Thanks to all who worked in the cold, rain and snow to accomplish this needed project. The stretcher can be rolled smoothly to the helicopter making it safer for the the patient and medical personnel making it more comfortable for the patient and safer for everyone. Job well done.” JF – AF
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Fall hours open 8am to close
Full breakfast served starting at 8am with special arrangement for earlier breakfast as needed. 92 Octane non ethanol gas available, cubed ice, beer, pop and water sold by the 6 and 12 pack, snacks, ice cream and many supplies available. Burgers and Pizza, Beer and Wine on the evening menu. Football and other sports available on our TV. Wi Fi, Verizon phone service and information available.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
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It’s official starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
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Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, 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 (Nov 11) overnight low of 20 degrees, almost clear sky this morning and frosty. A few summer birds showed up, pine siskin, goldfinch and evening grosbeaks; resident jays, nuthatches, hairy woodpecker plus the clark’s nutcracker. High thin haze by lunch time. Overcast by mid-afternoon, cooler and very light breezes, high of 51 degrees. It appeared to be mostly clear at dusk, temps dropping, river sounds up. A little haze before midnight giving the moon a small halo.

Tuesday (Nov 12) overnight low of 20 degrees, overcast sky and breezy this morning. Jays, nutcracker and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Thicker clouds at lunch time. A couple of starlings in the neighborhood. Darker thicker clouds and calmer by mid-afternoon, high of 46 degrees. Overcast at dusk, river sounds up. Cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Nov 13) overnight low of 27 degrees, partly clear sky (high thin clouds) and almost calm this morning. Jays, red-breasted nuthatches and a couple of clark’s nutcrackers visiting. Partly cloudy and nice at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Partly cloudy mid-afternoon and nearly calm, high of 56 degrees. It appeared to be partly cloudy to mostly clear at dusk. Mostly clear before midnight and very bright moon.

Thursday (Nov 14) overnight low of 21 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. The sun came over the ridge just after 10am. Jays, nuthatches and nutcrackers visiting. Partly cloudy at lunch time and calm. Pine squirrel and chipmunk visiting early afternoon and partly cloudy. Mostly cloudy by mid-afternoon and more clouds moving in, high of 56 degrees. Pretty much overcast at dark. Pale moonlight behind high clouds before midnight.

Friday (Nov 15) probably did not get below freezing last night, no frost and mostly cloudy sky this morning. Jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Gray overcast and light breeze at lunch time. Mountain chickadee stopped by, first sighting in a very long time. Quiet day. Overcast and cool light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 53 degrees. Overcast and calm at dusk. Cloudy at midnight.

Saturday (Nov 16) overnight low of 29 degrees, dewy but no frost and partly clear sky this morning. A mountain chickadee and pine siskin joined the regulars at the feeders. Partly cloudy and light breezes at lunch time. Female hairy woodpecker and a female cassins finch visiting. Mild and mostly clear mid-afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Dark-eyed junco visited late afternoon. The sun is down behind the hill before 430pm now. Mostly cloudy at dusk and calmer. Moon rise behind clouds.

Sunday (Nov 17) overnight low of 31 degrees, overcast sky and a few sprinkles this morning (first precipitation so far in the month of November.) Jays, nuthatches, nutcracker and hairy woodpecker visiting. Light sprinkle of rain at lunch time and dark clouds. Damp, overcast and cool mid-afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Pine squirrel visited. Sprinkling and overcast at dark.
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Idaho News:

Snowplow cuts on the table

Valley County seeks to save money after levy failure

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 14, 2019

Valley County commissioners will hold a workshop on Monday to determine which county roads might no longer be plowed due to a lack of funding and the failure of the road levy vote on Nov. 5.

The workshop is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday during the commissioners’ regular meeting at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

The session is not a public hearing, but the workshop will be open to the public.

During its meeting on Tuesday, commissioners instructed road superintendent Jeff McFadden to compile a list of roads that could be cut from the snowplowing routes as well as figures on how much the county would save by cutting those routes.

“It is important to have community involvement in setting priorities on which roads will be affected by the lack of funds for snowplowing and maintenance,” said Commissioner Sherry Maupin.

County roads are broken into the categories of major roads, minor roads, local collectors and private roads, McFadden said.

McFadden gave the example of Coho Lane, about one mile north of Donnelly, as one collector that could be plowed, but the subdivision it serves might not be plowed.

The county would consider plowing Coho Lane to where it meets the subdivision at Kokanee Lane and then turn around, he said.

The election on Nov. 5 saw voters reject a property tax that would have funded the county’s road department at about $4 million per year.

Without that revenue, commissioners have said the department would likely have to cut back on snowplowing and cease all road projects aside from basic maintenance.

The county may be forced to discontinue about half of its snowplowing routes depending on how severe the snowfall is over the winter, commissioners said.

Valley County Clerk Douglas Miller estimated that the county road department would be running a deficit by 2023 if no additional funding source can be found.

“It’s not a scare tactic, it’s just being honest with people that we can’t keep doing it this way,” Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck said.

“We’re going to burn out our road department; those guys are going to quit because we’re working them too damn hard,” Hasbrouck said.

At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners acknowledged more information needs to be presented on how road levy taxes would be spent.

“We have to inform the public a little bit more on what they are spending their tax dollars on, because right now, they don’t get it,” Maupin said.

“We’re asking them for their money and we have to show them how we’re going to spend it,” she said.

Commissioners plan to hold town hall meetings to discuss the budget for the road department and possible funding solutions.

“I believe we will hold meetings in Cascade, Donnelly and McCall as work sessions to listen to public input on the priorities they see,” Maupin said.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Nevermind!

Valley County to continue to accept plastic for recycling

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 14, 2019

Valley County Commissioners on Tuesday reversed course from last week and decided not to stop accepting plastics at the county’s three recycling depots.

Commissioners voted last week to remove plastic recycling containers starting Dec. 2 because bins were too contaminated and resulted in the plastics being hauled to landfills.

The county will now accept all types of plastics at the McCall, Donnelly and Cascade depots and send them to a facility owned by the multinational firm Geocycle in Devil’s Slide, Utah, to be used in commercial concrete production.

Geocycle will accept plastic as long as it is free of garbage, metal and large pieces of PVC pipe, Scott Carnes, site manager for Lake Shore Disposal, told commissioners.

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Contamination stalls New Meadows water line completion

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 14, 2019

Bacteria contaminating newly installed water lines along U.S. 95 in downtown New Meadows will delay completion of the project until spring at the earliest, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

Repeated failed water quality tests over the last two months have stymied Knife River Corporation of Boise, the general contractor for the project hired by the ITD, which is funding most of the $2.4 million project.

“It is not certain what will be required to achieve passing tests,” said Jennifer Gonzalez, a spokesperson for ITD.

“The contractor has been dousing the line with chlorine, has mechanically scrubbed it and has flushed it multiple times,” Gonzalez said.

The delays are costing the city more money than the $239,000 it expected to pay for the new water line, the only portion of the work funded by the city, New Meadows City Clerk Mac Qualls said.

City water customers will not have their service affected by the faulty water line. Instead, the old line that the new line was built to replace will continue to be used, Qualls said.

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‘I was really blessed to not be dead’: North Idaho man injured by stray bullet

On Oct. 30, the Boundary County resident was talking with a friend on his cellphone when a stray bullet ripped through a bay window in his home.

Taylor Viydo November 15, 2019 KTVB

Looking back at what happened at his home in late October, Carl Hunter realizes he was inches away from having his life be drastically different.

…A responding Boundary County Sheriff’s deputy later located a deformed rifle bullet near the bay window among shattered glass and blood.

Undersheriff Richard Stevens told KREM that the incident appears to be the aftermath of a hunting accident. The department said that based on the bullet’s deformities, the bullet likely struck a tree or the ground before crashing through Hunter’s window.

… Both Hunter and Stevens emphasized the importance of area shooters and hunters shooting responsibly and knowing what lies beyond their targets. Although Hunter’s home is located in a semi-rural area, both men noted the close proximity of other homes and a church in the area.

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New law requires Idaho drivers to provide proof of insurance to DMV or risk registration suspension

Nov 13, 2019 Local News 8

Vehicle owners will need to provide proof of insurance for two consecutive months or risk having their registration suspended beginning in 2020.

The law (Idaho Code Section 49-1234) was passed during the 2019 Idaho legislative session and goes into effect in January. It requires the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicles to determine monthly whether the owner of a vehicle has insurance. The law applies only to non-commercial vehicles and excludes trailers and off-highway vehicles.

A notification letter will be sent to affected vehicle owners to alert them of the law change.

Owners without insurance coverage for two consecutive months will receive a warning and be given 30 days to provide proof of insurance or obtain an exemption before their registration is suspended.

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Census Bureau in search of Idaho-based employees

Rachel Spacek, Idaho Press November 14, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Idaho is in need of roughly 9,000 employees to work for the U.S. Census Bureau as census takers.

Nationwide, the U.S. Census Bureau needs about 2.7 million workers, said Michael Hall, assistant regional census manager through the Los Angeles Regional Census Center. Hall met with the Idaho State Complete Count Committee Wednesday to discuss job recruitment and hard-to-count groups, according to the Idaho Press.

The Census Bureau will be recruiting employees through February. Hall said the Boise Census office hopes more than 13,000 people apply for census jobs but expects to hire only around 9,000.

“We try to hire local people who are familiar with their areas, to go in and work there,” Hall said.

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Mining News:

Chemical bubble bath would extract gold from Stibnite ore

Minerals from froth would move to next step of processing

(Note: This is the fourth part in a series detailing Midas Gold Idaho’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Oxidation)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 14, 2019

Billowing metallic bubbles laced with gold, silver and antimony would spill out of water tanks the size of small swimming pools as Midas Gold begins the process of separating precious metals from rock.

After crushing and grinding, finely ground ore the size of sand granules would be continuously fed into the flotation circuit at a rate of about 22,000 tons per day, according to Midas Gold’s proposed operating plan for the Stibnite area near Yellow Pine.

Flotation consists of a series of chemical reactions in large water tanks to isolate pyrite and stibnite, which are the two minerals that contain gold, silver and antimony.

The circuit would include about eight water tanks that would vary in size from 13-foot cubes with a capacity of 15,000 gallons to 26-foot cubes with a capacity of 100,000 gallons.

Once in the tanks, Midas Gold would add specific chemicals to the water to help either pyrite or stibnite rise to the surface while other minerals remain at the bottom, according to the company’s plan.

Like jets on a hot tub, the tanks would have air pumped into them and circulated to agitate the water and generate bubbles for stibnite and pyrite minerals to latch onto.

Another chemical would be added to promote stronger, frothy bubbles capable of supporting the added weight of minerals attached to them.

Bubbles at the surface of the tank would then spill over into a collection trough, where the precious metal-laden bubbles would be directed to another two stages of flotation to further isolate pyrite and stibnite from other rock.

For antimony, the process would take about 20 minutes from the time the ore enters the tanks to when it exits in concentrate form.

For gold and silver, it would take about an hour and a half because more care would be taken to isolate all pyrite minerals, which also require more effort to float than stibnite minerals.

The leftover slurry of rock at the bottom of tanks would be designated as tailings and neutralized before being pumped to the company’s planned 100-million-ton lined tailings storage area.

Not all gold and silver would be harvested from the tailings, so Midas Gold would monitor and occasionally reprocess the tailings slurry to extract lingering gold and silver.

Ore with two or more pounds of antimony per ton would go through the flotation process to remove antimony before going undergoing gold and silver flotation.

During antimony flotation, a chemical would be added to ensure pyrite minerals remain at the bottom of the tank while stibnite minerals are drawn to the surface.

At the end of the flotation circuit, metallic antimony-laden bubbles would be gathered in a liquid slurry form. Water would then be drained from the slurry to create a dry antimony powder.

The powder would only be about 60% antimony by weight. Traces of gold, silver, mercury and rock would make up the rest of the concentrate, which would be hauled away for further refining in one-ton to two-ton truckloads up to twice daily.

It would be uneconomic to extract antimony from ore containing two pounds or less per ton, so that ore would skip antimony flotation and go straight to gold and silver flotation tanks.

Concentrations of gold and silver collected from flotation bubbles would continue through the on-site ore processing facility, with the next step being oxidation, which would free gold and silver from the pyrite containing it.

Lime, which would be used to control acidity in the flotation tanks, would be the most used chemical in the flotation process at up to 187 tons per day.

Midas Gold plans to mine and process lime on site from a large limestone deposit in the existing West End pit.

Midas Gold would need to use about six to seven pounds of other chemicals in the flotation circuit per ton of ore processed, or about 70 tons per day at a cost of about $2.1 million per year.

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Simplot proposing 5 open-pit phosphate mines in E. Idaho

by Keith Ridler Associated Press Monday, November 11th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Federal officials have released a final plan for five open-pit phosphate mines and reclamation work in eastern Idaho proposed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released the jointly-prepared final environmental impact statement Friday for the Dairy Syncline Mine Project about 14 miles (23 miles) east of Soda Springs.

The five mines, disposal areas, tailing ponds and other mine workings would cover about 4.3 square miles (11 square kilometers).

The two federal agencies are taking comments before making decisions.

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Public Lands:

Boise forest plans thinning of trees in Clear Creek drainage

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 14, 2019

The Boise National Forest is seeking comments on the 11,000-acre Lost Horse project in the Cascade Ranger District. The project is located about 21 miles east of Cascade in the Clear Creek drainage.

The goal of the project is to change the concentration and species of trees in the project area to reduce fire danger and improve animal habitats, a news release said.

Trees in the area are mostly densely populated fir species. An overgrowth of these trees has kept larger species like ponderosa pine from growing and crowded out animal habitats.

The densely packed fir stands have also been affected by a tussock moth outbreak, with several large patches of trees dying off, the release said.

Trees would be thinned throughout the project area and prescribed burns carried out to clear brush and smaller trees. About 5,900 acres would receive prescribed burns.

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Payette and Boise National Forests Begin Christmas Tree Permit Sales Nov. 23

McCall, ID, November 14, 2019 – The Payette and Boise National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 23. On Monday, Nov. 25, permits will be available at Forest Service offices. All tree permits are valid to Dec. 25.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. For both Forests, the cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise National Forest – one permit works for both Forests.

All purchasers are provided with information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips. A Christmas Tree Permit is for personal use only, and use of permits for commercial purposes is prohibited. Permits are non-refundable and the purchaser must be at least 18 years in age.

In coordination with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit. The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid in a Park initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to (link) and complete the application/voucher process, print it and bring it to a Forest Service office.

To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth-grader and a parent must go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online website at: (link)

Commercial vendors will not be issuing a free Christmas tree permit to participants of the Every Kid in a Park program, and free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically. Participation in the Every Kid in a Park program also offers benefits at National Parks and on other public lands and facilities across the United States.

Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event. Please review the Christmas tree brochure and map for optimal areas and be fully prepared for winter travel.

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time.

To provide for family safety, officials advise a few simple guidelines:

* Use the brochure with instructions provided.
* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.
* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.
* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.
* Always inform neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.
* Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.
* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.

Where to get a Christmas Tree Permit

Payette National Forest Offices (link)

All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm Vendors and offices closed on Thanksgiving.

McCall Forest Supervisor’s Office
500 North Mission Street, McCall, ID
208-634-0700

Council Ranger District Office
2092 Highway 95, Council, ID
208-253-0100

New Meadows Ranger District Office
3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID
208-347-0300

Weiser Ranger District Office
851 E Ninth St., Weiser, ID
208-549-4200

McCall Ranger District Office
102 West Lake St., McCall, ID
208-634-0400

Payette National Forest Vendors

Weiser: Ridley’s Food and Drug (208) 549-1332
652 E First St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 7am – 11pm

Cambridge: Jay’s Sinclair (208) 257-5000
Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID
Open: Everyday 7am – 8pm

Council: Farmer’s Supply Cooperative (208) 253-4266
2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID
Open: Everyday 6am – 10pm

McCall: Albertsons (208) 634-8166
132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID
Open: Everyday 6:30am -11pm

New Meadows: C & M Lumber (208) 347-3648
3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID
Open: Mon – Sat 8am – 6pm
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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Allergic bronchitis and cats

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 15, 2019 IME

Feline allergic bronchitis is inflammation of the lower airways, especially the bronchi. The inflammation is often complicated by narrowing of the airways, which is called bronco constriction. This can greatly reduce the intake of oxygen. Allergic bronchitis has two forms. The acute form is associated with reversible inflammatory changes and is also referred to as feline asthma. The chronic form is associated with irreversible airway damage. It can eventually lead to emphysema, a debilitating disease that results from enlargement and dysfunction of the smallest airways and the lungs.

The acute form is usually triggered by a hyperactive immune response to environmental irritants. In most cases, the specific inciting cause is never identified. Most cats are young to middle-age when they’re first affected. The cat usually appears healthy and has no systemic signs of illness. Wheezing and coughing are common signs. If signs are mild and intermittent, the cat may be normal between episodes. Occasionally, episodes of breathing difficulty may progress to become severe and life-threatening. The cat may sit hunched over with the neck extended, trying to take in air.

A tentative diagnosis may be made from the history and physical examination findings. X-rays may or may not reveal changes compatible with allergic bronchitis, but help to rule out other causes of coughing.

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Off-leash dog fines could triple in Meridian if new ordinance passes

Nov 14, 2019 By Natasha Williams KIVI TV

Meridian, Idaho — Walking the dog without a leash in Meridian could soon be a very expensive proposition.

The Meridian City Council is thinking about more than tripling the fines for dog owners who let their pets off leash. Right now, the fines for having a dog loose is $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $100 for the third.

If the council approves the plan, fees could jump to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, and $300 for the third.

Councilwoman Genesis Milam introduce the ordinance, saying in was in response to the enormous number of complaints she’s getting regarding people being chased or bitten by dogs. Meridian City Attorney, Bill Nary, says owners need to be more aware.

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Fish and Game warn of more wildlife on the roads

By Heatherann Wagner Nov 13, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho Fish and Game is reminding drivers to be aware in the roads. It’s the time of year when big game animals start to migrate. The most active times tend to be dawn and dusk. They ask that drivers slow down, buckle up, and scan the roads.

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Bobcat spotted near Parkcenter Boulevard

by CBS 2 News Staff Friday, November 15th 2019


Bobcat near Parkcenter. (Courtesy photo)

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — A rather large kitty has been making the rounds in the Parkcenter Boulevard area.

A CBS2 viewer shared with us a photo taken last week of a bobcat hanging out, perhaps looking for its next meal.

Bobcats are not uncommon to Idaho and even the Treasure Valley, but it does appear they like the Boise River area. In 2016, another bobcat was spotted near the Greenbelt.

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Northwest Montana grizzly deaths spur pushback

Nov 13, 2019 AP

The mortality rate of grizzly bears in northwestern Montana has prompted a group of bear researchers to challenge whether the grizzly should be removed from federal protection.

This month a grizzly bear was shot by a hunter east of Eureka and state wildlife managers killed another bear near Libby after it broke into a garage to eat a harvested elk.

The Missoulian reports the number of known grizzly deaths in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem recovery zone this year has reached 48.

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Texas A&M is now home for Elliott the Elk

Elliott is planting his hooves at A&M’s Wildlife Center to be raised in captivity for veterinary students to study his species.

Gabriela Garcia November 15, 2019 KTVB

College Station, Texas — From football players to various alumni, Texas A&M has been home to a few big names.

Lately, there’s a pretty big star that’s living on campus, Elliott the Elk.

He has planted his hooves at A&M’s Winnie Carter Wildlife Center, coming from Idaho.

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Nearly 300 wild horses captured in central Idaho

Associated Press November 12, 2019

Challis, Idaho — Nearly 300 wild horses have been captured in central Idaho as part of a plan by federal land managers to reduce the number of wild horses roaming the area to about 185.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says that 295 wild horses were rounded up over seven days ending Monday in the Challis Herd Management Area near the town of Challis.

Aerial census flights are planned this week to determine the number of wild horses remaining in the area.

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Northwest Wyoming deer test positive for chronic wasting

Nov 11, 2019 AP

Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP) – Wildlife biologists have confirmed a disease deadly to deer, elk and moose in several deer in a new area of northwest Wyoming, near the Montana line.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the deer came from the Clark area. Tests for chronic wasting disease came back positive for mule deer and white-tailed deer killed by hunters and for mule deer killed by vehicles.

The deer were killed in early November.

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Craft Fair Aids Trio of Nonprofits

November 12, 2019 By Mary Malone Bonner County Daily Bee


Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue

Sandpoint, [Idaho] — The third annual Ponderay Arts and Crafts Festival is coming up just in time for the holiday season.

With 42 vendors made up of local artists, crafters and others, there will be plenty of gift ideas for everyone at the festival.

“There is a lot of excellent stuff,” said Dory McIsaac from Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, the featured nonprofit for the event.

… McIsaac will be selling her handmade Mystic Farm candles, which come in a variety of scents. She has also been busy making antler art to sell this year, she said, such as wind chimes, candle holders, keychains and other items. There will be T-shirts and hats for sale to support the wildlife rescue as well.

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Largemouth bass earns angler new Idaho catch and release record at 25 inches, 9.7 lbs

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, November 14th 2019


25-inch, 9.7-pound bass earns angler new Idaho catch and release record. (Idaho Department of Fish)

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — A 25-inch, 9.7-pound bass just earned an angler the new Idaho catch and release record for largemouth bass.

J.J. Schillinger, of Post Falls, hooked this monster during the Panhandle Bass Anglers Fall Open tournament in October. He caught the bass in Cave Lake, one of a dozen chain lakes along the Coeur d’Alene River.

… J.J.’s new record bass beat the previous record of 23.75 inches set by Dale Stratton at Sawyers Pond near Emmett in May of 2017.

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Fish & Game News:

Oh deer! Peak season for hitting wildlife on the road is here

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Motorists are urged to slow down and be extra careful.

With big game animals on the move for mating and migration, wildlife-vehicle collisions tend to peak this time of year. Motorists are urged to slow down and be extra careful.

The deer mating season occurs in November, and they tend to be active all day and become inattentive at times. And with increased snow in the higher elevations, Idaho’s big game herds are migrating to lower elevation winter ranges, crossing many highways and roads.

“While you can’t predict when wildlife will cross the road, being extra alert, slowing down, and avoiding driving under low light conditions if possible is your best defense,” said Greg Painter, Idaho Fish and Game wildlife manager based in Salmon.

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Two moose illegally killed near Isabella Road east of Elk River on Nov. 2

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Idaho Fish and Game officers are investigating an incident that occurred on Saturday, November 2 near Isabella Road east of Elk River, Idaho. Officers are asking for help locating a red Chevy pickup truck that was seen leaving the area where two moose were killed. The pickup was described as a 2007-2014 model red Chevrolet pickup with newer bedside wood racks approximately cab height. Witnesses reported seeing a black lab in the bed of the truck and said that the vehicle left the area traveling at a high rate of speed. Both moose were taken from the scene.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, call Sr. Conservation Officer, Brian Perkes at 208-969-1605 or contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Three whitetailed deer found shot and left to waste near Keuterville/Ferdinand on Nov. 2

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

On Saturday, November 2, 2019 two deer were found shot and left to waste in agricultural fields in the Keuterville/Ferdinand area.

The first deer, a white tail doe, was found off Agnew Rd, near the intersection of Keuterville Rd. She had been gut shot and left to waste in a stubble field. She appears to have been shot late night on Friday, November 1 or early morning Saturday, November 2. The meat was salvaged and donated to a local family.

The second deer, a 4×4 white tail buck, was found off Rolling Hills Rd, about 3 miles outside Ferdinand. He was also gut shot and left to waste in a stubble field. He appears to have been shot in the same time frame as the doe.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Deer breaks into home, refuses to leave bathtub

by WSMH/WEYI Staff Friday, September 27th 2019


Picture from Fenton Police

Fenton, Mich (WSMH/WEYI) – Fenton Police responded to a bizarre breaking and entering on Wednesday, September 25th.

Police believe a deer may have been hit by a car and then crashed through the window of a home.

Once inside the home, police say the deer went into the bathtub and would not leave.

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Nov 10, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 10, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: The boil order and water restrictions are still in effect.

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire/SAR Training
May 15 – Nov 30 Firewood Season
Nov 23 – Xmas tree permits
Nov 28 – Thanksgiving potluck 2pm at the Tavern
(details below)
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Local Events:

Xmas Tree Permits Nov 23

The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 23.
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Yellow Pine Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 2pm Potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern – Turkey and bread stuffing provided by the Tavern.
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Village News:

Nov 6th – Amerigas propane delivery

Dan Henrikson with Amerigas was in Yellow Pine all day Wednesday, November 6th, doing safety checks and topping off propane tanks for the winter.
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Boil Water Order Still in Effect

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
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Get Ready for Winter Heating

* Inspect and clean the chimney. Contact the YPFD to borrow chimney brushes.
* Inspect and clean wood stoves, make sure dampers work properly and check for leaks.
* Check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors – install fresh batteries.
* Check your fire extinguisher and make sure it is handy. Manually rotate them around, tip upside down and lightly shake them, thus keeping the fire fighting agent loose, and check that the needle is still in the green. If you need a new one please call, your fire commissioner or Jeff F.
* If you have an oil-powered furnace, replace your filter and nozzle and check the tank level.
* Check your propane tank levels. Check to make sure snow falling from the roof cannot impact your pipes!
* Test the igniter switch. On an old system, you might have to relight the pilot. Newer systems have electronic igniters.
* Lubricate and clean the blower motor. First check the owner’s manual to see if your motor is the kind that needs lubricating. If it does, turn off the power, open the cover and clean the caps covering the bearings. Then remove the caps and lubricate the bearings.
* Inspect the blower belt for cracks. Turn off the power to the furnace at the main circuit breaker. Use a screwdriver to remove the steel cover of the air handler. The blower belt is the largest rubber belt that you see. Replace the belt if it is cracked.
* Inspect the exhaust flue outdoors to ensure it is free of obstructions such as branches or animal nests.
* Keep the area around your furnace unit free of debris and clutter.
* Change the air filters. Clean your air vents and ducts. Remove the vent covers with a screwdriver. Use the extension hose of your vacuum to remove the dust.
* Open all your air vents. Remove furniture, boxes and clutter that get in the way of air flowing from the vents.

Local Fuel Suppliers
Propane
Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Heating fuel
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
Furnace Service
Rocky Mountain Mechanical (208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Dump Report Nov 6th: The dumpsters were about half full and the road has pot holes.

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.

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Reminder for people living in bear country:

* Garbage should be stored inside the house or in a secure garage or storage building.
* If garbage cannot be stored in a secure location, a bear-resistant container approved by the Interagency Bear Committee is recommended.
* Avoid using bird feeders from March through November. Birds do not need supplemental feeding this time of year.
* Pet food should not be left outside.
* BBQ grills or anything with a strong odor should not be left out at night.
* Protect gardens, beehives, and compost piles with electric fencing.
* Never intentionally feed bears. A food-conditioned bear may pose a threat to human safety and usually results in the removal of the bear.
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the community hall. (No minutes yet)

Yellow Pine Water Use 2019


(link to larger size)
[h/t Dave P]

Water Update Oct 23:

October 22nd – The crew from Rocky Mountain Mechanical repaired the main water line leak up near the orchard.

Water Update Oct 15th:

A major leak was found and a temporary fix was made until parts can be obtained. Once parts and people are available, that will be fixed. Fixing that leak doesn’t mean we will be off the boil order. The boil order was issued by the DEQ. They will not lift that order until the chlorine contact time meets the standard.
– Steve Holloway

Water Update Sept 21 (excerpted from VYPA 9/21 meeting notes):

Tests were conducted by Idaho Rural Water [July 19th] in an effort to locate the source of the major leak in the system. They will return October 3rd to continue the search for leaks. The line between Alpine Village and the Saleen property, which includes the bridge across the East Fork river is the line most suspected to be leaking. Cecil Dallman will stand by with a backhoe to dig in locations found. More digging work is needed at the tanks and pipes near the water facility. A second engineer is being consulted. Getting contractors to come to YP and replace seals is difficult. The previous grant money is tied to a timeline so some specified work must be done this fall.

The possibility for a large amount of grant money is very slim because we would have to take out a loan and use the borrowed money for the required matching money, and then there would be the loan payments. Money on hand must be used on required repairs to the contact tank. Because some water users do not have voting rights YPWUA does not qualify for some grants.

There are 56 shares available for purchase at $100/share. Each piece of land is entitled to own one share. Share holders are entitled to vote; water users that do not own a share may not vote, but do have access to water. The owners of the 56 lots are encouraged to purchase shares. Ownership of a share is shown on your annual water bill.

Anyone wanting to arrange a payment plan should contact Willie Sullivan.

– Steve Holloway/Willie Sullivan

May 1st: Leak in alley repaired

link to: #4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update
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VYPA News:

Cemetery – Tim Rogers: Marge Fields is researching the history of the log cabin now located at the cemetery, but formerly was in the center of the Yellow Pine village. A plaque will be placed at the cabin.

The previous information sign showing names and locations of deceased buried in the cemetery will be repaired this winter and placed next year.

Road & Ditch Committee has been created. Clayton Egbert, Chairman. Tim Rogers and Tom Lanham have volunteered. This group and will need more volunteers.

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link to: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway District 1
Dan Stiff, District 2
Merrill Saleen, District 3
Fire Chief: Jeff Forster

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.”

link to: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Stop the Bleed Class: We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest.

Training update 10/24: “FD training is done for the year except for anyone wanting a one-on-one orientation session with the fire station and fire engine operations/pumping. Those that are interested can call me and I’ll make it happen.” – Fire Chief Jeff

YP Helispot update 10/24: “The Helispot is on it’s final stages of completion. The sidewalk to the pad needs to be concreted but everything else is complete. The gate and signs are up and Valley County Dispatch has the GPS coordinates. (44.95968 -115.49531) It’s listed as Yellow Pine Helispot. The gate is unlocked and will remain that way. There is a snow shovel there if needed. I’m asking that NO VEHICLES go beyond the gate. We already had a muddy ATV’er ride all over the pad and over the new paint with muddy tires marking up the pad. We’re planning on a dedication ceremony on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to the 2020 Harmonica Festival. More on that next year.”

YP Helispot update 10/26: “The concrete walkway to the Helispot was completed today 10/26/2019. Thanks to all who worked in the cold, rain and snow to accomplish this needed project. The stretcher can be rolled smoothly to the helicopter making it safer for the the patient and medical personnel making it more comfortable for the patient and safer for everyone. Job well done.” JF – AF

-Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations. Open until the end of hunting season.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner is closed for the winter, opening again next spring so that I can spend the winter with the family. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Fall hours open 8am to close
Full breakfast served starting at 8am with special arrangement for earlier breakfast as needed. 92 Octane non ethanol gas available, cubed ice, beer, pop and water sold by the 6 and 12 pack, snacks, ice cream and many supplies available. Burgers and Pizza, Beer and Wine on the evening menu. Football and other sports available on our TV. Wi Fi, Verizon phone service and information available.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
FB page:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

subscribe:
A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, 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 (Nov 4) overnight low of 23 degrees, mostly high thin haze in the sky this morning. Clark’s nutcracker, steller jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Partly hazy at lunch time. A little extra street traffic today. Partly hazy and mild mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Colorful sunset, deep red to light pink. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Nov 5) overnight low of 21 degrees, clear sky this morning, light frost melting in the sun, patches of old snow in the shade. Jays, clark’s nutcrackers and nuthatches visiting. Sunny and mild at lunch time. A couple of chipmunks and a pine squirrel stopped by. Clear and almost warm by mid-afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Fat waxing moon up above Antimony ridge at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (Nov 6) overnight low of 20 degrees, almost clear sky this morning – one small patch of thin clouds – slight breeze and patchy old snow in the shade. Clark’s nutcracker, several jays, white and red-breasted nuthatches and a hairy woodpecker visiting, raven flying over the village calling. Heavy truck traffic on the back Stibnite road. Clear and warming up at lunch time. Amerigas was in inspecting and topping off propane tanks. Mail truck made it in on time. Clear and mild mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Lots of jays bopping around. Looked clear at dusk and calm. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 7) overnight low of 19 degrees, almost clear sky – patch of haze to the south east, slight breeze this morning and patches of old snow in the shade. We have a bit of an inversion developing, the air quality is slightly poor and we had the same low temp as Stibnite. Jays, nutcrackers, nuthatches, a hairy woodpecker, chipmunks and a pine squirrel visiting. High haze at lunch time and fairly calm. Mild and thin overcast by mid-afternoon and calm, high of 54 degrees. It appeared to be only partly hazy at dusk, not much color in the west. A little haze before midnight.

Friday (Nov 8) overnight low of 20 degrees, clear sky and light frost. The slight inversion continues, it was a little warmer last night at Stibnite than in YP, and woodstove smoke hanging low. Nutcrackers, jays, red and white-breasted nuthatches and a hairy woodpecker visiting. Partly hazy at lunch time, filtered sunshine. Extra traffic on main street during the day. High thin overcast and calm mid-afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Scarlet colored sunset. Fuzzy moon up over the ridge after dark. Some stars out but mostly hazy at before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 9) overnight low of 23 degrees, mostly high thin clouds and light frost this morning. It was warmer at Stibnite again this morning than in YP. Jays, Clark’s nutcrackers, hairy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. High haze over most of the sky by lunch time. Hardly any traffic today. Low airplane circling over the village around 340pm. Mostly cloudy and calm mid-afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Mostly cloudy at dusk, quiet and calm. Cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Nov 10) overnight low was probably above freezing, mostly cloudy and low 40s at sunrise, a tiny trace of old snow in the shade. Jays, nutcracker, a hairy woodpecker, a pine siskin, several red-breasted nuthatches and a chipmunk visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Getting breezy by mid-afternoon, mild temps and mostly cloudy, high of 57 degrees. A few more pine siskins, a male evening grosbeak and a pine squirrel joined the birds at the feeders. Partly cloudy and breezy at dusk. Big cloud to the east reflecting the light of the moon that was still below the horizon, and flag flapping breezes.
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Idaho News:

‘Our hands are tied:’ Services expected to be cut after roads levy fails in Valley County

Snowplowing and road maintenance will likely be slashed in half amid a major funding shortfall.

KTVB November 6, 2019

Cascade, Idaho — Snow plowing and road maintenance in Valley County will likely be slashed by half after voters declined to raise their own property taxes to help officials grapple with a federal funding shortfall.

Fifty-one percent of those who turned out at the polls backed the Valley County roads override levy, but it fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. A total of 1,194 people backed the levy, while 1,159 opposed it.

The levy’s failure leaves the county staring down a looming funding crisis.

According to county commissioners, the federal government used to give Valley County $3 million a year for road maintenance, but are no longer providing funding for rural roads. The Idaho Transportation Department will continue to maintain and plow Idaho 55, but the county roads department is facing a major shortfall.

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Cascade voters reject local option tax

The measure failed 123 to 111.

KTVB November 6, 2019

Cascade, Idaho — Cascade residents voted down a proposed 1 percent local sales tax officials say would have brought in money to the city.

The tax would have applied to purchases under $1,000, with some exceptions, and would have been in place for two years. The measure failed 123 to 111.

The funds raised through the new tax would have gone towards streets, sidewalks, paths and crosswalks, as well as the maintenance and development of city parks.

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Cascade Legion post to hold Veterans Day observances

The Star-News Nov 7, 2019

American Legion Post 60 will honor Veterans Day on Monday with observances at Legion Hall at 11 a.m. and at the Cascade School gym at 12:45 p.m.

The Post 60 veterans will also perform a flag retirement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 105 E. Mill St. in Cascade.

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Valley County to stop accepting plastics at recycling stations

Plastics have been taken to landfills for the past year

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 7, 2019

Valley County commissioners on Monday voted to stop collecting plastic recycling at all three of the county’s recycling depots effective Dec. 2.

Commissioners put into motion plans to consolidate all the county’s recycling at a single, manned site in Lake Fork but no decision has been made if plastics will be accepted at the new location.

Plastic recycling bins will be removed from recycling stations in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade on Dec. 2.

For the past year, plastic has been accepted at the recycling stations but has been taken to landfills in Council and Payette after recycling companies said the plastics were too contaminated with other materials to accept.

“Right now, we can’t control the contamination factor,” Commissioner Dave Bingaman said.

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Valley County recycling

There have been changes made to the types of materials accepted for recycling in Valley County.

Lori Hunter, P&Z Technician
Valley County Planning & Zoning Dept.

Recycling Guidelines November 2019

* There is no garbage collection at the recycling locations.

* Do not leave garbage, “Free” items or other non-recyclable items.

* Do not place bags containing recyclables in the bins. Remove the items from the bags.

Items Accepted for Recycle

– Cardboard – Flattened/broken down cardboard only. No plastics, Styrofoam or other packing materials.

– Mixed Paper – Includes printer paper, newspaper and packing paper. We cannot accept neon paper or shredded paper.

– Aluminum Cans – Only aluminum cans are accepted in the aluminum bins. Do not place other forms of aluminum or tin in the aluminum bins. Remove the cans from bags.

– Tin – Clean tin cans only in tin compartment. No aluminum. No bags.

* Valley County will temporarily cease collecting all plastic at the 3 recycling collections centers in Cascade, Donnelly, and McCall beginning December 2, 2019. A reevaluation of the ability to accept plastic will take place in the spring of 2020.

* Contaminated bins will be disposed of as garbage. Please be aware of these guidelines and what you are placing in the bins to prevent this from happening. Your cooperation is appreciated and will contribute to the continuation of the recycling program in Valley County.
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St. Alphonsus ski and mountain trauma conference helps first responders in Sun Valley

Nov 08, 2019 By Steve Dent KIVI TV

Sun Valley, Idaho — The 14th annual St. Alphonsus ski and mountain trauma conference was back in Sun Valley this week to help first responders prepare for difficult rescues.

First responders, military personnel, ski patrollers and people interested in learning how to save lives in the back country came from all over the country for this conference.

The training features both seminar style learning, but also hands-on training that forces people to work as a team in order to help a patient in a number of different scenarios.

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Note: Yellow Pine EMS members affiliated with Cascade EMS once again attended the annual Ski and Mountain Trauma Conference.

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(photo courtesy Ann F)
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Scam Alert:

Veterans Day scams to watch for this year

Nov 04, 2019 KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho — With Veterans Day just around the corner, many people will look for ways to honor those who served but, unfortunately, that can open the door for scammers.

Better Business Bureau has reported seeing Veterans Day schemes involving people posing as a phony charity, often with a legitimate name. People receive a call from someone soliciting donations. The caller may claim to represent a veteran’s organization and request cash, settle for credit card information, or try to get you to buy a prepaid card or send a wire transfer.

If you receive a call, email or find an advertisement soliciting donations, take your time to research. Verify contact information and that the charity is legitimate, keeping in mind bad guys will make their phony charities sound similar to real ones. In some cases, they may just impersonate the real deal so it’s worth verifying with the real charity before donating.

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Mining News:

Gold, antimony ore would go through the mill – literally

Rocks would be crushed, ground before processing

(Note: This is the third part in a series detailing Midas Gold Idaho’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Flotation)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 7, 2019

Blasted chunks of ore slightly larger than semi-truck tires would be whittled down to particles the size of sand granules before gold could be extracted by Midas Gold.

Crushing and grinding ore down into individual particles would allow precious metals to be separated from rock containing them, according to the proposed operating plan for the Stibnite Gold Project.

The process would begin with as much as 25,000 tons of ore per day from the company’s three open pit mines passing through a jaw crusher, which is a series of steel mechanical jaws that function like a human mouth.

One jaw would remain fixed, while the other would swing back and forth, crushing ore until it is about the size of a volleyball.

The jaw crusher would operate about 18 hours each day to allow for routine maintenance, including the replacement of steel jaw liners that would prevent the actual jaws from wearing out.

Most of the crusher, which is about the size of an RV tipped vertically, would be located inside the ore processing building. Only the mouth of the jaws where ore is fed into would be outside of the building.

Misters and a dust collection system would reduce dust emissions from the jaw crusher, according to Midas Gold’s operating plan.

Once small enough to pass through an opening at the bottom of the jaw crusher, ore would then be funneled into a SAG mill via conveyor belts for the first phase of grinding.

The SAG mill, which stands for semi-autogenous grinding mill, would be a large, enclosed cylindrical tube that functions like a clothes washer and would be 30 feet wide and 16 feet long.

Ore would tumble in the mill for up to eight minutes, breaking the rocks apart with the assistance of steel grinding balls about five inches in diameter and weighing seven to 14 pounds.

After being ground down to about the size of a coarse grain of salt, the ore would then move onto the ball mill, the final phase of crushing and grinding.

Like the SAG mill, the ball mill would tumble the ore with steel balls to further reduce the size of the grains or ore

But the steel balls in the ball mill would be only about 3 inches in diameter and would weigh between one and three pounds, which enables them to generate finer ore than the SAG mill.

Ore would spend up to 15 minutes tumbling in the ball mill, which would be about 26-feet-wide and 44-feet-long, or nearly the size of a double-wide trailer.

If the ore is not broken down to suitable size, it would be re-routed back to the appropriate mill for another round of grinding before advancing to the part of the plant where precious metals are extracted.

Like the jaw crusher, the SAG mill and ball mill would include replaceable heavy-duty liners that would protect the steel interior from being damaged during grinding.

The amount of ore cycled through the grinding mills per day would vary depending on the ore’s durability. At capacity, they could process about 1,225 tons per hour, or 29,400 tons per day.

Midas Gold expects to operate the grinding mills for about 22 hours per day throughout the 12-year to 15-year life of the mine.

Both grinding mills would be contained within the 18,000-square-foot grinding building, which would be one of several buildings making up the ore processing facility.

Buying and building the infrastructure for the jaw crusher, SAG mill and ball mill would cost Midas Gold about $140 million, plus another $35,000 per day in electricity to operate it.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Public Lands:

Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project Record of Decision signed

Forest Supervisor signs record of decision for the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project on the Payette National Forest

On Nov 1, 2019 – Tawnya Brummett, the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest, signed the record of decision today for the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project on the New Meadows Ranger District.

This record of decision follows the 9th District Court of Appeals’ ruling to vacate the original 2014 decision in a lawsuit brought by entities that opposed the project.

Subsequent to the court order, the Forest Service re-examined the 2014 final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and determined that the effects analysis and alternatives were sound, but additional clarification was warranted in the form of an errata to the final environmental impact statement. The FEIS and errata, along with a draft record of decision, were made available to the public in June 2019.

The selected alternative includes vegetation management, watershed restoration treatments, road management, and recreation management activities. Implementation of the decision can begin immediately.

The project files are posted on the Payette National Forest project web site at: (link)

For additional information, please contact Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger at 208-347-0301.
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Lawsuit planned after giant forest project OK’d in Idaho

by Keith Ridler Associated Press Tuesday, November 5th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – A giant forest project in Idaho rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is on again, and an environmental group says it violates the court’s orders and will stop it with another lawsuit.

The U.S. Forest Service on Friday approved the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest, with work expected to start this week.

The Forest Service and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies agree the project is precisely the same as the one halted by the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling against the Forest Service in August 2018.

But the Forest Service says changes in wording in an environmental review remove problems that caused the court to stop the project, and the Forest Service’s new approval decision Friday allows work to begin immediately.

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Lost Horse Project – Scoping/Comment Period

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Lost Horse Project on the Cascade Ranger District in Valley County as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review.

Project Description

The project would implement a variety of vegetation management activities (mechanical thinning, noncommercial thinning, prescribed burning, machine piling, and aspen and meadow enhancement), along with associated road management activities (temporary road construction and road decommissioning). The objective is to restore species composition and stand structure, while reducing undesirable tree densities and favoring the retention of the larger diameter, more fire-resistant trees to benefit wildlife habitat and water quality throughout the project area. The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

For a more detailed description of the proposed project, please review the proposed action report (PAR) on the Project webpage:

How to Comment

The Forest Service is contacting interested persons, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback for the environmental assessment. Your comments will help us identify and address issues. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

* Through the Lost Horse Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
* Mail to Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611.
* Hand deliver to Boise National Forest, Cascade District, 540 North Main Street, Cascade, ID 83611. Office hours for submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
* By fax at 208-382-7480.

If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Lost Horse” in the subject line.

Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Comment Period & Pre-decisional Objection Process

The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the Idaho Statesman. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR §218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR §218.24(b)(6)). For issues to be raised in objections, they must be based on previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project or activity and attributed to the objector. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner.

For further information on the project, please contact Jim Bishop, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness displayed on new U.S. quarter

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, November 6th 2019


Courtesy the United States Mint Connecting America through Coins website

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness is now on one of the new U.S. quarters.

This quarter is a part of the U.S. Mint’s 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

This coin is the fifth in 2019 and 50th overall in the program, and it shows a piloted drift boat on the rushing river surrounded by trees and rocks found in the wilderness.

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Lung tumors in cats and dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 8, 2019 IME

Lung tumors that arise from lung tissue are called primary tumors. If lung tumors have spread to the lungs from a tumor arising in another organ, they are called secondary tumors. Most tumors of the lungs are secondary. Lung tumors can occur as single or multiple masses, and they can involve one or several lobes. Older animals are most commonly affected. Most tumors are malignant, and carcinoma is the most common type. Benign tumors are rare. It is possible that passive cigarette smoke and genetic factors influence the development of lung tumors.

About 25 percent of dogs with lung tumors have no clinical signs. Coughing and panting, with or without some degree of respiratory distress, are common. Exercise intolerance may be observed. Dogs with advanced disease will have a decreased appetite and weight loss.

Lung masses may be found incidentally when X-rays of the chest are taken for some other reason. Routine chest X-rays usually reveal masses in the chest if they are of a significant size. If a lung tumor is suspected, three views of the chest are often necessary to identify and confirm the locations of the masses.

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What can you learn from a flying beaver?

Land managers improve habitat by mimicking beavers

Nov 06, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

Bruneau, Idaho — Chris Black knows a lot about ranching. And he knows a little bit about wildlife habitat. That’s why he has been wanting to attract beavers to his ranch in Bruneau.

“I’ve wanted to get beaver in here for years,” said Black.

The idea of using beavers to improve habitat for other animals is nothing new. Seventy years ago, Fish and Game came up with a very creative way to put beavers in the Idaho wilderness where over-trapping had decimated their population, resulting in habitat degradation.

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[Re-posting from Aug 24, 2014 Yellow Pine Times]

When Beavers Flew

Forest Service transplanted beavers in 1948 with parachute drops

By Kyla Sawyer for The Star-News August 21, 2014

Beavers that cut trees and build dams where they are not wanted are considered a nuisance. But in 1948, they were given airplane rides.

1948beaver-aPhoto courtesy of Idaho Department of Fish & Game archives & Payette National Forest
Photo caption: A brave beaver arrives safely in its new home on the Idaho National Forest in a photo taken around 1948.

Rather than kill the nuisance beavers, the post-World War II Forest Service decided to transplant them into the Chamberlain Basin area of what is now the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness northeast of McCall.

It was thought the beavers could benefit the back country by building dams to create wetlands. And, it was decided to drop them by parachute.

“This is stuff you can’t make up,” Payette National Forest Archaeologist Erik Whiteman said. “Sometimes we hear these anecdotal stories and think honestly, ‘that’s crazy’ and then find out its true.”

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game worked with the Forest Service to transplant about 76 captured beavers.

The problem was, no one had ever dropped a beaver by parachute. So testing was done on various designs of wooden boxes intended to open when they hit the ground.

One beaver, nicknamed “Geronimo,” became the test beaver for the drop boxes.

“Geronimo was dropped again and again on the field,” F&G officer Elmo W. Heter wrote in his article, “Transplanting Beavers by Airplane and Parachute” in The Journal of Wildlife Management in April 1950.

“Each time he (Geronimo) scrambled out of the box someone was on hand to pick him up,” Heter wrote.

“Poor fellow! He finally became resigned and as soon as we approached him would crawl back into his box ready to go aloft,” he wrote.

Geronimo was rewarded by being on board the first plane into the wilderness along with three young female beavers.

“His colony was later reported as very well established,” Heter wrote.

Surplus Parachutes

Heter didn’t say exactly how he and his colleagues came up with the idea to use parachutes and boxes to transplant the beavers.

Using war surplus parachutes from what was then called the Idaho Forest Service, the beavers were placed in 30-inch long boxes that were 16-inches wide and 12-inches deep.

Holes were drilled in the boxes for air and sling ropes that kept the box shut when airborne, but safely opened once it rested on the ground.

However the right release mechanism for the boxes took some additional research, Heter wrote.

“The first box tried had ends made of woven willow,” he wrote. “It was thought that, since willows were a beaver’s natural food, the animal would gnaw his way to freedom.”

This method was discarded when it was discovered that beavers might chew their way out of these boxes while still airborne, Heter wrote.

Instead a tension-banded box was used that cinched tight from its own weight in the air, but snapped open to let the beavers out once the box reached the ground.

Thanks to Geronimo’s efforts, conservation officers found that 500 to 800 feet was the ideal beaver-dropping altitude.

The estimated cost was about $30 to transplant four beavers. That included $2 for two boxes, $16 for two cargo parachutes and $12 flying time for one plane.

Ranchers, Forest Service employees and packers helped to collect the parachutes, Heter wrote.
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Parachuting beavers featured in ‘Fur For the Future,’ 1950s-era film

Note: Very old film and poor quality in places
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Idaho photographer wins first place in National Wildlife contest

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, November 8th 2019


Kirk Geisler’s first-place “Birds” photo in National Wildlife contest

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — An Idaho photographer won first place with this photo in the National Wildlife’s 2019 photography contest.

Kirk Geisler said he was hiking in the Camas Wildlife Refuge when he took this picture three or four years back.

Geisler told me he’d been up there to shoot white-tailed deer. When he got up there, all of these short-eared owls were flying everywhere, so he abandoned his original plan.

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Young angler breaks Idaho state record with 36.5-inch rainbow trout

The 8-year-old caught the giant-sized Gerrard rainbow trout while fishing in Lake Pend Oreille last month.

KTVB November 4, 2019

Boise, Idaho — An 8-year-old Idaho girl has quite the fish story to tell.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed that Sophie Egizi set a new state record by catching a 36.5-inch Gerrard rainbow trout last month.

She wrangled up the monster fish while trolling flies on Lake Pend Oreille in early October.

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Kelt program aims to rehabilitate repeat steelhead spawners

by Associated Press Saturday, November 9th 2019


(CBS 2 News Stock Photo)

Illia, Washington (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission released 37 wild steelhead into the Snake River below Lower Granite Dam this week in hopes of boosting the number of spawning steelhead.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the fish, known as kelts, were previously captured at the dam as they tried to return to the ocean after spawning in their natal streams. They were held for one or two years at the Dworshak National Fish Hatchery to allow them to regain strength, and they were released Tuesday, ready to spawn once again.

Steelhead are unique among anadromous fish – fish that migrate from the sea to reproduce – in that they don’t necessarily die after spawning. Still, it’s rare for female steelhead to make it as far as the Lower Granite Dam to spawn an second time.

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Tips & Advice:

Wildlife Vehicle Collisions

Wildlife-vehicle collisions tend to peak this time of year as big game animals are on the move and cross many of Idaho’s highways and roads. Take the following precautions to reduce your chances of an animal collision:

* Big-game animals are especially active at dawn, dusk and at night. Motorists should drive extra cautious during these times.

* Slow down. Driving more slowly increases reaction time and reduces the chance of a collision.

* Always wear your seat belt. This won’t prevent a collision, but it can save your life depending upon the severity of the accident.

* Scan ahead and watch for movement, especially near the fog line and side of the road. When driving at night, watch for shining eyes in headlights.

* If you see one animal cross the road, slow down immediately and look for more to follow.

* Pay extra attention in areas posted with wildlife crossing signs. They are there for good reason.

* Using high beams can help you spot wildlife, but be considerate of other drivers when using them.

* Don’t Tailgate. Always keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you to avoid any unnecessary accidents. If that driver brakes suddenly for an animal in the road, you won’t be able to react in enough time.

* Don’t swerve and risk losing control of your vehicle. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. The most serious crashes occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles trying to avoid an animal. It is usually safer to strike the animal than another object such as a tree or another vehicle.

source: Idaho Fish & Game Facebook page
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Fish & Game News:

Moose’s head found near Idaho City, Idaho Fish and Game investigating

The head of a young cow moose was found a short distance from Highway 21.

KTVB November 6, 2019

Boise, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for the public’s help in solving what appears to be a moose poaching case.

Fish and Game posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that a conservation officer found only the head of a young cow moose on Rocky Ridge Yurt Road. That’s north of Idaho City just a short distance from Highway 21.

There is no moose hunting season in this area. The officer believes it was either a case of mistaken identity, perhaps the hunter thought it was a cow elk, or this is poaching.

Fish and Game needs the public’s help to solve this case.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at (1-800-632-5999) or the Fish and Game regional office in Nampa at (208-465-8465).

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Mature bull elk shot and left on private property in Swan Valley

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Officers seeking information from the public to solve the case

Fish and Game Officers are seeking information pertaining to a bull elk that was shot and left on private property in the Swan Valley area. The mature bull elk was shot on the evening of November 6 along the Pine Creek Bench in Unit 67. Currently, only antlerless elk hunts are going on in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Citizen’s Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers may remain anonymous and a reward is being offered for information that leads to a citation in this case.

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Antlers removed from whitetail buck left to waste near Salmon

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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

Fish and Game is investigating a buck white-tailed deer that was shot and left to waste near Kenney Creek, south of Salmon.

The buck was discovered October 20th on private property, and officers believe it was likely shot from the Lemhi Backroad. The antlers were removed and no meat was taken.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Cyclist Meets Family of Skunks

posted Aug 24, 2016

While biking along the roads of Pointe-Taillon National Park, this cyclist came across a family of skunks. All of them rushed towards him and sniffed him before running back into the wild. [Sound on!]

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Seasonal Humor:

DogSkunk-a

FallShedding-a
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Nov 3. 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 3. 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: The boil order and water restrictions are still in effect.

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire/SAR Training
May 15 – Nov 30 Firewood Season
Nov 6 – Amerigas propane delivery
Nov 23 – Xmas tree permits
(details below)
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Local Events:

Nov 6th – Amerigas propane delivery

Amerigas will be coming in November 6th to get everyone topped off for winter. If you are a “will call customer” you will need to order online or call us or you will not get fuel.

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
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Xmas Tree Permits Nov 23

The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 23.
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Village News:

Monument Flag Pole

On Saturday Nov 2nd it was noted that the State flag pole by the Veterans Monument next to the Community Hall was leaning about 15 degrees to the south, broken at the base. A local took it down so it wouldn’t fall on someone. It was accidentally hit and the responsible party will work with the Veterans’ Monument committee on putting it back up – this time it will be placed outside of the road right-of-way.
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Rx Burn Nov 1-2

The Krassel Ranger District conducted a prescribed burn November 1-2 in the Bald Hill project area north of the East Fork Rd, east of Quartz Creek to Profile Rd. Crews focused on the lower elevations and smaller blacklining operations to prep units for next year.
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Halloween-End Of Hunting Season Party Nov 2nd

The Halloween-End Of Hunting Season Party was held at the Yellow Pine Tavern Nov 2nd at 8pm, Chili Dogs were provided by the Tavern.

Halloween at the Tavern thanks to our cooks for the great food! Another great get together, late enough to include our hunters who have been out working so hard.

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Fall Back Nov 3rd

Daylight savings time ended today at 2am November 3rd this year. Don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and CO2 detectors.
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Boil Water Order Still in Effect

Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
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Get Ready for Winter Heating

* Inspect and clean the chimney. Contact the YPFD to borrow chimney brushes.
* Inspect and clean wood stoves, make sure dampers work properly and check for leaks.
* Check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors – install fresh batteries.
* Check your fire extinguisher and make sure it is handy. Manually rotate them around, tip upside down and lightly shake them, thus keeping the fire fighting agent loose, and check that the needle is still in the green. If you need a new one please call, your fire commissioner or Jeff F.
* If you have an oil-powered furnace, replace your filter and nozzle and check the tank level.
* Check your propane tank levels (early morning when it is cool in case there is a wasp nest!) Check to make sure snow falling from the roof cannot impact your pipes!
* Test the igniter switch. On an old system, you might have to relight the pilot. Newer systems have electronic igniters.
* Lubricate and clean the blower motor. First check the owner’s manual to see if your motor is the kind that needs lubricating. If it does, turn off the power, open the cover and clean the caps covering the bearings. Then remove the caps and lubricate the bearings.
* Inspect the blower belt for cracks. Turn off the power to the furnace at the main circuit breaker. Use a screwdriver to remove the steel cover of the air handler. The blower belt is the largest rubber belt that you see. Replace the belt if it is cracked.
* Inspect the exhaust flue outdoors to ensure it is free of obstructions such as branches or animal nests.
* Keep the area around your furnace unit free of debris and clutter.
* Change the air filters. Clean your air vents and ducts. Remove the vent covers with a screwdriver. Use the extension hose of your vacuum to remove the dust.
* Open all your air vents. Remove furniture, boxes and clutter that get in the way of air flowing from the vents.

Local Fuel Suppliers
Propane
Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Heating fuel
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
Furnace Service
Rocky Mountain Mechanical (208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Oct 22nd “Bring It – Don’t Burn It” Pile Burned

Tim Dulhanty, Fuels Technician for the Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest reports they burned our woody debris pile at the Transfer station Oct 22nd at 2pm. He said it went well, “it was pretty clean, the signs really helped this year, thanks.” -TD

“Kudos to all that brought their woody debris to the transfer station. Cecil really worked the pile with his backhoe, he spent a lot of his time and energy to keep the pile looking good and free of non-burnables. Thanks to all the community members for helping to keep the pile as woody debris only and not furniture, building supplies, insulation, etc.” – JF

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.

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is located approximately 3 miles south on Johnson Creek Road.

The TRANSFER STATION is for household trash and yard waste:
* Household trash must be put inside (and fit) the dumpster;
* Yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, et.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

The DUMPSTERS are NOT for:
* Furniture (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station).

The BURN PILE is NOT for:
* Cardboard boxes (flatten and put in dumpster);
* Furniture and appliances (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Drywall and building material (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wire or fencing (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Foam Rubber (take to Donnelly Transfer Station);
* Wood with metal (like nails) attached (take to Donnelly Transfer Station.)

When closing the DOORS on the front of the dumpsters:
* Make sure the “U” brackets at the top and bottom of the door are engaged;
* The retaining bar at the middle of the door is slid into the pipe;
* And the “L” bars at the bottom of the doors dropped into place.

The Yellow Pine Transfer Station is Valley County responsibility. If it is not kept tidy, use of the Transfer Station may be revoked. That would result in residents having to take all household trash and yard waste to the Donnelly Transfer Station.

If Dumpsters Are Full, Contact Lake Shore Disposal at: 208/634-7176
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Reminder for people living in bear country:

* Garbage should be stored inside the house or in a secure garage or storage building.
* If garbage cannot be stored in a secure location, a bear-resistant container approved by the Interagency Bear Committee is recommended.
* Avoid using bird feeders from March through November. Birds do not need supplemental feeding this time of year.
* Pet food should not be left outside.
* BBQ grills or anything with a strong odor should not be left out at night.
* Protect gardens, beehives, and compost piles with electric fencing.
* Never intentionally feed bears. A food-conditioned bear may pose a threat to human safety and usually results in the removal of the bear.
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Local Groups:

YPWUA News:

The 2019 Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7th in the community hall. (No minutes yet)

Yellow Pine Water Use 2019


(click HERE for larger size)
[h/t Dave P]

Water Update Oct 23:

Thank you for all involved for getting the leak fixed [village water main]. For those in the hole on the first go round replacing the section of pipe. Getting correct parts for the fix. To lining up plumbers that were already in town on another project for someone else, to turning water off and on, and filling in the big hole.
– Nik

October 22nd – The crew from Rocky Mountain Mechanical repaired the main water line leak up near the orchard.

Water Update Oct 15th:

A major leak was found and a temporary fix was made until parts can be obtained. Once parts and people are available, that will be fixed. Fixing that leak doesn’t mean we will be off the boil order. The boil order was issued by the DEQ. They will not lift that order until the chlorine contact time meets the standard.
– Steve Holloway

Water Update (posted to FB Oct 4th 930pm)

Today (10/4) YPWUA worked on the section of pipe that had a number of leaks. Unfortunately we were unable to complete the repairs due to having a couple of incorrect parts. We will order the parts as soon as possible and complete the repairs. We had to do some creative Engineering today but cut 10 leaks to 2 small ones. Thank you to Jeff Forster and Dayle Bennett for working in the muck and water for two days without complaint, to Cecil Dallman for excellent excavation work, to Dave McClintock for parts and advice, to Layne Bennett, Ginny Bartholomew and Ann Forster for their support. Thanks to the community for your patience.
– Willie Sullivan

Water Update (posted to FB Oct 3rd 9pm):

YPWUA found the leaks today (above the orchard) and will be repairing them tomorrow. The water will be off from 10am till repairs and testing completed.
– Willie Sullivan

Water Update Sept 21 (excerpted from VYPA 9/21 meeting notes):

Tests were conducted by Idaho Rural Water [July 19th] in an effort to locate the source of the major leak in the system. They will return October 3rd to continue the search for leaks. The line between Alpine Village and the Saleen property, which includes the bridge across the East Fork river is the line most suspected to be leaking. Cecil Dallman will stand by with a backhoe to dig in locations found. More digging work is needed at the tanks and pipes near the water facility. A second engineer is being consulted. Getting contractors to come to YP and replace seals is difficult. The previous grant money is tied to a timeline so some specified work must be done this fall.

The possibility for a large amount of grant money is very slim because we would have to take out a loan and use the borrowed money for the required matching money, and then there would be the loan payments. Money on hand must be used on required repairs to the contact tank. Because some water users do not have voting rights YPWUA does not qualify for some grants.

There are 56 shares available for purchase at $100/share. Each piece of land is entitled to own one share. Share holders are entitled to vote; water users that do not own a share may not vote, but do have access to water. The owners of the 56 lots are encouraged to purchase shares. Ownership of a share is shown on your annual water bill.

Anyone wanting to arrange a payment plan should contact Willie Sullivan.

– Steve Holloway/Willie Sullivan

Water Update Sept 8:

Still looking for the leak. Water restrictions and boil order still in effect.

Water Update June 7:

The “boil order” is still in effect. There [are] still large water leaks in the system. We continue to look. Work is currently being done on the new contact tank. Please, no lawn watering until we find and repair the major leaks.
– Steve Holloway

May 1st: Leak in alley repaired

link to: #4430059 Yellow Pine Water Users Boil Water Notification 4-2-19

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update
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VYPA News:

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for September 21, 2019
link to: 20190921 Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for August 10, 2019
link to: 20190810 VYPA Minutes

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for July 20, 2019
link to: 20190720 Yellow Pine Village Association Minutes

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for June 8, 2019
link to: 20190608 Village of Yellow Pine Association
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YPFD News:

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway District 1
Dan Stiff, District 2
Merrill Saleen, District 3

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.”

link to: 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

Meeting minutes for Sept 14, 2019
link to: 2019-09-14 YPFD Meeting_final

Meeting minutes for July 13, 2019
link to: 20190713 YPFD Meeting Notes_final

Meeting minutes for June 16, 2019
link to: 20190615 YPFD Meeting Notes_Final

Training update 10/24: “FD training is done for the year except for anyone wanting a one-on-one orientation session with the fire station and fire engine operations/pumping. Those that are interested can call me and I’ll make it happen.” – Fire Chief Jeff

YP Helispot update 10/24: “The Helispot is on it’s final stages of completion. The sidewalk to the pad needs to be concreted but everything else is complete. The gate and signs are up and Valley County Dispatch has the GPS coordinates. (44.95968 -115.49531) It’s listed as Yellow Pine Helispot. The gate is unlocked and will remain that way. There is a snow shovel there if needed. I’m asking that NO VEHICLES go beyond the gate. We already had a muddy ATV’er ride all over the pad and over the new paint with muddy tires marking up the pad. We’re planning on a dedication ceremony on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to the 2020 Harmonica Festival. More on that next year.”

YP Helispot update 10/26: “The concrete walkway to the Helispot was completed today 10/26/2019. Thanks to all who worked in the cold, rain and snow to accomplish this needed project. The stretcher can be rolled smoothly to the helicopter making it safer for the the patient and medical personnel making it more comfortable for the patient and safer for everyone. Job well done.” JF – AF

-Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations. Open until the end of hunting season.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner will be closed for the winter (starting the first week of November), opening again next spring so that I can spend the winter with the family. I can be reached at matt @ ypcorner.com or at 970-379-5155. Thanks, have a great winter!
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Fall hours open 8am to close
Full breakfast served starting at 8am with special arrangement for earlier breakfast as needed. 92 Octane non ethanol gas available, cubed ice, beer, pop and water sold by the 6 and 12 pack, snacks, ice cream and many supplies available. Burgers and Pizza, Beer and Wine on the evening menu. Football and other sports available on our TV. Wi Fi, Verizon phone service and information available.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
FB page:
It’s official starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
or 208-315-3554 – cabin rentals
website:

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

subscribe:
A reminder that those who live in other states can subscribe to the online edition only since the mail can take days for hard copy to reach them.

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, 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 (Oct 28) overnight low of 17 degrees, overcast sky this morning. A flock of goldfinches in winter plumage visiting along with the usual jays, nuthatches and nutcrackers. Mostly cloudy after lunch time, thin spots and a few patches of blue sky, chilly breezes. Rather cold mid-afternoon, overcast and breezy, high of 37 degrees. Cold, cloudy and breezy at sunset. Starting to snow at dusk, clouds down to the valley floor, the ground was white by dark. Gusty breezes and had quit snowing before 1030pm. Decreasing clouds after midnight.

Tuesday (Oct 29) overnight low of 5 degrees, 1″ new snow on the board, mostly clear sky (hazy to the east and south.) Jays, nutcrackers, nuthatches, woodpecker and winter goldfinches visiting. Almost clear (a little high haze) cold and breezy at lunch time, wind chill. By mid-afternoon it was still below freezing, sunny and cold breezes, the snow is evaporating – not melting, high of 30 degrees. Thin rosy haze to the west just before dusk, lighter cold breeze. Clear and breezy before midnight.

Wednesday (Oct 30) overnight low of 0 degrees, clear sky and light breeze this morning, patchy old snow on the ground. Lots of birds this morning, white and red-breasted nuthatches, nutcracker, jays, hairy woodpecker, a starling and several winter goldfinches. Mail truck made it in on time. Above freezing by mid-afternoon, clear sky and very light breezes, high of 40 degrees. Almost clear and calm at dusk, orange haze to the west. Clear and calm before midnight, then mostly cloudy and light breeze after midnight and temps in the teens.

Thursday (Oct 31) overnight low around 17 degrees, overcast and calm this morning, patches of old snow on the ground. Winter goldfinches, jays, juncos, nutcracker, nuthatches and starlings visiting. Cloudy, cool and calm at lunch time, sucker hole early afternoon and brief spot of sunshine. Cool calm and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 40 degrees. Quiet day. Partly clear late afternoon and mostly clear after sunset. Bright thin crescent moon setting at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Friday (Nov 1) overnight low of 10 degrees, clear sky this morning. Hairy woodpecker, jays, nuthatches, starlings and a fluffed up pine squirrel visiting this morning, and a raven calling. Clear and light breezes after lunch time. A couple of dark-eyed juncos and a chipmunk visited early afternoon. Getting a little thin haze to the southwest mid-afternoon, light breezes and warmer, high of 48 degrees. Partly cloudy (thin clouds to the west) after sunset, below freezing. Partly hazy and smoky after dark (Bald Hill Rx burn). Some stars and hazy/smoky after midnight.

Saturday (Nov 2) overnight low of 15 degrees, almost clear sky this morning, light haze of smoke to the northeast from the Bald Hill Rx burn. Raven flying over the village and calling. Increasing clouds after lunch time. Jays, nuthatches and a pine siskin visiting. Mostly cloudy (high thin) by mid-afternoon, warmer and very light breezes, high of 53 degrees. Colorful sunset, mostly hazy sky and calm.

Sunday (Nov 3) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly thin clouds this morning. White and red-breasted nuthatches, jays and a chipmunk visiting this morning, raven flying over the village and calling. Air quality a bit poor. Mostly cloudy and fairly calm at lunch time. Clarks nutcracker and a hairy woodpecker stopped by. Mostly cloudy – thicker and darker – and fairly calm mid-afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Very colorful sunset, deep red to the west. Mostly cloudy at dusk, crescent moon peeking out.
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Idaho News:

Valley tax levy would start the long road back

First priority would be to catch up on maintenance

(Note: This is the second of a two-part review of the proposed Valley County road levy that will be on Tuesday’s ballot. Part 1 appeared last week.)

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Oct 31, 2019

Valley County Road Superintendent Jeff McFadden stood next to a dangerously rusted out dump truck that can only be used as a snowplow because the frame can’t safely support the weight of sand or gravel.

The truck, along with many other pieces of aged equipment, would be replaced if voters approve a new property tax levy on Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Idaho First Bank in McCall, the American Legion Hall in Cascade and the Donnelly Bible Church in Donnelly. The vote requires a 66.6% “yes” vote to pass.

If the levy is approved, the county would be able to not only replace sketchy old machinery, but also start basic road maintenance that has long been pushed back, McFadden said.

“We would get back into the maintenance of our infrastructure,” he said. “This would include chip sealing, crack sealing, striping, regraveling, repaving, and crushing gravel and culvert replacements.”

For years the county’s road and bridge budget relied heavily on federal funding, but since 2000 those funds dropped from about $3 million per year to zero dollars next year if the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act is not reauthorized by Congress.

The new levy that would tax property at $84 for every $100,000 of assessed value, generating about $4 million per year for the department. Currently, no property taxes are used to fund the department.

If passed, the county plans to spend that money on all roads that are needing repairs and several much-needed equipment upgrades, McFadden said.

“For the first few years of the levy, we will be concentrating on ‘catching up’ with past due maintenance,” he said.

“Some roads that are beyond repair doesn’t mean that they are on our priority list,” he said. “We also have to concentrate on newer asphalt also for chip sealing and making sure we get the longevity out of it.”

A list of priority projects was not available, but county officials said improvements would be done on the most highly traveled roads first and continue for years to come.

“We do have a transportation plan that we have to follow for the list of roads,” McFadden said. “I recently had a study completed on all of the asphalt roads to help me decide what needs to be done to them and help prioritize them.”

“We are playing catch up right now and will be for some time to come so there is no lack of projects, it is more a matter of prioritizing them,” commissioner Dave Bingaman said.

County commissioners said that the public would play a role in the project schedule.

“If the levy passes we will begin hosting workshops with our road department and the general public to gauge what should be done first,” commissioner Elt Hasbrouck said.

“My goal is to make these decisions based on public input and our road supervisor requests,” Hasbrouck said.

Before any roadwork could be done, the county would upgrade equipment, purchase material and hire more employees with levy funding.

“We have some older equipment that we are starting to expend too much money into just to keep it on the road,” he said. “When they get to this point, it is time to swap them out for newer machines. For the last few years, we have not had a choice but to try to keep up with repairs.”

The county plans to hire about 10 new employees to staff the department, and purchase the materials necessary to perform maintenance on all county roads, Hasbrouck said.

The new levy would apply to all property in Valley County, including inside McCall, Cascade and Donnelly, but could only be spent on county roads.

Constituents from the cities will benefit by being able to continue access to back country roads for their recreational needs, Hasbrouck said.

“Even though this levy will be very expensive for me personally, I feel strongly that it will be cheaper than if I have to take care of the county road myself,” Hasbrouck said.

Bingaman said there are no other funding solutions available to the road department.

“We don’t have a choice, we either pass the levy or suffer the consequences of a grossly underfunded road program,” he said.

source: © Copyright 2009-2018 Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Valley County lists tools to set priorities if new levy passes

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Oct 31, 2019

The Valley County Road Department will use a combination of long-term planning documents and a recent survey of paved county roads to help determine which roadways would be worked on first if a new road levy is passed on Tuesday.

The county is seeking approval for a permanent levy that would raise about $4 million in property taxes each year.

The Valley County Master Transportation Plan, which has been in use since March 2008, operates as a guide for roadway use, planning, improvement and analysis.

A recently completed pavement condition survey classified all paved roads in the county into a maintenance schedule and assign a score to each.

The highest category roads would need annual crack sealing, pothole patching and drainage maintenance.

Secondary scores would require drainage maintenance, and chip sealing every four to five years.

Lower rated roads would need surface treatments, surface recycling and overlays of asphalt.

The worst rated roads would require complete reconstruction from sub-base to asphalt surface.

Valley County maintains 245 miles of paved road and 486 miles of gravel road, with snow removal carried out on 407 total miles of road. There are 76 bridges that the county maintains and 3,443 culverts.

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Wednesday meeting to review Phase 2 of Warren Wagon project

The Star-News Oct 31, 2019

An informational open house on the proposed rebuilding of 2.2-mile section of Warren Wagon Road north of Eastside Drive will be hosted by Federal Highway Administration on Wednesday.

The open house will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Payette National Forest Building at 500 N. Mission St. in McCall.

The work would rebuild the road from Eastside Drive to just south of the Fisher Creek Bridge with frost-resistant asphalt and would replace culverts and install sections of guardrail.

One lane of the roadway would remain open with flaggers throughout construction, which would start next spring and be complete next fall, said Doug Hecox, a spokesperson for the highway administration.

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Fugitive takes hostage, kills himself at [Cascade] Idaho motel

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, October 28th 2019

Cascade, Idaho (CBS 2) — A fugitive took a hostage before killing himself Monday at an Idaho motel.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Alpine Lodge for reports of a fugitive from Washington State.

Sean Duggan, the suspect, briefly opened the door and showed officers a weapon before barricading himself.

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Crews respond to Cascade house fire

The homeowners and their dogs escaped unharmed, but several cats inside the house did not make it out.

KTVB October 28, 2019

Cascade, Idaho — A home in Cascade is expected to be a total loss after a fire broke out early Monday morning.

The fire happened just after midnight on Idaho Street.

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Rural Idaho fire departments learn equipment is uninsured

by Associated Press Wednesday, October 30th 2019

Grangeville, Idaho (AP) – Several rural volunteer fire departments in north-central Idaho are in danger of losing much of their equipment after officials learned it was uninsured.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Idaho County officials previously believed the fire trucks and other equipment loaned to fire departments by the Idaho Department of Lands and the U.S. Forest Service were covered under the county’s insurance policy.

They recently learned that’s not the case, and now county commissioners, state employees and local fire department representatives are trying to figure out how to fix the problem.

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Wood stove ashes cause large house fire in northern Idaho

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, October 31st 2019

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (CBS 2) — Ashes from a wooden stove caused a large house fire in northern Idaho Thursday.

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department said the ashes were improperly discarded from a wood stove which caused the house to go up in flames.

There was one person inside at the time, but she made it out safely.

The house had working smoke detectors which helped her get out. The family’s dog did not survive.

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Tips & Advice:

Follow 4 health tips during flu season

By Dr. Greg Frank Nov 1, 2019 IME

You know the signs. The thunderous cough. The pounding headache. The full-body fatigue.

It’s the flu. Last fall and winter, influenza sickened roughly 40 million Americans and killed 60,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This year’s flu season is nearly upon us. Here are four tips to stay healthy.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold will move mountains to get at gold

Blasting, giant haulers will provide ore for processing

(Note: This is the second part in a series detailing Midas Gold Idaho’s operating plan for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine. Next week: Crushing and Grinding)

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Oct 31, 2019

Midas Gold plans a fleet of 200-ton haul trucks to carry about 500,000 loads of ore over the life of the project in order to extract the gold and antimony suspected to be under the ground at Stibnite in Valley County.

20191031midas-aPhoto courtesy Midas Gold
Photo shows a hauler similar to the 200-ton haulers that Midas Gold plans to use to take ore from pits to the processing plant at the Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

The trucks would need to haul about 110 loads of ore per day, or about 22,000 standard pickup truck loads, in order to process the company’s estimated average of 22,000 tons of ore per day, according to the company’s proposal.

Ore and waste rock would be hauled from the three proposed open pit mines that make up the Stibnite Gold Project.

The 200-ton haul trucks are too big to be legally driven on public roads, so they would be delivered in several pieces and assembled on site, said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold.

The Yellow Pine pit, known currently as a pit lake seen from Stibnite Road, would be mined first for about seven years.

Midas Gold would then ramp up excavation of the Hangar Flats pit in about the sixth year of operations before depleting it after about four years of mining.

The West End pit, which is an open pit left from a 1990s mining company, would mostly be mined for about five years beginning during the eighth year of operations.

The West End pit also would be mined throughout the project to extract limestone, which would be used to control acidity during the ore processing.

Mining the pits would begin by using up to five large drilling rigs to drill holes between 23 feet and 45 feet deep in patterns.

The patterns would be based on more than 100,000 ground core samples taken from Stibnite and studied to map out ore zones and waste rock zones.

Each drill hole would then be filled with an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil before being plugged and detonated remotely to blast the rock apart while keeping it in place.

Blast holes in ore zones would be closer together to shatter solid rock containing precious metals as much as possible to allow for easier processing, Lyon said.

“It is more economical to break the ore into small rocks using explosives during the blasting than the mechanical effort of breaking rocks into smaller particles,” she said.

Blasts would be generally limited to afternoon hours to reduce disturbances to wildlife and on-site employees, according to Midas Gold’s proposed operating plan.

After a safety inspection, the blast zone would be studied by geologists to further refine ore zones and waste rock zones. Ore and waste rock would then be hauled to either the ore processing facility or one of three waste rock storage areas.

Up to 400,000 tons of ore could be stored at a short-term stockpile next to the ore processing facility, Lyon said.

The blasting process would be continuously repeated starting at the edges of each pit and stair-stepping down about 40 feet from one mine bench to the next until the pits reach their average final depth of 550 feet.

The benches would increase the stability of the pit walls and allow for haul roads to be built between them so heavy machinery and haul trucks could easily access the bottom of the pit, Lyon said.

Roads from each pit to the ore processing facility and waste rock storage areas would be built by a fleet of 40-ton haul trucks and excavators.

The 87-foot-wide roads would spiral down into each pit on roads built on top of cut rock left between mining benches. Other haul roads on site would be built on top of historic mining roads.

Mining would take place 24 hours a day all year long, which would require Midas Gold to use a fleet of about 10 portable 25-foot-tall LED lights attached to a generator.

The lights would be used only as needed, include shields to reduce skyward light pollution and be strategically placed to prevent over-lighting work zones, Lyon said.

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Public Lands:

Forest Supervisor signs record of decision for the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project on the Payette National Forest

McCall, Id., Nov 1, 2019 – Tawnya Brummett, the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest, signed the record of decision today for the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project on the New Meadows Ranger District.

“This is a big milestone for the Payette, and it took a lot of work and support from many people to get here,” said Brummett. “The Lost Creek-Boulder Creek project is about more than just one resource; it’s about getting our landscapes back to a more resilient place, protecting threatened species, restoring watersheds, improving recreation access and experience, and supporting our local communities.”

This record of decision follows the 9th District Court of Appeals’ ruling to vacate the original 2014 decision in a lawsuit brought by entities that opposed the project.

Subsequent to the court order, the Forest Service re-examined the 2014 final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and determined that the effects analysis and alternatives were sound, but additional clarification was warranted in the form of an errata to the final environmental impact statement. The FEIS and errata, along with a draft record of decision, were made available to the public in June 2019.

The selected alternative includes vegetation management, watershed restoration treatments, road management, and recreation management activities. Implementation of the decision can begin immediately.

The project files are posted on the Payette National Forest project web site at:  (link). For additional information, please contact Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger at 208-347-0301.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Boise and Payette National Forests begin Christmas tree permit sales Nov. 23

Boise, Idaho November 1, 2019 –The Boise and Payette National Forest (NF) vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 23. On Monday, Nov. 25, permits will be available at Boise and Payette NF District Offices and the Interagency Visitor’s Information Center located at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise, 83709. All tree permits are valid to Dec. 25.

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. For both Forests, the cost of a permit for one tree is $10. The maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. Permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise NFs.

Forest offices will provide information about where a Christmas tree may be harvested, restrictions and helpful tips. A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and the use of permits for commercial use is prohibited. Permits are not refundable for any reason. Purchaser must be at least 18 years in age.

In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit. The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid Outdoors initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students by going to:  (link). Complete the voucher, print it and bring it to the Forest Service office.

To receive a free Christmas tree permit, the fourth-grader and a parent must go to a Forest Service office in person with the “voucher” they received from the online website at: (link)

Commercial vendors will not be issuing a free Christmas tree permit to participants of the Every Kid Outdoors program, and free Christmas tree permits cannot be sent through the mail or electronically.

Participation in the Every Kid Outdoors program also offers benefits at National Parks and on other public lands and facilities across the United States.

“Harvesting a Christmas tree is a fun adventure and often a traditional family event,” said Ruth Rieper, Boise NF Tree Coordinator. “Please review the Christmas tree brochure and map for optimal areas.”

If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time. For further information call the Boise NF at: 208-373-4007 and check out our website for updates and closures at: (link)

To provide for family safety, officials advise a few simple guidelines:

* Use the brochure with instructions provided.
* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.
* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.
* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.
* Always inform neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.
* Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.
* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.

Boise National Forest Offices (link)

Interagency Visitor Information Center 208-373-4007
Sells permits for the Payette and Boise National Forests
1387 South Vinnell Way
(BLM State Office – West of Walmart on Overland Road, Boise)
Hours: M-F 7:45-4:30pm (Vendors and offices are closed Thanksgiving Day)

The Idaho City Ranger District 208-392-6681
3833 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID
Hours: M-F 8am – 4:30p.m
Idaho City may or may not be open on weekends. Please call ahead.

Lowman Ranger District 208-259-3361
7359 Highway 21
Lowman, ID 83637
Hours: M-F 8am – 4:30pm

Emmett Ranger District 208-365-7000
1857 Highway 16, Suite A
Emmett, ID 83617
Hours: M-F 7:30am – 4:30pm

Cascade Ranger District 208-382-7400
540 North Main Street
Cascade, ID 83611
Hours: M-F 8am – 4:30pm

Mountain Home Ranger District 208-587-7961
3080 Industrial Way
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Hours: M-F 8am – 4:30pm

Boise National Forest Vendors

Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426
3868 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631 Open: Everyday, 7:30am – 9pm
Mon-Thursday, – Open: 8am – 8pm Fri-Sun, 8am -9pm

Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900
243 State Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 5am -11pm

Seasons (208) 392-9777
200 Main Street
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 8am-10pm

Donna’s Place (208) 392-9666
110 E Granite Street
Placerville, ID 83666
Open: Everyday, 10am – 6pm

East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442
2518 E Cleveland
Caldwell, ID 83605
Open: Everyday, 6am – 10pm

B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291
1900 N. Washington
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Sun – Thursday, 6am – 9pm; Fri-Sat, 6am -10pm

D & B Supply (208) 963-7035
111 State Highway 16
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Mon – Sat, 8am – 8pm; Sunday 9am – 6pm

Valley View Chevron (208) 793-4321
459 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Everyday, 5:30am – 10pm

Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391
445 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Sun-Sat, 6am – 10pm

Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869
P.O. Box 447
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Beginning Nov.21 – open: Everyday – 7am – 9pm

Payette National Forest Offices (link)

All Payette National Forest offices are open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm For more information contact any of the District Offices. (Vendors and offices closed on Thanksgiving)

Council Ranger District Office
2092 Highway 95, Council, ID
208-253-0100

New Meadows Ranger District Office
3674 Highway 95, New Meadows, ID
208-347-0300

Weiser Ranger District Office
851 E Ninth St., Weiser, ID
208-549-4200

McCall Ranger District Office
102 West Lake St., McCall, ID
208-634-0400

Payette NF Supervisor’s Office
500 N. Mission St., Bldg. 2
208-634-0700

Payette National Forest Vendors

Weiser: Ridley’s Food and Drug (208) 549-1332
1401 E 6th St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 7am – 11pm

Weiser Farmer’s Supply Cooperative (208) 549-0654
622 E Commercial St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 5am – 10pm

Cambridge: Jay’s Sinclair (208) 257-5000
Corner of Hwy 95 and Hwy 71, Cambridge, ID
Open: Everyday 7am – 8pm

Council: Farmer’s Supply Co-op (208) 253-4266
2030 N. Highway 95, Council, ID
Open: Everyday 6am – 10pm

McCall: Albertsons (208) 634-8166
132 E. Lake Street, McCall, ID
Open: Everyday 6:30am -11pm

New Meadows: C & M Lumber (208) 347-3648
3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID
Open: Mon – Sat 8am – 6pm
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Pines in peril

Local agencies – and the Clark’s nutcracker—help boost Idaho’s threatened whitebark pine

by Emily Jones Nov 1, 2019 IME


photo by Emily Jones

When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first stumbled across the Clark’s nutcracker in 1805 along Idaho’s Salmon River, they didn’t quite know what to make of the bird.

“I saw to-day [a] bird of the woodpecker kind which fed on pine burrs, its bill and tail white the wings black,” William Clark wrote in his journal.

Lewis, the more eloquent journalist between the two, took more accurate notes—perhaps the bird should have been named “Lewis’s nutcracker”—as evidenced by his observations:

“[It] Had a loud, squawling note something like the mewing of a cat. The beak of this bird is 1-1 1/2 inches long, is proportionately large, black. … The head and neck are also proportionately large … this bird feeds on the seed of the pine and also on insects. It resides in the Rocky Mountains at all seasons of the year, and in many parts is the only bird to be found.”

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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update October-December 2019

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Critter News:

Pet talk

by Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 1, 2019 IME

When the facial nerve does not work, dogs have an inability to blink, their lips droop, and there is decreased tear production on the affected side.

Twelve pairs of nerves, one on each side of the head, originate at the base of the brain and are responsible for certain neurological functions of the head and face. These paired nerves are called the cranial nerves and they are numbered 1 through 12. The 7th cranial nerve is the facial nerve, and it controls the muscles involved in facial expression, blinking and tear production. The cause of this condition is unknown. Although some cases of facial nerve paralysis have an identifiable origin, such as diseases of the ear, tumors and metabolic disorders, usually the cause of this disease is not well-defined.

Typically, a sudden weakness or paralysis occurs on one side of the face. If nerves on both sides of the head are affected, weakness is seen on both sides of the face. This weakness causes the ears and lips to droop. Animals may drop food or drool from the affected side of their mouth. Sensation, or feeling, of the face is normal.

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Does Catnip Really Make Cats ‘High’?

By Mindy Weisberger – Live Science Nov 3, 2019

They may look blissful and euphoric, but what’s really happening?

Offer a pinch of catnip or a catnip-filled toy to your pet feline, and her response might be dramatic … and silly. She may roll on her back, dart wildly around, drool, lick the catnip and rub it on her face and body, or flop over and lie there purring.

Her actions seem goofy and comical, and somewhat resemble the uncoordinated and gleeful behavior of someone who’s had a little too much to drink or is pleasantly under the influence of recreational drugs.

But is that what’s happening here? Does catnip make cats high?

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Fish & Game advises feeding deer can be dangerous

The Star-News Oct 31, 2019

The the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is advising that people stop feeding deer.

Feeding deer makes them not only more likely to be hit by cars, but is also bad for their health.

Every year the department responds to dozens of reports of deer that are injured or killed by cars, with more animal deaths during the winter, Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

The food that people feed to the deer can also kill, Berkley said. The animal’s digestive system is equipped to digest small bits of low-quality food during winter.

Feeding them large quantities of high-quality food can actually lead to death in some cases, Berkley said.

Deer will return to places they have been fed. As more deer congregate in town, predators like mountain lions follow, she said.

Deer are the primary prey for mountain lions and sightings of the dangerous animals have been reported in town every winter.

Under stressful circumstances, deer sometimes respond with aggression, Berkley said.

“Does with young fawns have stomped dogs and chased people, and bucks in breeding season have behaved aggressively, and even injured people,” she said.

Contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in McCall at 208-634-8137.

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Nampa rethinks strategy to displace high crow populations

Last year, city officials and volunteers tried multiple strategies to disrupt the birds, such as infrared lasers, decoys and deterrent sprays, but saw mixed results.

Erin Bamer, Idaho Press October 31, 2019


A murder of crows perches on the upper branches of a tree and telephone lines in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Nampa on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The city has tried over the years to find good strategy for driving away the birds, which come to the city in the thousands each year when the weather turns colder. Jake King/Idaho Press

Nampa, Idaho — Last year, between 3,000 and 5,000 crows flocked to densely populated areas of Nampa. According to city officials, the birds have returned.

Darrin Johnson, Nampa Parks and Recreation director and head of the city’s crow displacement strategies, said the city is scaling back efforts to reduce the crows through city resources.

This year, the focus is on helping people learn how to get rid of the birds themselves, according to the Idaho Press.

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Fish & Game News:

IDFG offering reward for two poaching cases in Garden Valley/Lowman area

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, October 29th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding two suspected poaching cases in the Garden Valley/Lowman area.

Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is offering a reward for information in both cases and callers can remain anonymous.

Sometime during the evening of Oct. 20, a spike elk was shot and left to waste on the Terrace Lakes Golf Course near Crouch.

The following evening around 5:00pm, a mule deer doe was shot and left to waste in the Rock Creek drainage near Lowman, Idaho.

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Partially harvested cow elk left behind

Abandoned meat left near Georgetown

By Matthew Cooper Nov 01, 2019 Local News 8

Georgetown, ID [Bear Lake County] – Body parts from two cow elk are wasted in the backcountry.

A passing by sportsman found cuts of meat abandoned about one mile north of Georgetown on Red Canyon Road. Idaho Fish & Game is now looking for those responsible. Senior Conservation officer Raleigh Scott said, “this area is known for sportsmen who take great pride in caring for meat, so to see waste at this level is troubling.”

If you have any information about this, call Officer Scott at (207) 270-9923.

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Anglers: don’t overlook catching whitefish in Idaho’s rivers and streams

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, October 31, 2019


Bart Gamett

Whitefish are plentiful and fun to catch, and fishing is good in late fall and winter

Anglers may be overlooking one of Idaho’s abundant and fun-to-catch stream fish – mountain whitefish – and late fall and winter are some of the best times to catch them.

Before talking about catching whitefish, let’s clear up a few misconceptions. Whitefish are not a so-called “trash fish,” they’re a native Idaho gamefish found in many rivers and streams, as well as some lakes. Some anglers might mistake them for suckers because of their slightly down-turned mouths, but whitefish are in the Salmonid family along with salmon, trout, char and grayling.

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Monitoring the entire Journey of Wild Chinook Salmon

By Josh Poole, Regional Fishery Biologist
Friday, November 1, 2019


IDFG/ Photo by Josh Poole

In recent blog articles, you’ve learned about new fish detection systems being installed on rivers in Idaho and how managers use these systems to gain a snapshot of tagged fish in a particular place (read those blogs here and here). With more of these systems in place, managers can track and monitor the journey of anadromous fish, like the Chinook Salmon, with finer detail. This can even allow a single fish to be monitored from the time it was tagged, across the hundreds of miles to the ocean, through each of the 8 dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and back as an adult. You will see one such journey below.

Fisheries biologists monitor this remarkable journey every year using a variety of tools. One important tool is a rotary screw trap (photo below). The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) uses rotary screw traps to capture and tag wild juvenile Chinook Salmon and steelhead at over 15 locations throughout the state. By tagging juveniles captured at screw traps with PIT tags (passive integrated transponder tags) managers can track their movement on the way out to the ocean, and as they return as adults.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

All-white creature identified as rare albino porcupine

by The Associated Press Thursday, July 18th 2019

In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019, photo taken provided by the Seashore Trolley Museum, a rare albino porcupine waddles around near the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The museum asked for help identifying the strange animal after it appeared on the grounds this week. (Fred Hessler/Seashore Trolley Museum via AP)

Kennebunkport, Maine (AP) — A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine.

The young rodent turned up Tuesday at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, perplexing the staff, who sought help identifying it via social media. The consensus was it’s an albino porcupine.

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Halloween Trivia:

7 things you didn’t know about the history of Halloween candy

by Emily Faber FABER, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday, October 31st 2019

In childhood, the beloved Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating is typically accepted without a second thought. Why wouldn’t we go door-to-door asking our neighbors for candy? When free sweets are involved, you simply don’t ask questions. Growing up surrounded by Halloween stores occupying every vacant strip mall, supermarket aisles filled with bags of miniature Hershey bars and pumpkin-shaped Reese’s, and jack-o’-lanterns illuminating entire neighborhoods, it can be difficult to imagine a time before Halloween was celebrated in such a massive way.

But while it is estimated that Americans will spend $2.6 billion on candy this October, that wasn’t always the case. Take a moment to dive into the history of Halloween candy, and you might discover that today’s sugar-fueled celebrations took their now-familiar shape much more recently than you would have guessed.

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Note: see this week’s recipes for Soul Cakes

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Seasonal Humor:

Halloween at Stibnite in 1950

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