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Apr 5, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Apr 5, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Letter to Share:

Dear Yellow Pine residents:

Cascade Medical Center is here for you. When I (Tom Reinhardt) attended your community meeting in September, I mentioned that we were preparing to provide tele-video medical visits. We now have that up and running. If you want to schedule an appointment, call our clinic at 208-382-4285. Vicki or one of the MAs will ask you some questions to make sure that a tele-video visit is the right choice given your symptoms or need. If so, we will work with you to make sure you are set up on the Cascade Medical Center patient portal (with our EMR). We will also make sure that you are set up to be able to do a tele-video visit (laptop with camera, desktop with camera, or smart phone). We use the Zoom telemedicine system, which is confidential and secure (it works like Skype or Face-time). Before the appointment, we will email you a link for the tele-video visit. When it is time for your appointment, you will click on the link in the email and you will be connected with our provider and can begin your visit.

Regarding insurance coverage, the COVID legislation passed in March assures coverage of telemedicine visits for patients with Medicare, Medicaid, VA. Private insurers have also decided to provide coverage just as for regular in person visits, at least until the COVID epidemic crisis is declared over.

My advice is that if someone usually goes to the VA for care, they should call the VA and see if they can do a video visit with them. Or if they usually go to McCall St. Lukes, they should call their doctor there.

Tom Reinhardt, CEO
Cascade Medical Center
April 4, 2020
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Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed until further notice
March 22 – Boil Water Order still in effect
March 23 – South Fork Road Weight Restrictions
March 28 – June 30 Lower South Fork closed to rafting
Spring Rx Burns postponed
(details below)
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

link:
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Idaho Gov’s Stay at Home Order

link:
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Local Events:

Nothing scheduled for now.
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Village News:

Tick Season has started.

It is time for hungry bears come out of hibernation, protect your trash and pet food.
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Power Outage

We had a wet winter storm Monday night (March 30), Tuesday morning we had 3″ wet heavy snow here in Yellow Pine (the Big Creek summit SNOTEL station showed 14″ new snow.) The power blinked off a few times Tuesday morning and went off at 1230pm. The outage message at Idaho Power gave a larger number of households in the dark than what in our village, so the Warm Lake area was probably also impacted. Snowed most of the day. Power came back on at 545pm about the same time it stopped snowing.
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Earthquake and Aftershocks Felt in Yellow Pine

At 553pm Tuesday, March 31 (shortly after the power came back on) we were shook pretty hard by the 6.5 earthquake. At 628pm we felt a 4.6 aftershock. At 730am April 1st we felt a 4.1 aftershock. We felt a few of the smaller aftershocks in the following days. Dave P and others have sent some helpful links and other info to share.

March 31, 2020 6.5 Earthquake epicenter map
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link: USGS Map (zoom way in to see creek names)

link: USGS Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Felt in Central Idaho

link: USGS M 6.5 – 72km W of Challis, Idaho (more info)

link: Strong earthquake – Western Idaho (USA) on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 – information

March 31 4.6 Aftershock Map
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link: USGS M 4.6 – 72km ESE of Cascade, Idaho

Misc. Info to pass along…

Report: March 31 IDT had a LG Rock on 55. mm 89. – DH

Note from Amerigas: if you have a propane problem or smell gas call them in McCall. Phone: (208) 634-8181

“The immediate vicinity of the epicenter has some history of strong earthquakes, with a 6.0 magnitude quake occurring in 1944 and a 6.1 quake occurring in 1945.” – Shawn Willsey, author of “Geology Underfoot in Southern Idaho,”

John Hopkins Hospital did not put out a Covid19 advice sheet that is circulating on social media. For direct info go to their website at (link)
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2020 Census

Report that the Census forms have arrived in Yellow Pine. Check your post office box.

Or you can fill out the census online. (You need to start the census to get to the part to find your ID.)

Link:
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Boil Water Order March 22, 2020

Update April 4th:

Unfortunately boil order is still on. The power outage experience the other day resulted in a period of time with no chlorination. Do to that lack of chlorination we need to wait a few more days to make sure that the system stabilizes before lifting the boil order. I anticipate just a few more days but we sort of have to wait and see.
– Warren Drake

Update March 28th:

The boil order will remain in effect until treatment requirements are met.
– Warren Drake

Boil Order Advisory Notice for immediate distribution. This notice should be sent to all customers as well as posted in public places such as the Tavern and the Post Office etc.

Boil Water Advisory Notice Starting on 3-22-2020

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory Notice applies to The Yellow Pine Water System

After the turbidity of the treated water has fallen below then required limit, the boil advisory can be lifted. I anticipate that it will take just a few days to meet both criteria.
Regards,
Warren Drake
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Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza. Call 208 739-7086 or go to 355 Yellow Pine Ave. House across street from the Tavern next to the Silver Dollar.
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Rock Migration Season

Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork. While the earthquake didn’t shake anything big loose, the freeze thaw cycle along with wet weather is bringing down rocks large and small.
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South Fork Road Weight Restrictions

The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road started on Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.
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Snowmobile Grooming

Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. The PNF has closed a number of snowmobile parking lots (see below under Public Lands.)
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13th.

Dump Report March 17th: The bins are less than half full. The road to the dump is breaking up, slush and ruts.

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

Boil Water Order issued March 22nd.

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

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

Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Closed until further notice.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 208-502-0940
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

The Star-News

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

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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

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

Monday (Mar 30) overnight low of 32 degrees, overcast and sprinkling this morning, measured 16″ snow on the ground. A couple of jays, a few juncos and nuthatches visiting. Breezy and raining at lunch time. Hairy woodpecker and clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Stopped raining mid-afternoon and calmer, high of 40 degrees. Gusty winds, low clouds and lashes of rain late afternoon, mixed with snow, then snow. Huge flakes of snow early evening, measured an inch of snow by 730pm, then turned to rain. Drippy, wet and misting late evening. Turned to snow before midnight and sticking. Snow during the night and early morning.

Tuesday (Mar 31) power off and on at least 3 times this morning. Overnight low of 31 degrees, low overcast and a break in the snow fall at 1030am, measured 3″ new heavy wet snow (SWE= 1.12″) and 19″ snow on the ground. A few juncos and nuthatches visiting. Snowing again before lunch time for about 30 minutes. Power out 1230pm to 544pm. Snow rain and graupel all afternoon, high of 38 degrees. Earthquake at 553pm! Shook for almost a full minute, then tapered off and “vibrated” for another minute (M6.5), aftershock at 628pm (M4.6). Breaks in the clouds at sunset. Below freezing, chilly breezes and mostly cloudy at dusk (sitting down on VanMeter hill.) Mostly clear at 1030pm and temperature dropping.

Wednesday (Apr 1) overnight low of 10 degrees, partly clear sky this morning, just a trace of yesterday’s snow on the board and 18″ average snow depth. Red-winged blackbird calling and juncos twittering, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting. Partly clear and right at freezing at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time, nothing big came down onto the road. Partly clear early afternoon, high of 38 degrees. Overcast and snowing late afternoon, cold breezes and below freezing. Snowed until early evening. Lights blinking a few times around 7pm but did not go completely off. Temperatures continue to drop and partly cloudy at dusk.

Thursday (Apr 2) overnight low of 14 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and cold light breeze this morning, about 1/10″ of snow remained on the board and estimate 18″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, a pine squirrel left tracks too. Juncos twittering, nuthatches visiting. Mostly cloudy, scattered sunshine and breezy mid-day through late afternoon, high of 41 degrees. Quiet day, no traffic. Mostly clear early evening. Partly clear at dusk – large bank of clouds to the southeast and calm. It appeared to be partly clear before midnight, bright half full moon high in the sky lighting up the clouds.

Friday (Apr 3) overnight low of 16 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and chilly light breezes this morning, measured 17″ of snow on the ground. Juncos twittering all over the neighborhood and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Scattered sunshine mid-day. Cloudy and light snow flurries on and off starting early afternoon through early evening, chilly light breezes, breaks in the clouds at times, high of 37 degrees. Increasing traffic. Several elk wandering through the golf course just after sunset. A hair above freezing, breezy and mostly cloudy at dusk. Mostly cloudy with bright moon peeking out before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 4) overnight low of 16 degrees, almost clear sky this morning, measured 17″ snow on the ground. At 1020am a dark blue loud fast helicopter circled over the village then headed up Johnson Creek. A few nuthatches and juncos visiting, jays calling from the trees. First sighting of a male cassins finch. Gusty breezes and mostly cloudy at lunch time. Pine squirrel visited. Possible aftershock felt at 318pm. Overcast and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Overcast and calmer at dusk, robin chirping. Thin clouds and filtered moonlight before midnight. Rain fell early morning.

Sunday (Apr 5) 24 hour low of 25 degrees (from Saturday morning), mostly cloudy warm (39F) and breezy this morning, measured 16″ snow on the ground. Juncos and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy and gusty at lunch time. Possible aftershock felt at 237pm. Mostly cloudy with scattered sunshine and breezy afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Late afternoon it was overcast and gusty winds. At dusk it was calmer, mostly overcast, a few drop of rain and robins calling.
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Letters to Share:

Did You Feel It? (Aftershocks?)

Send in your Earthquake Stories

From Yellow Pine March 31, 2020

Our power had been off since 1230pm and snowing all day, the power came on at 545pm and it quit snowing, then at 553pm the earthquake struck. At first we thought it was a strong gust of wind, the rumbling increased in volume as if a runaway dump truck was about to crash through the wall. My husband jumped up and looked out the window – and it knocked me back in my chair. Then the shaking started – side to side – and everything in the house rattling, wind chimes going off. The shaking lasted (forever) about a full minute, but continued to vibrate for almost another minute or more. The hanging chimes were still swaying a little for a couple more minutes. I could NOT get out of my chair. My husband tried to walk across the room it kind of tossed him around the room like he was doing some crazy new dance. He says I was squeaking, “Earthquake, earthquake!” It took half an hour before our heart rates had settled down. Felt an aftershock at 628pm, but he didn’t. No injuries or local damage reported. – rrSue
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From Washington

I felt the Earthquake in Cusick WA! I was sitting in my office chair at home and it was gentle rocking/swaying. I initially thought my son Hunter was behind me, very gentle messing with my chair to see if I’d notice. I was impressed because I’m not easy to sneak up on. Turned around to congratulate him on his stealth but he wasn’t there. I concentrated on what the chair was doing. Wondered if my blood pressure is out of control enough to move my chair? Nope pulse feels normal. Is the washing machine on, vibrating the floor, no? Can’t hear any music, much less loud music that vibrates the air. Ghost? Doubt it. It’s an earthquake. I looked outside and all around for other signs of it, nothing. Tried to see if I could feel it standing, but could only feel it sitting in the chair and it was a pleasant swaying, so sat back down to enjoy it while it lasts. I have to admit, in the past, I was disappointed all the other times I was in an area where an earthquake happened because I missed them. Probably [was] driving when they happened and far enough away that they went entirely unnoticed by me. After deciding there is no danger to Hunter, I was pleased to be experiencing one at last. I briefly wondered where the center is and if harm is being caused elsewhere, but preferred to think I’m among the lucky few that even knows it’s happening. I hope it didn’t cause damage and no one was hurt and assume it wasn’t very destructive because I hadn’t heard anything about it until I read your email. Thank you Railroad, for confirming, I haven’t lost my mind. I really did feel an earthquake and it was such a neat thing to feel….from here.

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Idaho News:

4.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Cascade

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, April 3rd 2020


(Courtesy USGS)

Another 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit central Idaho near Cascade Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Did you feel it? USGS wants to know. Tell them here. (link). There have been 230 responses as of Friday evening.

CBS2 viewers are saying some shakes were felt from Boise to Idaho Falls and all the way up to Lewiston.

source:

[Note: this was east of Deadwood, near Hwy 21 between Swamp Creek and Flat Creek.]
link: USGS map to zoom in on
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Quake rattles and rolls, but no damage reported

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

Area residents were shaken and stirred by Tuesday’s earthquake that rocked the region, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday with the epicenter in a remote area about 42 miles east of Cascade.

The epicenter of the earthquake was next to Shake Creek and Laidlow Creek, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Local police and fire agencies said there were no reports of significant damage or injury.

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook advisory asking residents with above-ground propane tanks to check them for leaks.

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Idaho authorities say no major damage after 6.5 earthquake

by Associated Press & CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 1st 2020


Rock fall. (Israel Bravo)

The day after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled Idaho, authorities near the epicenter say there have been no reports of significant damage or injuries.

Kathy Rodgers, a dispatcher with the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, said calls poured in following the earthquake just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday but all appears to be well in central Idaho region. The county is sparsely populated, with roughly 4,300 residents.

“It’s wonderful – we got a lot of calls, but no damage and no injuries,” she said Wednesday morning.

At least 47 aftershocks had been recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey by mid-morning, with the largest one measured at a magnitude 4.6.

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ITD clearing rockfall, checking infrastructure after Idaho shook by 6.5 earthquake

by Ryan L Morrison Wednesday, April 1st 2020


(ITD photo)

Idaho Transportation Department crews are clearing rockfall and inspecting infrastructure following the 6.5 earthquake that shook the Idaho Central Mountains Tuesday.

Several mountain highways saw rockfall on the roadway following the quake including highways ID-75 near Stanley, ID-21 north and south of Lowman, ID-55 between Horseshoe Bend and Cascade, and ID-52 east of Emmett.

Maintenance crews responded immediately to clear these hazards from the roadway and ensure the road was safe for travel.

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M 6.5 earthquake shakes central Idaho, causes widespread avalanches

by Ryan L Morrison Friday, April 3rd 2020 (CBS2)


Location: Crooked Creek, Sawtooth Mountains. Photo Credit: Ben VandenBos/Sawtooth Avalanche Center

On Tuesday a 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho and the surrounding areas. The quake’s epicenter was just 20 miles northwest of Stanley.

The earthquake happened right at the end of a major spring snowstorm that dropped two to three feet of new snow in the mountains near the epicenter.

The avalanche danger was already rated as high on the day of the earthquake. In fact one section of Highway 21 was closed due to an avalanche before the earthquake.

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Strong earthquake rocks valley

6.5 magnitude quake felt as far away as southern Canada

Greg Moore April 3, 2020 IME

Already on edge due to a deadly viral pandemic, Wood River Valley residents were further rattled Tuesday night by the second largest earthquake ever recorded in Idaho.

The U.S. Geological Survey pinpointed the 6.5 magnitude quake to a spot deep underground about 20 miles northwest of Stanley. It occurred at 5:52 p.m.

“Perceived shaking for the quake was very strong,” the USGS reported Wednesday. “The event was widely felt, with close to 16,000 ‘Did You Feel It?’ reports thus far submitted, but [is] likely to have low impact.”

According to a USGS response map, the quake was felt as far north as southern British Columbia and Alberta, and as far west as western Washington and Oregon.

continued: (interesting story about Redfish Lake)
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How an M6.5 Earthquake Led to a Historic Avalanche Cycle in the Sawtooths

April 5, 2020 Words by Smg Co-owner Chris Lundy, Photos by Guide Tanner Haskins

The Experience

On March 31st, Sara and I were up at the Williams Peak Hut shoveling it out from nearly 2 feet of new snow. The yurts have been shut down for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which means there’s no one up there keep them from getting buried with snow. We had just finished the digging and were relaxing in the warm hut. Then our world was rocked.

At 5:52 pm, everything started to shake, rumble, and sway. We ran outside and the first thing I saw is an image that will stick with me forever. The snow-laden trees were swinging side to side, and the new snow they had been holding was exploding everywhere. Almost immediately, we heard a different sort of rumbling—the kind that comes from large avalanches. Keep in mind that all of this happened in a matter of seconds, and my brain was still processing what was happening. My first thought was that a massive avalanche was about to hit the hut—an irrational thought since the yurts are in a safe location. Sara, having grown up in Idaho and experienced the 1983 Borah earthquake, knew exactly what was going on. I am still struck by how vulnerable you feel when the Earth stops standing still, especially in the mountains where gravity wants to pull things downhill.

continued: lots of photos at the bottom, click one to start gallery
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Intermountain Gas asking customers to only call if they smell natural gas

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 1st 2020

Intermountain Gas is asking customers to only call if they smell natural gas after a flood of reports came in following Tuesday’s earthquake.

Intermountain Gas will continue to respond to odor calls from customers related to the earthquake.

However, employees have not encountered significant damage to infrastructure but have found minor leaks at meters where a fitting loosened and just had to be tightened.

“We are asking customers to call into Intermountain customer service only if they smell natural gas or have another type of emergency,” said a spokesperson for the company. “A number of customers have called in for a safety check when no odor is present, and responding to those calls takes resources away from areas that need attention.”

source:

[Note: Amerigas sent a note for Yellow Pine customers to call them if you smell propane leaking. Phone: (208) 634-8181]
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Idaho quake had little effect at Yellowstone

April 1, 2020 Local News 8

Yellowstone National Park (KIFI/KIDK)-The U.S. Geological Survey Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reports there are no connections between the 6.5 magnitude Idaho earthquake Tuesday and the Yellowstone system.

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‘Be ready for more earthquakes’: Nearly 200 aftershocks reported in Idaho after Tuesday’s 6.5 magnitude earthquake

Officials say there is a small chance of an aftershock that is even bigger than Tuesday’s earthquake.

KTVB April 5, 2020

After a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook most of the northwestern United States Tuesday evening, the United States Geological Survey is warning residents that more quakes are on the way.

“Be ready for more earthquakes,” the agency posted on its website Tuesday night.

According to USGS, there have been nearly 200 aftershocks reported throughout central and southern Idaho since Tuesday’s initial earthquake. Aftershocks have most frequently occurred in Cascade, Challis and Idaho City.

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Idaho Quake Video

by Shawn Willsey

April 1 update on the March 31 M6.5 earthquake that struck central Idaho. I discuss how and where the quake was felt, why it occurred in this area, and information about the fault that produced the quake.

25 minute educational video [h/t DP]

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Valley County ready for whatever COVID-19 throws at it

Task force to coordinate efforts, communication

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

The Valley County Emergency Operations Center is up and running and laying plans for the next steps in the local effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center, which became active last Thursday, is a coordinated effort to organize local resources and unify response plans across the valley.

“The goal of the Valley County EOC is to be ahead of the game,” EOC Public Information Officer McKenzie Kraemer said.

“We are not waiting for things to happen, but are actively planning for various trigger points and scenarios,” Kraemer said.

… The group has established a Valley County COVID-19 hotline for the public to call to seek information and ask questions. The hotline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 208-382-7303.

Questions, information, volunteering or service ideas can also be emailed to the EOC at valleycovid@co.valley.id.us

The group also has established a COVID-19 informational webpage at (link).

full story:
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Remaining snowmobile parking lots in Valley County closed

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

All recreational snowmobile lots in the region were closed Monday with Valley County voting to close Wellington Snow Park in Smiths Ferry and Clear Creek lot south of Cascade on Monday.

The move comes after other snowmobile lots were closed and the county’s groomed snowmobile trail program suspended in an effort to dissuade out-of-state visitors from coming to Valley County to recreate.

The extensive network of snowmobile trails in Valley, Adams and Idaho counties have parking lots that operate under the jurisdiction of multiple agencies, which did not opt to close each lot at the same time.

Last week, the Payette National Forest had closed the West Face parking lot west of McCall, the Gordon Titus Upper Elevation parking lot near Brundage Mountain Resort and the Wallace Lane parking near New Meadows.

The Boise National Forest closed the Anderson Creek lot west of Cascade.

The Idaho Department of Lands previously closed the Brush Creek, Green Gate and Francis Wallace parking lots on Warren Wagon Road.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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First case of Valley resident with COVID-19 confirmed

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in a Valley County resident was announced on Monday by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

A woman over age 50 tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus by Central District Health, which serves Valley County.

The woman was recovering at home, a news release. The health department was investigating how the woman may have contracted the virus.

The name of the woman and the town in which she lives was not disclosed.

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McCall police turn back plane from Seattle that landed at McCall airport

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

Two people aboard a plane from Seattle were told by McCall police to immediately return to Seattle after landing at the McCall Municipal Airport last Thursday morning amid COVID-19 precautions.

Pilot Russ Stromberg was told to cancel the flight before taking off due to Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s statewide isolation order, but believed his flight fit within the order’s criteria of “essential travel” since it was construction-related.

“We continued on because we believed based on our research before we took off that we were essential business,” said Stromberg, 72, who was traveling with his wife, Tricia Stromberg.

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Tamarack Resort

April 4, 2020 11:20 a.m. – Tamarack Resort announced limited resort access through May 1

Although recreation and restaurant operations were suspended on March 17, Tamarack Resort announced on Saturday that the resort will have limited access through May 1. No guest access will be allowed at this time.

Guests who purchased lodging and event tickets for the beginning of May will be refunded in full if the reopening is further delayed, according to a press release.

(from KTVB 4/4)
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Woman with COVID-19 virus brought to St. Luke’s McCall

Hospital stays mum on exposure, quarantines

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A Riggins woman who later tested positive for the COVID-19 virus was brought to the emergency room of St. Luke’s McCall last week, according to the Lewiston Tribune.

The woman is the first person with COVID-19 known to have traveled into Valley County.

A St. Luke’s spokesperson would not say how many emergency room staffers came into contact with the woman or if any of the staffers had been tested or told to self-quarantine due to potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

A man who lives in the Riggins area told the Lewiston Tribune that his wife was the coronavirus victim.

The man, who did not want to be named, said his wife has been undergoing treatment for cancer and was ill earlier this week. Riggins EMTs were dispatched on March 25 and took her to St. Luke’s McCall.

From there she was taken to St. Luke’s in Boise, the Tribune reported. Later that day, the man was called by someone from St. Luke’s in Boise saying his wife tested positive for COVID-19, the Tribune reported.

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Valley County Notice on Short-term Rentals, Hotels/motels and Rv Parks

Any short-term rentals, hotels/motels or RV parks that are currently occupied by guests should ask those guests to depart as soon as possible and return to their primary residence.

Any reservations for short-term rentals, hotels/motels or RV parks between now and April 15, 2020 should be cancelled, unless the renting party is providing an essential service.

To read the full Valley County resolution, please visit (link).

(V. Co. FB page 3/30)
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Chief: Limits on short-term rentals difficult to enforce

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

Enforcing the proper use of short-term rentals during the COVID-19 emergency will be “almost impossible,” McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said.

“It will be very difficult to specifically identify and enforce that aspect,” Williams said. “Should we be notified of violations, officers will definitely respond and handle accordingly.”

The city has notified local property management companies and the owners of short-term rentals of statewide orders on their businesses, Williams said.

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Adams County Emergency Manager Carol Walsh reports:

On March 31, Southwest District Health (SWDH) confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Adams County in a male in his 60’s. He is currently self-isolating at home. The source of transmission is under investigation. Additional case-specific information about this individual is confidential and will not be released. Adams County and Southwest District Health will continue an investigation and if other people are found to have been possibly exposed, they will be contacted, provided guidance and monitored for symptoms.

The Adams County Commissioners have signed a Declaration of Emergency to assure the community is prepared to receive any federal and state assistance if it becomes necessary.

All County Offices are currently closed to the public to protect the employees and locals from the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles has most procedures automated on its website:

For those not comfortable with using computers Adams County DMV has a drop box in front of the Courthouse. If you have and questions or concerns, please call the Courthouse for assistance. (208) 253-4272.

The US Forest Service is in the process of bringing on-board their Fire Fighters and other Seasonal Workers to prepare for Fire Season. They advised that the current Seasonal Workers are locals from Adams and Valley County. The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as they continue to offer services to the public.

There have been concerns addressed about people coming to our community to stay in second homes, rentals, and for recreational purposes from other areas. Per the Commissioners it would be the appropriate and the sensible thing for them to stay at their main place of residence, but Constitutionally we cannot mandate this. The situation will be monitored closely.

Outdoor Recreation During Shelter-in-Place
With the Governor’s Proclamation of Extreme Emergency and his “stay at home” order, people are asking questions regarding travel and recreation. People are encouraged to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine allowing recreation you can do within your community.
Q: “Am I still allowed to go outside for exercise and recreation?”
A: “Outdoor activity near your home is OK, but you should keep a distance of 6 feet from people outside of your household.”
Q: Can I go hiking, mountain biking, or camping?
A: Day trips are strongly encouraged, however, make sure to minimize your travel distance from home. If a trailhead is congested, consider finding another trail to use. Be sure to check conditions before you go as many campgrounds and trails may be closed. Last, make sure to bring all the supplies you will need from home to avoid putting strain on local grocery stores.
Q: Can I drive to a mountain town like McCall or Stanley? There aren’t many people in those communities, so social distancing should be easier.”
A: No. The point of the order is to keep people in their communities in an effort to slow the spread of COVID19. All non-essential travel must be avoided. Please stay home so you don’t overwhelm the limited resources in other towns and communities who are also staying home to slow the spread.”

Additionally, keep in mind that first responders and medical professionals have a lot on their plate and if you are injured or lost, they may not be able to get to you in a timely fashion.

This is a difficult time right now and it can cause people to feel overwhelmed, especially when it is heightened by loneliness or worry. Experiencing these feelings are common during times of heightened stress. Please do not be afraid to reach out to family, friends or the Department of Health and Welfare. They offer anonymous and confidential assistance to all.
Idaho COVID-19 Hotline – 888-330-3010
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline – 2-1-1 or 208-398-4357
For the most current and correct information, please go to:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (link) –
Southwest District Health (link) –
State of Idaho (link) –
And for you using Facebook go to Southwest District Health Facebook page.

source: Adams County FB page
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Council man first confirmed COVID-19 case in Adams County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A Council man who was featured in a series in The Star-News in January about opioid addiction is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Adams County, according to his wife.

Ted Cole, 66, was taken by air ambulance to a Boise hospital Wednesday morning suffering from pneumonia, according to his wife, Janie Cole. Ted Cole was in stable condition, Janie Cole said.

Cole confined himself to his home following his diagnosis of COVID-19 and was suffering only mild symptoms before he took a turn for the worse overnight Wednesday, Janie Cole said.

“We have no idea where we came in contact (with COVID-19),” she said.

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Adams County Sheriff Update

William “Bill” James has been apprehended and is in the custody of Adams County Sheriff’s Office! Thank you to all the agencies that assisted in the search and arrest of this individual. Please be patient for further information as there will be a press release to follow.

(Adams County Sheriff FB page 4/4)

Valley County had Hwy 55 closed Saturday morning to assist Adams County. The road has been reopened for traffic.

(Valley County Sheriff FB page 4/4)
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Adams County shooting suspect hit deputy’s vehicle multiple times

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, April 1st 2020


William “Bill” Pearle James. (Courtesy Adams County Sheriff)

New Meadows, Idaho (CBS2) – A man suspected of shooting at two deputies in Adams County deputies began shooting at them soon after they arrived on scene, court documents reveal.

According to a probable cause affidavit, two deputies were called out to a property on Highway 55 in New Meadows on Sunday for a report of a violation of a protection order.

After the second deputy arrived, court documents say, “William James began firing at them with a rifle from a barn on the west side of the property.” He continued firing his rifle and hit one of the deputy’s vehicle several times, almost hitting one of the deputies, the documents say.

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Manhunt continues for New Meadows shooter

Man fires on two Adams deputies called on protection order

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A manhunt for a Cambridge man continued Wednesday afternoon near New Meadows after the man opened fire on two Adams County Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday.

William “Bill” James, 24, is wanted for attempted murder after firing several shots at ACSO deputies Nikki Sauerland and Randall Benavides about 4:35 p.m. Sunday.

The deputies responded to the Quality Feed on Idaho 55 in Meadows, about three miles east of New Meadows, after a report he was there in violation of a protection order, according to a probable cause affidavit from the sheriff’s office.

“They just pulled in the driveway, parked and were exiting their vehicles when he opened fire on the patrol vehicles, hitting one patrol vehicle multiple times,” said Incident Commander Kevin Haight, an Idaho State Police Captain.

James fired a semi-automatic rifle from behind cover in a shed with farm equipment, Haight said.

The protection order against James stems from a May 8, 2019 incident in which he was charged with felony attempted strangulation and misdemeanor battery, according to court records.

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Donnelly man charged in shooting of neighbor’s home

Woman, three children inside were not hurt

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A Donnelly man was arrested on five felonies last Friday after a home near Donnelly was sprayed with at least a dozen bullets while a woman and three small children were inside, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office said.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 5:43 p.m. Friday in The Meadows at West Mountain a neighborhood west of Donnelly, Chief Deputy Dave Stambaugh said.

Christopher J. Kaufman, 48, was arrested without incident and taken to Valley County Jail in Cascade, where he was booked on one charge of shooting at an occupied dwelling, three counts of injury to a child and one count of malicious injury to property, all felonies.

Kaufman was arraigned on Monday in Valley County Magistrate Court in Cascade.

He was ordered to appear again on May 12 to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. Kaufman was released on $10,000 bond.

A woman called Valley County Dispatch to report that bullets had been fired through the rear wall of her home on Charters Drive, entering a living room and the children’s room, Stambaugh said.

The woman and her three children, ages 1, 3 and 6, were not injured.

Six Valley County deputies, two command officers, one Idaho State Police trooper and two Payette National Forest law enforcement officers responded to the scene, Stambaugh said.

The officers contained the area, then scanned the neighborhood to be sure no one had been shot, he said.

Officers then surrounded a house on Cameron Drive from where the shots were determined to have been fired.

After about two hours of preparation, a telephone call was made to the occupant of the residence, who surrendered without incident.

A .223 semi-automatic rifle was seized and 14 spent shell casings were recovered, Stambaugh said.

The reason the shots were fired were still under investigation, he said.

“Sheriff Patti Bolen would like to thank the public and other responding law enforcement agencies for the safe resolution to this incident,” Stambaugh said.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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2020 Census

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It is the official Census Day! Have you completed your form? Most households should have received a form in the mail, but if not, you can still complete the Census online at (link)

If you don’t have an ID yet, then click the link at the bottom that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

(from Valley County FB 4/1)

[Note: you have to start the census to get to the page to click to get an ID number.]
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Gov. Little suspends more regulations to increase telehealth access

Apr 02, 2020 By KIVI Staff Apr 2, 2020

Governor Brad Little announced the suspension of 18 more regulations to more quickly, efficiently and safely respond to Idaho’s coronavirus emergency. This adds to the 125 regulations he suspended in March.

Governor Little’s latest action ensures citizens have greater access to telehealth and medical professionals can more easily obtain necessary licenses to quickly engage in the response effort.

“As the number of confirmed cases in Idaho continues to rise by the day, we are maintaining our focus on increasing healthcare capacity to deal with the medical needs of our friends and neighbors,” Governor Little said.

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Idaho’s primary election will still be held on May 19, done through mail

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 30th 2020

Idaho’s primary election, set for May 19, will remain on that date and will be conducted by mail.

Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Monday there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.

The election will be conducted by mail through absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

“The move is necessary after it became clear that sufficient polling places and poll workers could not be obtained for the election,” Little’s office said.

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Idaho’s primary election to remain on May 19, will be conducted by mail

Monday March 30, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.

The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The move is necessary after it became clear that sufficient polling places and poll workers could not be obtained for the election.

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Governor’s Proclamation April 1, 2020

link: [h/t LI]
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Tips & Advice:

5 Tips for Grocery Shopping

from Valley County (FB 4/3)

COVID-19 is changing the way we do just about everything…including how we shop at a grocery store. Below are 5 TIPS to make this necessary task safer for you and your family:

1. Don’t Go Often: this is a hard one, but whenever possible, don’t go to the store. Run out of eggs? Plan a different meal or check for a substitute before making a quick grocery run. If you can limit your grocery store runs to once a week or once every two weeks, fantastic.

2. Go at Slower Times: the less traffic at the store, the less risk of contamination. Similarly, once in the store, be aisle smart – if there is a crowd in one aisle or section, loop around and come back to that area when it has cleared.

3. Go With A List: This is not the time to browse aisles or go in without a plan. A list can help you reduce the time you spend in the store. If you can, consider ordering your list based on the store layout (more prep, but cuts your time even more!).

4. Know What You Can Freeze: Did you know you can freeze milk, bread, fruits, veggies and more? A quick online search can show you lots of tips on how to get the most out of your groceries and limit food waste so you can go to the store less.

5. Disinfect and Isolate:

* Bring hand sanitizer or wipes with you and use it often – on the cart handle, on your hands, on your credit or debit card (and wallet and purse!).
* Once home, designate a “hot zone” for your newly purchased items.
* Place all items in one space (a counter, the floor, etc.)
* Take each item out of the bag and wipe down with a disinfectant wipe THEN place it on a counter away from your “hot zone.”
* Wash hands thoroughly
* Put your groceries away.
* Now is the time to back-track and disinfect. Start with the “hot zone” you placed your groceries in. Then move to the door knobs, your car handles, steering wheel, etc. – anything you touched while on this errand should be wiped down.
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Tips to stay safe while grocery shopping

April 2, 2020 Local News 8

Many of us are concerned about staying safe while grocery shopping since there are often times crowds of people.

ABC’s Becky Worley spoke with a doctor who shares some simple things you can do to stay healthy.

You can view that advice in the video above.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold posts survey about jobs at Stibnite Mine

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

A survey aimed at identifying who would be interested in working for Midas Gold once it launches its proposed Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine has been opened to the public.

Anyone interested in taking the survey can find it at (link).

The survey was released recently by the Stibnite Advisory Council, a panel of citizens from eight local communities and Midas Gold officials that meet monthly to receive project updates and share community worries, challenges and wins.

“We feel it will be beneficial in our conversations around the table regarding the impact the Midas Gold Stibnite project might have on the current and future workforce,” said Julie Good of New Meadows, who chairs the council.

The survey results could help the council determine how the prospective workforce would affect housing, transportation, environmental effects and other employment in the area, Good said.

The survey will remain open for several months in order to get as many responses as possible.

Questions asked in the survey cover general demographic information, level of interest in working for Midas Gold and what positions are desired by respondents. All responses are anonymous.

Midas Gold remains in the permitting stage of its Stibnite Gold Project, with the next step expected to be the release of a draft environmental study later this year.

Once the draft study is released, a final decision on the project would be expected about a year later, at which point Midas Gold could begin construction on its proposed gold and antimony mine.

The construction phase would be expected to last up to three years, during which the company expects to employ between 600 to 1,000 people.

The mining phase would employ about 500 people and could last for 12 to 15 years following the construction phase, according to the company.

After mining ends, up to 200 people would be employed as Midas Gold spends another two to three years cleaning up the site and disassembling mining infrastructure.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Temporarily Shutting Down Access to Waters within the Boundaries of the Lower South Fork of the Salmon River

McCall, Idaho, March 28, 2020 In alignment with current federal, state and local guidance for social distancing, and to ensure health safety of its employees, visitors and volunteers, the Payette National Forest will be suspending access to the waters within the boundaries of the Lower South Fork of the Salmon River, effective immediately. The closure will remain in effect until June 30, 2020.

The Lower South Fork of the Salmon River corridor begins at the confluence with the Secesh River, and ends at the confluence with the Salmon River. This segment of the corridor is approximately 37 miles long and extends from the low water mark on either side of the river only. This area does not include any land outside of the low water mark within each river corridor.

These actions have been taken based on CDC guidelines to promote social distancing. The areas covered under this closure order provide access to recreational float boating opportunities within the Payette National Forest, and create a high probability of congregating groups of 10 or more individuals, thus creating a concern about the ability of recreationist to practice social distancing at these sites. The closure will also reduce the risk of community spread of the COVID-19 virus by discouraging discretionary travel. Further, adjacent National Forests have issued temporary closures on the Main Salmon River and Middle Fork Salmon River to float boat uses. This closure order aligns the Payette National Forest with our neighboring Forests’ closures to surrounding waterways.

For more information regarding the closure, please contact:

* McCall Ranger District: 102 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-0400

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

The USDA Forest Service continues to assess and temporarily suspend access to recreation areas that attract large crowds and cannot meet social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visitors to national forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link). Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: (link)

For up-to-date information on the Payette National Forest, visit (link)

link: attached Closure Map and Order
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Payette National Forest delays opening of recreational sites

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 2, 2020

The Payette National Forest has delayed the opening dates of popular recreation sites and will no longer maintain restroom facilities on the forest in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All restrooms on the Payette National Forest are no longer being stocked or maintained, officials said.

Campgrounds and other overnight facilities on the Payette are not yet open for the season.

Opening dates have been pushed back further and cannot be reserved online. Refunds for reservations already made will be made, officials said.

Several sites have been closed through at least May 15, including Mann Creek, Spring Creek, Brownlee, Big Flat, Cabin Creek, Lafferty, Cold Springs, Last Chance, and Huckleberry Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest; and, Poverty Flat, 4-Mile, Camp Creek, Buckhorn, Ponderosa, Secesh Horse Camp, Old East Fork, and Big Creek Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest.

Lake Fork, Kennally Creek, Burgdorf, Jeannette, and Chinook Campgrounds have been closed through at least the end of May.

Grouse, Upper Payette Lake, and Hazard Lake Campgrounds have been closed at least through mid-June.

The Buck Park Cabin and Paddy Flat Guard Station Cabin will remain closed through at least July 1.

The actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and to promote social distancing, officials said.

source: Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update

April 1, 2020

Payette National Forest SOPA for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

The quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions for the Payette National Forest was published today and is available to you online at this (link) or through the Forest webpage.

Thank you for your interest in the Payette National Forest.
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Avalanches and rock slides blocking middle fork of Salmon River system

By Todd Kunz April 2, 2020 Local News 8


(USFS photo)

Custer County, Idaho (KIDK/KIFI) – There are avalanches and rock slides blocking Marsh Creek, the tributary to the middle fork of the Salmon River.

Images from the Salmon-Challis National Forest Facebook page show the extend of the slides.

The agency said the slides are blocking or partially blocking the middle fork just above Boundary Creek, where Marsh Creek and Bear Valley Creek converge.

The Salmon River is currently closed to boating from Dagger Falls to where it connects with the main Salmon River.

It is possible these slides were triggered during Tuesday’s 6.5 magnitude earthquake northwest of Stanley, but there is no confirmation.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest offering free personal use firewood

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Salmon-Challis National Forest announced Tuesday it will be offering free personal use firewood to the general public.

The offer begins Wednesday and will last through June 1.

Standing dead and down trees can be gathered for firewood. Wood cutters can take up to four cords of firewood for personal use.

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[Note: this does not apply to the PNF or BNF, our firewood season starts May 15th. I checked with the PNF: “If the directive from the national office for a free of charge program is still in effect in mid-May, the Payette National forest will also offer it free of charge.” – Brian Harris]
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BLM announces availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project

Date: April 3, 2020
Contact: Mike Williamson 208-473-8354 mwilliamson@blm.gov

Vale, Ore. and Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management is announcing the availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project, an effort to reduce flammable vegetation adjacent to roadways. Fuel breaks provide safe anchor points for firefighters and strategic opportunities to more effectively limit the spread of wildfires.

This project is 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 project area consists of about 3.6 million acres of land within Malheur County, Oregon, and Owyhee County, Idaho. Wildfires are the primary threat to this region’s sagebrush-steppe habitat, one of the largest strongholds for Greater sage-grouse. This landscape-level project supports both sagebrush-dependent wildlife and traditional land uses, such as ranching and recreation. This strategic system of fuel breaks will integrate with existing fuel breaks in northeastern Nevada to improve firefighting efficiency.

“The Tri-state Fuel Breaks Project will provide wildland firefighters with additional opportunities to contain wildfires and reduce impacts to working landscapes and wildlife habitat,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley. “These fuel breaks will also improve safety for first responders, including Rangeland Fire Protection Associations and others in the firefighting community.”

The Final EIS outlines five alternatives, including a No Action Alternative (no fuel breaks). Under the four action alternatives, fuel breaks would only be implemented alongside existing roads and would extend up to 200 feet on both sides of roadways on BLM-administered lands. Fire suppression experts identified roads based on their strategic importance for accessing and responding to wildland fires.

The Final EIS introduces the preferred alternative, Alternative 5, which proposes a strategic fuel break network that addresses impacts to wildlife and cultural resources based on the analysis in the Draft EIS and comments received during the comment period. This alternative modifies the fuel break network from routes analyzed in the Draft EIS under Alternatives 2, 3, and 4. The preferred alternative would result in a fuel break network of 47,213 acres along 987 miles of existing roads.

The 30-day availability period in which the public can review the Final EIS begins April 3, 2020, with the EPA’s publication of a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The Final EIS and supporting information is available online at (link) (case sensitive). If you are unable to access the documents online and would like a paper copy, please contact the BLM Boise District Office at 208-384-3300.
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Critter News:

Pet talk – Vaccinate against canine distemper

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt April 3, 2020 IME

Canine distemper is a contagious viral infection of dogs that may cause respiratory, gastrointestinal, ocular or central nervous system disease. The routine use of vaccines against canine distemper has greatly reduced the incidence of this disease in North America, but it is still common in many parts of the world.

Canine distemper virus is transmitted between dogs primarily through infected respiratory secretions. Unvaccinated puppies are most susceptible to canine distemper virus infections; however, older dogs may become infected. The infection weakens the immune system, making the animal more susceptible to other diseases.

Clinical signs are variable and depend on the strength of the dog’s immune system. Dogs with a weak immune system, such as puppies, are unable to fight off the infection and can develop severe clinical signs of disease.

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There’s little chance petting animals will spread coronavirus

The coronavirus has led individuals to worry about touching animals.

April 3, 2020 KTVB

Furry friends are always a solace, especially during a time of crisis like the one the world is currently facing.

This has left many pet owners wondering if petting or cuddling their pets could leave them exposed to the novel coronavirus.

… It’s unlikely. The VERIFY team can’t flat out say no because there’s always a chance of something strange happening here. However, according to the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), pet fur is not a great environment for carrying the virus.

… That being said, pet owners should be washing their hands after handling their animals, their food, waste or supplies. They should also limit their contact with other animals that aren’t their own just in case.

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One golden eagle’s amazing journey from Alaska’s Arctic to Idaho’s Salmon River

By Wildlife Diversity Biologist, Joel Sauder Idaho Fish and Game Tuesday, March 31st 2020


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Many wildlife species need large landscapes to survive and thrive. Elk often summer at higher elevations and move 10-50 miles to find winter ranges at lower elevations. Songbirds that summer in Idaho can winter in the Southwest US, Mexico, or even further abroad. Wildlife make these movements without compass or GPS, just using the instincts they were born with. While we know these facts in our heads, we get jaded to them over time, because that is just the nature of our busy lives. But every once in while we get an opportunity to see them again for the first time, and we should be amazed.

Late this winter I got a call from Steve Lewis, a USFWS researcher based in Alaska. A transmitter he had deployed on a golden eagle had stopped moving outside of Grangeville and he was hoping I could recover it for him. Besides salvaging a valuable piece of equipment, knowing if the bird perished or if the transmitter was shed was important information. The most recent location transmitted showed it was on private land out towards Pine Bar. After making contact with the land owner, who not only gave permission to recover the transmitter but was excited to assist in the recovery effort, we ATV’ed as close as we could to the location and starting hiking. In the end, it turned out to be a pretty straightforward affair. The transmitter was right at the last reported location, still attached to the golden eagle, which looked like it just fell out of sky, with no clear cause of death.

This is where the story gets interesting.

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Fish & Game News:

Hunting and fishing seasons continue with social distancing and travel guidelines

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, March 30, 2020

Idahoans can continue to recreate under Covid-19 restrictions, but they should take precautions and follow guidelines

Idaho Fish and Game has not closed any fishing or hunting seasons in response to Covid-19, and the department is providing guidelines in accordance with the Governor’s orders for social distancing at least six feet apart, including while fishing and at access sites and boat ramps.

“Fishing lends itself to social distancing,” Fish and Game Fisheries Bureau Chief Jim Fredericks said. “In fact, for most types of fishing, general etiquette says if you’re fishing within six feet of the next person, you’re way too close.”

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Nonresident licenses, permits, and tags sales temporarily suspended by F&G Commission

By Staff Writer
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Nonresidents who purchase a 2020 hunting license may still apply for controlled hunts that will occur this fall.

At their April 4 meeting, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission adopted a rule that temporarily suspends the sale of several types of nonresident fishing and hunting licenses, tags, and permits. The action is effective immediately and lasts until the rule is repealed consistent with relevant state of Idaho public health orders.

The Commission found this rulemaking supportive of the protection of public health consistent with the March 25 Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Order to Self-Isolate for the State of Idaho in response to COVID-19.

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Snare diverters no longer required for wolf trapping

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Snares must be equipped with either a break-away device or cable stop incorporated within the top loop

Under a rule adopted by the Fish and Game Commission that is now in effect, there is no longer a statewide requirement for using diverters on snares for trapping gray wolves. However, snares must be equipped with either a break-away device or cable stop incorporated within the top loop of the snare.

As a provision of the rule, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission can still require diverters in local areas to reduce bycatch of non-target species if deemed necessary, but at this time, no such local requirements have been established.

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Moose, sheep and goat application period is open – here’s how to apply online

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, April 3, 2020

Check out the video below for a step-by-step guide

The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is currently open and runs through April 30, and the big game controlled hunt application period follows right on its heels.

The department’s public offices are closed through at least April 15, consistent with the Governor’s statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19. As a result, Fish and Game officials are encouraging hunters to apply for controlled hunts online. Here is a video tutorial about how to do that:

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town

by The Associated Press Tuesday, March 31st 2020


(Pete Byrne/PA via AP)

London (AP) — Un-baaaaa-lievable: This wild bunch is completely ignoring rules on social distancing.

With humans sheltering indoors to escape the new coronavirus, mountain goats are taking advantage of the peace and space to roam in frisky clumps through the streets of Llandudno, a town in North Wales.

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Seasonal Humor:

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March 31, 2020 Earthquake Yellow Pine

March 31st was a rather “exciting” day in Yellow Pine.

This morning we had 3″ of new heavy wet snow and with the rain yesterday we have received over an inch of water in 24 hours. The weather station up on Big Creek summit showed 14″ new snow in 24 hours. A report of a foot of snow on the road up there this morning.

Then our power went out at 1230pm, leaving us in the dark until 545pm.

At 553pm we experienced a strong earthquake. Rattled things pretty good. So far, no reports of damages or injuries and the road is still open. Aftershock felt at 628pm.

A list of things to check:

Propane connections, if you smell it turn it off.
Woodstove chimneys
Water lines inside (it will take a while before we find out if underground stuff moved.)
Also suggested is checking your phone. Reports of people having trouble getting incoming calls. MTE has been notified.

Stay Safe
The Yellow Pine Times

March 29, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 29, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed until further notice
March 22 – Boil Water Order
March 23 – South Fork Road Weight Restrictions
(details below)
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

link:
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Idaho Gov’s Stay at Home Order

link:
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Local Events:

Nothing scheduled for now.
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Village News:

Boil Water Order is still in effect

Boil Order Advisory Notice for immediate distribution. This notice should be sent to all customers as well as posted in public places such as the Tavern and the Post Office etc.

Boil Water Advisory Notice Starting on 3-22-2020

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory Notice applies to The Yellow Pine Water System

After the turbidity of the treated water has fallen below then required limit, the boil advisory can be lifted. I anticipate that it will take just a few days to meet both criteria.
Regards,
Warren Drake

Update March 28th:

The boil order will remain in effect until treatment requirements are met.
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Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza. Call 208 739-7086 or go to 355 Yellow Pine Ave. House across street from the Tavern next to the Silver Dollar.
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South Fork Road Restrictions

The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road started on Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.
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Snowmobile Grooming

Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season. The PNF has closed a number of snowmobile parking lots (see below under Public Lands.)
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March Snow

So far in March we have had a total of 12″ of snow fall, 2″ fell this last week (and melted.) As of Sunday morning there was an average of 18″ of snow in the open on the flat. Tree wells, rocky south facing slopes and ground near buildings are opening up wider each day. Local streets are a mix of afternoon slush or bare ground.
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Rock Migration Season

Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork, the freeze thaw cycle is bringing down rocks large and small.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

Dump Report March 17th: The bins are less than half full. The road to the dump is breaking up, slush and ruts.

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13. The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28.

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

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

Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest. Training will resume in the spring. -Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Closed until further notice.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 208-502-0940
FB page link
open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $3/doz
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

The Star-News

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

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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

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

Monday (Mar 23) overnight low of 25 degrees, mostly cloudy and breezy this morning, measured an average of 19″ snow on the ground. Fox visited during the night. A few nuthatches, jays, a couple of chickadees and several juncos visiting. Started sprinkling before lunch time. Rain changed to snow early afternoon, socked in low. Cloudy late afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Lots of birds calling: jays, chickadees, juncos and a raven, also a woodpecker drumming. A report of a pileated woodpecker in the neighborhood. Partly clear early evening. Overcast and the top of VanMeter fogged in at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Trace of snow fell before 6am.

Tuesday (Mar 24) overnight low of 28 degrees, overcast and breezy this morning, trace of new snow melting and measured an average of 18″ of snow on the ground. Birds calling, jays squawking, juncos twittering and nuthatches beeping. Snowed for a couple hours after lunch time. Hairy woodpecker and chickadees visiting early afternoon, high of 40 degrees. Overcast, breezy and flaking snow late afternoon for a while. Broken cloud cover and just above freezing at dusk. Solid trace of snow before midnight and snowing lightly. More snow early morning blown in under the porch.

Wednesday (Mar 25) overnight low of 27 degrees, low overcast sitting down on the peaks and flaking snow at observation time, measured 1″ new snow and an average of 19″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, jays, juncos, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Snowing pretty good before 1130am, socked in down to valley floor, about 1/2″ new snow then melting at noon. Mail truck made it in a little early even though he was caught in the blizzard. Breaks in the clouds and a few flakes on and off after lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Cooler and snow flurries on and off in the afternoon. Windy and blowing snow late afternoon, dropped below freezing before 5pm. Another front blew thru late evening with clouds down to valley floor and more snow. Higher clouds at dusk, measured 1″ new snow. Cloudy before midnight. A little more snow fell during the night, then clearing and cold.

Thursday (Mar 26) overnight low of 12 degrees, partly cloudy and chilly light breezes this morning, measured 1″ of snow remaining on the board and 19″ snow on the ground. Airplane flew over a few times. Pine squirrel, jays, juncos, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Warm sunshine before noon, melting and dripping. Thicker clouds after lunch time, high of 41 degrees. A pair of hungry clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Partly sunny late afternoon, and partly cloudy early evening. At dusk it had dropped to freezing and was mostly cloudy. Stars out before midnight.

Friday (Mar 27) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and chilly light breezes this morning, no new snow and an average of 18″ snow on the ground. Silly pine squirrel, jays, juncos, nuthatches and a chickadee visiting, raven was calling to the east. Thicker darker clouds at lunch time. Clark’s nutcracker visiting. Dark gray overcast and chilly breezes late afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Dark thick overcast and cold light breezes at dusk. Cloudy and light breezes before midnight.

Saturday (Mar 28) 24 hour low of 28 degrees (from Friday morning), gray overcast and light breeze this morning, no new snow and an average of 18″ snow on the ground. Local pine squirrel, jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy at lunch time. Breaks in the clouds early afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Mostly cloudy and very light breezes late afternoon, jays and juncos visiting. Mostly cloudy and quiet at dusk. A few stars out before midnight. Started snowing at 1020am.

Sunday (Mar 29) overnight low of 26 degrees, lowering overcast and snowing big flakes this morning but melting, estimate an average of 18″ snow on the ground. Raven calling, jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Stopped snowing by lunch time. Cloudy and gusty breezes early afternoon, high of 46 degrees. Mostly cloudy and lighter breezes late afternoon. Quiet day. Dark clouds and a bit breezy at dusk.
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RIP:

Mayor Chappy

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Larry Chapman, (Chappy), 74, passed away in his sleep Sunday evening in Riggins. He was a special guy and we will all miss him. No services are planned at this time.

“You’ll be Happy with Mayor Chappy”

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Yellow Pine has lost our Honorary Mayor Chappy. A good man with a kind heart that always helped out anyone in need. Logger, Miner, Inventor (Automatic Fish Catcher and The Boot Saver), Artist, Father and Friend.

So long pard.

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Father to Kendi and Candi

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Mayor Chappy’s wife Nancee Kay Riggs, 69, of Riggins died April 12, 2018. Daughter Candi passed away Nov 30, 2018. Survived by daughter Kendi.

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Logging Crew

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One evening, several of the loggers started playing pool. Somehow they came to the agreement that the loser would get his hair cut. I remember that Harvey Whitten, John Callender, Larry Chapman and Leroy Rainey, were in on it. There may have been more. They absolutely shaved the head of the first loser. This was so hilarious that they were not satisfied until every one of them had lost. They all looked like peeled onions. They were sure having fun, but there were several unhappy wives over that one.

Larry Chapman immortalized the pool hair cuts in refrain: “I got to thinkin’ about the hair cuts and writ’ a poem about it.”

There’s dumb things done, in the afternoon sun, by the loggers in the bar, But I dare say, about the last of May, was the dummest thing I’ve done, so far.

The 7-Devil’s bar, is the best by far, as the place to have a drink, And by day, the bar-keep’s away, a snoozin’ like a mink,

But his wife is there, with golden hair, and a ‘hole lotta gab. She’ll mix you a drink, quick as a wink, and write it on your tab.

If you feel, like you’d like a rod or reel, or if you don’t have that in mind, They have ice, rats and mice, and even fishin’ line.

He’s got hooks, and lures with crooks, or even a pound of nails, And if you’ve thot’, of sumthin’ he ain’t got, he’ll get through the mail!

One sunny morn, when the weather was warm, I stopped to have a shot. The boys were there, talkin’ about long hair, and were gettin’ kinda’ hot.

We had a few, and the hours flew, and I was actin’ like a nut, And we decided there, to play pool for hair, and the Winners got to cut.

Big John and Dave, thought their hides they’d save, and picked out the 2 best sticks, LeRoy and I, between us only had one eye, so from the rest we took our pick.

The balls were racked, and the chalk was passed, and it was their turn to break. Big John broke, in a cloud of smoke, but narry a ball did he make,

It was my choice then, so I made the ten, and the 15 went in with ease, I was on the twelve, and thot’ what the hell, and missed it like a breeze.

Dave took his cue, and made the six and two, and then the three and four, I felt my hair, and thot’ it’ll be slick up there, but he never made no more.

LeRoy made four balls, and stood against the wall, and leaned back and smelled the flowers, then made the one, and I said, “Now son, you know that that ain’t ours.

It was plain to see, it was the razor for me, and Big John just couldn’t wait, He shot the five, but on the way by, the cue ball had made the eight.

We cut their hair, in a straight back chair, right in the middle of the day, And shaved their heads, like feather beds, and even McCallister got in the way.

Old LeRoy said. “Old Boy, I’ll have just the same”, When I cut his ear, It’s good you couldn’t hear, ’cause he called me an awful name.

The next day, I saw ‘ern commn’ from far away, and that’s one thing I didn’t need, So some scizzors I found, and peeled my crown, But I still left some for seed!

By Larry Chapman

From Rosella (S?) “I’ve Gotta Write a Book” 1998 page 44
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Note: if friends wish to send a card, contact rrSue via email for an address. I will let folks know when we figure out a future celebration for hiz honor.

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Idaho News:

Stay Home!

Message from Valley County

Law enforcement is reporting a large number of out-of-area vehicles arriving to our area.

A Reminder to All: citizens should not be accepting guests, vacation rentals should not be renting to anyone other than essential service providers, recreational opportunities are closed, retail shops are closed.

Please do your part to respect the Governor’s order to stay home: “Please stay home so you don’t overwhelm the limited resources in small towns and communities who are also staying home to slow the spread.”

(Valley County FB March 28th)
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Visitors to Valley County told to ‘stay home, stay healthy’

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Potential visitors to Valley County were urged last week to stay home in light of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

A statement issued on Saturday by government agencies and the county’s two hospitals asked those thinking about visiting the county to “stay home and stay healthy.”

The statement was issued by Valley County, the cities of McCall, Cascade and Donnelly, St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center and Cascade Medical Center.

“While our hospitals are prepared to care for the citizens of Valley County and surrounding areas, an influx of people from elsewhere risks overwhelming the limited resources at our hospitals,” said Dr. Gregory Irvine, chief of staff at St. Luke’s McCall.

There is a false perception by people who are planning “virus vacations” to think rural areas carry less risk of infection, Irvine said.

“I can think of little that is more inappropriate and dangerous than this mindset,” he said.

McCall Mayor Bob Giles said in the statement that public health and safety are a high priority.

“We simply don’t have enough stores, healthcare providers, medical tools or first responders to take care of an increase in population right now,” Giles said.

Businesses that normally cater to visitors sent out similar advisories asking customers to stay home.

“Now is not the time to escape to the mountains,” a joint statement from Hotel McCall, Rupert’s Restaurant and Jug Mountain Ranch said.

“Not for the weekend, or for the week or for possibly longer,” the statement said. “We must do our part to manage the spread of the outbreak.”

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Valley County sets up task force to coordinate COVID-19 response

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Valley County commissioners have approved the creation of a task force in an effort to consolidate information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move seeks to centralize resources and provide clear communication on local efforts to address the virus.

The group will be made of officials from the county, McCall, Donnelly and Cascade fire districts and representatives of the cities of Cascade, Donnelly and McCall.

Getting up and running with a response task force would better serve the community before a local outbreak is confirmed, Valley County Emergency Manager Juan Bonilla said.

Bonilla said the Blaine County emergency manager told him from his experience that, “after the first patient, you’re two weeks behind.” Blaine County had 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday.

“We could have a spike very quickly based on the number of tests that are awaiting results,” said Bonilla, who is also chief of Donnelly Fire & EMS.

The task force will set up shop in the Valley County Emergency Operations Center on West Spring Street across from the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

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link: Valley County Covid-19 Response page
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Valley County gets its first COVID-19 case – sort of

Part-timer recorded as ‘resident’ of county

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Valley County was counted on Sunday with its first case of the COVID-19 virus even though the patient was not in Valley County when tested and did not contract the virus in Valley County.

Central District Health announced on Sunday that a man in his 50s with mild symptoms was confirmed to have COVID-19 after testing in Ada County.

The man, who was not named, was described as a part-time resident of Valley County in a health department news release.

He had traveled to Blaine County, which has the most COVID-19 cases of any county in the state, but had not traveled to Valley County during his infectious period, the news release said.

“While the part-time resident is currently self-isolating in Ada County and was tested in Ada County, he indicates his primary residence is in Valley County, which associates the case with Valley County for reporting purposes,” the news release said.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc
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St. Luke’s McCall sets up parking lot clinic to exam patients in their car.

This effort is designed to protect patients from potential exposure to COVID19, while also reducing risk to our local healthcare workers. This is NOT a drive through testing clinic.

If you are experiencing symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, or exposure to a known COVID-19 case, stay home, self-isolate, don’t expose others.

If you are concerned about your symptoms or potential exposure to the virus, please call us at 208-634-1776. We will complete a risk assessment over the phone and provide guidance on next steps, which may include scheduling an appointment for an exam at the parking lot clinic.

What to expect

You will be required to check in at the parking lot greeter tent. They will provide you with a mask and direct you to a designated parking area. Please keep your window rolled up until a provider comes to your car. The provider will evaluate your condition and give you appropriate treatment, guidance and follow up as needed. They may or may not recommend COVID-19 testing.

If a more extensive evaluation is needed, we will move you to an indoor setting for a comprehensive exam.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and our community, is to stay home except for absolute necessities and observe social distancing practices.

Stay home, stay healthy, stop the spread.

(via St. Luke’s FB page 3/25)
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City of McCall Advisory in response to Idaho Stay-home Isolation Order

Press Release March 26, 2020

In response to Idaho Governor Brad Little and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s statewide Stay-Home Order for all Idahoans, released, Wednesday, March 25, in affect for 21 days, City of McCall releases the following:

City of McCall staff will be working remotely where appropriate to maintain essential government services. Those services not related to essential government services such as recreation activities are cancelled until further notice. Please visit http://www.mccall.id.us for updated calendar and news.

Facility Closures

• All City Buildings – Closed to the Public, reduced to essential staff, performing duties as related to health and safety where appropriate.

* City Hall – Closed to the Public
* McCall Police Department – Closed to the Public
* McCall Public Library – Closed to the Public
* McCall Parks and Recreation – Closed to the public
* McCall Public Works – Closed to the Public

• All McCall parks and facilities including public restrooms – Closed to the public

• All McCall Golf Club buildings and facilities – Closed to the public

Non-Essential Travel

• McCall Municipal Airport – Pilots are advised that the Governor’s travel ban limits flights to those for essential travel only as defined in the Order. Arrivals of persons by aircraft that do not fit an essential service category will be instructed to return to their aircraft and depart. McCall Airport NOTAMS have been updated for flight planning.

• McCall Short Term Rental Properties permitted for essential service personnel or quarantine only – Under Idaho State Isolation Order, Short Term Rental Property Owners are advised that guests may only stay in their rental properties if they are providers of an essential service in the region. Current guests who are here for non-essential purposes such as vacations are strongly encouraged to depart the area as soon as possible and return to their place of origin.

Enforcement

Enforcement of the State of Idaho’s Self Isolation Order is in affect. Non-compliance constitutes a misdemeanor offense. Law enforcement maintains its goal is to educate and gain compliance in respect to the Governors direction for stay home sheltering.

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Watkins Pharmacy

As of March 26th Watkins Pharmacy Store will be closed to comply with the State of Idaho’s 21 day mandate in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. This means all areas of the store will be closed to the public. If you need prescriptions or other merchandise please call in your order including form of payment then call for curbside delivery until the State of Idaho lifts the mandate.

Thank You Watkins Pharmacy 208-382-4204

(via FB March 27, 2020)
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Easter eggs hunts canceled due to COVID-19 worries

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Community Easter egg hunts are the latest events to be canceled due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

Easter egg hunts that had been planned for Saturday, April 11, in Cascade, Donnelly and New Meadows have been canceled, organizers said.

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Cemeteries bar burial services

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Cemeteries in and around Valley County will no longer allow services to be held in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If we are burying their loved one, we will bury in our local cemeteries, but no one will be allowed to be present,” Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

“Family and friends will be allowed to go to the gravesite after the burial is completed,” Carver said.

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Valley County Sheriff’s Office

Press Release March 28, 2020

On March [27], 2020 at approximately 5:43 p.m., the Valley County Sheriff’s Communications Center received multiple 911 calls of shots fired in the Meadows Subdivision located in Donnelly. One caller reported that there were multiple shots fired, causing damage to the residence. There were no reports of injury. Valley County Sheriff’s Deputies, Idaho State Police, US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer’s and Donnelly Fire and EMS responded to the call.

The reporting party was contacted by respond,. deputies. They advised that they heard several gunshots to the rear of their home and that several rounds had entered their residence. Deputies searched the surrounding area and found no injured persons. During the investigation, it was determined that the shots came from a neighboring home.

The investigation revealed that Christopher J. Kaufman a 48 year old man, of Donnelly was the person responsible for the shooting. He was placed into custody and booked into the Valley County Jail on Shooting at an Occupied Dwelling, (3) counts of Injury to a Child and Malicious Injury to Property. He will be arraigned in Valley County Court on March 30, 2020.

There were no injuries to the victims, suspect, public or law enforcement officers (hying this incident

The Valley County Sheriff would like to thank the public and other responding law enforcement agencies for the safe resolution to this incident.

This investigation is ongoing, if anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 208-382-5160.
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Important Service Update from AmeriGas Propane

Thank you for your business. During these times of uncertainty, you can count on AmeriGas to continue delivering propane safely and reliably to your home or business. Propane is an essential energy to keep America running, and AmeriGas remains open and committed to meeting your energy needs.

Payment Information

We’re here to help our customers through financial hardship due to the coronavirus and are waiving new late payment fees through May 15th and will not suspend service due to non-payment. For customers with credit terms, we offer a new monthly payment program called Convenience Pay. If you enroll today, your first payment isn’t due until the end of next month. Our website offers additional information about Convenience Pay and the ability to enroll today through MyAmeriGas. We have various other payment options available on a case by case basis. You can call (208) 634-8181 to reach your local AmeriGas office for additional details.

Online Resources

Our local offices will remain closed to walk-in visits. However, we have online resources to help you manage your propane service.

* MyAmeriGas Online Account – With a MyAmeriGas account you can pay your bill, request a delivery and much more.
* Propane Safety – Important safety information for your home, business or propane grill.
* Trust AmeriGas Referrals – You can earn up to $100 for referring a friend.

Nothing is more important to AmeriGas than the health and safety of our employees and customers. On a daily basis, we review our operating procedures to ensure we’re doing everything possible to service your account safely. The situation on COVID-19 is changing rapidly; you can count on us for continued updates and transparency.

Thank you and stay safe!
Your AmeriGas Service Team
https://www.amerigas.com/
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Idaho governor issues statewide 21-day stay at home order

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, March 25th 2020

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order.

He made the announcement Wednesday at the Idaho National Guard while the state’s seven health districts are currently reporting 131 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We are all in this together,” Little said. “We will get through this together.”

All Idahoans (regardless if you’re ill) will need to self-isolate inside their homes, but can leave for essential services such as food, prescription medications and fuel. Going for walks and exercise near your home will be permitted as long as social distancing is practiced with people that don’t live with you.

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Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

Wednesday March 25, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans.

He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.

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Link: Order to Self Isolate for the State of Idaho

Link: Governor Little’s Proclamation

Link: Guidance for Governor Brad Little’s Statewide Stay-home Order

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Idaho Board of Education orders all public schools to start ‘soft closure’ until April 20

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 23rd 2020

The Idaho State Board of Education Monday directed all public school districts and charter schools to immediately start a “soft closure” of all classroom facilities through April 20.

The Board ordered the soft closure when it approved the COVID-19 School Operation Guidance developed by Governor Brad Little’s K-12 Emergency Council.

The guidance directs districts and charters to provide three essential services during the soft closure:

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Boise VA Medical Center stops allowing visitors due to coronavirus

by CBS2 News Staff Sunday, March 29th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The Boise VA Medical Center is temporarily barring visitors inside the hospital, in an effort to protect patients and staff from COVID-19.

Visitors will not be allowed to visit veteran patients or attend appointments with them.

The exceptions are if the visit is medically necessary, or if the veteran is in end-of-life-stages, according to an announcement from the Boise VA.

The Boise VA Medical Center joins several other medical centers in the Treasure Valley, including St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus, that are restricting patient visitors.

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Most Riggins EMTs exposed to coronavirus

Patient now being treated at Boise hospital; most of town’s emergency medical technicians in quarantine

By Kathy Hedberg Of the Lewiston Tribune March 27, 2020

A majority of Riggins’ emergency medical technicians are under self-quarantine after being exposed without their knowledge to a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mayor Glenna McClure said all but three of the town’s nearly 10 EMTs have been sidelined for the time being.

“They are self-quarantining after they were around someone that had the virus and wasn’t told,” McClure said Thursday. “We’re not too happy about this. It’s really tough to go on with this.”

The EMTs are a mostly volunteer group, she added. Despite the setback, McClure said the team is still able to operate and “once these others are out of quarantine, they’ll be able to come back.”

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What made Blaine County Idaho’s coronavirus hot spot? Wealthy visitors and recreation

By Nicole Blanchard and Nicole Foy March 26, 2020 Idaho Statesman

One of Idaho’s top tourist areas is asking visitors to — please — stay out. Blaine County, home to skiing, live music, conferences and other ever-popular events in Sun Valley, Hailey and Ketchum, flipped its usual welcoming script in the last week over concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

But that change of heart may have come too late.

Already coronavirus has hit the small mountain community harder than anywhere else in Idaho. Nearly half of Idaho’s 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, are in Blaine County.

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Virus Vacationers should stay home

March 28, 2020 Local News 8

St. Anthony, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Anyone planning to escape Idaho’s “stay-at-home” orders in Fremont County should make other plans.

That is the advice of Fremont County Emergency Manager Keith Richey, who says rural areas cannot handle more people and outside visitors put a big strain on what few health-care resources the area has.

Richey also points out that Island Park does not have a grocery store. Despite rumors, Fremont County does not plow or maintain private roads. And, the same “stay-at-home” orders still apply.

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Public asked to refrain from nonessential open burning

March 27, 2020

(Boise) — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) remind the public to refrain from all nonessential open burning activities as communities respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 affects the respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs) and gastrointestinal system. It can cause asthma attacks and can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress. People with asthma are recommended to avoid asthma triggers such as smoke from burning wood or other plants.

To avoid additional health impacts, the public should take standard preventative measures to protect their health from smoke exposure and refrain from residential open burning (tree limbs, leaves, yard trimmings, garden waste, burn barrels and fire pits) and other nonessential open burning activities until further notice. If open burning is essential, please follow best smoke management practices.

Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health and safety concerns and impact local service providers:

* Smoke inhalation can cause upper respiratory symptoms, which could be incorrectly attributed to COVID-19.
* Smoke exposure impacts can lead to unnecessary testing or self-isolation.
* First responders and other emergency services are operating at a reduced capacity and have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.
* Personal protective equipment to reduce smoke exposure is not readily available at this time.

Local officials may have already prohibited open burning in your area. Prior to burning, contact your local fire agency and visit (link) to verify open burning is allowed.

DEQ, IDL, and DHW encourage the public to use alternative burning options:

* Lawn mulching — Leave grass clippings on your lawn to add nutrients back into the soil and improve lawn health.
* Composting — Compost yard waste to recycle organic material and add nutrients back into the soil.
* Chipping — Add chipped brush, pruning, or wood waste to your compost pile or soil to increase nutrient content.
* Curbside pickup — Collect and separate yard waste, organic material, and recyclables and set out for curbside collection. Check with your local government or waste management company for local services.
* Landfills — Many landfills offer free or reduced fees for yard waste.
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Scam Alert:

Beware stimulus check scams

March 28, 2020 Local News 8

The federal government hasn’t issued a single stimulus check yet, but scammers are already trying to steal the money from Americans.

These criminal efforts are prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation, multiple state attorneys general and other agencies to warn Americans not to fall for phone calls, texts, emails or websites that ask for personal or financial information in order to receive the $1,200 federal payment.

“If someone claims to be from the government with a check for you, it may be a phishing scam that is illegally trying to obtain your bank account or other personal information,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Saturday.

“Do not pay anyone who promises that they can expedite or obtain a payment or a loan for you,” James continued. “If you are eligible for relief, you will not need to make any up-front payment or pay any fee to receive a stimulus payment.”

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Letters to Share:

Dear Friends and Community Members,

We at the FPAC want to extend our heartfelt wishes for health and well being to all during these trying times. It is an unprecedented situation and one that highlights the importance of community. We want to share a few thoughts with you concerning this wonderful area we call home.

On March 25th, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order. “From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of Coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” said Gov. Little. And on March 20th the City of McCall issued a Public Travel advisory to inform the public that McCall and its rural infrastructure simply cannot handle an increase in population currently.

We understand the need to be out in open spaces, to continue to recreate and enjoy the splendors that only mother nature can offer. With this we ask you consider the effects you may unknowingly have on others. Now is not the time for traveling to small mountain communities with limited infrastructure. If you are still traveling in the backcountry, we encourage you to step back on your pursuit of riskier lines and more remote locations. Ask yourself, “If something happens, will this place more burden on our already strained health care system and local resources?”

One of the awesome things about living in the West Central Mountains is the close proximity to many forms of outdoor recreation. We encourage you to get outside and enjoy the place we live but please do so with care and consideration for all who call this place home. Thank you.

– Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center

Current Closures 3/28/2020. From Valley County Facebook Page-

– Valley County has suspended all snowmobile grooming operations.
– Payette National Forest Snowmobile Parking lots are closed (including West Face, Gordon Titus, Wallace Lane) as well as IDL Parking Lots (Francis E Wallace, Brush Creek, Green Gate)
– Brundage Mountain Resort and Tamarack (including all uphill traffic and parking lots), Little Ski Hill are closed.
– Boise National Forest has closed access through May 15, 2020. This includes roads, campgrounds, hot springs and other access in the BNF.
– Manchester Ice and Event Center: Closed until further notice
– Cascade Aquatic & Recreation Center: Closed through March 31st.
– Lake Cascade State Park Visitor’s Center & Ponderosa State Park Visitor’s Center and Cabins: Closed until April 30th.
– Idaho Power Boat Ramps, Parks & Day Use Areas: Closed until further notice.
– McCall Fish Hatchery: Closed until further notice.

Thank you!

(Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center FB page March 28th)
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Adams County has figured out what to do with its recycling

By Eberle Umbach

Earlier this month, Valley County Commissioner Dave Bingaman along with several Valley County residents took a field trip to the recycling center in downtown Council, where they met with Adams County Commissioner Mike Paradis and Solid Waste Manager Jim McLeod.

Adams County has managed a successful recycling program for over 20 years. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about how the program developed, and about policies that have helped make the recycling program successful.

Meeting onsite, the group also discussed physical features of the recycling center. Valley County is planning on making changes to its own recycling program, including closing down sites in McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade, and having county residents take all recyclables to a manned facility in Lake Fork.

As the group stood in front of $3000 worth of baled aluminum, Commissioner Paradis’ message was clear: recycling can be done cost-effectively. Although recycling in itself won’t do more than break even, he said, it would save Valley County a lot of money by reducing the overall costs of garbage disposal.

Valley County currently transports garbage to the Council landfill, with a cap of 90 tons per week of garbage from Valley County. Garbage in excess of that amount has to be transported to the Clay Peak landfill in Payette, with Valley County footing the bill for that 210 mile round trip in addition to the landfill fees. Keeping recyclable material out of what has to be transported represents the biggest savings.

The Council facility is 45 feet by 125 feet, airy and clean with a high roof, protecting all bins and storage. The metal bins are easily accessible and the tidiness of the facility was praised.

Contamination of material, Commissioner Bingaman said, was a problem at the McCall facility. Contaminated recyclables are not salable. He asked if local volunteers in Council helped with sorting?

Paradis said that no volunteers worked at the site, one paid employee does all the sorting and baling, working three hours a day, seven days a week. The facility is located in downtown Council so residents can easily drop material off when they come to town to shop.

When asked why so many metal bins were in the facility, Jim McLeod responded that it was important to be able to store material until enough was available to make a bale. Seven bins of aluminum are required to make a bale.

Having storage space to keep baled material while shopping around for the best price is important as well. With a reduction in the global market for recyclables, it takes more time to find a good price.

Glass has not been salable for quite a few years. Discussion is underway in McCall about local uses for glass. Commissioner Paradis said that Adams County would be happy to partner with a McCall project that made use of glass.

He also offered to make the county’s solid waste budget available. The $108 solid waste fee in Valley County is lower than Adams County’s $130 fee. Everyone at the meeting agreed that residents have a tendency not to sort recyclables with care.

McCall has recognized a problem as well with tourists leaving garbage in town before they leave. An ordinance would be required for the county to fine those who dispose of garbage improperly.

Commissioner Paradis emphasized that the recycling program not only saves the county money, but is a source of local pride. Working with the DEQ over the years has allowed the Adams County landfill to remain open, one of only six such landfills in the state.

The incentive for recycling has been to reduce the amount of material going into the landfill which is directly related to extending the life of the landfill.

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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire

PNF March 5, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District will be implementing prescribed fire in the Bald Hill and Four Mile Project areas this spring.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

Areas planned in the Four Mile Project are on both sides of the South Fork Salmon River, from Reed Ranch Airstrip south to Poverty Flat Camp Ground. Areas targeted for ignition this year include along the Miners Peak trail, the area between Reed Ranch and Four Mile Creek, and an area on the east side of the road across from Poverty Flat Campground. See the attached map for more specific location information.

We will have [canceled] a community meeting Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions. Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur. Like all of our burning this will be dependent on many factors including weather and fuel conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Patrick Schon: 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

linkto map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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Valley County suspends grooming of snowmobile trails

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Valley County has suspended its snowmobile trail grooming program and the Payette National Forest has closed three snowmobile parking lots in an effort to dissuade would-be vacationers from visiting the area in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are discontinuing grooming in order to discourage guests from out of the area from coming and possibly spreading the virus,” said Valley County Recreation Director Larry Laxson.

“We have an aging population that is at risk with very limited medical resources,” he said. “Our only goal is to protect everyone during this virus outbreak.”

Before the program was discontinued, local snowmobile parking lots were full of cars with out of state license plates, he said.

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Payette National Forest Closes West Face, Gordon Titus Upper Elevation and Wallace Lane Snowmobile Parking Areas

McCall, Idaho, March 25, 2020 – The Payette National Forest has closed West Face, Gordon Titus Upper Elevation, and Wallace Lane Snowmobile Parking Areas until May 15, 2020 for the health and safety of visitors and staff.

Effective immediately the following snowmobile parking areas will be closed and unavailable to visitors:

* West Face Parking Area – McCall Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho
* Gordon Titus Upper Elevation Parking Area – New Meadows Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho
* Wallace Lane Parking Area – New Meadows Ranger District, Adams County, Idaho

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available CDC guidelines to promote social distancing. Adams County reminds the patrons of public lands that parking on county roads is prohibited.

For more information regarding the closure, please contact:

* McCall Ranger District: 102 W Lake St, McCall, ID 83638, 208-634-0400

The Payette continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and make adjustments to public access. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to focus on recreating safely while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers.
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The Payette National Forest Closes Forest Restroom Facilities and Delays Recreation Site Opening Dates

McCall, Idaho, March 28, 2020 To protect the health and safety of Forest staff, partners, and volunteers, all restrooms facilities on the Payette National Forest are no longer being stocked or maintained. The Forest strongly recommends visitors not use Forest restrooms to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Payette National Forest campgrounds and overnight facilities (which are not opened for the season) will be delayed in opening, in accordance with Idaho’s ‘stay-at-home’ order. The sites are closed through the dates listed below, and unavailable to reserve via Recreation.gov:

* Closed at least through May 15, 2020: Mann Creek, Spring Creek, Brownlee, Big Flat, Cabin Creek, Lafferty, Cold Springs, Last Chance, and Huckleberry Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest; and, Poverty Flat, 4-Mile, Camp Creek, Buckhorn, Ponderosa, Secesh Horse Camp, Old East Fork, and Big Creek Campgrounds on the west side of the Forest.

* Closed at least through the end of May: Lake Fork, Kennally Creek, Burgdorf, Jeannette, and Chinook Campgrounds.

* Closed at least through mid-June: Grouse, Upper Payette Lake, and Hazard Lake Campgrounds

* Closed at least through July 1, 2020: Buck Park Cabin and Paddy Flat Guard Station Cabin.

Notifications to those with reservations at reservable sites prior to these dates will be made as soon as possible and refunds will be processed.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and to promote social distancing. Visitors are encouraged to contact local ranger district offices with additional questions.

Payette National Forest continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and evaluate potential impacts and adjustments to recreation sites. Reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are further changes affecting their reservations and receive refunds as necessary.
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Boise National Forest closes access to areas for public health and safety

Boise, Idaho, March 26, 2020 — A number of campgrounds, snow mobile parking lots, and areas where visitors gather are being closed immediately for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Forest officials are cautioning recreation use of these areas as an important step in reducing impacts to local communities who may be at risk from the virus.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing support of our communities and fulfilling our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

“In the midst of Spring Break, we have visitors that want to enjoy the forest but many areas, including hot springs, are drawing more people than social distancing guidelines recommend” said Tawnya Brummett, Boise National Forest Supervisor. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and re-evaluate as new information becomes available.”

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice for cleaning per CDC guidelines and to promote social distancing.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link).

Important: Most Boise National Forest Campgrounds are closed for the winter but restrooms are left unlocked for visitor use. These restrooms are not serviced so they are not cleaned or stocked.

For the latest Boise National Forest updates visit:

link: Facebook

link: Boise NF page

link: Closure Order
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Payette National Forest Offers Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

McCall, Idaho, March 24, 2020 – The Payette National Forest is limiting access to their offices and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

Customers needing information, permits and maps are encouraged to call 208-634-0700 during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.

“As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority,” said Linda Jackson, Payette Forest Supervisor. “We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.”

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and to promote social distancing.

Visitors are encouraged to contact their local forest or ranger district for the latest office hours and availability.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link)
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Boise National Forest surplus seedling sale canceled for public safety

Boise, Idaho, March 27, 2020 — Lucky Peak Nursery has canceled the 2020 surplus seedling sale. Originally scheduled to begin Saturday, April 4, 2020, and run the month of April.

As we work through an unpredictable and rapidly changing situation, health and safety is our number one priority. We are committed to continuing support of our communities and fulfilling our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

Following Governor Brad Little’s statewide stay-home order, we have made the decision to cancel this non-essential service.

We hope to provide surplus seedlings to the community again in 2021.

For more information about the annual surplus seedling sale, call (208) 343-1977.

Lucky Peak Nursery
15169 E Highway 21
Boise, ID 83716
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Idaho State Park Campgrounds to Close Friday in Fight against Covid-19

03/25/2020

Idaho State Parks remain open for day use recreation but camping will end on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m., which is in keeping with Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s stay-at-home order.

The camping closure will last through May 15 and no new reservations for campsites will be taken. The shutdown could be extended, depending on the status of the Covid-19 outbreak.

A combination of factors led to the closure decision, said David Langhorst, director of Idaho Parks and Recreation. Besides the stay-home order, concerns arose over the ability to maintain social distancing within concentrated campsites. Also, some communities expressed concerns about attracting out-of-area visitors and the potential for increased virus transmission.

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BLM seeks public input on Kuna Cave improvements

Date: March 27, 2020
Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today it is seeking public input on a proposal to improve access to Kuna Cave, located about 5 miles south of Kuna, near Black Cat Road.

The popular site is currently accessible by several unimproved dirt roads that have become heavily rutted during wet conditions. This assessment will look at road and parking access, the entrance ladder into the cave and vandalism deterrents. The proposal does not include closing off the cave entrance.

“We understand how important this site is to the local community, and we encourage folks to submit suggestions and comments regarding the proposal,” said Tom McGinnis, Acting Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Manager. “This effort is an example of how the BLM is working to improve recreational opportunities on public lands.”

Detailed information on the proposal can be found at (link)  (case sensitive).

A public scoping period will run from March 27 to April 27, 2020. Comments will be accepted through the following means:
Email: BLM_ID_FourRiversOffice@blm.gov
Fax: 208-384-3326
Surface mail: BLM Four Rivers Field Office, 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705

The purpose of the scoping period is to obtain public input on relevant issues that may influence the BLM’s analysis. The BLM invites comments that would be useful in refining or identifying new issues, identifying possible alternatives, or identifying actions that may have a cumulative effect with the proposed action.

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 Four Rivers Field Office at 208-384-3300.
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks close indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, March 24th 2020

The Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have closed until further notice due to the coronavirus.

The two parks announced the closures Tuesday at the request of nearby local county health officials.

The National Park Service says it is working servicewide with federal, state and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Critter News:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic

Please note: Both of our clinics are operating as best as we can during this time of uncertainty. We may be in & out of the office. If you get our voice mail, PLEASE leave us a message and we WILL return your call. Dr. Ruble is still seeing clients even though we have stopped allowing people in our clinics, we will come out and bring your animals in. All of our regular hours are subject to change. We are doing our best to keep our staff, our clients, and our community safe.

(via their FB page 3/25)
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Update from Cascade Vet Clinic

Business hours UPDATE: Effective immediately our new temporary hours are as follows: in Garden Valley Dr. Keith will be available Thursdays, 9-5, closed 12-1 for lunch. In Cascade, Wednesday/Friday 9-5, closed 12-1. We can ONLY schedule and see clients who have urgent, necessary, and essential needs. Many appointments are not essential and we will have to schedule you sometime after the 21 day “stay home” order. Please be patient. Dr. Keith is doing his best, as we all are, to take care of the needs of all our clients while protecting ourselves. Don’t forget, please stay inside your vehicles. No need to get out. We will come to you. Thank you & stay safe.

(via their FB page 3/27)
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Pet Talk – Allergic bronchitis in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt IME March 27, 2020

Allergic bronchitis is inflammation of the lower respiratory tract (bronchi) that results from exposure to some type of allergen that is inhaled or carried in the blood. The inflammation may also affect the trachea, or windpipe. Immunological stimulation occurs, often from common environmental allergens such as dust and molds, cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays, dust mites or other parasites and fungal infections that can cause a hypersensitivity reaction in the airways.

Allergic bronchitis most often affects young to middle-age dogs. It may be more common in obese dogs as well. Cough is a consistent sign. The cough is usually dry and nonproductive. It may be aggravated by exposure to cold temperatures, exercise or pressure placed on the trachea or chest. Sometimes respiratory distress occurs, with wheezing and an increase effort on expiration.

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Idaho sled-dog winner Royer places third at Iditarod

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 26, 2020

Idaho Sled Dog Challenge winning musher Jessie Royer finished third in the 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

Royer, of Seely Lake, Montana, finished the 1,000-mile race from Anchorage to Nome in 9 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes – a time that put her behind first-place finisher Thomas Waerner of Norway by only seven hours.

A total of 57 mushers started the 2020 race. Only 34 finished, with the last musher crossing the line on Sunday, almost 14 days after the race began.

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Quarantined humans take in homeless animals

Nearly 40 animals fostered out from Mountain Humane

Tony Evans IME March 27, 2020

More than half of the furry friends at Mountain Humane recently found temporary foster homes amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“In an effort to help the staff at Mountain Humane comply with the countywide shelter in place, or stay home ordinance, we had to reduce the number of animals in the shelter needing daily round the clock care,” said Mountain Human spokeswoman Kelly Mitchell.

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Idaho governor approves $400,000 to kill problem wolves

by Associated Press Friday, March 27th 2020

Legislation sending just under $400,000 to a state board to use to kill problem wolves in Idaho has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday, according to his website.

The budget bill taps money in the state’s general fund to kill wolves that prey on livestock or wildlife.

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Fish & Game News:

F&G offices will close starting March 27 except by appointment for limited services

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Closure will remain until April 15 unless extended by the Governor’s order

Consistent with the Governor’s statewide, stay-at-home order to aid in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in our community, Fish and Game public offices will close starting March 27 through April 15. Some services will remain available by appointment by calling the office Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Services will include sale of items that cannot be bought online, or by telephone, such as bear bait permits and outfitter tags. Checking in harvested black bears, mountain lions and wolves per big game regulations also will require an appointment. Here’s a list of F&G offices and phone numbers.

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F&G offices will only take debit cards and checks starting March 30

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

F&G officials recommend buying online, which allows 24/7 access and the option of using a credit card

As part of an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our community while also continuing license, tag and permit sales, Fish and Game offices will no longer accept cash payments starting March 30.

Only debit cards and checks will be accepted at Fish and Game offices. As a reminder, F&G offices do not accept credit cards, nor have they in the past.

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F&G temporarily closes Farragut and Blacks Creek shooting ranges

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ranges will remain closed until April 15 unless statewide, stay-at-home orders are extended

The Farragut Public Shooting Range and Blacks Creek Range will be closed March 27 through April 15, unless extended by Governor’s order. The closure is in accordance with Governor Brad Little’s statewide stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Fish and Game’s Garden Valley shooting range, which is not staffed, will remain open, and all visitors should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain 6-feet apart. For more information about other changes to Fish and Game operations, see the department’s Covid-19 webpage.

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Hayspur Hatchery and campground in Blaine County closed to the public

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Hayspur Hatchery and adjacent campground, located near Picabo in Blaine County, is now closed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Officials with Idaho Fish and Game have announced that effective immediately, the campground area at the Hayspur Fish Hatchery in Blaine County is closed to the public until further notice. This closure extends the previously announced closure of all Fish and Game hatcheries to the public to now include the Hayspur Hatchery campground.

Fish and Game had recently announced the closures of the state’s hatcheries to the public in response to the risk of transmittal of the COVID-19 virus to hatchery staff who live and work at the hatcheries, as well as local residents.

For more information, please contact the Magic Valley Regional Office at (208) 324-4359.

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Attention anglers: Delays expected in “Tag, You’re It” reward processing, but please continue to report tags

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Reported tags are crucial for fisheries research, and help make fishing better for Idaho anglers

Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, anglers who report reward tags as part of Fish and Game’s “Tag, You’re It” program should expect some delays in receiving their rewards.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Toilet Paper Hunting

[h/t SMc]
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Seasonal Humor:

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March 22, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 22, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed until further notice
March 23 – South Fork Road (weight) Restrictions
Postponed – March 28th meeting Community Hall Spring Rx Burning
Canceled – May 2nd Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
(details below)
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Valley County Covid-19 Response Page

link:
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Local Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tavern March 17th

We had an Apocalypse St Patrick’s Party at the Tavern this year with our usual Corned Beef and Cabbage. Our Leprechaun got Deflatavirus so only 4 people showed up and a good time was had by all. Stay safe out there.

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Postponed – meeting at the YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf

(more info below under Public Lands)
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Canceled – May 2 Firewise Meeting

To be rescheduled at a later date?
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern closed due to COVID-19 fears

Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza. Call 208 739-7086 or go to 355 Yellow Pine Ave. House across street from the Tavern next to the Silver Dollar.
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South Fork Road Restrictions

The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road start Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.
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Snowmobile Grooming

Valley County has discontinued grooming for the season.
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March Snow

So far in March we have had a total of 10″ of snow fall. As of Sunday morning there was an average of 20″ of snow in the open on the flat. Tree wells, rocky south facing slopes and ground near buildings is opening up wider each day.
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Rock Migration Season

Watch for rocks on the EFSF road in the bowling alley area and some areas of the South Fork, the freeze thaw cycle is bringing down rocks large and small.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

Dump Report March 17th: The bins are less than half full. The road to the dump is breaking up, slush and ruts.

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13. The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28.

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest. Training will resume in the spring. -Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Closed until further notice.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

The Star-News

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

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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

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

Monday (Mar 16) overnight low of 19 degrees, clear and very blue sky this morning, measured 23″ of crusty old snow on the ground. Lots of birds visiting, jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker, towhee, chickadees and nuthatches as well as a very acrobatic pine squirrel. Sunny and warm at lunch time. Mostly clear mid-afternoon, warm and light breezes, high of 51 degrees. Mostly clear at dusk. Stars out before midnight, but a little thin haze.

Tuesday (Mar 17) overnight low of 20 degrees, nearly clear sky (1 cloud) and a bit breezy this morning, measured 22″ of old snow (hard crust about a foot down in the layers.) Just a few birds this morning: Hairy woodpecker and red-breasted nuthatches visiting, jays and a red-winged blackbird calling to the east. Clouds building up by lunch time. Gray overcast by early afternoon. Chickadees and juncos visiting. Windy and splatters of rain this afternoon for about half an hour, high of 47 degrees. Clark’s nutcracker and female hairy woodpecker fighting over a feeder. Another round of wind and rain blew through later in the afternoon. Mostly clear early evening. Partly cloudy and calm at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Graupel (snowballs) at 6am.

Wednesday (Mar 18) overnight low of 29 degrees, overcast and foggy ridges this morning, trace of snow (graupel) melting, measured 21″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, juncos, jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. A few flakes of snow falling at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Early afternoon snow flurries, high of 38 degrees. Rufous sided spotted towhee and hairy woodpecker stopped by. Snow flurries on and off during the afternoon, ridges fogged in low. Breaks in the cloud cover and foggy bands across the mountains and peaks at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Foggy and misting rain after midnight. Little skiff of snow fell before daylight.

Thursday (Mar 19) overnight low of 27 degrees, overcast and ridges fogged in, light breeze this morning and trace of new snow, measured 21″ total snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, pine squirrel, red and white-breasted nuthatches and juncos visiting. Partly clear before lunch time, and partly cloudy after. Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon and warm and breezy, high of 51 degrees, tree wells are growing and south facing dark rocky hillsides baring up. Partly cloudy, breezy and way above freezing at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Friday (Mar 20) overnight low of 21 degrees, mostly clear sky – high haze this morning, measured an average of 20″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, clark’s nutcracker, jays, a few juncos and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Thin clouds and filtered sun at lunch time. Mostly cloudy (chunky clouds w/dark bottoms) by early afternoon, high of 53 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visiting, raven flying and calling. Broken dark cloud cover late afternoon. Mostly clear and above freezing at dusk. Mostly clear and stars twinkling before midnight.

Saturday (Mar 21) overnight low of 19 degrees, clear sky and measured an average of 20″ of crusty snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, nuthatches, juncos and noisy jays visiting. Sunny and mild at lunch time. Clark’s nutcrackers visiting in the afternoon. Partly cloudy and breezy late afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Elk out on the golf course mid-evening. Some high thin clouds and calm at dusk. A few stars out before midnight.

Sunday (Mar 22) overnight low of 19 degrees, mostly hazy sky and light breeze this morning, estimate we still have an average of 20″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox signs this morning, jays, a few juncos, a chickadee and nuthatches visiting. Sunny at lunch time. Clark’s nutcrackers and mountain chickadees visiting, singing their signature song. First butterfly sighting (small, orange wings with black spots.) Report of an evening grosbeak, red-wing blackbird and a rufous towhee. Mostly clear and warm late afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Mostly clear and above freezing at dusk. First robin calling.
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RIP:

Richard Randall (Randy) Norell
1951-2020
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68 yrs of age, passed away March 10 following an extended illness.

Randy was born May 4, 1951 to Richard C. (Dick) Norell and Donna D Norell (Bryant). Randy was an outdoor enthusiast who loved hunting, fishing and hiking from mountain lake to mountain lake. He spent many a summer exploring the mountains surrounding his beloved family ranch in Yellow Pine, Id.

Randy graduated from Boise State University with a BS degree in Geology. He worked for a variety of mining companies that lead him from Idaho to Montana. In 1992 Randy returned to the Boise area where he went to work for Spidell And Associates doing air quality testing. He worked up until 2012 when health issues forced him to retire.

Randy was a quiet soul, who never complained unless politics were involved. He loved science and technology. He had a great little chuckle that always made you smile.

He is survived by his sister Teri Norell and brother in-law Chuck Roth ; Stepmother Donna Norell; Stepbrothers Barry Curry ( Bernadette), Mike Curry (Carolynn), Brent Curry (Rhonda), Jeff Curry (Jennifer); Stepsister Jill (Tom) and his lifelong friend Cam Houlgate (Mary).

Over the past eight years, Randy lived at Paramount Parks Assisted Living. where his quality of life was greatly enhanced by all those who surrounded him.

A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at a later date at his beloved family’s property, the Bryant Ranch, in Yellow Pine.

Memorials can be made in his name to your favorite charity.
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Naomi Herrick
1932 – 2020
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On Friday March 13th our beloved mother and Matriarch of the family Naomi Herrick passed away from natural causes. After almost 88 years she is now peacefully sitting in heaven with her arms around her two daughters Kim and Kit.

Naomi was born Naomi Ruth Neeb on June 1st, 1932 in Round Valley Idaho to Melvin and Macel Neeb. She was the youngest of three sisters and an adopted brother. She attended high school in Boise while living with her Grandmother during the school year and then returning to the Neeb Ranch in Smiths Ferry for the summers to work on the ranch and in the lodge (Cougar Mountain Lodge). At an early age she learned to drive a tractor, tend to the farm animals and shoot a gun. After graduating from Boise High in 1950 she attended the University of Idaho.

She married Jim Drobny in 1954 and gave birth to her first child, Chris. She later married the love of her life Gary Peterson and in 1957 gave birth to twin girls, Kim and Kit. The twins were quite a surprise because they had no idea there were two babies in there! Then to top it off their births were on different days. Kim was born just before midnight and Kit was born just after midnight! Then in 1960 the second son, Kurt, was born. The marriage eventually ended and Naomi later married her longtime friend Mel Herrick with whom she shared many memorable and fun years with until Mel’s passing.

Naomi was the ultimate homemaker and mother. While she was the mother of 4 of her own, she “Mothered” many more. She had a pretty open door policy for anyone who needed a place to stay or just some motherly love. She took in many of our friends over the years, fed them, cut their hair, and was always willing to share her wisdom or just lend an ear to them.

She loved her family dearly and always did her best to make things as good as possible for us. While raising her four children she worked numerous jobs to make ends meet. Including working as a substitute teacher in the Cascade school system, which was a little challenging for us kids . . . she didn’t cut us a lot of slack for our behavior at school. Thankfully, for us, her stint as a teacher was relatively short-lived and she moved on to work as a teller at the local mercantile store and grocery store in Cascade. After leaving Cascade she worked as a Pharmacy Tech for Rite Aid in Boise until she retired.

Naomi was one of the strongest women God ever put on earth. Even with the loss of both her daughters due to complications from diabetes and cancer, she held her head up and kept going strong until the very end. She passed with her family and caregivers at her side.

Naomi was preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Macel Neeb, her sister JoAnn Cole, brother Jack Jones, her beloved daughters Kim Peterson and Kit Hill, along with her husbands Jim Drobny, Gary Peterson and Mel Herrick. She is survived by her sister Betty (Cecil) Nowland of Boise ID, son Chris (Tina) Drobny of Arizona City AZ, son Kurt (Heidi) Peterson of Park City UT, 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

There will not be any immediate services for Naomi. We will have a small service later this summer in Cascade for family and close friends.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers at Grace Assisted Living and Memory Care Center and Treasure Valley Hospice for the absolutely wonderful and loving care and compassion you showed for our Mom. It is truly greatly appreciated. You all made her last days the best they could be.

In lieu of flowers, if anyone would like to make any contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the in Mom’s name that would be great. Every day is a gift.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Naomi’s memorial website at (link)

Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 18, 2020
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Gregory Eich

Eich, Gregory, 71, of Council [formerly of Yellow Pine & Stibnite] passed away March 11, 2020 in Boise. Arrangements under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home.
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Idaho News:

Announcement from Valley County

An update – Tomorrow we begin a COV-19 task force that will be in communication daily with all hospitals-Central District health-all city governments-county official-first responders. This will be to keep communication flowing within the Region and to create a central communication point as we move forward. Once we have confirmed cases the County Emergency Operations Center will begin operations and it creates levels of emergency response not available until we have confirmed cases. This new task force will create a situation ready opportunity for the Region. The County and City officials are working daily behind the scenes to do everything we can to prepare. We will begin posting daily anything that is needed within the community to stay informed. Please follow the Valley County Facebook feed for daily updates. Stay Home-Stay Healthy-Stop the spread

from Valley County Commissioner Sherry Maupin (via FB March 22nd)
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First COVID-19 Case Reported in Part-time Valley County Resident

* No Identified Risk to Valley County Community.
* CDH is asking anyone with recent travel to Blaine County, Idaho in the past two weeks (March 8 through March 22) to shelter in place.

Press Release Excerpt:

Central District Health (CDH) announced the first case of novel coronavirus infection with ties to Valley County. A part-time Valley County man in his 50s, with mild symptoms, was recently confirmed to have COVID-19 after testing in Ada County. The man is recovering well under self-isolation in Ada County. He had no associated travel to Valley County during his infectious period. Contact investigations suggest travel-associated risk from Blaine County, and there is no identified risk to the Valley County Community.

CDH is asking anyone with recent travel to Blaine County, Idaho in the past two weeks (March 8 through March 22) to shelter in place. This, after three Ada County residents and one Valley County resident tested positive for COVID-19, and confirmed travel and time spent in Blaine County.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

* NO identified risk to the Valley County Community
* If you have traveled to Blaine County between March 8 – March 22, CDH is asking you to SHELTER IN PLACE for 14 days (stay home – only exception is for medical care). That means no grocery store, post office, work, etc.

To read the full Valley County and CDH Press Releases, please visit: (link)
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Valley County declares emergency, closes courthouse

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 19, 2020

Valley County Commissioners on Monday declared a countywide state of emergency and closed all county facilities to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an unprecedented event,” said Valley County Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck. “These are hard decisions, but decisions we felt we had to make to keep our employees, their families and our community safe and healthy.”

All functions of county government are still operational but for the foreseeable future the best way for constituents to continue to receive them is by electronic means or mailing their requests to the various departments, Hasbrouck said.

“Until the coronavirus recedes we must protect the health of these departments by re-stricting public access to them,” he said.

The courthouse, Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Cascade and McCall, probation offices and sheriff’s offices were all closed to the public.

These facilities will remain closed to the public until March 30, at which time the situation will be reassessed, a press release from county commissioners said.

Law enforcement and emergency services, including 911 services remain fully functional and available to the public, Sheriff Patti Bolen said.

The transfer site and recycling centers would remain open to the public as well, commissioners said.

The emergency declaration directed elected officials and department directors to send home the majority of their staff, some of whom will work from home until the closures are lifted.

All employees will continue to be paid, commissioners said.

… For more information about how to access services during this public facility closure, visit (link)

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City Council votes unanimously to approve a Declaration of a State of Emergency in McCall

March 17, 2020

City Council met yesterday, March 16th, 2020, at 6:00 PM in Legion Hall and unanimously voted to approve a Declaration of State of Emergency for the City of McCall for the next 30 days in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. [watch the stream] The declaration allows access to federal, state and local supplemental funding and decision making resources for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of the community. Although one goal of a declaration is to alert citizens to change their normal behavior, this does not mean there is a mass outbreak in the city of McCall, but a proactive measure enabling necessary emergency plans to be made for the future.

City leaders are taking the lead of the State of Idaho and Valley County in our response to the pandemic and continue to look at current recommendations of the CDC and Central District health in decision making as we move forward. We encourage the public to follow the most recent guidelines of maintaining gathering limitations of less than 10 people at a time, limiting social situations and maintaining good hygiene.

McCall is a tourist destination with many vacation and second homes. We are at an increased risk of exposure and therefore, we hope that our visitors will respect our community’s goal to remain proactive by adhering to CDC recommendations. Help us to keep McCall healthy and safe for all. Local business can let us know here how they have altered hours or services and we will share that with the community and visitor.

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Travel advisory announced for McCall: ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 20th 2020

A travel advisory has been issued for the area of McCall.

There are limited health resources to help those who may become sick in these areas. Travelers who get sick would put a huge strain on healthcare workers.

“The West Central Mountains has finite healthcare resources. It is very likely that anyone who gets sick in our area may need to be transported to another area for treatment. This puts massive strain on our entire healthcare system,” the city of McCall said.

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City of Cascade declares emergency, cancels hearing

By Ben Fletcher for The Star-News March 19, 2020

The City of Cascade joined other local governments on Monday by declaring a state of emergency over the feared spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Mayor Judith Nissula issued the declaration on Tuesday to allow the city to receive state and federal funding and supplies to assist the city in combating the virus.

Changes in city operations were announced on Monday, including the limiting of walk-in traffic at Cascade City Hall.

“Doors to City Hall will be locked with a notice that all utility payments may be made either through, online utility bill pay, the drop slot, or through the mail,” a statement from the city said.

Water, sewer and streets employees will continue to work normally, the statement said.

Meetings of the Cascade City Council and Cascade Planning and Zoning Commission were postponed until after March 31.

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Cascade urges people to avoid visiting Valley County to prevent coronavirus spread

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, March 21st 2020

Cascade, Idaho (CBS2) — The city of Cascade is asking visitors to avoid vacationing in Valley County to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“To act as a cohesive community and to protect each other, we are respectfully asking that no visitation happen at this time,” a press release said. “It is imperative that our community follow the federal guidelines adopted by the State of Idaho, including avoiding unnecessary travel.”

Hospital providers and staff across Valley County have been preparing for the virus’ arrival. They are concerned their resources will not be able to support an increase of visitors.

“We are encouraging our neighbors in other areas of Idaho and sister states to stay where they are and protect themselves by following CDC guidelines, as we are stressing to our residents,” the city said.

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Hot Springs Closed:

Goldfork hotsprings is closed and will remain closed until there is a new post here saying we have reopened. We will be closed for roughly 3 weeks.
(per their FB page March 19th)

Burgdorf Hot Springs – The latest update from here is that Burgdorf will be temporarily CLOSED to all drop-in Day Swims starting March 20th in efforts to help stop the spread of the current pandemic. Hope you enjoy some sweet home-time and can still get out in nature and relax! See you soon! Exceptions: Previously made Cabin reservations and previously made snowmobile rental reservations will be honored and have limited access. Please contact us for details.
(per their FB page March 19th)
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Panic buying clears store shelves

Toilet paper, hand sanitizer in high demand

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 19, 2020

Store shelves from New Meadows to Cascade were left barren this week as shoppers scrambled to stock up on supplies amid fears of the COVID-19 virus.

Store managers and owners said the craze started last Thursday, just before the first confirmed case of the virus was reported in Idaho on Friday.

Aisles in Ridley’s, Rite Aid and Albertsons in McCall were devoid of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol and household disinfectants over the weekend and into this week.

Canned goods, produce, meat, frozen foods, rice and beans also dwindled as more shoppers poured through the doors in hopes of stocking up prior to the arrival of the virus.

“This is the first time I’ve seen something this extreme, but you just take it day to day,” said Dan Smith, Ridley’s store director.

All three stores placed quantity limits on items that were especially in demand to help prevent customers from hoarding.

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[Note: Please pass the word to folks, “Leave a little on the shelves for the locals.”]
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‘It’s scary’: McCall and Donnelly restaurant owner closes two of three locations amid coronavirus outbreak

Temporary shutdowns and outright closures of some businesses have started to affect several Idaho establishments.

Brian Holmes March 18, 2020 KTVB

McCall, Idaho — With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging everyone to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future by avoiding crowds of less than 10 people, those in the service industry have really started to feel the pinch.

Restaurants across the country have either drastically reduced their staff and hours, have gone to only take-out or delivery, or have voluntarily shut their doors altogether.

For restaurant owners like Steve Topple, it meant shutting the doors on two of his three restaurants in the McCall/Donnelly area.

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City of Crouch asking people to stay away from the Garden Valley area amid COVID-19 concerns

Mar 21, 2020 By Izaak Anderson KIVI

Garden Valley, Idaho — Leaders of the City of Crouch are asking people to avoid Crouch and the Garden Valley area at this time amid COVID-19 concerns.

City leaders say they are following current CDC and Central District Health Idaho recommendations to maintain gathering limitations to 10 or fewer people at a time, limit social situations and maintain proper hygiene.

As Crouch and the surrounding areas are tourist destinations, city leaders say the increase in visitors will increase the risk of exposure from coronavirus.

The city says they have noticed an increase in visitors coming to Crouch and the Garden Valley area from the Treasure Valley. This increase is putting a strain on depleted grocery stores, as well as stressing out their local EMS system and putting pressure on Crouch residents.

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Boise VA campus to set entrance restrictions, screenings for veterans and employees

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 20th 2020

Boise’s VA campus will set restrictions for entering and screening starting Tuesday for veterans and employees.

Starting March 24 veterans must use the main entrance at Fort Street, and employees will use parking lot 7.

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ITD issues 90-day extension on expiring credentials

March 16, 2020 Local News 8

To reduce large gatherings of people, the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicle is instituting a 90-day extension on some credentials.

The 90-day extension applies to driver’s licenses and non-commercial registration.

If one of these credentials expires between March 1 and May 31 of 2020, you will have until June 30, 2020, to renew.

Many of these can be renewed online.

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Idaho Power responds to coronavirus concerns

Mar 16, 2020 By Katie Kloppenburg KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Power is reducing public activities to reduce to spread of coronavirus through the community. The new measures come after weeks of internal planning and preparation.

… In addition, they are also limiting public access to their facilities. If you usually visit Idaho Power offices to pay your bill, they encourage you to pay online or by mail. To learn more about payment options, click here.

The facility closure also includes access to Idaho Power campgrounds. Most of the campgrounds are located near facilities that help provide energy to the community. If you have an existing reservation, you will be contacted by phone or email and will receive a full refund. Idaho Power is currently not accepting future reservations but will provide an update when they are again.

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Idaho utility companies to waive late fees, keep power on during coronavirus outbreak

Idaho Power Company, Intermountain Gas and Suez Water have all introduced payment options for those affected by the coronavirus.

March 21, 2020 KTVB

Three Idaho utility companies have informed their customers that several new relief measures will be implemented to those affected by the coronavirus. These measures range from assisting customers in setting up a payment plan and not disconnecting customers for late or nonpayment.

Idaho Power released a statement on their website announcing the assistance options that are available to their customers on Friday. For residential and small business customers, Idaho Power will not be disconnecting service because of nonpayment.

In addition, Idaho Power stated they will be waiving late fees temporarily and will be available to assist customers in setting up payment plans to ensure they do not fall extremely behind on payments and later face an overwhelming debt.

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Secretary of state encouraging Idahoans to vote absentee

Lawerence Denney wants Idahoans to vote early and says they can do that by requesting an absentee ballot.

John Masters March 18, 2020 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Wednesday that in response to the current COVID-19 situation, his office has initiated the #VoteEarlyIdaho campaign. Denney, along with Idaho’s 44 county clerks, are promoting early requests of absentee ballots for the May 19 primary election.

“By promoting early request of a ballot and voting by absentee, we are hoping Idahoans will take advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves and protect their neighbors. The process of voting absentee is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3,” Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck said. “You just have to request the ballot, wait for it to arrive around a month before the election, and then vote and get the ballot back to your county clerk before the polls close on election night!”

Denney asks all Idahoans to share the campaign on social media using the hashtag “#VoteEarlyIdaho.”

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[Note: Yellow Pine is a vote by mail precinct.]
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Tips & Advice:

Plumbers: If you have to use an alternative to toilet paper, don’t flush it down the toilet

While toilet paper has been hard to come by during the coronavirus pandemic, plumbers say any alternative should not be flushed down the toilet

Gretchen Parsons March 17, 2020 KTVB

Boise, Idaho — During the coronavirus pandemic, toilet paper has quickly become a grocery item in high demand. Most supermarkets are in short supply or sold out.

… Haycock has been in the plumbing business for a long time. He said he understands that during this unprecedented time people might have to wipe with something other than toilet paper.

However, Haycock says toilet paper is the only material meant to be flushed.

“Everything else is taking a risk on causing a backup in your sewer line or even damaging the city sewer system,” Haycock said.

Materials like paper towels, tissues, and baby wipes, should never go down the toilet he explained.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold

In light of the evolving situation with the coronavirus, Midas Gold is trying to do our part to help slow the spread of the virus. Starting Monday, we are encouraging our employees to work from home. If you have questions for our team, we are still here to make sure you get the answers you need. Please feel free to send us a message on Facebook, email community@midasgoldidaho.com or reach out to one of our team members directly.

We hope you and your family stay well.

(via FB Mar 16, 2020)
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Stibnite Advisory Council is Ready to Address Community’s Questions

Eight Communities Appoint 2020 Council Members

Contact: Natalie Podgorski Phone: 435-881-1391
March 17, 2020

Donnelly, ID – The eight cities and counties that signed onto a community agreement with Midas Gold dated November 30, 2018 have appointed representatives to serve on the Stibnite Advisory Council for 2020. The Stibnite Advisory Council, which was formed last year, provides a collaborative environment for local communities to work with Midas Gold throughout the life of the project and establishes a venue for cities and counties to address concerns and opportunities directly with the mining company.

“It is an honor to serve our communities on the Stibnite Advisory Council,” said Julie Good, chair of the Stibnite Advisory Council. “Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite Gold Project will have a huge impact on this region, so it is important to have the communities closet to the mine site sit around the table to learn about the project and share our unique perspectives among the council. We each act as the voice of our community. We bring questions to the company, get the answers our neighbors need, and report what we learn back to our communities.”

Each participant in the community agreement appointed one member to represent their interests on the Stibnite Advisory Council. Midas Gold Idaho and Midas Gold Corp also hold seats on the council. The following individuals were chosen to represent their community in 2020:

Bob Crump, Riggins
Pat DeHaas, Council
Denis Duman, Idaho County
Julie Good, New Meadows
Lynn Imel, Yellow Pine
Joe Iveson, Adams County
Anne Labelle, Midas Gold Corp
Laurel Sayer, Midas Gold Idaho
Gene Tyler, Donnelly
Glenna Young, Cascade

Julie Good was elected to serve as chair for the Stibnite Advisory Council, Gene Tyler will serve as vice-chair and Lynn Imel will serve as secretary.

Over the last year, Stibnite Advisory Council members provided regular updates to their city council members or county commissioners. Additionally, many members of the council held gatherings in their towns. Based on the feedback at these meetings, the Stibnite Advisory Council established four working groups in order to address important issues in the region. Currently, members of the working groups are carefully evaluating the project’s impacts on the environment, workforce, transportation and local industry. As a result of these efforts, the workforce working group has released a public survey to gather more information from people who may be interested in working at the site. The survey is available at (link)
http://sgiz.mobi/s3/c3bff3423d5e
and will help the Stibnite Advisory Council gain a better understanding of where workers may want to live, their needs and how this might impact the communities closest to the Stibnite Gold Project.

Residents who live in Adams, Idaho and Valley County and have questions about the Stibnite Gold Project, should contact their community’s designated representative. Council members work with Midas Gold to answer every question and share that information with interested citizens. The council developed a frequently asked questions document that keeps track of all of the questions brought forward by the communities. If you would like to review this information, visit (link)

The Stibnite Advisory Council meets the second Thursday of every month at Midas Gold ‘s Donnelly office. The meetings are open to the public for observation. To date, the Stibnite Advisory Council has held 13 public meetings.
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Public Lands:

South Fork Salmon River Road

I am planning on putting the load restrictions onto the South Fork Salmon River Road starting Monday 3/23. They will stay in effect until the subgrade has dried out and the roadway can support standard loading.

Ben Dreier, P.E.
Forest Road Manager
Payette National Forest, Supervisors Office
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Community Meeting for Payette NF Spring Prescribed Fire Postponed

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the community meeting planned for March 28 in Yellow Pine to discuss spring burning operations on the Payette NF is indefinitely postponed. If there is a need to talk about any of the planned burns please feel free to send us your questions or to give a call on the phone. We may reschedule a community meeting if needed once coronavirus/ COVID-19 is no longer a concern. We will continue to send out emails to this list as we approach weather windows that will allow us to burn.

Please feel free to reach out with questions or comments:

Patrick Schon, Fire Management Specialist
208-634-0623
Patrick.schon@usda.gov

Laurel Ingram, Fuels Technician
208-634-0622
Laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks and be well
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Payette National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire

PNF March 5, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District will be implementing prescribed fire in the Bald Hill and Four Mile Project areas this spring.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

Areas planned in the Four Mile Project are on both sides of the South Fork Salmon River, from Reed Ranch Airstrip south to Poverty Flat Camp Ground. Areas targeted for ignition this year include along the Miners Peak trail, the area between Reed Ranch and Four Mile Creek, and an area on the east side of the road across from Poverty Flat Campground. See the attached map for more specific location information.

We will have a community meeting Saturday, [postponed] March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions. Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur. Like all of our burning this will be dependent on many factors including weather and fuel conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Patrick Schon: 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

linkto map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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Payette National Forest plans no changes in operations

The Star-News March 19, 2020

No changes in operations at the Payette National Forest are planned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson said.

“Everything is business as usual for the Forest Service with some minor changes that should not impact the services the Forest Services offers, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

The Payette has its headquarters in McCall as well a district offices in McCall, New Meadows, Council and Weiser.

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Boise National Forest limits public visitation to offices

Boise, Idaho, March 20, 2020–The Boise National Forest has implemented self-screening procedures for public access to Forest building in order to reduce the potential transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

“We appreciate the patience of our local communities and partners as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19, while continuing to provide the services expected from the Forest Service,” said Tawnya Brummett, Boise National Forest Supervisor. “Forest employees are staffing phone lines and monitoring emails to provide information and assist with your needs.”

To reach the Supervisors Office call 208-373-4100 and leave a voicemail. Customer service representatives will call you back or direct your call appropriately.

To stay informed about Forest activities or online services visit:

* The Boise National Forest’s website (link) or
* The Boise National Forest’s Facebook page (link)
* To purchase America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Passes visit: (link) Fourth Grade and military passes available at site locations.

The Interagency Visitor Center located at 1387 S. Vinnell Way, in Boise, Idaho, is also implementing temporary limitations of face-to-face public access. Upon entry, visitors are directed to call for assistance. For more information, visitors can call 208-373-4007.

Important: Most Boise National Forest Campgrounds are closed for the winter but restrooms are left unlocked for visitor use. These restrooms are not serviced so they are not cleaned or stocked.

Visitors to our National Forests are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) including social distancing. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: (link)
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Idaho State Park Visitor Centers Close to Curb Covid-19 Spread; Parks Remain Open

Date: March 19, 2020
Contact: Craig Quintana, Public Information Officer, Senior 208-514-2254

Visitor centers at Idaho State Parks shut down Thursday March 19 as a precautionary measure to limit propagation of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) – but the parks will remain open to the public.

Rangers and other staff will be on duty to assist visitors and can be contacted by telephone.

Parks continue to offer day use and most camping options – but hands-on activities and large group events are discontinued. Premium cabins and picnic shelters also have been closed to reduce infection potential.

The visitor centers will stay closed through April, and possibly longer, depending on the progression of the Covid-19 outbreak. Closing the centers, gathering places for groups of people, protects visitors and park employees and follows the guidance of Idaho Gov. Brad Little and public health officials.

At this stressful time, the public is encouraged to visit Idaho’s spacious parks to experience the outdoors and fresh air as an alternative to staying sheltered indoors. Hiking, biking and snow sports provide healthy alternatives that allow for the social distancing (at least six feet of space between individuals) recommended by experts.

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Idaho state parks closing camper cabins and yurts to stop coronavirus spread

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 20th 2020


AP Photo

Idaho state parks are closing camper cabins and yurts to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The state announced closing the camper cabins, yurts and Idaho City backcountry yurts will protect the public and park employees from potential Covid-19 exposure. The closures will begin Monday and all visitors with reservations will receive full refunds.

The closures will last until April 30 and could be extended, depending on the status of the virus outbreak in six weeks.

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National parks are free

By Brady Mccombs and James Anderson – 3/19/20 AP

Salt Lake City — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Parks are trying to keep up with ever-changing rules and recommendations from government officials who are urging people to avoid gathering in large groups but allowing them to get outside for fresh air and exercise as long as they keep their distance from others.

The National Park Service says it’s adhering to the latest guidelines from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vowing to keep outdoor spaces open while giving park superintendents the power to close or modify operations.

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BLM to temporarily suspend entrance fees on public lands to help people enjoy the outdoors

by Kristen McPeek Thursday, March 19th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — The Bureau of Land Management will temporarily suspend entrance fees in BLM-managed land until further notice.

Site-specific day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived temporarily. Overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use, and use of special areas, will remain in effect. A majority of BLM outdoor spaces remain open to the public, while some areas may be closed.

According to the agency, they hope by waiving the fees, it will make enjoying the outdoors easier.

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Critter News:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic

In order to keep everyone safe we are officially cancelling the vaccine clinic for April 2020 in both GV & Cascade. We apologize for any inconvenience.

(via FB Mar 16, 2020)

[Note: The Yellow Pine June vaccine clinic has not been scheduled, I will let folks know if it will occur. – rrS]
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Cascade Vet Clinic

Due to the Corona Virus We have had to make some changes at the clinic. Cascade Clinic we will be open on Monday / Wednesday / Friday from 9 – 5 Lunch 12 – 1. Tuesday and Thursday we will not be opened. Please leave a detailed message if you need prescriptions refilled or pet food etc., and someone will get back with you. We are asking all our clients to stay in there car when they arrive for there appointments. Please call us when you arrive and a Staff member will come outside and check you in. We are so sorry for any inconvenience but we must protect our clients and employees. This will be in effect until further notice.

Garden Valley Clinic

Due to the Corona Virus We have had to make some changes at the clinic. Garden Valley Clinic will be open Tuesday / Thursday from 9 – 5 Lunch 12 – 1. Monday / Wednesday / Friday we will not be opened. Please leave a detailed message if you need prescriptions refilled or pet food etc., and someone will get back with you. We are asking all our clients to stay in there car when they arrive for there appointments. Please call us when you arrive and a Staff member will come outside and check you in. We are so sorry for any inconvenience but we must protect our clients and employees. This will be in effect until further notice.

(via FB Mar 20, 2020)
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Cascade Veterinary Clinic

ALERT! Someone is shooting dogs on Gold Dust in Cascade, ID Dr. Keith just had to take care of a Beagle that was shot 3 times. Please watch your fur babies!

(via FB Mar 21, 2020)
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MCPAWS closes thrift store, limits access to shelter, clinic

The Star-News March 19, 2020

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter has made changes to the operations of its thrift store, shelter and clinic in response to the COVID-19 virus.

The MCPAWS Thrift Store on Lenora Street in downtown McCall will be closed for at lease 14 days for both sales as well as donations.

The MCPAWS shelter on Idaho 55 south of McCall will remain open, but with limitations on public access.

Those arriving at the shelter should stay in their vehicle and call 208-634-3647.

“We have suspended our volunteer program and volunteers are being asked to stay at home and avoid visiting the shelter or thrift store,” a statement said.

Adoption meet-and-greets and surrenders will continue by appointment and those who find stray animals should call the shelter rather than bring the animal.

MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital near Donnelly will remain open, but with similar limits to public access.

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Idaho wildlife agency kills 17 wolves in Lolo Zone

March 17, 2020 Associated Press

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) – More than a dozen wolves were killed last month to help curb struggling elk populations in north-central Idaho, wildlife officials said.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced Monday it killed 17 wolves in the remote Lolo Zone, the Lewiston Tribune reported. The zone includes part of the Clearwater National Forests and stretches to the Montana state line.

The agency has carried out wolf culling operations in the region for eight of the last nine years, officials said.

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Judge asked to force decision on US wolverine protections

By Matthew Brown – 3/18/20 AP

Billings, Mont. — Wildlife advocates on Wednesday asked a U.S. judge to force the government into deciding if the snow-loving wolverine should be federally protected as the rare predator becomes vulnerable to a warming planet.

The request comes in a lawsuit filed in Montana almost four years after U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to take swift action to protect the animal.

Wolverines, also known as “mountain devils.” need deep snows to den. Scientists warn such habitat could shrink as the Earth heats up.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game cancels events due to COVID-19 virus

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Monday, March 16, 2020

F&G will provide updated information as situations change

In response to updated guidance from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for public events, Idaho Fish and Game has canceled several events and limited access to facilities, such as hatcheries. Cancellations are limited to specific events and hunting and fishing seasons are unaffected.

“I am proud of our extensive public outreach, but today is the time to use proactive caution based on the guidance of our public health officials and the Governor’s Office,” F&G Director Ed Schriever said.

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Winter survival for radio-collared mule deer fawns and elk calves average to slightly above average

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, March 16, 2020

84 percent of collared fawns and 92 percent of collared calves survived through February

Statewide winter survival of radio-collared mule deer fawns and elk calves was about average to slightly above average through the end of February.

A relatively mild winter in much of the state bolstered survival so far, and early spring weather is arriving in some locations, which means early survival reports are encouraging. But threats to wintering wildlife are not over, and biologists will continue monitoring animals until late spring.

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Attention elk hunters: If you apply for a controlled elk hunt in 2020, you will be ineligible to buy a capped elk zone tag until five days after they go on sale

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, March 20, 2020

Waiting period is intended to more fairly distribute capped elk zone tags

At its March 20 meeting, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission established a five-day waiting period to purchase capped elk zone tags for any resident who applies for a controlled elk hunt regardless of whether the person draws the controlled hunt tag. Capped elk zone tags go on sale in July.

Some controlled hunts will be exempt from the waiting period, including Super Hunts, extra elk hunts, depredation hunts or Landowner Appreciation Program hunts.

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Online Hunter Education temporarily waives field day, allowing certification to continue uninterrupted

By Ian Malepeai, Marketing Manager
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

In response to updated COVID-19 guidance from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for public events, Idaho Fish and Game has temporarily waived the requirement to attend an in-person field day for online hunter education certification.

The temporary waiver allows students who complete the online course the ability to gain certification and purchase a hunting license. The cost of the online course is $24.50 and can be taken at (link). Classes are available to anyone 9 years or older.

According to Idaho Fish and Game’s Hunter Education Manager Brenda Beckley, “The public safety of our instructors, staff, and students are our primary concerns. We have seen an increased interest in our hunter education classes, and want to maintain a path for the public to gain certification. By temporarily waiving the in-person field day, we can follow health recommendation for social distancing while still providing necessary instruction and certification.”

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Cats are wearing coronavirus masks in China

By Madeline Farber Fox News February 16


AsiaWire

As the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage the country, pet owners in China are putting on makeshift masks on their furry friends.

Photos on the Chinese social media app Weibo show pets – namely cats – wearing the makeshift masks, many of them made from traditional surgical masks. Owners are cutting holes in the material to accommodate the animal’s eyes while the rest of their face remains covered.


AsiaWire

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Seasonal Humor:

StPaddyTP-a

144RollsTP-a
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March 15, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 15, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day 3pm Yellow Pine Tavern
March 28 – 10am meeting Community Hall Spring Rx Burning
May 2 – Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
(details below)
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Local Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tavern

March 17th Tuesday at 3pm

Corned Beef and Cabbage provided by the Tavern. Bring other dishes if you like. Spring is on the way!
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March 28 – 10am meeting at the YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning

Payette National Forest will have a community meeting Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions.

Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf

(more info below under Public Lands)
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May 2 Firewise Meeting

YPFD is participating in the “Wildfire Safety/National Community Preparedness Day”.

There will be an open house on May 2nd at 2pm at YPFD.

There will be presentations/pamphlets regarding what YPFD and the fire district has to offer on fire safety and mitigation for our community.
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Village News:

March Snow

It is “sprinter” in Yellow Pine, we have had several nice warm and dry days this week, we also had heavy wet snow fall, 3″ Monday morning, 2 1/2″ Saturday morning and 3 1/4″ Sunday morning. The snowpack had been slowly reducing, the first of the month we had 27″ of snow on the flat, by the 13th we were down to 21″, but we have gained some this weekend and by Sunday morning 25″ of snow on the ground. So far in March 10″ of snow has fallen.
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Rock Migration Season

March 12th report of a large boulder in the EFSF road in the “bowling alley” area – and one perched on the hill above ready to come down.
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Wildlife Sightings

Rufous Sided Spotted Towhee

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photo by Terry (Local Color Photography)

Friendly Fox in the Alpine Village Area

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photo by Ray Lutz

(Watch your small pets!)
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

Lakeshore last emptied the bins Feb 13. The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28.

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest. Training will resume in the spring. -Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Winter Tavern Hours
Open M,W,F,Sat 9-2 4-8 Sun 9-2
Closed Tues,Thurs
Or Call 208 739-7086 or 208 633-2233 anytime will open as needed
Or check at house across the street next to Silver Dollar 365 Yellow Pine Ave
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

The Star-News

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

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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

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

Monday (Mar 9) overnight low of 29 degrees and 3″ of heavy wet snow, 25″ total on the ground, low overcast and snowing lightly this morning. Lots of juncos, a few jays, red-breasted nuthatches and a couple of chickadees visiting. Overcast and snowing lightly at lunch time. Snow tapered off and stopped early afternoon. By mid-afternoon broken cloud cover and light breezes, lots of melting, high of 40 degrees. Clouds settling down on the peaks late afternoon. Just as the light was fading it snowed big fat flakes and stacked up quickly until late evening. After midnight the clouds were higher and thinner – hazy full moon, and foggy ridges.

Tuesday (Mar 10) overnight low of 17 degrees and 1″ of new snow on the board, 24″ total on the ground, partly clear sky. A trio of rufous sided spotted towhees, jays, juncos, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Clear blue sky after lunch time. Warm afternoon – lots of melting, high of 47 degrees, almost clear sky late afternoon. High haze moving in by early evening and above freezing at dusk. Partly clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 11) overnight low of 20 degrees, mostly clear sky and strong sunshine this morning, no new snow and 22″ snow on the ground – tree wells are starting to open up out in the forest. Jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Partly cloudy at lunch time, strong sunshine and warm. Mail truck made it in on time – EFSF road ice layer breaking up and rough, big rock in the road in the bowling alley area and a bigger one perched and ready to come down. Partly clear, warm and breezy afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Rufous sided spotted towhee stopped by. Snowmobile traffic. Thicker darker clouds at dusk. Partly clear before midnight. Moon rise over Golden Gate peak at 120am.

Thursday (Mar 12) overnight low of 19 degrees, almost clear sky this morning and light breeze, 21″of old snow on the ground. Jays and chickadees calling, red-breasted nuthatches, juncos and a pine squirrel visiting. A few clouds after lunch time. Rufous sided spotted towhee stopped by for a short visit. Mostly clear and light chilly breeze late afternoon, high of 45 degrees. Shots fired just before 8pm. Mostly clear and rosy western sky at dusk. Partly hazy before midnight.

Friday (Mar 13) overnight low of 12 degrees, high thin overcast and light breeze this morning, 21″ old snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, a towhee and a pine squirrel visiting. Nate from MTE in town. Thicker overcast and filtered sun at lunch time. Blue patches in a mostly cloudy sky late afternoon and variable breezes, high of 49 degrees. Mostly cloudy at dusk and calmer. Cloudy before midnight. Heavy wet snow falling early morning.

Saturday (Mar 14) 24 hour low of 24 degrees (it probably didn’t get much below freezing last night) low overcast, steady snow and light breeze, measured 2 1/2″ new snow (SWE= 1/2″ water) and 23″ total snow on the ground. Dozens of dark-eyed juncos, a rufous sided spotted towhee, a few jays, a hairy woodpecker, several red-breasted and a white-breasted nuthatch visiting. Snowed on and off most of the day, then melting, high of 41 degrees. Broken cloud cover late afternoon. Shots fired around 8pm (elk raiding hay.) Overcast at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Started snowing before 6am.

Sunday (Mar 15) overnight low of 31 degrees, socked in low and snowing hard this morning, measured 3 1/4″ new snow and 25″ snow on the ground. Lots of juncos, a few jays, several red-breasted nuthatches, a hairy woodpecker, a towhee, starlings and a chickadee visiting. Thinner clouds and quit snowing after lunch time. Warming up and lots of melting by early afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Snowmobile traffic. Partly clear mid-afternoon, lots of dripping and melting. Fast moving storm late evening, started with gusty winds and low clouds, rained for 15 minutes, then rain/snow mix for 10 minutes, then foggy clouds lifted and partly clear sky. Golden glow to the west at dusk.
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RIP:

Richard R. (Randy) Norell, 68, of Eagle, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at a local care facility. Funeral Home: Cloverdale Funeral Home.

Sarah’s grandmother Nonie Herrick – “the greatest sassy grandmother in the world” passed away March 13th.
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Letter to Share

Important Service Update from AmeriGas Propane

March 13, 2020

Dear Valued Customer,

As AmeriGas continues to monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus, we are committed to the health and safety of our colleagues and customers. It is important for you to know that our company is fully enabled to support you during this challenging time, and we are not expecting any delivery suspensions or supply issues.

Based on guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control to minimize unnecessary contact and exposure, your local AmeriGas office will temporarily be closed for walk-in customer visits.

Thank you for being our valued customer and entrusting us to be your propane provider. We appreciate your flexibility as we make the best possible decisions for our customers, employees and surrounding communities. We will continue to update you on additional changes if they should arise. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, our teams are here for you. Please reach out to your local office at (208) 634-8181 or call our national Customer Care line at 1-800-427-4968.

On behalf of our entire AmeriGas Family, we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

Sincerely,
Your AmeriGas Service Team
(208) 634-8181
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Idaho News:

Cascade DMV to be closed next week for staff training

The Star-News March 12, 2020

The Valley County Department of Motor Vehicles office in Cascade will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday for staff training. The Cascade office is located at the Valley County Courthouse.

The McCall Department of Motor Vehicles, located at 475 E. Deinhard Lane, Suite 106, will be open during normal business hours on those days.

McCall Department of Motor Vehicles hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Normal hours for the Cascade Department of Motor Vehicles are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Former Tamarack general manager accused of sexual battery, unlawful touching

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 9th 2020

The, now former, Tamarack general manager has been accused of sexual battery and unlawful touching or striking of another against their will.

Brad Larsen has been charged with seven counts of misdemeanor charges of sexual battery and one misdemeanor charge of unlawful touching in Valley County.

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New Meadows seeks source of insulation clogging sewers

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 12, 2020

Gobs of home insulation clogging up the City of New Meadows’ sewer system could trigger over $500,000 in work to repair damage, according to the city.

The city hopes to avoid a rate increase by soliciting the help of citizens in tracking down the source of the flushed insulation.

“Those costs will be borne by city residents unless the city can obtain a conviction of the person, persons or entities that are dumping these damaging substances into the city’s sewer system,” a statement from the city said.

Over the last two years, the insulation has caused sporadic blockages in the solid waste filter through which all sewage entering the treatment plant must pass through.

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Idaho names new State Forester

Local News 8 Mar 11, 2020

The Idaho Department of Lands has installed Craig Foss as State Forester.

Foss will work out of the agency’s Coeur d’Alene office, where he already serves as Division Administrator of Forestry and Fire.

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Scam Alert:

Meridian Police warn residents about Census scams

Starting in mid-March, residents will start seeing invitations to respond to the 2020 Census.

KTVB March 9, 2020

Starting in mid-March, residents will start seeing invitations to respond to the 2020 Census.

The Meridian Police Department is urging residents to take part in the in Census to make sure every person in your household is counted. But they are reminding citizens to be vigilant when providing personal information.

Identity thieves and scammers will use the Census as an opportunity to steal personal information.

… Genuine 2020 Census surveys and agents will never:

• Ask for your Social Security number.
• Ask for your bank, credit card or account numbers.
• Ask for money or donations.
• Ask for support for a political party.
• Ask when you leave for or return from work.
• Threaten jail time.

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These coronavirus scams can steal your identity

Emails appear to come from the CDC

Feb 19, 2020 By John Matarese KIVI

When it comes to the coronavirus, first came the news reports, then came the conspiracy theories, and now come the scams to steal your money and your identity.

The FTC says scammers and hackers are “following the headlines.”

The agency warns about a sudden surge in phishing emails that appear to be from the CDC, with headings such as:

“Local coronavirus health alert”
“COVID-19 cases near you”
“Where to find a coronavirus vaccine in your area.”

Click the links in these and they may give you a virus: not coronavirus, fortunately, but more likely a computer virus.

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Public Notice:

United States of America Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Idaho Aviation Foundation – Project No. P-10721-031

Notice of Application Tendered for Filing With the Commission and Soliciting Additional Study Requests

(March 3, 2020)

Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.

a. Type of Application: Subsequent License

b. Project No.: P-10721-031

c. Date filed: February 28, 2020

d. Applicant: Idaho Aviation Foundation

e. Name of Project: Big Creek Hydroelectric Project

f. Location: On McCorkle Creek near the town of Yellow Pine in Valley County, Idaho. The project would occupy 0.43 acre of United States lands administered by U.S. Forest Service.

g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. §§ 791 (a) – 825(r)

h. Applicant Contact: Vic Jaro, Idaho Aviation Foundation, P.O. Box 2016, Eagle, Idaho 83616; (208) 404-9627; vjaro@filertel.com.

i. FERC Contact: Suzanne Novak (202) 502-6665; or e-mail at Suzanne.novak@ferc.gov.

j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with jurisdiction and/or special expertise with respect to environmental issues that wish to cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document should follow the instructions for filing such requests described in item l below. Cooperating agencies should note the Commission’s policy that agencies that cooperate in the preparation of the environmental document cannot also intervene. See, 94 FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001).

k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18 C.F.R. of the Commission’s regulations, if any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person believes that an additional scientific study should be conducted in order to form an adequate factual basis for a complete analysis of the application on its merit, the resource agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file a request for a study with the Commission not later than 60 days from the date of filing of the application, and serve a copy of the request on the applicant.

l. Deadline for filing additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status: April 28, 2020.

The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file additional study requests and requests for cooperating agency status using the Commission’s eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-10721-xxx.

m. The application is not ready for environmental analysis at this time.

n. The Big Creek Project consists of the following facilities: (1) a 2 foot-high, 2-foot-wide, 3-foot-long diversion structure with a check gate; (2) a 1,340-foot long, 4-inch diameter, PVC buried penstock with a screened inlet; (3) a 10-foot wide by 10-foot-long log generator house containing a single unit with an estimated installed capacity of 5 kilowatts and a maximum hydraulic capacity of 0.5 cfs, (4) an 18-inch diameter tailrace that returns all withdrawn water back to McCorkle Creek, (5) 350 feet of electrical cable buried in 2-inch-diameter PVC conduit leading to Big Creek Lodge, and (6) appurtenant facilities. The project operates in a run-of-river mode between mid-May and late October; it does not operate the remainder of the year. During the off-season, the diversion check gate is removed and 100 percent of streamflow returns to the creek and the penstock inlet is sealed. No changes to project operation or facilities are proposed.

o. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission’s website at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.

You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

p. Procedural schedule: The application will be processed according to the following preliminary hydro licensing schedule. Revisions to the schedule will be made as appropriate.

Issue Notice of Acceptance – April 2020
Issue Scoping Document 1 for comments – May 2020
Comments on Scoping Document 1 due – June 2020
Issue notice of ready for environmental analysis – July 2020
Commission issues EA – February 2021
Comments on EA due – March 2021

Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary.
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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire

PNF March 5, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District will be implementing prescribed fire in the Bald Hill and Four Mile Project areas this spring.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

Areas planned in the Four Mile Project are on both sides of the South Fork Salmon River, from Reed Ranch Airstrip south to Poverty Flat Camp Ground. Areas targeted for ignition this year include along the Miners Peak trail, the area between Reed Ranch and Four Mile Creek, and an area on the east side of the road across from Poverty Flat Campground. See the attached map for more specific location information.

We will have a community meeting Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions. Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur. Like all of our burning this will be dependent on many factors including weather and fuel conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Patrick Schon: 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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From the Payette NF March 12, 2020

The Krassel RD, Payette National Forest, will be starting to implement prescribed fire in some small areas in the Four Mile Project area on the South Fork Rd this Friday, March 13. Areas being lit will be along the bottom portion of the Miners Peak trail and various spots along the South Fork Road between Poverty Flat CG and Reed Ranch Airstrip. Expect some smoke and fire along the road and across the river from Reed Ranch Airstrip. We do not anticipate large smoke impacts, if any, to Yellow Pine. Personnel involved in prescribed fire operations will be working along the South Fork Road during firing operations, please use caution if driving through the burn. Any questions feel free to contact Patrick Schon at 208-634-0623 or Laurel Ingram at 208-634-0622.
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Prescribed Fire: Promoting Fire-Adapted Communities and Creating Resilient Landscapes

McCall, ID, March 12, 2020 – The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this spring. As with all prescribed fires, depending on weather conditions, burns could take place anytime from April to early July. These prescribed fires reduce surface fuels, increase height of the canopy, reduce small tree densities, and promote fire resilient trees, thereby improving our ability to protect communities from wildfire as well as conserve current and future timber values. Additionally, these fires improve wildlife habitat, promote long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability by reducing the risk of high-severity wildland fire.

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 2,000 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area (8 miles northeast of Council); and, 500 acres in the Weasel Fuels reduction project (15 miles northwest of Council).

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,000 acres along 4th of July Creek (15 miles west of New Meadows); 50 acres above Wallace Lane, near Timber Ridge Subdivision (3 miles southwest of New Meadows); and, 2,000 acres near Boulder Creek along Choke Cherry Flat Road (12 miles northwest of New Meadows).

The McCall Ranger District plans to burn approximately 300 acres near the West Face Parking Lot (2 miles west of McCall).

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 5,000 acres within the Bald Hill project area (North of Yellow Pine); and, 2,000 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the

Salmon River near Reed Ranch (approximately 18 miles east of McCall).

Trail heads and roads that lead into these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations. Fire personnel will work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure smoke impacts are minimized. The decision to ignite on any given day will depend on favorable weather conditions, and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be much less than what would be expected from a wildfire. If smoke concentrations approach air quality standards, fire ignition may be delayed until air quality improves. Residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks following ignition, but most of the smoke is anticipated to dissipate 1-2 days after ignition.

Individuals may call Dustin Doane (McCall and New Meadows RDs at 208-347-0300), Patrick Schon (Krassel RD at 208-634-0623), or Dave LaChapelle (Council and Weiser RDs at 208-549-4228) with any concerns about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest. Council RD 208-253-0100; Krassel RD 208-634-0974; McCall RD 208-634-0400; New Meadows RD 208-347-0300; Weiser RD 208-549-4200.

For the most current information about prescribed burning projects, please visit the Payette RX incident on inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Brian Harris
Payette National Forest
Acting Director of Strategic Communications
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Critter News:

Idaho court restricts wolf-killing, bans use of M-44 cyanide bombs

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, March 11th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — An agreement took place Wednesday between the Idaho director of wildlife services and a conservation group that sets strict limits on wolf-killing and bans use of M-44 cyanide bombs.

Specifically, the new restrictions set strict limits on how and where a federal agency can kill wolves in Idaho, bans the use of M-44 cyanide bombs statewide and prohibits the use of snares to kill wolves on public lands.

The new restrictions on wolf snares and M-44 ban will remain in place until the U.S. government does a detailed study on the impact of killing wolves.

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Mountain lion sighting near Caldwell

by CBS 2 News Staff Sunday, March 8th 2020


Idaho State Department of Fish and Game were notified, once the pictures were confirmed to be real. (Canyon County Sheriff’s Office)

Caldwell, Idaho (CBS2) — Pictures of a mountain lion, taken in Caldwell, caused Idaho Fish and Game to investigate the situation, Sunday.

The person who says they took the pictures called Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, who then responded to the sighting, near the 17000 block of Friends Rd. in Caldwell.

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Fish & Game News:

Idaho Fish and Game Commission to meet March 19-20

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, March 9, 2020

Public hearing will be in Boise, meeting at Nampa regional office

The Fish and Game Commission will meet March 19-20, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in the main auditorium at St. Luke’s Plaza, 720 E. Park Blvd. in Boise. People can address the Commission about any matters related to Fish and Game at that time.

The meeting will resume in Nampa at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Idaho Fish and Game Southwest Regional Office, 15950 N. Gate Blvd. Public comments will not be taken during this portion of the meeting.

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River Otter trapping season closed in the Salmon Region

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, March 11, 202


Lontra canadensis – Photo (BY-NC-SA) Susan Adams

Quota of 15 otters was reached March 6

The river otter harvest quota for Idaho’s Salmon Region was reached at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. The otter trapping season for the entire region closes 72 hours after the harvest quota has been met. As a result, the otter season for the entire region closed at 5 p.m. Monday, March 9.

Any otter trapped in the Salmon Region after 5 p.m. Monday, March 9 must be surrendered to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office, 99 Highway 93 North in Salmon for a $10.00 reward.

Trappers can call 1-800-323-4334 for the most up-to-date information on harvest limits and closures. For more information on reporting requirements, review page 34 of the 2020 & 2021 Upland Game, Turkey & Furbearer Seasons and Rules, or contact the Fish and Game office in Salmon at 208-756-2271.

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March 9: Upper Salmon River steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Technician
Monday, March 9, 2020

The Deadwater ice jam went out on Thursday, March 5th

Steelhead angler effort increased this past week on the upper Salmon River, but catch rates declined. Over the weekend, the majority of bank anglers were observed downstream of North Fork in location code 15, and boat anglers were spread out between Challis and North Fork.

Snow slides downstream of North Fork limited the number of interviews that were obtained from location codes 14 and 15 throughout the week, and no interviews were collected on Sunday. Bank anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 did not report catching a steelhead. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 15 averaged 25 hours per steelhead caught.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

‘Golden unicorn’ dog born with one ear melts hearts around the world

by Brandon Bailey Friday, March 13th 2020


Courtesy: @goldenunicornrae via CNN

A 12-week-old golden retriever born with one ear is taking the world by storm for her “unicorn horn.”

Rae was born with one ear at birth. According to CNN, her mother accidentally bit her ear off when she was trying to tear her amniotic sac, causing her other ear to grow on top of her head, but that doesn’t affect her hearing!

Her owner says Rae doesn’t let her birth defect hold her back. An Instagram page dedicated to ray shows her running around, playing, and posing for the camera just like any other puppy.

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Seasonal Humor:

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March 8, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 8, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day 3pm Yellow Pine Tavern
March 28 – 10am YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning
May 2 – Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
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Local Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tavern

March 17th Tuesday at 3pm

Corned Beef and Cabbage provided by the Tavern. Bring other dishes if you like. Spring is on the way!
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March 28 – 10am at the YP Community Hall Spring Rx Burning

Payette National Forest will have a community meeting Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions.

Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf

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May 2 Firewise Meeting

YPFD is participating in the “Wildfire Safety/National Community Preparedness Day”.

There will be an open house on May 2nd at 2pm at YPFD.

There will be presentations/pamphlets regarding what YPFD and the fire district has to offer on fire safety and mitigation for our community.
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Village News:

East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River

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photo by Ray Lutz March 4, 2020

“Sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate where you live.”
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Rock Migration Season

March 5th local crew moved large rocks off the EFSF road Thursday (Caton Creek area?)

March 8th report of rocks scattered on the road on the lower EFSF and lower SF roads late afternoon.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

The transfer station was last plowed on Feb 28. Lakeshore came in and emptied the bins on Thursday (Feb 13.)

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

Proposed VYPA Bylaws Changes

Attached is the compiled proposed changes to the bylaws the Council has received.

The proposed changes and the proposed addendum B, are being published to give folks plenty of time to read and process the information before the first reading.

link: 2020 Proposed changes to Yellow Pine Bylaws Adopted 9-12-2015.pdf

link: 2020 Addendum B-letter of interest.pdf

link: 2018 Midas Gold Community Partnership Agreement with the Village of Yellow Pine

Deb Filler – Chairperson
Village of Yellow Pine Association

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest. Training will resume in the spring. -Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Winter Tavern Hours
Open M,W,F,Sat 9-2 4-8 Sun 9-2
Closed Tues,Thurs
Or Call 208 739-7086 or 208 633-2233 anytime will open as needed
Or check at house across the street next to Silver Dollar 365 Yellow Pine Ave
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
website:
Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

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

The Star-News

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

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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

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

Monday (Mar 2) overnight low of 11 degrees, overcast and light breeze this morning, measured 27″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, clark’s nutcrackers, jays, juncos, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Pine squirrel showed up before lunch time. Cloudy mid-day, high of 37 degrees. Overcast and chilly late afternoon and evening. Cloudy before midnight. Light dusting of snow fell before morning.

Tuesday (Mar 3) 24 hour low of 21 degrees (from Monday morning) warmed up and above freezing before sunrise, mostly cloudy, light dusting of snow on the board and an average of 26″ of snow on the ground. Fox visited during the night; jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Warm sunshine at lunch time, high of 52 degrees. Mostly clear and light breeze late afternoon and warm. Flatter roofs are dumping snow loads. Still above freezing at dark and mostly clear. Partly cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 4) overnight low of 23 degrees, overcast and flaking snow this morning, measured 26″ of snow on the ground. Paths are slick with refrozen melt-water. A few juncos, jays, mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Breaks in the clouds and bits of sunshine after sunrise. Low helicopter passed over the village at 1051am. Mostly cloudy and gusty at noon. Mail truck made it in on time. Blowing and spitting snow for about 10 minutes and above freezing after lunch, high of 47 degrees. Small flock of starlings stopped by to raid the feeders early afternoon. Mostly cloudy late afternoon, warm and a bit breezy. It was right at freezing and the sky looked clear just before full dark. Mostly clear before midnight, stars out.

Thursday (Mar 5) overnight low of 17 degrees, mostly high thin haze this morning, measured 25″ of snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, hairy woodpecker, jays, juncos and nuthatches visiting. Gusty breezes and hazy sky early afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Mostly hazy and gusty breezes late afternoon, snow melting and ponding on frozen ground (not soaking in.) Above freezing, calm and fuzzy waxing moon up at dark. A few stars out after midnight.

Friday (Mar 6) 24 hour low of 23 degrees (from Thursday morning) it got cold enough to freeze yesterday’s melt puddles, and was already up to 36 degrees by sunrise, high overcast and light breezes, measured 24″ of snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy and warm at lunch time, high of 58 degrees. Quite breezy early afternoon, lots of melting. Snowmobile traffic. Cloudy and gusty breezes on and off late afternoon. Cloudy before midnight. Rain showers early morning.

Saturday (Mar 7) overnight low of 32 degrees, overcast and smells like more rain is coming, down to 23″ of snow on the ground. The ground has thawed enough for yesterday’s melt puddles to soak in. Several juncos, a hairy woodpecker, jays and nuthatches visiting. Low clouds and raining after lunch time until mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Break in the rain late afternoon, then sprinkles just before dark. Snowing late evening until after midnight.

Sunday (Mar 8) overnight low of 28 degrees, broken cloud cover, 1/4″ new snow and an average of 23″ snow on the ground. Fresh fox tracks, several jays and juncos visiting along with a hairy woodpecker, mountain chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches, pine squirrel showed up later. Cloudy at lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Snowing lightly mid-afternoon, clouds sitting down on VanMeter and a little breezy. Break from the snow late afternoon. Socked in low and light snow falling at dusk and sticking.
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Idaho News:

ITD removes rocks, all lanes on Highway 55 back open after rock slide

by CBS 2 News Staff Saturday, March 7th 2020

Adams County, Idaho (CBS2) — Idaho State Police reopened Highway 55, north of McCall, after removing all rocks from a previous rock slide, Saturday.

The rock slide happened just over the border of Adams County, in between McCall and New Meadows, on Highway 55, milepost 151.

No injuries were reported.

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Donnelly school locked after man spotted with gun

Man detained after officers surrounded home

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 5, 2020

The lone unlocked door at Donnelly Elementary School was locked Monday afternoon after a man was seen near the school displaying a pistol, officials said.

None of the 151 students and about 20 staff members of the school were ever in danger, M-D Superintendent Jim Foudy said.

An 82 year-old Donnelly man was detained and taken to St. Luke’s McCall for unspecified medical treatment, but was not arrested, Valley County Chief Deputy David Stambaugh said.

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Lucky Peak Nursery sets date for annual seedling sale

Mar 03, 2020 KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Landowners who wish to purchase trees and shrubs to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance their property are encouraged to come to the Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale.

The sale begins Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seedlings will not be available Sunday. The sale continues through the end of April, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $30 for 50 seedlings. Fifty seedlings is the minimum quantity that can be purchased. A bundle of 50 seedlings will easily fit into a standard grocery bag. This year, limited quantities of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Tips & Advice

6 Spring Propane Safety Tips

from Amerigas

As you freshen your home in the weeks ahead, it’s also a good idea to refresh your memory on propane safety. To help, we’ve compiled a list of 6 propane safety tips for your home:

1. Seek assistance from your propane supplier to understand how to correctly turn off your propane supply, both your main tank and your propane appliances.

2. Prepare for severe weather and make sure that you have enough propane, if your tank is under 30%, be sure to request a delivery.

3. Recognize the smell of propane and be sure to teach all members of your family what propane smells like – the odor is similar to a rotten egg odor.

4. If you smell gas or, an odor you think could be gas, or experience a propane emergency, exit the building and call your local office from a safe location. If your local office is unable to assist you should immediately call 9-1-1.

5. Never store or place a propane cylinder in an enclosed area such as a basement or garage. Always store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright position.

6. Go out and purchase carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. These should be installed in very level in your home, paying particular attention to sleeping areas. Maintain them according to manufacturer’s instructions. We also highly recommend installing propane gas detectors, which can be purchased at your local hardware store.

For a complete list of Propane Safety Guidelines, visit (link)
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Scam Alert:

BBB warns scammers may take advantage of coronavirus outbreak

Mar 2, 2020 KIVI

Boise, Idaho — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring the current spread of coronavirus, but another group is also keeping a close eye on the outbreak: scammers.

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of social media posts, emails, websites, and other communications with false claims of products that include convincing testimonials or a conspiracy theory backstory. An example of this would be the government allegedly discovering a vaccine but keeping it secret for “security reasons.” Consumers figure it can’t hurt to give the medicine a try, so you get out your credit card. Currently, there are no FDA approved vaccines or drugs to prevent coronavirus, although treatments are in development. No approved vaccines, drugs, or products specifically for Covid-19 can be purchased online or in-stores.

Peddling quack medicines isn’t the only way scammers are trying to cash in on coronavirus fears. Con artists are impersonating the CDC and the World Health Organization in phishing emails. These messages claim to have news about the disease and prompt readers to download malicious software. Another scam email tries to con people into donating to a fake fundraising effort, claiming to be a government program to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

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Mining News:

Village of Yellow Pine 2019

Annual Wrap-Up Letter February 12, 2020

Dear Association President and Members,

Thank you for being part of the innovative and collaborative discussion that has taken place this past year through the Stibnite Advisory Council. Because of your support and involvement, we have:

* Created a regional discussion regarding the impact of industry on our individual communities.
* Received numerous presentations from Midas Gold regarding the proposed Stibnite project.
* Discovered a way to dialogue with other communities about common goals and challenges and discuss possible steps forward.
* Developed a website with online access to much of the information and answered questions we have received regarding the Stibnite project.

Soon, the NEPA process will begin and, as per the Community Agreement, each city/county will need to provide a letter commenting on the Stibnite project. Your Stibnite Advisory Council representative will be your very best resource in developing that communication. Once the NEPA process has begun, we will inform you of the schedule for submitting your letter.

Thank you for allowing your community to be involved in a regional conversation that benefits us all. Our hope is that this type of dialogue will not be limited to a specific project, but will become the model for regional collaboration on many scenarios.

We encourage you to reach out to your community representative with any of your comments or concerns regarding the Stibnite Project and reap the benefits of the work that has been completed so far in the Stibnite Advisory Council.

Sincerely,
Julie Good
Chair
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Midas Gold gets $35 million more in cash

Company would have run out of money by April

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

A New York City investment firm has agreed to pay Midas Gold Corp. up to $35 million to help the company get through the permitting stage for its proposed Stibnite Gold Project.

The infusion of cash comes as Midas Gold was due to run out of money next month, according to the company.

The deal with Paulson & Co. will boost the Vancouver, B.C., company’s available funds from about $9 million to nearly $43.1 million, which should carry it through the end of 2021, a Midas Gold news release said.

“We are very fortunate to have shareholders and investors that want this project to move forward,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

“It is clear through the continued support of investors that there is broad confidence in the merits of this project,” Lyon said.

Without Paulson’s money, Midas Gold would have been forced to consider a “substantial and near-future reduction” of permitting efforts, but would not have abandoned the project, she said.

“If the project were to be put on hold for a short period, the permitting process could be picked up again in the future, for the most part, without redoing all of the data or science,” Lyon said.

A series of delays since Midas Gold submitted its proposal to regulators in September 2016 has resulted in the process costing much more than the company expected.

To date, Midas Gold has spent $53 million on permitting the Stibnite Gold Project, with another $2 million or more spent on the process and other project related activities each month, Lyon said.

“Needless to say, this is more costly and is taking longer than we anticipated,” she said.

Paulson has guaranteed Midas Gold $25 million, plus whatever portion of the remaining $10 million is not covered by four brokerage firms working to attract other investors.

The investment was expedited by filing for a financial hardship exemption that allowed Midas Gold to skip a shareholder vote that could have ultimately slowed the permitting process, Lyon said.

“As a company, we did not feel it was in our shareholders’ interests to delay the decision that long, leaving two-plus months of uncertainty over future funding,” she said.

Paulson first invested in Midas Gold in 2016 when it bought $25 million in notes that could later be converted to shares, but still have not been.

Last June, Paulson purchased 9.66 million common shares for $4.3 million, giving it a 3.6% ownership stake in the company at the time.

Depending on the final amount of its most recent investment, Paulson could own between 34% to 39% of Midas Gold if all of the notes it currently holds were converted to common shares, Lyon said.

That would make Paulson Midas Gold’s largest shareholder, a title currently belonging to Barrick Gold, which owns 19.9% of Midas Gold after purchasing 46.55 million shares in 2018 and another 7.27 million shares in 2019.

Barrick Gold is a Toronto mining company that has mining operations in 15 countries that employ over 11,000 people. In 2019, the company extracted 5.5 million ounces of gold and 432 million pounds of copper.

The remaining balance of shares in Midas Gold are widely held by institutional and retail investors in the United States, Europe and Canada.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc.
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Midas Gold chief wants to ‘make Stibnite better’

Stephen Quin says collaboration vital to success

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

When it comes to high-stakes gambling, Stephen Quin would trade his job any day with a high roller in Las Vegas.

“What’s the point of putting a dollar in a slot machine when I’m drilling a $100,000 hole?” said Quin, president and CEO of Midas Gold Corp.

Since 2011, Quin has headed the Vancouver, B.C., parent company of Midas Gold Idaho, which has its eyes fixed on developing a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine in Valley County.

Quin, 60, was poised for retirement after a successful four-decade career as a mining executive when he stumbled into what he called a “rare opportunity” to use mining as a way to clean up pollution left by previous mining operations at Stibnite.

“Every project I’ve been involved in was always going to have a negative impact on the environment because you can’t avoid that,” Quin said.

“But here, it was just sort of blindingly obvious when you got to Stibnite and stood at the Yellow Pine pit overlook that here’s somewhere you could actually make it better,” he said.

Midas Gold’s strategy over its last decade can be traced to Quin’s belief in the value of obtaining “social license” in the communities of mines he operates.

The idea is to create a mutually beneficial project through community collaboration, thereby reducing local conflict and tension and creating a stronger project, he said.

In Valley County, that effort began by establishing Midas Gold Idaho as a subsidiary of Midas Gold Corp., which Quin says only exists as a mechanism to tap into the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Since no public market for small mining companies exists in the United States, Quin and all three other Midas Gold Corp. employees are tasked with attracting investor dollars to fund Midas Gold Idaho and complying with Canadian financial market regulations.

Meanwhile, the company’s 35 Idaho employees make all decisions related to what happens on the ground at Stibnite.

“It’s their company, their project,” Quin said of Midas Gold Idaho. “My job is to get the money to keep moving things forward and give them reign to do their jobs. They’re the experts.”

Once Stibnite is permitted, it is possible Midas Gold Corp. will merge into Midas Gold Idaho since the need to tap into Canadian markets would be gone, he said.

Centralizing nearly all of the company’s operations in Boise and Donnelly offices enabled Midas Gold to employ locals with intimate knowledge of the area and its stakeholders.

Using a similar approach would not be feasible for companies with many projects, but the Stibnite Gold Project is the only project of Midas Gold.

“You’re much better off to laser focus on one environment, one project, one system,” Quin said.

Quin’s philosophy hinges on collaboration with citizens, business owners and other stakeholders to make the best possible project that will result in long-term wins and, in turn, community support.

So far, that approach has sculpted major parts of the project, like the use of the Burnt Log Route as the main access to the mine and a tunnel to restore fish passage up the East Fork South Fork Salmon River during operations. Those ideas were suggested by people outside the company, he said.

“We’re not the only people who have good ideas,” Quin said.

Then there is Stibnite Advisory Council, a citizen’s panel of community-appointed representatives that brings ideas and worries from their respective communities to monthly meetings with Midas Gold officials.

Midas Gold’s stated intention to be a good neighbor has been met with skepticism with some in Valley County, but Quin aims to show residents his vision of sustainable community-wide benefits.

Cash donations are one example of benefits mining companies can bring to entire generations of residents, Quin said.

“If we’re doing this with hard-won capital from shareholders, when we’ve actually got a project we should be more generous and we’ve got to lay that out,” he said.

Similarly, the company established the Stibnite Foundation to distribute millions in expected profits back into local communities through grants, with the first grant cycle expected to begin this year.

Quin says it is too soon to know how much he stands to earn personally if Stibnite is approved.

Whatever happens, he plans to use his earnings to provide long-term funding for an orphanage in Latvia where he and his wife of 38 years, Bernice, adopted their two children in 2003.

Quin admits some of the harsher criticism is tough to swallow and that the spread of “deliberate misinformation” has surprised him. “The first reaction sometimes is you’ve just criticized my kid and said he’s ugly,” Quin said. “It’s pretty upsetting because it’s just not the way we are.”

Quin’s optimism abounds even while shrouded in the negativity of naysayers, a personality trait owed to over 30 years in the mining industry.

“To be an explorationist, you have to be an optimist,” he said. “You’ll never convince some people, but you do the right thing no matter what.”

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Quin associates say he is a problem-solver, concerned with communities

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

John Small remembers a time when there were no private-sector jobs available for residents of the Yukon in western Canada.

That all changed in 2007 when Sherwood Copper Corp., headed at the time by now-Midas Gold Corp. President Stephen Quin, broke ground on the Minto Mine, a gold and copper mine near Whitehorse.

“Stephen and Minto Exploration’s mine turned the private sector around in the Yukon,” said Small, a Whitehorse resident who owns a transportation logistics company.

His business grew from two employees supporting the Minto Mine to 30 employees and the population of Whitehorse has grown from about 20,000 in 2006 to about 25,000 in 2016.

Quin’s propensity for seeking “win-win scenarios” by finding solutions through common interests drew praise from Small as well as others who have worked with him.

“During the time our careers intersected, I was extremely impressed with Stephen’s collaborative approach to problem solving,” said Angus Robertson, deputy minister of energy, mines and resources for the Yukon government from 2000 to 2012.

Quin helped guide policy to redistribute tax revenue from mines more equitably among various interests in the community.

Quin served as chair of the Yukon Mineral Advisory Board from 2007 to 2011, during which he helped establish mutually beneficial mining policies for communities, regulators and mining companies, Robertson said.

“He took a big picture approach to the future of mining in the Yukon,” he said.

Robertson pointed to Quin’s personality as part of the reason he has been successful in forming positive relationships and earning trust with local stakeholders throughout his career.

“His sense of humor and irony, perhaps part of his British background, served him in good stead and certainly helped to forge positive working relations with my minister of the day as well as other key players in the Yukon mining world,” he said.

Quin and Midas Gold have the traits common to most successful mining companies, said Nikki Adshead-Bell a long-time analyst, geologist, investor and investment banker in Vancouver, B.C.

“They understand the complex nature of the mining business, are respectful of all stakeholders and base their business plan on engendering trust,” Adshead-Bell said.

Collaborative approaches tend to earn support from local communities, regulators and investors, Adshead-Bell said.

“Without a social license, a company is unlikely to garner regulator or financial support,” she said. “A project cannot advance without either.”

Adshead-Bell understands local skepticism of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project and admits the mining industry overall has work to do regarding its public reputation.

But Quin is “one of the best in the business” because of his ability to not only obtain social license in communities he has worked with, but to follow through on his word, Adshead-Bell said.

“Trust is the rarest commodity in any business and Stephen has a well-earned reputation for being trustworthy,” she said.

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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Spring Prescribed Fire

PNF March 5, 2020

Good afternoon,

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District will be implementing prescribed fire in the Bald Hill and Four Mile Project areas this spring.

Areas planned in the Bald Hill Project will be from Reegan Creek east to the ridge west of Boulder Creek, including adjacent to Eiguren Ranch and nearby properties. We may also burn the south and east facing slopes between Quartz Creek and Profile Creek.

Areas planned in the Four Mile Project are on both sides of the South Fork Salmon River, from Reed Ranch Airstrip south to Poverty Flat Camp Ground. Areas targeted for ignition this year include along the Miners Peak trail, the area between Reed Ranch and Four Mile Creek, and an area on the east side of the road across from Poverty Flat Campground. See the attached map for more specific location information.

We will have a community meeting Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 at the Yellow Pine Community Hall to answer any questions. Burning may occur before this date if ground opens up, with the objective of creating a buffer around property boundaries earlier in the season than the main ignition will occur. Like all of our burning this will be dependent on many factors including weather and fuel conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Patrick Schon: 208-634-0623, patrick.schon@usda.gov or Laurel Ingram: 208-634-0622, laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Thanks,
Laurel Ingram
Fuels Technician
Payette National Forest
Krassel Ranger District

link to map: Notifications Spring Rx Burn 2020.pdf
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Diseased trees removed from Last Chance Campground

Work will prevent trees from falling on popular site

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 5, 2020

Michael Dwyer peered up at a grand fir tree in Last Chance Campground towering nearly 100 feet above his head and shuddered at the thought of force it would carry coming down.

“If you have the top 20 feet come flying out of a tree in a wind event during a thunderstorm, that’s about as deadly as anything,” said Dwyer, program specialist with the Idaho Department of Lands.

Dwyer was part of a team of lands department and Payette National Forest officials that recently teamed up to coordinate the removal of about 30 truckloads of diseased trees from the campground between New Meadows and McCall.

The project was the first completed under the Good Neighbor Authority, which allows national forests to join with other agencies to expedite forest restoration work.

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Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision

Council, ID., March 2, 2020 – The Council Ranger District has completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision for the Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project.

The Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project is the fourth project that is part of the Payette National Forest’s Weiser – Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project. Other projects have been the Mill Creek – Council Mountain project, Lost Creek – Boulder Creek project, and the Middle Fork Weiser River project. This project encompasses approximately 67,000 acres on the Council Ranger District of the Payette National Forest, and is located northeast of Council, primarily in the Brownlee Reservoir Subbasin, and the Indian, Lick, and Bear Creek subwatersheds.

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.

This project is based in part on recommendations provided by the Payette Forest Coalition. The Payette Forest Coalition is a collaborative group formed under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 whose recommendations are structured to meet the intent of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The Payette Forest Coalition members represent stakeholders from a broad range of interests including the, environmental community, timber industry, recreational groups and state and county government.

The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes. For more information on the Payette Forest Coalition and their involvement in the Payette National Forest’s Weiser – Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project visit their website at (link)

The Environmental Protection Agency will publish a Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision in the Federal Register on March 6, 2020. A legal notice was published in the newspaper of record, the Idaho Statesman, on February 28, 2020. The publication date of this legal notice is the exclusive means for calculating the 45-day objection period for the Project. Those wishing to submit an objection should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

Eligibility to File Objections

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

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

Contents of an Objection

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

* Objector’s name and address with a telephone number if available; with signature or other verification of authorship supplied upon request;

* Identification of the lead objector when multiple names are listed, along with verification upon request;

* Name of project, name and title of the responsible official, national forest/ranger district where project is located, and

* Sufficient narrative description of those aspects of the proposed project objected to, specific issues related to the project, how environmental law, regulation, or policy would be violated, and suggested remedies which would resolve the objection.

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

Filing an Objection

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

The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. The objection period starts the day after the publication of the legal notice per 36 CFR 218.6 (b) and runs for 45 days. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.

For additional information, please contact Mark Fox, Project Leader at the Council Ranger District, 208-253-0164.
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Boise National Forest Annual Surplus Seedling Sale

Boise, Idaho, March 2, 2020 — Landowners who wish to purchase trees and shrubs to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance their property are encouraged to come to the Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale.

The sale begins Saturday, April 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seedlings will not be available Sunday. The sale continues through the end of April; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $30.00 for 50 seedlings. Fifty seedlings is the minimum quantity that can be purchased. A bundle of 50 seedlings will easily fit into a standard grocery bag. This year, limited quantities of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is a resource for the entire Intermountain West, producing over 3 million (1 and 2 year old) trees and shrubs.

Seedlings produced at the nursery are used for restoration efforts on public lands disturbed by wildfire, timber sales or other events. Some brush species produced sustain mule deer populations on their winter ranges.

When the nursery has produced more seedlings than is customers need, the surplus becomes available to the public. The seedlings are best suited for land owners with property in rural areas. They are not intended for homeowners in urban areas to plant in their backyards. Written planting instructions and technical assistance will be available.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is located 16 miles northeast of Boise on Highway 21 (15169 E. Highway 21, Boise, ID 83716). For more information about the annual seedling sale call: (208) 343-1977.
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Critter News:

Elk harvest drops 8%, deer harvest falls 13% in 2019

Winter kill cited for drop in Weiser-McCall areas

By Brian Pearson The Star-News March 5, 2020

The 2019 statewide elk harvest was down 8% while the deer harvest in Idaho went down 13% from 2018, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The number of deer hunters in Idaho was also down by 5.5% from the prior year, while the number of elk hunters remained fairly consistent (down by about 1.5%), the F&G figures said.

Contributing to the drop in harvest, there were about 4,200 fewer mule deer hunters and 3,500 fewer whitetail hunters statewide in 2019 compared with 2018.

“Hunting isn’t unlike fishing — when it’s good, everyone goes,” Fish and Game’s Deer and Elk Program Coordinator Daryl Meints said. “When things get tougher, you see the participation drop.”

The white-tailed deer harvest and mule deer harvest were both below their respective 10-year averages, while elk harvest was slightly above.

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Idaho visitors will see big hike in hunting, fishing fees

by Associated Press Thursday, March 5th 2020

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Legislation significantly increasing what it will cost nonresidents to hunt deer and elk in Idaho has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little.

The Republican governor signed the measure Tuesday that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said resident hunters asked for so there will be less overcrowding in the field.

Fish and Game is doing that by capping how many nonresidents can hunt deer and elk. But that will result in reducing Fish and Game revenue with fewer nonresident hunters. Estimates put the loss at $5.4 million and $9 million a year.

To make up for that, Fish and Game is increasing hunting and fishing costs for nonresidents.

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Officials seek baby moose poacher

March 6, 2020 Local News 8

Driggs, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Fish and Game is looking for information regarding a poaching incident south of Driggs.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office reports a baby moose was shot, and Fish and Game officials are requesting your help locating the poacher.

If you have any information, contact Rob Howe at 208-390-0634 or robert.howe@idfg.idaho.gov

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Reward offered for information regarding bull elk shot and left to waste

March 6, 2020 Local News 8

Dingle, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports a bull elk was shot twice approximately 30 yards off of the Dingle Pond road, in Dingle in Bear Lake County Wednesday sometime before 10 p.m.

The elk traveled 20 yards before it died from its wounds.

The dead elk was in clear view of the road and was spotted in the dark. It appeared that no efforts were made to recover any part of the elk.

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Rehabilitated eagle released to the wild

March 6, 2020 Local News 8


Teton Raptor Center

Experts at the Teton Raptor Center released a rehabilitated Bald Eagle back into the wild Friday.

The almost 31-year-old eagle crashed through the window of a home in the Hoback area January 28.

Teton Raptor Center took the bird back to its facility near Wilson for treatment and rehabilitation. Tests revealed he had elevated levels of lead in his system, that were probably related to the window collision. The eagle was treated with two rounds of chelation therapy to remove lead from its system. Lead can lead to issues with balance, walking and flight.

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Fish and Game explains declining perch populations in Lake Cascade

Perch may be depleting their own populations

Mar 04, 2020 By Steve Liebenthal KIVI

Cascade, Idaho — In the late 1990s and the early 2000s, a once thriving perch fishery in Lake Cascade had all but disappeared. So the Idaho Department of Fish and Game worked on a restoration project.

First, teams worked to clean up blue-green algae that was plaguing the water and killing fish. From 2004 to 2006 managers worked to reduce the number of northern pike minnows, a predatory native fish, and they transplanted a large number of mostly adult perch from nearby waterways. They collected and transported 865,000 adult perch over a three year period.

Because the lake was virtually void of perch when the new perch were transplanted they had an unlimited food supply. That resulted in amazing growth rates, that eventually led to multiple world record catches in the lake a decade later.

Perch anglers from all over the U.S and Canada come to Idaho hoping to catch ‘”jumbo” perch in Lake Cascade. But in recent years catch rates have declined.

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Fundraiser March 14 in Riggins to aid steelhead, salmon

The Star-News March 5, 2020

The Riggins Chapter of the Idaho River Community Alliance will host a fundraiser with live music and dancing on Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m. at the Riggins Community Center.

The Idaho River Community Alliance advocates for the small river communities of Central Idaho in the Salmon and Clearwater river drainages.

The alliance was formed in December 2018 after a lawsuit by five environmental groups threatened to shut down the winter salmon season because the Idaho Department of Fish and Game did not have current harvest permits through the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.

Cost is donation only. For more information on the event visit the Facebook page for the Riggins Chapter of the Idaho River Alliance.

Riggins Community Center is located at 121 Lodge St.

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Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club can “re-home” local honey bee swarms

Mar 07, 2020 By Izaak Anderson KIVI

Boise, Idaho — Spring is right around the corner and you may start seeing swarms of bees moving back into your neighborhood.

Before you try to take on a swarm by yourself, it’s best to reach out to local experts.

The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club makes it easy for you to report a swarm, and a skilled beekeeper will come out and relocate them for you.

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Fish & Game News:

As winter lingers, responsible shed hunting is critical for big game

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, March 2, 2020


Todd Duke – IDFG

Shed hunting can have deadly implications for animals weakened by the rigors of winter

As anxious shed antler hunters prepare to take to Idaho’s hills in search of fresh bounty, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game urges them to avoid stressing wildlife trying to survive the late winter storms.

Shed antlers from deer, elk and moose are commonly found in areas where they spend the winter months. Typically, mule deer and moose shed in late December through January, and elk shed from mid-winter through April.

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Fish and Game to survey mountain goats and bighorn sheep in the Salmon Region

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Monday, March 2, 2020

Survey information will be used in determining future management and hunting opportunities.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game will conduct aerial surveys of mountain goats along the Middle Fork Salmon River and bighorn sheep in the Lost River mountain range beginning this week and continuing through March.

Surveys of Mountain goats are planned to begin March 3 in big game management units 27 and portions of units 20A, 21, 26, 28, 34, and 36. Bighorn sheep surveys are planned to begin March 16 in units 37, 50 and 51. Survey flights are estimated to take 15 to 20 days to conclude, depending on weather conditions.

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Public’s Help Sought in Sturgeon Poaching Case

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, March 6, 2020

Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding the recent poaching of a white sturgeon from the Boise River.

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

On March 3rd, Fish and Game conservation officer Steve Ross investigated the report of a sturgeon carcass in the Boise River near Veterans’ Memorial Bridge in Boise. He quickly located the carcass, most of which had been removed; only the head and fins remained. The fish is estimated to have been about six feet in length, and likely caught earlier in March.

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Salmon River steelhead anglers reminded of reduced limits

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, March 6, 2020


IDFG – Salmon Region

Bag limits are one fish per day, three in possession

As the weather warms and steelhead anglers look to shake their winter blues along the Salmon River, they need to be aware of reduced daily and possession limits.

Due to lower numbers of returning steelhead, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission modified the seasons and reduced bag limits statewide for the 2020 seasons.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Baby rhino meets other animals for the first time

by Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday, September 27th 2019

A one month white rhino wasn’t afraid as he is introduced to other animals at this zoo in the Netherlands.

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Seasonal Humor:

SpringTimeChange-a

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March 1, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

March 1, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Community Calendar:

March 8 – Time Change 2am
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day 3pm Yellow Pine Tavern
May 2 – Firewise Meeting 2pm at the Fire Hall
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Local Events:

March 8 – Spring Ahead
Remember to set your clocks ahead next Sunday night. And change batteries in your smoke detectors.
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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Tavern
March 17th Tuesday at 3pm. Corned Beef and Cabbage provided by the Tavern. Bring other dishes if you like. Spring is on the way!
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May 2 Firewise Meeting
YPFD is participating in the “Wildfire Safety/National Community Preparedness Day”.
There will be an open house on May 2nd at 2pm at YPFD.
There will be presentations/pamphlets regarding what YPFD and the fire district has to offer on fire safety and mitigation for our community.
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Village News:

2020 Yellow Pine Winter Census

We counted 27 people in Yellow Pine in January 2020.
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Moon & Venus

Thursday evening, February 27th, Yellow Piners had a beautiful view of the Moon near Venus in the western sky.

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February Snow

This last week we had only 1/2″ snow fall giving us a total of 43 3/4″ for the month of February. The snow depth was 27″ on Sunday morning. Since the first of January we have had 82 1/3″ of snow fall.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

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

Report the transfer station was last plowed Monday (Feb 17) and Lakeshore came in and emptied the bins on Thursday (Feb 13.)

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

Yellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, the dump)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

Second half of the water bill is due June 15, 2020.

The last Yellow Pine Water Users Shareholders meeting was Sunday July 7, 2019.
link: 20190707YPWUAminutes
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VYPA News:

The community hall committee’s goal is to have adequate heating installed in the main hall before the June VYPA meeting.

If folks have items for the community yard sale, please place them by the north wall in the community hall. If you see items you would like to purchase, you can pay Deb, Ronda, or Lynn. All funds support the community hall.

VYPA meetings for 2020 – June 13, 2pm; July 11, 2pm; August 8, 2pm; September 12, 2pm.

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

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

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Community Service Notice

The purpose of this letter is to show how you as a Yellow Pine Resident can help protect your structure against a wildland fire by being “Fire Wise.” Click the link: to view 20190724 Yellow Pine Fire Protection mitigation

We will do another class this spring/summer [2020] depending on interest. Training will resume in the spring. -Fire Chief Jeff
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325

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

Winter Tavern Hours
Open M,W,F,Sat 9-2 4-8 Sun 9-2 Closed Tues,Thurs
Or Call 208 739-7086 or 208 633-2233 anytime will open as needed
Or check at house across the street next to Silver Dollar 365 Yellow Pine Ave
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed for Winter.
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Tom & Sarah Lanham
156 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine Id 83677
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Facebook:
Starting June 2020 We will be doing trail rides out of Yellow Pine along with summer pack / camping trips to high mountain lakes in the area!

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

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

The Star-News

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

Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473), Emmett, will service Yellow Pine

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

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

Monday (Feb 24) overnight low of 16 degrees, rain and snow last evening and snow after midnight gave us 1/2″ new snow and measured 29″ snow on the ground, mostly cloudy sky this morning and light breezes. Jays, female hairy woodpecker, chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches visiting, and later a clark’s nutcracker stopped by for suet. Cloudy and breezy at lunch time, high of 36 degrees. Mostly cloudy, breezy and flakes of snow late afternoon (no accumulation.) Mostly cloudy and calmer at dark. Mostly clear before midnight.

Tuesday (Feb 25) overnight low of 2 degrees, clear and very blue sky with a light breeze, measured an average of 29″ of snow on the ground. Lots of very vocal jays this morning. Sunny at lunch time, high of 42 degrees. Nutcracker and nuthatches visiting. Cloudy early afternoon, then clearing off before sunset. Partly hazy at dusk. Partly cloudy before midnight. A few specks of graupel fell before morning.

Wednesday (Feb 26) 24 hour low of 5 degrees (from Tuesday morning) and a few specks of graupel on the ground, mostly cloudy sky and measured 29″ of snow on the ground. Male and female hairy woodpeckers and a few jays along with red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Cloudy and mild at lunch time, high of 49 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time. Two male red-winged blackbirds showed up, and later a clark’s nutcracker. Partly cloudy, warm and breezy late afternoon. Still a little above freezing and mostly clear at dusk, bright thin crescent moon and bright Venus in the sky. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Feb 27) overnight low of 9 degrees, clear and very blue sky and light breeze, measured an average of 28″ of snow on the ground this morning. Jays and nuthatches visiting. Sunny at lunch time, high of 50 degrees. Clark’s nutcrackers and mountain chickadees joined the jays and nuthatches at the feeders early afternoon,and later a dark-eyed junco showed up for a short time. Partly hazy and calm late afternoon. Partly hazy at dusk, bright thin crescent moon and Venus paired to the west. Mostly clear sky after midnight.

Friday (Feb 28) overnight low of 13 degrees, mostly wispy clouds and light breeze, average of 28″ of snow on the ground. Red-breasted nuthatches making little “hank hank” calls, noisy jays all over the neighborhood, fast little chickadees zipping about. Thin hazy overcast after lunch time, high of 54 degrees. Clark’s nutcrackers arrived early afternoon. Hazy overcast and light breezes mid-afternoon. A few dark-eyed juncos stopped by later in the day. Thicker clouds late afternoon and a bit breezy. Shots fired just before 6pm (elk stealing hay.) Snowmobile traffic. County plow truck returned early evening from a run to clear rocks and ice off the roads. Thin high haze at dusk, fuzzy crescent moon. Hazy sky before midnight.

Saturday (Feb 29) 24 hour low of 18 degrees (from Friday morning) dark overcast, quite breezy and a few flakes of snow falling this morning, measured 27″ of snow on the ground. Jays, nutcrackers, hairy woodpeckers, red and white-breasted nuthatches, a couple of juncos and a few chickadees visiting, elk on the golf course across from the fire hall. Light snow falling early afternoon and calmer, high of 40 degrees. Gusty breezes and thick gray clouds late afternoon, temperatures dropping. It was below freezing at dusk and cloudy. Cloudy before midnight. Skiff of snow fell during the night.

Sunday (Mar 1) overnight low of 19 degrees, mostly cloudy sky, trace of new snow and 27″ snow on the ground. Local pine squirrel popped in for a brief visit, clark’s nutcrackers, jays, red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees and several dark-eyed juncos at the feeders. Partly cloudy and breezy before lunch time, than calmer by noon. Partly cloudy and breezy all afternoon, high of 39 degrees. Temperatures dropping after sundown, below freezing at dusk and mostly clear sky.
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Idaho News:

Maupin, Hasbrouck to run again for Valley commission

Brockmann to step down as prosecuting attorney

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Feb 27, 2020

Valley County commissioners Sherry Maupin and Elt Hasbrouck will seek new terms, while Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Brockmann has decided to retire.

Brockmann, Hasbrouck and Maupin made their intentions known prior to next Monday’s opening of formal candidate declarations. The filing period ends March 13.

Maupin and Hasbrouck each will seek the Republican nomination for their seats in the May 19 primary election. The general election is Nov. 3.

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McCall firefighters to receive medal of honor for response after home explosion

by Haley Squiers Sunday, February 23rd 2020

McCall, Idaho (CBS2) — It’s been almost a year since a deadly home explosion in McCall.

Now, two of the fire fighters first who helped that day are being awarded medals of honor for their quick work.

“This is just the epitome of a community, faced with something horrific and everybody coming together as a team,” said Jon Metz, now with Nampa Fire Department. “You know, Jason and I, we’re just kind of the spear.”

Both these men are being awarded medals of honor coming up on August 28.

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Fundraising underway for Warren woman who lost home to fire

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 27, 2020

2020WarrenFire
Photo by Paul Hefner. Photo shows the fire that destroyed the home of Margaret Patten in the remote community of Warren on Feb. 16.

Fundraising is underway to assist a long-time Warren resident whose home was destroyed in a fire last week.

Margaret Patten, 71, was left homeless following the fire, which happened about 4 p.m. on Feb. 16.

Patten was not at home at the time and was not injured. The cause of the fire was not known.

The 20-year-old cabin was located near the Warren airstrip about 45 miles northeast of McCall. The area is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter.

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Free Medicare workshop planned March 11 at McCall library

The Star-News Feb 27, 2020

A free Medicare workshop for those turning 65 and those approaching Medicare eligibility will be held in McCall on Wednesday, March 11 starting at 6 p.m. at the McCall Public Library, 218 East Park Street

Medicare workshops are designed to introduce the various parts of Medicare and the benefits associated with the program. Sessions cover enrollment deadlines for Medigap, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, and how the different parts of Medicare work together.

Staff with the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program, a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, conduct the workshops. To register, call the SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-247-4422.

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Horseshoe Bend man hit by pickup, killed on Highway 55

Idaho State Police have identified the victim as Danny McReynolds. He was 51.

KTVB February 29, 2020

Horseshoe Bend, Idaho — A Horseshoe Bend man died at the scene Friday night after a pickup truck struck him while he was walking on Idaho Highway 55 just north of Horseshoe Bend.

Idaho State Police on Saturday identified the victim as Danny McReynolds. He was 51 years old.

ISP and the Boise County Sheriff’s Office began investigating at about 8:50 p.m.

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[Note: Hwy 55 was closed for several hours Friday evening, traffic rerouted via Jerusalem Valley. – per HSB FB page]
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Idaho History:

Flashback Friday: Did Boise steal the Idaho capital from Lewiston?

In 1863, the Idaho territorial capital was established in Lewiston Idaho. So, how did it end up in Boise?

Joe Parris KTVB February 29, 2020

Boise, Idaho — Throughout the 1860s, one of the biggest Idaho moments was the territory’s capital moving from Lewiston to Boise.

Idaho didn’t become a state until 1890, but the territory’s founding in 1863 set Lewiston as its capital since it was a growing commercial center in the area.

The territory’s first governor was from Lewiston, so he argued that the city was the best location for the territory’s capital.

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A Few of Grangeville’s Leap Year Eligibles’: Men turn the tables for this 1900s tradition

Other than a course correction on our calendar, February 29 is also traditionally known as the day women can propose to men, but why?

Brian Holmes KTVB February 28, 2020

… The old story attributes the switch to Saint Bridget in the fifth century, who told Saint Patrick that women have to wait too long for their suitors to propose. As a compromise, Saint Patrick said women would get one day every four years to make their move.

Fast forward a few hundred years, to Grangeville, Idaho in the early 1900s.

Home to a population of about 1,000 people, dusty streets and shady saloons. Enough for an ensemble of bachelors who many thought should be off the market.

So, a few days before February 29, 1908, the Grangeville Globe published a prospectus of prospects to the clamoring, waiting and wholly prepared members of the fairer sex.

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Mining News:

Final Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Expansion of Smoky Canyon Mine Available for Review

Analysis shows proposal would bolster high-paying jobs, minimize environmental footprint

February 28, 2020 Bureau of Land Management

Soda Springs, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District and Caribou-Targhee National Forest today released a Final Environmental Impact Statement analyzing different alternatives for expanding the phosphate mine at Smoky Canyon, east of Soda Springs. The agencies are seeking public input on the FEIS and draft U.S. Forest Service’s Record of Decision prior to releasing final RODs later this year. The agencies identified Alternative 1 as the preferred alternative.

Alternative 1 strikes a balance between resource extraction and conservation while providing opportunities for high-paying jobs in the local community. If approved, the East Smoky Panel Mine Project would sustain approximately 600 jobs for an additional three years at the existing Smoky Canyon Mine and Don Plant processing facility, generating approximately $180 million in associated salaries and supporting 1,326 indirect jobs in the region.

The J.R. Simplot Company proposed expanding the Smoky Canyon Mine into the East Smoky Panel by developing a single linear open pit in seven sequential phases, enabling waste rock to be backfilled into previously mined portions of the pit. This design is intended to reduce certain impacts associated with the mining process.

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Public Lands:

Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project FEIS and Draft ROD Available

2/27/2020

You are subscribed to Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project for USDA Forest Service. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD) are now available. The objection period will run 45-days following the publication of Legal Notice in the newspaper of record, the Idaho Statesman, which is expected to be published February 28, 2020. The Notice of Availability (NOA) is scheduled to appear in the Federal Register March 6, 2020.

Dear Interested Party,

The Huckleberry Landscape Restoration Project FEIS and draft ROD have been completed and a notification was sent to those who have previously requested to be updated on the project or have submitted specific written comments related to the project via the GovDelivery system. The Huckleberry Project proposes landscape restoration treatments on approximately 67,000 acres on the Council Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. This is the fourth project on the Forest that is part of the Weiser – Little Salmon Headwaters Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project. Proposed restoration activities include timber harvest, biomass harvest, road reconstruction, road realignment, temporary road construction, 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 (ESA), 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.

The draft ROD identifies a modified Alternative 2 as the Selected Alternative. The Responsible Official who will issue a decision on this project is Forest Supervisor, Linda Jackson. A hard copy of the FEIS, draft ROD, and additional information regarding this proposed project can be obtained from: Mark Fox (project lead), 2092 Highway 95, Council, Idaho, 83612, (208)253-0164, mark.fox@usda.gov.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was originally released for public comment on June 21, 2019. It has now been finalized in response to the comments received. The FEIS, draft ROD and other additional information are available for review at the project webpage at (link) Persons interested in receiving updates about this project may subscribe to GovDelivery for project updates via email by clicking the link “Subscribe to Email Updates” on the right side of the project web page under the “Get Connected” panel.

This proposed project is subject to the objection process pursuant to 36 CFR 218 Subpart B. This project is not related to the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Act (HFRA). The Intermountain Regional Forester is the Objection Reviewing Officer.

Eligibility to File Objections

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

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

Contents of an Objection

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

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

Filing an Objection

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

The publication date in the Idaho Statesman, newspaper of record, is the exclusive means for calculating the time to file an objection to this project. Those wishing to object to this proposed project should not rely upon dates or timeframe information provided by any other source.
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Critter News:

Americans spent nearly $100 billion on their pets in 2019

by Sarah Wynn Friday, February 28th 2020 KBOI

Ever feel like you’re spending too much money on your pet? Well, you could be right.

In 2019, Americans spent $95.7 billion dollars on their furry friends, according to the American Pets Products Association.

So where did all the money go? The American Pets Products Association said Americans spent nearly $37 billion on food and treats alone.

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Pet Talk – What is fecal incontinence?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Feb 28, 2020 IME

Fecal incontinence occurs when a loss of control of the lower bowel and rectum allows feces to be passed at inappropriate times or places. Fecal incontinence may be neurogenic in origin and associated with the failure of nervous sensation. In these cases, the animal does not realize that it is defecating and does not assumes a normal posture for defecation. On the contrast, some animals have urge incontinence. This occurs with uncontrolled are strong urges to defecate. In these cases, the animal acutely needs to defecate and is aware of that need.

Diseases of the nerves in the lower spine, of the rectum and anus, and of the large intestine can all result in fecal incontinence diseases of the nerves in the lower spine include intervertebral disc disease, and chronic arthritic changes to the lower spine. Urge incontinence can result from inflammation of the colon or rectum. Some older animal’s developed incontinence from a decline in their mental status or senility, which leads them to become less attentive to many aspects of daily life.

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Ranchers concerned about threat posed by Oregon’s wolf population

by Alex Hasenstab and KVAL.com staff Friday, February 28th 2020

The executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association says the increasing Oregon wolf population threatens the livelihood of ranchers.

At least four wolf pups were born last fall to the Indigo pack.

The pack ranges in southeast Lane and northereast Douglas counties.

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Snowdon to host World Wildlife Day party at Ruby’s March 7

The Star-News Feb 27, 2020

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary will celebrate World Wildlife Day with appetizers, a raffle and a silent auction on Saturday, March 7, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Ruby’s Kitchen.

World Wildlife Day is a United Nations program to raise awareness of wild animals.

Proceeds from the event will help Snowdon take care of orphaned and injured animals, such as Chewy, an orphaned black bear cub found by a hunter last October.

Chewy was emaciated and suffering from an abscessed injury to his leg when he was brought in. Snowdon staff and volunteers nursed him back to health, and he and two other cubs will be ready to be released this spring.

Snowdon provides native habitat and natural conditions that help heal and rehabilitate wildlife and help them assimilate back into the wild.

Cost for the event is $50 per person and includes an appetizer buffet and a drink.

Tickets are available for purchase at Ruby’s Kitchen, 324 W. Lake St., from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.

Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary also accepts donations. For more information or to make a donation, call 208-634-8050, visit http://snowdonwildlife.org or visit the Snowdon Facebook page.

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Friday deadlines noted for 4-H livestock, horse programs

The Star-News Feb 27, 2020

Youths who plan to participate in the 4-H Large Animal Livestock and Horse programs must register and pay their enrollment fee by Friday.

To register, visit (link). The yearly enrollment fee is $30.

For more information, contact the Valley County 4-H office at 208-382-7190 or email valley@uidaho.edu

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Idaho deer and elk harvests down

Local News 8 Feb 25, 2020

Boise, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Fewer hunters harvested fewer deer and elk during the 2019 hunting seasons.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department reports statewide elk harvest was down about 8% and deer harvests down 13% from year-ago levels. The number of actual deer hunters was down by 5.5% while elk hunter numbers were down about 1.5%. Success rates were down for both.

Specifically, Fish and Game statistics indicate there were 4,200 fewer mule deer hunters last fall and 3,500 fewer white-tail hunters.

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Pronghorn plunges off cliff narrowly missing rock climbers south of Boise

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, February 26th 2020

Boise, Idaho (CBS2) — A doe pronghorn plunged to her death Tuesday after running full speed off the cliffs of Hammer Flat south of Boise near Lucky Peak.

The pronghorn narrowly missed a group of rock climbers staging below.

The doe was collared, and a part of a newly-launched pronghorn project designed to learn more about the seasonal movements of pronghorn in the area. According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the doe had already provided staff with some valuable movement information.

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Bald eagle crash likely caused by lead poisoning

Feb 24, 2020 Local News 8


(TRC Staff) Dr. Dan Lorimer examined the eagle for potential eye damage.

Teton Raptor Center veterinarians are still hoping to save a bald eagle which crashed through the window of a Jackson area home last month. But what began as treatment of external injuries has turned out to be something a bit more serious.

Experts now believe the eagle may suffer from lead poisoning, which may have caused the 30-year-old bird to crash through the window.

After the incident, Raptor Center Rehab Director Meghan Warren determined the eagle had no fractures, but was suffering from body, head, and eye trauma with two lacerations that needed to be sutured.

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Wednesday session to discuss tracking long-billed curlew

The Star-News Feb 27, 2020

Heather Hayes of the Intermountain Bird Observatory will discuss the long-billed curlew and how students can track its summer migration on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Barn Owl Books in McCall.

Hayes, the observatory’s community science coordinator, will also talk about the long-billed curlew’s nesting surveys in the local area.

The Intermountain Bird Observatory will deploy transmitters on two birds in the local area this spring so students and community members can track their migration on a tracking map.

Long-billed curlews, which are North America’s largest shorebird, spend spring and early summer in the McCall area before migrating to California’s Central Valley or Mexico.

The project is part of a partnership between the Payette Children’s Forest and the Intermountain Bird Observatory.

Barn Owl Books is located at 616 N. Third St. Suite 110.

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Feds reject removal of 4 Snake River dams in key report

By Gillian Flaccus – 2/28/20 AP

A long-awaited federal report out Friday rejected the idea of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to save more than a dozen species of threatened or endangered salmon, saying such a dramatic approach would destabilize the power grid, increase overall greenhouse emissions and more than double the risk of regional power outages.

The four dams on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington are part of a vast and complex hydroelectric power system operated by the federal government in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Environmental groups who have pushed for years for the dams to come down immediately blasted the report. The three agencies in charge of overseeing the sprawling hydropower system recommended an alternative that includes a variety of strategies, including fine-tuning the amount of water that spills over the dams for fish.

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Bill would end bipartisan rule for Fish and Game Commission

Associated Press February 26, 2020

Boise, Idaho (AP) – Roughly a month after one of Idaho’s newest Fish and Game Commissioners had to step down because of his political affiliation, a panel of lawmakers has approved a bill to remove the commission’s bipartisan membership requirements.

The bill would end the current rule that no more than four members of the seven-member commission be from the same political party.

The Times-News reported it was approved by the House Resources and Conservation Committee on Tuesday.

The commissioners set hunting and fishing regulations and other wildlife policy.

The bill now goes to the full House.

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Concerned citizens report an increase number of dogs chasing deer in the Clearwater Region

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dogs chasing deer is becoming a common call in the Clearwater Region lately. Concerned citizens reported a spike in dogs chasing deer numbers in the Kamiah, Kooskia and Grangeville areas. Deer are being chased, injured and at times eaten alive by dogs running at large.

Pet owners have a duty to monitor and keep their dogs under control both inside and outside city limits. Deer and other big game animals must expend precious energy reserves to avoid harassment by dogs. The deer are cold and struggling to survive the remainder of the winter while dogs are full of energy ready to run. This is a problem that can be prevented. Dog owners are urged to keep track of dogs, and train them to not chase or harass wildlife.

It is against Idaho Code for dogs to track, pursue, harass, attack, injure or kill big game, unless otherwise allowed under Idaho Code. An example of this would be the lawful use of hounds for bear or lion hunting.

Any peace officer, or other person authorized to enforce laws, may destroy the offending animal. In addition, the animal’s owner may receive a criminal citation.

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See and hear a massive spring waterfowl migration at Fort Boise WMA

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Photo by Roger Phillips/Idaho Fish and Game

Snow geese flock to the Wildlife Management Area by the tens of thousands

Sometimes it’s a distant cackling sound that’s your first sign snow geese are arriving, or it may be the tell-tale, V-shaped flocks high in the sky. Regardless, it means a feathered fireworks display is about to start at Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area near Parma.

The 1,630-acre WMA is owned and operated by Idaho Fish and Game and funded by hunters, who flock to the area during fall and winter for waterfowl and upland game bird hunting. But starting in late February and running through March, visitors come armed with cameras and binoculars instead of shotguns to witness one of the most massive wildlife migrations in Southwest Idaho.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

‘You guys are angry’: Ada County sheriff’s deputy has hilarious run-in with trio of turkeys

The comical confrontation was caught on the deputy’s body camera.

Tyson Miller February 25, 2020 KTVB

Kuna, Idaho — Ada County sheriff’s deputies are no strangers to dealing with people who may be less-than-thrilled to see them, especially during a traffic stop.

But on a recent Sunday, it wasn’t a driver who gave a deputy a hard time; It was a group of belligerent turkeys.

Dep. Bryce Bienz had just finished giving a driver a warning on Eagle Road in Kuna on Feb. 16 when three turkeys decided they didn’t like what was going on – and were going to let Bienz know about it.

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