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June 23, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

June 23, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
June 27 – Noxious Weed Spray day
June 28-29 – 9am – noon, Community Yard Sale at Community Hall
June 29 – Highland Games start 10am
June 29 – Karaoke at The Corner
July 2 – Ice Hole Campground opens
July 3 – 9am – noon, Community Yard Sale at Community Hall
July 4 – 2pm, parade, fireworks at dusk
July 4-5 Folk Family Revival playing at The Corner
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 6 – Karaoke at The Corner
July 7 – Annual YPWUA Meeting 10am Community Center
July 11 – Dust Abatement (tentative)
July 13 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 13 – Willie and the Singlewides playing at The Corner
July 20 – VYPA meeting and election 2pm Community Hall
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sept 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

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Local Events:

Noxious Weed Spray day June 27

Hi Yellow Pine Residents,
It’s that time again to get a handle on those Noxious Weeds on your property with the Valley County Cost Share Noxious Weed Control Program. Steve Anderson’s crew will be in Yellow Pine in the Fire Department Parking Lot on June 27th. They will have on hand the chemicals, and sprayers for us to use. The specific herbicide is Milestone and is free for our use. Usually more than one year of treatment is needed and we took advantage of the program last year. I found great results on a Kudzu type plant in my yard in just one year. The Thistles will need another treatment. We either need you to spray or appoint one of our crew to help you with the application. Please email Steve Anderson of the Valley County Weed Control Program that you wish your property to be treated at SAnderson@co.valley.id.us phone number is 208 382-7199. I also have forms at the Yellow Pine Tavern if you wish to fill a form out there.
Thank You
Lorinne N. Munn
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Community Yard Sale at Community Hall

June 28, June 29, July 3; 9am – noon, Community Yard Sale at Community Hall. Won’t be in at those dates/times? Contact Deb (6336945) or Ronda (6332005) and we’ll make arrangements for you to browse.

Do you have items you are willing to donate to the Community Yard Sale? You can leave them inside the Community Hall through June 25th. Thank you for your support!
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June 29 – Highland Games

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

The games will begin at 10 am on Saturday morning. Corn dogs and hamburgers will be available.
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Ice Hole Campground will open July 2nd

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

July 4th

Parade at 2pm, Fireworks at dusk

If you want to be in the parade, meet at the firehouse at 1:30pm

The Corner

Folk Family Revival will be playing on Thursday and Friday, July 4-5, with Karaoke on Saturday, July 6.

Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

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

golf contact: Marj Fields 633-4666
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

Dust Abatement (tentative) July 11

At this time, Yellow Pine is on the schedule for dust abatement on July 11th. If they can make it sooner I will let us know. I will be in touch with each of you that has requested dust abatement with your cost info. Please make checks payable to North American Dust Control. Thanks, Deb Filler 208-633-6945
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July 13

Willie and the Singlewides will be playing at The Corner.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report on May 30 that the Transfer Station bins were empty. Reports of issues with the burn pile already. READ the SIGNS!

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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Roads

Johnson Creek Road is open.

Stibnite Road will be open to the public on Weekends
Update from Midas June 21, 2019
OK Gravel is continuing the last bit of work to fully repair Stibnite Road. During construction, the Valley County Road and Bridge Department will continue to keep Stibnite Road closed to facilitate a faster construction process. When crews are not working on the road, it will be open for public access.
This means the road will be open for public travel on the weekends. The road will open beginning Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until 7:00 a.m. Monday mornings.
At this time, the road will remain closed during the week from 7:00 a.m. Monday until Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in order to complete repairs on the road.
Photo from Midas Gold June 11:

Also, Profile gap is open and Lick creek is passable with 4 wheel drive. – MH
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Snow in June

Several reports of snow in Big Creek, Stibnite and Deadwood on June 20th.
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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Yellow Pine US Mail

June 1st started 6-day a week mail delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Tick Season

Lots of ticks this year. Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks, a tick bite paralysed a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.

Mosquitoes and no-see-ums are thick this year.
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Predators

It is denning season for wolves and coyotes and they will be very aggressive towards dogs. Watch for mean mamma does this time of year – they will stomp your dogs! A while back an eagle was attacking duck decoys on the edge of the village, sharp shinned hawks are around. Bears are around, no recent reports. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.

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:

Water Update June 21:

Boil Order is still on and no lawn watering. People from the Idaho Rural Water will be in on July 1st to assist us on the leaks. – Steve H

Water Update June 23:

Water use continues to be extremely high, averaging in the 35,000 gallon per day range. As stated before, the system cannot treat that much water properly and as a result the boil order remains in place. – Warren

Water Update June 7:

1. The “boil order” is still in effect.
2. There is still large water leaks in the system. We continue to look.
3. A grant for $39,000 was approved for improvements to the system. (See story in Idaho News)
3. Work is currently being done on the new contact tank.
4. Please, no lawn watering until we find and repair the major leaks.
– Steve Holloway

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

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

2019 YPWUA Yearly Meeting

Sunday July 7th 10am Community Center

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Current Account
B. Budget
C. Future rate increases
D. New Procedure Actions for Non-Payment

2. Operations Report – Steve
A. Current Operations
B. Chlorine levels
C. Grant and work necessary
D. Boil Order Notification
E. Future Grants
F. Summer lawn watering

3. Election of Board Members
A. Dawn Brown and Stu Edwards, both are automatically nominated
Only shareholders can run and vote

4. Questions
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VYPA News:

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Minutes for June 8, 2019

link to: 20190608 Village of Yellow Pine Association
*correction* election will be July 20th

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

YPFD May 18, 2019 Meeting minutes

link to: 20190518 YP Commissioners Meeting Notes FINAL.docx

Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10:00am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

-JF
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations
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The Corner (208) 633-3325
Our hours will be 11-8 every day, except closed on Tuesdays. We are open for breakfast by request and always have good coffee starting at 6:00 am. We will be staying open late for Karaoke this upcoming weekend for the Highland games.
Folk Family Revival will be playing on Thursday and Friday, July 4-5, with Karaoke on Saturday, July 6. Our menu will include smoked brisket and chicken in our sweet bourbon sauce, and smoked tri-tip with grilled onions and pepperjack. The smoked chicken makes a great salad with our fresh black bean corn salsa. Burgers and wings will be on the grill as well for the rest of the summer.
Willie and the Singlewides will be playing July 13.
The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please call to make sure I’m around before Memorial Day, bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.
Karaoke is back at The Corner! Choose your favorite songs from our online music library and entertain your friends up on stage through our professional sound system.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Summer Hours Daily 8am to Close
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181 Note: Summer deliveries have started, call if you need propane.
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (June 17) overnight low of 45 degrees, most of the sky covered in high haze this morning and partly clear. Swallows hunting feathers (6 eggs in the nest we are watching – see photo below), finches and grosbeaks calling. Ground and pine squirrels active. Partly cloudy mid-day, warm and light breezes. Mostly cloudy by late afternoon, high of 85 degrees. Shooting to the west started at 640pm and lasted around half an hour. Mostly cloudy by early evening and light breezes. At dusk it was mostly cloudy and windy. Partly cloudy and breezy before midnight. Internet spotty after midnight.
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Tuesday (June 18) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. OK trucks stockpiling gravel, streets are really dusty. Swallows taking feathers to the nests (6 eggs), finches and pinesiskins calling, pine and ground squirrels very active. Clouds building up mid-day and getting warm. Horseflies are out. Warm and partly clear mid-afternoon, high of 82 degrees. Steller jay visiting. Cooling off after sundown, partly clear. Partly cloudy at dusk. Lot of stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (June 19) overnight low of 43 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Early loud airplanes. Pine squirrels very vocal, robins, finches, pinesiskins and raven calling. Partly cloudy mid-day, mild and gusty breezes. Swallow eggs have not hatched yet. Finches, pinesiskins and a jay visiting. More normal temperatures this afternoon, not so hot, high of 74 degrees. A couple of hummingbirds visited. Partly cloudy by evening, cool breezes. Mostly clear at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (June 20) overnight low of 35 degrees, overcast sky this morning. Early air traffic. Finches and pinesiskins visiting, swallows taking feathers (spy cam shows eggs have not hatched yet.) Cool breezy morning, breaks in the clouds before noon. Calliope hummingbird visiting. Overcast, blustery and rain showers for about an hour mid-day. Dark clouds, breezy and rain showers late afternoon for about 15 minutes, then breaks in the clouds and chilly breezes, high of 53 degrees. A report of snow at Big Creek, Stibnite and Deadwood. Another blustery rain shower for about 25 minutes with dark clouds mid-evening. Broken cloud cover and chilly light breeze late evening. At dusk it was partly cloudy and lots of happy robins calling. Mostly clear before midnight, lots of stars and a bright planet rising over Antimony Ridge.

Friday (June 21) overnight low of 33 degrees, mostly cloudy with some blue sky and chilly breezes this morning. Several steller jays visiting. An olive-sided flycatcher calling “free beer!”, finches, pinesiskins and robins calling. Overcast and breezy mid-day, a little warmer than yesterday. No eggs have hatched yet in the swallow nest, no males around. Dark overcast and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine late afternoon. Increasing street traffic. Mostly clear just after sundown. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Saturday (June 22) overnight low of 29 degrees, clear sky and light breeze this morning. Air traffic directly over the village (some loud, some low.) No eggs in the swallow nest have hatched yet, the male swallows came back, finches and robins calling. Clouds building up by lunch time. Jays, finches and pinesiskins visiting, pine and ground squirrels active. Mostly cloudy and light breezes by early afternoon, high of 69 degrees. Extra traffic, streets are drying out again and getting a little dusty. Mostly cloudy and light breezes late afternoon and early evening. Partly cloudy at dusk, lots of robins hopping around.

Sunday (June 23) overnight low was above 40 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Air traffic early and a wonky sounding plane at 941am. Swallows swooping for feathers. Finches, pinesiskins and a jay visiting. Mostly cloudy and light breezes mid-day. Finches and swallows calling. Increased traffic kicking up a lot of dust. Mostly cloudy, breezy and mild temperatures mid-afternoon, high of 75 degrees. Eggs are starting to hatch in the swallow nests late this afternoon. Mostly cloudy and light breezes early evening. Young ground squirrels out and running about, population boom continues. Gusty winds kicking up mid-evening.
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Idaho News:

Grant to fix leak in Yellow Pine water tank, build new lines

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 20, 2019

The Village of Yellow Pine was awarded a $39,385 grant from the Idaho Department of Commerce to fix a community water tank, which was found to be leaking.

The Idaho Gem Grant was awarded to Yellow Pine in partnership with Valley County and the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council.

Funds will be used to fix the leaks in the system and upgrade safety equipment so residents and visitors can be assured of clean and safe drinking water, said Andrew Mentzer, Executive Director of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council.

Repairs will fix the 75,000-gallon tank and install new connecting lines.

Midas Gold Idaho donated $10,000 in matching funds for the grant.

Village water system administrators aim to complete the project this summer.

Gem Grants are given to economic development projects in amounts up to $50,000.

The West Central Mountains Economic Development Council worked closely with Valley County and residents of Yellow Pine to get this project funded, and will continue to assist partners until project completion, Mentzer said.

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Yellow Pine to be site of Highland Games on Saturday

The Star-News Tom Grote (via email)

The Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers will bring the unique sport of Highland Games to Yellow Pine on Saturday.

The Weiser group will present nine traditional Scottish events including Scottish hammers, stones, weight for distance, caber toss, weight for height and sheaf toss.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and is expected to run all day. Admission for spectators is free and members of the public are invited to compete for a $30 registration fee.

Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers T-shirts will be sold while food and drinks will be sold by Yellow Pine businesses.

Proceeds will help pay for maintenance of Yellow Pine’s community water system. Last year’s event raised $2,600 to improve the helipad used for emergency medical evacuations.

Yellow Pine is located about a two hour drive east of McCall with access via Warm Lake Road, the South Fork Road and the East Fork South Fork Road.
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Snow in June? Coolest Temperatures of the week Thursday

by CBS 2 News Staff Thursday, June 20th 2019

Parts of Idaho are getting some snow in June.


(photo Big Creek Lodge June 20th from webcam)

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Idaho auctions 8 Payette Lake lots for $2,692,000

News release from Idaho Department of Lands

(Boise) – The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) auctioned eight state-owned lots at Payette Lake for deeded ownership during a public, oral auction today in Boise, receiving $878,000 above the appraised value.

The land sales today generated $2,692,000 for the endowment funds that support State Hospital South, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College. The Idaho Constitution requires a public auction for the disposal of state endowment trust lands, and IDL can accept no less than the appraised value of the properties.

A list of the auctioned lots and winning bids is attached.

Five upland (not lakefront) properties are un-leased. One lake front and two upland lots auctioned are currently leased and have homes on them. The land is owned by the State of Idaho, and the cabins and other improvements on the land are owned by leaseholders as personal property. The auction was for the land only. The current leaseholders applied to participate in the auction and today all three leaseholders had the winning bids.

There was competitive bidding on seven of the eight lots with 22 registered bidders at today’s event. The only property with no competitive bidding was the lakefront leased property that sold for the appraised value of $1,243,000.

The highest competitive bid was on an upland leased lot that sold for $290,000, nearly 250 percent about the $83,000 appraised value for the land. The second highest winning bid was for an un-leased lot that sold for $264,000, nearly 257 percent above the $74,000 appraised value.

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Boise man killed in motorcycle crash on Highway 55

Police say the motorcyclist hit a guardrail and was thrown from the bike.

KTVB June 17, 2019

Banks, Idaho — A Boise man died after crashing his motorcycle into a guardrail along Idaho 55 Monday morning, Idaho State Police said.

The crash happened north of Banks at about 9:50 a.m.

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The intersection of Banks-Lowman Road and Highway 55 is a safety concern for locals

Gretchen Parsons June 17, 2019 KTVB

Banks, Idaho — Busy and dangerous is how locals describe the intersection of Banks-Lowman Road and Highway 55.

“Definitely dangerous, every year working at this raft company we anticipate a car wreck that we are going to be first responders to,” said Stephanie Skaggs, who works at Bear Valley Rafting in Banks.

Last summer, 30-year-old Kristine Stapleton died after another car struck her as she made a left onto Highway 55 from Banks-Lowman Road.

Before Stapleton’s death, there have been five other traffic accidents in the same spot since 2013.

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Logjam removed from South Fork of the Payette River

The logjam, described as a “death trap,” has been hindering the passage of kayakers and boaters for about two months.

KTVB June 18, 2019

Boise, Idaho — A logjam on the South Fork of the Payette River that created a hazard for kayakers and rafters for the past two months is finally gone.

It was located near mile marker 4 on the Banks-Lowman Road.

Officials wanted to remove the logjam before the rafting season on the South Fork got into full swing.

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Closures, detours to start on U.S. 95 bridge replacement

The Star-News June 20, 2019

Nighttime closures of up to 12 hours and single-lane detours are set to start on U.S. 95 north of Council where a bridge over the Weiser River is being replaced, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

Intermittent night closures will occur throughout the summer and fall, and pilot cars will guide motorists through a single-lane detour over the Fruitvale-Glendale Road, an ITD news release said.

Delays of up to one hour should be expected and no vehicle longer than 40 feet will be allowed to use the detour.

The new bridge, located 10 miles north of Council, will replace the current bridge built in 1939 and will be wider with upgraded guard rails and additional safety enhancements, the news release said.

For information, go online to Idaho 511, write to Jennifer.Gonzalez@itd.idaho.gov or call 208-334-8938.

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States to receive federal payments

June 20, 2019 Local New 8

The U.S. Department of Interior will give the states $514.6 million in PILT, or Payment in Lieu of Tax, payments this year.

The payments are made to local governments to offset their inability to collect property taxes on federally owned property within their boundaries.

PILT payments are used to carry out vital services like firefighting, law enforcement, public schools and roads. Each county’s share is based on the amount of federal property within its boundaries.

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link to: County Break down
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Letter to Share:

Stabilize the Secure Rural Schools program

By Sen. Mike Crapo Jun 19, 2019 IME

“Ninety-seven percent of land in Custer County is state and federally owned and exempt from taxation,” explained Wayne Butts, Custer County commissioner and Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Committee chairman. “Counties and schools like ours can’t operate without federal forest payments.”

This is the crux of why addressing the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools program is important. The SRS program has become vital in budgeting for essential services in Idaho’s forested counties with large tracts of tax-exempt federal lands. It is time to meet the federal obligation to these counties and create a permanent, lasting program for Idaho counties and schools surrounded by tax-exempt federal lands. A long-term endowment assisted by forest products receipts would ensure certainty for parents, students and those traveling Idaho’s roads and bridges.

Fellow U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., James Risch, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and I recently reintroduced the bipartisan S. 1643, the Forest Management for Rural Stability Act, which would establish a growing endowment to provide funding needed for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement and other essential services. The legislation would end the need for short-term or retroactive reauthorizations of the Secure Rural Schools program, which expired at the end of fiscal 2018.

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Mining News:

Midas: Cascade project will provide homes to workers

Cascade River Ranch now called The River District

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 20, 2019

A proposed 499-unit development in Cascade would provide much-needed homes for employees of Midas Gold, the Cascade Planning and Zoning Commission was told Monday.

Midas Gold Idaho Community Relations Manager Belinda Provancher spoke in favor of The River District, which is the new name for the project formerly known as Cascade River Ranch.

About 130 Midas employees are expected to move to the Cascade area if the company’s proposed gold mine near Yellow Pine moves forward, Provancher said.

No decision was made on Monday by the P&Z, which will take up the proposal again on July 1.

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Texas oil company denies wrongdoing in Idaho royalty lawsuit

June 20, 2019 AP

Boise, Idaho (AP – A Texas-based oil and gas company being sued in federal court by Idaho mineral rights owners over royalty payments says it has done nothing wrong and the lawsuit should be dismissed.

Alta Mesa and other companies associated with it in court documents filed Wednesday deny any wrongdoing involving oil and gas leases in southwestern Idaho.

The initial lawsuit filed in Idaho’s Third District Court in May said the company underpaid natural gas royalties to leaseholders by altering royalty accounting methods.

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Public Lands:

Summer Hours for the McCall District Office

Payette National forest, June 17, 2019

McCall, Idaho – The McCall District Office is open with extended summer hours through the Labor Day weekend. Maps, passes and fuel wood permits are available for purchase, and recreation information is available to visitors. Stop by and learn about the numerous opportunities available on your public lands.

Tuesday – Friday 8:00: a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Mondays: Normal hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sundays: Closed

Following Labor Day weekend, the office will return to normal business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Shooters: Be sure to pick up your trash and don’t shoot signs and fences

Max Cohan Jun 20, 2019 Local News 8

With summer nearing, people are getting out and getting active. Things like hiking, biking and running are popular activities on public lands, but recently shooters have been getting some attention for leaving their mark.

Now there’s nothing illegal about shooting on public lands but there are some things you need to know to keep yourself and others safe.

“Disbursed shooting is acceptable and we do ask that people do it in an appropriate manner,” Lori Bell, a District Ranger for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said.

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Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Soliciting for Nominees

McCall, Id., June 18, 2019 – The Secure Rural Schools Act authorizes the use of Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) as a mechanism for local community collaboration with federal land managers in recommending Title II projects on federal lands, or that will benefit resources on federal lands.

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

The terms for the majority of the Southwest Idaho RAC members have expired, and the RAC is seeking to fill several vacant positions. New members are needed so the RAC can select and fund projects. Each RAC consists of 15 members and 3 replacement members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. Committee members are representatives of many interests in three categories. The Southwest Idaho RAC currently has 5 members, and is soliciting for nominees for Categories A, B, and C that represent the following categories:

Group A:
* Organized labor or non-timber forest product harvester groups
* Developed outdoor recreation, off highway vehicle users, or commercial recreation activities;
* Commercial timber industry
Group B:
* Nationally recognized environmental organizations
* Regionally or locally recognized environmental organizations
* Archaeological and historical interests
* Nationally or regionally recognized wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations, or watershed associations
Group C:
* Hold state elected office or their designee
* Hold county or local elected office
* Represent American Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the committee is organized
* Area school officials or teachers

Each nominee is required to submit a form AD-755 to the RAC Designated Federal Official (DFO) Brian Harris, brian.d.harris@usda.gov, 500 N. Mission Street, McCall, Idaho 83638; 208-634-0784. The AD-755 can be downloaded at, http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/SouthwestIdahoRAC APPLICATIONS ARE DUE July 19, 2019.

A list of nominees will be assembled and the Forest Supervisors will forward a slate of nominees with recommendations for appointments through the Chief of the Forest Service to the Secretary of Agriculture. These recommendations consider the advice of Forest Supervisors, tribal officials and county officials, and the following criteria: qualifications to represent the specific interest outlined in the Act, geographic representation across the area potentially affected by RAC advice, gender, ethnic diversity, persons with a disability, community support, consensus-building ability, dedication to serving the community’s interests, and active participation in current natural resource issues.

The Secretary’s office performs a background check on nominees, based on information provided on the AD-755. After nominees are cleared through the background check, the Secretary reviews the nominations and makes the selection of members. Newly appointed members receive a letter from the Secretary and a certificate of appointment. The process of nominating, reviewing and selecting members may take a few months or more.

For more information on Title II – Special Projects on Federal lands and the Secure Rural School and Community Self-Determination Act visit:

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Payette National Forest issues errata to final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision for the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project

McCall, Id., June 20, 2019 – The Payette National Forest is issuing an errata to the 2014 final environmental impact statement, and a new draft record of decision for the Lost Creek-Boulder Creek Landscape Restoration Project on the New Meadows Ranger District.

“We are happy to be moving forward with this important forest landscape scale restoration project,” said Keith Lannom, Payette National Forest Supervisor. “Projects like this are returning our forested ecosystems to healthy and sustainable environments that resist the impacts of large wildfire, while providing for economic stability of our local communities.”

The errata and draft record of decision are being issued following 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 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 errata addresses Forest Plan direction for long-term desired conditions for vegetation, and provides administrative clarifications to specific pages of the final environmental impact statement.

The selected alternative listed in the draft record of decision includes critical vegetation management, watershed restoration treatments for fish and wildlife habitat, road management, and recreation management activities. The issuance of a draft record of decision places the project at the 45-day objection period of the National Environmental Policy Act process.

Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with 36 CFR § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after previous designated opportunities.

Written objections, including any attachments, must be submitted within 45 days following June 20, 2019 which is the publication date of the legal notice in the Idaho Statesman, the newspaper of record. It is the responsibility of objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (36 CFR § 218.9). The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

The Objection Reviewing Officer is the Intermountain Regional Forester. Submit objections through the project website using the link in the right corner to “comment/object to project” or send to Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: objections-intermtn-regional-office@fs.fed.us.

The project files are posted on the Payette National Forest project web site at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=33830. 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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Public Comments Sought on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Proposed Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project – Public Meeting July 9, 2019

Council, ID., June 20, 2019 – The Council Ranger District, Payette National Forest, is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project.

The Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project is within the Forest’s 800,000 acre Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Project area and part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP). The Proposed Action was developed in response to Agency direction and policy, input from interested members of the public, and from recommendations received in comments provided by a local collaborative, the Payette Forest Coalition (PFC).

The Project area is located 15 miles west of New Meadows, Idaho on the Payette National Forest, Council Ranger District, in Adams County. It encompasses approximately 67,000 acres within the Brownlee Reservoir Subbasin, including the Indian, Lick, and Bear Creek subwatersheds near the communities of Bear and Cuprum, Idaho. Proposed restoration activities include timber harvest, biomass harvest, road reconstruction, road realignment, temporary road construction, road storage, road decommissioning, culvert removal, culvert replacement, thinning of sub-merchantable trees, prescribed fire, and other actions.

Specific vegetation treatments are proposed to enhance northern Idaho Ground squirrel habitat, a threatened species as listed by the Endangered Species Act, as well as species dependent on dry coniferous forests (e.g., white-headed woodpecker), while maintaining habitat for other Forest sensitive and ESA-listed species. Proposed recreation improvements include developed and dispersed recreation site improvements, motorized and non-motorized trail development and realignment, trailhead improvements, and the conversion of Smith Mountain Lookout to a public rental cabin.

How to Comment and Timeframe

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) for

the DEIS in the Federal Register on June 21, 2019. Comments concerning this action will be accepted for 45 days following that date. The publication date of the NOA in the Federal Register is the exclusive means for calculating timeframes for the comment period for the DEIS. Those wishing to comment should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. A legal notice of the opportunity to comment will be published in the Idaho Statesman, the legal newspaper of record, soon after the NOA is published.

The preferred method to submit comments is electronically via the project webpage at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50218.

Simply click on “Comment/Object on Project” under the “Get Connected” panel on the right side of the page and fill out the web form with your comments. Electronic comments may also be attached to the web form submitted in a format such as pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx).

Written comments will also be accepted and may be submitted to Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, Payette National Forest, 500 North Mission Street Building 2, McCall, Idaho 83638 or by fax to 208-634-0744. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Establishing Eligibility to Object

This project is subject to 36 CFR 218.7 parts (a) and (b). In order to be eligible to file an objection, specific written comments related to the project must be submitted during scoping, or during the comment period on the draft EIS in accordance with procedures in 40 CFR 1506.10, or during any other periods public comment is specifically requested on this EIS (36 CFR 218.5). Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individual. Objections received on behalf of an organization are considered as those of the organization only. Comments must have an identifiable name attached or verification of identity will be required. A scanned signature may serve as verification on electronic comments. For objection eligibility each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments regarding the proposed project must either sign the comments or verify identity upon request. Names and addresses of those who comment and/or file objections will become part of the public record.

For additional information, please contact Mark Fox, Project Leader at the Council Ranger District, 208-253-0164, mark.fox@usda.gov.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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BLM: Sparks from vehicles a top cause of Idaho wildfires

Sparks thrown from a trailer chain sparked a 350-acre wildfire along I-84 near Jerome on Monday, officials said.

KTVB June 18, 2019

Boise, Idaho — As wildfire season gets into full swing across the West, Idaho officials are warning about the dangers caused by vehicles passing through areas with dry brush.

Jared Jablonski, a fire information officer with the Bureau of Land Management’s Boise District, told KTVB on Tuesday that sparks thrown from vehicles is one of the top causes of wildfires in the region.

“One of the things that you really need to pay attention to is how you hook your chains up to your trailers,” Jablonski said. “When you hook your chains up, it’s important to make sure the chains aren’t dragging and it’s important to make sure nothing [dragging] underneath your vehicle that could ignite sparks that could cause wildfires.”

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Interior’s BLM analyzes 11,000 miles of Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin to Combat Wildfires

Trump Administration works to proactively curb wildfires with strategically placed fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Utah

Date: June 21, 2019
Contact: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov
Jennifer Jones, (208) 373-4016

Boise, Idaho – Today, the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin for a 45-day public comment period. This Draft Programmatic EIS analyzes a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223 million-acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.

“The Department of the Interior is dedicated to leveraging all of its assets to reduce wildfire risk and safeguard western communities,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We look forward to receiving feedback from the public on this effort which promises to make a real difference in reducing the wildfire threat.”

“Wildfires devastate forests, rangeland and communities across Idaho and throughout the West, and without strategic planning they’re likely to continue in the years ahead,” said Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. “With this initiative and others like it, we’re working proactively to curb wildfires’ destruction and make it safer and more effective for firefighters to protect people and property.”

Large, unbroken swaths of grasses, brush and other vegetation have provided a continuous supply of fuel for the recent catastrophic rangeland wildfires that have burned across the Great Basin states. The concept behind fuel breaks is to break up or fragment continuous fuels by reducing vegetation in key locations. When a wildfire burns into a fuel break, the flame lengths decrease and its progress slows, making it safer and easier for firefighters to control. The fuel breaks would be strategically placed along roads and rights-of-way on BLM-administered lands.

Tools used to create fuel breaks could include brown strips – areas where all vegetation has been removed; green strips – areas where vegetation that is more flammable has been replaced with less flammable vegetation; and mowing or targeted grazing depending on the locations and vegetation. BLM developed four alternatives, including the No Action Alternative, based on comments received during the initial scoping period.

The proposed treatments are part of a larger national wildfire reduction strategy guided by President Trump’s Executive Order 13855 – Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and Other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk, as well as Secretary’s Order 3372 – Reducing Wildfire Risks on Department of the Interior Land through Active Management. The two orders direct DOI and Department of Agriculture agencies to implement policies to improve forest and rangeland management practices by reducing hazardous fuel loads, mitigating fire risk and ensuring the safety and stability of local communities through active management on forests and rangelands.

The preferred alternative identified in the Draft Programmatic EIS would create up to 11,000 miles of new fuel breaks within a 223 million-acre area that includes portions of Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah. Fuel breaks would be reseeded, using both native and non-native plant species throughout the project area.

“Fuel breaks have proven to be very effective in slowing rangeland wildfires, making them easier and safer for wildland firefighters to control,” said John Ruhs, State Director for BLM Idaho, which is hosting the Great Basin Fuel Breaks EIS Team. “We believe that creating a system of fuel breaks will help us enhance and improve our working landscapes.”

The BLM is seeking public input to ensure that all aspects of developing a system of fuel breaks are analyzed. The BLM will accept written comments on the Draft Programmatic EIS and will hold a series of public meetings to gather public comment.

Public meetings will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the following locations:

California
* July 10: BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville, CA 96130

Idaho
* July 9: Red Lion Boise Hotel, 1800 W Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83702
* July 16: BLM Twin Falls District Office, 2878 Addison Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301
* July 17: Idaho Falls (location TBD; contact Idaho Falls District Office at 208-524-7500)

Nevada
* July 9: Reno (location TBD, contact BLM Nevada State Office at 775-861-6400)
* July 16: Red Lion Inn (High Desert Inn), 3015 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801
* July 17: Bristlecone Convention Center, 150 Sixth Street Ely, NV 89301

Oregon
* July 8: Harney County Community Center, 478 N Broadway Ave., Burns, OR 97720
* July 11: BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630

Utah
* July 18: Hampton Inn & Suites, 307 North Admiral Byrd Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
* July 18: Heritage Center Festival Hall, 105 N. 100 E. Cedar City, UT 84720

Washington
* July 10: Spokane (location TBD, contact Spokane District Office at 509-536-1200)

An electronic copy of the Draft Programmatic EIS and associated documents is available on the BLM Land Use Planning and NEPA register at https://go.usa.gov/xnQcG. For comments to be considered, they must be received by the BLM no later than midnight MST on August 5, 2019.

Prior to including your phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your written comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request we withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Background on DOI’s Wildland Fire Prevention Efforts

In 2018, the Department of the Interior (DOI) worked closely with partners on 2,500 treatment projects to remove excess burnable vegetation on more than 1.2 million acres of DOI- and tribally-managed lands. Another 170,000 acres were managed for resource purposes. These efforts helped to reduce wildfire risk in some of the most fire-prone areas of the country.

The DOI continues to be the leader in the research, development, and practical deployment of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, on wildland fire management operations. With the largest drone program outside of the Department of Defense, the DOI uses drones to detect hotspots around fires, improve mapping, and monitor fire operations for improved safety. In 2018, the DOI conducted 1,552 drone missions on 200 individual wildfires, doubling last year’s total.

In 2019, the DOI plans to deploy nearly 4,500 firefighting personnel, 500 tribal firefighters, 151 smokejumpers, 18 interagency hotshot crews and 4 Tribal hotshot crews. Firefighters will have over 600 pieces of specialized equipment available for use, including engines, water tenders, bulldozers, and other equipment. Aviation assets play a critical role in efforts to manage wildfires, and the DOI will have access to 23 single engine air tankers, 6 water scoopers, 41 Type 1, 2 and 3 helicopters, and a number of other aviation resources.
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The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests

Range fires get bigger every year, threatening sagebrush habitat and rural towns.

Nick Bowlin June 13, 2019 HCN


The burn scar from the Martin Fire in Nevada as seen in this aerial photo. The largest wildfire in the state’s history, it decimated sagebrush habitat. Pierre Markuse/CC via Flickr

Between the town of Elko, Nevada, and the Idaho border stretches some of the most remote land in the Lower 48, rolling hills and arid basins as far as the eye can see. Last July, this section of the Owyhee Desert was scorched by a fierce, fast-moving blaze with 40-foot flames, the largest wildfire in state history. In the end, the Martin Fire burned 435,000 acres, including some of the West’s finest sagebrush habitat. Now, the raw range wind whips up the bare earth into enormous black clouds that roil on the horizon.

Once rare, fires that large, hot and destructive are now common in the Great Basin, a 200,000-square-mile region of mountains and valleys that includes all of Nevada and much of Utah, as well as parts of California, Idaho and Oregon. But despite the rising fire risk, a general lack of attention is putting the rangeland in growing danger.

The fire problem “risks permanent loss” of the ecosystem, according to Jolie Pollet, a fire ecologist and the Bureau of Land Management’s division chief for fire planning and fuels management. This is a genuine crisis, she said, and it demands greater urgency and attention than it is currently getting.

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BLM seeks public input on proposed recreation site near Perjue Canyon

Date: June 19, 2019
Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management announced today it is accepting public comments on a proposed recreation site near Perjue Canyon, located about 22 miles south of Grand View along Mud Flat Road.

The purpose of the project is to explore development of a site with safe access that enhances recreational opportunities in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness Area along Mud Flat Road. The existing parking area at Perjue Canyon does not provide adequate access for people with disabilities, can only accommodate two vehicles, and poses a safety risk due to limited visibility pulling in from and out onto the road. The BLM is considering a range of alternatives for addressing parking, vehicle access, interpretation and camping.

“We’ve been working with our partners for a while now on the need to improve access at Perjue Canyon, including the Resource Advisory Council, Owyhee County Commissioners and members of the Owyhee Initiative,” said BLM Bruneau Field Manager Tanya Thrift. “We have several alternatives we’re looking at and now invite the public to comment on these and any other issues they feel should be included in the analysis.”

Detailed information on the issues and proposed alternatives can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xyq57 (case sensitive).

A 30-day public comment period will run from June 19 to July 18, 2019. Comments will be accepted through the following means:

* Email: blm_id_bruneauoffice@blm.gov
* Fax: 208-384-3326
* Surface mail: BLM Bruneau Field Office, 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705

The purpose of this public comment period is to obtain feedback on relevant issues that may influence the BLM’s environmental analysis. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources, or issues to be considered and analyzed.

Those who provide comments are advised that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number) they should be aware that the entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact the BLM Bruneau Field Office at 208-384-3300.
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Commissioners back alternatives for stalled travel plan

County seeks input on possible BLM trails

Mark Dee June 21, 2019 IME

The Blaine County commissioners were eager to find alternatives Tuesday to a stalled BLM travel management plan for access to about 137,000 acres of public land in the Wood River Valley, but they’re looking for more information—and public input—before making a recommendation to the agency.

The board held a pair of hearings on June 18 to revisit work that was drafted based on public comments on the original travel management plan, which was halted in April by a directive of the Department of the Interior stopping development of all such projects nationwide, except those based on court order. The move casts doubt on the future of the comprehensive approach to governing use on BLM lands from Willow Creek in the west to the Little Wood River in the east, between U.S. Highway 20 in the south and the Sawtooth National Forest in the north.

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Aural hematoma in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt June 21, 2019 IME

Aural (ear) hematoma refers to a collection of blood that occurs between the skin and the cartilage in the pinna (the “flap”) of the ear. This can happen in response to trauma, such as hitting the ear on something, from a bite wound, from a foreign object in the ear canal or from an ear infection, causing the dog to consistently shake his/her head and scratch his/her ear. What happens is that a blood vessel ruptures and causes blood to leak into the pinna; this leads to a swollen, and often hot to the touch, ear. The ear may also feel soft and filled with fluid when touched; a bit like a balloon. This condition is very uncomfortable for the dog and help by a veterinarian should be sought right away.

An aural hematoma is typically diagnosed solely by clinical appearance. To treat this condition, your veterinarian may suggest a few methods. The first is to put the dog under general anesthesia and insert a drain; this way, when the ear tries to fill back up, the fluid will drain out instead of accumulating. The second is a procedure called “tacking.” This is also done under general anesthesia and consists of making several dime-size holes on the pinna and “tacking” the top and bottom layer of the ear together so blood is unable to accumulate. The third option is to do nothing. That would cause discomfort in the dog for a longer period of time and results in what is known as “cauliflower ear,” in which the ear has a shriveled appearance. This is more noticeable in dogs whose ears stand up. You should consult with your veterinarian before deciding not to treat the hematoma as it could be large enough to occlude the ear canal, causing an ear infection or exacerbating one already present. Very commonly, the ear will feel thick due to the scarring that results from the surgical procedures.

The easiest way to prevent an aural hematoma in your dog is to prevent ear infections. After taking your dog swimming or giving him/her a bath, use an ear cleaner specific to dogs from your veterinarian that dries out the ear and prevents excess water sitting in the ear canal and causing infection. If you notice your dog shaking his/her head and scratching at the ears, make an appointment with your veterinarian to check for foreign bodies (such as cheatgrass or large pieces of wax) or to check for and treat infection.

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Scientists take a peek behind those sad puppy dog eyes

By Jeremy Rehm Associated Press Monday, June 17th 2019

New York (AP) — What’s behind those hard-to-resist puppy dog eyes?

New research suggests that over thousands of years of dog domestication, people preferred pups that could pull off that appealing, sad look. And that encouraged the development of the facial muscle that creates it.

Today, pooches use the muscle to raise their eyebrows and make the babylike expression. That muscle is virtually absent in their ancestors, the wolves.

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Ranchers: Call sheriff, not WDFW, about wolves, cougars

By Don Jenkins Capital Press Jun 20, 2019

A cattlemen’s group is urging Eastern Washington residents to report predator problems to their county sheriff rather than the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, a sign of rancher distrust in the state’s response to wolves and cougars.

The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association accuses Fish and Wildlife of downplaying the threat of predators. Involving the sheriff will hold state wildlife investigators accountable, the association’s president, Scott Nielsen, said Wednesday.

“It matters who you notify,” he said. “If the sheriff isn’t there, WDFW gets to control the message.”

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter June 17, 2019

Wolves in the West: Wolf management in Idaho

Gray wolves and the black side of the “Nature knows best” dogma
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The return of the wolf: Wild cubs born in the Netherlands

By Mike Corder – 6/20/19 AP

The Hague, Netherlands — Wolves are officially back in the Netherlands, two centuries after the animals were hunted to extinction in the country, after a pair produced a litter in the wild — news welcomed Thursday by conservationists.

The province of Gelderland posted a video online this week showing three young wolves in a forest clearing, though the province said in a statement there could be up to five pups. The province did not reveal the exact location of the footage, saying it does not want people to disturb the animals.

The return of wolves to this densely populated nation on the western edge of continental Europe follows a growth in numbers in neighboring Germany.

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Grizzly spotted first time in decade in north-central Idaho

Wildlife officials are urging black bear hunters to be aware of the protected grizzly bear.

Associated Press June 20, 2019

Kelly Creek, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife officials are urging black bear hunters to choose their targets with care after a protected grizzly bear was spotted in north-central Idaho for the first time in a decade.

A hunting guide restocking a black bear baiting site encountered the 3-year-old male grizzly in the lower Kelly Creek area of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests earlier this month.

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Governor’s salmon work group starts work June 28

Jun 20, 2019 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho — The first meeting of Governor Brad Little’s Salmon Workgroup will be held on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Idaho Room at the Idaho State Museum. The meeting is open to the public and Governor Little will address the group at 8:30 a.m.

Governor Little directed his Office of Species Conservation (OSC) in April to assemble the workgroup dedicated to addressing salmon issues. The workgroup is bringing together diverse stakeholders to develop a unified policy recommendation to help Governor Little shape Idaho policy on salmon recovery.

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Hundreds of hummingbirds feed in Garden Valley

KTVB June 20, 2019 (Video May 30th)

Boise, Idaho — Some people say one of the best things about the summer season is when the hummingbirds come out and eat.

KTVB received incredible video showing hundreds of hummingbirds taking up residence on a porch in Garden Valley.

Logan and Lori C. sent us this YouTube video showing the birds feeding on their porch.

Logan and Lori tell us they go through 20 pounds of sugar a week and fill five feeders twice a day. They say it is the most hummingbirds they’ve ever had.

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Mosquitoes with West Nile found in trap near Parma

by CBS 2 News Staff Tuesday, June 18th 2019

Parma, Idaho (CBS 2) — Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been found in a trap southwest of Parma.

The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District says mosquitoes were collected in a trap June 14 off Highway 18 near the Oregon stateline and it showed a “very high West Nile reading.”

The district says the positive reading is early for the season and that a warm and dry summer may trigger more West Nile activity.

Fogging will take place Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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Fish & Game News:

No Chinook fishing this year on the South Fork Salmon, Upper Salmon rivers

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, June 20, 2019

After monitoring low Chinook counts over the Columbia and Snake River dams, Idaho Fish and Game fisheries managers have decided to not propose a summer fishing season on the South Fork of the Salmon River and due to a lack of harvestable hatchery fish.

Chinook fishing has been very limited this year with the only Chinook fishing currently open on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, and there was a fairly brief fishing season on the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers.

While lack of a fishing season on the South Fork Salmon is disappointing for anglers, fishery managers expect enough to hatchery Chinook to return to the South Fork to meet broodstock needs at the nearby McCall Hatchery. Those fish will produce the next generation of smolts to be released, which will hopefully provide fishing opportunity in the future.

For additional background on the situation in the South Fork of the Salmon River, and information on how anglers can help shape future South Fork Salmon fishery recommendations, and share ideas for other aspects of fisheries management, check out this blog post from Regional Fisheries Manager Jordan Messner.

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Campground Openers/Closures at Horsethief Reservoir

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

After a month-long search, a new camp host is now in residence on Horsethief Reservoir’s east side. For campers, this means the three east side campgrounds – Horsethief Creek, Trout Landing and Beaver Tail – are open for business just in time for the July 4th holiday.

There is no reservation system at Horsethief; all campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Across the reservoir, the popular Kings Point Campground will be closing on Wednesday, July 17 and will remain closed for the remainder of the camping season. Major renovation efforts will be ongoing throughout the summer and fall. Next spring, Horsethief campers will be able to enjoy these improvements including a paved campground loop and vehicle pads, paved parking areas at the Kings Point boat ramp, four ADA-compliant campsites, and paved walking paths throughout the entire campground.

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Black bear hunters urged to use increased caution after grizzly spotted in Unit 10 and 12

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The USFWS radio-collared grizzly was last located in Kelly Creek drainage

Black bear hunters in north-central Idaho, specifically those who are hunting in Unit 10 and 12, are asked to use increased vigilance after a radio-collared grizzly bear was spotted by a hunter on Thursday, June 13.

The hunter reported the sighting to Fish and Game staff in the Clearwater Region, and the bear was identified as a 2-year-old grizzly that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collared and released in western Montana in July 2018. The most recent data from the bear’s radio collar places the bear in the Kelly Creek drainage, Fish and Wildlife Service officials confirmed. Kelly Creek is a tributary of the North Fork of the Clearwater River.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Camera captures bear’s rub on tree at Russian nature reserve

June 18, 2019 The Associated Press

Moscow (AP) — An Asian black bear in Russia has been captured on video enjoying a backrub against a tree — before trying to eat a surveillance camera.

The video, posted recently by the Land of the Leopard national park in Russia’s Far East, showed the bear approaching a tree, then rearing up to stand on its two hind legs to rub its back against the trunk.

The mammal then approached the camera and tried to bite it. The memory card inside the camera survived the contact.

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June 16, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

June 16, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 27 – Noxious Weed Spray day
June 28-29 – 9am – noon, Community Yard Sale at Community Hall
June 29 – Highland Games
July 2 – Ice Hole Campground opens
July 3 – 9am – noon, Community Yard Sale at Community Hall
July 4 – 2pm, parade, fireworks at dusk
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 7 – Annual YPWUA Meeting 10am Community Center
July 13 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 20 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sept 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

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Local Events:

Community Yard Sale at Community Hall

June 28, June 29, July 3; 9am – noon, Community Yard Sale at Community Hall. Won’t be in at those dates/times? Contact Deb (6336945) or Ronda (6332005) and we’ll make arrangements for you to browse.

Do you have items you are willing to donate to the Community Yard Sale? You can leave them inside the Community Hall through June 25th. Thank you for your support!
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Noxious Weed Spray day June 27

Hi Yellow Pine Residents,
It’s that time again to get a handle on those Noxious Weeds on your property with the Valley County Cost Share Noxious Weed Control Program. Steve Anderson’s crew will be in Yellow Pine in the Fire Department Parking Lot on June 27th. They will have on hand the chemicals, and sprayers for us to use. The specific herbicide is Milestone and is free for our use. Usually more than one year of treatment is needed and we took advantage of the program last year. I found great results on a Kudzu type plant in my yard in just one year. The Thistles will need another treatment. We either need you to spray or appoint one of our crew to help you with the application. Please email Steve Anderson of the Valley County Weed Control Program that you wish your property to be treated at SAnderson@co.valley.id.us phone number is 208 382-7199. I also have forms at the Yellow Pine Tavern if you wish to fill a form out there.
Thank You
Lorinne N. Munn

We have a confirmed date of Thursday, June 27th for the Yellow Pine Noxious weed spray day. Mark your calendars, hope to see you there.

Hello Yellow Pine,
I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I have June 27, 2019 marked on my calendar.
We had really good participation last year but we can do better, lets start talking now and get more people involved as it is “Everyone’s responsibility to control Noxious and Invasive plants”. I think last years event went very well, we will try and be a little more organized this year, if we missed someone put them on top of the priority list. I will bring my entire crew, all of our equipment, PPE, and mixed herbicide, you provide the volunteers, we’re here to help you not do it for you.
I misplaced 1-backpack sprayer last year, please keep your eyes peeled in case we laid it down someplace or forgot to pick it up.
Spread the word, save the date. I look forward to hearing from you. The best way to contact me this time of year is through e-mail, I will be in and out of the office until May, I check my e-mails daily but I can’t always respond until I get back into the office.

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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June 29 – Highland Games

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

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Ice Hole Campground will open July 2nd

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

July 4th

Parade at 2pm, Fireworks at dusk

Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

First Fire June 6th

There was a fire caused by a downed power line across the river from Golden Gate CG. A tree fell across the line during the storm. Crew 6 from Krassel and Engine 441 from Cascade responded but they were delayed in reaching the scene by numerous trees that had fallen across both the East Fork and Johnson Creek roads. The crews did not reach the fire until after dark and because of the downed powerline and numerous snags in the area, they didn’t engage the fire until the next morning. The fire was approximately 1/4 acre in size and was declared out by 1400 on June 7th.

– Jake Strohmeyer, Cascade Ranger 6/11/2019

Note: This affected the power in Yellow Pine, power blipped off and back on around 545pm. Then the power went out just before midnight for about 2 hours.
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June 6th Blow Down

Stibnite Road

Not only did the wind knock down a power line, starting a fire, several roads had trees down. The South Fork and East Fork roads were probably cut out by the Fire Crews. The road from Yellow Pine to Stibnite was blocked (see Midas Gold report below.) Also there are a lot of trees down on Profile Creek road, starting about a mile up from the turn off (see report below.)

Posted June 7th
“Last evenings thunderstorms blew down many large trees across Stibnite road. Our team is currently working on removing the trees.”
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link to more photos on FB:

Profile Creek Road

report by Miri G. June 8-10

A bunch of medium and large trees down about a mile up from the mouth of Profile. You can drive to the big camp area, but not much further.

Cut up what I could and Cecil, with a backhoe was able to push half of it out of the way. See picture 6-8-19. After I took off hiking, Scott Amos (I am giving him credit as I challenged him to do it) was able to clear enough to get a 4 wheeler through. See picture 6-10-19.

Up a little further, more trees. Not as big, but still more trees. Another large tree rolled down the rocks, but broke into 3 movable pieces, see picture. The downed trees thin out as you go up. Another dozen along the slide area just before Missouri Ridge. A couple more after that and one large one just above Spring Creek (where they built the fire line straight up the hill, just north of Missouri Ridge.)

My definition of large tree today = at least 2 ft diameter, or about a 55 gallon barrel size. Also, too big to hug or step over.

On the Big Creek side, there are a lot of small and medium size trees, but all cut out for at least a 4 wheeler.

Snow on top is still 2-3 ft deep on the road at the sign, but the big drifts are still a lot deeper. If you could drive up the road you could get to the switchback at Red Metal Mine.

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June 11 – Yellow Pine Vet Day

On Tuesday, June 11th, the Cascade Vet clinic came to Yellow Pine. They had a full day here, seeing 9 cats, 7 dogs and 10 horses. Lots of vaccinations, great advice and equine dentals performed.

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(L to R) Mickey Weimer, Dr. Merik Metos, Dr. Keith Ruble, Ginnie Blackner

Photos from rrSue and Buck Horn Outfitters – Equine Dental
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Life Flight

On June 14th our local Yellow Pine advanced life support team responded to a call for help down at the Old East Fork Campground. The team was called at 757am, ambulance en-route by 805am, arriving at patients side at 810am. Patient was stabilized and transported via the YP ambulance to the new Helispot. Life Flight landed 58 minutes after lift off from Ontario. Lift off to the Boise Hospital from Yellow Pine 15 minutes after arrival. An impressive response time for a small village, great work by a coordinated team.

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photo courtesy CB
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Dust Abatement

I am in process of obtaining cost and date information. Please let me know if you are interested in dust abatement this year.

Deb Filler, fillerd2@live.com, 208.633.6945
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Spring Fuel Delivery

Nathan, from Diamond Fuel and Feed to deliver Wednesday, June 12th.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report on May 30 that the Transfer Station bins were empty. Reports of issues with the burn pile already. READ the SIGNS!

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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Roads

Johnson Creek Road is open.

Stibnite Road is closed to the public

Photo from Midas Gold June 11:

photo courtesy Midas gold

Stibnite Road Update June 14 (from Midas Gold)
OK Gravel is continuing its work to repair the final sections of Stibnite Road. Crews have been able to clear debris off of the road, so it is once again wide enough for vehicles. OK Gravel still must reestablish the grade of the road and clear debris that still remains on the road. To keep everyone safe, Stibnite Road will remain closed to the public while construction wraps up. OK Gravel, Midas Gold and the Valley County Road Superintendent maintain committed to opening the road as soon as possible.
Valley County wants to make sure everyone stays safe and during construction, they just didn’t feel like it would be a wise idea to open up the road.

Profile Creek Road is still closed.
(see photos under Blowdown news)

Lick Creek Road is still closed. (as far as I know.)
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Tick Season

Lots of ticks this year. Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks, a tick bite paralysed a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.


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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Yellow Pine US Mail

June 1st started 6-day a week mail delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

It is denning season for wolves and coyotes and they will be very aggressive towards dogs.

Watch for mean mamma does this time of year – they will stomp your dogs! A while back an eagle was attacking duck decoys on the edge of the village, sharp shinned hawks are around.

Bears are around, no recent reports. Please do not leave pet food outdoors and remember to keep trash secured, it will draw bears, foxes, coyotes and loose dogs.

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:

Last Water Update June 7

1. The “boil order” is still in effect.
2. There is still large water leaks in the system. We continue to look.
3. A grant for $39,000 was approved for improvements to the system.
3. Work is currently being done on the new contact tank.
4. Please, no lawn watering until we find and repair the major leaks.
– Steve Holloway

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

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

2019 YPWUA Yearly Meeting Agenda

Sunday July 7th 10am Community Center

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Current Account
B. Budget
C. Future rate increases
D. New Procedure Actions for Non-Payment

2. Operations Report – Steve
A. Current Operations
B. Chlorine levels
C. Grant and work necessary
D. Boil Order Notification
E. Future Grants
F. Summer lawn watering

3. Election of Board Members
A. Dawn Brown and Stu Edwards, both are automatically nominated
Only shareholders can run and vote

4. Questions
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VYPA News:

There was a Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting June 8, 2019

Minutes will be posted when received.

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

YPFD May 18, 2019 Meeting minutes

link to: 20190518 YP Commissioners Meeting Notes FINAL.docx

Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please call to make sure I’m around before Memorial Day, bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.
Karaoke is back at The Corner! Choose your favorite songs from our online music library and entertain your friends up on stage through our professional sound system.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Summer Hours Daily 8AM to Close
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181 Note: Summer deliveries have started, call if you need propane.
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (June 10) overnight low of 39 degrees, mostly hazy sky this morning. Tree swallows taking feathers to nests, a few finches and jays. Pine and ground squirrels active. Airplane traffic. Overcast and light breezes mid-day. Flock of evening grosbeaks showed up, pinesiskins and finches on the feeders, one or two hummingbirds visiting. Mostly hazy mid-afternoon, warm but not so hot and some gusty breezes, high of 76 degrees. Quiet evening and calmer at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (June 11) overnight low of 39 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, a little haze. Tree swallows, robins and finches calling, pinesiskins and nuthatch visiting, pine and ground squirrels active. Vet Clinic today, good turn out. Very nice weather mid-day, sunny but not too warm. A couple of hummingbirds visiting. Pretty warm by mid-afternoon, lots of sunshine, high of 82 degrees. Warm evening, temperatures finally dropping a little after sundown and mostly clear sky. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (June 12) overnight low of 43 degrees, clear sky and warming up fast this morning. Airplane traffic. Lots of grosbeaks and finches calling, pinesiskins visiting and tree swallows flying high. Mostly clear and warm mid-day. Pine and ground squirrels active. Pretty warm by mid-afternoon thunderheads building up and light breezes, high of 86 degrees. Overcast by late afternoon. Warm overcast evening, feels a bit muggy. Thinner clouds at dusk, faint fuzzy moon high in the sky, robins calling. Power blipped off and on at 1128pm, again at 1141pm, and again at 1143pm.

Thursday (June 13) overnight low of 52 degrees, mostly hazy thin clouds this morning, warm and a little muggy. Airplane traffic. Swallows, finches, pinesiskins and robins calling. Chunky clouds mid-day, light breezes. White-breasted nuthatch visiting with the finches and couple of hummingbirds. Paintbrush and little purple penstemons blooming. About a 20 minute rain shower early afternoon, mostly cloudy, muggy and light breezes, high of 82 degrees. Ground and pine squirrels active, finches and pinesiskins visiting. Summer sounds of 4 wheelers and a lawn mower in the air. Warm and mostly cloudy evening, light breezes. Thin clouds at dusk, fuzzy fat moon. Small herd of elk near the Veteran’s Memorial before midnight, chirping and calling.

Friday (June 14) overnight low of 45 degrees, mostly high thin clouds this morning. 911 service was out. Early airplane traffic. Pine pollen speckled cars and roofs. Grosbeaks, finches and swallows calling. Life Flight landed at the new helipad and took out a patient. Mostly chunky clouds mid-day and getting pretty warm. More pinesiskins visiting than finches and swallows flying high. Partly cloudy, pretty warm and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 82 degrees. Pine, golden mantle and ground squirrels active. Increased vehicle traffic, streets are dusty. Partly cloudy evening, cooling off after sunset. Lots of hungry skeeters out. Bright waxing moon before midnight.

Saturday (June 15) overnight low of 42 degrees, clear sky this morning. Lots of early morning airplane traffic. Swallows taking feathers to nests. Mama pine squirrel and jays visiting. Local streets are dusty. A few clouds building up mid-day and warm. Light breezes and nice in the shade mid-afternoon, pretty warm out in the sun, high of 85 degrees. No-see-ums and lots of skeeters are out. Mostly clear by evening, cooling off after sunset. Partly cloudy at dusk, swallows flying low. Bright waxing moon before midnight.

Sunday (June 16) overnight low of 44 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. Swallows, pinesiskins and finches calling, ground and pine squirrels active. Mostly clear and pretty warm mid-day. A few grosbeaks with the finches and pinesiskins. Thunder heads building up to the southwest mid-afternoon, partly clear and plenty warm, high of 85 degrees. Lilacs are done and old blooms turning brown. Quiet evening. Swallow nest cam hooked up – she is setting on 6 eggs.
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Idaho News:

Hospital spokesman says pilot in plane crash in serious condition

Leslie Thompson The Argus Observer Jun 11, 2019

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This photo shows how close the plane was to clearing the fence. Malheur County Sheriff’s Office

Ontario [OR] — “Another fifty to sixty yards and he would have made it, that’s how close he was,” said Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe this morning about a plane that ran out of fuel just before it reached the Ontario Municipal Airport on Monday.

The crash happened at about 12:57 p.m.

The pilot, 88-year-old Jack Walker, of Yellow Pine, Idaho, was able to clear the power lines on Southwest 18th Avenue, according to the sheriff, before crashing down into some farm equipment, then into a fence that borders the airport.

Walker hit the windshield, suffering some facial injuries and ended up being transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario.

Dan Beaubien, manager, Ontario Municipal Airport, said “Every time another pilot goes down the rest of us are like, ‘Is he OK?’”

According to a hospital spokesman, he was then transported to Boise, where he is listed as in serious condition.

“Serious means vital signs may be unstable and indicators are questionable,” the spokesman said. “It’s not critical, which is good.”

Wolfe said that Walker, who also has a residence here in Vale, was operating a Cessna 180, which is a single-engine aircraft with two seats.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Oregon State Police and Treasure Valley Paramedics.

Wolfe said there was no indication of impairment, and that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have both been notified of the crash.

source: (pay wall)
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New rules for Valley Co. waterways: Failure to pass ordinance causes default to state law

by Sarah Jacobsen Saturday, June 15th 2019 (CBS 2)

“When Valley County sent out our draft ordinance, we felt we had done a decent job trying to separate the uses section that everyone has a place to recreate,” says Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank.

It’s back to the drawing board for commissioners, after outcry over a proposal that would have put environmental and water craft operating restrictions on Valley County’s waterways.

“Unfortunately after hearing the comments in the public hearing when we talked about the 1,000 ft that we would like to see the big wake boats and waves stay away from the beach for damage and erosion,” Cruickshank says. “People looked at that as we were asking for a 1,000 foot no wake zone and I think the public misinterpreted what we were trying to do.

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The best kayakers in the world arrive in Idaho for the North Fork Championship

Jun 12, 2019 By Steve Dent KIVI TV

Banks, ID — Several of the best kayakers in the world have already arrived in Idaho to prepare for the North Fork Championship, it’s the AWP’s World Championship of Extreme Kayaking and it’s happening right in our own backyard.

This week paddlers will test themselves on an expert section on the North Fork of the Payette River to see who has the fastest blades in the world.

“It’s the best continuous class five whitewater that you will find in the world,” said Adriene Levknecht from South Carolina. “It’s super fun and it is super rad to have people from all over the world to crash down these rapids and have some good lines.”

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‘Idaho is a great place to host this’: World kayaking championships hit the Payette River

Kayakers from more than 18 countries are competing in this year’s race.

Misty Inglet June 13, 2019 KTVB

Banks, Idaho — It’s considered one of the most extreme kayak races in the world and it’s happening in Idaho this weekend.

The North Fork Championships take place on the Payette River every year. But this year, the 8th annual NFC will also be the home of the world kayaking championships.

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Nez Perce Tribe to host cultural event in McCall June 21

The Star-News June 13, 2019

The Nez Perce Tribe will host a cultural event at Legacy and Depot parks in downtown McCall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 21. The event, titled Capáaya Qéelewit, meaning “soon reunion, a coming together of people”, will include a salmon bake, singing, dancing and a raffle for a “Weekend in McCall” package.

There is no fee to attend the event, but donations will be accepted for the meal. All the donations and proceeds from the meal and raffle will go to Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit 35-acre sanctuary located near McCall.

There will be vendors on site selling authentic handmade Nez Perce items. The tribe will also have informational booths for the various tribal departments and programs, explaining the work they do throughout the region.

“This is an area treasured by many, including the Nez Perce people. The region is part of the aboriginal homeland of the Nez Perce people where Tribal members regularly exercise their Treaty-reserved rights through hunting, fishing, and gathering,” said Shannon F. Wheeler, Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.

“The Tribe is excited to host what we hope will be an annual event so that we may come together to enjoy and share what we have in common with each other,” Wheeler said.

The tribe recently purchased Zims Hot Springs north of New Meadows and also operates offices for its fisheries program south of McCall.

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Another road closure reported on billionaire Wilks brothers’ Idaho land

by Savannah Cardon – Idaho Press Wednesday, June 12th 2019

Boise, ID — Another road closure in connection to Texas billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks has been reported north of Boise.

What’s in question is whether that road had been maintained using public tax dollars, which led the Idaho Wildlife Federation to dig into the newly discovered closure, according to Brian Brooks, the federation’s executive director. A video about the closure posted to the federation’s Facebook page has been circulating on social media, receiving more than 5,000 shares since last week.

The road, known as National Forest Road 645, cuts through what’s listed as DF Development LLC private property, a company owned by the Wilks brothers. Their company has purchased thousands of acres of Idaho land and has put up gates on popular U.S. Forest Services road outside of Boise over the last several years, the Associated Press reported.

Idaho’s outdoor enthusiasts — particularly those in Valley County — could be affected by the closure. The road, just west of Smiths Ferry, is a popular recreation route for hunters and ATV riders, according to Brooks.

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This H20’s For You: Anheuser-Busch donates 52 cases of water to local fire districts

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News June 13, 2019

Two pallets of emergency drinking water were delivered by beer giant Anheuser-Busch to the Donnelly Rural Fire Protection District last week in preparation for wildfire season.

The 1,248 12-ounce cans, or 52 cases, will be divided evenly between fire districts in Donnelly, McCall and Cascade, Donnelly Chief Juan Bonilla said.

The water will save the Donnelly district about $300 on keeping its 11 apparatus stocked with water this summer, Bonilla said.

“All of our vehicles have water, so we’ll distribute it through our whole fleet,” he said, noting the canned water is easier to stow in vehicles.

Firefighters and paramedics also distribute the water to patients, police officers and other emergency personnel when responding to calls.

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Valley County ponders ending recycling of plastics

Recycling centers will not accept ‘contaminated’ bales

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 13, 2019

Valley County commissioners said Monday they are considering no longer accepting plastic at the county’s recycling drop-off stations in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade.

Commissioners were told that the county’s plastic recycling is contaminated with garbage and unrecyclable plastics to the point that recycling centers are no longer accepting it.

The plastic is currently being sent to landfills in either Adams County or Payette County with the county’s garbage, said Scott Carnes, site manager for Lake Shore Disposal.

“By collecting it at the recycling centers, paying to have it hauled, paying to have it bailed, and just taking it up and put it in the waste stream, we’re doing a disservice to citizens of our county by adding cost to collection of that,” Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank said.

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ITD to install flood-control culvert in NM

2014 culverts blamed for making April flooding worse

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News June 13, 2019

An additional culvert to help prevent spring flood waters from backing up into the City of New Meadows will be installed along and under U.S. 95 later this year by the Idaho Transportation Department.

“ITD is moving forward with construction of an additional pipe because it addresses a concern raised by a valued partner, the City of New Meadows,” ITD spokesperson Jake Melder said.

The culvert will be located between Hubbard Road and South End Road on U.S. 95 and will serve as a “relief valve” for two existing culverts at South End Road, Melder said.

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Disaster declaration over April flooding in north-central Idaho

Jun 12, 2019 By Natasha Williams KIVI TV

President Donald Trump has approved a request from Idaho Governor Brad Little for a federal disaster declaration for north-central Idaho after major flooding caused by massive rainfall during April this year.

Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Representative Russ Fulcher applauded the president for quick action on the declaration.

Disastrous flooding in Adams, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Valley Counties caused significant damage to the area, as well as to the Nez Perce Reservation.

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Mining News:

Stibnite Advisory Council May 9, 2019 Meeting Summary

Attendance:
Lynn Imel – Yellow Pine
Ronda Rogers – Yellow Pine Alternate
Gene Tyler – Donnelly
Julie Good – New Meadows
Glenna Young – Cascade
Bob Crump – Riggins
Anne Labelle – Midas Gold Corp.
Laurel Sayer – Midas Gold Idaho
Excused:
Joe Iveson – Adams County
Denis Duman – Idaho County

Distributed on May 9, 2019 to Advisory Council

Stibnite Advisory Council will schedule regional public open house/informational events each year.

Stibnite Advisory Council will develop a resource document providing answers to questions from the communities.

At the request of the Stibnite Advisory Council, Midas Gold presented the fish tunnel design. The Council requested that the June presentation be on the Tailings Storage Facility.

The following working groups provided updates:
Workforce
Environmental
Supporting Industry
Transportation

Community representatives provided updates.

Stibnite Advisory Council tour of Stibnite project site has been rescheduled to September 12th. Meeting will be held from 1:30 – 2:30 @ The Corner restaurant in Yellow Pine (instead of the regularly scheduled meeting in Donnelly).

The Stibnite Advisory Council is creating a website as a community resource.
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State to host meeting in McCall Wed. on new mine law

The Star-News June 13, 2019

A public meeting will be held in McCall on Wednesday on writing rules to implement a new state law on mining in Idaho.

The meeting will be hosted by the Idaho Department of Lands starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Idaho First Bank, 475 E. Deinhard Ln. in McCall.

The meeting and others around the state will discuss rules to implement House Bill 141 passed by the 2019 Idaho Legislature to change the state’s Surface Mining Act.

The law changed the requirements for funding mine reclamation and remediation and requires that all reclamation tasks be completed and covered by financial assurance.

The financial assurance could use such methods as corporate guarantees and trusts.

The new law was endorsed by the Idaho Mining Association, of which Midas Gold is a member.

Midas Gold is seeking permission from the Payette National Forest to operate a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine in Valley County.

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Public Lands:

Fire chief urges people to stay away from logjam on the Payette River: ‘It’s an extremely high-risk rescue if at all possible’

Crews are waiting on a logging company to remove the blockage.

Shirah Matsuzawa June 11, 2019 KTVB

Boise County, Idaho — Despite the best efforts of fire crews, a logjam on the Payette River is still creating hazardous conditions for rafters and kayakers.

The logjam is located near mile marker 4 on Banks-Lowman Road, on the south fork of the Payette. Last month, crews set the logjam on fire to burn off as much of it as possible. Since then, multiple agencies, including Garden Valley Fire, have put together a plan to remove it.

“We were working with a logging company out of Horseshoe Bend to see if they could get in there and pull the logs back across the river and up to the roadway to get rid of them,” Garden Valley Fire Chief Jon Delvalle said.

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Idaho fire season delayed but approaching, according to NIFC

Jun 10, 2019 By Jessica Taylor KIVI TV

Boise — 2019 has been a historically wet spring, which means fire year is having a later start. At this point last year, there was already quite a bit of fire activity, but just because we’re not experiencing it right now doesn’t mean it’s not coming.

The Bureau of Land Management says there aren’t any specific areas of concern, but the southern portion of Idaho is where they’ve seen a lot of grass growth due to the wet spring. Officials say that area could experience fire activity as early as the end of this month if we get hot and dry temperatures. That’s not the case for the higher elevations.

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Stack Rock Trail connection under construction; Public asked to avoid use until it is complete

Boise, Idaho, June 10, 2019 — The Mountain Home Ranger District and City of Boise are working to complete construction of a new trail connection from the Stack Rock Trailhead into the Ridge to Rivers Trail system.

Construction of the new trail connection to Stack Rock Trail began May 22, 2019, and is expected to be completed by late summer barring any unforeseen circumstances. The public is asked to refrain from using the parking lot and to stay off the trail while it is under construction for safety concerns.

“I know people are very excited to use the parking lot and trail, but we need to allow the contractor the time and space to complete the construction,” said Mountain Home District Ranger Stephaney Kerley. “If the contractor has to navigate around the public, it will not only delay the completion of the project but it could put someone at risk.” As soon as the work is complete and open for use, the public will be notified.

The trailhead and parking area were completed in the fall of 2018 by the Ada County Highway District using grants received through the Federal Lands Access Program. The timing of construction for the trailhead coincided with Ada County’s Bogus Basin road safety improvements project, however the new connecting trail had not yet been approved and therefore construction had to be delayed.

For more information, contact the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961 and visit us on the web at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/boise
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USDA proposes changes to environmental policy

June 13, 2019 Local News 8

Washington D..C. (KIFI/KIDK) – The USDA Forest Service released a proposed rule Thursday that would change how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act. (You can review the proposal here.)

USDA claims the changes would give the Forest Service tools and flexibility to manage public lands.

“We are committed to doing the work to protect people and infrastructure from catastrophic wildfire. With millions of acres in need of treatment, years of costly analysis and delays are not an acceptable solution – especially when data and experience show us we can get this work done with strong environmental protection standards as well as protect communities, livelihoods and resources,” said USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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USFS Regional Intermountain Wildfire Newsletter Special Issue

June 12, 2019 Forest Service Intermountain Region

Contents:
Please, don’t fly your drone near a wildfire!
Drones are Dangerous Near Wildfires
Smokey’s 75th Birthday!!
Fire and Forest Health
Intermountain Region Wildfire Activity Map
Great Basin Fire Potential Outlook for June 12, 2019
Fire Potential Outlook for June 2019
and more…

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Letter to Share:

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

Greetings from Mystic Farm.

The fawns are coming in! Of the five babes so far (four boys/one girl), all but one have been warranted rescues, i.e., doe killed by car or predator. The last one, unfortunately, was picked up needlessly and kept for four days before Mystic Farm was called. That always makes me both sad and angry. Public education is the key! Remember, if you come across a fawn, DO NOT TOUCH! Mom is more than likely close by. Like I say…”DON’T BE A FAWN NAPPER.” I have walked people through what to do if you find a fawn – (or if you have already “rescued” a fawn) – numerous times over the last few days. I always answer my phone…so if any doubts, call me!

On a happier note: How cute are these little guys already learning to take their bottles from the bottle rack?

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Thank you for your continued support. Couldn’t do any of this without all of you…

Gratitude,
Dory and all
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
208 241-7081
Sagle, ID
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Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary

McCall

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Critter News:

Hot Asphalt Awareness For Dogs

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As the summer gets hotter, so does the pavement. You might not realize because you’re wearing shoes, but the asphalt soaks up heat all day and can severely burn your dogs paws. At 125 degrees Fahrenheit, skin destruction can happen in just 60 seconds.

An easy way to test the temperature of a surface is to put the back of your hand to the ground for 7 seconds, if it’s too hot to leave your hand against the surface then it’s too hot for your pups pads. Many surfaces can heat up quickly throughout the day, if you are walking your dog on sand, cement, or asphalt on a warm day be sure to test it first.

While these temperature correlations represent extreme conditions they demonstrate the possibility of the ground becoming way too hot for your dogs paws. Just like leaving your dog in the car when it’s hot out can quickly be fatal, taking your dog out can be just as detrimental.

If your dog must be out and about when it’s hot, pick up some dog shoes to help protect those precious paws.

Be smart, check before you walk.

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Pet Talk – What is ‘cherry eye’ in dogs?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt June 14, 2019 IME

A small gland is on the back side of the third eyelid, the side that lies against the eyeball. The third eye is called the nictitating membrane. It is the eyelid that owls use to slide over their eye. Normally the gland of the third eyelid is not seen. Only when the gland gets infected does it enlarge and protrude from the third eyelid.

A small ligament that holds the gland in place stretches or breaks for unknown reasons. When the gland suddenly breaks free of its attachment, it protrudes over the third eyelid and looks like a small cherry, thus “cherry eye.” The gland produces about 35 percent of the watery tears, and the longer it stays out and exposed, the less functional it becomes. If the gland becomes nonfunctional, then tear production diminishes to the point that a “dry eye” occurs, which causes chronic infection and even blindness.

A smooth round, pink mass is visible in the corner of the eye nearest the nose. The mass looks like a cherry pit, thus “cherry eye.” The condition is not usually painful. A thorough ocular exam is always performed, especially a test to measure tear productions and using stains to make sure that the cornea has not been damaged.

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Authorities and owners still searching for answers after 5 animals are shot

By Max Cohan June 13, 2019 Local News 8

Hatch, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – It’s been more than two weeks since five animals were discovered shot on a remote piece of private land in the Chesterfield area, leaving authorities and the animals’ owner searching for answers.

“I think it was a senseless, random act of violence,” rancher Grant Simons said.

Simons and his wife own a ranch with more than 800 cows and bulls, spread out over thousands of acres of land in Southeastern Idaho.

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Rabid bat found in Bingham County

Jun 12, 2019 Local News 8

Bingham County, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) has confirmed a bat has tested positive for rabies in Bingham County.

This is the first bat to test positive for rabies in Idaho this year.

Last year, 12 bats tested positive for rabies in Idaho.

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Salmonella cases in Idaho linked to backyard chickens

So far, 279 people in 41 states – including Idaho – have been infected with the outbreak Salmonella strain this year.

KTVB June 14, 2019

Boise, Idaho — The Center for Disease Control says a multi-state salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people nationwide is linked to contact with backyard poultry.

So far, 279 people in 41 states – including Idaho – have been infected with the outbreak Salmonella strain this year. According to the CDC, four of those cases were in Idaho.

… Those who have or handle backyard poultry should always wash their hands with soap and water immediately after touching the birds or anything in their area, including coops and equipment. In addition, people should not let chickens come inside the house, and should stay outdoors when cleaning cages, feeders, water dispensers or other equipment.

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Mosquito season creeps in as weather warms up

Jun 13, 2019 KIVI

Boise, Idaho — As the heat of summer moves into the Treasure Valley, so will the mosquitoes.

Canyon County began mosquito abatement mid-March and reported typical spring-like conditions for the pests.

While West Nile wasn’t reported in Ada County until early August last year, the virus typically shows up in mid-June.

Horses, pets and livestock can all get the virus.

In order to keep the bugs at bay, remove stagnant water around your property and wear repellent.

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Fish & Game News:

Mother Nature knows best; leave young wildlife alone

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, June 13, 2019

June is the peak fawning and calving season for Idaho’s deer, elk and antelope herds. With camping and the outdoors season well underway, well-meaning citizens often find baby animals that seem to be abandoned. Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking people to leave them alone. If a female deer returns to find people milling around their young they will often leave the area and come back when the people are gone. By then it is sometimes too late.

Unlike humans, white-tailed deer mothers do not spend much time with their fawns for the first few weeks after giving birth. Deer fawns are nearly scentless at birth; however the doe has scent. Mothers will keep their distance from their young to avoid leading predators to them.

“Our office gets several calls and folks bring baby animals to the office every year,” says Clay Hickey, Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager. “Even though their intentions are good, it isn’t the best thing for the animals.”

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Tuesday session in Cascade to advise on feeding game

The Star-News June 13, 2019

A session on Tuesday in Cascade will advise local residents about feeding deer and other game in town.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley will host an open hose between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cascade City Hall. A presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m.

Berkley will point out the pitfalls of feeding big game by people who wants too see deer up close.

“The best advise to avoid feeding big game; it tends to have more downside than upside, she said.

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Fish and Game releases winter survival rates for elk, deer

More than half of the radio-collared mule deer fawns they were monitoring died in the freezing weather, biologists say.

KTVB June 11, 2019

Boise, Idaho — More young mule deer perished during Idaho’s freezing winter months than monitors expected, but elk fared better, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

In all, just 42 percent of radio-collared mule deer fawns made it through the winter, well below the average survival rate of 58 percent. Fish and Game officers say February’s significant snowstorms, followed by a cool and wet spring, contributed to the number of deaths.

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F&G Commission opens Chinook fishing season on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, June 13, 2019 –

Fishing will be on hatchery fish destined for the Selway River that are usually caught in the Lower Clearwater

Fish and Game Commissioners on June 13 opened Chinook salmon fishing effective immediately on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River to allow anglers the opportunity to harvest hatchery fish bound for the Selway River that are normally caught in the Lower Clearwater River, which did not have a Chinook season during spring.

… Fisheries managers did not propose a fishing season on the South Fork of the Salmon River because the run appears to be too small to support fishing, but managers will continue to monitor fish counts over the dams and may still open a fishery there if the run can support it.

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Meet a cuddly baby dugong named Marium

June 14, 2019 Associated Press

A baby dugong that has developed an attachment to humans after getting lost in the ocean off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that she can one day fend for herself.

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Seasonal Humor:

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June 9, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

June 9, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Note: Boil Water order still in effect. Stibnite road is still closed at Tamarack Creek and Profile road has snow at the summit and now a big tree down on this end. See road reports.

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
June 11 – Yellow Pine Vet Clinic
June 15 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 27 – Noxious Weed Spray day
June 29 – Highland Games
July 2 – Ice Hole Campground opens
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 7 – Annual YPWUA Meeting 10am Community Center
July 13 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 20 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sept 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

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Local Events:

June 11 – Vet Day

Last chance to get on the list. On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list. If you have questions, contact rrSue via email.
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June 29 – Highland Games

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

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

We have a confirmed date of Thursday, June 27th for the Yellow Pine Noxious weed spray day. Mark your calendars, hope to see you there.

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I have June 27, 2019 marked on my calendar.

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

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

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

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

First Fire June 6th

A report of a small fire across the river from Golden Gate Camp ground on Thursday. Forest Service sent crews.
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Power Outages

June 6th the power blipped off and back on around 545pm. Then the power went out just before midnight for about 2 hours. Cause unknown, however, a report that the fire and the power outage may have been related.
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Dust Abatement

I am in process of obtaining cost and date information. Please let me know if you are interested in dust abatement this year.

Deb Filler, fillerd2 @ live.com, 208.633.6945
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Spring Fuel Delivery

Diamond Fuel & Feed will be going to the back country soon. They are waiting for Johnson Creek to open up and dry out enough for their truck to travel on. If you would like to be put on the schedule for fuel delivery please call the office at 208-382-4430 and let them know.

Thanks, Megan 5/15/2019
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report on May 30 that the Transfer Station bins were empty. Reports of issues with the burn pile already. READ the SIGNS!

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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Roads

Profile Creek Road

A report this afternoon (June 9) that there is a big tree down across Profile Creek Road, about a mile up from the turnoff from the EFSF road. It was described to be as big around as our 500 gallon propane tank.

Johnson Creek Road

June 1st: some folks made it in via Landmark, some trees down. Not “officially” open yet, travel at your own risk. Road to the dump is bumpy.

Stibnite Road Update June 7 (from Midas Gold):

Work continues to fully reopen Stibnite Road. OK Gravel will be back in Yellow Pine early next week to complete the stretch of road where work has been authorized. Valley County is still waiting to receive permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on repairing the final section of Stibnite Road impacted by the avalanche. Once Valley County receives its new permit, it will take at least another week of clearing and construction to make the road passable. Everyone on the project remains committed to opening the road as safely and quickly as possible.
The storms that passed through the Yellow Pine area late this week caused some trees to fall on Stibnite Road. Midas Gold employees are working to remove the fallen trees and debris from the road.
link to Midas Gold FB gallery:

Stibnite Road Update June 9 (from Midas Gold)

Late Friday, the Valley County Road Superintendent received the final permit needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to start work on the last section of the washed out road. Work will start on Monday.
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Tick Season

Lots of ticks this year. Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks. Tick bite paralysis affected a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.


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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

June 1st started 6-day a week mail delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

It is denning season for wolves and coyotes and they will be very aggressive towards dogs.

Watch for mean mamma does this time of year – they will stomp your dogs! A while back an eagle was attacking duck decoys on the edge of the village, sharp shinned hawks are around.

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

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:

Water Update June 7

1. The “boil order” is still in effect.
2. There is still large water leaks in the system. We continue to look.
3. A grant for $39,000 was approved for improvements to the system.
3. Work is currently being done on the new contact tank.
4. Please, no lawn watering until we find and repair the major leaks.
– Steve Holloway

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

link to: 2018 September Water Department Update.docx

2019 YPWUA Yearly Meeting

Sunday July 7th 10am Community Center

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Current Account
B. Budget
C. Future rate increases
D. New Procedure Actions for Non-Payment

2. Operations Report – Steve
A. Current Operations
B. Chlorine levels
C. Grant and work necessary
D. Boil Order Notification
E. Future Grants
F. Summer lawn watering

3. Election of Board Members
A. Dawn Brown and Stu Edwards, both are automatically nominated
Only shareholders can run and vote

4. Questions
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VYPA News:

There was a Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting June 8, 2019

Minutes will be posted when received.

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

There was a YPFD meeting on May 18th at the Fire Hall. Minutes will be posted when received.

Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10:00am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

-JF
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please call to make sure I’m around before Memorial Day, bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.
Karaoke is back at The Corner! Choose your favorite songs from our online music library and entertain your friends up on stage through our professional sound system.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Summer Hours Daily 8AM to Close
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181 Note: Summer deliveries have started, call if you need propane.
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – If you would like to be put on the schedule for fuel delivery please call the office at 208-382-4430 and let them know. Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (June 3) overnight low of 44 degrees, mostly clear this morning – some high haze. Finches, swallows calling and ground squirrels chirping. Lilac in full bloom. Clouds building up during the morning and a little breezy. Mostly cloudy mid-day, warm and light breezes. Dump trucks going up the main road, streets are drying out and getting dusty. Ground squirrels active. Partly cloudy and quite warm mid-afternoon and light breezes, high of 80 degrees. Skeeters are out and hungry! Cooling off some by late evening and mostly clear. Partly hazy before midnight.

Tuesday (June 4) overnight low of 41 degrees, clear sky this morning, light breeze and roofs wet with dew. Finches and swallows calling. Shot fired on the golf course 1141am. A few clouds, warm and light breezes mid-day. Wonky sounding airplane around 315pm (looks like a fly-in on the web-cam.) Pretty warm by mid-afternoon, mostly clear sky and light breezes, high of 79 degrees. Warm evening, mostly clear at dusk, swallows flying around and skeeters out. Robins calling at dusk.

Wednesday (June 5) overnight low of 38 degrees, clear sky this morning and moderate dew. Morning air traffic. Swallows and finches calling. Tiger swallowtail butterfly on the lilac bush. Mail truck made it in on time, now coming in via Johnson Creek. A couple little clouds mid-day, light breeze and warm. Amerigas came in and will be back probably next week, call if you need propane. A few small clouds by mid-afternoon, warm and breezy, high of 81 degrees. Streets are dusty. Some high wispy clouds by evening, warm and light breeze. Cloudy at dusk. Calm before midnight.

Thursday (June 6) overnight low of 42 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Finches and swallows calling, ground squirrels active. Mostly cloudy and gusty breezes before noon. Strong wind gusts early afternoon. A few finches and a raven calling, not as many swallows flying. Overcast and blustery mid-afternoon, high of 76 degrees. Pine squirrel “complaining” and finches twittering from the trees. Power blipped off and back on around 545pm. Wind, hail and rain for a short time before 7pm, then light steady rain after 8pm. Robins calling in the rain at dusk. Power out just before midnight – lasted for about 2 hours. (Got a report that there was a lightning strike fire across the river from Golden Gate campground, power outage was probably related.)

Friday (June 7) overnight low of 39 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy this morning. Finches, pinesiskins, robins and swallows calling, pine squirrel visiting, ground squirrels active. Cool, cloudy and breezy mid-day. Rufus hummingbird visiting. Sprinkles of rain on and off in the afternoon, overcast and breezy, high of 53 degrees. Stellar jay, finches, grosbeaks and pinesiskins visiting. Rain and a little bit of snow late afternoon to early evening, cloudy, cool and breezy. Mourning dove visiting. Low clouds and light rain at dusk. Rain quit way before midnight, still breezy. Calm after midnight.

Saturday (June 8) overnight low of 31 degrees, partly clear sky and light breezes this morning. A few swallows and a mourning dove flying, robins and finches calling. Ground and pine squirrels active. Overcast before noon and chilly breezes. Dark threatening clouds most of the day. Sprinkled a little bit mid-afternoon, cool and breezy, then breaks in the clouds to the north and dark clouds to the south, high of 57 degrees. Mourning dove, cassins finches, pinesiskins and jays visiting. Partly clear sky by late afternoon. Doe boinging around on the golf course before dusk. Thinner patchy clouds and cooling off quickly at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Sunday (June 9) overnight low of 28 degrees, clear sky this morning. Early air and ground traffic. Swallows, finches and pinesiskins calling. A few tiny clouds by mid-day and light breezes. Jays and evening grosbeaks joined the finches, a trio of hummingbirds visiting, pine and ground squirrels active. Increased traffic. Very pleasant mid-afternoon, some high haze and light breezes, high of 70 degrees. More evening grosbeaks, jays and a couple of hummingbirds visiting. Overcast by evening, calmer and not cooling off too quickly. Quiet.
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Idaho News:

Volunteers improve trail to 2006 helicopter crash memorial

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 6, 2019

Volunteers spent several days last month making improvements to a trail near Yellow Pine that goes to a memorial for the victims of a 2006 helicopter crash.

The work was done on the trail to the memorial for four people who died Aug. 13, 2006, when the helicopter hit a tree, crashed and burned while on a routine mission.

Payette National Forest employees from the Krassel Ranger District spent several days hauling gravel, moving rocks and improving the trail, which starts on the East Fork South Fork Salmon River Road about 11 miles west of Yellow Pine.

The memorial was originally built in 2009, and the improvements allow easier access to the memorial site and provide a more comfortable area to sit and reflect.

The work was funded by more than $2,300 collected in a fundraiser held last September by the owners of The Corner in Yellow Pine, Midas Gold and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

A pig feed and trail run to the Williams Peak Lookout purchased supplies for the trail work, Matt Huber of The Corner said.

The money also will be used to buy plaques at the site for the firefighters who died, Huber said.

Raising support and awareness for the wildland fire community is important, especially in Yellow Pine, which is a fire-prone community, Huber said.

… Plans are underway to hold another fundraiser this September, Huber said. For information, contact Huber at matt@ypcorner.com or 208-633-3325.

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Cruickshank speaks at Boise rally for federal funding bill

By Tom Grote for The Star-News June 6, 2019

Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank was among the speakers at a rally in Boise last week supporting legislation in Congress to provide federal funding for rural counties.

The rally on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol was attended by Idaho senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, both Republicans, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.

The senators announced reintroduction of the Forest Management for Rural Stability Act, which the sponsors said would create a long-term solution for rural forest counties.

The act would replace the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, which was passed to make up for depleted payments once generated by timber receipts on federal lands.

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Valley County property values increase $500 million

South end of Lake Cascade sees largest growth

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 6, 2019

Valley County property values increased by more than $500 million from last year’s assessment, according to a report presented on Monday to Valley County commissioners.

Total 2019 assessed value throughout the county came to about $4.53 billion, up from $4.03 billion in 2018, Valley County Assessor June Fullmer told commissioners meeting at the Valley County Courthouse.

Assessment notices for Valley County property owners were mailed this week.

… Values countywide increased by about 11%. Values in McCall increased by 11%, values in Donnelly increased by about 16% and Cascade saw a 7% increase, the commissioners were told. All the percentages cited were averages.

… A 5% decrease in value was seen in backcountry properties such as Yellow Pine.

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June 20 deadline noted to pay Adams, Valley property taxes

The Star-News June 6, 2019

June 20 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for property owners in Adams and Valley counties to pay the second half of their yearly property taxes.

Late charges and interest will begin on June 21, with interest retroactive from Jan. 1, 2019, so mailed payments should be correctly stamped by date.

The treasurers’ offices in both counties are open during the lunch hour Mondays through Fridays.

Valley County accepts credit card payments at http://co.valley.id.us or by calling 208-382-7110.

In Adams County, payments can be placed in the drop box at the main courthouse entrance in Council.

The office has credit card, debit card or echeck payment options online at http://co.adams.id.us or by calling 208- 253-4263 Ext. 6 for questions.

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No More Explosions

Fire districts, propane providers draft rules for safer installations

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News June 6, 2019

Garrett de Jong does not want a repeat of the horrific scene that he viewed on March 17 when a propane explosion obliterated a house in McCall.

That is why de Jong has recruited local propane providers to form a coalition that wants to make law on propane installations among the most restrictive in the nation.

De Jong has signed up the Cascade and Donnelly fire districts and five suppliers of propane to Valley County to draft an ordinance that would standardize rules for installing propane service to endure the rigors of winter weather.

National fire codes only suggest precautions to keep snow from breaking propane lines and snapping off regulators, but the proposed ordinance would state specific requirements.

“We need to build systems that are capable of withstanding the winter months in Valley County without maintenance,” de Jong said. “There are way too many second homes that do not get maintained, shoveled, etc.”

The current draft being circulated would require second stage regulators to be placed on the gable end of roofs or a location approved by the local building officials.

Second-stage regulators are installed along the edge of homes and manage propane flows to appliances.

‘The placement would help reduce the risk of snow shedding from roofs and damaging the regulators.

Snow shields would be required over all regulators and piping to protect them from breaks caused by sliding snow or the pressure of built-up snow.

Flexible pipe also would be required to allow pipes to move under the weight of snow or other forces instead of shearing off.

The new rules would apply only to new construction, while existing installations could not be required to be upgraded, de Jong said.

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photo by Drew Dodson/The Star-News

AmeriGas Operations Supervisor Les Topliff explains the importance of installing snow shields over second stage regulators to help prevent propane leaks caused by shedding snow from roofs smashing into the equipment.

source: The Star-News June 6, 2019
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see also:

‘The intent of this is to keep homes safe’: McCall fire chief looks for safer installs on propane regulators

Following an explosion, the McCall fire protection district is looking to enact stricter regulations when it comes to propane gas regulators on homes.

Joey Prechtl June 7, 2019 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — A push in Valley County is attempting place in stricter regulations around propane regulators on residences. This follows a house explosion in McCall in March and amid increased calls across the board for propane leaks. The McCall Fire District is trying to make changes to protect homes in the future.

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[Note: Amerigas is starting spring deliveries to Yellow Pine, contact them to check for leaks.]
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Woman unhurt after tree topples onto pickup in McCall

A driver escaped serious injury Sunday night when a tree fell onto her pickup truck in McCall, smashing the vehicle.

KTVB June 6, 2019

McCall, Idaho — A driver escaped serious injury Sunday evening when a tree fell onto her pickup truck in McCall, smashing the vehicle.

According to McCall Fire and EMS, the woman was driving on Lick Creek Road when the incident happened. She veered off the roadway and crashed into the tree, breaking it off. The tree then toppled across the road, landing on the cab of her pickup.

The driver was able to crawl out of the wreckage before paramedics arrived. Fire officials say she was taken to the hospital as a precaution but had only very minor injuries.

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Mudslide traps people near Sawtooth Lodge in Grandjean

Boise County Emergency Management says everyone is accounted for and no one is in danger.

KTVB June 3, 2019

Grandjean, Idaho — A mudslide has trapped people near the Sawtooth Lodge.

It happened around 8 o’clock last night.

Boise County Emergency Management says those who are trapped are all accounted for and are not in danger. But travel to the lodge is restricted to four-wheel drive vehicles.

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Higher elevations still hold 70% of winter snow

Jun 07, 2019 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – After tallying up the month’s precipitation totals, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released its June Water Supply Outlook for the 2019 water year.

According to the service, May precipitation was above normal in the southern half of the state, especially south of the Snake River basin, while the Idaho Panhandle received less than normal moisture.

In the upper Snake Basin, sites north of Jackson were drier than normal during May, while southeast Idaho and other sites in southwest Wyoming were especially wet. Regional snowpack remains above normal at higher elevations, some still holding 70% or more of this season’s snow.

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Kroger recalls frozen berries over possible hepatitis A contamination

The recalled frozen berries were sold across the country at grocery stores owned by Kroger.

Associated Press June 8, 2019

Grocery stores owned by Kroger across the country are recalling store-label frozen berries because they might be contaminated with hepatitis A.

There have been no reported illnesses.

The stores include Kroger, Ralphs, Fry’s, Fred Meyer and other chains . The recalled fruit are branded “Private Selection” and include “Frozen Triple Berry Medley” in the 16-oz. and 48-oz. sizes and “Frozen Blackberries” in a 16-oz package.

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Mining News:

State to host meeting in McCall June 19 on new mine law

The Star-News June 6, 2019

A public meeting will be held in McCall on June 19 on writing rules to implement a new state law on mining in Idaho.

The meeting will be hosted by the Idaho Department of Lands starting at 1 p.m. June 19 at Idaho First Bank, 475 E. Deinhard Ln. in McCall.

The meeting and others around the state will discuss rules to implement House Bill 141 passed by the 2019 Idaho Legislature to change the state’s Surface Mining Act.

The law changed the requirements for funding mine reclamation and remediation and requires that all reclamation tasks be completed and covered by financial assurance.

The financial assurance could use such methods as corporate guarantees and trusts.

The new law was endorsed by the Idaho Mining Association, of which Midas Gold is a member.

Midas Gold is seeking permission from the Payette National Forest to operate a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine in Valley County.

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Nez Perce Tribe provides Notice of Intent to sue Midas Gold

Indian Country Today June 6, 2019 News Release Nez Perce Tribe

Yesterday, the Nez Perce Tribe issued a 60-Day Notice of Intent to sue Midas Gold Corporation (“Midas Gold”), a Canadian mining company, under the federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”) for illegally discharging arsenic and other harmful pollutants at the proposed Stibnite Gold Project (“Project”) site. The Project is located at the headwaters of the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River (“EFSFSR”) on the Payette National Forest in central Idaho. Additionally, the Project is located within the Tribe’s aboriginal territory and is subject to the Tribe’s fishing, hunting, gathering, and pasturing rights reserved in the 1855 Treaty with the United States.

The Nez Perce people, or Nimiipuu, continue to exercise their Treaty-reserved rights across their vast aboriginal territory and at their traditional places, including areas within and surrounding, and in waters directly downstream of the proposed Project site. The federal public lands — on which the Project is partially located — provide irreplaceable habitat for iconic, culturally-significant resources including spring/summer Chinook salmon, steelhead, bull trout, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep.

“Midas Gold’s unlawful discharge of pollutants into waters within and below their proposed Stibnite Gold Mine threatens Nez Perce Treaty rights,” stated Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Shannon F. Wheeler. “Midas Gold portrays itself as a socially-responsible mining company committed to environmental restoration of the area. Contrary to their public promises, the data clearly show that Midas Gold is harming the environment.”

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Midas Gold’s Plan to Address Previous Water Contamination in Stibnite Mining District

June 6 – Midas Gold

Midas Gold has been advised the Nez Perce Tribe intends to initiate legal action against the company and its subsidiaries over water quality impacts related to historical mining activity undertaken prior to Midas Gold’s involvement in the site.

Water quality in the historical Stibnite Mining District has been impacted by more than a century of mining activity, most of which took place before modern environmental regulations existed. In 2016, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., an Idaho-based mining company that has never operated in the district, submitted a Plan of Restoration and Operations to improve water quality and fix the long-standing environmental issues facing the site as part of its proposed Stibnite Gold Project. Despite this proposal, the Nez Perce Tribe recently announced its intent to sue Midas Gold over its concerns of high concentrations of arsenic and other contaminants in the water at the site.

“We have long shared the Nez Perce Tribe’s concerns over water quality in the Stibnite Mining District and we are well aware of the site’s historically degraded water quality,” said Laurel Sayer, CEO of Midas Gold Idaho. “Filing a lawsuit will not fix the problem. Instead, the site needs to be cleaned up, a point on which we are certain the Tribe can agree with.”

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Public Lands:

Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project DRAFT Decision Notice – Opportunity to Object

6/6/2019

Dear Interested Party,

The Boise National Forest, Idaho City Ranger District has completed the Environmental Assessment / Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) and the Draft Decision Notice (DN) for the Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project (BBEF Project). The EA/FONSI and Draft DN is available on the project website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49262.

Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz is the Responsible Official for this project. The project area is located in multiple places approximately ½ mile northwest, ½ mile south, and one mile east of Idaho City, Idaho, in Boise County, Idaho.

The Forest Supervisor has selected to implement the Proposed Action as identified in the Draft DN. The Proposed Action implements vegetation management treatments (commercial timber harvest, submerchantable [non-commercial] thinning, and prescribed burning) and associated road management activities on approximately 9,942 acres. All treatments with commercial product removal will be followed by submerchantable thinning and activity fuel abatement treatments. Transportation management activities will include constructing 4.6 miles of new National Forest System roads. These roads will be classified as Maintenance Level 2 roads (open to administrative use only). Additional transportation management activities include constructing 7.4 miles of temporary roads that will be decommissioned after project activities and will not be added to the National Forest Transportation System. To facilitate commercial sawlog removal, 91 miles of road maintenance activities will be conducted. The Project will make no changes to the Motor Vehicle Use Map. An estimated 43,509 CCF of wood products will be provided to local/regional processing facilities.

Eligibility to File Objection

This project is subject to objection pursuant to 36 CFR 218, subparts A and B. Objections will be accepted only from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with § 218.5(a). Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted timely, specific, written comments regarding the proposed project unless they are based on new information arising after designated opportunities.

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

Content of an Objection

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

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

Filing an Objection

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

Send written objections, including any attachments, to: Objection Reviewing Officer, Intermountain Region USFS, 324 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401; or fax to 801-625-5277; or by email to: objections-intermtn-regional-office@fs.fed.us, within 45 days following the publication date of this legal notice in the newspaper of record (Idaho Statesman, June 6, 2019). The Ogden, Utah office’s business hours for those submitting hand-delivered objections are: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Email objections must be submitted in a format such as an email message, pdf, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), and Word (.doc or .docx). It is the responsibility of Objectors to ensure their objection is received in a timely manner (§ 218.9). Objections may also be submitted through a web form on the Boise Basin Experimental Forest Project webpage (https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49262). To submit an objection using the web form, select “Comment/Object on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel of the project’s webpage.

Objections received in response to this request will be available for public inspection in the “Public Comment/Objection Reading Room” on the Project webpage. An objection, including attachments, must be submitted or postmarked with the reviewing officer within 45 days of the publication of this legal notice. The publication date of this legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. The legal notice and project documents are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=49262. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source. Additional information about this project may be obtained from Brian Lawatch, Team Leader, at brian.lawatch@usda.gov or by phone at 208-590-3345.
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Trail Break

Flooding topples trestle along Weiser River Trail

By Max Silverson for The Star-News June 6, 2019

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Pat Trainor peered over the splintered edge where a trestle once bridged the Weiser River. The span was engineered to hold the weight of a fully loaded train, but rushing April floodwaters brought the small section of the Weiser River Trail crashing down.

Repairs to the trail are expected to cost upwards of $65,000, said Trainor, who is the president of the nonprofit group, Friends of the Weiser River Trail.

Hardest hit was the Lortz Trestle, which crosses the Weiser River about 17 miles south of the trail’s north most point at the Wye Campground.

The trestle was 154 feet long and about 20 feet above the water level, but a logjam put force on the middle support, eventually causing it to wash away. A 60-foot steel girder then fell into the river.

Timber and decking were washed away, but the girder came to rest on the riverbed below.

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Idaho’s had its first lightning-caused forest fire already this season

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, June 3rd 2019

Salmon, Idaho (CBS 2) — Wildfire season in Idaho is apparently off and running in the Gem State.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest on Monday said that it saw the first lightning-caused fire of the season. The Next Gen fire was reported Thursday morning about eight and a half miles southwest of Salmon.

The fire only grew to one-tenth of an acre and was out later that day.

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Smoke from Washington wildfire impacts North Idaho, Spokane area air quality

Hazy skies are covering the Inland Northwest as winds push wildfire smoke into the region.

KREM June 5, 2019

Spokane, Wash. — Air quality remains a concern in the Inland Northwest as a wildfire continues to burn more than 5,000 acres in central Washington.

Authorities say the Highway 243 Fire sparked near Royal City at about 9 p.m. on Monday. It has since prompted Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuations in the surrounding area.

The fire is threatening homes, crops and infrastructure, authorities said.

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Study: US West forest fires release less carbon than thought

by Keith Ridler Associated Press Tuesday, June 4th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Researchers at the University of Idaho say the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from forest fires in the U.S. West is being greatly overestimated, possibly leading to poor land management decisions.

Researchers in the study published last week in the journal Global Change Biology say many estimates are 59% to 83% higher than what is found based on field observations.

… The researchers say it’s important to correct overestimates of carbon released during forest fires because federal and local governments use such estimates when making land management decisions for activities such as logging.

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Fish Habitat Restoration Work Resumes in the Yankee Fork Watershed

Amy Baumer Salmon Challis NF Jun 6, 2019

With winter snows melting, project managers are resuming work on the Bonanza Stream Restoration Project. The project, which is located near the historic Bonanza town site in the Yankee Fork drainage, will restore nearly a mile of the Yankee Fork that was impacted by dredge mining to a more natural condition. Among other benefits, the project will substantially improve the ability of the Yankee Fork to support Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout, all of which are listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Chuck Mark, Forest Supervisor for the Salmon-Challis National Forest, said, “This aquatics restoration work is another essential component of the greater region-wide effort to recover these listed fish species.”

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BLM to host public meetings on draft resource management plan for southwestern Idaho

Date: June 3, 2019
Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host four meetings to inform the public and allow for comments on the recently released Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the BLM Four Rivers Field Office.

All meetings will be in an open house format with technical specialists and managers available to answer questions.

June 18, 2019
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
BLM Boise District Office
3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705

June 25, 2019
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Weiser High School
690 W Indianhead Rd, Weiser, ID 83672

June 26, 2019
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Emmett Junior High School
301 E 4th St, Emmett, ID 83617

June 27, 2019
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mountain Home Junior High School
1600 E 6th S St, Mountain Home, ID 83647

The BLM Four Rivers Field Office covers approximately 783,000 acres of public lands stretching from Glenns Ferry northwest to Weiser and north to McCall. This Draft RMP/EIS is currently open for public comments through Aug. 22, 2019.

The purpose of publishing this Draft RMP/EIS is to inform the public about potential management options and to allow for comments on the range of alternatives being considered. The BLM will then use comments to revise the Draft RMP/EIS in preparation for the finalized document—expected in fall 2019—which will guide management decisions into the future. Issues addressed in the alternatives include mineral development, recreational uses of and access to public lands, livestock grazing, fire management, wildlife habitat and others.

Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are available for review at the Boise District Office and on the web at: http://go.usa.gov/xnsn6. The URL is case sensitive.

The BLM encourages the public to provide comments, particularly those concerning the adequacy and accuracy of the proposed alternatives, the analysis of their respective management decisions, and any new information that would help development of the plan. Comments can be submitted through the following means:

Website: http://go.usa.gov/xnsn6
Email: Four_Rivers_RMP@blm.gov
Fax: 208-384-3326
Postal: Four Rivers Field Office
Attn: Brent Ralston
3948 Development Ave.
Boise, ID 83705

Please note that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number), commenters should be aware that their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information contact Brent Ralston, Field Manager, at 208-384-3300.
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Boise foothills 8th Street gate now open for the season

Date: June 6, 2019
Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-949-0030

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has opened the 8th Street gate in the Boise Foothills to allow all motorized vehicle use on the 8th Street extension.

The extension, also known as Sunset Peak Road, provides motorized access to the upper roads and trails in the Boise foothills. The gate, located 2.8 miles up the road from the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, limits access during the winter to motorcycles, mountain bikes and other non-motorized use.

“The purpose of the annual seasonal closure is to prevent road damage from full-sized vehicles when the road bed is typically wet and easily rutted,” said Dave Draheim, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner. “With the arrival of warmer and drier weather, the upper road is better able to sustain heavier use.”

The road will remain open to full-sized motor vehicles through Dec. 1.

For more information, contact the Boise District Office at (208) 384-3300.
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USFS Regional Intermountain News

Volume 3 Issue 3 June 5, 2019

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Critter News:

Warming weather poses hazards for pets

The Idaho Humane Society is again cautioning people not to leave dogs or other animals inside vehicles as the weather continues to warm up.

KTVB June 3, 2019

Boise, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society is again cautioning people not to leave dogs or other animals inside vehicles as the weather continues to warm up.

Aminal Control officers have already responded to multiple calls about pets in hot cars in the past week. Even temperatures that don’t seem too warm can quickly climb inside an enclosed space, leaving animals at risk of heatstroke or even death.

“It is far too hot to leave your pets in the car, even with the windows cracked, for any amount of time,” IHS posted.

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Pet Talk – Vertigo in Dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Jun 7, 2019 IME

Vertigo is a disorder of the central and external ear canal, where the vestibular apparatus exists; the vestibular apparatus exists in the inner ear. The vestibular system regulates balance, proper head position and normal eye movements. Dogs with acute onset of vertigo are usually older and don’t have previous evidence of brain disease.

Idiopathic vestibular disease occurs in dogs older than 7. Sometimes the disease is referred to as old-age vestibular disease. The term “idiopathic” indicates that the cause of the disease is unknown. Often, blood tests, urinalysis and X-rays of the spine are done. Those are commonly not definitive for the cause of severe vertigo. Onset of clinical signs is sudden, and severity can vary from mild to severe. The head is tilted to one side, making it look as if the animal is listening to the ground. Affected animals may have abnormal eye movements in which the eyes move rapidly side to side. This is called nystagmus. The animal may stumble, fall or circle to the same side as the head tilt. Walking and gait may be uncoordinated.

Balance is abnormal. Severely affected animals may continually roll over and be unable to walk. Some animals may be nauseated, and refuse to eat. Importantly, all other evidence of neurological disease is absent. This is strictly a disease of the inner ear, the vestibular system.

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Puppy Scams in Idaho: ‘Make sure that puppy does actually exist’

by Kristen McPeek Wednesday, June 5th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — Puppy scams are targeting people all around the nation, and even right here in Idaho the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says.

The BBB says that scammers are posing as dog breeders and create websites to lure people into buying puppies by using stock photos of adorable dogs.

These are typically sites that are promoted to the top of Google searches by paying to be an ad, Rebecca Barr with the BBB says.

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Idaho Humane Society hosting first Cat Sale of the year this week

Idaho Humane Society hosting Cat Sale this week

Jun 05, 2019 KIVI TV

Boise, Ida. — If you’re looking for a new feline friend, the Idaho Humane Society likely has your next pet ready to go home now.

IHS is hosting its first Cat Sale of the year right now. The shelter’s cattery is full with more cats coming in each day. In May alone, IHS took in 391 stray cats and 72 owner surrenders.

Cats aged 17 weeks to four years are available for $25, ages five to seven years are $15 and cats over eight years old are available for a $5 donation. Kittens are regularly priced at $75. All come fully vetted, with shots and spays or neuters. IHS is also in need of donations because of the large number of feline intakes. Needed items include kitten food, particularly pate style wet food.

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Wolf News Roundup 5/30/2019

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! May 30, 2019

Unforeseen Impacts

The Idaho Falls Post Register is running a five-part series on living with wolves. The current installment focuses on the unforeseen impacts of wolves. Examples include range cattle spooked by wolves attacking herding dogs, weight loss in livestock, reduced conception rates, and other behavioral issues, including elk movement onto private property to escape wolves.

Wolf-dog hybridization

A new paper tackles the issue of wolf-dog hybridization in Europe. Some scientists recommend removal of these hybrids in order to preserve the genetic integrity of wolves, but others suggest that hybrids be managed for their ecological function, or for increased evolutionary potential. The European paper (linked below) captures the debate among various members of the scientific community involved with wolf management.

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Scientists find flaws in plan to lift US wolf protections

By Matthew Brown and John Flesher – 6/3/19 AP

Billings, Mont. — Scientists tasked with reviewing government plans to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. said in a report released Friday that the proposal has numerous factual errors and other problems.

The five-member scientific panel’s conclusions were detailed in a 245-page report delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

One reviewer said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service appeared to have come to a pre-determined conclusion, not supported by its own science, that wolves should come off the endangered species list.

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Elk foundation backs gray wolf de-listing

Jun 05, 2019 Local News 8

Missoula, Mont. (KIFI/KIDK) – The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is formally endorsing a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife in most of the United States. The opinion comes as part of the organization’s formal comment on the agency’s rule-making proposal.

“Gray wolves have exceeded recovery goals in many states, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the western Great Lakes region,” Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer, wrote in a public comment submitted to the USFWS. “RMEF maintains that where wolves exist, they should be managed by state wildlife agencies just as they manage elk, bears, deer, mountain lions and other wildlife.”

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Grizzly bear in northern Idaho euthanized after killing seven sheep

by CBS 2 News Staff Monday, June 3rd 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — A grizzly bear in northern Idaho was euthanized over the weekend after it killed several sheep.

Idaho Fish and Game says officers euthanized the 240-pound male bear near the small town of Copeland on Saturday.

The grizzly was the same bear captured in Garwood last summer that was relocated to the Cabinet Mountains near the Idaho/Montana border. The bear had a history of harassing livestock and raiding orchards prior to the sheep depredations.

Fish and Game says about 70-80 grizzly bears live in northern Boundary County.

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Groups seek ban on bear baiting in Idaho, Wyoming forests

by Associated Press Thursday, June 6th 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Three conservation groups say hunting black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming using bait should be banned because hunters have killed federally protected grizzly bears attracted to the food.

Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and Wilderness Watch filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court challenging the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Potentially-deadly horse virus confirmed in Idaho

The illness, which is typically spread by biting insects, was recently diagnosed in a horse in Canyon County.

KTVB June 4, 2019

Canyon County, Idaho — The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is warning of an infectious illness that affects horses after a horse in the Treasure Valley tested positive for the disease.

The virus, known as equine infectious anemia or EIA, was diagnosed in a horse that had recently been transported from Washington to its home in Canyon County. The illness is typically spread by biting insects, but used needles or other equipment contaminated with the blood of an infected horse can also pass the infection from one horse to another.

EIA can be fatal, and causes symptoms including low-grade fever, lethargy, weight loss, yellowing of body tissues, anemia, swelling in limbs, and weakness. Signs of the disease can be subtle, and sometimes go unnoticed, according to the ISDA.

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Sir Winston takes Belmont

by The Associated Press Saturday, June 8th 2019


Sir Winston (7), with jockey Joel Rosario, crosses the finish line to win the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Sir Winston provided a perfect finish to a crazy Triple Crown.

After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, of course the Belmont Stakes goes to a 10-1 long shot.

Sir Winston captured the $1.5 million race Saturday, holding off favored Tacitus by a length.

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Chinook season ends on Lower Salmon, Little Salmon rivers

Jun 04, 2019 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI TV

Chinook salmon fishing in the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers has met harvest objectives and Idaho Fish and Game is closing the season on June 4.

Anglers caught the available sport harvest share during the last four-day opener, which was completed on Sunday, June 2.

The closure ends a brief spring Chinook fishing season. Biologists are currently watching the return of summer Chinook and are seeing signs there may be enough returning to allow for a fishing season on the South Fork of the Salmon River.

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Fish & Game News:

Striking a balance with Deadwood Reservoir kokanee

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, June 7, 2019

Limit changes for 2019-21 seasons help managers meet hatchery needs, provide quality kokanee and trophy Chinook and trout fishing

With June here and lots of sunny days ahead, it is a good time to begin planning extended fishing trips to your favorite summer fishing destinations. One backcountry destination that has grown popular in recent years, particularly with kokanee salmon anglers, is Deadwood Reservoir in Central Idaho southeast of Cascade.

If anglers are planning on taking a trip to Deadwood to chase kokanee this summer, they are reminded when the 2019-21 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules were adopted in Nov. 2018, the bag limit was reduced to 15, and the possession limit was reduced to 45.

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Comment period open for negotiated rule proposals for hunting, trapping and big game importation

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, June 7, 2019

Proposals could affect youth turkey hunters, pheasant hunters, deer and elk hunters and wolf trappers

Idaho Fish and Game is proposing new rules and rule changes to be considered by the Fish and Game commission, and people have until June 26 to comment. Proposals could affect youth turkey hunting, use of WMA permits where pheasants are stocked, certain deer and elk tags, wolf trapping equipment, and importation of wildlife.

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Video: Learn more about draft mule deer plan with mule deer biologist Matt Pieron

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, June 7, 2019

Mule Deer Biologist Matt Pieron explains the new statewide Mule Deer Plan and how to provide input

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Idaho Fish and Game Commission approves three land deals

Could open more [than] 1,700 acres

Jun 04, 2019 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI TV

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved three land deals in May. The deals will expand two wildlife management areas near Boise and Idaho Falls, as well as provide habitat for numerous species. The deals will also provide additional land for hunting.

During the quarterly meeting in Grangeville, commissioners approved the purchase of a total of 1,552 acres of land about 20 miles east of Idaho Falls, which will be added to the Tex Creek Wildlife Area. The two properties have a relatively natural habitat of sagebrush, riparian areas, forested slopes and aspen stands.

Habitat found on the properties benefits numerous game and non-game species. Elk, mule deer and moose all use the property. In late fall, elk transition through the property to winter habitats, and some elk also winter on the properties. Aspen stands also provide quality fawning habitat for mule deer.

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More F&G News Releases

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Fun Critter Stuff:

Rare albino fawn found, rescued by trucker in California

by Associated Press Monday, June 3rd 2019

Loomis, Calif. (AP) — A rare, all-white fawn has been found and rescued in Northern California by a truck driver who delivered the animal to a rescue center.

The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that the small albino deer with a pink nose and large pinkish ears was discovered sitting in the middle of a road in Woodland, near Sacramento.

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June 2, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

June 2, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
June 8 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
June 11 – Yellow Pine Vet Clinic
June 15 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 27 – (confirmed) Noxious Weed Spray day
June 29 – Highland Games
July 2 – Ice Hole Campground opens
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 7 – Annual YPWUA Meeting 10am Community Center
July 13 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 20 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sept 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

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Local Events:

Celebration of Life Yellow Pine Tavern on May 26th

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Our Memorial Wall of those of ours who have passed this last year. We have lost 19. – Yellow Pine Tavern
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June 11 – Vet Day

On Tuesday June 11th the Cascade Vet clinic will be coming to Yellow Pine. Please call (208) 382-4590 to get on the list. If you have questions, contact rrSue via email.
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June 29 – Highland Games

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

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Noxious Weed Spray day June 27

We have a confirmed date of Thursday, June 27th for the Yellow Pine Noxious weed spray day. Mark your calendars, hope to see you there.

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I have June 27, 2019 marked on my calendar.

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

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

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

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

Dust Abatement

I am in process of obtaining cost and date information. Please let me know if you are interested in dust abatement this year.

Deb Filler, fillerd2@live.com, 208.633.6945
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Spring Fuel Delivery

Diamond Fuel & Feed will be going to the back country soon. They are waiting for Johnson Creek to open up and dry out enough for their truck to travel on. If you would like to be put on the schedule for fuel delivery please call the office at 208-382-4430 and let them know.

Thanks, Megan 5/15/2019
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

A report on May 30 that the Transfer Station bins were empty. Reports of issues with the burn pile already. READ the SIGNS!

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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Roads

Johnson Creek Road

June 1st: some folks made it in via Landmark, some trees down. Not “officially” open yet, travel at your own risk. Road to the dump is bumpy.

Stibnite Road Update

5/24 – work stopped for agencies to evaluate the situation. 6/2 waiting on permits.
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Tick Season

Lots of ticks this year. Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks, a tick bite paralysed a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.


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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

June 1st started 6-day a week mail delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

It is denning season for wolves and coyotes and they will be very aggressive towards dogs.

Watch for mean mamma does this time of year – they will stomp your dogs! A while back an eagle was attacking duck decoys on the edge of the village, sharp shinned hawks are around too.

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

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:

2019 YPWUA Yearly Meeting

Sunday July 7th 10am Community Center

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Current Account
B. Budget
C. Future rate increases
D. New Procedure Actions for Non-Payment

2. Operations Report – Steve
A. Current Operations
B. Chlorine levels
C. Grant and work necessary
D. Boil Order Notification
E. Future Grants
F. Summer lawn watering

3. Election of Board Members
A. Dawn Brown and Stu Edwards, both are automatically nominated
Only shareholders can run and vote

4. Questions

Last Water Update May 27th

No significant new info to report other than that the altitude valve and control valve installation went well and automatic control of the water tank level is restored. The big issue remains very high water use. High water use continues to require special filter maintenance which forces the continuation of the Boil Water advisory. Leak detection and repair of the leaks is a high priority.
– Warren

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

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

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda

June 8, 2019; 2pm; at the Community Hall

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the prior meeting minutes
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Annual Community Hall Committee Written Report
5. Cemetery Committee Oral Report
6. Harmonica Festival Committee Oral Report
7. Nominations Committee Selection (Chairman, Treasurer, Member-At-Large)
8. Old Business:
– a. Transfer Station signage
– b. Update from Midas Gold
– c. Update on Community Hall Toilet Progress
– d. Update from YP Water Assn (if representative is available)
– e. Update from YPFD/Heli-spot (if representative is available)
9. New Business:
– a. Dust Abatement
– b. Discussion – Options for 2019 Midas Gold Community Agreement Payment – (Suggestions received so far: Give to Heli-Spot; Repair Abstein Road as identified in 2014; Resurfacing & Fixing holes in Village roads; Survey of Village property lines; Dust Abate all village roads; Install a permanent outhouse downtown to reduce impact on businesses; Give to Water Users Association for replacing water lines; Give to Community Hall Toilet committee; Purchase road-sized canopy to provide shade to audience during festival; build a playground for kids)
10. Adjournment

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

There was a YPFD meeting on May 18th at the Fire Hall (no meeting minutes yet.)

Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10:00am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

-JF
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Call for reservations
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please call to make sure I’m around before Memorial Day, bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Summer Hours Daily 8AM to Close
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:

Wapiti Meadow Ranch – Johnson Creek (208) 633-3217
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 (208) 382-4430 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (May 27) overnight low of 34 degrees, mostly clear sky (high haze) this morning, warming up quickly. Swallows, finches and robins calling, and hummingbirds active. Partly cloudy mid-day and rather breezy. Evening grosbeaks calling from the trees, squirrels active, lots of finches visiting. First flowers opened on the lilac bush, wild strawberries in bloom. Mostly cloudy by mid-afternoon and lighter breezes, high of 71 degrees. Mostly cloudy at dusk, robins calling. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (May 28) overnight low of 38 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Swallows, finches and robins calling, jays and hummingbirds visiting. More flowers popping open on the lilac bush. Increased traffic. Mostly cloudy mid-day, a few finches visiting. Still mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, warm with pleasant light breezes, high of 70 degrees. Female black-headed grosbeak visiting with the finches. Little sprinkle of rain mid-evening. At dusk it was mostly cloudy and light breezes. Cloudy and breezy before midnight.

Wednesday (May 29) overnight low of 38 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, slight breeze. Lots of swallows and finches calling. Mostly cloudy before mid-day, warm and a little breezy. Black-headed grosbeak with the finches after lunch. Tree swallows hunting feathers for nests. Partly clear, warm and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 74 degrees. Evening grosbeak visiting with the finches. Late afternoon rain for half an hour. Breezy early evening and a short shower. Mostly cloudy and breezy at dusk. Cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (May 30) overnight low of 40 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Swallows, finches and evening grosbeaks calling. Mostly cloudy mid-day. Large flock of cowbirds and a couple of hummingbirds visited. UTV going cross country in the forest. Scattered sunshine early afternoon and light breezes. Mostly cloudy (some w/dark bottoms) mid-afternoon, warm and pleasant light breezes, high of 77 degrees. Long legged wasps are out. Afternoon thunderstorm with rain started 5pm with some very close lightning strikes on Van Meter Hill above the village. Rained for about 2 hours. Cloudy at dusk and robins chirping away. Rained for a couple of hours after dark. Cloudy before midnight.

Friday (May 31) overnight low of 41 degrees, partly cloudy sky – low foggy cap on VanMeter hill and light breezes. Lots of swallows and finches calling, a few evening grosbeaks and a raven. A female yellow-headed blackbird joined the finches and pinesiskins at the feeders. Just a couple of hummingbirds visiting, 1 rufus and 1 calliope. All the various types of squirrels out and active. Clouds building up mid-day and warm. Helicopter circling over the village at 1256pm. Pretty warm mid-afternoon, high of 78 degrees, thicker darker clouds, feels a bit muggy and light pleasant breezes. Power blipped off and on at 737pm, thunder at 740pm. A few little sprinkles late evening. Clearing to the north, dark clouds to the south and west at dusk. Robins calling. A few stars out before midnight.

Saturday (June 1) overnight low of 41 degrees, partly cloudy and a lot of blue sky this morning. Swallows taking feather to the nests, finches and an olive-sided fly catcher calling, a few pinesiskins visiting. Getting pretty warm by mid-day, a little muggy and mostly cloudy. Dark clouds and a little sprinkle after 230pm. Pretty warm mid-afternoon, high of 77 degrees, mostly cloudy and gusty breezes. Increased traffic. Thunder and rain showers late afternoon, gusty winds for a while. A few does running through the golf course. Late evening rain shower, still raining at dusk. Rain stopped before midnight, calm and cloudy.

Sunday (June 2) overnight low of 40 degrees, clear sky and nearly calm this morning. Swallows, finches and olive-sided fly catcher calling, and a big hawk in the neighborhood silenced the birds for a short while. Tree swallows taking feathers to nest boxes. Wonky sounding airplane went over at 1042am. Clouds building up before noon and a bit muggy. Warm, light breezes gusting up once in a while and mostly cloudy (dark bellies) mid-afternoon, thunder off in the distance, and high of 78 degrees. Ground squirrels active, pine squirrel calling from the forest, finches and pinesiskins visiting. Mostly cloudy late evening and still pretty warm.
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Letter to Share:

Commissioner Cruickshank’s May Newsletter

From the desk of Commissioner Cruickshank

Wednesday May 1st,

I sent out my April Newsletter and reviewed a document on Snowmobile Grooming of Trails.

Thursday May 2nd
I received a call from the Valley County Clerk concerning the Secure Rural Schools payment was less than expected. I received a call on a person wanting to know more about the Woody Debris Collection program Valley County uses during the Burn Permit season.

Monday May 6th
Today was a regular commissioners meeting day. Please find the minutes of the meeting on the Valley County website at Valley County Idaho | Official Site and click on the commissioners section where you will find the minutes of our meetings once approved.

Tuesday May 7th
I reviewed many emails, responded to availability for dates to do Judge interviews for the 4th District and reviewed the compensation package for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Executive Director.

Wednesday May 8th
I reviewed the minutes of a prior NACo Executive Board meeting, returned a call to the Valley County Emergency Manager on attending an upcoming WildFire meeting with multiple agencies in Valley County, sent out a reminder of the NACo West Region Conference call for tomorrow and I participated in a conference call with the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition (NFCSC).

Thursday May 9th
I hosted the NACo West Region Conference Call today with the topic of Raw Sewage flowing into our Southern Borders when Mexico’s treatment facilities are not functioning or when flooding occurs and river flows bring contamination into the Unites States. I sent out notes from the call so others not on the call saw what was discussed.
I participated in a meeting with City of McCall staff to discuss the process of Code Enforcement in the Impact Area and to discuss Internet Connectivity shared at the McCall Annex.

Friday May 10th
I returned an email to a county supervisor in California who wanted to know more about the topic discussed on the NACo West Region call yesterday.
I participated in a NACo Executive Board Conference call.

Sunday May 11th
I booked my flight for the upcoming NACo Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada in July, I responded to several emails and reviewed materials for the NACo Western Interstate Region (WIR) Annual Conference this week in Spokane County, Washington.

Monday May 12th
I drove to Spokane County for the WIR Conference, I returned a call to the county supervisor to discuss his interest in the Raw Sewage issue of the border states and I sent an email to some of my contacts looking for contact information being requested by an outside source for the Shore Lodge management.

Tuesday May 13th through Friday May 17th I have prepared a report which is attached to this email for those days.
link to: WIR Annual Report May 2019.docx

On the 17th I also received an email from Idaho Senator Crapo’s staff to speak at a rally on May 30th for Long Term funding of the Secure Rural Schools program.

Saturday May 18th
I headed for home.

Monday May 20th
Commissioner meeting today. Please find the minutes once approved on the Valley County Website. I returned calls to citizens concerned about the road closures for reconstruction of Warren Wagon Road.

Tuesday May 21st
I returned a call to the Emergency Manager on FEMA concerns with the recent slide repairs on the East Fork Road, I created the report on attending the NACo WIR Annual Conference and I attended the Grand Opening of the Lake Cascade Visitors Center in Cascade.

Wednesday May 22nd
I attended the WildFire meeting in Donnelly to discuss fire response along with cost sharing of resources. After changes in the process with Federal Agencies, counties, Fire Departments and organizations like Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association are no longer able to have direct agreements with the Federal Agencies. Now we all work through the State Office of Emergency Management who then works with the Idaho Department of Lands who can have agreements with the Federal Agencies.

Thursday May 23rd
I reviewed commissioner minutes and sent out information on the upcoming Secure Rural Schools Rally being held next Thursday in Boise.

Tuesday May 28th
Commissioner day today. Please see the minutes posted on the Valley County website once approved.

Wednesday May 29th
I reviewed my speech for the Rally tomorrow, received a call on a possible drainage easement to reduce a flooding of a subdivision, returned a call on concerns with the Warren Wagon Road Reconstruction work, left a message with a reporter from the Sacramento News and Review who had called about the WildFire meeting I attended, I participated in a NFCSC Conference call to discuss the Secure Rural Schools long term funding legislation and sent replies to folks asking about the opening of Warren Wagon Road into Burgdorf and Warren.

Thursday May 30th
I drove to Boise for the Secure Rural Schools Rally hosted by Idaho Senators Crapo and Risch along with Oregon Senator Wyden to explain the proposed legislation of Long Term Secure Rural Schools funding so counties don’t have to advocate every year for the funding. I along with other commissioners from Idaho and Oregon spoke in support as did several folks from industry and organizations.

Friday May 31st
I participated in a NACo Executive Board Conference Call to be updated on events happening around the counties. The Midwest and Eastern Counties are being hit hard with flooding and Tornadoes and they all need our prayers as they work through the destruction.

Well that wraps up another month of my activities.

Thanks for reading my newsletter.
Gordon
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Idaho News:

Senators Risch and Crapo reintroduce rural school funding bill

The program would help create financial security for Idaho’s rural schools.

Joey Prechtl May 30, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch announced Thursday they’re reintroducing the “Secure Rural Schools” program.

The program was first enacted in 2000 to help financially assist counties with public, tax-exempt federal lands.

“So it’s an obligation of the federal government to step up and fill that economic void,” Crapo said.

“We cut services, we cut snow removal, we cut projects, we don’t buy new equipment, we hire less employees and it does show,” Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank said. “If we get a baseline we can work from, every year we know where we are going to be with that baseline of funding so there is certainty in what we’re doing.”

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McCall to get $10.7M federal grant for airport

Taxiway to be relocated to meet regulations

By Tom Grote for The Star-News May 30, 2019

A federal grant of $10.7 million has been tagged for the City of McCall to build a new taxiway at the McCall Municipal Airport.

The grant from the Federal Aviation Administration is required by the city in order to comply with regulations requiring a larger separation between the airport’s main runways and the current taxiway.

… Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2020. The project could extended into the summer of 2021 depending on the final design and the date of the grant, Scherer said.

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Donnelly Farmers Market to return for new season June 19

The Star-News May 30, 2019

Donnelly City Park will be teeming with fresh local produce and baked goods when the Farmers Market opens for its second season on Wednesday, June 19, from 3 to 6 p.m.

More than 20 local and regional vendors will be offering fresh produce as well as goat cheese, eggs, meats, grains, food concessions and crafts on Wednesdays through Sept. 25.

The Farmers Market will accept SNAP food stamp cards. Youths will receive a free fruit or vegetable and can spend time enjoying activities at the Pop-Up Library or various other youth related activity booths.

Blood pressure checks at the Donnelly Fire and EMS booth will earn adults $1 off produce coupon.

The Farmers Market was created to foster healthy eating habits as well as improve community access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other whole foods in Donnelly, an area deemed a “food desert” by the USDA.

For more information, visit the Donnelly Farmers Market Facebook page or email donnellyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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Pavement preservation to begin on US 95 between Cambridge and New Meadows in June

by CBS 2 Staff Thursday, May 30th 2019

New Meadows, Idaho (CBS 2) – Pavement preservation will begin on US-95 between Cambridge and New Meadows the second week of June.

Additionally, a section of pavement will be repaired on US-95 about 12 miles north of New Meadows.

Sealcoats are a cost-effective way to preserve and extend the life of the pavement.

Construction will occur during daytime hours.

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Officials urge caution after several UTV crashes resulting in injuries

Jun 01, 2019 By Karen Lehr KIVI TV

Bonneville County, Idaho — Over the last 36 hours, Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies have responded to four separate ATV and motorcycle off-road crashes resulting in riders being transported to the hospital.

All of these crashes were a rollover of some type, three of those incidents the riders were wearing helmets but still resulted in serious injuries.

… Officials are urging people to use caution and avoid high speeds, always expect other traffic or users of the trails and area, and respect private property and residential areas.

The Sheriff’s Office does not recommend multiple riders on your ATV’S or Motorcycle’s or unsupervised use by young children.

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Body of man who drowned while tried to rescue children found in Salmon River

by Associated Press Thursday, May 30th 2019

Riggins, Idaho (AP) – Authorities say the body of a man who drowned while trying to save three children after their canoe capsized has been recovered near Riggins.

The Lewiston Tribune reports 34-year-old Keawe Pestana of Boise dove into the Salmon River on April 26 to try to rescue the three children, who fell into the water after their canoe flipped near the Twin Beaches Campground. The children were wearing life jackets and floated to safety, but Pestana went under the water and wasn’t found.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says Pestana’s body was discovered in an eddy Sunday by a fisherman who was boating near Riggins.

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Confirmed tornado spotted east of Mountain Home

The National Weather Service had a Tornado Warning posted for the area, as tornadoes could be formed from the rotation of the storm.

Bri Eggers May 27, 2019 KTVB

Mountain Home, Idaho — A tornado touched down Monday afternoon in a rural area east of Mountain Home, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Lesleen Kober sent KTVB a photo of the tornado, spotted near Bennett Hill, just northeast of Mountain Home. It was spotted on Monday afternoon, after a series of severe thunderstorms traveled through southern Idaho.

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Governor Little, Congress seek federal assistance due to flooding in northern Idaho

by CBS 2 News Staff Wednesday, May 29th 2019


Idaho County is dealing with major flooding — especially in the small town of Stites. Photo courtesy Idaho Office of Emergency Management

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) — Governor Brad Little and Idaho’s congressmen are asking the president to approve a federal disaster declaration after devastating flooding took place in north-central Idaho in April.

U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch along with Rep. Russ Fulcher sent a letter to President Trump “urging swift approve of Idaho Governor Brad Little’s request for a federal disaster declaration.”

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You can now renew your driver’s license online

May 30, 2019 Local News 8

Idahoans needing to renew their driver’s license, identification card or vehicle license plate can now “skip the line by going online” through a new website: Drive Idaho.

Here is a complete list of online services:

* Renew their driver’s license or ID
* Purchase a replacement driver’s license or ID
* Check the status of their driving privileges
* Pay reinstatement fees
* Update an address
* Renew a vehicle license plate
* Order personalized license plates
* Check the status of a vehicle license plate or title
* Other DMV services

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Letter to Share:

A Message from Your Boise County Assessor

May 28, 2019 BCC

Greetings Boise County,

As many of you may have read, the housing market is very strong in Boise and the Treasure Valley. The news articles detail the lack of housing supply and population increases as the basis for the dramatic rise in home prices. Boise County is no different. Real estate sales and home prices are rising in our county, as well.

The assessment notice that you will receive in June is based on 2018 sales within Boise County. 2018 reported 312 home sales and 231 bare land sales.

With this being said, most of Boise County will see an increase in assessed values for 2019. It is the duty of the Assessor’s Office to value parcels at 100% of market value each year per Idaho Statute 63-205. The Assessor’s Office takes this duty very seriously and works diligently to ensure that we are being fair throughout the county. The difference in value from one year to the next is not a direct correlation on how much your taxes will go up or down. If you have questions regarding your individual taxing districts, their budget hearing dates are located at the bottom or your assessment notice.

If you feel something is incorrect with your assessment, please feel free to call and speak with the appraiser for your area.

Sincerely,
Chris Juszczak – Boise County Assessor
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Tips & Advice:

Lawn mowing tricks you might wish you’d known sooner

May 20, 2019 By Brittany Anas KIVI TV

Have you been mowing your lawn for years, but still feel a little green at it? Lawn mowing, as it turns out, is an artform — and your grass blades can be a tad persnickety, with preferences on when you mow and the patterns that you follow.

Here are six, expert-approved lawn-mowing tips that will help save you time and improve the health of your lawn this summer.

Mow in the Evening

The buzz of a lawn mower may seem synonymous with Saturday mornings in suburbia. But, go ahead and sleep in because the optimal time to cut your grass is actually in the evenings, according to the Grounds Guys full-service grounds care, lawn care and landscaping company. Because it tends to be cooler at this time, the roots retain their moisture.

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Note: No outside watering allowed while Yellow Pine is under water restrictions.
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Public Lands:

Lake Fork Guard Station Rental Cabin Burned

(via FB 5/31/2019)

The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office and US Forest Service are seeking information about a fire that occurred sometime after March 1, 2019 at the Lake Fork Guard Station Rental Cabin in the Payette National Forest, East of McCall, Idaho. The rental cabin is a 100% loss.

If you have any information, you are urged to call the State Fire Marshal at 1-877-752-7766 or the McCall Ranger District at 208-634-0400.

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New Meadows Ranger District to host meeting, forest tour

The Star-News May 30, 2019

A community meeting and forest tour have been scheduled next week by the New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest.

The community meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Meadows Valley School cafeteria in New Meadows.

Representatives from the Payette forest and other agencies will be on hand to discuss wildlife surveys, trail maintenance, controlled burns, grazing, wildfires, timber management, and environmental planning.

A field tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, from the Francis Wallace Snowmobile Parking Lot on Warren Wagon Road north of Payette Lake. The tour is expected to last until noon.

“This is our chance to talk about why we do what we do, and for you to see the results and ask questions,” New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps said.

Those interested in attending the field tour are asked to call the New Meadows District Office at 208-347-0300 so the district can plan carpooling and logistics.

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BLM News: BLM seeks comments on grazing permit renewal near Silver City

Date: May 31, 2019
Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on the renewal of a grazing permit in the Silver City grazing allotment. The project seeks to maintain or improve land health and address resource impacts through the renewal of the grazing permit.

This scoping period allows the public, organizations and other interested parties to identify potential issues that the BLM may opt to include in the environmental analysis. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources or issues to be considered and analyzed. The BLM will accept comments throughout the scoping period: June 1-30, 2019.

“The scoping process is a critical part of our planning process and ensures public involvement,” said BLM Owyhee Field Manager Donn Christiansen.

As part of the scoping period, the BLM will host a public meeting on June 10, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at the BLM Owyhee Field Office, 20 First Ave. West, Marsing, ID 83639. Resource specialists will be on hand to talk about the process and answer questions.
Maps and information about the renewal process are available at: https://go.usa.gov/xmHxG. The URL is case sensitive.

Comments can be submitted by any one of the following:
Email: BLM_ID_SilverCity_GPR@blm.gov
Fax: 208-896-5940
Mail: BLM Owyhee Field Office, 20 First Avenue West, Marsing, ID 83639; Attention: Donn Christiansen.

Please note that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number), commenters should be aware that their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact LeeAnn Pallett at (208) 896-5912 or lpallett@blm.gov
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Regional Intermountain Newsletter Special Issue

May 29, 2019

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Cats and AIDS

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt May 31, 2019 IME

AIDS in cats is caused by the feline immunodeficiency virus, FIV, which like HIV in people, causes a permanent infection that eventually leads to a diminished function of the immune system and various associated clinical disease.

The virus can affect any cat. It is spread by close contact, especially bite wounds. It can also be spread from mothers to unborn kittens transplacentally. The virus is shed in most body fluids. The virus does not survive well in the environment, and is destroyed by sunlight, drying or disinfectants.

Many cats do not show any sign of infection initially. This can last for years. Eventually, the virus weakens the immune system. When that occurs, secondary infections occur, which can be deadly. Signs that occur in later disease include intermittent fevers, lethargy and infections in the mouth. Neurological signs and inflammation of the eyes are also common.

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Coyote attacks off-leash dog in Boise Foothills

The pack is believed to be protecting a den of pups.

KTVB May 29, 2019

Boise, Idaho — People hiking or mountain biking in the Foothills have been asked to keep a close eye on pets after a dog recently tangled with a coyote

The attack happened Tuesday off of the popular Crestline trail.

According to Ridge to Rivers, the coyote involved is believed to belong to a pack that roams in the area of Hulls Gulch and Military Reserve.

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Officers, Fish & Game still searching for bear in Surprise Valley

Residents have been asked to stay indoors.

KTVB May 29, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Residents of the Columbia Village subdivision have been asked to stay inside after a bear was spotted in the area Wednesday morning.

According to Ada County Dispatch, the first call about the bear came in at about 8 a.m.

Dispatchers say the bear was roughly in the area of Highway 21 and Amity. Later, it was sighted again in Surprise Valley.

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Conservation group offers $7,500 reward in killing of wolf

May 31, 2019 AP

Spokane, Wash. (AP) – A conservation group is offering a $7,500 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the death of a gray wolf in northeastern Washington state.

Conservation Northwest says the female wolf was illegally killed last weekend off Highway 20 near the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, near the territory of the Dirty Shirt wolf pack.

Spokesman Chase Gunnell says regardless of how people feel about wolves, illegally killing them is never an acceptable action.

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Endangered Mexican wolves blamed for more livestock deaths

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Albuquerque, N.M. — May 27, 2019

It’s shaping up to be a deadly year for livestock in the American Southwest as the number of cows and calves killed by Mexican gray wolves has skyrocketed, aggravating an already tenuous relationship between U.S. wildlife managers, environmentalists and rural residents.

Federal reports show the endangered wolves have been blamed for the deaths of 88 domestic animals in New Mexico and Arizona in the first four months of the year.

That’s on pace to surpass the nearly 100 livestock kills confirmed in all of 2018 and significantly more than has been recorded over the same four-month period in any year since the predators were reintroduced in 1998.

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Baby deer rescued by police on Warm Springs Avenue

The injured and dazed deer has been turned over to Animals in Distress.

KTVB May 31, 2019

Boise, Idaho — A baby deer that was hit by a car on Warm Springs Avenue Thursday night is recovering at a local animal shelter.

… Officers say the baby deer was not hurt badly. They tried to locate its mother, but the dazed deer kept wandering back onto the road.

Officer Mackie Barber, who is shown in the photo, comforted the deer until it was turned over to Animals in Distress. Officers named the baby doe Luna because she was found at night.

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Don’t Become a Fawn Napper

by Dory McIsaac Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc., 208-241-7081

Every year, fawns are reported by the caring public as being orphaned or abandoned.

… If you come across a lone fawn, do not touch. Keep a distance and call Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue or an Idaho Department of Fish and Game officer. An assessment of the situation will be made and proper measures taken if warranted. In the event the fawn truly is orphaned and is deemed a viable candidate for rehabilitation, Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue is available. By providing shelter, food and medical care, trained Mystic Farm staff can help orphaned and/or injured wildlife until they can be ‘soft released’ back into their natural habitat.

Some facts to know:

• Mother deer will leave their fawn for hours while they go off to feed nearby. The mother does this so predators will not see a vulnerable fawn when they see her. She can be gone many hours, leaving the camouflaged and scent free fawn motionless, avoiding detection by predators.

• Is it injured? If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open, but flattened to the ground, do not touch it. This is a fawn’s camouflage position to blend in with its surroundings. When the fawn is picked up, it will allow its body to become limp and dangle in your hands. The legs are not broken. Put the baby down, walk away, and leave the area.

• If a fawn is obviously ill or injured — lying on its side, kicking and crying, bleeding, etc. — gently pick it up and place in a safe, quiet place. A light cloth placed over the eyes will often calm it. Keep the fawn away from pets and other human activity. Touch, odors, and the sound of the human voice will only add to the stress of the situation and may cause additional harm. Keep the fawn free from cold drafts or keep it cool if the weather is warm. Please do not feed the fawn. Call Mystic Farm immediately.

• The fawn is on the road. Mystic Farm receives many calls regarding fawns in the middle of the road. Why are they there? Because the mom is nearby. If the fawn is in danger of being hit by cars, gently pick it up and place it about 20 feet off the side of the road and leave the area.

• Is it too late to return to the mother if the fawn has been handled by humans? Will she then reject it? No, that is an “old wives tale.” The mother doesn’t care — she just wants her baby back. She is around human scent all the time. Her maternal instinct is much stronger than her ability to rationalize human scent on her baby.

• What happens to the fawn if a rescue is warranted? After arrival at Mystic Farm, the fawn is evaluated and checked for any injuries, dehydration, etc. Wounds are treated either on the premises or through the services of local veterinarians. The fawn is put on an appropriate diet and feeding schedule. Once the fawns gain strength and can nurse from a bottle on their own, the ‘blind feeding method’ is utilized using “hands off” bottle racks. Human contact is kept to a minimum. The fawns are kept in an isolated area — free from predators and forming their own little “herd.” They are free to browse and live in a large, safe, enclosure. Over the course of the season, the fawns are slowly introduced back into the wild.

Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc. is not open for tours.

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BLM to host annual tours of Bruneau off-range wild horse corrals

by CBS 2 Staff Monday, May 27th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS 2) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer two public tours of the Bruneau Off-Range Wild Horse Corrals on Wednesday, June 5.

The first will begin at 10 am and the second will begin at 1 pm.

Each tour will last about two hours and can accommodate up to 20 people.

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Wild horses released to their former range

May 30, 2019 Local News 8

About 300 people were on hand Wednesday as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a first group of 14 wild horses into the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area.

The entire area was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015. At that time, BLM gathered the wild horses and has been caring for them at the Boise and Bruneau Off-Range Wild Horse Corral facilities since the fire.

The area is capable of handling 66 to 130 wild horses. There are currently 21 horses living on the range and BLM will release 45 more.

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Is this your bull? Nampa Police round up a bull near an elementary school

The bull was taken to an animal shelter in Caldwell after police wrangled him in. No word if they have a big enough pen for him.

KTVB June 2, 2019

Nampa, Idaho — Believe it or not, this was Nampa Police’s first rodeo. A bull was on the loose on Sunday morning, but police say they were able to round him up to the Endeavor Elementary School.

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State refuses to recognize bighorn as biggest ever for Idaho

May 29, 2019 Associated Press


Photo by: Shelby Stephenson/AP

Boise, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will not recognize as a state record a bighorn sheep that was killed nearly three years ago by a Nez Perce Tribe member because the agency said the ram was shot in violation of state hunting regulations, even though those regulations do not apply to tribe members hunting on ancestral lands.

But the Boone and Crockett Club hunting group has recognized the kill by hunter Gary Sublett in September 2016 as being within his tribe’s 1855 rights and has invited him to its Big Game Awards banquet in early August in Springfield, Missouri, where the bighorn’s head will go on display.

The animal’s massive horns rank No. 1 for Idaho and No. 26 for the U.S. and Canada on Boone and Crockett’s list of largest Rocky Mountain bighorns.

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Sheep and the plague return to Boise Foothills and surrounding desert

May 28, 2019 By KIVI Staff

Boise, Idaho — Hikers and bikes are noticing some unexpected companions in the Boise Foothills. Herds of sheep are moving through the area presenting a potential conflict between domestic and herd guard dogs.

The animals have been passing through recreational areas during the spring and fall for more than a century. People should be aware and cautious with their pets as they travel the trails.

And you may want to avoid the the desert southeast of Boise for a little while. Hibernating whistle pigs are now awake, increasing the chance of another plague outbreak. In previous years, Fish and Game collected animals infected with the bubonic plague.

The highly contagious disease is spread through contact with rodents or fleas carrying the disease. Experts recommend staying out of the area until July, when the rodents go back into hibernation.

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Ground Squirrel/Whistle Pig

Can you shoot Whistle Pigs without a hunting license?

Answer: (Idaho Fish & Game)

A hunting license IS required to hunt or take any wildlife in Idaho, including unprotected and predatory wildlife.

Most ground squirrels are classified as unprotected wildlife and can be hunted by persons holding a valid hunting license. Be aware, there are several species of ground squirrel that are protected.

We recommend you call the regional office near the area you wish to hunt prior to hunting.

See the maps and descriptions at the following link for locations of huntable ground squirrels:

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Rigby asking for help with serious marmot invasion

By Ariel Schroeder May 28, 2019 Local News 8

Rigby, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The city of Rigby is dealing with a serious marmot invasion and is asking the community for help.

A couple of weeks ago, the Rigby Police Department tried to minimize the problem.

They’ve caught 64 marmots already but say it didn’t make a dent in the population.

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Tracking the paths of bumblebees across Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

Despite the general popularity of bumblebees, nonnative honey bees get much more attention. Their decline and that of native pollinators is a threat to agriculture.

Associated Press May 26, 2019

Lewiston, Idaho — Everybody seems to love bumblebees.

The native insects are generally embraced by humans, who often celebrate them in children’s stories and even sometimes dress like them for Halloween or other costume-themed events. But it turns out most people really don’t know much about them, how their populations are doing and specific actions that can be taken to preserve them.

But that is starting to change with the worldwide focus on the importance of pollinators and the critical services they provide both to agricultural crops and native plants.

“There is just something charismatic about these little black-and-yellow fuzzy things that bumble through our gardens checking out flowers,” Joel Sauder, a nongame biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston, told The Lewiston Tribune . “They are very docile. You really have to irritate a bumblebee to get it to sting you. Maybe if you grab it with bare hands or step on it, but they don’t come after you like even a honey bee will, let alone a wasp, which are mean.”

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Fish & Game News:

Time is running out to apply for big game controlled hunts, deadline is June 5

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hunters have until June 5 to apply, and waiting until the last minute could cause delays

If you are looking to try for a chance at some of Idaho’s best hunts, you have until 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on June 5 to apply for big game controlled hunts. In order to ensure the best possible experience, don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

Resident Idaho hunters pay a $6.25 application fee, and nonresident applications are $14.75. You can apply online, at any license vendor, at Fish and Game offices, or by phone at (800) 554-8685. Remember that you will need a 2019 hunting license to apply for a controlled hunt, and mail in applications are no longer accepted. Winners will be posted online by July 10.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Orphaned otter pups meet for the first time at Oregon Zoo

by KATU Staff Tuesday, May 28th 2019

Portland, Ore. – A pair of orphaned river otter pups are finding a new home at the Oregon Zoo, and staff said the two are becoming fast friends.

Described as “boisterous and squeaky,” the male and female pups were found abandoned earlier this month in different parts of the state.

They met for the first time on Friday:

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Seasonal Humor:


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May 26, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

May 26, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
June 8 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
June 11 – Yellow Pine Vet Clinic
June 15 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 27 – (confirmed) Noxious Weed Spray day
June 29 – Highland Games
July 2 – Ice Hole Campground opens
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 7 – Annual YPWUA Meeting 10am Community Center
July 13 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 20 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sept 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

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Local Events:

Memorial Weekend

May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend

The Corner will be opening up on Memorial Day Weekend with Willie and The Singlewides playing Saturday, 5/25.

May 26 – Celebration of Life 2pm-5pm Yellow Pine Tavern
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June 11 – Vet Day

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

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

The Campground has been temporarily closed to provide for public safety during reconstruction. This order will be in effect from September 27, 2018 through July 2, 2019, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. (0402-04-80)
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Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Noxious Weed Spray day June 27

We have a confirmed date of Thursday, June 27th for the Yellow Pine Noxious weed spray day. Mark your calendars, hope to see you there.

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I have June 27, 2019 marked on my calendar.

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

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

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

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

Dust Abatement

I am in process of obtaining cost and date information. Please let me know if you are interested in dust abatement this year.

Deb Filler, fillerd2@live.com, 208.633.6945
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Firewood Permits May 15

The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please call to make sure I’m around before Memorial Day, bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
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Spring Fuel Delivery

Diamond Fuel & Feed will be going to the back country soon. They are waiting for Johnson Creek to open up and dry out enough for their truck to travel on. If you would like to be put on the schedule for fuel delivery please call the office at 208-382-4430 and let them know.

Thanks, Megan 5/15/2019
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Wildland Firefighter Memorial Project

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Last week the Forest Service began using the funds that we raised last fall to make trail improvements at the 5EV crash site. The funds were partially used to purchase landscaping stones for the trail. We are working now on finding a supplier for the individual plaques for each firefighter with the remaining funds and what we expect to raise again this year. Thank you all for the help and support for the project. Attached find the pictures of the improvements made to the trail.

– Matt Huber – The Corner
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Received a report on May 17 that the Transfer Station was emptied the previous week. We have started having an issue with the burn pile already. READ the SIGNS!

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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Roads

Johnson Creek Road

5/14 I rode Johnson Creek last night to Halfway and was blocked by snow there, county road graders are working on this end cleaning ditches. No major slides or sluffs between YP and Halfway. – Matt

Stibnite Road Update

5/24 – work stopped this week for agencies to evaluate the situation.
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Tick Season

Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks, a tick bite paralysed a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.


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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are still on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. Staring in June we will have 6-day a week delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Watch for mean mamma does this time of year – they will stomp your dogs!

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

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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YPWUA News:

2019 YPWUA Yearly Meeting

Sunday July 7th 10am Community Center

1. Financial Report – Willie
A. Current Account
B. Budget
C. Future rate increases
D. New Procedure Actions for Non-Payment

2. Operations Report – Steve
A. Current Operations
B. Chlorine levels
C. Grant and work necessary
D. Boil Order Notification
E. Future Grants
F. Summer lawn watering

3. Election of Board Members
A. Dawn Brown and Stu Edwards, both are automatically nominated
Only shareholders can run and vote

4. Questions

Water Update May 19th

The refurbished and rebuilt altitude valve and control valve were successfully reinstalled today restoring automatic control of the level in the water storage tanks. There is plenty of water available, there should be no supply concern for the holiday weekend. As of today, water plant output capacity exceeds 60,000 gallons per day.

The boil water advisory will need to remain in effect due to continued high water demand. Non-approved filter maintenance continues to be required to keep water flowing at such a high rate. Water demand is estimated at more than 30,000 gallons per day. The ongoing concern is reducing water usage due to leaks. Clearly citizens are not using that much water day to day. The water is going somewhere, the best explanation is additional leaks in the system.
– Warren Drake

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

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

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda

June 8, 2019; 2pm; at the Community Hall

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the prior meeting minutes
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Annual Community Hall Committee Written Report
5. Cemetery Committee Oral Report
6. Harmonica Festival Committee Oral Report
7. Nominations Committee Selection (Chairman, Treasurer, Member-At-Large)
8. Old Business:
– a. Transfer Station signage
– b. Update from Midas Gold
– c. Update on Community Hall Toilet Progress
– d. Update from YP Water Assn (if representative is available)
– e. Update from YPFD/Heli-spot (if representative is available)
9. New Business:
– a. Dust Abatement
– b. Discussion – Options for 2019 Midas Gold Community Agreement Payment – (Suggestions received so far: Give to Heli-Spot; Repair Abstein Road as identified in 2014; Resurfacing & Fixing holes in Village roads; Survey of Village property lines; Dust Abate all village roads; Install a permanent outhouse downtown to reduce impact on businesses; Give to Water Users Association for replacing water lines; Give to Community Hall Toilet committee; Purchase road-sized canopy to provide shade to audience during festival; build a playground for kids)
10. Adjournment

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

There was a YPFD meeting on May 18th at the Fire Hall

Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10:00am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

May be opening Memorial weekend.
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Opening Memorial Weekend, Firewood Permits available
The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (May 20) overnight low of 39 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Black-headed grosbeaks and finches visiting. Overcast and slight breeze mid-day. Occasional drops of rain mid to late afternoon, light breezes and mostly cloudy, high of 58 degrees. A few finches and grosbeaks visiting. Blustery by early evening, dark clouds and windy by late evening. Started raining after dark. Probably rained on and off most of the night.

Tuesday (May 21) overnight low of 38 degrees, breezy, low overcast and ridges socked in this morning, splatters of rain on and off. Tree swallows left, but lots of finches and black-headed grosbeaks, a few humming birds, ground squirrels still underground. Light rain and sprinkles all morning and into the early afternoon, very low clouds – ridges socked in. Ground squirrels out, finches and a brown-headed cowbird at the feeders, a couple of hummingbirds feeding. Sprinkles on and off mid-afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Breaks in the clouds late afternoon. Elk running pretty hard across the golf course just before dusk. Cloudy at dusk and calm. Lots of robins chirping just before dark. Rain shower after dark. Cloudy and calm before midnight.

Wednesday (May 22) overnight low of 37 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy this morning. The tree swallows came back, finches mobbing the feeders. Black-chinned, rufus and calliope hummingbirds visiting. Red-winged blackbird visited before lunch time. Overcast and quite breezy mid-day. Ray was driving the mail truck today, said FS working on South Fk road and County working on EFSF road. Steller jay visited, Pine squirrel chasing the golden mantel squirrel around, ground squirrels active. Breaks in the clouds mid-afternoon and bits of sunshine, gusty breezes, high of 57 degrees. Cloudy and lighter breezes by early evening, red-winged blackbird singing from the power lines. Patches of stars before midnight.

Thursday (May 23) overnight low of 34 degrees, partly cloudy and light breezes this morning. Lots of swallows and finches, both evening and black-headed grosbeaks along with a red-wing blackbird visiting, pine squirrel chased the golden mantle, ground squirrels active. A rather loud airplane circled over at 951am. Red-breasted nuthatch visiting the suet feeder. Brown-headed cowbirds and red-wing blackbird with the finches for lunch. Dark clouds and breezy mid-day. Pine squirrel busy moving pine cones from here to there. Breezy mid-afternoon, dark clouds to the south and clearing to the north, high of 62 degrees. Overcast and breezy late evening Cloudy and calmer at dusk, robins and blackbirds calling. Calm and cloudy before midnight.

Friday (May 24) overnight low of 36 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. Swallows calling and swooping, finches mobbing the feeders and robins chirping. Ground squirrels, chipmunks, golden mantels and pine squirrels active. Overcast and breezy mid-day, rain showers started at 1pm. Mid-afternoon cool, dark overcast and very light little sprinkles, high of 60 degrees. Lots of finches, a few grosbeaks and blackbirds. Broken clouds and a little sun late afternoon, then dark clouds by early evening and a couple rain drops. Cloudy and calm at dusk, robins and blackbirds calling. Cloudy and calm after midnight.

Saturday (May 25) overnight low of 43 degrees, dark overcast this morning. Robins, swallows and finches calling. Increasing traffic. Breezy and dark clouds mid-day. A little rain shower early afternoon. Red-wing blackbird with the finches and steller jays visiting. Dark clouds and a little breezy mid-afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Shooting on the lower golf course started around 430pm, until after 5pm. Light sprinkles in the evening. Brown-headed cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds visiting with the finches. Steady light rain at dusk and low clouds sitting down on the mountains, a few robins calling. Stopped raining before midnight.

Sunday (May 26) overnight low of 39 degrees, dark low clouds and ridges socked in this morning, light sprinkles of rain. Swallows, finches, robins and red-winged blackbirds calling, chipping sparrows foraging on the ground. A few breaks in the clouds and not raining mid-day. Black-headed grosbeaks and pinesiskins with the finches. Short little shower early afternoon and overcast. A few hummingbirds visiting. Overcast and a bit breezy mid-afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Breaks in the clouds late afternoon, partly cloudy by early evening.
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Idaho News:

Idaho 55 back open after stalled-out RV blocks the highway

The broken down RV caused headaches and delays for people trying to get out of town Friday afternoon.

KTVB May 24, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Motorists traveling along Highway 55 Friday afternoon experienced lengthy delays after a stalled-out RV blocked failed to make it up a hill.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office sent out a traffic alert at 1:22 p.m. via Twitter.

They warned motorists that traffic on Idaho 55 between the Shadow Valley golf course and Avimor subdivision was backed up in both directions because of a stalled-out RV in the northbound lane. The RV was pulling an SUV.

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Voters reject McCall-area recreation district by 69%

Proponents planned rec center, trail network

By Max Silverson for The Star-News May 23, 2019

Voters gave a clear message on Tuesday that they did not want to see the creation of a Northern Valley Recreation District.

A total of 901 voters cast ballots against formation of the district, or 69 percent of the total. A total of 407, or 31 percent, voted in favor.

… The recreation district would have taxed property values in the northern half of Valley County at a rate of $30 per $100,000 in value. The district would have had an initial budget of $1 million per year.

Funds were proposed to be used to pursue the construction of a recreation center; maintenance, expansion and construction of a trail network; and public river access to the North Fork of the Payette.

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Donnelly voters approve extension of local-option taxes

The Star-News May 23, 2019

Donnelly voters on Tuesday approved a 10-year extension of the city’s local-option taxes.

The vote was 22 to 4 to renew the current 1 percent general sales tax and a 3 percent tax on motels, hotels and short-term rentals.

The tax has collected an average of more than $6,000 per month this year, putting it on pace to exceed the nearly $77,000 collected by the tax in 2018.

The tax has invested more than $500,000 into projects in the community since it was first passed in 2008 and renewed in 2012.

Some of the most notable projects funded by the tax include water system improvements, electronic speed check signs, public pathways and streetscape improvements, Hedges said.

Revenue generated by the tax can only be used for projects that benefit residents or stimulate economic growth in the city.

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Wyden, Crapo, Merkley, Risch Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Long-term Stability for Secure Rural Schools Program

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, today reintroduced legislation to provide much-needed financial certainty for rural counties to ensure they have the long-term funding needed for schools, road maintenance, law enforcement and other essential services.

The bipartisan Forest Management for Rural Stability Act, which the senators first introduced in December 2018, makes the Secure Rural Schools program—which expired at the end of FY 2018—permanent by creating an endowment fund to provide stable, increasing and reliable funding for county services.

… The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS)—originally co-authored by Wyden—was enacted in 2000 to financially assist counties with public, tax-exempt forestlands. Since then, Wyden, Crapo, Merkley and Risch have worked to give SRS a more permanent role in assisting rural counties with large tracts of federal lands.

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Idaho Free Trappers to host Backwoods Rendezvous June 13-16

The Star-News May 23, 2019

The Idaho Free Trappers will host their annual Backwoods Rendezvous reenactment with competitions and prizes from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, June 16, at Kennedy Ranch in Cascade.

The event is a celebration and reenactment of the way of life experienced by the pre-1840s buck skinners, fur trappers, traders and Native Americans.

Visitors are welcome to observe Thursday, June 13, through Saturday, June 15, from noon to 7 p.m.

For $5, visitors can try their hand at loading and shooting a black powder rifle, throwing a tomahawk and knife as well as shooting a primitive bow.

Attendees may also enter the hawk and knife and the bow and arrow re-entry contests. Cost is $5 for the first throw and $1 for subsequent ones.

The event will include a potluck dinner on Friday night as well as council fire activities Friday and Saturday nights.

There will be no drinking water available at the site. To visit the Kennedy Ranch, turn east off of Idaho 55 onto Corral Creek Road between mile markers 109 and 110.

For more information, visit http://idahofreetrapper.org, write to idahofreetrapper@yahoo.com or visit the “Idaho Free Trappers” page on Facebook.

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NM recycling center no longer accepts plastics, cardboard

The Star-News May 23, 2019

The New Meadows Recycling Center no longer accepts plastics and cardboard as well as any recyclables from Valley County residents.

The decision was made by Adams county commissioners as a result of rising costs associated with processing recyclables, a statement from the county said.

Drop-off locations in McCall at 540 E. Deinhard Ln., in Donnelly at the Donnelly Fire Department and in Cascade at the corner of Mill Street and South Front Street will continue to accept various recyclables, but not glass, which must be taken to Treasure Valley recycling centers.

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Boise County Emergency Management works to remove deadly log jam on the Payette River

May 20, 2019 By Steve Dent KIVI TV

Banks — Boise County Emergency Management is working to remove a deadly hazard on the South Fork of the Payette River.

A log jam is blocking the left side of the river just below Bronco Billy Rapid and has already claimed a kayak. Fortunately, the woman who was in the kayak safely made it to shore.

Monday afternoon, Boise County set the wood on fire using a gel accelerant that burns off before it reaches the water.

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Idaho Land Board looks to invest $240 million

May 21, 2019 By: Associated Press

Boise — Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and a financial expert will examine how the Idaho Land Board should invest $240 million from the sale of hundreds of residential home sites as well as a number of commercial real estate properties.

… A financial adviser has already told the Land Board to use the money to buy timberland and farmland.

But at least one timber company concerned about competition and some counties worried about losing property tax income have voiced concerns about that plan.

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Task force created to improve Idaho broadband infrastructure

by Associated Press Thursday, May 23rd 2019

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Gov. Brad Little has created a task force aimed at improving broadband infrastructure across Idaho.

The Republican in a news release on Thursday announced he had signed an executive order creating the Idaho Broadband Task Force.

Little says connectivity in a data-driven society is imperative for a vital economy.

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Letter to Share:

Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank Receives National Award

May 22, 2019

Spokane – Valley County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank was awarded the prestigious Dale Sowards Award at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference in Spokane County, Washington, during the closing ceremonies on Friday, May 17, 2019. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to public lands counties and to draw attention to the public policies they represent.

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Commissioner Cruickshank was recognized by his peers from throughout 15 Western states for his 12 years of outstanding leadership and service to counties throughout the Western Interstate Region, including a term as WIR president in 2015-2016.

WIR President Kevin Cann, a Mariposa County, Calif. supervisor, highlighted Cruickshank’s advocacy on behalf of the Secure Rural Schools and Payments in Lieu of Taxes programs his hours of congressional testimony in support of the program.

“He is an outstanding example of what it means to be a public servant,” Cann said, noting that Cruickshank uses his position to educate and inform constituents and fellow county officials of issues critical to public lands counties.

Cruickshank was nominated by the Idaho State Association of Counties because of his tenure, engagement and significant accomplishments associated with natural resources and public lands at the local, state and federal level.

Cruickshank while a Valley County Road Superintendent and then a Commissioner has witnessed the reduction in funding and has advocated every year for the funding to continue as was the compact made when the National Forests were formed many years ago.

Cruickshank is a WIR past president and serves on NACo’s executive committee as its West region representative.

Cruickshank has been a tireless advocate for counties before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. He is a national leader in advocating for the federal payments Payment In Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools programs that compensate counties for large amounts of federal public lands and forests with their borders. His peers and federal policymakers often look to Cruickshank for guidance on matters related to public lands, endangered species, environmental stewardship, infrastructure and community resilience. Cruickshank is also a 2012 graduate of NACo’s County Leadership Institute.
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Public Lands:

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project – DEIS Available on Webpage

The 45-day comment period HAS NOT started but the DEIS is available on the webpage for review.

Notice

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project – DEIS availability

This DEIS has been made available via the webpage, however the 45-day public comment period is expected to begin in early June when the Notice of Availability appears in the Federal Register. To be most useful, please do not submit comments until that time. Should any changes, other than to correct typographical, grammatical or changes in format, to this DEIS prior to the official publication of the document via a notice in the Federal Register, a document listing all changes will be posted on the website.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50218

The DEIS has all of the Appendices (1 through 7) included with the document. Each Appendix is also uploaded individually for convenience of review as well as large format maps.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Fox
Payette National Forest,
Council Ranger District
2092 Highway 95,
Council, ID 83612
(208) 253-0164
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NIFC Wildfire season: ‘Strong snowpack and heavy rains help fend off fire season for now’

by Sarah Jacobsen Wednesday, May 22nd 2019

Boise, ID (CBS 2) — “Nationally we are below the number of fires and the number of acres burned this time of year. and that’s because we had so much precipitation,” says Jessica Gardetto, External Affairs with the Nationa Interagency Fire Center.

According to the National Weather Service, our area gets an average of 1.38 inches of rain for the month of May.

As of this week, we are just four-tenths of an inch away from hitting that mark.

Our strong snowpack and heavy rains are helping fend off fire season for the time being, according to local fire forecasters.

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BLM seeks public input on draft Resource Management Plan for southwestern Idaho

Date: May 24, 2019
Contact: Michael Williamson, mwilliamson@blm.gov, (208) 384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management today announced the release of the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Four Rivers Field Office and is asking for public comments through August 22, 2019.

The BLM Four Rivers Field Office covers approximately 783,000 acres of public lands stretching from Glenns Ferry, northwest to Weiser, and north to McCall.

The purpose of publishing this Draft RMP/EIS is to inform the public about potential management options and to allow for comments on the range of alternatives being considered. The BLM will then use comments to revise the Draft RMP/EIS in preparation for the finalized document, expected in fall 2019, which will then be used to guide management decisions into the future. Issues addressed in the alternatives include mineral development, recreational uses of and access to public lands, livestock grazing, fire management, wildlife habitat and others.

“By having public input on these alternatives, the BLM — along with our tribal, state and other federal partners — promotes a shared conservation stewardship to support multiple-use on public lands,” said BLM Four Rivers Field Manager Brent Ralston. “This plan will guide our management for the next 20 years or so.”

Copies of the Draft RMP/EIS are available for review at the Boise District Office and on the web at: http://go.usa.gov/xnsn6. The BLM will host several public meetings during this 90-day comment period and will announce such meetings at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, social media, and/or mailings.

The BLM encourages the public to provide comments, particularly those concerning the adequacy and accuracy of the proposed alternatives, the analysis of their respective management decisions, and any new information that would help development of the plan. Comments can be submitted through the following means:

Website: http://go.usa.gov/xnsn6
Email: Four_Rivers_RMP@blm.gov
Fax: 208-384-3326
Postal: Four Rivers Field Office
Attn: Brent Ralston
3948 Development Ave.
Boise, ID 83705

Please note that before including their personal identifying information (address, email, phone number), commenters should be aware that their entire comment – including their personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold this information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.

For more information, contact Brent Ralston, Field Manager, at 208-384-3300.
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USDA Forest Service and State of Utah sign Shared Stewardship agreement

Salt Lake City, Utah — May 22, 2019 — Today, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to sign an agreement between the Forest Service and the State of Utah focused on shared stewardship.

As part of this Shared Stewardship Agreement, the State of Utah and the USDA Forest Service are working together to identify and map priority landscapes that will guide activities across jurisdictional boundaries. Utah and the Forest Service will work in partnership to restore these priority landscapes using all tools available, including existing programs such as Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative and the Governor’s Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy.

“This agreement is about setting priorities together and combining resources to achieve healthier forests for the people of Utah,” said Secretary Perdue. “We will use every available authority and tool at our disposal to support partnership efforts to improve forest health and target treatments in areas with the highest payoffs. We want to leave America’s forests better than we found them and that means creating meaningful stewardship partnerships that proactively keep our forests healthy.”

This shared stewardship agreement establishes a framework that will allow the State of Utah to work collaboratively with the Forest Service to accomplish mutual goals and effectively respond to the increasing suite of challenges on National Forest System lands within Utah.

“Through programs like the Watershed Restoration Initiative, which is responsible for restoring over 1.6 million acres of priority watershed statewide, our state has developed a history of working collaboratively with our federal and local partners,” said Governor Herbert. “This new Shared Stewardship agreement offers us another tool in our toolkit to elevate cooperation with our federal partners. This added collaboration will help us address the most critical needs impacting the health of Utah forests and watersheds.”

Under the agreement, the State of Utah and the USDA Forest Service will focus on landscape-scale forest restoration activities that protect at-risk communities and watersheds. Shared Stewardship responds to the urgent and growing challenges faced by managers and owners of forests in Utah and across the nation, among them catastrophic wildfires, invasive species, drought, and epidemics of forest insects and disease. Of particular concern are longer fire seasons and the increasing size and severity of wildfires, along with the expanding risk to communities, water sources, wildlife habitat, air quality, and the safety of firefighters.

The agreement can be found at: Utah Agreement for Shared Stewardship.

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Letter to Share:

The Gamebird Foundation

May 20, 2019

Dale Rose just informed me that we have 6-7 more brooders built. They need some baby pheasant chicks in them.

The brooders are very portable and only require very little assembly when you get home. A screw driver and about 12 screws. You get free chicks and feed if you need. The Gamebird Foundation meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Community Center in Viola Idaho.

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

Fish & Game advises to keep dogs away from deer with fawns

The Star-News May 23, 2019

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is warning residents and their dogs to watch out for adult doe mule deer who may be aggressively protecting their fawns.

“In several instances, adult doe mule deer charged toward walkers and threatened to kick or stomp dogs,” Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

Mule deer fawns are usually born between late May and early June, and during the first six weeks of life a fawn’s primary survival mechanism is hiding while the mother forages nearby.

Although generally docile, mule deer can become aggressive when protecting their young, Berkley said.

“Adult does can weigh over 100 pounds, and their sharp hooves can cause plenty of damage,” she said. “They can run faster than you can.”

Residents are advised to keep their dogs leashed while walking in town as well as to give deer a wide berth.

People who find a hidden fawn are asked to move away quickly and to not pick up the fawn.

“It is natural for deer to leave their young alone for extended periods of time,” Berkley said. “Removing a hidden deer fawn can cause the mother to abandon the area.”

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https://www.mccallstarnews.com/
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Pet Talk – What is a ‘false pregnancy’?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt May 24, 2019 IME

A false pregnancy is called a pseudocyesis. It occurs when an unspayed and nonpregnant female dog goes through a phase of breast enlargement, production of milk and behavior similar to that of pregnant bitches. The affected bitch often allows nursing and displays mothering tendencies.

All bitches produce the hormone progesterone for two months after ovulation, which results in mammary gland development. When progesterone decreases abruptly, it stimulates the release of another hormone called prolactin. Prolactin causes mothering behavior and lactation.

A false pregnancy can also occur from the sudden withdrawal of progesterone therapy in an intact bitch or following an ovario-hysterectomy (spay) during the later phases of a female dog’s heat cycle.

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Grizzlies are on the hunt

May 21, 2019 Local News 8

Island Park, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Grizzly bears have become increasingly active.

Idaho Fish and Game Department biologists have been watching a female grizzly with cubs near Harriman State Park. One has been seen digging gopher caches for an easy food source.

Bear biologist Jeremy Nicholson said this is the third year in a row bears have been observed in the same area. He thinks a grizzly mother is returning to a known food source.

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Grizzly numbers steady as hunting plans tied up in US court

by Associated Press Friday, May 24th 2019

Wildlife officials say grizzly bear numbers are holding steady in the U.S. Northern Rockies as plans to hunt the animals remain mired in a legal dispute.

A Friday U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report said there are more than 700 bears in the Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

More than 1,000 occupy northwestern Montana including Glacier National Park.

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US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

By Matthew Brown – 5/24/19 AP

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.

The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. It comes after a judge in Montana restored protections for the animals last September.

U.S. Justice Department attorneys said the judge was wrong to require officials to review the status of grizzlies everywhere before lifting protections for bruins in the Yellowstone region. They also rejected the notion that the bears’ long-term genetic health was in doubt.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Fourth week in May 2019
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Wolves attack dog near Observation Road in Duluth

By John Myers on May 25, 2019 Deluth News Tribune


Paul Moore and his chocolate Labrador, Rad Venom, were looking for deer antlers when the dog was attacked by two wolves on May 15. Tyler Schank

Paul Moore often runs his chocolate Labrador retriever off leash when he’s training the dog to look for sheds — deer antlers on the ground.

So there was nothing unusual when the owner and eager dog left Moore’s parked truck off Observation Road in Duluth earlier this month and headed into the woods.

“I try to keep him about 10 yards out so I can watch what he’s doing. He’s pretty good for that,” Moore said, adding that he had just given the dog the command to start looking for antlers when their outing turned bad. It was just after 7 p.m.

That’s when Moore saw two wolves running full speed toward his dog.

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Busy time of year at Boise’s only bird rehab facility

May 20, 2019 By Karen Lehr KIVI TV

Boise, Idaho — To say the Ruth Melichar Bird Center in Boise is busy this time of year would be an understatement.

Hundreds of concerned Treasure Valley residents have been stopping by over the past few weeks to drop off injured and abandoned ducklings, swallows and robins.

Staff – made mostly of volunteers – rehabilitate more than 2,500 wild birds every year and release them back into the wild. A vast majority of those birds come to their care between mid-April and September. Just since the beginning of May, they’ve taken 400 ducklings under their wings.

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‘It was insane:’ Boise fisherman catches massive sturgeon in Parkcenter Pond

Ryan Peterson thought the stories of monster fish in the pond were all made up.

Joe Parris May 21, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Ryan Peterson had heard the stories about sturgeon in Boise’s Parkcenter Pond – monster fish gliding beneath the murky water in downtown Boise.

“I didn’t believe them,” he said. “It’s always been a myth, with everyone I’ve spoken to.”

The Boise fisherman was hoping to catch some catfish when he headed down to Parkcenter Pond Sunday. He reeled in several, he said, before something bigger – much bigger – took the bait.

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Idaho waterways could hold key to saving orcas

May 22, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

Boise — In the Pacific Ocean, killer whales are at the top of the food chain — preying on seals, sea lions and even sharks. But one Pacific orca species is on the brink of extinction. Whale researchers say the endangered southern resident orcas which live in and around the Puget Sound, face three main challenges: pollution, underwater noise and food supply.

The southern resident orcas have a much smaller range than other killer whales and they have a much more specific diet. Unlike the orcas which swim farther down the coast and farther up the coast, the mainstay of the southern resident orcas is Chinook salmon.

But Chinook numbers have plummeted and whale advocates say the key to keeping the southern residents from going extinct lies in the clear cool water of Idaho’s mountains.

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It’s the time of year to check for ticks, and they’re popping up all over the Treasure Valley

May 20, 2019 By Natasha Williams KIVI TV

Spring brings wildflowers, warming weather, later sunsets, and ticks.

It’s the time of year to start checking for ticks! The wood ticks in Idaho rarely transmit scary diseases like Lyme disease, but people can catch Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other illnesses from the insects.

Make sure you check yourself and your pets for ticks after you spend time outdoors, because it only takes 24 to 36 hours to transmit a disease.

You can also talk to your vet about using a flea and tick preventative treatment on your pets.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game Commission seats open

May 24, 2019 Local News 8

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The appointed terms of Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners Derick Attebury of Idaho Falls and Dan Blanco of Moscow both expire at the end of June.

Governor Brad Little said he is now accepting applications for the two potential openings. Attebury, who served as Chairman of the Commission for the past year, represents the Upper Snake Region and Blanco represents the Clearwater Region.

Both men are eligible for reappointment.

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Spring bear hunters reminded of baiting rules

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

With spring black bear hunting season well underway, Idaho Department of Fish and Game reminds hunters that using bait comes with easy to follow rules. Yet each spring, some run afoul with the law when their blunders could easily be avoided.

Here are a few reminders every bear baiter should follow:

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See a summary of the mule deer plan and learn how to review and comment

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, May 24, 2019

Complete draft mule deer and white-tailed deer plans will be available for comment in early June

Idaho Fish and Game is asking deer hunters to look at its draft management plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer and provide feedback to the department on the overall concepts of the plans and whether topics are missing that might improve them. The plans describe statewide management directions and strategies.

The mule deer plan focuses on a variety of topics that include population management and also frameworks and concepts for hunting seasons that will maintain sustainable deer herds and strive to meet hunters’ expectations.

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Free Fishing Day is June 8, see events throughout the state

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Brian Pearson/IDFG

Fish and Game will host statewide events to help beginners get started

Saturday, June 8 is Free Fishing Day, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Eagle with 8-foot wing span crashes into Alaska home

by The Associated Press Wednesday, May 8th 2019


(Stacy Studebaker via AP)

Kodiak, Alaska (AP) — Many are familiar with uninvited guests unexpectedly crashing at the house, but an eagle took such a scenario to new heights in Kodiak.

An eagle grabbed a piece of freezer-burned halibut that someone had thrown out, and apparently misjudged its climb up a cliff with the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) piece of fish while likely being chased by another eagle, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Tuesday.

The wrong trajectory led the eagle to smash through a front window of Stacy Studebaker’s home Saturday.

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Memorial Day:

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May 19, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

May 19, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
May 23 – Festival meeting 2pm at the Community Hall
Memorial Weekend – The Corner opens
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 – Willie and the Single Wides at The Corner
May 26 – Celebration of Life 2pm-5pm YP Tavern
June 8 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
June 11 – Yellow Pine Vet Clinic
June 15 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 27 – (confirmed) Noxious Weed Spray day
June 29 – Highland Games
July 2 – Ice Hole Campground opens
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 20 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Aug 10 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall
Sept 14 – 10am YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall budget meeting
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar
Sept 21 – VYPA meeting 2pm Community Hall

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Local Events:

Memorial Weekend

May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend

The Corner will be opening up on Memorial Day Weekend with Willie and The Singlewides playing Saturday, 5/25.

May 26 – Celebration of Life 2pm-5pm Yellow Pine Tavern
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June 11 – Vet Day

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

For the second year, Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers will bring the Highland Games to Yellow Pine on June 29th. Last year they donated over $2,600 to the Helipad and this year money will be raised for the water department. Come see these fantastic athletes and support the water department.
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Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

There will be a hearty breakfast at the museum from 8-10. The cost is $6 and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of the museum.
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Noxious Weed Spray day June 27

We have a confirmed date of Thursday, June 27th for the Yellow Pine Noxious weed spray day. Mark your calendars, hope to see you there.

Hello Yellow Pine,

I’m beginning my transition from snow plowing to noxious weed control. Yellow Pine is 1st on my list to start talking about dates to schedule our 2nd annual noxious weed Homeowners assistance spray day. Last year we got together on Thursday, July 19, 2018. I have June 27, 2019 marked on my calendar.

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

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

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

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

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Village News:

Dust Abatement

I am in process of obtaining cost and date information. Please let me know if you are interested in dust abatement this year.

Deb Filler, fillerd2@live.com, 208.633.6945
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Firewood Permits May 15

The Corner has firewood permits in stock now. 4 cord minimum at $6.25 per cord. Please call to make sure I’m around before Memorial Day, bring drivers license and cash is preferred, no CC.
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Spring Fuel Delivery

Diamond Fuel & Feed will be going to the back country soon. They are waiting for Johnson Creek to open up and dry out enough for their truck to travel on. If you would like to be put on the schedule for fuel delivery please call the office at 208-382-4430 and let them know.

Thanks, Megan 5/15/2019
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The Corner

The Corner will be open Friday, May 24. For the opening weekend special, we will have smoked brisket with our sweet bourbon sauce and grilled onions served on a toasted bun with fries. On the lighter side a smoked chicken salad with black bean corn salsa. The Corner Store will also be open with snacks, groceries, fresh produce, soda, ice and packaged beer. If you know you will be coming in over the summer and need special grocery orders, let me know and I will order it in for you while you are here, 2 deliveries a week. The best way to get a hold of me is to call or stop by and say hello.

Matt, The Corner
208-633-3325
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Received a report on May 17 that the Transfer Station was emptied last week. We have started having an issue with the burn pile already. READ the SIGNS!

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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Update on Bald Hill Prescribed Fire

I received reports of smoke in Yellow Pine over the [last] weekend attributed to the Bald Hill Prescribed fire project and would like to provide an update. The area that we treated in Reegan Creek is continuing to burn heavy fuels inside the planned burn area and producing moderate amounts of smoke intermittently. We are continuing to monitor the fire and its effects, either on the ground or from aerial observations. It is meeting our objectives and progressing as planned. There is a good chance of rain and much cooler weather in the forecast at least through the weekend, this should significantly decrease or eliminate any smoke impacts to Yellow Pine. Thanks for the continued observations and feel free to contact Laurel Ingram at 208-634-0622 or District Ranger Anthony Botello at 208-634-0601 with any questions or concerns.

Thanks, Laurel Ingram 5/15/2019
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
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Roads

Johnson Creek Road

I rode Johnson Creek last night [5/14] to Halfway and was blocked by snow there, county road graders are working on this end cleaning ditches. No major slides or sluffs between YP and Halfway. – Matt

Stibnite Road Update

Update: May 17, 2019 from Mckinsey Lyon

Unfortunately, vehicle travel along Stibnite Road is likely still a few weeks out. However, we are encouraged by the progress the contractor for Valley County, OK Gravel, has made in clearing about 75% of the avalanche. Melt conditions have also been favorable and most of the snow has melted from the avalanche. Once crews are able to clear the slide entirely, they will begin re-building the road base back up. Timing for road surfacing is contingent upon when Valley County can start crushing material from the Yellow Pine quarry this summer and we anticipate a final gravel cap will be added to the road in mid-to-late summer.

The following photos, taken from the same location over the last few weeks, show the progress.

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Photo credit Midas Gold. Photo 1: slide on April 17. Photo 2: April 25 melting out, foot trail well established. Photo 3: May 17 County contractor about 75% completed cleared avalanche debris and re-establishing road corridor. Will need a few more weeks to build road base back up above river.

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Tick Season

Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks, a tick bite paralysed a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.


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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are still on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. Staring in June we will have 6-day a week delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

Watch for mean mamma does this time of year – they will stomp your dogs!

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

Bald Eagle attacked a duck decoy near Westside Ave on May 17th.

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photo by Ann F.
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Ice Hole Campground Will open July 2nd

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

YPWUA News:

Water Update May 19th

The refurbished and rebuilt altitude valve and control valve were successfully reinstalled today restoring automatic control of the level in the water storage tanks. There is plenty of water available, there should be no supply concern for the holiday weekend. As of today, water plant output capacity exceeds 60,000 gallons per day.

The boil water advisory will need to remain in effect due to continued high water demand. Non-approved filter maintenance continues to be required to keep water flowing at such a high rate. Water demand is estimated at more than 30,000 gallons per day. The ongoing concern is reducing water usage due to leaks. Clearly citizens are not using that much water day to day. The water is going somewhere, the best explanation is additional leaks in the system.
– Warren Drake

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

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

Village of Yellow Pine Association Meeting Agenda

June 8, 2019; 2pm; at the Community Hall

1 Call to Order
2 Approval of the prior meeting minutes
3 Treasurer’s Report
4 Annual Community Hall Committee Written Report
5 Cemetery Committee Oral Report
6 Harmonica Festival Committee Oral Report
7 Nominations Committee Selection (Chairman, Treasurer, Member-At-Large)
8 Old Business:
– a. Transfer Station signage
– b. Update from Midas Gold
– c. Update on Community Hall Toilet Progress
– d. Update from YP Water Assn (if representative is available)
– e. Update from YPFD/Heli-spot (if representative is available)
9 New Business:
– a. Dust Abatement
– b. Discussion – Options for 2019 Midas Gold Community Agreement Payment – (Suggestions received so far: Give to Heli-Spot; Repair Abstein Road as identified in 2014; Resurfacing & Fixing holes in Village roads; Survey of Village property lines; Dust Abate all village roads; Install a permanent outhouse downtown to reduce impact on businesses; Give to Water Users Association for replacing water lines; Give to Community Hall Toilet committee; Purchase road-sized canopy to provide shade to audience during festival; build a playground for kids)
10 Adjournment

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

June 8th; July 20th; August 10th; September 14th – 2pm at the Community Hall.

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

Fire Training May 19th

YPFD training today was well attended! Thanks to all for participating as Jeff staged a traumatic injury scenario needing all levels of service.

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There was a YPFD meeting on May 18th at the Fire Hall

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Meetings will be held at the fire station at 10:00am and everyone is welcome to attend. June 15th; July 13th; and Sept 14th (which will also be the budget meeting as well).

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

-JF

Fire/Rescue Polaris Ranger

The YPFD purchased a basic Polaris Ranger 4×4 from Donnelly Fire Department in mid 2018

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The Polaris has been transformed into a Quick Emergency Response Unit, capable of fighting fire, EMS and Over-the-Side Rescue responses.

The onboard equipment is all professional grade and certified to the highest Fire/Rescue standards:

* 75 gallons of water with pump
* 5 gallons of firefighting foam auto mixed with the pump
* Drafting capable with 12’ suction hose
* Hose Real with 75 foot of 1” hose with auto rewind
* 500’ of additional 1” hose
* Can Support 1.5” discharge hose as well
* 300” of ¾ inch hose
* Thermal Imaging Camera
* Firefighting Rake, Pulaski and McCloud
* Fire Extinguisher
* Drip Torch
* Chain Saw
* Full size Rigid Rescue Litter
* SKED Rescue Litter/Sled
* Rescue Harness
* 150’ Rescue Rope with assorted anchor and rescue gear
* Paramedic level Medical/Trauma equipment
* Oxygen
* Portable Repeater for back country communications with Valley County 9-1-1 Dispatcher and/or other emergency responders and Medical/Rescue Helicopters
* Winch
* Light Bar
* Cab Heater
* Custom Built suspension by Walker/Evans Racing
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Maybe open by Memorial weekend
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Opening Memorial Weekend, Firewood Permits available
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:

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

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (May 13) overnight low of 36 degrees, clear sky this morning. Beautiful bird chorus – swallows, finches, robins and a raven. Partly cloudy mid-day, light breezes. Dandelions are starting to bloom. Hummingbirds very active. Stronger breezes and more hazy clouds mid-afternoon, river sounds louder, high of 80 degrees. Hummingbirds active. Male goldfinch visited the hummingbird feeder. Nearly overcast and breezy early evening. Lots of hummingbirds this evening, a few robins chirping. Mostly cloudy at dusk and calmer. Hazy, some stars and filtered moonlight before midnight.

Tuesday (May 14) overnight low of 38 degrees, clear sky this morning. Swallows, finches and a raven calling. Pretty warm mid-day, light breezes, gusting at times, increasing clouds. Raven, finches and hummingbirds visiting, a red-naped sapsucker was drumming on the power pole. Partly cloudy and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, river sounds loud, high of 78 degrees. Fat golden mantel squirrel visited. Windy and overcast by early evening. Fat sleek doe in the neighborhood, hungry hummingbirds draining the feeders and a pine squirrel sounding off. At dusk it was mostly cloudy, breezy but not windy, fuzzy faint waxing moon high in the sky. Hummingbirds still active just before dark.

Wednesday (May 15) overnight low of 44 degrees, the sky is overcast this morning. Swallows flying high and a few finches and hummingbirds. Several colombian ground squirrels and 2 chipmunks running around. The red-naped sapsucker is back drumming on the power pole. Mail truck made good time. A few drops of rain before noon, dark clouds and a little breezy. Finches, hummingbirds and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Little sprinkles on and off mid-afternoon, dark clouds and variable breezes, high of 60 degrees. Black-headed grosbeak and American goldfinch sighting. Shower mid-evening. Elk on the eastern edge of the golf course grazing undisturbed for quite a while. Shower after dark. Partly starry after midnight.

Thursday (May 16) overnight low of 38 degrees, mostly hazy sky this morning. Swallows, finches and hummingbirds active, so are the ground squirrels. Mostly cloudy mid-day, mild breezes. Finches, ground squirrels, pine squirrel and chipmunks active. Mostly cloudy (thicker haze and clouds) mid-afternoon and warm, very light breezes, high of 70 degrees. Robins calling late evening. Overcast and breezy at dusk. Rain after midnight, probably rained all night.

Friday (May 17) overnight low of 40 degrees, overcast and light rain this morning. Lots of finches, male and female evening grosbeaks, male and female black-headed grosbeaks and hummingbirds, pine squirrel gathering seeds in the rain. Light sprinkles mid-day and overcast. Pinesiskins have arrived. Sprinkles on and off after lunch, then steady light rain and a little breezy mid-afternoon, cooler, high of 48 degrees. Shooting stars are blooming in the undisturbed areas of the golf course. Large flock of brown-headed cowbirds visited late afternoon. Still raining at dusk, low misty clouds. Robins calling.

Saturday (May 18) overnight low of 38 degrees, mostly cloudy and light breezes this morning. Swallows, finches and robins calling, hummingbirds, black-headed grosbeaks and steller jay visiting. Overcast by mid-day. Lots of finches visiting. Still overcast mid-afternoon and almost calm, high of 55 degrees. Golden mantel and ground squirrels running about. Breaks in the clouds and breezy early evening. Mostly cloudy and short little sprinkle at dusk. Robins calling, doe out on the golf course. Cloudy at moon rise.

Sunday (May 19) overnight low of 36 degrees, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Lots of tree swallows flying and finches calling, ground squirrels ‘eeeping’. Overcast and a little breezy mid-day. Black-headed grosbeaks, hummingbirds and finches visiting. Blustery and spatters of rain mid-afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Overcast just before dusk. Robins calling. Doe on the golf course at dusk.
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Idaho News:

Repaving causes delays on Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry

by Scott Logan Tuesday, May 14th 2019

Smiths Ferry, Idaho (CBS 2) — Work started in earnest this week on repaving a several mile stretch of Highway 55 from milepost 91 to milepost 97 near Smiths Ferry, a stretch that’s in pretty rough shape.

In fact, the section of Highway 55 was deteriorating so quickly, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)moved the project up from 2021 when it was originally scheduled to be done.

“We’ve definitely heard from the travelling public that the conditions on that road are not great,” said ITD spokesman Jake Melder. “We see it ourselves, our maintenance guys have been out there since last fall making repairs.”

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US 95 to close for overnight bridge construction between New Meadows, Council

by CBS 2 Staff Tuesday, May 14th 2019

New Meadows, Idaho (CBS 2) – Ongoing bridge construction over the Weiser River will require a series of nighttime closures of US-95 between Council and New Meadows near milepost 146 throughout the summer and fall.

During overnight closures on US-95, no official detour will be available.

Motorists needing to travel at night should find an alternate route.

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Voters to cast ballots Tuesday on McCall-area rec district

The Star-News May 16, 2019

Voters in and around Donnelly will get to decide on Tuesday whether to create the Northern Valley Recreation District.

Polling places are the Donnelly Bible Church and the basement of Idaho First Bank on Deinhard Lane in McCall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A majority plus one vote is required to create the district.

The district would have the same boundaries as the McCall-Donnelly School District, which extends from north of McCall to south of Donnelly. The recreation district would not be affiliated with the school district.

If approved, the new district would be a separate government agency with an independent board of directors.

… The district would collect about $1 million per year in property taxes, or about half of the maximum amount allowed, Steering Committee Chair Sherry Maupin of McCall said.

The $1 million levy amount was determined after gathering community comment, Maupin said.

A tax of $30 per $100,000 of taxable value on real estate would be levied by the district.

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‘The idea is to make things accessible to everyone’: Study recommends 70 miles of trails in Valley County

The year-long feasibility study found that the county needs more than 70 miles of pathways to connect communities for non-motorized travel.

Joey Prechtl May 16, 2019 KTVB

Valley County, Idaho — Two Valley County groups are trying to connect communities with singletrack sidewalks. A singletrack sidewalk is a dirt trail that runs parallel with a road. These would allow walkers, runners, and cyclists a safe route to and from communities.

A year-long feasibility study conducted by the International Mountain Biking Association recommends more than 70 miles of those sidewalks for Valley County.

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Firefighters douse two controlled burns whipped by winds

The Star-News May 16, 2019

McCall Fire & EMS responded to two brush fires in the McCall area last weekend after winds caused controlled burns to ignite nearby dead grass.

Firefighters were able to quickly douse flames on the two fires on Elo Road and Rio Vista Boulevard before any damage to structures or injuries were incurred, Chief Garrett de Jong said.

Lingering snow piles do not signal safe burning conditions, and smoldering ash piles should be extinguished with water and “cool to the touch,” de Jong said.

“People need to be very thoughtful when they decide to burn and need to take into account the fuels that they are burning, the time of day, and how the wind can affect their fire,” he said.

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Archaeologist to discuss Valley County culture May 28

The Star-News May 16, 2019

A Boise National Forest archaeologist will discuss the history of ancient cultures in Valley County during an Outdoor Conversations event on Tuesday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Barn Owl Books.

Archaeologist Lucy Harris will also talk about efforts to prevent destruction of these historical sites from erosion and people.

“The western margin of Cascade Reservoir … contains an impressive archaeological record that documents a human history of the valley that spans 11,000 years,” Harris said. “These sites represent an invaluable and irreplaceable archaeological record.”

Displays will include informative maps of the area and samples of stone tools recovered from sites. The discussion will be the final Outdoor Conversation event of the season sponsored by the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation.

Barn Owl Books and Gifts is located at 616 N. Third St., Suite 110, in McCall.

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New Roseberry exhibit depicts early residents in their own words

By Max Silverson for The Star-News May 16, 2019

During the Great Depression, Gold Fork resident Charlie Pratt went into the local bank, laid his revolver on the counter and did something he’d never done before – he requested a $10 line of credit to buy groceries.

“I gave him the 10 dollars,” said Blair Armstrong, the man behind the counter that day.

The not-so-subtle “request” for credit is one of many stories from Valley County’s history now on display at the Methodist-Episcopal Church at Historic Roseberry east of Donnelly.

From photos of hearty homesteaders building log homes by hand to scenes of the McCall sawmill engulfed in flames, the exhibit, called “Voices,” chronicles the life and times of early Valley County residents.

The exhibit will be open this Sunday and May 26 from 1-5 p.m. and then be open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays during the summer.

The exhibit includes stories, quotes and context partnered with photos, often depicting the surprisingly difficult conditions that came with life in the mountains.

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MV students to dedicate Packer John’s Cabin Park signs Tuesday

The Star-News May 16, 2019

Meadows Valley students are inviting the public to celebrate the dedication of their historical interpretive signs on Tuesday at Packer John’s Cabin park east of New Meadows.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday with speeches from the students and will wrap up with a meet-and-greet with the 15 students from Sue Weber’s fifth-grade class that crafted the signs.

Students spent about a year researching, designing and installing their own 24-by-18-inch sign detailing the history of Meadows Valley at each campsite in the park.

The Adams County Commissioners were convinced by students to grant a budget of up to $14,000 to create the signs.

The Adams County Historical Society and the McCall Outdoor Science School also assisted students throughout the process.

Efforts were made by students last spring to clean the park up in anticipation of installing the signs.

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WICAP plans annual yard sale May 23-25 in Cascade

The Star-News May 16, 2019

The Western Idaho Community Action Partnership will host its annual Yard Sale Fundraiser Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, at the Valley County Fairgrounds in Cascade.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the first red barn at the fairgrounds. Donations will be accepted starting on noon next Tuesday.

Items for sale will include clothing, furniture, housewares and appliances. Featured this year will be “Dale’s Corner,” featuring artwork, jewelry, silver, crystal, old china odds and ends.

WICAP is nonprofit corporation established in 1965 to promote the power and self-sufficiency of people experiencing economic and related problems.

Services include assistance with heating costs and USDA Commodity Foods to qualifying individuals or those experiencing hardships.

WICAP also has a back-to-school fund which provides low-income students with a backpack, shoes for physical education, and school supplies.

The group offers chimney cleaning for low-income seniors and disabled people as well as other types of assistance such as job search assistance and budgeting.

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Letter to Share:

NWS Boise needs enhanced spotter reports May 27 – Jun 14

Spotters,

To ensure that the National Weather Service Doppler Radar in Boise lasts for many more years to come, we need to do some significant refurbishment of physical parts in the radar, such as gears, bearings, etc. To do that, we need to take the radar offline for about three weeks, from May 27 through June 14. This process will be taking place at all radars across the country over the next few years, and this is our scheduled time to go through the refurbishment.

During that radar downtime, we will only have very limited radar coverage from neighboring office radars. We will be more dependent than ever on reports of significant weather from our network of trained weather spotters – that’s you! We have other tools, like Satellite, and lightning detection equipment – but nothing really compared to getting reports from spotters like you – with what you are experiencing on the ground in your area.

During those weeks (May 27 – June 14), please be “extra aware” of significant weather in your area (thunderstorms, strong winds, hail, etc.) and call us on the usual spotter hotline number (1-800-882-1428) with your reports. We really appreciate your help!

Here is a link to a nice video with information about the radar refurbishment project:

Thanks so much,
Your National Weather Service Team
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Trivia:

Memorial Day: A Brief History

by Suzanne G May 1, 2019

This Memorial Day, AmeriGas is proud to play a big part in cookouts across the nation. But more importantly, it’s a time to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our armed forces.

Did you know that Memorial Day didn’t start out the way we celebrate it today? Do you know when, where, or how Memorial Day even began? Read on to learn more…

* It started over 150 years ago. On May 5, 1866 in Waterloo, NY, a ceremony honored local veterans who fought in the Civil War (which had just ended a year earlier). Businesses closed and residents flew flags at half-staff.

* Two years later, it gets a name. On May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union veterans) created Decoration Day, a day for Americans to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

* Flower power influences the date. It’s believed that Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared Decoration Day to be May 30 because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

* It wasn’t always for all fallen soldiers. It was only after World War I that Memorial Day expanded to honor those who died in all American wars.

* LBJ makes the birthplace official. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson, with the support of Congress, declares Waterloo the birthplace of Memorial Day.

* No longer a date, but a day. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a federal holiday and that it would no longer take place on May 30, but rather the last Monday in May.

* A new millennium brings a new moment. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signs an act which asks Americans to observe a Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. Many organizations observe this moment, including Amtrak (who blasts their train whistles), Major League Baseball, and NASCAR.

On behalf of the AmeriGas family, we honor the U.S. service men and women this Memorial Day who gave their lives for our country and our freedom.

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Scam Alert:

Social Security Scam

From Gem County Sheriff’s Office via FB

Fraudsters have long been calling Social Security benefit recipients and telling them their Social Security number is being suspended for criminal or fraudulent activity — and that the government is taking action against them. The action ranges from an arrest warrant to an active lawsuit.

To end this supposed action, victims are told to call another number. When they do, folks running the scam will ask them to pay a fine (often through gift cards). They will also be asked personal information, such as their bank account numbers, date of birth, and so on. If they supply it, fraudsters can utilize it to take money from their accounts.

With a Social Security number and a date of birth, it’s even possible to sign up for benefits (if the rightful Social Security account holder hasn’t yet) or, if they have, to divert benefits to another address and bank account. Scam artists can simply contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) and ask to change the address or bank account. The first indication the rightful recipient would have is the failure of their benefits to arrive.

A new spin

But a new wrinkle in this venerable scam was recently reported. In this one, recipients of a call are told that their Social Security number has been suspended due not to their own actions but to more general “suspicious activity.”

Instead of being given another number to call, the victims are told to simply press 1, and they’ll be connected with a Social Security agent. Instead, they are connected to a fraudulent agent, who may ask them to verify their Social Security number. Once they verify it, the fraudster has it. Fines and bank account numbers are part of this one, too.

Senior citizens are targets

Unfortunately, Social Security fraud is all too frequently perpetrated against senior citizens. Most senior citizens rely on Social Security for at least part of their income, and many rely on it for a sizable percentage of it. They may be very frightened of a possible suspension of the number and hence the benefit.

Senior citizens also often don’t realize how easy it is to imitate even an agency of the U.S. government. In the past, scam artists have set up phone numbers with 202 area codes (the one used in Washington, D.C.) and email accounts with ssa.gov as part of the address — which is part of the actual online address of the SSA. They have set up fake SSA websites that look very convincing.

This time of year, there may be a third wrinkle. Tax returns, refunds, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), another federal agency, are in the minds, computers, and mailboxes of many people. Senior citizens and the rest of the population might be more likely to believe that someone from the U.S. government is actually contacting them about suspicious activity during this period than any other.

Take precautions if you’re contacted

It’s important not to react if someone contacts you saying they’re from the SSA by phone or email. Instead, take three precautions.

1. Know the SSA’s policies

In general, the SSA and its agents will not suddenly call or email someone. The SSA, like the IRS, communicates by letter. It may at times call or email to follow up on an issue, but the original contact will come by letter.

2. Don’t give out any information

Once you know that the real SSA is not going to make such a serious charge as fraud or suspicious activity over the telephone, the next step is easy.

Don’t engage with the caller. Don’t give out any information of any kind. Don’t fall for one of their favorite tricks — verifying a Social Security or bank account number they already have part of. They can use it once they have it.

It’s a good idea, in fact, to hang up on the call. Some fraudsters record and use the victim’s voice, particularly saying “yes.” They can then use the recording to verify and authorize transfers from bank and other accounts.

3. Report the incident

If this scam happens to you, report it to the SSA. The SSA maintains a Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. If you’re hearing impaired, call 1-866-501-2101 (TTY). The government alerts people to these scams based partly on the number of reports. It’s important to public safety to keep the public aware.
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Mining News:

Stibnite Foundation Established, Ethical Quandary Persists

By Monica Gokey May 15, 2019 Boise State Public Radio


Courtesy Midas Gold Corp.

The Stibnite Foundation was recently established with nearly $1 million from Midas Gold, the company hoping to reopen the Stibnite mine in west-central Idaho. But there’s an ethical quandary over whether or not the foundation ties local cities and counties too closely to the mine’s success or failure.

Each of the eight regional communities that signed Midas Gold’s community agreement got to place a member on the board of the foundation, which was formally established in mid-April.

Midas Gold provided the Stibnite Foundation with $100,000 cash, nearly $900,000 in company shares.

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USDA Forest Service Dewey Mine Sediment Stabilization Update

May 13, 2019

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed Dewey Mine Sediment Stabilization Project on the Krassel Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The scoping document provides more detailed information about the project and is available on the project’s webpage at
http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55927

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 June 12, 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 through the project webpage is preferred but written, comments concerning these projects will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted to the Krassel District Office 500 North Mission Street Building 1 McCall, Idaho 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.

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 Andrew Stonebreaker, Hydrologic Technician, at (208)-634-0806.

Sincerely,
Anthony B. Botello
Krassel District Ranger
Payette National Forest
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Payette seeks comment on Dewey Mine sediment project

The Star-News May 16, 2019

The Payette National Forest is seeking comments on a sediment stabilization project for the Dewey Mine about 17 miles east of Yellow Pine.

Proposed work on the mine includes installing dams in a gully and excavating a drainage route to direct runoff from the mine around a breached settling pond.

Work would improving drainage, road access and reinforce the closure of the mine.

The goal of the project is to reduce the amount of sediment flowing into Mule Creek, according to the proposal.

The gold mine, located within the Krassel Ranger District, is abandoned.

Contact Hydrologic Technician Andrew Stonebreaker at 208-634-0806 for questions.

Comments can be submitted by June 12 to the Krassel District Office at 500 Mission Street in McCall, or through project webpage at
http://fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55927

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Impact Statement for Proposed Caldwell Canyon Phosphate Mine Available for Review

BLM Identifies Mining Alternative One as its Preferred Alternative

Soda Springs, Idaho – Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District released a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) analyzing a mine and reclamation plan (M&RP) submitted by P4 Production, LLC for the proposed Caldwell Canyon Mine. P4 Production, a subsidiary of Bayer, would like to develop several phosphate leases they hold located on Schmidt Ridge about 13 miles east northeast of Soda Springs, Idaho. The BLM seeks public review prior to releasing a Record of Decision on the proposal later this summer. BLM has identified its preferred alternative as Alternative 1 in the FEIS.

In keeping with the Administration’s priorities, the preferred alternative would find a balance between responsible resource extraction and conservation, while providing opportunities for high paying jobs in the local community. If approved, the Caldwell Canyon Mine would sustain approximately 185 mining jobs and support 585 plant jobs for an additional 40 years, and would aid the region by providing $122 million annually for payroll, taxes, royalties, purchases, as well as sustaining support and service jobs.

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Public Lands:

Memorial Day weekend campground openings planned

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

Boise, Idaho, May 17, 2019 — Boise National Forest visitors headed to the Forest in celebration of Memorial Day can expect cool temperatures with a chance of rain. Temperatures in higher elevations are much cooler and conditions can change very quickly. Please call the District for updates. Many campgrounds and roads in the higher elevations are closed due the remaining snow pack including Deadwood Reservoir, Bull Trout Campground and Trinity Recreation area. Forest managers ask everyone to be extremely careful near waterways because of spring run-off conditions. River banks may be unstable and roads are easily damaged in muddy conditions.

District list of anticipated campground openings – weather and conditions permitting.

Check the Alerts & Notices site for road and area closures:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Please call the Districts for further information. All cabins are reservation only.
Visit: https://www.recreation.gov/ for reservations. 1-877-444-6777

Emmett Ranger District – Please note: The RD has moved and due to events outside the District’s control, phones may not be operational until late June or early July.

Recreation Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates

Hot Springs Campground May 3 – Oct. 14
Tie Creek Campground May 3 – Oct. 14
Rattlesnake Campground May 10 – Oct. 14
Peace Valley Campground May 24 – Oct. 14
Hardscrabble Campground Closed until Aug. 1, 2019 (renovations)
Trail Creek Campground May 10 – Oct. 14
Boiling Springs Campground May 24 – Oct. 14
Boiling Springs Cabin May 24 – Oct. 14 – reserve only
Big Eddy Campground May 24 – Sept. 9
Swinging Bridge Campground May 24 – Sept. 9
Canyon Creek Campground May 24 – Sept. 9

Emmett Ranger District

Tentative Opening / Closing dates
Cold Springs Campground May 24 – Sept. 9
Third Fork Cabin May 13 – Oct. 27 – reserve only
Deadwood Lookout Cabin June 21 – Oct. 6 – reserve only
Silver Creek Campground May 24 – Nov. 1

Sage Hen Area (managed by Emmett Ranger District)

Reminder: Tussock Moth Outbreak ongoing, hairs from caterpillars may cause irritating rash.

Recreation Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates
Sage Hen Picnic Campground May 17 – Sept. 9
Cartwright Campground May 17 – Oct. 14
Antelope Campground May 17 – Oct. 14
Antelope Annex Campground May 17 – Oct. 14
Sage Hen Creek Campground May 17 – Oct. 14
Hollywood Campground May 17 – Sept. 9
Eastside Campground May 17 – Sept. 9
Big Eddy Campground May 17 – Sept. 9

Cascade Ranger District 208-382-7400

Recreation Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates

*All Cascade District campgrounds are scheduled to open May 23 through Sept. 13.

Ponderosa State Park and the State Parks along Cascade Reservoir are open for Memorial weekend.

Ice Hole Campground – Closed until July 2, 2019, for renovations.

The gate on Snowbank Road #446 with access to Blue Lake opens June 1 and remains open through September or until closed by snow.

Idaho City Ranger District 208-392-6681

Recreation Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates
Bad Bear Campground May 24 – Sept. 25
Hayfork Campground May 24 – Sept. 25
Ten Mile Campground May 24 – Sept. 25
Black Rock Campground May 24 – Sept. 25
Deer Park Cabin May 24 – Sept. 25 – reserve only
Barber Flat Campground May 22 – Sept. 25

Idaho City Ranger District 208-392-6681

Recreation Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates
Beaver Creek Cabin – reservation only Remains open all year
Grayback Campground May 18 – Sept. 25
Grayback Campground Group Site May 18 – Sept. 25
Edna Creek Campground May 24 – Sept. 25
Whoop Um Up Campground and Trails May 24 – Sept. 25
Jenny Lake Trail From 384 road onto the trail – may need snowshoes to access lake area.
Atlanta Cabin May 24 – Sept. 25 – reserve only
Graham Cabin – reserve only Fly in ONLY. ( July 1 – Sept. 18)
Crooked River Trail May 15 – Sept. 30 (or closed by snow)
Riverside Campground May 24 – Sept. 25
Power Plant Campground May 24 – Sept. 25

Lowman Ranger District 208-259-3361

Recreation Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates
Pine Flats Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Little Deadwood Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Mountain View Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Park Creek Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Kirkham Hot Springs Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Helende Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Warm Springs Rental Cabin Open year-round
Bonneville Campground May 23 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)

There is no road access to Deadwood Reservoir this Memorial Weekend. Campgrounds are scheduled to open June 28

Bull Trout / Martin Lake June 28 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Deer Flats Campground June 28 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Bear Valley Campground June 28 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Elk Creek Guard Station Nov. 1 – April 30
Fir Creek Campground June 28 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)
Deadwood Reservoir Campgrounds including Barney’s, Cozy Cove, Hower’s and Riverside June 28 – Sept. 5 (may extend through Sept.)

Lowman Ranger Trailheads Tentative Opening / Closing dates
All major trailheads Memorial Day – Labor Day

Mountain Home Ranger District 208-587-7961

Anderson Ranch Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates
Most campgrounds open May 15 – Oct. 1
Dog Creek Campground is anticipated to be open June 1 – Oct. 1
Trailheads – Lower Lava, Pine Gulch and Camp Creek – open May 15 – Oct. 1
Trailheads – Elk Creek, Cross Cut and Devil’s Creek – open June 1 – Oct. 1

Anderson Ranch and Arrowrock Reservoirs concrete ramps are available. Please use caution as floating debris has been spotted in the reservoirs. Water levels on Anderson Ranch and Arrowrock Reservoirs are controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation. View image and more information about reservoir water levels at:

http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps/anderson/anderson.html

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/ramps/arrowrock/arrowrock.html

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/boipaytea.html

Idaho Fish & Game – Stocking
https://idfg.idaho.gov/fish/magic-valley/stocking

South Fork Boise River Area Tentative Opening / Closing dates

Floatboat access ramps along South Fork Boise River are open May 15 – Oct. 1

Blacks Creek (Danskin Trail Area) Tentative Opening / Closing dates

Danskin Trail system is normally open April 11 – Jan. 1

Middle Fork Boise River Area

Tentative Opening / Closing dates

Campgrounds and Trailheads in Mid. Fork Boise River area open May 15 – Oct. 1

William Pogue NRT Trail 122 -There is a closure on a portion of this trail system – reference Order # 0402-01-059 https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Wilson Creek Trail system is anticipated to be open in spring of 2019

Lower Roaring River trail 045 – There is a closure on a portion on this trail system – reference Order # 0402-01-059 https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

Shafer Butte and Trinity Mountain Recreation Areas Tentative Opening / Closing dates

These high elevations areas are currently closed due to snow. Shafer Butte Campground opens June 15 and Trinity area opens July 15 – Oct. 1 (or when closed by snow) Call the District for updates.
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S. Idaho grazing plan that destroyed sagebrush is rejected

May 17, 2019 AP

Boise, Idaho (AP) – A federal administrative law judge has rejected a plan for public land grazing allotments in south-central Idaho that would have destroyed re-emerging sagebrush in favor of non-native plants to increase forage for cattle and sheep.

The ruling last week directs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to set aside its final grazing decisions for about 80 square miles of allotments in Twin Falls County.

The administrative law judge in the Interior Department’s Office of Hearings and Appeals concluded that destroying sagebrush and rabbitbrush to increase livestock forage on public lands couldn’t be justified.

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USFS Regional Intermountain Wildfire

May 15, 2019 Newsletter

The Right Kind of Fire in the Right Place at the Right Time

Almost 95% of all fires are stopped in the initial attack phase of firefighting. Firefighters are very good at stopping fires in the early stages. After 100 years of fire suppression activities, with every fire put out as quickly and safely as possible, we are faced with new challenges. Restoring natures balance by incorporating the important role and value fire has on ecosystem health is essential for land managers.

Fire is necessary. It is better if we determine the right kind of fire, in the right place, at the right time. Conducting a prescribed burn requires following a prescription meaning everything has to be up to standards to move forward. Fire burning at lower intensity has shorter impacts to air quality, achieves the desired effect of reducing vegetation, revitalizes habitats for wildlife and creates landscapes that can better withstand wildfire and provide for a safer more effective wildfire response.

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Achilles tendon injuries in dogs

Dr. Karsten Fostvedt May 17, 2019 IME

Achilles tendon injuries are extremely common in people but are also common in our athletic dogs. The Achilles tendon is also known as the calcaneal tendon. It is formed by the termination of several muscles and attaches to the heel, or calcaneus. The Achilles tendon is critical for normal walking.

The cause of Achilles tendon rupture is usually a traumatic event, such as a fall from a height or laceration of the tendon. Chronic degeneration of the tendon can occur in excessively sporting breeds of dogs.

Rupture of the tendon causes the ankle to drop toward or almost touch the ground. The ankle, or “hock,” may be swollen and painful. When trauma is the cause, usually only one leg is affected. In chronic forms of tendon degeneration, both rear legs may be affected.

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Bonneville K9 deputy memorialized in Meridian

May 16, 2019 Local News 8

Meridian, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – As part of the Police Officers Memorial observation in Meridian last night, a contingent of Bonneville County Deputies took part in the unveiling of a new K-9 Officers Memorial.

The story of each K9 on the memorial was recited. Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde told the story of K9 Deputy Rik. Wilde said that on June 5, 2002, Rik was shot by a suspect who was intent on killing deputies.

He said Rik saved the lives of human deputies that day and helped stop the suspect.

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Idaho Chukar Foundation teaches dogs and owners how to avoid snakes

May 18, 2019 By Steve Dent KIVI TV

Boise — The Idaho Chukar Foundation held a training session at Julia Davis Park to help dogs and their owners avoid dangerous animals.

The class taught dogs to not go up to snakes and smell them, the course featured five stations and live bull snakes that even struck at some of the dogs who were in the class.

During the training the dogs were taught to run after discovering a snake, they used a shock collar to reinforce that snakes are bad, it was the owners job to run with the dog and then comfort their animal after they made it a safe distance away.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of May 2019
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Rift exposed among Oregon leaders on wolf protections

Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon’s wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government’s proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list.

Associated Press By Andrew Selesky May 16, 2019

Salem, Ore – Slapping down a stance taken by the director of Oregon’s wildlife department, Gov. Kate Brown declared Wednesday that the state and its agencies oppose the federal government’s proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Curtis Melcher had written on May 9 to a federal agency in support of the proposal, saying that in the Lower 48 states and Mexico, the gray wolf no longer meets the definition of an endangered or threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Conservation groups and an Oregon congressman blasted Melcher’s position after the letter, which had not been publicly announced, came to light this week. Then Brown herself weighed in on Wednesday in a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, saying she wanted to “clarify and correct” Melcher.

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Wolf’s comeback in US triggers debate on protection levels

by Andrew Selsky Associated Press Friday, May 17th 2019

Salem, Ore. (AP) – The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states.

California says it opposes delisting the wolf, while Washington state said it agrees. The federal proposal also exposed a rift among top officials in Oregon – one of several states where wolves have established breeding packs after wandering across state lines.

The debate highlights clashing interests and differing philosophies, with ranchers fearing more livestock will fall prey to wolves and conservationists worrying that wider hunting of the predators might be around the corner. Hunting and trapping wolves is already allowed in Montana and Idaho.

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Wolf Education International

Newsletter May 13, 2019

Letter: Wolf recovery process ‘off the rails’
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Tribal groups seek permanent ban on grizzly bear hunting

May 15, 2019 AP

Billings, Mont. (AP) – Native American groups are pressing for permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species some tribes consider sacred but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho.

Tribal representatives were scheduled to appear Wednesday before Congress in support of legislation to block grizzly hunting in the Lower 48 states, regardless of the species’ population size.

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Don’t Become a Fawn Napper

May 22, 2018 Bonner County Daily Bee


If you see a fawn in the wild, leave it alone. In almost all case, the doe is nearby and the fawn is not orphaned. Every year, Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue receives numerous phone calls about “abandoned” fawns or takes in fawns that were “rescued” by well-meaning folks.

Every year, fawns are reported by the caring public as being orphaned or abandoned.

Sometimes it is a case of death of the doe, leaving the fawn obviously orphaned. Sometimes it is a case of an injured fawn, causing the doe to abandon her baby. But, unfortunately, it is often a case of not being orphaned at all, but rather the mother just being out of sight, said Dory McIsaac of Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue in Sagle.

“Nothing pleases my heart more than knowing a fawn is back with its mom,” McIsaac said. “Each season Mystic Farm receives phone calls regarding ‘abandoned’ fawns. Our pat response — if no blatant death of a doe is observed — is to please put the fawn back where you found it.”

They advise callers that it doesn’t matter if they touched it but, if it makes them feel better, rub some grass on it, put the fawn down, and leave the area.

“I can almost guarantee that if you go back and check in 24 hours, the fawn will be gone,” McIsaac said. “Nearly every situation ends with the ‘fawn napper’ calling Mystic Farm back the next day to let us know the mama came back to get the fawn. That is truly the desired happy ending of wildlife rehabilitation.”

Some facts to know:

• Mother deer will leave their fawn for hours while they go off to feed nearby. The mother does this so predators will not see a vulnerable fawn when they see her. She can be gone many hours, leaving the camouflaged and scent free fawn motionless, avoiding detection by predators.

• Is it injured? If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open, but flattened to the ground, do not touch it. This is a fawn’s camouflage position to blend in with its surroundings. When the fawn is picked up, it will allow its body to become limp and dangle in your hands. The legs are not broken. Put the baby down, walk away, and leave the area.

• If a fawn is obviously ill or injured — lying on its side, kicking and crying, bleeding, etc. — gently pick it up and place in a safe, quiet place. A light cloth placed over the eyes will often calm it. Keep the fawn away from pets and other human activity. Touch, odors, and the sound of the human voice will only add to the stress of the situation and may cause additional harm. Keep the fawn free from cold drafts or keep it cool if the weather is warm. Please do not feed the fawn. Call Mystic Farm immediately.

• The fawn is on the road. Mystic Farm receives many calls regarding fawns in the middle of the road. Why are they there? Because the mom is nearby. If the fawn is in danger of being hit by cars, gently pick it up and place it about 20 feet off the side of the road and leave the area.

• Is it too late to return to the mother if the fawn has been handled by humans? Will she then reject it? No, that is an “old wives tale.” The mother doesn’t care — she just wants her baby back. She is around human scent all the time. Her maternal instinct is much stronger than her ability to rationalize human scent on her baby.

• What happens to the fawn if a rescue is warranted? After arrival at Mystic Farm, the fawn is evaluated and checked for any injuries, dehydration, etc. Wounds are treated either on the premises or through the services of local veterinarians. The fawn is put on an appropriate diet and feeding schedule. Once the fawns gain strength and can nurse from a bottle on their own, the ‘blind feeding method’ is utilized using “hands off” bottle racks. Human contact is kept to a minimum. The fawns are kept in an isolated area — free from predators and forming their own little “herd.” They are free to browse and live in a large, safe, enclosure. Over the course of the season, the fawns are slowly introduced back into the wild.

Information: Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc., 208-241-7081

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BLM to release wild horses in Hardtrigger Herd Management Area

Release marks return of final group of wild horses to their home range in the Owyhees

Contact: Heather Tiel-Nelson, (208) 736-2352 May 16, 2019

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will disperse 45 wild horses (24 studs, 21 mares) in three different locations within the Hardtrigger Herd Management Area (HMA) south of Marsing at the end of May. The BLM Owyhee Field Office invites members of the public interested in watching one of the releases to meet at the I-O-N Truck Plaza, 5644 Buntrock Rd., Marsing, at 10 a.m. on May 29 to caravan to the release location.

Just two trailer loads containing 12 horses will be released at this location within the HMA, which is the most accessible area to accommodate members of the public while providing the best viewing opportunity. This release marks one of the final groups of wild horses to return to their home range in the Owyhees.

The entire Hardtrigger HMA was burned by the 279,144-acre Soda Fire in 2015. The BLM gathered 279 wild horses from all three HMAs (Black Mountain, Hardtrigger and Sands Basin) in the Owyhees directly following the fire, placing over 80 into private care through adoption. As the 69,910-acre Hardtrigger HMA is the largest of the three, the wild horses will be released in multiple locations to disperse the horses throughout the HMA. The horses destined to return to the range were cared for at both the Boise Wild Horse Corrals and Bruneau Off-Range Corrals while the rangeland recovered from the burn.

“We were glad to offer people the opportunity to watch the release of wild horses to the Sands Basin HMA last year,” said Lara Douglas, BLM Boise District Manager. “We recognize how important it is to maintain viable wild horse herds on healthy public rangelands, and are pleased to see these wild horses return to Hardtrigger.”

Visitors will need to provide their own transportation. As the roads to the viewing area are narrow, rough and dusty, it is recommended that vehicles be high clearance, 4-wheel drive, and contain a spare tire. Additionally, it will be most helpful if visitors carpool to limit the number of vehicles at the release location. The BLM encourages those interested in attending the release to RSVP by May 28 to Ruby Kyle at 208-473-9868.

For more information about the release, please contact Heather Tiel-Nelson, (208) 736-2352.
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War of Will has crossed the finish line first in the Preakness Stakes

by The Associated Press Saturday, May 18th 2019

Baltimore (AP) — War of Will has won the 144th Preakness.

After finishing well out of the money in the Kentucky Derby from the No. 1 post, War of Will charged to victory after again starting from the rail on Saturday.

Everfast finished second and Owendale took third.

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World Migratory Bird Day – May 25, 2018 at Ponderosa State Park

Contact: Brian Harris (208) 634-0784 cell: (208) 634-6945
May 17, 2019

McCall, Idaho – “Protect Birds: Be The Solution To Plastic Pollution” is the theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), an international celebration of the hundreds of bird species that migrate between their nesting habitats in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Every year we unify our voices for bird conservation and share ways to protect birds 365 days of the year.

The accumulation of plastic and plastic pollution has become a world-wide epidemic and a primary threat to birds across all environments. Twelve bird species that represent diverse groups, habitats and foraging behaviors have been selected for WMBD 2019. All selected species, along with many others world-wide, are being impacted by plastic pollution.

There are many actions people can take to help birds throughout the year, and across habitats. Everyone can help by participating in habitat restoration activities, such as trash clean ups, supporting local recycling and living an ecofriendly life style.

We will explore some of these ideas with fun, interactive events, including a scavenger hunt, on our local Bird Day, May 25, hosted by Ponderosa State Park in cooperation with the Payette National Forest and Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Join us for the following activities:

* 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Meet at the Lily Marsh Trail head for bird walk / scavenger hunt / trash pick-up hikes lead by local wildlife biologists and master naturalists. Supplies for our ‘solution to plastic pollution’ trash pick-up will be provided.

* 10:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. Meet at the Activity Center for a variety of activities, this will be the Junior Ranger program for the day.

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

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

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Idaho inspectors intercept 14 boats with invasive mussels

Officials found 50 boats with mussels of the nearly 110,500 vessels inspected last year.

Associated Press May 14, 2019

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — Idaho officials say inspectors have already intercepted 14 boats carrying invasive mussels into the state nearly a month into inspection season.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reported Tuesday that the state has inspected more than 7,000 watercraft so far this year.

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Bonneville Power Struggles as salmon runs decline

Economists say Snake River Dams are losing money

May 15, 2019 By: Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

Columbia River Basin — Salmon seasons have been open in Idaho since April, but you wouldn’t know it. Not a single spring Chinook has been caught according to Fish and Game records, and Tuesday the Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted to close the season on all rivers in the Clearwater Basin. Fisheries managers are projecting that the number of spring Chinook returning to hatcheries in the Clearwater Basin will not meet brood stock needs.

The closure comes in the midst of a salmon crisis for Idaho Anglers, and a financial crisis for The Bonneville Power Administration

BPA has thirty-one power-generating projects in the Columbia Basin. The dams on the Columbia and Lower Snake Rivers are major suppliers of carbon-free energy to the northwest, especially Oregon and Washington.

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Fish & Game News:

Some Horsethief Reservoir Campgrounds Now Closed

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, May 17, 2019

West side campgrounds remain open

Only days after opening, the east side campgrounds at Horsethief Reservoir are closed until further notice, following the abrupt resignation of the camp host. A contractual agreement between the department and the YMCA requires that a camp host be on site while the campground is open.

Campers can still find that special campsite on the west side of Horsethief, where Ospreys Bay, Easters Cove, Timber Bay and Bear Knob campgrounds all remain open.

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Hunters will soon get a look at new deer management plans

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wildlife managers will host open houses in each region to talk with hunters about the deer plans

The statewide management plans for mule deer and white-tailed deer are being revised, and hunters will want to take note of upcoming opportunities to review and comment on the plans and talk to wildlife managers about them.

Fish and Game officials will present drafts of the management plans to the Fish and Game Commission during its May 16-17 meeting in Grangeville.

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Here’s your fishing guide for Memorial Day weekend and beyond

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, May 16, 2019

These spots offer plenty of fish, many are stocked for the weekend, and most have camping nearby

Summer is almost here, and Memorial Day weekend for many Idahoans is the unofficial kick off to the summer camping and fishing season. If you’re doing the first and not the latter, you’re missing out on a fantastic opportunity. May is among the best months for Idaho’s ponds, lakes and reservoirs, and some rivers will also be good for fishing, although many will be running high and cold with snow-melt run off.

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Avoid high water this Memorial Day by fishing a local pond or lake

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, May 17, 2019

Ponds and lakes provide a safe bet for catching fish

High water this Memorial Day weekend will likely put a temporary damper on fishing many local rivers and streams, but fortunately, local ponds and lakes are a good bet for anxious anglers.

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Chinook salmon fishing in the Clearwater River basin is closed until further evaluation

By Joe DuPont, Fisheries Regional Manager
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Biologists will reassess the fishery later in May and decide whether to reopen fishing

Chinook salmon fishing in the Clearwater River basin will remain closed May 18-19 due to lower than expected returns of adult Chinook, which includes the following rivers: Clearwater River, North Fork Clearwater River, Middle Fork Clearwater River, and South Fork Clearwater River. If more fish return, the fishing season may reopen later in May.

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More F&G News Releases

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

Bear bribes ‘guard dog’ with deer bones so it can go through man’s trash

A rogue bear has bribed a Northern Ontario man’s dog with deer bones three times in order to go through his trash.

Suzanne Nuyen, TEGNA May 12, 2019


This Canadian man’s guard dog has not been a good boy.

In a series of tweets, Jesse Jordan revealed that his “idiot furry son” Brickleberry has been slacking off on the job. Jordan raised the mastiff/hound/beagle mutt by hand after his mother died shortly after giving birth to him. After Brickleberry, or Brick for short, grew up, Jordan was hoping he could keep away unwanted visitors at night.

Unfortunately, one clever bear has found a way to bribe Brick. The bear, according to Jordan, has been giving Brick deer bones in exchange for access to Jordan’s trash. According to Jordan, this has happened three times already, but it’s unclear whether or not its the same bear or multiple bears bribing his dog.

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May 12, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times

May 12, 2019 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

April 2 – Boil water order issued
Every Sunday – 11am Fire Training
May 10 – Burn “permits” required
May 15 – Firewood Season opens
May 18 – YPFD meeting at the Fire Hall
May 20 – Deadline 2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest
May 23 – Festival meeting 2pm at the Community Hall
May 25 – ATV-UTV Scavenger Hunt Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 – Celebration of Life 2pm-5pm YP Tavern
June 11 – Yellow Pine Vet Clinic
June 20 – Festival meeting Thursday 2pm at the Community Hall
June 29 – Highland Games
July 6 – Golf Tournament & Breakfast
July 13 – Ride to Big Creek
July 18 – (tentative) Noxious Weed Spray day
July 27 – Festival meeting Saturday 2pm at the Community Hall
July 27 – Memorial and potluck for Wilbur Wiles (Big Creek/Edwardsburg)
Sep 14 – Ride to Cinnabar

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Local Events:

2019 Festival T-Shirt Contest – Deadline May 20

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

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

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

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

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

For the second year, Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers will bring the Highland Games to Yellow Pine on June 29th. Last year they donated over $2,600 to the Helipad and this year money will be raised for the water department. Come see these fantastic athletes and support the water department.
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Golf Tournament July 6

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

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

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

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

Hello Yellow Pine,

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

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

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

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

Thank you,
Steve Anderson
Valley County Weed and Pest Control
SAnderson@co.valley.id.us
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Celebration of Life – Wilbur Wiles

Potluck celebration of life at his cabin 27 July.
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2019 Yellow Pine Escapades

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

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

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

May 5th Taco Feed at the Community Hall

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Thanks again for all your support.
Kathy Hall
Community Hall Chairman
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Power Outage

Power blipped off and on at 645pm Monday May 6th.
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Snow Report

Here are some photos from last weekend (May 4-5) of the high country between Profile Gap and Monumental Summit. Still plenty of snow above 7,000 feet. They were only able to drive about 2 miles up the Profile road before being stopped by snow.

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North Side Pinnacles
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Belvidere Jacobs Ladder Divide
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WF Monumental Tamarck Divide
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Rainbow Peak
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photos courtesy A. Botello, PNF
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Roads

Local streets are drying out and getting dusty. Please respect the residents and slow down.

Stibnite Road Photos (between Yellow Pine and Stibnite in the Tamarack Creek area.)

Brian Kennedy took these photos on last Saturday.

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Tick Season

Please check your pets (and kids) for ticks, a tick bite paralysed a local dog recently, removal of the tick led to full recovery.


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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Transfer station was reported to be full on April 29th. It is possible they will come next week to empty. “If people could please put their bagged garbage behind the dumpsters they [Lakeshore] will take care of it.”

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


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History of the log cabin at the Cemetery

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

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

– Marj Fields
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Come Spring…

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

Contact Mike Amos
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Yellow Pine US Mail

We are still on 3-day a week mail delivery from Cascade. Staring in June we will have 6-day a week delivery. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents
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Predators

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

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

YPWUA News:

Water Update May 11th

The major water leak in town has been repaired. But the valve that controls the level to the tanks has not been repaired. The boil order is still in effect until we can control the water inlet. We ask for no lawn watering at this time until that valve is replaced and the system is back controlling automatically.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation

– Steve Holloway

Water Update May 12th

The Boil Water Advisory is still in effect. A number of factors are contributing to the continued advisory.

Even though a large leak was located and repaired, water demand appears to remain quite high which is putting a heavy load on the filters. High turbidity in Boulder Creek, due to spring runoff, is putting a lot of debris into the sand filters which greatly reduces their production capacity.

Water demand remains high enough that the filters have needed emergency maintenance to increase flow and provide enough water for town even after the leak was repaired. This type of maintenance requires issuance a boil water advisory when completed in the manner that was required by the situation.

Additionally, the automatic valve assembly that controls the water storage tank level failed on Easter Morning. I have since removed the valve, installed some temporary plumbing, and am awaiting parts to get it repaired. To replace the valve assembly would cost somewhere around $7000 so rebuilding it is a much better option. Rebuild costs will be approx $850.00. Installation of the rebuilt valve is scheduled for Saturday the 18th or Sunday the 19th.

– Warren Drake

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

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

VYPA Meeting Dates 2019

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

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

Yellow Pine Harmonica Meetings 2019:

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

Every Sunday 11am – Training

May 10th Burn Permits – contact the YPFD

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

Pile burning: Dress appropriately, have enough help on hand (people, water and tools) and make a firebreak before you start. Call your local fire protection district chief to let them know you’ll be conducting a debris burn. This saves them from sending emergency responders to your property if they are not needed.

Bring it, Don’t Burn it

For us in Yellow Pine, Jake Strohmeyer, Dist. Ranger with the Boise NF said we can use the area at our transfer station for yard debris and the FS will burn it once a year. Please no furniture, mattresses, construction debris, metal objects, tires or personnel junk. Please only woody yard debris. When using the pile please be mindful of where you place the debris as it should be contained to a manageable burnable area and kept as clean as possible. – JF

Training: Sunday Fire/EMS training has begun. Sundays at 11:00 AM unless otherwise posted. If Jeff F is in town the trainings will be held. All are welcome.

Safety Message: The best place to be during an avalanche, rock fall or a tree fall due to the wind is not there, please use extreme caution and common sense when conditions exist for these scenarios.

“If you are an Adventurist, please do not go out alone in steep areas. The spring thaw is an extremely dangerous time for Avalanches. The freezing and thawing create layers that break away from each other with the slightest disturbance. Scree fields are especially dangerous this time of year because of hidden ice that makes them even more unstable. Please be careful out there.”

YP Helispot: We are working with Valley County Road Department and the Boise National Forest for the rock base for the road leading into the Helispot and the actual Helispot itself. We are also receiving rock for the Fire Hydrants, water tank foundations, etc. The rock will come from the Valdez pit and will be less expensive than having it trucked in from Cascade.

Stop the Bleed Course: This course was well attended in the Fall and Jeff F and Ann F will be presenting another course when the new instructor material comes out. There are “Stop The Bleed” kits at the Tavern in an emergency.

Siren Testing: The YPFD siren will be tested only once this year on the first of May at noon. 3 blasts of the siren is a test, more than 3 is an Emergency.

-JF
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Biz Listings:

Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for winter
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The Corner (208) 633-3325

Closed for winter – expecting to be open for Memorial Weekend
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Hours at the Tavern: 9am-2pm and 4-8pm Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat and 9am-2pm Sun. Or call 208 633-2233 the phone rings into the house.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
Website:
Link to FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/idahoelkhunts/

Deadwood Outfitters
Link to website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: (208) 634-8181
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed (208) 382-4430 – Wild Bird Seed 50LB Bag for $25.58
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

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

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

Monday (May 6) overnight low of 33 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, a little bit of smoke to the east. Lots of swallows swooping. Mostly sunny and light breezes mid-day. Buttercups are blooming down by the river. Warm, mostly sunny and gusty breezes at times mid-afternoon, high of 71 degrees. Finches visiting. Power blipped off and on at 645pm. At dusk it was fairly warm and mostly clear, nearly calm. Robins calling. Lots of stars before midnight.

Tuesday (May 7) overnight low of 36 degrees, partly clear sky this morning (high wispies) and light breeze. Lots of swallows, finches and a jay calling, lots of ground squirrels. Gusty breezes mid-morning. Several male hummingbirds visiting, both rufus and calliope. Thicker darker clouds mid-day and breezy. Lots of finches visiting, pine squirrel scolding from the forest. Mostly cloudy with dark thunderheads to the south west mid-afternoon, breezy but not as windy, high of 67 degrees. Rained lightly for about 45 minutes late afternoon and breezy. A little 10-15 minute shower at dusk, mostly cloudy and breezy. Pretty good shower for about 10 minutes at 10pm. Stars out at 11pm.

Wednesday (May 8) overnight low of 31 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. Lots of swallows and finches calling. Thicker darker clouds before noon. Low flying helicopter at 1145am. A few drops of rain at lunch time. Finches singing from the trees, hummingbirds zipping about. Dark clouds, humid and variable breezes mid-afternoon, high of 64 degrees. A 15 minute rain shower late afternoon, then partly clear by early evening. At dusk it was mostly cloudy, thin crescent moon peeking out between the clouds. Mostly cloudy after midnight, a few stars.

Thursday (May 9) overnight low of 30 degrees, partly cloudy sky this morning. Tree swallows swooping and finches calling, ground squirrels running about. Aspen leaves are getting bigger. Gusty breezes mid-day. Several hummingbirds visiting. Partly cloudy and breezy late afternoon, high of 63 degrees. Finches singing from the trees, hummers fighting over the feeders. Mostly clear at dusk. Robins hopping and chirping. High haze before midnight, a few stars out.

Friday (May 10) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning. Swallows calling and claiming nest boxes, finches calling from the trees. Mostly clear and light breezes mid-day. Hummingbirds active, finches, brewer’s blackbirds and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Young ground squirrels chasing and wrestling with each other. Mostly clear, warm and pleasant breezes mid-afternoon, high of 70 degrees. Several brewers blackbirds and hummingbirds active towards evening, a pine squirrel calling from the forest. At dusk it was mostly clear and light breezes. Hummingbirds still buzzing and robins calling. A bit of haze before midnight, lots of stars.

Saturday (May 11) overnight low of 31 degrees, almost clear sky this morning. Lots of tree swallows and finches calling, also a mourning dove hooing, lots of ground squirrels running about. Sunny, warm and light breezes mid-day. Not much traffic for a weekend. Sunny and quite warm mid-afternoon, slight breeze, high of 77 degrees. Red-winged blackbird visited early evening. At dusk it was mostly clear – some high hazy pink clouds and light breeze. Hazy before midnight.

Sunday (May 12) overnight low of 35 degrees, mostly hazy sky this morning. Swallows, finches and a raven calling. Partly clear and light breezes mid-day. Hummingbirds active, finches visiting, ground squirrels chasing each other. By mid-afternoon it was mostly clear, light breezes and the river sounds louder, high of 79 degrees. Quiet afternoon, busy hummingbirds. At dusk it was mostly clear. Shooting to the west started at 805pm.
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RIP:

James A. Earl

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May 10, 2019

James A. Earl of Yellow Pine passed away this morning peacefully in his sleep
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Idaho News:

Highway 55 repaving begins this week

May 07, 2019 By Steve Bertel KIVI TV

Cascade — Work to repave Idaho Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will begin Thursday, May 9th and continue until the end of June, according to Idaho Transportation Department officials.

“The project area spans from milepost 91 to milepost 97, a stretch just south of the Cougar Mountain Lodge on Highway 55. Crews will remove the old, worn pavement, repair the road base, and lay down fresh asphalt,” ITD spokesman Jake Melder explained.

“This area was breaking up quickly and really took a beating this winter,” added Jayme Coonce, the ITD engineer overseeing the project. “The repaving will bring the road back into a great condition for the many drivers that use it, particularly ahead of the bulk of summer recreation season.”

During the work, traffic will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists should plan for delays of up to thirty minutes. Work will not be done after 12 noon Fridays through the weekends.

“Both lanes will be open to traffic during the weekend,” Melder said.

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Woman injured in house fire south of Cascade

Rorie Olson-Snapp narrowly escaped raging blaze at her home

By Max Silverson for The Star-News May 9, 2019

A Cascade resident was in critical condition in a Salt Lake City hospital on Tuesday following a fire that destroyed her home south of Cascade.

… Olson-Snapp’s log home about two miles south of the Cascade Airport off of Idaho 55 was destroyed, Hull said.

… Olson-Snapp, 58, was taken to the Burn Center at the University of Utah Health Center in Salt Lake City suffering from smoke inhalation.

… Olson-Snapp is a sergeant of the civil division at the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and has worked there for 22 years.

… The sheriff’s office has set up an account at Umpqua Bank where donations can be made to assist Olson-Snapp.

Donations can be made at any Umpqua Bank branch to the “Rorie Snapp Donation Account.”

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Back to Square One

Valley commissioners decide to start over on wake-boat rules

By Max Silverson for The Star-News May 9, 2019

Valley County commissioners on Monday decided to go back to the drawing board to draft a new ordinance regulating wake boats on county lakes.

Commissioners said on Monday that they would not vote on a proposed ordinance that would have set no-wake zones and other activities on lakes in the county.

“The proposed ordinance out there doesn’t seem to fit, that makes us go back to the drawing board to see what will fit,” commissioner Chair Gordon Cruickshank said.

Commissioners plan to work with the Valley County Waterways Advisory Committee to draft yet another set of rules.

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Voters to cast ballots May 21 on McCall-area rec district

The Star-News May 9, 2019

Voters in and around Donnelly will get to decide on Tuesday, May 21, whether to create the Northern Valley Recreation District.

Polling places are basement of Idaho First Bank on Deinhard Lane in McCall and Donnelly Bible Church. Voting times are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A majority plus one vote is required to create the district.

The district would have the same boundaries as the McCall-Donnelly School District, which extends from north of McCall to south of Donnelly. The recreation district would not be affiliated with the school district.

If approved, the new district would be a separate government agency with an independent board of directors.

The district would have three board members, who would be appointed by the governor to one, two and three year terms.

Those board positions become elected positions after the initial appointment.

The district would collect about $1 million per year in property taxes. A tax of $30 per $100,000 of taxable value on real estate would be levied by the district.

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‘It’s basically a death trap’: Warning issued after log jam builds up on Payette River

A log jam has built up in part of the Payette River, prompting emergency responders and the Boise National Forest to warn river users to avoid the area.

Misty Inglet May 10, 2019 KTVB

Banks, Idaho — Kayakers and rafters beware – a log jam on the South Fork of the Payette River has led the Boise National Forest, along with emergency responders and river experts, to issue a stark warning to river users.

Experts say the log jam and current river conditions make the area extremely dangerous.

The log jam is built up at the Dog Leg Rapid, which is near mile marker 4 on Banks Lowman Road.

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NM recycling center no longer accepts plastics, cardboard

The Star-News May 9, 2019

The New Meadows Recycling Center no longer accepts plastics and cardboard as well as any recyclables from Valley County residents.

The decision was made by Adams county commissioners as a result of rising costs associated with processing recyclables, a statement from the county said.

Drop-off locations in McCall at 540 E. Deinhard Ln., in Donnelly at the Donnelly Fire Department and in Cascade at the corner of Mill Street and South Front Street will continue to accept various recyclables, but not glass, which must be taken to Treasure Valley recycling centers.

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Pretty white flowers suddenly growing in your yard? They could be noxious weeds

The Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign is sending out a warning about a noxious weed commonly known as Whitetop.

KTVB Staff May 6, 2019

Boise, Idaho — Noxious weed experts are sending out a warning about a troublesome plant that is on the rise across our region.

Hoary Cress, also commonly known as Whitetop, may look like a nice ground cover with pretty white flowers, but experts with the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign say they they are actually a particularly bad invasive, noxious weed that will crowd out native plants.

“Whitetop is one of the first noxious weeds that we attack in the spring,” IWAC coordinator Roger Batt said. “The plant has spreading roots that get into lawns, pastures, roadways, and garden areas. Because it develops very thick canopies and absorbs a lot of water and nutrients, it does a great job of choking out native vegetation.”

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Firewise:

Burn permits required beginning Friday

May 09, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho Falls, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Beginning Friday, burn permits are required for burning anywhere outside city limits in Idaho. The permit requirement is in effect from May 10 through October 20. The exception is campfires.

Some cities and counties or local fire districts may have additional or alternative permit systems in place.

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What you can do to keep your home safe from wildfires

“86 percent of our fires over the last 50 years in the Boise Front are human-caused,” Boise Fire Captain Jerry McAdams said.

Gretchen Parsons May 6, 2019 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — As we inch closer toward wildfire season in southern Idaho, fire experts say there are tips we can practice to keep our community safe.

… Homeowners can significantly lower the risk of their house burning with a little landscape maintenance.

“Cleaning out around shrubs, cleaning out around the home, getting out all of the woody dead debris away from their property,” Tony Piscopo, with the Boise Fire Department, said.

Fire experts say avoid planting juniper and arborvitae within 10 feet of the house and opt for moisture-rich shrubs instead.

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Firewise community builds to keep the flames at bay, preparing for fire season in Idaho

by Alexis Goree Wednesday, May 8th 2019

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — In the last three years, two fires on Highway 55 have gotten dangerously close to the Avimor community.

That’s an area, prone to wildland fires. Developing in the foothills, Avimor knew they had to take precautions to get the structures and residents ahead of the fire. Beyond the space, it’s educating residents to have a plan to ready, set, go.

“If and when a fire happens as it comes into you’re able to break the fuels of the fire itself before it hits the structure. The idea of this, if you are a firewise community it’s actually implemented and maintained your residents should never have an issue with a fire touching the house.”

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Public Lands:

USDA Forest Service South Fork – Main Salmon Private Land Access Update

May 6, 2019

Dear Interested Party,

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments for the proposed South Fork – Main Salmon River Private Land Access proposal on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The scoping document provides more detailed information about the project and is available on the project’s webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=55787.

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 June 5, 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 via the project webpage is preferred but written comments concerning this project will be accepted. Comments for the project may be submitted by mail to McCall District Ranger 102 West Lake Street McCall, Idaho 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.

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 Rebecca Havens, Lands Special Use Program Manager, at rahavens@fs.fed.us .

Sincerely,
Lisa J. Klinger, District Ranger
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Comments sought on South Fork projects on roads, recreation

By Max Silverson for The Star-News May 9, 2019

Public comments are now being taken for a proposed 329,000-acre restoration project in the South Fork of the Salmon River watershed that could see significant changes in road access, recreation facilities and watershed restoration.

The project area takes in nearly all of the South Fork Salmon River watershed outside of the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness east of McCall.

“This is one of those projects where it is a very, very delicate balance between restoring landscapes but also promoting public access,” said Anthony Botello, ranger of the Krassel District of the Payette National Forest.

One part of the proposal would ask Valley County to take over the maintenance of the South Fork Salmon River Road, a 30-mile paved road between Warm Lake Road and the East Fork South Fork Road.

The county currently maintains the road for snow plowing during the winter through an agreement with the Forest Service, but the arrangement would become year-round under the proposal.

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Payette forest to issue firewood permits starting Wednesday

The Star-News May 9, 2019

Personal firewood permits for the Payette National Forests will be available beginning on Wednesday.

Permit purchases are limited to a minimum of 4 cords and maximum of 10 cords per household. Cost is $6.25 per cord, and woodcutting is limited to dead trees.

The Payette is encouraging permit holders to cut firewood early in the year because fire restrictions may affect the cutting season later in the summer, a news release said.

Those heading out in the early season are encouraged to avoid traveling on wet, muddy roads that might cause damage.

Information and permits will be available at C&M Lumber in New Meadows, Albertsons in McCall, The Corner in Yellow Pine, and ranger district offices in McCall and New Meadows. For more information, visit http://fs.fed.us

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High flows cause log jam on the South Fork Payette River

Boise, Idaho, May 10, 2019 (PNF) — Emergency managers and river outfitters want to warn river users that high water flows have caused a log jam spanning halfway across the South Fork Payette River on the left side of Dog Leg rapid downstream of mile marker 4 on the Banks Lowman road.

Rubber rafts, kayaks and pontoon boats are a concern because the course of the river and its strong current could pull them directly into the log jam. Emergency responders highly recommend avoiding this section of the river because of the imminent danger associated with this hazard and the potential life-threatening risk to boaters and emergency personnel.

“Inexperienced boaters should not attempt this run and if going, river users should be prepared coming out of the Bronco Billy IV rapid. There is no flat water before the entrance of the Dog Leg rapid and the current is flowing into the log jam,” said Jon Delvalle, Garden Valley Fire Chief. “If you’re not prepared you could put yourself and others in a very dangerous situation.”

Efforts are underway to determine the best course of action to minimize the threat to recreationists and emergency responders.

Note: Watch for logs in the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River too.
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Poison Hemlock thriving in Idaho communities, posing threat to humans and animals

May 11, 2019 By Karen Lehr KIVI TV


OSU Extension Service

Boise, Idaho — While you’re out and about enjoying the warm spring weather this Mother’s Day weekend, be on the look out for a pesky plant called Poison Hemlock.

The dangerous noxious weed has been documented as being fatal to humans and all classes of livestock, and is now in full growth around the state.

Typically Poison Hemlock grows in riparian areas, stream banks, canals and ditch banks, and pastures, according to the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign. It is a biennial plant meaning it grows for two-years. During the second year it flowers, seeds and then dies.

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Payette forest issues guidelines for personal morel picking

The Star-News May 9, 2019

The Payette National Forest has issued some guidelines for personal-use morel mushroom picking this year.

Harvesters of any age may gather up to five gallons of morels or other mushrooms per day without a permit for personal use, a news release said. Mushrooms picked for personal use may not be bartered or sold.

No commercial mushroom or buying permits will be available this year, and buying stations will not be permitted to operate on Forest Service land, the news release said.

Due to last summer’s wildfires, morels are expected to appear in burned areas of the forest. Mushroom pickers are encouraged to use caution and watch out for stump holes, snags and loose soil or rocks.

Mushroom harvesters are also encouraged to ensure they are gathering in designated areas, properly identify whether a mushroom is edible and use a net or paper bag to allow airflow and keep mushrooms fresher.

Other guidelines include leaving intact at least one-third of the mushroom caps in the area for future mushroom growth as well as limiting damage to the actual fungus by not disturbing the ground habitat and using a knife to cut it.

For more information, call or stop by one of the Payette National Forest Ranger District Offices.

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USFS Regional Intermountain News

Volume 3 Issue 2 May 7, 2019

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Critter News:

Pet Talk – Oral melanoma in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt 5/10/2019 IME

Melanoma is a tumor that arises cells that produce a pigment called melanin. Melanomas in the mouth of dogs are often extremely malignant and require early, aggressive surgery for a successful outcome. Oral melanoma is one of the most common malignant cancers in dogs. No direct cause of oral melanoma has been identified in dogs. Most dogs are older, and many breeds are affected.

The main finding is a mass inside the mouth arising from the gums or the roof of the mouth. Clinical signs include bad breath, bleeding from the mouth, loss of appetite, face rubbing and trouble chewing or swallowing. In many cases, the tumor is found during a routine physical exam. Metastasis, or spread of oral melanomas, is common to lymph nodes, the lungs and nearby bone, which can lead to tooth loss.

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The difference between a service animal and emotional support animal

By Ariel Schroeder and Michael Collett May 09, 2019 Local News 8

Idaho Falls (KIFI/KIDK) – Everyone who owns a pet loves them and probably wants to be with them all the time.

There is a small group who’s animals are more than just pets but life-saving companions.

Sometimes taking your pet may put people with real disabilities at risk.

… There is a growing stigma against service dogs right now and it’s because people with emotional support animals who are abusing the system.

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Elk foundation to host banquet, auction, May 18, at Tamarack

The Star-News May 9, 2019

The Heartland Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host a fundraiser with a banquet and auction on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 5 p.m. at Tamarack Resort.

The evening will begin with a cocktail social at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The auction will follow.

The event will include auctions, raffles and other games. Prizes will include breakfast flights, rafting trips and firearms.

Items in the live auction will include firearms, wildlife art, collectibles and home furnishings.

Tickets are $65 per person or $95 per couple. Each ticket includes a yearly membership to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a subscription to Bugle magazine.

Proceeds will benefit the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s conservation mission of preserving the nation’s hunting heritage as well as preserving elk and other wildlife and their habitat.

The foundation has permanently preserved or enhanced more than 7.4 million acres of habitat for elk and other wildlife since 1984.

For ticket information and reservations, contact Amanda Sprague at 208-995-3511 or email jhaoutdoors@outlook.com.

For more information on the foundation, visit http://rmef.org

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Anglers pull out perch, trout from Lake Cascade during Howdy’s derby

The Star-News May 9, 2019

Anglers of all ages threw their poles into Lake Cascade in search of the winning catch during the 25th annual Howdy’s Gas and Grub Fishing Derby last weekend.

Geno Charles hooked the $300 first prize for adults for his 4.2-pound, 21.5-inch trout. Anthony Francesconi won second place and $200.

Ali Lindstrom reeled in first place and $100 in the junior division. Teigan Ahrens won second place and $50.

Jason Lindstrom earned first place and the $150 prize in the stringer of three perch by weight contest. Tammy Bailey won second place and $100.

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Releasing a catch in Cascade

With snow melting across Idaho’s mountains, spring fishing season is taking off. And if you’ve ever wet a line in Valley County, you’ve likely made a stop in Cascade’s best fishing spot – one that could be yours for the right price.

Brian Holmes May 8, 2019 KTVB

Cascade, Idaho — In the middle of Cascade there are few marquee Main Street landmarks: There’s the Roxy Theatre , The Valley Club, and Howdy’s Gas n Grub.

But for the last three decades nobody’s baited Valley County anglers and outdoors enthusiasts better than Tackle Tom’s.

… A sad truth came out about a month ago, when Tom put a “For Sale” sign out front, deciding to retire at the age of 64.

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State official supports delisting wolves in all of Washington state

By Nicholas K. Geranios — Associated Press Thursday, May 9th 2019

Spokane, Wash. (AP) – A Washington state official says wolves should be removed from the federal endangered species list in the entirety of the state.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind in April wrote a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of the proposal to delist wolves in the Lower 48 states.

Susewind calls the proposal “appropriate and timely” as wolves are recovering.

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KWVR Oregon Wolf Education weekly Wolf Report

Second week of May, 2019
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Wolf Education International

Newsletter 5/7/2019

Arrival of wolves worries SW Oregon ranchers

Un loup dévore un cerf en plein centre du village à Corrençon-en-Vercors (Isère)

Newsletter 5/10/2019

Wolf Attack on Dog Caught on Camera – Video report only
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Mexican wolves kill dozens of livestock

by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online! April 21, 2019

The White Mountain Independent puts up an article detailing the debate about county government cooperation in Mexican wolf recovery, in a post linked below. Mexican wolves were released along the New Mexico/Arizona border in 1998, and the population has grown to about 130 animals.

A reading of the monthly Mexican wolf update from the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD) gives an overview of the struggles experienced by livestock producers, with Mexican wolves confirmed as killing cattle on nearly a daily basis during the month of March.

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Breaching dams for Idaho salmon?

Congressman Mike Simpson says it is a real possibility

May 08, 2019 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI TV

During an average year, the number of spring Chinook salmon returning to Idaho by may 7 is more than seven thousand. But this year that number is less than two hundred. The low numbers have many alarmed, including an Idaho Congressman who is asking “what if we removed dams to restore salmon?”

Idaho salmon are born in cool mountain water where they live for a year before beginning a six hundred to nine hundred mile journey through eight dams to the Pacific Ocean. After two to four years, they swim back upstream to the very water where they were born, to spawn and die. It is a natural cycle that some call miraculous.

“It’s one of God’s cycles and we probably shouldn’t play with it,” said Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson. Simpson is one of many in the region alarmed by the small number of salmon making it back.

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Bees are dying in Idaho. Here’s what you can do

A declining bee population means it’s more crucial than ever to ensure their survival.

May 07, 2019 By Madeline White KIVI TV

Treasure Valley, Idaho — The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, so naturally, Idaho’s bee population is hard at work pollinating and making honey. But with a declining population, one expert says it’s more important than ever to help ensure bees’ survival.

This time of year honey bees will often create temporary homes, or “swarms,” in your trees or under outdoor rooftops. And while your first instinct when you see a swarm might be to call an exterminator, you might want to rethink that decision.

One Boise beekeeper, Mark Davis, Owner, Treasure Valley Bee Rescue , said in 2008, the US lost three-quarters of our honeybee population, and since then, he said we’ve lost two to four percent of the population per year.

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Fish & Game News:

Horsethief Reservoir campgrounds open May 15

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Horsethief Reservoir campgrounds will open to visitors on Wednesday, May 15th. There is no reservation system at Horsethief; all camp sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Some parts of the popular camping area remain muddy, or even snowbound, but the warmer weather should help dry things out prior to the opener.

Fish and Game hatchery staff will be stocking 15,000 catchable rainbow trout in mid-May, giving campers another good reason to visit Horsethief.

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Monitoring shows winter fawn survival below average, calf survival average

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, May 9, 2019

46 percent of the collared fawns and 77 percent of the calves have survived through April

The late winter snow took a toll on radio-collared mule deer fawns during March and April, but it had less effect on collared elk calves.

“That record snow pack that we observed in February did not do fawns any favors,” said Daryl Meints, Fish and Game’s deer and elk coordinator. “It will not be like the winter of 2016-17, but we will be below the long-term average. On a brighter note, it appears that elk calf survival is doing just fine, as are adult doe and cow survival.”

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Enter Super Hunt drawings for Idaho’s best deer, elk, moose and pronghorn hunts

By Emily Palmer, Marketing Analyst
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Remember to enter before May 31, and it’s only $6 per entry, $20 for Super Hunt combo

Super Hunt winners get the best of the best by being able to hunt any open hunt in Idaho for the species they draw, and keep hunting, general or controlled hunts, until they tag an animal.

Winners of the Super Hunt Combo are able to hunt four species – deer, elk, pronghorn and moose – in any open hunt.

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https://idfg.idaho.gov/press
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