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2020 in Review

2020 Year in Review

January

Jan 1
Heavy snow fell New Year’s Eve all night long dumped over 6″ of heavy wet snow. We have 12″ of snow on the ground on first day of 2020.

Cougar in Yellow Pine
There has been a small cougar hanging out in the village for almost 2 weeks as of Sunday Dec 29th. Tracks up at the post office and also around residences near main street. Keep an eye on your pets.

photo provided by Nicki
Wolves
Report of lots of wolf tracks by the Yellow Pine campground reported New Year’s Eve.

Jan 2
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Jan 8
20th Anniversary of The Yellow Pine Times

January Trip to Big Creek – Edwardsburg
There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning.

photo and reports courtesy Chris & Lois Schwarzhoff

Jan 9
Snow Storm
In the 24 hours ending 10am Jan 9 we received 3″ new snow, measured 14″ total snow on the ground.

Jan 10-11 Snow storm
In the 24 hours ending 10am Jan 11 we received 5″ new snow, measured 17″ total snow on the ground.

Jan 12
Report of wolf tracks at the crossroads on Sunday Jan 12, and more tracks at the Buckhorn Campground on the South Fork Jan 11, 2020.

Jan 15
Just before noon, 20″ snow on the ground.

Jan 18
Ski Race Jan 18
Two intrepid skiers (Deb and Ronda) entered the cross country ski race, but after half a lap around the airstrip, the race was called due to the snow conditions (2 feet deep!) A great time was had by all.
Chili Contest Results from Jan 18

The chili contest was fun and about thirteen gathered and sat around to talk.
Winners
Sarah 1st
Kat 2nd
Cecil 3rd

photos courtesy Ray L

Jan 27
Friday Adventure
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Or avalanches for that matter in our part of the country. We have been having a “January Thaw” after receiving nearly three times the 10 year average snowfall. Monday, January 27, Robert, our mail truck driver, was headed back to Cascade after bringing mail and supplies to Yellow Pine. Near the upper end of the South Fork road a snow slide had come down blocking the road with about 4 feet of snow. Robert got out and shoveled a path and powered his way on through, but about 25 yards ahead there was a second snow slide of about equal proportions across the road. Needless to say it was rather late by the time he got back to the airport in Cascade.

Jan 30
Rock Migration Season
With the freeze thaw and lots of snow, big rocks are just waiting for a chance to “migrate” – they have waited millions of years for a chance to launch down the mountain. On Thursday, January 30, a big rock jumped onto the South Fork Road at mile marker 23.5, big enough that our local plow had to go push it off the road Friday.
January Snow
Yellow Pine had a very snowy January, nearly 3 times the 10 year average monthly snowfall of 13″. By the end of the month we had received 38.6″ of snow. Melted snow water (and rain) totaled 3.34″. The average high temperature was 35F and the average low was 18F. The warmest day was 45F on Jan 19th and the coldest was -4F the morning of Jan 15th.
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February

Feb 2
Yellow Pine received 4 1/2″ new snow, there is 21″ total snow on the ground.

Snow on trees before sunrise on Groundhog Day.
For the first time in more than 900 years, the full 8-digit date is a palindrome: 02022020. And it works whether you list it as month, day, year or day, month, year.

Feb 6

Photo Thursday (Feb 6) after 15″ new snow fell (34″ on the ground.)

Feb 7
On Friday morning, Feb 7, the power went off at 557am, the outage lasted until 305pm. A report came in about trees down somewhere between Yellow Pine and Antimony Camp – probably the cause of the outage.
Friday morning (Feb 7) we had 11 1/2″ new snow (40″ on the ground.)
Report from Midas Gold (McKinsey Lyon) on Feb 7: “Stibnite received 24 inches in the last 24 hours.” FB report of slides on the road between YP and the mine. Photo below courtesy Midas.

Feb 16
February has brought a LOT of snow to Yellow Pine so far. From Feb 1st to Feb 16th: a total of 37.9″ of snow has fallen and since January 1st 76.5″ of snow has fallen, which is more than average for an entire winter.

Feb 21 The Yellow Pine Tavern Open

Feb 22 – Pie Contest
Another successful pie contest, about 15 years now. 14 pies! Rhonda placed first with her Chicken Pot Pie, Teri second with Lemon Meringue, Billie third with Apple, a hard job for our judges with so many great cooks in our small community. 30 folks out and about on a beautiful day to enjoy pie, good company and sun shine.

Feb 27
Yellow Piners had a beautiful view of the Moon near Venus in the western sky.

photo by Local Color Photography

Feb 29
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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March

March 1
2020 Yellow Pine Winter Census
We counted 27 people in Yellow Pine in January 2020.

March 3
Wildlife Sightings
Rufous Sided Spotted Towhee

photo by Terry (Local Color Photography)

Friendly Fox in the Alpine Village Area

photo by Ray Lutz

March 5
Local crew moved large rocks off the EFSF road Thursday (Caton Creek area?)

March 8
Report of rocks scattered on the road on the lower EFSF and lower SF roads late afternoon.

March 14
East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River

photo by Ray Lutz

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

RIP:
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.

March 12
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.

RIP:
Naomi Herrick
1932 – 2020
On Friday March 13th our beloved mother and Matriarch of the family Naomi Herrick passed away from natural causes.

March 15
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.

March 16
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.

March 17
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.

March 19
Panic buying clears store shelves
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.

March 20 – Yellow Pine Tavern will be closed til further notice. Will have gas available as well as take out beer, pop, candy, chips, pizza.

March 22 – Boil Water Order issued (recinded April 7th.)

March 23 – South Fork road weight restrictions

RIP:
Larry Fredrick (Chappy) Chapman
April 19, 1945 – March 23, 2020

Mar 25 – Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

March 28-June 30 – Lower South Fork Salmon River closed to rafting

March 30
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 more than 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.

March 31
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.
Local Observation – March 31 (Tuesday): 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.
Local Earthquake story: 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 [the shock wave] 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.

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

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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April

April 3
Another 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit central Idaho near Cascade Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (east of Deadwood, near Hwy 21 between Swamp Creek and Flat Creek.)

April 6
The Valley County Board of Commissioners are extending their plea to the general public to not visit Valley County in line with the Governor’s Stay-Home Order, issued Mar. 25, 2020, prohibiting all non-essential travel. Last week, Commissioners signed a letter temporarily closing all short-term rentals, hotels/motels and RV parks in Valley County through April 15, 2020, excluding rentals to persons providing essential services or for quarantine purposes. Monday, that temporary closure was extended to May 15, 2020.

April 9 – Temp. Spring Restrictions on upper Stibnite Rd
It’s 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 and numerous aftershocks have not brought down anything big, the freeze thaw cycle along with wet weather is still bringing down some rocks.

April 11, 2020 1157am Saturday M 4.3 – 73km ESE of Cascade, Idaho
Another aftershock – east of Banner Summit, south of Cape Horn along Swamp Creek.

April 12 – wolves attacked and wounded a cow elk right in the village around 1030pm Sunday night (April 12th) in the area between main street and Alpine village. (Update the elk apparently survived, at least for a week.) Watch your pets!

Birth:
Rowen Connor Burdine
Born April 14, 2020, at St. Luke’s McCall to DJ and Tarra Burdine of Cascade. A boy, 8 pounds even and 20.5 inches long.

YPWUA: April 17 – Boil water order issued

Aftershocks felt this week:
April 20 Aftershock at 1158pm M 4.1 on Cape Horn Mountain
April 24 Aftershock at 1250am M 3.4 south of Stanley Lake.

April 27
Report that the county graded the EFSF road last week beginning on Monday, April 27th.

April 29
A Big Thank-You to the Stibnite Foundation
The Village of Yellow Pine received $2,000 from the Stibnite Foundation to support the residents in Yellow Pine who wintered-in and sheltered-in, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With over 90% of the Yellow Pine community being in the high-risk group for the Covid-19 virus, it was important to support the community while restaurants were closed, and no grocery store was available. Our heartfelt thanks to the Stibnite Foundation for their kindness and support during this crisis.

YPVA: Heat was installed in the community hall on April 30th.

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May

May 1
Stage 1 Idaho Rebounds
Under Stage 1, which begins on May 1, certain services may open provided they can do so safely by following protocols lined out in Idaho Rebounds Guidance.

May 1
On or around May 1st, the doors to the transfer station were damaged. A local reported when they went to open the doors to dump trash a week later, the doors sprung open and nearly knocked them down. Then a report Tuesday (May 12th) that the doors fell off the building and bears had been in the dumpsters making a big mess. Jeff from the County Road Dept. brought in stuff for repairs on Wednesday, May 13th, and locals went out and put the doors back on. Thank you to Cecil, Tom, Tim and Gary. The doors should work better now, but a welder is due in to finish repairs, maybe next week. The mess left by the bears still needs to be cleaned up.

May 3
Wind Storm and Power Outage
Just after midnight early Sunday (May 3) the wind was very strong for about half an hour, shaking the house almost like an aftershock. Power blipped off/on at 134am. Started raining around 2am. More strong wind gusts just before 230am and power out at 234am for nearly 3 hours. No reports of damage or trees down – yet.

May 5
Cinco de Mayo
About 17 people (including the crew from Stibnite) attended the taco feed at the Community Hall on May 5th, tacos provided by the community hall committee to thank the community for their support and volunteerism.
“We had good tacos made by Deb, Ronda and Rhonda.” – LI

photo courtesy KA

May 7
Payette forest advises campers that restrooms are closed
Limited campground availability due to snow and the COVID-19 pandemic means campers need to be responsible for their own waste and plan for having no access to bathrooms, the Payette National Forest advised.

May 13
Dan from Amerigas was up on Wednesday, May 13th, filling up propane tanks. He will be back next Wednesday, May 20th, to top off more customers.

M 4.4 Aftershock May 13
At 622pm Wednesday we felt a sharp short jolt. Location near Cape Horn Mountain, east of Bear Valley on the far eastern edge of Valley County. A few other folks in Yellow Pine, Donnelly, Emmett and Boise report feeling it.

M 3.0 Aftershock May 15
At 5pm we felt a small jolt. Location north and east of Cape Horn Mountain on the western edge of Custer County.

May 15 – Lower South Fork river open for float boating

May 16
Governor Brad Little’s plan to re-open Idaho is expected to move into stage two on Saturday.

May 18
The load restrictions on the South Fork Salmon River Road were lifted May 18th

May 27
There is about 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap (May 27th)

photo courtesy Chris and Lois

The annual June Yellow Pine Vet Clinic Day was canceled due to Covid-19.

May 30
Idaho to enter Stage 3 of reopening plan

May 30-31
USGS has reported three aftershocks in Stanley, Idaho, all under 4.0 magnitude. All aftershocks were within 10 kilometers of the city of Stanley, according to USGS.
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June

June 1
The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st.

Yellow Pine Tavern Reopening, Open Daily 8am to 10pm. Outside Dining and Bar. Breakfast and Bar Food.

June 5
On Friday, June 5th, the mail truck brought in about 20 boxes of food for Yellow Pine residents from Grasmick Produce. Boxes contained fresh produce, dairy (milk butter and cheese) and meat. Very nice!

June 7
Sunday, (June 7) we had below normal temperatures, low clouds socked in nearly to the valley floor and rain showers before noon. Gusty winds, temperature near freezing and rain turned to big flakes of snow just before the power went out at 230pm. The power was off 1 hour and 25 minutes and came back on at 355pm. Snowed all afternoon into early evening. Measured 2 1/2″ new snow at 845pm (bushes are prostrate under the weight of the snow) and still snowing.

June 9
4.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Stanley
The earthquake was recorded around 8 a.m. in the Challis National Forest, between Idaho 21 and Valley Creek

Stage 4 June 13th
Idaho is moving into Stage 4 of our reopening protocol tomorrow

June 7
Yellow Pine Fire has taken delivery of a Custom built Can-Am 6×6 Side-by-side. The 6×6 (Rescue 1) will be able to provide Paramedic level care, Fire Fighting, light rescue and Search-and-Rescue to those in need of these services. A large portion of the of the funds to purchase the 6×6 (YPFD Rescue 1) was generously donated by Nancy Manthos in memory of her husband prior to her passing. We all would like to thank the family for her charitable donation and support of the Yellow Pine Fire Protection District. Nancy was Nikki Saleen’s mother.

Johnson Creek June 10
Johnson Creek road is open, not graded yet. Report June 10th of people having to cut trees on Johnson Creek road, and a large pot hole somewhere – it was marked for a while but by Wednesday the sticks and flagging were gone. Travel at your own risk and carry a saw.

On June 10th, Diamond Fuel & Feed came up to deliver gas and heating fuel.
On June 11th Ed Staub & Sons Propane were in Yellow Pine topping off tanks.

June 12 YPWUA update:
Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

YP to Stibnite June 12
Yesterday, OK Gravel completed grading the Stibnite road and North American Dust Control will be spraying it June 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Lick Creek June 12 (not open yet)

VYPA:
Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting link:

Sunday Wreck on Johnson Creek
On June 14th, 89 year old Jack Walker from Yellow Pine, went off of Johnson Creek Road in his 1994 Dodge pickup. Walker sustained non-life threatening injuries. No other vehicles or people were involved in the crash.

(Info and photo from Lt. Kevin Copperi, Valley County Sheriff’s office via The Star-News)
The local Cascade EMS ambulance crew and YP Fire volunteers responded. Jack was treated and taken to Cascade Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation and was then sent to Boise by ambulance.

Local Road Work

Ellison Street

OK Gravel

Ellison Street work completed.
The road work is authorized by the county and the VYPA Infrastructure Committee is working with OK Gravel to get it done. The roads being worked on are Westside Ave., Ellison Street, Arnold Alley, Profile Street, Yellow Pine Ave. (main street), and other places that need attention. Additional work will be done as funding is available.

June 16 – Hard closure of South Fork Road (weekdays)

Food Box Friday June 19
The mail truck brought in another load of food boxes from the Food Bank and Grasmicks on Friday, June 19th. Lots of veggies, fruit, milk, cheese, butter and chicken.

Profile Report June 20

“Still about 3-4 ft of snow on Profile Summit.” – SA

Yellow Pine Dust Abatement
Dust Abatement in Yellow Pine was applied June 22nd.

Idaho Power Tree Trimming
Idaho Power contract crews with Asplundh have been in Yellow Pine trimming trees under power lines this week.

Aftershock 1120pm June 24
M 4.6 – 27 km NW of Stanley, Idaho (South east of Cape Horn Mtn near Hwy 21.)

June 24
Lick Creek is open, the county bladed the last of the snow drifts and pushed downed trees off the road June 24th. Grading started on the lower end on the McCall side. Reported to be very rough over there.

June 26, 2020 Thunder Mountain Road

– SA

June 27
There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

June 28:
“Big Creek Road is snow-free over Profile Summit. ” – SA
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July

The Twins
She comes around 9pm nightly. We just started seeing the twins with her over the last few days.

courtesy JF

Elk Summit July 3rd

-SA

Smith Creek Road July 3rd

-SA

4th of July Golf
The Golf Gathering started at 11am, Saturday, July 4th at the Yellow Pine Country Club. Donations to benefit the Community Hall. At press time a report that $600 in donations have come in.
Update on the Golf Gathering

We have raised $916 so far and random donations are still coming in. We had over 50 golfers at the gathering. Everyone had an awesome time and were so happy to be able to give to the community. Prizes were donated and consisted of hand painted rocks and antique golf clubs. We didn’t keep the names of winners after (board got erased) so… everyone was a winner just for showing up.
– Dawn Brown

4th of July Parade
The parade started at 4pm at the Fire Hall and proceeded north up Yellow Pine Ave. (main street.) The town bell led the way followed by various ATVs, UTVs and SUVs, Valley County Deputies, 3 horses and a mule.


Grand Marshals the newlyweds Joe & Denise Ross from Keuterville, ID; Miss Yellow Pine Christy Petersen. Corey Phillips was ringing the town bell.
The basket raffle raised $327 for the village.

YPFD:
4th of July fireworks show has been canceled.

VYPA:
The Community Yard Sale raised $1024 for the Community Hall maintenance.

YPWUA:
The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm. link:

RIP:
Norma Jean Auth
1928 – 2020

June 11, 1928 to June 11, 1928

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting link:

Food Bank Friday
On Friday, July 17, the mail truck brought in Grasmick food boxes for the locals. Fresh fruit and veggies, butter, milk and cheese, cooked shredded chicken thighs and cute little hams.

Yellow Pine Mosquito
A reader shared a picture showing the size of “mosquitoes” around town this summer. “They seem to be a little bigger…”

– Doug C

RIP:
Barbara Jean Davis
1935 – 2020

Barbara Jean Davis
October 04, 1935 – July 21, 2020

The 2020 Harmonica Festival has been canceled.
We have come to the decision that the 2020 Festival will be cancelled. We look forward to celebrating the 32nd year of the Festival August 5, 6, & 7, 2021.
Our decision was not made lightly. We had to consider the current situation we are in and examine the outlook for the coming months. This is the necessary and right decision for the safety of our community and all participants.
We all look forward to one big reunion with all of you in August 2021.
– DF
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August

M 4.2 Earthquake 13 km WSW of Stanley, Idaho
2020-08-08 02:11:30 (UTC)

RIP:
D8 Cat

Passed away August 6, 2020 at age 20.

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting link:
VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

Aug 11
Valley County Mask Order
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Power Outage Aug 17th
After a high temperature of 99 degrees, the lights dimmed and went out at 647pm. During the outage, Idaho Power recordings gave estimates of the numbers of customers affected, at 655pm 5000 customers out, at 730pm 8900 customers out, at 8pm only 3700 customers out, then at 840pm the number rose to 8160 customers out. Thankfully the power came back on at 855pm. Hot gusty breezes brought in smoke from western fires becoming thicker during the evening and by dusk the air quality was pretty bad.

Aug 8
A Wild Ride
Tim Corn’s truck went off the Stibnite Road (Tuesday Aug 18th), and, thankfully, Tim is healing. Thanks to Cecil, Ron, crew, and Tim for removing the truck from Huckleberry Road (Saturday.) Cecil is a magician with his back hoe. – GN
August 22nd Photos

Aug 21st Smoke
From out of state

Aug 22nd Smoke

Fire Update Aug 22, 2020 – Contained
Phoebe: The Phoebe fire is located on the Krassel Ranger District, 5 miles West of Yellow Pine. The fire is currently 0.8 acres, 10 personnel, contained on 8/21 at 8pm. There are no closures in the area associated with the fire.
East Fork – reported by local aviation assets on the morning of August 19, 2020. Estimated size .10 acres. Due to proximity and minimal fire activity this fire is sharing resources with the Phoebe incident.
Buck Horn – Located East of Rainbow Lakes/Buckhorn Lakes. Single tree lightning strike staffed with two helicopter rappellers, .10 acres, contained and controlled as of 8:00 am on August 20, 2020.

Tuesday’s Storm Aug 25
Wow – what a storm in Yellow Pine! Just before 2pm August 25, it was 72 degrees and started to thunder, sprinkles of rain at 159pm followed by intense rain 2pm to 220pm with low clouds and lots of thunder and lighting strikes in our area but not much wind. Done raining by 220pm and breaks in the clouds. Localized street and field flooding. By 240pm it was 64 degrees, mostly clear (above the smoke) and the “flood” water was starting to soak in. Rain fall = 0.48″

Photo courtesy The Yellow Pine Tavern

August 26, 2020 630pm Boise NF Fire Update
The Boise National Forest has a couple of new fires in the Trapper Creek drainage south of Yellow Pine. The larger fire is the Buck Fire and it’s currently 30-40 acres and burning actively in sub alpine fir and lodgepole. There are several handcrews, 2 helicopters, 4 single engine air tankers, and 1 large air tanker currently working to suppress the fire. The fire was detected at approximately 4 pm today. Expect that there will be road and trail closures in the Trapper Creek and Burntlog area soon.
Jake Strohmeyer
District Ranger
Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest

Idaho Power Aug 26
As most folks know, Idaho Power has been working this summer to bury the power line coming into YP. A report they have about 2 weeks of work left to do. They will doubtless give us notice when they switch the power over to the new line.

Photo of Idaho Power crew working near the Yellow Pine Fire Hall, August 26, courtesy Lynn I.

Saleen Cabin Raising
Photo of our progress as of Saturday evening – 12 logs high! Big thanks to friends, family & community of Yellow Pine for all the help & support!

August 28
Buck Fire update
Lightning storms passed over the northern area of the Boise National Forest igniting two fires on the Cascade Ranger District on Wednesday, August 26. The largest is the Buck Fire (65 acres) and the smaller of the two is the Trapper Fire (0.03 acres.) The Fire is located 11 miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho.

Fire Traffic
Heads up folks, a report there is quite a bit of fire traffic on upper Johnson Creek road. The Buck Fire camp is at Landmark. Crews are working along Johnson Creek road reducing fuels.

Buck Fire Map Aug 28 at 830pm 142 acres

8-29-2020 Buck Fire burning in heavy timber
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Buck Fire Update for Aug. 30
Acres are currently at 835 with 0 percent contained. Crews are working to reduce fuels near the Johnson Creek Road and National Forest System (NFS) road 440 in preparation for winds associated with cold fronts. There are no immediate threats to structures.

Buck Fire
Photo taken on Johnson creek Aug 30th at 8 pm. 18 miles from Yellow Pine.

– courtesy Ray Lutz
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September

Sept 5
Golf Tournament Saturday, Sept 5th
First place mixed – the Steve & Ronda
First place women’s – Brenda & Dez
First place men’s – team Midas
Second-place mixed – the Magills
Second-place men’s – Slim & Earl
Third place men’s – Dave & Jay
Youth – Sam

photo courtesy DF
Fourteen golfers signed up to brave the smoke and have a go at the Yellow Pine Country Club’s unfair fairways. A cannon shot started the golf tourney at 1105am. Around 12pm gun shots were heard nearby (while folks were still golfing.) Gusty breezes, thick smoke and a high of 97 degrees didn’t seem to hamper the festivities.

Labor Day events:
Earl Hughes and friends, Gary Eller. Live music Friday & Saturday at The Corner. Sunday at Filler’s yard, to raise funds for the Village of Yellow Pine.

Buck Fire Sept 6, 2020
from Valley County Fire Working Group
With the Red Flag warning in effect yesterday the Buck Fire grew over 2,000 acres and is now at 4,441 acres. The fire growth was to the North and North East primarily into the old burn scars North of the old Thunder Mountain Road.
The Buck Fire burned actively yesterday afternoon primarily on the North Eastern edge. Today is expected to be another active day with hot temperatures, low relative humidities, and some gusty winds. Please continue to watch out for fire traffic traveling on FR 413.

Sept 7 Monday Storm
Monday, Sept 7th a storm blew thru the area. Reports of trees down From Wapiti Meadow to Big Creek. Looks like a few went down on the Yellow Pine Country Club. At least we got some rain out of it, 0.05″ total.
Other areas had stronger damaging winds and power outages. According to the Star-News a tree took the power line down across Hwy 55 up by New Meadows, resulting in power outages.

Sept 8
M 4.4 Aftershock Felt in Yellow Pine Tuesday
At 224pm Tuesday, Sept 8th we felt a jolt and heard a rumble. Folks up Johnson Creek felt it too.
Also a M 3.9 was felt by folks on Johnson Creek at 223pm.

Life Flight Tuesday
On Sept 8th Life Flight landed at the helipad at 6pm and shut down, took off at 651pm.

Sept 9
Fire Reported Wednesday between Amos Road and the EFSF River
A report that a fire was discovered west of the village of Yellow Pine along the west side of the river north of the East Fork bridge (human caused?) Wednesday evening, September 9th. It was successfully contained and extinguished by Ronnie Earl, Matt Huber, and Tim Rogers. The forest service was notified by Matt (that was the helicopter hovering west of town) and they came to check it out. There were no injuries and minimal damage to the forest.
First hand account: “The fire was west of the river between Scott’s driveway and the river, likely a cigarette butt not a campfire. The fire was smoldering when Paula called and by the time we made it there it was actively burning into dead and down trees and partially torching a few trees. We used the old BLM heavy to knock it down then cut line around it, tying into rocks and the river. We mopped up multiple hot spots this morning [Sept 10] and the Krassel Rappel crew cold-trailed the entire fire today with no hot spots found. The fire was about 1/10 of an acre. A really good catch and thanks are owed to Paula for calling it in, a few more minutes and we likely would have lost it and easily spotted across to the golf course.” – MH


Idaho Power
September 9th: the contractor was busy taking down the last of the power poles from Antimony Camp to Yellow Pine and was picking up miscellaneous insulators and cables from the power lines. – LI

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting link:

Flu Shots
Thanks to Cascade Medical Center for Supplying flu vaccines for the Village of Yellow Pine and for the CEO – Tom Reinhardt for bringing them in and for giving a presentation at the Village Meeting on Saturday. Vaccinations were given to 13 people.

Midas
EIS draft copy for public reading is available in Yellow Pine Community Hall
A complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Midas Gold’s proposed Stibnite mine has been placed in the Yellow Pine Community Hall so everyone can read and respond before 5 p.m. on Oct. 28 deadline for public comment. Read about your ares of concern, write a letter or submit your comments online before October 13th. Your comments really influence what happens in Stibnite.

Proposed Routes

Sept 12
Johnson Creek Road Saturday
On Saturday, Sept 12, a report that Johnson Creek road was closed for a spell. The report indicated that a semi coming down the hill had overheated brakes and it caught the tires on fire, blocking the entire road. The driver was OK and self-rescued. A report from Cascade Ranger Jake Strohmeyer: “The truck and lowboy were moved up to the first wide spot. I drove through there at around 4pm today.”

Sept 13
Sunday Smoke
Sunday morning, Sept 13, we had really thick smoke, socked in down to the valley floor, low visibility and very hazardous air quality.

Sept 13 Last Sunday Buck Fire
Pic taken from Johnson creek road 14 miles from Yellow pine at 10:14 pm. Sunday night Sept 13th.

photo courtesy Ray Lutz

Sept 15
Buck Fire Meeting
A fire meeting was held Tuesday, Sept 15, for 6pm at the Community Hall to discuss the Buck and Porphyry Fires.

courtesy Valley County Fire Working Group
Yellow Pine residents got an update from the Buck Fire and Porphyry Fire IC’s yesterday evening. The teams and Ranger District were glad to get all the questions answered. Thank you for attending and participating in the community meeting.

Sept 16
11 miles from Yellow Pine taken at 5:30 pm Wednesday

photo courtesy Ray Lutz

Sept 17
Johnson Creek road closed (except for residents.)

Sept 17
Fire Meeting this morning
“08:00 @ YPFD: Reviewed critical fire elements. Sections and assignments for volunteers were reviewed. Reviewed safety protocols. Communications links verified. Patrols around Yellow Pine will be active today. Discussed possibility of plume dominated fire and wind funneling.” – DF

YP Fire District Meeting was held at 6pm, Thursday Sept 17th.
“Yellow Pine Community is pulling together and gone into full action mode. Led by Commissioner Merle Saleen and his co pilot Nikki, assisted by Commissioners Sue Holloway and Phil Jensen with advisors Jeff and Ann Forster. You couldn’t ask for a better team, even Terry Leatherman with many years of fire fighting experience behind him just showed up today. We have a good foundation of folks trained many years by Jeff and now have many capable residents getting familiar with our fire equipment built up by Dave McClintock and Jeff. It doesn’t get any better than that.” – YP Tavern

The smoke was thick Thursday



courtesy Yellow Pine Tavern

YPFD Volunteers

courtesy DF

Sept 18
Prepping
“A long day in Yellow Pine. At the Morning meeting things did not look good with the weather prediction. The day was spent preparing to evacuate between preparing to defend the town. The weather stayed cool and very unusual no wind to speak of in advance of the rain that started to fall around 6PM. Not much rain is predicted but it all helps us get a good night’s sleep tonight.” – YP Tavern



photos courtesy Yellow Pine Tavern

Sept 18
YP received 0.09″ rain.

Sept 19
YP received 0.17″ rain.

Sept 20
Johnson Creek road open!

Highway 55 Closure starts Monday, Sept 21st
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames

Sept 22

Abandoned deaf old blind dog (Tasha) has been rescued and a new Furrever Home. – JB

Power Outages
On Tuesday, Sept. 22nd at 945am the power was turned off (for approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes) and came back on at 1pm. This was for power line maintenance. There are some hazard trees near the power lines they want to take down and need to drop the lines in order to safely remove those trees.
Also Power outage September 24th from 1207pm to 303pm.
Card from Idaho Power to the Village of Yellow Pine

courtesy DF

Sept 24
Fire Abatement
Thursday, September 24, Fire crews assisted locals in cleaning up the burn pile at our transfer station. Please pile fire abatement slash NEATLY. Also fire crews abated the area around the dump.

credit DF

Sept 25
YPFD News
Friday September 25th, members of the YP Fire Protection District received an orientation on our newly acquired engine. Cascade Fire District has graciously loaned our District a 4 wheel drive, brush/structure 1,100 gallon engine In addition to their orientation, the crew also practiced filling the truck from a pump in the river and deploying water.

Sept 25
Carol Arnold, the voice behind the radio at the Cascade airport and Arnold Aviation, will come home from the hospital and into hospice early next week. She has been suffering immensely with pain from sepsis that is antibiotic resistant. Please keep her and the extended family in your thoughts and prayers. Life for outfitters and guides in the Central Idaho wilderness, and along the Main and Middle Fork rivers, would have been much harder without her time and energy.

Fish Fry
Our Annual Fish Fry hosted by Stu Edwards was held at Alpine Village this year instead of at the Tavern. Fish provided by Stu also Chuck and Terry from Johnson Creek. With amazing potluck food as usual. It was felt there was more opportunity for distancing and being in the fresh air at Alpine. There was a good turnout of residents and a few friends.

Rain!
A series of storms Thursday thru Saturday gave us 0.65″ of rain. A report from the Bryant ranch area of 0.84″ from the latest storm, and Stibnite weather station recorded 0.81″ in 24 hours ending 9am Sept 26th.

Sunday Morning

photo courtesy DF

Sept 27
Fire meeting at 1pm at fire hall with new IC of the Buck Fire.

Sept 29
Fall Colors

Neighbor’s “bi-polar” Mountain Maple tree (half is still green.)

Sept 30
YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)
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October

Oct 2
Buck Fire
Valley County Fire Working Group Oct 2, 2020
The fire has transitioned from the Nevada Type 3 team back to the Cascade Ranger District. The fire will be operated as a Type 4 organization which will consist of local resources and include; 2 crews and 2 engines. Repair work such as felling snags along the 447 and 440 roads is taking place at this time. The engines will continue to patrol and monitor any fire activity along the Johnson creek road. Along with the team transition, the incident command post will be moved to the Johnson Creek guard station today.

Buck Fire view from helicopter flight yesterday afternoon.

Oct 5
Boise and Valley Counties moved to ‘yellow’ after increase in COVID-19 cases (October 5th 2020)

Oct 7
Fall Fuel Delivery
The Diamond truck arrived Wednesday morning (Oct 7) to deliver winter fuel to Yellow Pine. They will return on Oct 14 with more fuel.

Buck Fire Update Oct 9, 2020
19,631 acres
The Buck Fire continues to burn mostly in the Burntlog drainage and made it up the slope to the flats north of the 414 road. 1 crew and 2 engines will remain in the area through the weekend and reassess the needs for firefighter personnel to stay in the area after the fire receives moisture in the coming days.

Buck Fire Update 10/10/20
Photos taken at the weather station on Ditch Creek road at 6,289 elevation. It has measured 0.48 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.

courtesyValley County Fire Working Group via FB

Oct 13
After Fire Action Meeting
On Tuesday, Oct 13, there was a meeting at the community hall to compile an “After Action Review” for the Buck Fire. (No report yet.)

Fancy Cookies

These beautiful cookies were provided by L. Pelligrini

Oct 14
Fall Fuel Delivery
The Diamond truck returned Wednesday morning (Oct 14) to deliver more winter fuel to Yellow Pine.

Oct 15
Work Continues on the community hall bathroom

(photo provided by DF)

RIP:
Ken Boatman
September 11, 1951 – October 17, 2020

Found Safe
Report from Midas Gold Oct 19, 2020 via FB
This weekend, a gentleman got lost from his hunting party near Thunder Mountain. The news traveled to our team at Stibnite and we jumped into action, alongside many other first responders, to help with the search and provide backcountry communications support. Thankfully, the search and rescue helicopter saw a light late Saturday evening, which helped everyone hone our search Sunday and find the lost man!!!
We are so grateful to have wonderful search and rescue personnel in Idaho and that everyone is safe today.

South Fork Road Update – Project Complete
10/26/2020
The South Fork Road reconstruction project is fully complete. No more closures or delays will take place currently or into the future.
Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest

Oct 26
Idaho rolled back to Stage 3 of reopening plan amid coronavirus spike
Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will be moving back into Stage 3 of Idaho Rebounds during a press conference on Monday.

Oct 31
Yellow Pine Tavern Annual Halloween Party

Had a great Halloween-Salmon Bake- End of Deer Season Potluck at the Tavern, our only gathering at the Tavern since February. The wild Salmon brought from Alaska by Tom Wood was wonderful and other dishes by our local cooks made for a good feed. Will miss our hunters and locals who are leaving for the season.
courtesy Yellow Pine Tavern
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November

November 2
3-day a week mail started.

Rx burn South Fork Salmon River Nov 2
Smoky sunset Monday, Nov 2nd

photo courtesy John B.
Smoke from the prescribed fire visible from Yellow Pine by mid-afternoon.

Nov 6
Amerigas
Dan from Amerigas was in Yellow Pine Friday, topping off propane tanks for winter.

Nov 11
Veteran’s Day Snow in Yellow Pine

courtesy the Yellow Pine Tavern

Nov 14
Idaho Gov. Brad Little rolled Idaho back to Stage 2 on Friday while neighboring West Coast states announced stricter guidelines and travel restrictions amid surging COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

Nov 20
Stibnite snow

courtesy Midas Gold

Yellow Pine Bridge insulating project
Here are some pictures of the bridge insulating work before and after. The final work is not fully complete but the pipe is completely insulated and there should be no issues with freezing. Remaining work includes completion of the installation of the repurposed white PVC pipe which will serve as a protective barrier over the insulation. You can see how the installed PVC pipe will look in one of the pictures. The pipe is sawn into two pieces lengthwise and then clamped back together over the insulation providing protection from the elements as well as from rodents. The PVC pipe was already on hand in Yellow Pine and so using it was a good way to solve the insulation protection problem and to reduce cost at the same time. In addition to insulating the water pipe, new pipe supports were designed, fabricated, and installed to properly secure the pipe to the bridge. The existing heat tape was tested and found to be functional and so it was left in place in case its needed in the future. Over 2000 lbs of rotten wood, metal roofing panels, and wet insulation were removed and disposed of as part of the job. Completion of the work is scheduled to be done within the next few weeks.


Warren Drake for YPWUA

Nov 26
Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck
18 folks made it to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The community hall looked festive and folks enjoyed great food and conversation in a nice warm hall. Thanks, Hailey and Sarah for the cooking of the turkey and ham.

courtesy DF

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.


courtesy DF

Nov 29
Water Update: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H
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December

Dec 7
Village of Yellow Pine

by Local Color Photography

Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves.
The Bags are at the Community Hall ready for stuffing.
Nicki H

Yellow Pine General Store
Please welcome Josh Jones as the new owner of the Yellow Pine General Store.

Dec 25
Potluck
At 3pm Christmas Day, locals gathered in the Community Hall for the holiday potluck dinner.

courtesy DF

Dec 26
South Fork Slide-Off
A 2nd hand report Saturday (Dec 26) that someone slid off the South Fork road in the Jakie Creek area. Fortunately another traveler came along and was able to pull them out. I was asked to pass along a reminder to SLOW DOWN on back country roads!

Riding into Big Creek last weekend


courtesy Scott A

Dec 31
Measured 2 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.15″) and 11″ total snow on the ground.


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Dec 27, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 27, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Potluck December 25

At 3pm Christmas Day, locals gathered in the Community Hall for the holiday potluck dinner.

20201225XmasPotLuck-a
courtesy DF
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Village News:

South Fork Slide-Off

A 2nd hand report Saturday (Dec 26) that someone slid off the South Fork road in the Jakie Creek area. Fortunately another traveler came along and was able to pull them out. I was asked to pass along a reminder to SLOW DOWN on back country roads!
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Riding into Big Creek last weekend

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Chris & Lois

20201223BigCreekRide2-a
courtesy Scott Amos

video link:

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Yellow Pine General Store

Please welcome Josh Jones as the new owner of the Yellow Pine General Store.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update Nov 29: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H

Update Nov 25: the boil order is still in effect due to the large quantity of water that is leaking from the system. – Warren D

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become a snack

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. 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

Update Dec 15: The Boise NF burned the pile and there was still room in the dumpsters.

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.

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to 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 (Dec 21) yesterday and last night’s rain total was 0.33″, overnight low of 32 degrees, this morning low overcast and light fog obscured the sunrise (it was after 1030am.) The rain didn’t melt much snow, average of 6″ on the ground. Water on top of ice on the paths. Nuthatches, hairy woodpecker, jays, flicker and a pine squirrel visiting. Overcast and foggy towards the river at lunch time, high of 47 degrees. Mail truck was a little late coming in. Breaks in the clouds and bits of sunshine early afternoon. Partly clear and a bit breezy at sunset (before 315pm.) Above freezing and partly cloudy at dusk. By the time it was dark the Great Conjunction was already below the horizon. Breezy after midnight. Windy after 2am (Stibnite recorded 33mph gust at 305am.) Rain then snow during the night/early morning.

Tuesday (Dec 22) overnight low of 23 degrees, an inch of new snow (rain+snow = 0.14″) and 7″ total snow on the ground. Low overcast sitting down on VanMeter hill, flaking snow and light breeze this morning. Lots of birds this morning: Red-breasted nuthatch, Mtn. chickadee, dark-eyed juncos, downy and 2 hairy woodpeckers, jays and flicker visiting, along with a crazy pine squirrel. Steady light snow right after lunch time, high of 27 degrees. Snowed on and off until about a half hour before sundown, mostly clear and cold breezes by sunset. Another snow flurry (half cloudy half clear) just after 4pm. Mostly cloudy at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Clearing during the night and cold.

Wednesday (Dec 23) overnight low of 6 degrees, measured a scant 1/4″ of snow from yesterday’s flurries (SWE=0.01″) and 6″ of snow on the ground. Sunrise approx 1045am. Lots of bird activity this morning, flicker, chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, red-breasted nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and jays, pine squirrel chasing birds. Clear and cold at lunch time, high of 29 degrees. Mail truck was just a little bit late. Sun set behind the ridge at 315pm and partly cloudy. Dropping into the teens by dusk and partly cloudy. Partly clear before midnight, waxing moon casting shadows.

Thursday (Dec 24) overnight low of 5 degrees, clear sky this morning, estimate 6″ of snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, jays and red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Clear and cold at lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Hairy woodpecker stopped by. Sun slipped behind the ridge at 319pm and mostly hazy. Female downy woodpecker stopped by. It was 20 degrees at dusk. Looked mostly cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Dec 25) 24 hour low of 8 degrees from Thurs morning, mostly hazy sky this morning and 15 degrees before sunrise, an average of 6″ of old snow on the ground. Northern flicker, dark-eyed juncos, female downy and both male and female hairy woodpeckers, red-breasted nuthatches, mountain chickadees, jays and the pine squirrel feasting at the feeders. Quiet morning a person walking dogs in the forest. Blue sky to the north and cloudy to the south at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 40 degrees. Dark clouds and blustery before sunset. Gusty, overcast and starting to snow at dusk. Fat trace before midnight. More snow during the night and early morning.

Saturday (Dec 26) 24 hour low of 15 degrees from Fri morning, low overcast – foggy ridge tops, 2 1/2″ new snow and 8″ total snow on the ground. Light snow falling before 11am. Lots of birds: Clark’s nutcracker, northern flicker, 2 hairy woodpeckers, several jays, red-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos and the silly pine squirrel. Socked in nearly to the valley floor at lunch time, stopped snowing (no accumulation), high of 35 degrees. Just after sunset low overcast, occasional flake and almost misting, very humid. Snowing lightly at dusk. Not snowing and higher clouds before midnight.

Sunday (Dec 27) overnight low of 10 degrees, a trace of new snow from last evening and 8″ total snow on the ground, clear sky this morning and frosty. Chickadee calling, flicker, jays, nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, dark eye-juncos and pine squirrel visiting. Sunny and clear at lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Partly cloudy before sunset, “mare’s tails” coming from the southwest. Looked mostly clear at dusk, bright waxing moon up over the ridge to the north of Golden Gate peak.
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Idaho News:

1,248 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

Dec 24, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,248 new COVID-19 cases and 25 new deaths on Thursday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 135,233.

There are a total of 112,397 confirmed cases and 22,836 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

25 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,349.

full story:
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Idaho Dec 19th Hospitalizations and ICU


source: KTVB
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Third death from COVID-19 reported in Valley County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 24, 2020

A third death from COVID-19 in Valley County was reported by Central District Health this week.

The third death was a woman over 60, a health district spokesperson said. No other details were released.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County since the start of the pandemic surged to 440 cases by Tuesday, up 84 cases from 356 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 357 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 82 cases from 275 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 83 positive cases through Tuesday, or two more than the 81 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 322 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 49 more than the 273 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

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Hospital workers get COVID-19 vaccine

More doses on the way for St. Luke’s, CMC

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 24, 2020

Health-care workers at St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center this week received vaccines to guard against catching COVID-19.

Workers at St. Luke’s McCall received the vaccine on Wednesday, St. Luke’s McCall Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Amber Green said. The number of employees receiving the vaccine was not available.

“For the first time since COVID-19 hit Idaho in March, we are all excited that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel,” Green said.

About 100 of the more than 300 total employees at St. Luke’s McCall are eligible for the first rounds of the vaccine under the state’s priority plan, Green said.

They include providers, nurses, respiratory therapists, emergency transport, medical assistants, environmental linen services, home care and hospice employees, all of who have exposure to patients with COVID-19, she said.

“We are already receiving more than initially planned and are scheduling more appointments as McCall’s allocation increases,” Green said.

All St. Luke’s McCall employees who have the greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19 and choose to receive the vaccine will likely get their first shots in the next few weeks, she said.

About a dozen staffers at Cascade Medical Center were vaccinated on Monday with a total of 30 employees due to be vaccinated by the end of the week, CEO Tom Reinhardt said. The hospital has about 60 total employees.

“Getting this vaccine to our front line health care team is the first step in our journey out of COVID-19,” Reinhardt said.

“It will be many months before there is enough vaccine available to achieve herd immunity,” he said. “Until then, we ask everyone to mask-up when in public, especially at the store or other indoor public places.”

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Governor talks vaccines, masks on public call

Idaho will likely remain in Stage 2 for foreseeable future

Gretel Kauffman Dec 23, 2020 IME

Idaho will likely remain in a modified Stage 2 of its economic rebound plan for the foreseeable future, Gov. Brad Little said in a public call held by AARP Idaho on Tuesday.

In the same call, the governor again defended his decision not to implement a statewide mask mandate, saying he does not believe a mandate would be effective in increasing mask use.

Little described the COVID-19 vaccination process, which is underway in Idaho as of last week, as “a sign that we’ve really turned the corner” in the coronavirus pandemic. However, the governor added, “That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.”

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96 Santas hit the slopes at Tamarack Resort

Santas, elves, multiple Mrs. Clauses and a Grinch took advantage of free skiing at Tamarack on Christmas Day.


Courtesy of Tamarack

A collection of Kris Kringles spread some Christmas cheer on the slopes of Tamarack Resort Friday.

The ski resort offered free skiing to anyone who dressed up as Santa Claus on Christmas Day.

According to Tamarack, ninety-six Santas took them up on the offer – along with several Mrs. Clauses, a handful of elves, and a Grinch.

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Report: Tamarack fire started by employees

No decision yet on whether resort must pay costs

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 24, 2020

Employees of Tamarack Resort burning slash piles caused the West State Fire that burned 61 acres and threatened an unfinished lodge last month, an investigation found.

The investigation did not say whether the employees or the resort were liable for the estimated $400,000 cost of fighting the fire.

No citations or demand for reimbursement had been issued as of Wednesday.

The fire started on Nov. 2 when sparks escaped from one of three burn piles made up of trees and brush from thinning the Mystery Glade ski run, an investigation by the Idaho Department of Lands said.

The fire quickly spread beyond control of the five people tending to the piles.

The fire burned through trees and brush near the resort’s unfinished mid-mountain lodge before being declared contained on Nov. 6.

The investigation found that the resort workers had been burning slash in the area for about two weeks prior to the fire and previously had problems with fire “creeping” through the grass.

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Letter to Share:

Health systems express gratitude for public leaders

To the Editor: (The Star-News Dec 24, 2020)

As Dec. 31 draws near, we often reflect on significant events to define the year. In 2020, many things have been unprecedented, but expressing gratitude remains essential and important. COVID-19 took center stage early this year and has not yielded its grip. However, it has not diminished our spirit.

As health-care organizations, we have witnessed inspiring levels of compassion and bravery. We’ve also seen actions – and reactions – that cause us great concern. We want to recognize those who have continued to dedicate themselves to taking care of others, often making difficult and, at times, controversial decisions.

Our elected and appointed officials, including mayors, county commissioners, school district trustees, and public health officials, as well as business and public health leaders, educators, and others, have strived to implement measures that serve the health, safety, and welfare of our communities.

They have had to learn about infectious disease overnight, balancing many factors, including the local economy, public health, education, and the consequences of inaction, to name a few. None of these decisions are clear cut.

These decisions would be difficult even in the best of circumstances. Still, many of our local public officials have faced the added stress of concern for their families’ safety. The threats and intimidation they receive daily by letter, email, phone, social media, and in-person before and during their public meetings, and sometimes at their own homes, must be painfully difficult to endure.

They did not and should not expect to face such extreme personal threats. We thank them for their efforts to help keep Idahoans safe in this time of crisis. Their dedication and commitment in the face of such adversity is inspiring.

We want to build on the good and vital work so many across our state have accomplished. Businesses large and small have innovated in so many ways; investing in safety protocols while their revenue declined; establishing new remote work environments, creating new avenues for patrons to buy essentials, entertainment, and exercise. We applaud the businesses who have implemented changes to protect the health of their employees and customers.

Our non-profits have seen larger numbers of people who need assistance. They have found new ways to provide their services and have given extra hours, often volunteering their time.

Educators have found new ways to teach and connect with our children, providing them with knowledge and ways to cope with a strange new reality.

As we look ahead to 2021, we are filled with optimism. While our optimism, indeed, is bolstered by the promise of vaccines to help us return to a more familiar way of life, it is truly fueled by the spirit demonstrated by our leaders, our businesses, and our community partners who do so much to help others.

A great deal of work lies ahead in the coming days, weeks, and months. As healthcare organizations, we are here for you. We will continue to do everything in our power to care for you, to inform you, and to advocate for you.

Jim Souza, MD, Chief Medical, Officer, St. Luke’s Health System

Tom Reinhardt, Chief Executive, Officer, Cascade Medical Center

(Note: This letter was also signed by representatives of 19 other medical providers in Southwest Idaho.)

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Public Lands:

Controversial Sawtooth cell tower project highlights Idaho Endowment Trust Lands

By Steve Dent Dec 20, 2020 KIVI

Several organizations and locals in the Stanley area have been openly opposed to a cell tower project south of Stanley that would be visible from Red Fish Lake and the surrounding area.

First Net has proposed building 195-foot antennae that would tower above the surrounding trees allowing AT&T to boost its coverage in an area that doesn’t have very good service and plenty of dark spots.

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Critter News:

Researchers study moose mortality

Dec 22, 2020 Local News 8


Eric Van Beek / IDF&G

New research from the Idaho Fish and Game Department and University of Idaho indicates moose populations are declining.

In the short term, 90% of adult cow moose with tracking collars survived through the fall, but long term numbers are another story.

Of 9 radio-collared moose than died, more than half fell to parasites or disease, mostly ticks. Two were attributed to predators; one to a wolf and the other to a lion or bear. Another was killed by a car and one animal’s death couldn’t be determined.

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Pet talk – Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

By Dr. Allani Delis May 22, 2020 IME

Anemia is defined as a low red blood cell count. The red blood cells’ primary function is to transport oxygen to tissues. If tissues do not get enough oxygen, it can be deadly. Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia occurs when the body’s immune system destroys its own red blood cells. Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed to this kind of anemia. They include cocker spaniels, poodles, West Highland white terriers, old English sheepdogs, schnauzers and Irish setters.

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia can be either primary or secondary. In the primary form, the immune system incorrectly recognizes the blood cells as foreign and destroys them. The secondary form is caused by toxins, infections, blood parasites, cancer, drug reactions or inherited red blood cell defects. In dogs, 60 to 75 percent of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia cases are primary and not related to an underlying cause. In cats, the secondary form is more common and is associated with feline leukemia virus or blood parasites.

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Letters to Share:

My babies have grown up!

Good morning all, The Gamebird Foundation, with some help from the Region #2 IDFG Department would like to pass on some of the success that we have accomplished with our Pheasant raising and releasing program. We receive the chicks as day old from Little Canyon Shooting Sports in Peck Idaho. We raise them in our own designed Brooders and soft release pens. We keep them in the soft release pens for about 10-11 weeks and then release them into good habitat. Bruce has been raising and releasing pheasants for several years. He has a new Brittney hunting dog and this year by the first part of November there had been over 30 birds harvested over the dog. The whole Wassmith family and many friends are now raising pheasants on the Camas Prairie. We have many off these accomplishments in Region #2 by the Foundation. Now you know why we need help buying feed. Please donate by going to our web site. (link)

Please pass on to your friends. God bless be safe and a Very Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year.

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One of the places I release chicks. There were no birds in this area 5 years ago. Now, we see them weekly on our way to school.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
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Mystic Farm Merry Christmas

Oh, what a year 2020 has been! Many fawns were successfully raised and released from the farm. Many folks were educated as to the proper protocol of “Do Not Touch” when you find a fawn. Many kind and caring people stepped forward and pitched in or contributed when we needed it most. Without you, Mystic Farm would not exist. Thank you.

The biggest news to come out of this year is my decision to start the process of stepping down from operating the rescue. My heart hurts…but not nearly as much as my failing body! It is time. Stay tuned for updates of the “new” Dory. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game has approved a successor. Her name is Kari. She has a huge heart for rescue and will be a wonderful asset – not only to Mystic Farm but to wildlife rescue in general. I will be working with her and training her to step into my rubber boots this next season, then turn it over to her full time when we both feel comfortable. I feel confident and you should, too…

So, my “Deer” friends, join me in this next step of the rescue journey and my life. It has been a sweet ride and will be a bittersweet departure for this old lady.

I have nothing but gratitude for you all. Again, thank you.

Happy Holidays!
Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.
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Fish & Game News:

F&G Commission adjusts outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Dec. 22 approved increasing the outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags from 2,400 to 2,800 using temporary rulemaking, after they approved a rulemaking petition seeking to increase the outfitter set-aside up to 25 percent of the nonresident quota for general nonresident deer and elk tags.

The increase of 400 elk tags for the outfitter set-aside is effective immediately, however the commission must still approve the allocation of those 400 tags to specific zones and units if there is a demonstrated need among outfitters, which may come at a later date.

Fish and Game staff will continue to work with the outfitting industry to review use and will further discuss this issue with the Commission at its regular January meeting, scheduled for January 28, 2021.

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Upland bird hunting opportunities stretch through the end of January

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, December 21, 2020

Chukar, gray partridge and quail hunting can be great in the early winter, and here are some things to consider for winter hunts

By the time winter rolls around in Idaho, many of the state’s hunting seasons have closed, but for hunters who aren’t quite ready to pack it in for the year, early winter can be an excellent time to hunt for upland birds, particularly chukar, quail and gray (Hungarian) partridge.

“Idaho offers a diversity of upland game bird hunting opportunities on millions of acres of public land,” said Jeff Knetter, upland game bird program manager. “Seasons in parts of the state stretch through the end of January, and hunters willing to make the effort often find good success.”

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Santa delivers gifts to Cincinnati Zoo animals before heading back to North Pole

by Zachary Rogers, WKRC Tuesday, December 22nd 2020

Ol’ Saint Nick spread some Christmas cheer at the Cincinnati Zoo by giving gifts to a few of its residents.

Fiona the Hippo, Ajani Joe, Pocket the Wallaby, Lucas the baby red Panda and Theo the Giraffe all got a visit from the big man in red, who was wearing a mask.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Dec 20, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 20, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Dec 21 – Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction
Dec 25 – Xmas potluck 3pm Community Hall
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Xmas Potluck

December 25 at 3pm in the Community Hall.
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Village News:

Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves.

The Bags are at the Community Hall ready for stuffing.

Nicki H
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Yellow Pine General Store

Please welcome Josh Jones as the new owner of the Yellow Pine General Store.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update Nov 29: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H

Update Nov 25: the boil order is still in effect due to the large quantity of water that is leaking from the system. – Warren D

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become prey

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. 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

Update Dec 15: The Boise NF burned the pile and there was still room in the dumpsters.

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.

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store

Closed – New owner will open this spring.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to 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 (Dec 14) low of 18 degrees, 2 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.13″) and 5 1/2″ total snow on the board, mostly cloudy sky this morning. A pair of hairy woodpeckers, jays and a pine squirrel visiting. Icicles dripping after lunch time and mostly cloudy, high of 32 degrees. Below freezing and mostly cloudy at sunset. Partly cloudy at dusk and cold. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Tuesday (Dec 15) overnight low of 18 degrees, low overcast (top of VanMeter fogged in) and started snowing before sunrise – trace so far this morning, 5 1/4″ total snow on the board. Air smelled like vehicle exhaust. Jays, clarks nutcracker, hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel visiting. A break in the snow around lunch time, high of 31 degrees. Flaking lightly early afternoon and dark overcast. Not snowing at sunset, below freezing and dark overcast. Cold and not snowing at dusk. Didn’t appear to be snowing before midnight.

Wednesday (Dec 16) 24 hour low of 24 degrees from Tuesday morning, scant 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.01″) and 5″ on the board, partly cloudy sky and light breeze. Jays, nutcracker, flicker, woodpecker and squirrel visiting. Clear and light breezes at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Local snowmobile traffic. Icicles dripping in the sunshine early afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Several red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Above freezing and overcast after sunset. Still above freezing and cloudy at dusk. Snowing before midnight (trace.) Above freezing and probably some rain too, ending before 540am.

Thursday (Dec 17) 24 hour low of 29 degrees from Wednesday morning, overnight snow (and rain?) gave us 1 1/4″ new heavy wet snow (SWE=0.18″) and 6″ total on the board, low overcast with fog belts mid-mountain and occasional flakes of snow this morning. Hairy woodpecker, jays, flicker and pine squirrel visiting, raven calling. After lunch the sun was peeking thru a crack in the clouds, but ridges and hills fogged in, high of 38 degrees. Partly clear and some sunshine (fog had lifted) by mid-afternoon. Mostly cloudy by sunset and above freezing. Just below freezing and cloudy at dusk.

Friday (Dec 18) overnight low of 25 degrees, trace of new snow and 6″ total snow, cracks in the overcast this morning. Red-breasted nuthatches, steller jays, hairy woodpecker, clarks nutcracker and pine squirrel visiting. Overcast at lunch time, high of 36 degrees. Breezy and a few flakes of snow after sunset. Calmer and cloudy at dusk. Elk hanging out in the neighborhoods. Gusty breezes after 9pm. Snowing after midnight.

Saturday (Dec 19) overnight low of 26 degrees, measured a fat 1/4″ of new snow (SWE=0.02″) and a little over 6″ total snow this morning, partly clear and light breezes. Jays and pine squirrel calling. Snowmobile traffic. Icicles dripping and cloudy at lunch time, high of 42 degrees. Cloudy and above freezing before sunset. Still a little above freezing at dusk and cloudy. Elk wandering by after dark. Cloudy and slight breeze before midnight. Snowing and a fat trace by 230am. Warmed up and melted most of the new snow by morning.

Sunday (Dec 20) overnight low of 31 degrees, about 1/10″ of new snow that hadn’t melted yet (SWE=0.02″) and an average of 6″ total snow on the ground, the sky is overcast this morning and light sprinkle of rain. Flicker, nutcracker, jays, nuthatches and pine squirrel visiting. Cloudy after lunch time, sprinkling lightly and light fog. Little downy woodpecker visited. Light rain, above freezing, dark overcast and light fog before sunset, high of 36 degrees. Still sprinkling and above freezing at dusk, low foggy clouds.
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Idaho News:

1,340 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths

Dec 18, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,340 new COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 128,218.

There are a total of 106,967 confirmed cases and 21,251 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 16 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,275.

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Idaho Thursday, December 17


source: KTVB
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Valley County reports 42 new COVID-19 cases, total now 356

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 17, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 356 cases on Tuesday, up 42 cases from 314 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 275 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 33 cases from 242 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 81 positive cases through Monday, or nine more than the 72 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 273 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 34 more than the 239 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

Two deaths from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County.

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McCall woman, 68, dies from COVID-19

Lorna Hirt is 2nd Valley County death from virus

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 17, 2020

A McCall woman died from complications from COVID-19 Saturday to become the second Valley County resident to die from the virus.

… Hirt was the life partner of Larry Martin, who is the Parks Department Lead for the City of McCall.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family, McCall City Manager Anette Spickard said.

“Lorna’s death and Larry’s tragic loss should ignite a renewed commitment to keep each other safe in our small city,” Spickard said.

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Central District Board of Health public health order fails to pass on 3-3 vote

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, December 15th 2020

A public health order for four counties in southern Idaho has failed on a three to three vote.

Once again, protesters gathered outside of Central District Health for the vote.

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Idaho remains in red zone with 2nd highest test positivity rate in the country

Dec 17, 2020 Local News 8

The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News shows Idaho is in the red zone for test positivity, indicating a rate at or above 10.1%, with the second-highest rate in the country.

Idaho is also in the red zone for cases, indicating 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population, with the seventh highest rate in the country.

The Gem State has seen an increase in new cases and a decrease in test positivity. Test positivity is still increasing in 13 counties and is over 20% in 18 counties; cases rates continued to increase in 26 counties.

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Not wearing a face mask at Tamarack could lead to losing season pass without a refund

Face masks are required in its restaurant, indoor areas and while in the line for the lifts. But not when seated and eating or drinking or when skiing.

December 18, 2020 KTVB

Tamarack Ski Resort in Valley County is taking a strong stance on its face mask guidelines, going as far as ending someone’s season pass for the year with no refund or option to roll the pass over to next season.

The resort is the only one in Valley County to require face masks but still have guidelines like other resorts, such as “day-dodging” at your car while locker rooms are closed.

Face masks are required in its restaurant, indoor areas, and while in the line for the lifts. But not when seated and eating or drinking and not when skiing.

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Gov. Little names December Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho

Dec 16, 2020 KIVI

Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation today naming December Health Care Worker Appreciation Month in Idaho.

“I ask all Idahoans to share their gratitude for health care heroes in Idaho,” Governor Little said. “We can show our gratitude by minimizing transmissible moments this holiday season. Wear a mask, avoid gatherings with people outside your household, continue to keep safe physical distance, and wash your hands regularly. As individuals, we must choose to do all we can to combat COVID-19 in order to relieve pressure on Idaho’s health care workers.”

Health care workers have been called heroes since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Workers at Idaho’s hospital and long-term care facilities put patients and residents ahead of their own health.

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Monday deadline noted for Valley, Adams property taxes

The Star-News Dec 17, 2020

The deadline for the first half of the year’s property taxes for Valley and Adams counties will be Monday.

Payments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Monday at the county courthouses in Cascade and Council. The treasurer offices in both counties are staffed Monday through Friday, including the lunch hour.

Late charges begin on Tuesday, and interest begins on Jan. 1, so mailed payments must be postmarked by Monday.

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McCall Activity Barn opening its tubing hill for the season

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, December 10th 2020


Activity Barn. (Courtesy Photo)

McCall’s Activity Barn is opening up its tubing hill on Friday.

The Barn says it’s opening up three 800-foot tubing lanes. New this season, of course, will be some changes given the pandemic. You’ll need to go online to schedule a two-hour session in advance.

And face coverings will be required in all indoor areas as well as in the line and while riding the Moonrider Conveyor.

The Activity Barn will be open Fridays from 2-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It will be open every day between Dec. 18 and Jan. 3.

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Public Lands:

Land board debates local involvement

Members ask how much McCall rules should affect state land use

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Dec 17, 2020

The State Land Board on Tuesday questioned whether a phased long-term management proposal for state endowment lands around McCall caters too much to local preferences.

The plan aired by the Idaho Department of Lands on Tuesday in Boise would guide management of about 5,500 acres of state land around McCall based on local growth as foreseen in city planning documents.

The land board is accepting public comments on the long-term management proposal until Feb. 12 at (link).

Land board chair Gov. Brad Little noted the importance of local involvement, but admitted local goals rarely align with the state’s constitutional mandate to maximize long-term profits from state lands.

“If you let every local group talk about every parcel of state land, there’d be a natural tendency to say, ‘we just want that to be open space that we can all enjoy for our own benefit,’” Little said.

Little suggested outside opinions on how to maximize profits would put more “meat on the bones” of public outreach efforts.

“We always come to this tipping point of ‘how do we maximize our constitutional responsibility and our trust responsibility while basically being good neighbors?’ and I think that’s the issue,” he said.

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney echoed Little and pondered whether the draft plan runs afoul of the state’s constitutional mandate by using city planning documents to guide the plan.

“I wonder about our fiduciary responsibility and whether we should even be concerned about what the City of McCall thinks in their impact area,” Denney told fellow land board members.

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State eyes development of 390 acres around McCall

Deinhard Lane, Pilgrim Cove parcels high on list

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Dec 17, 2020

About 390 acres of state endowment land around McCall could be developed within 20 years under a long-term management strategy proposed by the Idaho Department of Lands.

The proposal tabs 56 acres in Pilgrim Cove near Payette Lake and 60 acres off of Deinhard Lane as “probable” for low-density residential development in the next five to 10 years.

Payette Lake’s Shellworth Island and Cougar Island are also identified by the plan for residential development within the next decade.

Meanwhile, about 5,000 acres of state land surrounding the lake would likely be managed as it is today for 20 or more years, under the plan.

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Lowman Ranger District intends to submit two grant proposals

to Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Boise, Idaho, December 16, 2020 — The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is applying for grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to help with trail improvements and maintenance.

The applications will request funding through both the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Idaho’s Off-Road Motor Vehicle (ORMV) Fund, administered by IDPR.

RTP funds would be used to replace trail structures (puncheon) and repair erosion on the Deadwood Ridge Trail caused by the 2016 Pioneer Fire.

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

All grant proposals will improve visitor experience and mitigate public health and safety hazards. This will also help sustain the capital investment of the trail treads. If received, implementation of the projects would begin in late summer of 2021.

Comments or requests for more information should be submitted to Savannah Steele, Lowman Ranger District, 7539 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83631, or by calling 208-259-3361.

M. Joseph Schindel
Public Affairs
Boise National Forest
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Critter News:

Lead horse retires from Payette National Forest after over 20 years of service

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, December 17th 2020


Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

“We are proud to announce a retirement! A horse retirement that is.”

The Payette National Forest took to Facebook Wednesday to wish 23-year-old Ajax a happy horse retirement.

“Ajax developed into a competent lead horse, able to do any backcountry and packing job, leading strings all across the wilderness, keeping mules in line, and able to pack anything that was needed,” the post explains.

Ajax was a member of the Krassel Wilderness Pack Stock, and served as one of the lead animals on the pack. He led strings of pack mules across thousands of miles in the Frank Church Wilderness for nearly twenty years.

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Pet Talk – Cleft palate in dogs

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Dec 18, 2020 IME

A cleft palate is a gap or hole in the roof of the mouth. The palate originally forms as two halves, on the left and right side of the mouth. These two halves normally fuse during the development of the fetus. A cleft palate results when the two sides of the palate do not fuse properly prior to birth.

The palate has a hard, bony part which is called the hard palate, and a soft, membranous part which is called the soft palate. A cleft may involve either or both of these parts. Clefts of the front part of the hard palate may also involve the upper lip.

A cleft sometimes forms in the palate after trauma to the head and mouth, such as being hit by car. More commonly, a cleft palate is a congenital birth defect. Affected pets can be of any breed or a mixed breed. Boston terriers, English bulldogs, and pugs are at increased risk.

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Idaho groups, others sue over federal wolverine verdict

Species faces habitat threat

Emily Jones Dec 18, 2020 IME

A coalition of environmental groups—including the Idaho Conservation League—filed suit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services on Monday, arguing that the agency’s Oct. 8 decision to deny long-sought protections to the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act heralds grim consequences for the mountain-dwelling mammal.

The lawsuit contends that wolverines could face accelerated habitat loss and potential extinction in the continental U.S. without a “threatened” or “endangered” listing to unlock further recovery efforts.

Fewer than 300 wolverines live in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming today, according to a Monday statement from Earthjustice, the environmental nonprofit representing the ICL and nine other conservation groups in the suit.

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50 ducks found dead near Salmon

by CBS2 News Staff Sunday, December 13th 2020

State wildlife officials are trying to find out what killed approximately 50 mallard ducks in and near Salmon.

The dead ducks were found along an irrigation ditch and in adjacent sloughs and ponds.

Officials say the first dead ducks were found by a concerned resident on Dec. 7, along an irrigation ditch. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was notified and found more dead ducks along the ditch and in adjacent sloughs and ponds.

Fish and Game conducted necropsies and sent tissue samples to a diagnostic lab for testing. The results are pending.

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Fish and Game provides mentored waterfowl hunt for disabled American veterans

“(It’s) really important to each of these guys.”

By Natasha Williams Dec 16, 2020


KIVI

Hagerman, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game volunteers are working together with the Idaho Division of Veteran Services to help provide opportunities for disabled American veterans.

Through Fish and Game, four to eight veterans are able to take part in a day of mentored waterfowl hunting in Hagerman.

Habitat Biologist Skyler Farnsworth summed up the day when he said, “I feel privileged to witness the joy that these mentored waterfowl hunts provide our local veterans.”

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Letter to Share:

Red-Leg Partridge, don’t miss out.

Hi all, we raised and released 240 of these this year. They are doing great so far. We have not had to do any supplemental feed this winter. We want to see how they survive. We have feed and if it comes down to it we will do. We want to raise more next year. We have 2000 eggs ordered now. If we can raise some more money we would like to get another 1000 eggs. These are one of the easiest birds to raise. We hatched 256 and released 240. The most we lost were those that didn’t hatch well and were very weak to start with. If you would like to raise some of these and could help out with some of the cost we would sure appreciate it. If you can’t raise them, please donate a few $ to help us along. You can go to The Gamebird Foundation Web and make a donation or you can join and pay membership dues with a credit card. Dues are $25.00 for family. Web is (link) we are a 501c3 non-profit. All donations are tax deductible.

This is the best picture I have been able to get of the Red-Leg Partridge.

Chukkar-a

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
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Fish & Game News:

Idaho’s wildlife collision salvage rule: what can you salvage?

By Korey Owens, Conservation Officer Sr. – District (DCO) #511
Friday, December 18, 2020

In spring 2012, the wildlife collision salvage rule went into effect in Idaho. This rule allows individuals to keep road-killed wildlife species classified as upland birds, upland game animals, big game, furbearers, and predators that may be lawfully hunted or trapped. Unprotected non-game wildlife are also legal for salvage.

Protected non-game wildlife, Threatened or Endangered species, migratory birds (including waterfowl which are federally protected), and other wildlife species not lawfully hunted or trapped may NOT be recovered, possessed, or salvaged. For a list of wildlife that can and cannot be recovered, possessed or salvaged please visit  (link).

Since the rule started, thousands of deer, elk, moose and other species that would have otherwise been wasted have been salvaged for meat, taxidermy and other uses. If you find a road-killed animal that you would like to salvage, here’s what to do.

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Potential fungal infection may have caused duck deaths near Salmon

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Friday, December 18, 2020

Final lab results are pending on exact cause

While laboratory test results are pending on the dead ducks found south of Salmon, preliminary necropsies sent to the National Wildlife Health Center indicate a potential acute Aspergillosis infection, a respiratory illness caused by a fungus commonly found in soil, dead vegetation, compost piles and moldy grains.

Formal results are pending on several more tests, which may take up to two weeks to determine the exact cause of death.

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Every year is different: Steelhead grad study update

By Brett Bowersox, Fisheries Staff Biologist
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Written by Will Lubenau, University of Idaho

As we near the end of the year, it is a good time for another update on the University of Idaho and Idaho Fish and Game steelhead study. Lately, we have been comparing tag reports from the two years of the study to look for differences in where, when, and how many steelhead are being caught around the Snake River Basin.

What are we seeing so far?

The table below has the percentage of the total tags released that anglers reported as caught by December 9th in both years of the study. For example, in year 1 of the study, 3.6% of the 1,024 adipose-intact fish tagged were caught in the Snake River by December 9th.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

What a hoot! Owl rescued from Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

by Associated Press Wednesday, November 18th 2020


(Lindsay Possumato/Ravensbeard Wildlife Center via AP)

It wasn’t quite a partridge in a pear tree, but a worker helping set up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree found a holiday surprise — a tiny owl among the massive branches.

The little bird, now named what else but Rockefeller, was discovered on Monday, dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise unharmed, said Ellen Kalish, director and founder of the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Saugerties, New York, where the bird was taken.

Kalish said the bird is an adult male Saw-whet owl, one of the tiniest owls. It was taken to a veterinarian on Wednesday and got a clean bill of health.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Dec 13 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 13 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Dec 21 – Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction
Dec 25 – Xmas potluck 3pm Community Hall
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
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COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

The Boise NF plans to conduct Fall/Winter burning.

In our area:

Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
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Xmas Potluck

December 25 at 3pm in the Community Hall.
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Village News:

Village of Yellow Pine

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by Local Color Photography
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Attention Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves

It is time to start thanking about the Christmas gift bags!! Any questions please get a hold of me. We are looking at about 30 bags this year!!

Nicki H
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update Nov 29: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H

Update Nov 25: the boil order is still in effect due to the large quantity of water that is leaking from the system. – Warren D

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Fox Aware

* Do not feed foxes human food
* Feed domestic pets indoors
* Make sure your pets are updated on Rabies vaccines
* Small pets could become prey

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
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VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to 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 (Dec 7) overnight low of 10 degrees, clear and frosty this morning, measured 3″ of old snow on the board. Pine squirrel and jay visiting. Partly cloudy after lunch time, light breeze, high of 41 degrees. Partly cloudy (high wispies) and above freezing before sundown. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Dec 8) 24 hour low of 13 degrees (from Monday morning), clear sky and lots of frost “feathers” sticking up out of the 3″ of old snow. Clear and below freezing before lunch time. Opinionated pine squirrel visiting. Mostly cloudy and above freezing before sunset, high of 49 degrees. Still above freezing and overcast at dusk. Stars out before midnight, then cloudy.

Wednesday (Dec 9) overnight low of 16 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and hoarfrost feathers all over the top of the 3″ of old snow. Jays and pine squirrel visiting. Overcast by lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time. Junco and nuthatch visiting. Above freezing and overcast after sunset. A little above freezing at dark. Snowmobile traffic. Cloudy mid-evening and very dark.

Thursday (Dec 10) overnight low of 9 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, the same 3″ of snow is on the board topped with about 1/2″ of hoarfrost. Pine squirrel showed up at sunrise. Some high thin hazy clouds after lunch time, high of 38 degrees. Thin overcast at sunset and right at freezing. Thin haze after dark, then clearing before midnight, lots of bright stars. Clouds came in early morning with a trace of snow.

Friday (Dec 11) 24 hour low of of 10 degrees (from Thurs morning), broken overcast, still have 3″ of old snow plus a trace of new. Jays, juncos and pine squirrel visiting. Overcast at lunch time, high of 26 degrees. Lower clouds and snow falling early afternoon. Still snowing lightly at sunset. At dusk still snowing lightly (trace so far) and cold. About 1/2″ of snow by 10pm.

Saturday (Dec 12) overnight low of 7 degrees, overcast sky this morning. Measured 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.02″) and 4″ total snow on the board (old snow plus hoarfrost plus new snow.) Fox and squirrel tracks in the fresh snow, jays visiting. Dark clouds at lunch time, high of 29 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visiting. Broken overcast and below freezing before sunset. Temperature dropping at dusk. Stars out before midnight and cold.

Sunday (Dec 13) overnight low of 3 degrees, overcast sky and light breeze this morning, 4″ of old snow on the board. Fresh fox tracks. Pine squirrel and jays visiting. Snowed for about half an hour and breezy at lunch time, high of 29 degrees. A few red-breasted nuthatches visiting. Overcast, cold and snowing lightly before sunset. Snowed about an inch before dusk.
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Special Event:

Great Conjunction 2020: Jupiter and Saturn Meet on Solstice


by: Meteorologist, Jacob Dickey

Rare Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction on December 21 — Closest Since the Middle Ages

A rare, spectacular sky event is about to unfold: the greatest conjunction ever! It will be more impressive than the usual celestial headliners, like lunar eclipses and Mercury transits. And it will be visible around the world. On the very day of the solstice, December 21, 2020, Jupiter will come as close to Saturn as Jove’s own moons!

When Jupiter and Saturn—the two biggest planets in our solar system—meet, it’s termed the “Great Conjunction.” What’s even more special is that it’s happening on night of the winter solstice.

It will appear as if the planets touch in the sky above. To some, it may appear as a single bright “star.” How fitting for Christmastime!

It’s already making headlines in the astrological world. After all, from time immemorial, a meeting of Jupiter and Saturn was deemed the most auspicious of all planetary get-togethers, the only one called a “Great Conjunction.” There was good reason for such attention: This is the rarest meeting between any of the five bright planets. It happens just once every two decades, and 2020 brings the closest Jupiter-Saturn conjunction since 1623, during Galileo’s times.

… Unfortunately, this will be a one-night affair. The day before and the day after, the planets will be noticeably farther apart and nowhere near as striking. So if the weather cooperates on the 21st, you’ll want to get all you can out of the spectacle. Binoculars will be a nice adjunct, and will easily reveal Jupiter’s four huge satellites spread in a straight line. Saturn will be off in a different direction, perpendicular to those moons.

… Jupiter and Saturn will perform their Great Conjunction lowish in the southwest on December 21, the day of the solstice.

If you wish, start watching a few days prior. On December 16, soon after sunset, look for the crescent Moon in the southwest sky. Right above the Moon are the two bright planets. You can’t miss it.

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Idaho News:

1,582 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths

Dec 11, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,582 new COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 119,610.

There are a total of 100,082 confirmed cases and 19,528 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

16 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,152.

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Idaho Thursday, December 10


source: KTVB
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Dec. 21 deadline noted for Valley, Adams property taxes

The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

The deadline for the first half of the year’s property taxes for Valley and Adams counties will be Monday, Dec. 21.

Payments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at the county courthouses in Cascade and Council. The treasurer offices in both counties are staffed Monday through Friday, including the lunch hour.

Late charges begin on Dec. 22, and interest begins on Jan. 1, so mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 21.

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Little keeps Idaho in Stage 2: ‘Please make the right choices’

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, December 10th 2020

Governor Brad Little planned two press events on Tuesday and Thursday to provide Idahoans with updates on the pandemic.

On Tuesday, Little said Idaho is expecting 13,650 doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine around Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (Dec. 15 or 16).

Little announced Thursday that Idaho would stay in Stage 2 as new coronaviruses continue to rise. COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the state.

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Valley County reports 23 new COVID-19 cases, total now 314

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 314 cases on Tuesday, up 23 cases from 291 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 242 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 16 cases from 226 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 72 positive cases through Monday, or seven more than the 65 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 239 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 32 more than the 207 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County.

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COVID-19 cancels Winter Carnival

Chamber: Surge in cases makes staging event unsafe

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

The 2021 McCall Winter Carnival will be canceled entirely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau said Monday.

The carnival was scheduled to run Jan. 29 through Feb. 7 and would have marked its 56th year.

“It was an extremely difficult decision and we are deeply disappointed,” chamber spokesperson McKenzie Kraemer said.

“We could not in good conscience promote an event that would go against current restrictions on public gatherings and COVID-19 safety measures,” Kraemer said.

The chamber previously announced on Nov. 2 that events attracting large crowds would be canceled but that the building of snow sculpture and other events would go on.

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Donnelly library closes after director gets COVID-19

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

The Donnelly Public Library has been closed after Director Sherry Scheline was tested positive for COVID-19.

The Donnelly Public Library District board on Tuesday decided to keep the library closed until Jan. 5.

The closure will allow time for deep cleaning and previously scheduled carpet installation, the board said in a statement.

“The (library) has maintained high standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the statement said. “(Sherry) did not contract COVID-19 at the library, and is currently recovering at home.”

Scheline gave permission for her name to be disclosed.

Limited curbside service will be available Dec. 15-18 from noon to 3 p.m. Contact the library at 208-325-8237 or desk@donnellylibrary.org for questions.

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Tamarack Resort opens seven-day operations on Friday

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, December 8th 2020

Tamarack Resort is gearing up for its 2020-2021.

The mountain will open to the public for skiing and riding seven days a week on Friday, Dec. 11.

Tamarack just wrapped two weekends of limited operations for pass holders while it fine-tuned its COVID-19 safety protocols:

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Mining News:

Paulson takes over Midas Gold board

Quin out as CEO; Sayer promoted

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

Midas Gold President Stephen Quin and five corporate board members resigned last week amid a bid by the mining company’s largest investor to revamp the company’s corporate leadership.

Quin and five corporate directors agreed to resign last Friday as part of a transition agreement with Paulson & Co., a New York City investment firm that owns 44% of Midas Gold.

The move allowed five new board members to be appointed by Midas Gold’s two remaining board members, Paulson partners Marcelo Kim and Chris Papagianis.

“The changes implemented today position Midas Gold for the future stages of its development,” Kim said in a news release.

Kim and Papagianis also appointed Midas Gold Idaho President Laurel Sayer to replace Quin as head of Midas Gold Corp., the Vancouver, B.C., parent company of Midas Gold Idaho.

“While I did not anticipate not being around to see the project to fruition, I have every confidence that the Midas Gold team in Idaho will carry it forward to completion,” said Quin, who founded Midas Gold in 2011.

Sayer, a natural resources policy expert who formerly served as executive director for the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, will also assume Quin’s seat on Midas Gold’s eight-seat board.

A Midas Gold spokesperson said Sayer’s corporate leadership role with the company will expand, but that her responsibilities to Midas Gold Idaho remain the same.

“There are no changes to the Midas Gold Idaho staff, to the project or its vision,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold.

Lyon described the leadership transition agreement as “mutual” and noted Paulson’s choices to replace outgoing board members are “extremely well-qualified.”

Kim and Papagianis are now joined on Midas Gold’s corporate board by Sayer and fellow newcomers Bob Dean of Boise, David Deisley of Salt Lake City, Jeff Malmen of Boise, Chris Robison of Denver and Alex Sternhell of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Board members who stepped down were Keith Allred of Virginia, Jaimie Donovan of Canada, Brad Doores of Canada, Jon Goode of Idaho and Peter Nixon of Canada.

“Today’s transition allows the company to continue to focus on the execution of its business plan, the successful completion of the permitting process and the company’s continuing efforts to create value for all stakeholders,” said Nixon, who formerly was lead corporate director.

Paulson called for a special shareholder meeting last month when sitting board members “rebuffed” its proposal to shuffle the board, according to a letter Paulson sent to shareholders on Nov. 20.

The meeting will no longer be necessary since Midas Gold agreed to the leadership changes, said Chris Ullman, a Paulson spokesperson.

Previously, Paulson said Midas Gold needed to align corporate interests with shareholder interests by installing new corporate board members that hold significant stock in the company.

The investment firm also suggested converting Midas Gold from a Canadian company to a U.S. company headquartered in Boise.

Next steps towards a possible relocation would be decided by the corporate board, Ullman said.

Paulson also wants to emphasize Midas Gold’s status as a company producing antimony, which the federal government has tabbed as a strategic mineral to the country’s defense.

Midas Gold’s commitments through the Stibnite Advisory Council and the Stibnite Foundation remain in place regardless of who owns or operates the company.

Since 2016, Paulson has invested about $66 million into Midas Gold, $25 million of which came earlier this year.

Paulson currently owns 209.4 million shares of Midas Gold, or about 44.1% of all shares. That is four times as many shares as Barrick Gold Corp., the company’s second-largest shareholder.

Toronto-based Barrick Gold owns about $53.8 million shares, or 11% of all shares, following purchases in 2018 and 2019.

Approval on the Stibnite Gold Project could come by next August, according to the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency on the proposed mine.

Midas Gold’s probable mineral reserves in the Stibnite deposits include more than 4 million ounces of gold, or about 125 tons.

The value of the gold is projected to bring in 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in total revenue over the 12 to 15-year life of mining.

The reserves also are predicted to contain 100 million pounds of antimony, which is used to make flame-proofing materials, paints, munitions, ceramic enamels, glass and pottery.

Antimony would generate only about 5% of the mine’s total revenue, but would supply about 30% of the annual antimony demand for the United States.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Shared with permission.)
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Public Lands:

Valley adopts new rules for snowmobile trails, parking areas

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

New rules for using groomed snowmobile trials and parking areas at trailheads were adopted on Monday by Valley County commissioners.

Monday’s vote came following a public hearing Nov. 23 at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

Under the new rules, vehicles parked in snowmobile lots that impede snow removal equipment or the flow of traffic would be towed.

Overnight parking in snowmobile lots is allowed only in designated areas except for special events.

The rules encourage snowmobile rental companies to provide transportation to trailheads and parking lots.

The rules set 45 miles per hour as the maximum speed on groomed trails and require snowmobiles to travel single file on the extreme right-hand side of the roadway.

Wheeled vehicles are not allowed to travel on Warren Wagon Road north of the Francis Wallace Parking Lot, No Business Road, High Valley Road, Clear Creek Road, East Side Drive/Brush Creek, and the “Green Gate” off Warren Wagon Road.

The ordinance outlines what should be done if a wheeled vehicle becomes stuck on a groomed snowmobile trail or closed road.

The operator of the vehicle is responsible for the removal of the vehicle and county parks and recreation director Larry Laxson would decide if a tow company or snow groomer can be used to remove the vehicle.

The cost of removing a vehicle and repairing the groomed trail is set at $200 plus $200 per hour.

Large tracked vehicles may be permitted on groomed trails for homeowners if approved by commissioners.

The ordinance also requires a permit for any road construction, utility installation, snow removal or other work in county rights of way.

Violating the ordinance would be punishable by a fine of up to $300.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Shared with permission.)
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Fawn Tussock – Request for Scoping Comments

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Fawn Tussock Project on the Cascade Ranger District in Valley County.

Project Description

The project would utilize salvage harvest, commercial thinning, non-commercial thinning, and/or prescribed fire to improve stand conditions, increase resiliency to ongoing and future insect activity, reduce existing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reduce the potential future fuel load being created by the current insect mortality.

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

How to Comment

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

1. Through the Fawn Tussock Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).

2. Mail to Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611. If submitting comments by mail be sure to include “Fawn Tussock” in the subject line.

Hand delivered comments are not being accepted at this time as there are limited office functions as part of precautions in response to the coronavirus.

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

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your comments by January 6, 2021. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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Critter News:

Ice anglers rejoice; Fish & Game says Lake Cascade is loaded with fish

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 10, 2020

Anglers ice fishing on Lake Cascade can look forward to a successful winter season after a recent survey by biologists confirmed healthy and plentiful fish populations in the lake.

The survey, conducted by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, found increased numbers of perch and smallmouth bass as well as stable numbers of rainbow trout and kokanee.

Each fall, biologists use nets to collect more than 1,000 fish to accurately depict the lake community and monitor trends in fish populations, said Regional Fisheries Biologist Mike Thomas.

“Anglers targeting large perch and rainbow trout on Lake Cascade should expect another excellent season,” Thomas said.

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Pet talk – Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Infections (MRSA and MRSP)

By Dr. Allani Delis Jul 24, 2020 IME

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRS) infections are a growing problem in humans and animals. Methicillin is an antibiotic formerly used to treat staphylococcal infections. Most MRS organisms are resistant to all antibiotics in the penicillin and cephalosporin groups, and some are resistant to other antibiotics. A major concern with these infections is the development of strains that will be resistant to all known antibiotics. MRS infections may be localized, like wound infections, or become generalized.

MRS infections are caused by a variety of staphylococcal bacteria. Infections with Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Staphylococcus pseudointermedius (MRSP) are the most common causes in dogs and cats. These organisms may normally live on skin, in the nose, and in the gut of animals without causing any problems. When a wound occurs, a surgical procedure is performed, or skin is otherwise damaged, these bacteria may take advantage of the weak skin and cause an infection. Most Staphylococcus bacteria are susceptible to commonly used disinfectants (bleach) and hand soaps. Transmission is by direct contact with infected people, animals, or via contaminated objects.

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Fish & Game News:

Virtual open houses for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat season setting run Dec. 16-21

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, December 11, 2020

Proposals will be posted to F&G’s website on Dec. 14

Hunters will soon have the opportunity to see the proposed 2021-22 hunting seasons for moose, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep, and hear more from regional Fish and Game staff about the proposals.

The 2021-22 season proposals will be posted to the moose, sheep, goat proposals webpage at (link) on Dec. 14, and virtual open houses will take place for each region over the course of the next week, from Dec. 16-21. Hunters are encouraged to read the proposals before participating in the virtual open houses.

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Lake Cascade ice fishing conditions update: Dec. 10, 2020

By Mike Thomas, Regional Fisheries Biologist
Friday, December 11, 2020

Ice fishing season has finally arrived on Lake Cascade! Anglers can expect another great season in 2020-21, and you can read a full Lake Cascade fishing outlook. Recent weather conditions have created a layer of solid, clear ice throughout much of the lake. On Dec. 10, we visited each major lake access area (access information) and measured ice depth up to 300 yards from shore. We did not measure ice depth beyond 300 yards.

We recorded 5.5 to 6 inches of ice on the southern half of Lake Cascade and 7 to 8 inches of ice on the northern half. There are ice pressure ridges within 100 yards of Van Wyck, Crown Point, and Sugarloaf access areas, so exhibit caution if fishing in these areas. Right now, there is very little snow on the southern half of the lake, although some snow is predicted in mid December.


Glenna Gomez/Idaho Fish and Game

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Arkansas man makes Christmas tree out of deer antler sheds

by Kaitlin Barger, KATV Wednesday, December 9th 2020


(Photo: Meggan and Jeff Jester)

Little Rock (KATV) — An Arkansas woman wanted a unique Christmas tree this year, so her husband did something special.

Jeff Jester said he dug into his collection of antler sheds and went to work creating the one-of-a-kind antler tree.

Jester said his wife Meggan gets all the credit for decorating.

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Seasonal Humor:

XmasDogSanta-a

CovidDrinking-a
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Xmas 2020

T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.

The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.

They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.

Contagious and deadly,
This virus spread fast,
Like a wildfire that starts
When fueled by gas.

Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.

As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their verve.

From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.

When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.

Now it’s November
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.

Frontline workers,
Doctors and nurses,
Try to save people,
From riding in hearses.

This virus is awful,
This COVID-19.
There isn’t a cure.
There is no vaccine.

It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.

And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?

To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
When no one will see it,
No-one but me.

But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!

So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.

Christmas ain’t cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope.

So for those staying home,
Safe out of sight,
Merry Christmas to ya all,
May it be extra bright!

– Author unknown.
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Dec 6, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Dec 6, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Dec 25 – Xmas potluck 3pm Community Hall
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

The Boise NF plans to conduct Fall/Winter burning.

In our area:

Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
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Xmas Potluck

December 25 at 3pm in the Community Hall.
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Village News:

Attention Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves

It is time to start thanking about the Christmas gift bags!! Any questions please get a hold of me. We are looking at about 30 bags this year!!

Nicki H
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update Nov 29: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H

Update Nov 25: the boil order is still in effect due to the large quantity of water that is leaking from the system. – Warren D

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.

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Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

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

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

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

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

Monday (Nov 30) 24 hour low of 8 degrees from Sunday morning, mostly cloudy (small white) and light breeze this morning. Hairy woodpecker, juncos and jays visiting. Started snowing just after lunch time, overcast and ridges getting foggy, high of 34 degrees. Socked in and snowing lightly early afternoon. Stopped snowing and patches of blue sky mid-afternoon, looks like about 1/4th inch of new snow. Mostly cloudy and a little above freezing right after sunset. Cloudy and not snowing at dusk. Mostly cloudy before midnight and filtered moonlight.

Tuesday (Dec 1) 24 hour low of 19 degrees from Monday morning, partly clear to mostly cloudy sky this morning. We received 1/4″ new snow yesterday (SWE=0.01″) and measured 3″ snow on the ground. Sunrise (down by the school) at 1025am. Jays visiting. Light traffic. Mostly clear and icicles dripping after lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Snowy trees on VanMeter stood out against a very blue sky. Juncos visiting. Sun went behind the ridge at 325pm, clear sky and a hair above freezing. Sun set behind the ridge at 325pm. Temperature dropping quickly at dusk. Clear sky after full dark, breezy mid-evening. Looked clear before midnight, bright waning moon.

Wednesday (Dec 2) overnight low of 7 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, 3″ of snow on the board. Jays, juncos and hairy woodpecker visiting. Clear and chilly at lunch time, high of 37 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time, no problems reported. Red-breasted nuthatch visiting. Quiet day. Clear and below freezing before sunset. Pine squirrel calling from the trees. Clear and cold at dusk. Moon shadows before midnight.

Thursday (Dec 3) 24 hour low of 10 degrees, very blue clear sky and frosty this morning, 3″ of snow on the ground. A report of wolves howling above the orchard before dawn. Jays visiting. Sunny and clear at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 42 degrees. Red-breasted nuthatch and jays visiting. Clear and just below freezing at sunset. It was 22 degrees at dusk. Clear before midnight.

Friday (Dec 4) overnight low of 7 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, the same 3″ of snow is still on the ground. Little herd of elk traveling thru the golf course late morning. Sunny and below freezing after lunch time, high of 37 degrees. Jays and woodpecker visiting. Clear and just below freezing right before sunset. At dusk it was 21 degrees and elk calling and squealing out on the golf course. Clear before midnight.

Saturday (Dec 5) 24 hour low of 10 degrees, clear blue sky and frost sparkling like diamonds when the sun popped over the ridge, still have 3″ of snow on the ground. Jays visiting. Sunny and clear at lunchtime, high of 39 degrees. Pine squirrel visiting. Clear and chilly after sunset. Below freezing at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Sunday (Dec 6) overnight low of 12 degrees, clear sky and hoarfrost feathers poking up out of the 3″ of snow. Jays, woodpecker and pine squirrel visiting. Sunny and clear at lunch time, high of 40 degrees. The sun set before 320pm, temperature above freezing under clear skies. Clear and below freezing at dusk.
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Idaho News:

1,911 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths

December 4, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,911 new COVID-19 cases and 18 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 108,366.

There are a total of 91,243 confirmed cases and 17,123 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

18 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,032.

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Idaho Thursday, December 3


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Valley County reports 31 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 291

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Dec 3, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 291 cases on Tuesday, up 31 cases from 260 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 226 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 26 cases from 200 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 65 positive cases through Tuesday, or five more than the 60 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 207 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 24 more than the 183 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County.

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McCall Winter Carnival canceled for 2021

By Cooper Waytenick Dec 05, 2020 KIVI

McCall, Idaho — Treasure Valley residents have to cross another holiday favorite off their list this year due to COVID-19.

The McCall Winter Area Chamber of Commerce has canceled the 2021 McCall Winter Carnival due to rising case counts, positivity rates and tighter restrictions on public gatherings.

Early in November, organizers were still planning to hold the carnival the last weekend of January 2021 and those willing to risk the winter weather would have been able to enjoy snow sculptures, vendors and other outdoor recreation that the city of McCall has to offer.

A statement on the official McCall Area Chamber of Commerce website says “While we will not be hosting Winter Carnival this year, we will be working to share safe ways visitors can enjoy the McCall area for the entirety of the winter season. Our hope is that we can still celebrate the “Winter Wanderlust” in all of us over the many months of winter. Look for tips and ideas on ways to experience winter fun outdoors, support our local businesses, AND stay safe and healthy.”

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Health warning on Lake Cascade lifted

Advisory on toxic algae lasted seven weeks

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Dec 3, 2020

The health advisory for dangerous concentrations of toxic cyanobacteria in Lake Cascade that has been in place since Oct. 5 was lifted last week.

The advisory by Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality was rescinded after water quality tests showed that toxins from the bacteria had returned to non-dangerous levels.

The agencies advised the public to be cautious in and around areas where a bloom may still be visible.

“Always use caution around water bodies with visible slime, surface scum, or a foul odor,” a press release from the two agencies said.

High concentrations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria may cause illness to both humans and animals, the release said.

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Garden Valley School cancels all classes Wednesday ahead of emergency meeting

The move comes just days after the district announced that at least one person at the school had tested positive for COVID-19.

Dec 2, 2020 KTVB

Garden Valley School has canceled all classes from preschool to 12th grade for Wednesday.

The move comes just days after the Garden Valley School District said in a letter to parents that at least one person at the school had tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said Sunday they were working to identify and get in touch with those who had been in close contact with the infected person, but did not say if he or she was a teacher or a student.

Sports competitions and practices have also been canceled for Wednesday, district officials say, and staff members and students will not be allowed inside the school building.

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Idaho History:

Idaho hikers, historians aim to uncover trail to gold mine

Dec 1, 2020 Post Register (AP)

Historians and hikers in Idaho have teamed up to uncover a 120-year-old route used by gold miners that was partially rediscovered near Thunder Mountain, the Idaho Statesman reported.

The Idaho Trails Association has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to survey three sections of the trail, which was originally about 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, according to Morgan Zedalis, assistant forest archaeologist for Payette National Forest’s Heritage Program.

The Heritage Program history of the trail said it was created after brothers Ben and Lou Caswell struck gold in the late 1890s in what is now part of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in southern Idaho.

The Caswells sold their mining claims to investor William H. Dewey in 1900, spurring a gold rush, officials said. William Campbell and W.A. Stonebraker then created a more accessible route for miners.

“There was no real easy way to get (to Thunder Mountain), especially for the miners north of the Main Salmon River in Florence, Dixie and those areas,” Zedalis told the Statesman.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold Provides Corporate Update

December 4, 2020

Vancouver, British Columbia – Midas Gold Corp. announced today the transition of five members the Company’s current Board of Directors (the “Board”) to five new, independent directors who will assist the Company in moving the Stibnite Gold Project (the “Project”) through the remaining phase of permitting under the National Environmental Policy Act and into construction and operations. The decision comes as a part of a transition agreement between the Company and Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson”), which owns 44.1% of the outstanding common shares of the Company. As part of the agreement, Stephen Quin has resigned as President, CEO and a director of the Company and has been succeeded by Ms. Laurel Sayer, currently President and CEO of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. (“Midas Gold Idaho”).

The transition agreement results in the resignation from the Board of the following members: Keith Allred, Jaimie Donovan, Brad Doores, Jon Goode, and Peter Nixon, effective today.

“We are confident in the management team at Midas Gold and the value provided by the Stibnite Gold Project,” said Peter Nixon, former Lead Director of Midas Gold. He added, “Today’s transition allows the Company to continue to focus on the execution of its business plan, the successful completion of the permitting process, and the Company’s continuing efforts to create value for all stakeholders.”

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Public Lands:

Camping fee structure in Idaho simplified, vehicle entrance fees increased

By Katie Kloppenburg Dec 01, 2020 KIVI

It will now be slightly easier to find out what campsite is best for people in Idaho. Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is adopting a new fee structure and site-type simplification that goes into effect on December 10.

The new structure and simplification are designed to make the reservation process easier by limiting the number of site types there are to choose from. There are now only three, basic, electric and full hook-up. The department said in a news release that “serviced site” has been removed and replaced with either “electric site” or “full hook-up site.” The change is to make it easier to identify the ideal campsite.

The release says there is a fee increase across the board, ranging from 8% to 16% per site. The department also notes the new fees are now tax inclusive and more transparent to the customer.

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BAER Assessment Underway for Woodhead Fire on the Payette National Forest

McCall, Idaho, December 1, 2020 The Woodhead Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Plan has been approved, and work to stabilize burned watersheds and repair small infrastructure is being scheduled for prompt completion. Approved treatments will be implemented over the next 12 months using federal dollars on federal lands.

Storm damage risk reduction treatments will be undertaken on roads affected by high or moderate severity fire. The roads are at risk of erosion by increased runoff as a result of the fire burned landscape. Treatments include cleaning culverts and ditches, removing fire debris like rocks and downed trees from roadway, and installing rolling dips to drain the road surface. Some pre-winter work was done to improve ditches and culverts ahead of spring run-off and the rest of the work will be done in spring or summer of 2021.

Next growing season will be a prime opportunity for weed treatment on fire-suppression damaged lands (rehabbed firelines to mitigate noxious weed infestations on disturbed ground), weed treatments on lands affected by high or moderate severity fire where noxious weed infestation threatens naturalized or native plant communities.

Work is also planned on small forest infrastructure managed by the Forest. Trail work will be undertaken to reestablish drainage and repair any damaged trail tread to protect soil and water resources. The forest is also installing burned area caution/warning signs on key roads and trails, for public safety. A damaged wing wall on the Brownlee Creek bridge and the Brownlee Campground fence will be repaired.

The Woodhead Fire burned 96,614 acres in a mosaic pattern west of Cambridge and Council, Idaho in September and October 2020. Satellite imagery of the burned area and field work during the BAER assessment process found that inside the fire perimeter most of the land is a patchwork of unburned, low severity, or moderate severity. High severity burned areas is where most of the post-fire watershed effects are likely to occur, namely in Crooked River, No Business Basin, and Brownlee Creek.

All fire closure orders have been lifted and the burned area is open to public entry as normal. Forest users are advised to be aware of post-fire hazards. Information about recreating and traveling safely in a burned area as well as other information about the Woodhead BAER effort is available at (link)
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Public Comment Sought on Proposed Brundage Mountain Communications Site Upgrades

McCall, Idaho, December 1, 2020 To respond to current and future communication needs in the McCall and New Meadows areas, the Payette National Forest is proposing to amend communication site leases on the 5 acre Brundage Mountain Communications Site. These proposed amendments are in response to proposals from current Communication Use Lease holders, and to address anticipated future communications proposals on the site.

The Brundage Mountain Communications Site is an area of National Forest System land designated in the Payette National Forest Land Management Plan and has been utilized for electronic communications since the 1950’s.

The purpose of the project is to respond to current and future proposals to upgrade communication facilities at the Brundage Mountain Communications Site. Brundage Mountain is a critical link for communication services covering the McCall and Meadows Valley areas and the new, upgraded facilities will expand capacity and improve coverage.

Current improvement proposals include the addition of two 100-foot towers, and the reconstruction of two communication buildings on the site. Towers at these specific locations are currently 25 and 50 feet and would be replaced with 100-foot towers. Four other 100 foot towers currently exist on the communications site.

Current uses at the Brundage Communications site are for local, state and federal emergency response communications, and private communications such as cellular and telephone microwave relay communications service. This proposal would upgrade wireless communication facilities to better serve the McCall and New Meadows areas.

The project is being proposed as a Categorical Exclusion with no additional designated public comment periods so this “scoping” phase that closes on December 31, 2020 is the best opportunity for public input. The project webpage (link) provides tools to engage this project. Use the “Comment/Object on Project” link to access a simple webform to submit your comments on this project. Hard copy comments may be submitted to: District Ranger Jennifer Blake, McCall Ranger District, 102 West Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638.

This project is responsive to the MOBILE NOW Act (2017) and Executive Order (EO13821-2018) on Streamlining and Expediting Requests to Locate Broadband Facilities in Rural America, which direct the US Forest Service (USFS) to provide timely and thorough review and consideration of all communication-use proposals on National Forest System lands. The project is consistent with Forest Plan goals and objectives to work with utilities and others to provide for developments that meet the needs of the public while protecting other Forest resources.

For further information on this project, please contact District Ranger Jennifer Blake at 208-634-0400 or jennifer.b.blake@usda.gov.
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37,000 seedlings planted in the Boise National Forest as part of The City of Trees Challenge

By Lynsey Amundson Dec 04, 2020 KIVI

As part of The City of Trees Challenge to fight climate change and restore our National Forests, the City of Boise, the Arbor Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy have partnered together to plant 37,000 seedlings in the Boise National Forest.

This will help restore the land, wildlife habitat and vegetation destroyed in the 2016 Pioneer Fire that burned over 180,000 acres.

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The Bureau of Land Management increases access, recreation opportunities in southern Idaho

December 4, 2020

Contact: Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393
Eric Grace egrace@lttv.org 208-345-1452

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management Four Rivers Field Office announced today that the agency has acquired 560 acres in the northwest Boise foothills to enhance public access to open space and recreation opportunities. The BLM purchased the land— known as the Healy Toll Road parcel—from the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley using money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The acquisition will secure public access in perpetuity to the parcel and open approximately 3,040 acres of adjacent BLM-managed public lands that previously lacked formal legal access.

“The Trump Administration has continued to prioritize and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for the American people,” said BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy William Perry Pendley. “This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to expanding these opportunities as well as access to public lands.”

The Healy Toll Road parcel lies 10 miles north of Boise. The parcel and surrounding BLM-managed public lands are popular destinations for outdoor recreation, including hunting, mountain biking and hiking. In addition to expanding public access for outdoor recreation opportunities, acquisition of the Healy Toll Road parcel will help conserve wildlife habitat.

Acquisition of the Healy Toll Road parcel is a result of a collaboration between the BLM and the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.

“This acquisition is an important step in conserving open space in the northwestern foothills. The parcel is prime habitat for wintering elk and mule deer, provides ample recreation and sportsman opportunities, and has historic value,” said Eric Grace, Executive Director of Land Trust of the Treasure Valley. “The acquisition is a prime example of how the Land Trust and the BLM can partner to provide public access and preserve habitat.”

“The Boise District appreciates the support of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley in securing this key parcel for public access and important wildlife habitat,” said Tanya Thrift, Boise District Manager. “Completion of this acquisition will ensure the public not only has access to a range of recreational opportunities on the Healy Toll Road parcel but to all of the adjacent BLM lands as well.”

Video featuring BLM and Land Trust of the Treasure Valley discussing the value of this land:

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Critter News:

Idaho Sled Dog Challenged canceled due to COVID-19

The Star-News Dec 3, 2020

The 2021 Idaho Sled Dog Challenge has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We could not responsibly justify potential exposure to our volunteers, mushers and the public,” said race director Jerry Wortley.

What would have been the fourth running of the race was scheduled to start in Cascade on Jan. 31 and finish on Feb. 4.

Musher participation has steadily increased each year, with the maximum possible 25 teams already signed up for the 2021 event, Wortley said.

The 300-mile distance at the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge has served as a qualifier for the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Yukon Quest races.

The full course extended from McCall to the Wye Campground, west of New Meadows, to Smiths Ferry and the Van Wyck Campground in Cascade with over 42,000 feet of elevation gain throughout.

Last year’s winner Jessie Royer of Seely Lake, Montana went on to place third in what was her 18th Iditarod race.

The sled dog challenge also featured a 100-mile race and a 37-mile junior race.

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Pet talk – What is proptosis?

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Sep 4, 2020 IME

Proptosis is the movement of the eyeball beyond the bony socket and eyelids. As it moves forward, the eyelids become folded behind it, which prevents the eye from returning towards its normal location. The eye quickly becomes inflamed and dry; it is often bloody and may ulcerate.

Typically, only one eye is involved. Proptosis is usually caused by trauma. In dogs, it is most likely to occur in the small flat-faced breeds, because their eyes are naturally prominent. A common cause in these breeds is a dog fight, especially when a large dog grabs the small one by the scruff of the neck.

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Idaho’s Salmon Workgroup finalizing recommendations to save salmon and steelhead populations

By Lynsey Amundson Dec 04, 2020 KIVI

For over a year and a half, the Salmon Workgroup, comprised of representatives from the fish industry, conservation, and other stakeholders, has met to draft recommendations on how they can recover the salmon and steelhead population and present those recommendations to Governor Brad Little on Dec. 15.

“Despite having some good runs we are still in an extinction trajectory, and we are getting down to the red line here, these last few years have been incredibly scary,” said Brian Brooks, Idaho Wildlife Federation Executive Director/Salmon Workgroup member.

If absolutely nothing is done, he said that data shows the salmon and steelhead populations in our region will be extinct within the next 20 years, which will have a significant ecological and economic impact.

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Study looks at impact of ocean and dams on salmon runs

A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams.

Dec 2, 2020 Associated Press

A controversial new study challenges long-standing science that pins salmon declines in the Snake River Basin on dams.

The Lewiston Morning Tribune reports the work by British Columbia scientist David Welch puts the blame for poor returns of adult Snake River spring and fall chinook salmon on conditions in the Pacific Ocean instead of the dams. The study argues that chinook runs from California to Alaska have suffered similar declines.

Welch’s work, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration and published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries,” argues that since chinook runs in rivers with pristine freshwater habitat and those with highly degraded habitat have suffered similar declines, the problem must be in the ocean.

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Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game captures and treats sick cow moose in Hailey

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, December 4, 2020

A sick cow moose was captured and treated for an eye infection after several reports were received from residents in the Hailey, ID area.

Over the past two weeks Fish and Game received several reports from Hailey, Idaho residents of a sick cow moose with a calf. Residents reported that the moose had what appeared to be severely infected eyes. On Wednesday, December 2, 2020 a local resident reported the cow and calf were in their yard, prompting Fish and Game officials along with support from two Blaine County Sheriff deputies to quickly respond. Fish and Game biologists darted and anesthetized the cow, allowing them to treat the eye condition, which is thought to be conjunctivitis.


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Biologists were able to obtain cultures from around the eyes, draw a blood sample and administer antibiotics through injections. A radio collar was also placed on the cow, allowing biologists to monitor the cow’s status over the coming months.

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Fish and Game seeks information about a bull moose poaching incident in Unit 54, south of Twin Falls

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, December 3, 2020

A large bull moose was killed illegally in Unit 54, south of Twin Falls, and the public is asked to help find the poachers responsible for the killing.

On October 24, 2020 a hunter in Game Management Unit 54 south of Twin Falls who was hunting near Deadline Ridge found a dead bull moose that had been left to rot. The hunter contacted local Fish and Game officials who found an adult bull moose in a significant level of decomposition indicating it was killed in August or early September, 2020.

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Wildlife Express Newsletter & Educational Activities

Red squirrels create quite the commotion in Idaho’s forests, especially when it comes to protecting their territory. They will stomp their feet, wave their tail, and scold with churring and rolling chatter. They might even growl.

This month’s Wildlife Express provides a closer look at these energetic stashers and explains why they are a great game species for first-time hunters.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Tennessee tiger sighting was a case of ‘mistaken identity,’ wildlife officials say

by Kaylin Jorge, WZTV Thursday, September 17th 2020


Photo: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Knoxville, Tenn. (WZTV) — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials say a tiger sighting in Knoxville was likely a case of mistaken identity.

A spokesperson from the East Tennessee region said they received a call a couple days ago in the Kingsport area saying folks saw a tiger.

An officer responded and the cat, which was still on site, was a bobcat.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Nov 29, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

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

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Nov 30 – Firewood Season Ends
Dec 25 – Xmas potluck 3pm Community Hall
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
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COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
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Local Events:

The Boise NF plans to conduct Fall/Winter burning.

In our area:

Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
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Xmas Potluck

December 25 at 3pm in the Community Hall.
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck

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18 folks made it to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The community hall looked festive and folks enjoyed great food and conversation in a nice warm hall. Thanks, Hailey and Sarah for the cooking of the turkey and ham.
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Attention Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves

It is time to start thanking about the Christmas gift bags!! Any questions please get a hold of me. We are looking at about 30 bags this year!!

Nicki H
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Yellow Pine Bridge insulating project

Here are some pictures of the bridge insulating work before and after. The final work is not fully complete but the pipe is completely insulated and there should be no issues with freezing. Remaining work includes completion of the installation of the repurposed white PVC pipe which will serve as a protective barrier over the insulation. You can see how the installed PVC pipe will look in one of the pictures. The pipe is sawn into two pieces lengthwise and then clamped back together over the insulation providing protection from the elements as well as from rodents. The PVC pipe was already on hand in Yellow Pine and so using it was a good way to solve the insulation protection problem and to reduce cost at the same time. In addition to insulating the water pipe, new pipe supports were designed, fabricated, and installed to properly secure the pipe to the bridge. The existing heat tape was tested and found to be functional and so it was left in place in case its needed in the future. Over 2000 lbs of rotten wood, metal roofing panels, and wet insulation were removed and disposed of as part of the job. Completion of the work is scheduled to be done within the next few weeks.

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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

Update Nov 29: Warren replaced the water meter because of inconsistent readings. With the new meter, the community is currently using over 55,000 gallons of water per day. A leak has been identified and will be repaired as soon as we can coordinate the contractor, equipment needed and weather together. It is difficult to get everything planned in the winter. When the repair is scheduled, the community will have a few days notice before the water is shut down. Since we are using more water than the rated use through the sand filters, the boil order will remain in effect. We continue the grant request process that is extremely slow. – Steve H

Update Nov 25: the boil order is still in effect due to the large quantity of water that is leaking from the system. – Warren D

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

The Community Hall toilet is functional! It was christened at the Thanksgiving Potluck. Many hands were involved over the last three months to get this far. The goal is to have it completely finished by Christmas. Thanks to everyone who was able to lend a hand or give advice. Couldn’t have done it without you.

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Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
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Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
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VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

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

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

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

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

Monday (Nov 23) overnight low was probably around 20 degrees, the 9F on the gizmo was from Sunday morning, the sky is overcast and there is 2″ of old snow remaining. Jays visiting. Cloudy and fairly calm at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 36 degrees. Mostly cloudy by sunset. Thinner hazy clouds before midnight.

Tuesday (Nov 24) overnight low of 17 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning, 2″ of old snow remains on the board. Steller jays and a female hairy woodpecker visiting. Partly hazy to the south at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 42 degrees. Still above freezing mid-afternoon, mostly clear sky with some thin haze. Breezy and clear after dark, bright fat waxing moon. Hazy clouds before midnight. Snow early morning.

Wednesday (Nov 25) 24 hour low of 18 degrees from Tues morning, estimate the snowfall started sometime around 5am? This morning low overcast, 2″ new snow (SWE = 0.12″) and 4″ total snow on the board, clouds sitting down on the ridges and steady snowfall. Jays and woodpeckers visiting, juncos calling. Stopped snowing around lunch time and breaks in the clouds, high of 37 degrees. Mail truck was a little late. Raven calling to the south west. Hovering at freezing and broken cloud cover early afternoon. Below freezing and cloudy at dusk. Filtered moonlight before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 26) overnight low of 17 degrees, breaks in the overcast and occasional flakes of snow this morning. Yesterday half an inch of snow accumulated (SWE = 0.02″) and this morning measured 3.75″ of snow on the board. Jays and hairy woodpecker visiting. Gray sky with a few breaks in the clouds and icicles dripping after lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Dark-eyed juncos visiting. Mostly cloudy and just above freezing late afternoon. Partly clear after dark, fat moon rising to the north of Golden Gate peak. Clear and cold before midnight.

Friday (Nov 27) overnight low of 7 degrees, partly hazy sky and cold this morning, 3.5″ of old snow remaining. Jays visiting. Mostly clear and sunny at lunch time, high of 38 degrees. Very quiet day. Clear at sunset and getting cold. Pine squirrel calling from the trees. 95% full golden moon rising by full dark, clear and cold. Report of a coyote yipping. Clear before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 28) overnight low of 7 degrees, sky covered in high thin haze this morning, 3.25″ of old snow on the board. Cloudy and breezy at lunch time, high of 36 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visiting. Breaks in a dark gray overcast mid afternoon. Below freezing and broken overcast at dusk. Clearing up before midnight, bright moonlight. Clear and breezy before midnight.

Sunday (Nov 29) overnight low of 6 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, estimate 3″ of old snow on the board. Jays and woodpecker visited. Blue sky and sunny at lunch time, high of 38 degrees. Clark’s nutcracker stopped by. Clear and below freezing late afternoon. Temperature dropping after dark.
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Idaho News:

1,773 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths

Nov 25, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,773 new COVID-19 cases and 21 new deaths on Wednesday.

The highest single-day report was just 13 cases more at 1,786 on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 96,503.

There are a total of 82,063 confirmed cases and 14,440 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 21 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 895.

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Valley County reports 24 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 260

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 260 cases on Tuesday, up 24 cases from a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 200 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 20 cases from 180 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 60 positive cases through Sunday, or four more than the 56 cases reported last week.

Twenty percent of those tested in Cascade in November were found to have COVID-19, CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“We are seeing more people with sniffles, fevers, and other symptoms come in for testing,” Reinhard said. “This is good because we want people to come in to get tested if they’re not feeling well.”

Central District Health reported 183 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 17 more than the 166 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County.

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St. Luke’s McCall hires full-time screeners for COVID-19

By Laura Crawford for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

St. Luke’s McCall has hired three full-time screeners to check patients and visitors for signs of COVID-19.

The new screeners will fill the roles previously undertaken by regular hospital staffers in additional to their regular schedules.

A new warming hut has been installed in the parking lot to protect the screeners from winter weather.

Parking lot screening takes place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. After hours screening takes place at registration in the hospital and clinic.

The parking lot screenings have been going on since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Idaho in March. In addition to answering questions, patients with potentially contagious symptoms were seen in the parking lot “car clinic.”

St. Luke’s is continuing screening protocols for the foreseeable future, a statement from the hospital said.

St. Luke’s also continues its mandatory masking policy for patients, visitors, vendors and staff in all facilities. A procedural mask provided by St. Luke’s is required in all St. Luke’s facilities and is provided upon entry.

Personal face coverings will only be permitted in patient care facilities when they are covered by a procedural mask provided by St. Luke’s, the hospital statement said.

The car clinic has been moved inside McCall Medical Clinic with isolated exams rooms that have been sealed off from the rest of the clinic.

The designated area will serve patients who are experiencing potential contagious symptoms and for those with scheduled COVID-19 tests.

Anyone experiencing symptoms can do an assessment on their St. Luke’s myChart account. Those without a MyChart account should call St. Luke’s nurse triage at 208-381-9500.

Anyone having difficulty breathing should go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

For those who have been exposed but are asymptomatic, St. Luke’s continues to recommend isolation for 14 days after potential exposure.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission)
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New Recycling Location

The new Valley County recycling center will open in Lake Fork on Dec. 1, 2020, while satellite centers in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade will close.

Location: 48 E. Lake Fork Road
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday from 9:00am to 6:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

“This new center provides a clean and centralized facility,” says Valley County Commissioner Dave Bingaman. “Staff will also be able to help monitor and educate the public on our local recycling guidelines.”

Valley County currently accepts corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, and plastics with resin codes 1 through 7.

For details on all accepted materials and recycling frequently asked questions, visit (link):
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ITD says repairs to Highway 95 slide south of Riggins complete

The failing slope near milepost 188 has disrupted traffic on the highway since it first fell July 3 and then again on July 10.

November 24, 2020 KTVB


Credit: ITD

Riggins, Idaho — The Idaho Transportation Department says that long-term repairs to the hillside where a massive rock and landslide occurred south of Riggins are complete.

The failing slope near milepost 188 has disrupted traffic on the highway since it first fell July 3 and then again on July 10.

“With the changes we’ve made, we have greatly reduced the likelihood of another slide blocking US-95 again in the area,” Materials Engineer Janet Zarate said.

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Idaho History:

Volunteers survey historic wilderness trail

Three Blaze Trail was used by miners between Dixie, Thunder Mountain

By Kelly Hews for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

A survey of the historic Three Blaze Trail in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness has been completed by the Idaho Trails Association and the Payette National Forest Heritage Program.

The Three Blaze Trail was built in 1902 during the Gold Rush days to connect the mining town of Dixie with the Thunder Mountain mining district over 90 miles of rugged terrain. Many miners traveled the route in hopes of finding gold and becoming rich.

In late May, Idaho Trails Association volunteers and experienced hikers John Platt, Art Troutner, and Dave Beck spent three days in the Campbell’s Ferry area mapping traces of the old trail and documenting any artifacts found along the way.

Portions of the Three Blaze trail are still maintained and in use for recreational purposes, but other parts of the trail have been completely lost.

Many forest fires over the years have obscured the route and made it hard to find the iconic “three blazes” along the trail. These were trail markers cut with axes into trees along the way to guide travelers.

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Letter to Share:

Stibnite Advisory Council Press Release

The Stibnite Advisory Council, representing the communities which signed the Community Agreement with Midas Gold, has completed another year around the table. Over this past year, the group has diligently worked to meet our defined mission to act as liaisons for our communities, gather information, respond to community member questions, and advocate for solutions and opportunities to support our region.

* Throughout the last year, the Stibnite Advisory Council has continued to meet every other month in online meetings that are open for the public to observe.

* The Stibnite Advisory Council maintains a website at (link)
which provides ongoing meeting summaries and contact information for community representatives.

* Individual council members have reported back to our community leaders, to update on the actions of the Stibnite Advisory Council.

* The Council requested and received presentations from Midas Gold regarding many different aspects of the proposed Stibnite Gold Project, including water quality, tailings facility design and transportation.

* Council members continue to receive questions from community representatives reflecting their concerns and thoughts on the project and have worked to get answers or additional information regarding these subject matters.

* An extensive Q&A document has been created and posted the SAC website and continues to be expanded as information is exchanged.

* Each community represented on the Council submitted a letter commenting on the draft Environmental Impact Study during the recently closed NEPA comment period.

* The Council issued an ongoing workforce survey to provide helpful information regarding the possible impact and needs of the Stibnite Gold project on the region.

Moving into their third year, the Stibnite Advisory Council will continue to hold virtual meetings every other month as each representative shares their community’s strengths and challenges. The comments received regarding the project will be used to persevere in the Council’s goal to determine the changes each community may encounter due to Midas Gold’s proposed project.

* An inventory of the area’s supporting industries and possible business opportunities the project may facilitate are being reviewed. Transportation impacts and environmental matters will always be part of the Council’s ongoing discussions.

The Stibnite Advisory Council has been extremely successful in creating a discussion group model which involves collaboration that is unbiased and diverse while maintaining regional and community relevance. As the Council continues to gather information regarding Midas Gold’s proposed project, this type of dialogue will benefit many current and future endeavors.
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Mining News:

Paulson wants to stack Midas Gold board

44% owner would relocate company to Idaho

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

A New York City investment firm that owns 44% of Midas Gold has proposed stacking the company’s corporate board by replacing five sitting board members with board members of its own choosing.

Paulson & Co. last Friday called for a special meeting of Midas Gold Corp. shareholders to be held by Jan. 18 to consider swapping five board members and adding Midas Gold Idaho CEO Laurel Sayer to the board.

If the board takeover is successful, Midas Gold could be converted from a Canadian company to a U.S. company with headquarters in Boise, according to Paulson’s letter to Midas Gold employees and shareholders.

Paulson, the single largest shareholder of Midas Gold, decided to call the special meeting of shareholders after the current board resisted efforts to reorganize, the letter said.

“Paulson tried to engage collaboratively with the board to arrange a respectful transition that acknowledged their many years of service, buts its efforts to date were rebuffed,” the letter said.

Current Midas Gold Corp. CEO Stephen Quin would keep his job as well as his seat on the board under the proposed reshuffling.

Current board members Paulson hopes to remove are Keith Allred of Virginia, Jaimie Donovan of Canada, Brad Doores of Arizona, Jon Goode of Idaho and Peter Nixon of Canada.

They would be replaced with Bob Dean of Boise, David Deisley of Salt Lake City, Jeff Malmen of Boise, Chris Robison of Denver and Alex Sternhell of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

“In stark contrast to current directors, the new board expects to hold substantial amounts of stock in the company, creating economic alignment with Midas Gold’s shareholders,” the letter said.

Paulson would also emphasize Midas Gold’s status as a company producing antimony, which the federal government has tabbed as a strategic mineral critical to the country’s defense.

“It is imperative that we highlight that value domestically to continue garnering stakeholder support for development of the project,” Paulson’s letter said.

Calling the special meeting means Paulson can realign the board prior to Midas Gold’s annual May shareholder meeting, when board member elections are typically held.

Midas Gold Corp. is the Vancouver, B.C., parent company of Midas Gold Idaho, which is seeking regulatory approval to operate a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

Midas Gold declined to comment on the specifics of Paulson’s proposal, but spokesperson reinforced its commitment to the Stibnite Gold Project.

“Midas Gold Idaho is proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the Gem State over the past decade,” said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Midas Gold Idaho.

“Our dedication to Idaho and our vision for the project remain the same,” Lyon said.

Midas Gold’s commitments to the Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation remain in place regardless of who owns or operates the company, she said.

Paulson reassured Midas Gold’s 37 employees in Idaho that the proposed board reshuffling would not affect the company’s operations and is “strictly a board matter.”

“This will have no effect on the Idaho team,” the letter said. “You are the backbone of this company both today and into the future.”

Sayer’s role heading up Midas Gold Idaho would remain unchanged under the proposal, said Chris Ullman, a Paulson spokesperson.

Since 2016, Paulson has invested about $66 million into Midas Gold, $35 million of which came earlier this year.

Paulson currently owns 209.4 million shares of Midas Gold, or about 44.1% of all shares. That is four times as many shares as Barrick Gold, the company’s second-largest shareholder.

Barrick Gold, which is based in Toronto, owns about 53.8 million shares, or 11% of all shares, following purchases in 2018 and 2019.

Approval on the Stibnite Gold Project could come by next August, according to the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency on the proposed mine.

Midas Gold’s probable mineral reserves in the Stibnite deposits include more than 4 million ounces of gold, or about 125 tons.

The value of the gold is projected to bring in 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in total revenue over the 12 to 15-year life of mining.

The reserves also are predicted to contain 100 million pounds of antimony, which is used to make flame-proofing materials, paints, ceramic enamels, glass and pottery.

The value of antimony is only expected to produce 5% of total mine revenue, but the mine would become the only source of mined antimony in the United States.
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Paulson & Co. known for ‘bully tactics’ to take over companies

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 25, 2020

The New York City investment firm seeking to stack Midas Gold’s corporate board with its own directors is known for using “bully tactics” to achieve shareholder goals, according to industry experts.

Kingsdale Advisors, a shareholder advisory firm based in Toronto and New York, credited Paulson & Co.’s 2018 board reshuffling of a small Canadian mining company as one that shifted the balance of power between investors and corporate boards.

“Paulson’s playbook is one that is likely to be reused to reshape the industry,” Kingsdale said in a June 2019 post on the University of Harvard’s Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

“Bullying companies into making changes (investors) want and if they are rebuffed, put the company into play,” the post said, which was written by Kingsdale founder Wes Hall and executives Amy Freedman and Ian Robertson.

Paulson was founded in 1994 and made most of its fortune winning big on the housing market crash in 2007, but in 2009 announced plans to invest in gold.

“We view gold as currency, not a commodity,” company founder John Paulson, 64, said in 2012.

“It’s importance as a currency will continue to increase as the major central banks around the world print money,” said Paulson, who Forbes estimates is currently worth about $4.3 billion.

One of Paulson’s major gold mining investments was the Detour Gold Corporation, which between 2006 and 2020 operated the Detour Lake Mine in Ontario, Canada.

Paulson urged the corporate board to sell the company in 2018 following steep stock price declines and perceived mismanagement, but the board disagreed.

“When its initial assault was rebuffed, Paulson changed its strategy to push for a whole new board of directors that could presumably facilitate a sale,” said Kingsdale, which Detour Gold hired in the shareholder fight against Paulson.

Paulson campaigned to shareholders that the sitting board had mismanaged the company during a five-month board takeover that industry magazine “Mining Weekly” described as “acrimonious.”

Livermore Partners founder David Neuhauser told industry news site mining.com that it was “highly probable” other investors would use Paulson’s success as a guide.

“You want to look at situations like this and use them as a template,” said Neuhauser, who founded the Chicago based investment firm in 2009.

A year after Detour Gold shareholders voted to replace the board with Paulson’s choices, the mine sold for $4.9 billion to Kirkland Lake Gold, a Toronto mining company.

Paulson says the strategy is a way to hold corporate boards accountable for failing to make decisions with shareholders in mind.

Marcelo Kim, a Paulson partner since 2011, urged fellow investors at the 2017 Denver Gold Forum to unite with shareholders to force “underperforming companies” to perform.

That led Paulson to create the Shareholders’ Gold Council, which conducts industry research and studies interests of investors.

Kingsdale, the shareholder advisory firm, critiqued the council as an organization designed to “franchise out activist campaigns” against corporate boards of gold mining companies.

The council emphasizes the correlation between share prices and stock ownership of board members, which Paulson noted as a factor in its proposed board reshuffling of Midas Gold.

Since 2017, 13 corporate board takeovers of Canadian mining companies have been attempted, nine of which have been successful, according to figures from Kingsdale.

Other than Midas Gold, Paulson owns a large stake in International Tower Hill, a small mining company seeking to develop its Livengood Project near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Both company’s boards are chaired by Kim, who oversees the Paulson’s interests in natural gas, base metals, oil and gold.

Kim, 33, is a graduate of Yale University and has served on Midas Gold’s corporate board since 2016.

He was appointed board chairman last March as part of Paulson’s $35 million investment into Midas Gold.

Paulson partner Chris Papagianis also currently sits on Midas Gold’s corporate board. He was appointed in May to replace former Paulson board member Javier Schiffrin.

Paulson no longer deals with outsider money after becoming a private family investment firm in July.

At its height, the former hedge fund firm managed about $36 billion, but that number had dwindled to about $6 billion in July, according to Forbes.

Kingsdale Advisors was founded in 2003 and is a shareholder services and advisory firm. Air Canada, Barrick Gold, Suncor Energy and Citigroup are among its clients.

The firm has led high-profile shareholder activist campaigns and mergers, including a $37 billion merger between Enbridge and Spectra Energy and a $12.5 billion merger between Tim Horton’s and Burger King.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission)
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Tips & Advice:

Search and Rescue advises: use common sense

Nov 28, 2020 Local News 8

Fremont County Search and Rescue (FCS&R) is calling on the public to show some common sense before driving off established roads.

They say they’ve been called to four separate rescue calls to help motorists stranded on impassable roads, due to heavy snowfall.

FCS&R advises, the further away from an established road you travel, the less likely you will find adequate cell service to call for help.

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Public Lands:

Debate continues over development on 28,000 acres of state land near McCall

By Idaho Statesman Nov 23, 2020

The Idaho Board of Land Commissioners heard renewed plans on Tuesday regarding the fate of roughly 28,000 acres of state-owned land near Payette Lake and McCall but made no moves toward a resolution on the controversial issue.

The area includes parcels of state land northeast of Payette Lake and extending south around Little Payette Lake. The area has been at the center of debate for much of the year as the Idaho Department of Lands and commissioners weigh its best use. Per Idaho’s constitution, the Department of Lands is mandated to use state endowment lands to maximize revenue for schools.

The Department of Lands paused its leasing projects in the area earlier this year to assess different usage options.

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BLM protects road surface with annual winter closure of Eighth Street

November 25, 2020
Mike Williamson mwilliamson@blm.gov 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind the public of the annual seasonal road closure of upper Eighth Street in the Boise Foothills to prevent road damage during wet conditions.

This seasonal closure pertains only to full-sized vehicles and is in effect from Dec. 1 to May 15. The closure begins 2.8 miles from the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. The route remains open year-round for off-highway vehicles 50 inches or less in width, motorcycles, mountain bikes and all other non-motorized use.

“The purpose of this seasonal road closure has always been to prevent road damage from full-size vehicle use when the roadbed is wet and easily rutted,” said David Draheim, BLM outdoor recreation planner. “This annual closure has gone a long way toward minimizing erosion and road maintenance costs and preventing other resource damage from occurring each year.”

The BLM appreciates the public’s cooperation in respecting the road closure and helping to protect resources while maintaining access for recreational users. For more information, please contact the BLM Boise District Office at 208-384-3300.
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Critter News:

What not to feed your dog or cat at Thanksgiving

Every year there are warnings about the harm Thanksgiving food can do to your pets.

November 24, 2020 KTVB

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Pet Talk – Fluid therapy in dogs and cats

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Nov 20, 2020 IME

Animals maintain a normal fluid balance in the body by drinking and taking in fluids in their foods to offset the fluids lost in urine, feces and from the respiratory tract when panting. When fluid balance is severely disrupted, dehydration and shock may occur. Supplemental fluids may be needed if fluid intake decreases, losses increase, or both occur. Eating and drinking less lowers the intake of fluids. Increased losses can also occur through vomiting, diarrhea, panting, kidney diseases, bleeding or surface burns.

Fluid therapy involves fluids or supplemental body electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, to be given by intravenous methods. Intravenous fluids are given through the needle or through catheter inserted into a vein. IV catheters are most commonly inserted into the veins of the front legs. Large amounts of IV fluids can be administered quickly, making this an ideal route when the need for fluids is urgent. A variety of fluids and electrolyte mixtures, as well as many medications, can be given intravenously.

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Fish and Game officers investigate cow elk killing

Nov 24, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho Fish and Game Department personnel are investigating the killing of a cow elk in the Meadow Creek area near Spencer in Clark County.

Conservation officers believe it happened sometime between November 18 and November 21.

They said the suspects used a blue four-wheeler to trespass across private property then traveled cross-country onto public land. Investigators said the suspects caused considerable resource and property destruction along the way.

Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have information about the incident. Call the Idaho Falls regional office at 208-525-7290 or the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999.

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Fish & Game News:

Anglers will get new ice fishing access at Lake Cascade this winter

By Jordan Messner, Fisheries Regional Manager
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Boulder Creek access is on the northeast end of the lake and is in addition to four other winter recreation sites

Anglers looking for access to Lake Cascade for ice fishing will get a new option this winter with the addition of the Boulder Creek walk-in access and parking lot. Lake Cascade State Park staff developed the area so it can be plowed, and Fish and Game hired a contractor to keep it clear of snow during the ice fishing season.


IDFG

To get there turn west on Loomis Lane from Idaho 55 about a mile south of Donnelly and follow the signs to the Boulder Creek unit. Lake Cascade State Park staff also provides winter access at Van Wyck, Blue Heron, and Poison Creek units. Valley County Roads Department provides parking on the west side of the lake off West Mountain Road at the area commonly known as the “90-degree turn.”

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Look no further for the perfect gift for that special hunter or angler on your list- an IDFG gift certificate!

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Stop by a regional Idaho Fish and Game office this holiday season to purchase a gift that keeps on giving all year long– an Idaho Fish and Game gift certificate!

Fishing and hunting provide a good excuse to get outside, see the beauty of Idaho’s wildlife, and spend quality time with family and friends. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is a fishing or hunting season open throughout the year.

License gift certificates can be purchased at any Idaho Fish and Game office in any dollar amount. Most people buy them for the exact amount of an annual hunting license, fishing license, combination, sportsman’s package or even a lifetime license! Lifetime license prices start at $300 and can cost over $1,000 for a combination license (see image below).

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MK Nature Center bird seed sale fundraiser is Dec. 4-5

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The MK Nature Center will host its 14th annual bird seed sale on December 4 and 5. Come and stock up on food for your favorite backyard birds. Proceeds from this event benefit educational programs at the Nature Center.

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

The MK Nature Center Gift Shop will have many nature-themed holiday items for purchase. Come check out these items for the nature lover on your holiday gift list.

Covid Procedures: There will be a 10 person limit in the building at one time, with a one way traffic pattern to follow. Consistent with the City of Boise’s Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-13, masks are required in the building.

For more information, please contact Sue Dudley at sue.dudley@idfg.idaho.gov or call 208-287-2900.

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Rhode Island woman saves four baby squirrels, individually hands them back

by Sam Read, WJAR Staff Thursday, October 8th 2020

Incredible video shows a North Providence woman handing a mom squirrel back her babies.


Melissa Frankiewicz saved four baby squirrels and individually handed them back to the mom. (Melissa Frankiewicz via WJAR)

Four babies, three girls and one boy, had fallen from the tree.

“A couple minutes later, he comes over with four baby squirrels in a shovel and they’re all alive,” said Frankiewicz. “The boy had a scratch on his arm but that was it. They were OK.”

… Frankiewicz said the mom squirrel took four trips down the tree to retrieve each baby individually and put it in a nest.

full story w/video:
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Seasonal Humor:

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Nov 22, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

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

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving potluck Community Hall 2pm
Nov 30 – Firewood Season Ends
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

The Boise NF plans to conduct Fall/Winter burning.

In our area:

Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
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Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2pm. Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, at the Community Hall.
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Village News:

Attention Santa’s Yellow Pine Elves

It is time to start thanking about the Christmas gift bags!! Any questions please get a hold of me. We are looking at about 30 bags this year!!

Nicki H
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South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan (RAMP) Objection

Attached is our objection to the South Fork Restoration and Access Management Plan (RAMP), Payette National Forest.. Final comments were due November 16.

Many of the residents and landowners in the Yellow Pine community would like to submit an advisory vote for support to this objection or object to the closure of the South Fork forest service roads. We are working on the process to make this happen. If you have any questions or need for clarification please feel free to contact me by phone 208-631-3508 or teamsaleen@gmail.com. I do have a powerpoint presentation that I would be willing to present to the Yellow Pine Community if you are interested. It is difficult, with covid 19 protocols, to address all the details of this written objection. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

-Merrill Saleen

Link: 2020 South Fork Restoration Objection document.pdf
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Stibnite snow Nov 20th

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Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September or October.

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Bear Aware

* Keep all household garbage secured in a garage or other enclosed area.
* Leftovers or discarded fish or meat bones give off a strong odor and should be stored in your freezer until you haul the garbage to the transfer station.
* Keep attractants like B-B-Q grills, bird seed or pet food stored where bears cannot find them.
* Bird feeders should be taken down May through October or placed well out of reach of bears.

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Latest Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

Heat was installed in the Community Hall on April 30, 2020.

Addition for Community Hall bathrooms October 15, 2020.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days. Firewood Permits available.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to 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 (Nov 16) overnight low of 29 degrees, low overcast and misting (0.01″ so far) snow has settled/melted down to 5″ on the board. Cloudy and dark at lunch time, no rain. Warmer mid-afternoon, dark clouds thinning in one spot and no rain, high of 39 degrees. Cloudy at dusk. Gusty breezes around 1045pm and cloudy.

Tuesday (Nov 17) overnight low of 26 degrees, thinning overcast and filtered sunshine, light breezes and frost starting to melt. A single set of large elk tracks on Pioneer street. Gusty breezes before lunch time, breaks in the clouds. After lunch thicker darker clouds and blustery. Warmer, gray overcast and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Hairy woodpecker stopped by. At dusk it was overcast and still way above freezing with lighter breezes. Gusty right after dark. Very strong wind gusts between 630pm-730pm (40-50mph gusts recorded by the Tea Pot Dome weather station on the South Fork.) Steady rain and calmer by 830pm. Looks like it rained all night.

Wednesday (Nov 18) overnight low of 33 degrees, low foggy overcast and steady light rain (24 hour rain total = 0.41″) and one inch of old snow remains on the board. Heard a few juncos twittering. Stopped raining after lunch time. Mail truck was a bit late, dodging rocks and trees on the SF road. A few sprinkles after lunch then clouds thinning. Misty drops and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon with occasional light breezes, high of 42 degrees. Internet down 4-5pm. Steady light rain late afternoon, then harder rain at dusk, low clouds and socked in. Stopped raining before midnight. Bull elk bugled in the neighborhood around 130am. Snow fell early morning.

Thursday (Nov 19) overnight low of 31 degrees, 2.5″ new snow (SWE+rain = 0.52″) and 3″ total snow on the board, low overcast and snowing lightly this morning. Stopped snowing just after lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visited. Dark clouds and more snow early afternoon. Steller jay visiting. Breaks in the clouds and not snowing mid-afternoon. Below freezing and not snowing at dusk. Breezy and clearing early morning.

Friday (Nov 20) overnight low of 10 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning. Yesterday’s snow measured 3/4″ (SWE = 0.07″) and this morning there is a total of 2.5″ snow on the board after settling. Jay visiting. Clear, sunny and still below freezing at lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Clear sky mid-afternoon and below freezing. Hairy woodpecker visiting. Cold and clear at dusk. Appeared to be clear before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 21) overnight low of 5 degrees, clear sky and heavy frost this morning, just a hair over 2″ of old snow on the board remains. Steller jay visiting. Clear and cold at lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Clear sky and calm mid-afternoon. Temperature dropping quickly at dusk, clear with bright half moon above Antimony Ridge. Bull elk bugling after dark. Clear and cold before midnight.

Sunday (Nov 22) overnight low of 6 degrees, clear sky and frosty this morning, 2″ of old snow remains with a topping of thick hoar frost. A few jays visiting. Helicopter flew over at 1040am. Sunny and icicles dripping after lunch time, high of 39 degrees. Clear and cold mid-afternoon. Sun down behind the hill before 4pm. Below freezing at dusk.
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RIP:

Amanda Hall

On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, Amanda Hall, loving wife, daughter and sister, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 37.

Amanda was born in McCall on Aug. 30, 1983, to Thomas and Tammy (Wheeler) Boxleitner. She grew up in Cascade and graduated from Cascade High School in 2001.

After graduating high school she attended and graduated from Boise State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She worked as a Pharmacy Technician for 20 years at Wheeler’s/Watkins before shifting careers and becoming the Deputy Clerk for the City of Cascade. On May 10, 2015, she married Matt Hall, who was her partner in crime.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Amanda had a passion for traveling, camping, RZR riding, boating and caring for her two dogs, Snickers and Oreo. Amanda also adored helping out and spending time with Brooklynn Metz and Cedar Saxton, treating them as if her own. Brooklynn adoringly referred to her as Manga.

Amanda had a bright and energetic personality and was known for her kind heart and helping others. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life.

Amanda is survived by her husband Matt Hall (Cascade), her parents Thomas and Tammy Boxleitner (Cascade), siblings Jennifer Boxleitner (Littleton, Colorado), Brandon Boxleitner (Cascade) and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Alphons and Dorothy Boxleitner and Joe and Irva Wheeler, her uncles Mike and Steve Wheeler and her aunt Nikki Huston.

A small gathering for family and close friends will be held at The Roxy Theater on Nov. 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers and donations, the family requests that donations be made to Umpqua Bank.

Online condolences may be left at (link)

Arrangements in care of McCall Funeral Home.
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Idaho News:

Record 1,786 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths

Nov 20, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported a record 1,786 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on Friday.

The next highest single day report was 1,781 on Nov. 17.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 89,764.

There are a total of 76,570 confirmed cases and 13,194 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 10 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 845.

full story:
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Idaho Friday, November 20


source: KTVB
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Central District Health board issues public health advisory as COVID-19 pandemic surges

The meeting comes as coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the state and within the district’s four-county region.

Tyson Miller, KTVB November 17, 2020

The Central District Board of Health on Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve a public health advisory that urges Idahoans to take certain steps to help curb the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

The decision comes as cases continue to surge throughout the state, and within the district’s four-county region that includes Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties.

Kim Link, the program manager for the health district, told the board that all of the metrics they have been monitoring are very concerning, including the overall number of new cases in recent weeks.

“We’re getting as many cases in a single day that we should be getting in a week,” she said.

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Central District Health implements public health advisory, could turn to order if cases don’t decline

By Meredith Spelbring Nov 18, 2020 KIVI

Central District Health has issued a new public health advisory for four counties, with the possibility to make it an order if the COVID-19 situation does not reverse.

The advisory is in effect for Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties and states residents are strongly encouraged to:

* Wear a face covering at all times when around someone who is not a member of the same household and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
* Work from home
* Minimize non-essential travel
* Suspend visits to congregate living facilities
* Avoid social gatherings, including gatherings with family members from outside the household
* Anyone over the age of 65, smokes or has a health condition that puts them at risk should avoid close contact with others outside their household

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Valley County reports 23 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 239

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 19, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 239 cases on Tuesday, up 23 cases from 216 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 180 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 15 cases from 165 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center on Monday reported 56 positive cases, or eight more than the 48 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 166 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 14 more than the 152 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County.

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Valley County Announcement

(via FB 11/18/2020)

In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our communities, Valley County will be limiting in-person access to County buildings including the Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office and DMV offices. Employees who are able will be working remotely.

How to access services:

* In-person services are available by appointment only. Please visit (link) and navigate to the department you wish to make an appointment with. Visitors to County buildings will be required to have their temperatures checked and wear masks.

* Online services are available on our website and via electronic communication. These include property tax payments, vehicle registration renewals, paying court fees and more. Go to (link)
for a quick list of available online services.

**Beginning Monday 11/23/20 The Valley County Sheriff’s Office will be open Monday – Friday for driver’s licensing, commercial driver’s licensing, concealed weapon permits from 8:00 – 4:00 by appointment only, and only to residents of Valley County. Please be sure to call and schedule your appointment, as they will fill quickly. Unfortunately, no fingerprint services will be available. ** For sex offender registration, please call their office at 208-382-7150.

In addition, Commissioner and Planning & Zoning meetings will move to an online-only format. Those wishing to participate in public hearings may call in via phone and watch via YouTube.

**The Transfer Site will be open 8am – 5pm, Monday through Saturday as usual. Recycling Centers will also be open.**

There is currently no end date set for these protocols, but the situation will be reassessed when daily COVID cases start to decline in Valley County.
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Valley County sheriff’s deputies to hand out ‘turkeys or tickets’ before Thanksgiving

More than 50 people will receive a Thanksgiving turkey instead of a ticket when they are stopped by a Valley County sheriff’s deputy between Nov. 15-24.

November 16, 2020 KTVB

Drivers who get pulled over in Valley County could get a very nice holiday surprise!

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Tamarack Environmental Protection Association Partners (TEPA) for its annual “Turkey or Tickets” program.

Every Thanksgiving season since 2015, the TEPA and sheriff’s office have teamed up to provide community engagement and education through this program.

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Cascade Legion to change to take-out Thanksgiving dinners

The Star-News Nov 19, 2020

The American Legion Post 60 in Cascade will serve its annual Turkey Day dinners to-go only on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. due to COVID-19 concerns.

One factor in the decision was the limit of 50 people who could be served at a time. The American Legion normally serves around 150 meals on Thanksgiving.

Diners are asked to send only one member of their party inside to pick up the meals. Masks will be required, and COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

The meals are free, but donations will be accepted for a fund for Valley County veterans in need.

American Legion Post 60 is located at 105 E. Mill Road in Cascade.

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Rural communities need more doctors and nurses

By Nicole Camarda Nov 20, 2020 KIVI


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idaho ranks 49th out of the 50 states in the rate of active patient care physicians. The state has 182 per 100,000 people compared to the national average of 227 per 100,000 people. Marsing, Melba and Weiser are all rural communities underserved with medical, dental and mental health resources.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, about 95% of Idaho is federally designated as a health professional shortage area in primary care.

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Idaho 55 project at Smiths Ferry shut down for the winter

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

The project to improve Idaho 55 between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge is set to pause with the roadway returning to two-way traffic for the winter.

Drivers can expect the road to be fully open next week for Thanksgiving, Idaho Transportation Department Communication Manager Vincent Trimboli said.

The project to widen and straighten the mile-long stretch of highway started on Sept. 8. The project required a combination of one-lane traffic and full closures to allow crews to conduct blasting and excavation operations.

Work will stop for the winter, with construction set to start again in mid-March with blasting and full closures running through mid-May, Trimboli said.

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Construction on Highway 55 paused for winter

By Katie Kloppenburg Nov 20, 2020 KIVI

Those heading into central Idaho will have a little easier time for a few months. Construction on the Highway 55 Smiths Ferry project is paused for the winter season.

Both lanes of traffic are now back open. In September, crews began blasting as part of a two-year project to improve safety along that stretch. The work will widen shoulders, add guard rails and straighten a windy stretch near the Rainbow Bridge.

Work on the highway will start again in the middle of March 2021.

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13 earthquakes hit central Idaho within 24 hours

by Ryan L Morrison Monday, November 16th 2020 CBS2

The United States Geological Survey recorded 13 earthquakes in central Idaho in the last 24 hours.

The most recent was a 2.7 magnitude shake about eight miles southwest of Stanley. The largest was recorded at 4.1 magnitude on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m.

The Stanley area has been hit with aftershocks following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that shook practically the entire state in March.

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Lewiston police looking for man missing since Sept. 25

Oct 7, 2020 Lewiston Tribune

Lewiston police are asking the public to contact them if someone sees Robert D. Nichols, who has been missing since Sept. 25.

Nichols was reported missing to police Sept. 29 after he failed to show up at a job site Sept. 28. His family has also not been able to get in contact with him.

Nichols is 5-foot-11 and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Nichols was last seen checking out of a Lewiston hotel Sept. 25, which is also the last time and place his cellphone was used. He also used his company’s credit card to put fuel in his work vehicle, which is a white 1999 Chevrolet Suburban with an Idaho license plate, No. 6C52533. The vehicle has cargo doors in the back and should contain a large survey box.

It is not out of character for Nichols to camp in a tent or in his work vehicle, but it is out of character for Nichols to fail to contact his family or to report to a job site.

If someone comes into contact with Nichols, Lewiston police ask that they contact Detective Brian Erickson at (208) 746-0171 or by email at berickson@cityoflewiston.org.

Image on FB:

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Scam Alert:

BBB: how to avoid new scams related to COVID vaccine trials

By Kristen Bolden Nov 16, 2020 KIIVI

As COVID-19 cases spike across the United States and here in Idaho, the race for a vaccine is on. Now, scammers are using that knowledge to try and steal your identity.

The Better Business Bureau reports scammers have been sending out unsolicited text messages to promote participation in phony clinical studies. The BBB’s Rebecca Barr says scammers try to lure people in with a cash reward to help science and medical professionals.

Many victims report receiving the message through text, but it can also be sent through email or a social media message. A recent message sent to BBB staff read: “Local Covid19 Study: Compensation up to $1,220! Qualify Here.” If you receive a message like this, no matter how curious you are or how much you could use the extra cash, do not click on these types of links.

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Tips & Advice:

10 tips for protecting your home from fire damage

By KBOI Nov 20, 2020

Fire is a comfortable way to keep warm. It’s also dangerous when utilized improperly, and it’s incredibly unpredictable when it’s burning through forests and wildlands. That’s where the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association comes in, with helpful advice to keep your home safe from fires.

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Mining News:

Most comments favor Midas Gold mine

Payette forest will consider opinion in final plan

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

Public comments are heavily in favor of Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine, according to a sampling of the comments by The Star-News.

A sampling of 1,000 public comments to the Payette National Forest 876 comments in support of the project, 114 comments opposed and 10 neutral comments.

There were about 10,000 total comments, but an official tally of the comments has not been released. That process is still underway by the Payette.

The comments were submitted in response to the release of the draft study of the proposed gold and antimony mine at Stibnite.

“While we know that some members of the public might think of commenting on the study as a vote for or against the project, comments are not actually considered in a popular vote method,” Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

“The intent is for comments to be substantive to the information found in the study,” Harris said.

Responses to all comments will be appear in a final version of the study expected by August 2021.

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Public Lands:

Southwest Idaho Fall/Winter prescribed fire burning planned

Boise, Idaho, November 18, 2020 — Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable weather conditions for low complexity pile burning operations. Pile burning is designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels) generated from logging, noncommercial thinning operations and administrative site clearing.

Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in November and continue through February. Several landing and hand piles are planned for ignition in 13 different locations within the Boise National Forest.

Public and firefighter safety is always the priority in all public land fire operations. Fire managers develop burn plans that account for safety, specific fuel and weather prescriptions and smoke management. All controlled burns are closely evaluated and are only approved when favorable conditions are present.

Prescribed burns may affect people sensitive to smoke and may impact access to burn areas and travel routes. Fire officials strongly advise forest visitors and homeowners to prepare and plan activities around the proposed dates and locations of burns and to use extreme caution near prescribed fire areas. Please be aware of firefighters and equipment in the area and on roadways, comply with posted notices and drive slowly in areas with decreased visibility.

All planned burning during this time frame will be pile burning which will generate smoke but have low probability of fire spread beyond the footprint of the piles due to time of year, weather and adjacent fuels conditions. Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

For more information please contact us at 208-373-4100

Planned Boise National Forest fall/winter prescribed burns:

Idaho City Ranger District
• Buckskin Project area (500 acres): Hand piles generated from hazardous fuels reduction activities in the Little Muddy Creek drainage and Grimes Pass area.

Cascade Ranger District
• Project Camp Hand piles (8-acres): Hand piles generated from debris removal around administrative site located near Warm Lake.
• Warm Lake Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located near Warm Lake Highway.
• Johnson Creek Transfer Site (1-acre): Pile debris generated from fuels reduction activities located off National Forest System (NFS) road 413.
• Crawford Debris Pile (1-acre): Debris pile generated from hazardous fuels reduction activities around administrative site located near NFS road 430 and the Warm Lake Highway.
• Landmark Workstation (1-acre): Debris pile generated from hazardous fuels reduction activities around administrative site located at the junction of NFS roads 413 and 579.

Emmett Ranger District
• High Fork Piles: landing piles generated from logging slash located along NFS roads: 601H, 601J, 601K, 606E near High Valley.
• Padget Piles: landing piles generated from logging slash located along NFS roads: 602A, 602A, 602A1, 602A2, 602A3, 602A4 and 602P near High Valley.
• Sagehen Reservoir Piles: Landing and debris piles generated from logging slash and fuels reduction activities around Sagehen Reservoir and campgrounds along NFS roads 614, 614l, 614A1, 614B, 614J, 622A, 609A1, 626T, 626U and 626Y4.
• Tripod Summit Piles: Landing piles generated from logging slash and fuels reduction activities near High Valley along NFS roads 644, 644W, 644Y, 644Z, 644Z2.
• West Scriver Piles: Landing piles generated from logging slash and fuels reduction activities in the Scriver Creek area along NFS roads: 693, 695 and 696.

Mountain Home Ranger District
• Bogus Basin piles (approx. 25 piles): Machine and landing piles near NFS 297 road generated from logging operations.
• Minneha/Star Gulch piles (approx. 350 acres): Hand piles generated from hazardous fuels reduction thinning near NFS 202B road.
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Boise National Forest Christmas tree permit sales begin

Avoid the lines – Boise National Forest adds http://www.recreation.gov as option to purchase Christmas tree permits

Boise, Idaho, November 18, 2020 — New this year, Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase online at Recreation.gov. The benefits to online sales are twofold: 1. added convenience for visitors 2. providing a safer alternative to in-person transactions. Visitors can begin cutting trees Nov. 21 – Dec. 25.

Christmas tree permits remain available at some our vendors (see attached list) starting Nov. 21.

Boise National Forest Ranger District offices may be closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Know before you go and call ahead before heading out!

Each Christmas tree permit allows up to 3 trees to be cut per family at $10 per tree. All purchased permits are only valid on the Boise National Forest. A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and use of permits for commercial purposes is prohibited. Permits are non-refundable and the purchaser must be at least 18 years in age.

Permits purchased online are $10 with an additional $2.50 service fee, then printed by the purchaser (printer access is required). Recreation.gov purchasers must have the printed permit in possession and displayed on their vehicle dash when harvesting a tree.

All purchases from the vendors are provided with a Christmas tree permit and tags. The tags are attached to a limb of the cut tree.

USDA Forest Service, in coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” (EKO) program, fourth and fifth-graders who participate in the program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit! The EKO initiative is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth and fifth-grade students who first go to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm and complete the application process for a voucher. Visit recreation.gov, choose purchase tree, add quantity. Enter the EKO voucher number when prompted.

All permits obtained through recreation.gov have $2.50 service fee including the EKO. Commercial vendors do not participate in the “Every Kid Outdoors” program.

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

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

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

* Follow the general conditions provided.

* Practice winter survival and driving techniques.

* Bring the right tools, such as a saw and a shovel, so the tree can be cut to within 6” of the ground’s surface.

* Take along emergency equipment, plenty of food and water, and try to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle if you are planning to travel in snow country.

* Always inform neighbors and family friends of the route you intend to take, include a map of your destination, and the time that you plan to be gone.

* Be prepared for the possibility of a long hike or snowmobile ride while searching for the perfect tree.

* According to Idaho state law, any vehicle carrying a load that extends more than 4 feet past the tailgate, must display a red or florescent orange flag tied on the end of the load to caution other drivers.

Where to get a Christmas tree Permit

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Interagency Visitor Center WILL NOT be selling Christmas tree permits. For more information: Boise National Forest Supervisor Office – 208-373-4039

Most Boise NF Offices will be closed due to Covid-19 pandemic. Know before you go and call ahead before heading out!

The Idaho City Ranger District (208) 392-6681 – call for curbside service: Monday – Friday

Lowman Ranger District (208) 259-3361

Emmett Ranger District (208) 365-7000

Cascade Ranger District (208) 382-7400 – call for curbside service: Monday – Friday.

Mountain Home Ranger District (208) 587-7961

Boise National Forest Vendors

East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442
2518 E Cleveland
Caldwell, ID 83605
Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

B & W Fuels, (208) 365-2291
1900 N Washington Ave.
Emmett, ID 83617
Open: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed weekends

Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391
445 State Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629
Open: Everyday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869
P.O. Box 447
Garden Valley, ID 83622
Open: Everyday – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426
3868 Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sun, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900
243 State Highway 21
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Seasons (208) 392-9777
200 Main Street
Idaho City, ID 83631
Open: Everyday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
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Payette forest sells Christmas tree permits online

(posted in The Star-News Nov 19, 2020)

Christmas tree permits for the Payette National Forest are available for purchase online, through their vendors and via curbside service this holiday season.

New this year is online purchasing. Visit https://recreation.gov and search for “Payette National Forest Christmas Tree Permit.”

Permits will be available for purchase at vendors beginning on Saturday and for curbside pickup at Forest Service offices beginning Monday.

Those wishing to purchase permits via curbside pickup must call first and pay with a credit card or debit card.

Cost is $10 for the permits. Fourth-graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit through the “Every Kid Outdoors” program. For more information, visit https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm.

Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at these locations:

• Albertsons, 132 E. Lake St. in McCall.

• C&M Lumber, 3625 Walker Lane in New Meadows.

• McCall Forest Supervisor’s Office, 500 N. Mission St., 208-634-0700.

• McCall Ranger District Office, 102 W. Lake St., 208-634-0400.

• New Meadows Ranger District Office, 3674 U.S. 95, 208-347-0300.
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USDA Forest Service Invites Public Feedback on Proposed List of Deferred Maintenance Projects for Fiscal Year 2022

Ogden, UT, November 20, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects under consideration for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022.

The Forest Service projects, which are now open for public feedback on the forest service website, aim to address the agency’s $5.2 billion deferred maintenance backlog and improve public access and quality of visitor experience through repair and restoration of roads, trails, bridges, recreation sites, and other facilities.

The proposed projects were selected based on seven criteria:

* Reducing deferred maintenance
* Promoting management of America’s forests
* Improving visitor experience
* Contributing to rural economic development
* Improving visitor access
* Ensuring health and safety
* Leveraging partner contributions and resources

Signed into law this summer, the Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forest and grasslands through 2025. The Forest Service is working closely with all interested public to ensure the selected projects continue to meet local needs and maximize the benefits experienced by millions of Americans who visit and use their national forests and grasslands.

The public has until Nov. 30, 2020 to review and provide feedback on the proposed list. For more details on how to submit your feedback, visit: (link)

Background

The Great American Outdoors Act responds to the growing $5 billion backlog of deferred maintenance on national forest and grasslands, which includes $3.7 billion for roads and bridges and $1.5 billion for visitor centers, campgrounds and other facilities. The Forest Service currently administers more than 370,000 miles of roads, 13,400 bridges, 159,000 miles of trails, 1,700 dams and reservoirs, 1,500 communications sites, 27,000 recreation sites, and 40,000 facilities of other types. In addition to helping address deferred maintenance for these critical facilities and infrastructure, the Great American Outdoors Act will help the Forest Service to continue supporting rural economies and communities in and around national forests and grasslands across the country.
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Critter News:

Idaho Fish and Game using specially trained K-9’s to solve wildlife crimes

By Lynsey Amundson Nov 19, 2020 KIVI

With fall and winter comes hunting season, one of the busiest times of the year for Idaho Fish and Game and their K-9 Officers.

You can often find the specially trained dogs in the hills solving wildlife crimes and possibly searching for lost hunters.

After graduating from an intense nine-week training course in Indiana, the dogs are certified in tracking and article searching.

“We will run the dog around multiple different times looking for more evidence, and it can help the case, especially if he finds more evidence if he finds casings, or if he finds an additional animal,” said Craig Mickelson, IDFG Conservation Officer & K-9 handler. “It really helps, and it helps in our efficiency as a department.”

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F&G seeks information regarding killing of young grizzly in Fremont County

November 18, 2020 Local News 8

A young male grizzly bear was found shot and killed near the Cold Springs Road in Fremont County recently.

Weather events made it difficult to determine the timing of the incident, but Idaho Fish and Games aid it is believed to have occurred around Nov. 8.

Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the incident and would appreciate hearing from anyone that may have heard or seen something.

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Spike elk shot, left to waste near Rexburg

November 18, 2020 Local News 8

A spike bull elk was shot and left to waste on Nov. 15 or 16 just off of the Long Hollow Rd., 13 miles east of Rexburg in Unit 64.

While a hunting season for cow elk in the unit was open, the hunting season for antlered elk in the unit ended Oct. 21.

Idaho Fish and Game officials report evidence of multiple other harvested elk were found at the scene leading investigators to believe the unlawfully harvested spike elk was intentionally left to waste.

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BLM releasing 11 wild horses near Glenns Ferry

The five mares and six studs are set to be released into the Saylor Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area.

November 18, 2020 KTVB

The Bureau of Land Management will release nearly a dozen horses back into the wild on Wednesday.

The five mares and six studs are set to be released into the Saylor Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area 15 miles south of Glenns Ferry.

The Jarbidge BLM field office captured 104 wild horses from that area earlier this year in a bid to control overpopulation on the rangeland. Wednesday’s release will bring the herd numbers back to its management goal of 50 horses.

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Hundreds of steelhead to be released into the Boise River Thursday afternoon

Idaho Fish and Game plans to stock the river with hatchery fish at five locations in Boise.

November 19, 2020 KTVB

Anglers hoping to land a big one should grab their fishing pole head down to the Boise River.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to stock the river with around 250 steelhead on Thursday afternoon.

Officials say the fish were trapped at Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River.

They will be released in equal numbers, about 50 fish, at five locations:

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Fish & Game News:

F&G commission approves changes to nonresident participation in general season deer and elk hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, November 20, 2020

Limits to nonresident participation in general season hunts go into effect for 2021 season

Lewiston — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Nov. 20 approved changes to nonresident participation in general season deer and elk hunts to address concerns from residents about hunter congestion in some areas. Starting 2021, nonresident hunters in most general season elk and deer hunts will be limited to 10 or 15 percent of the total hunters in each elk zone or deer unit based on hunter participation estimates averaged over the last five years. The new limits do not apply to capped elk zones.

Statewide quotas for nonresident deer tags (15,500) and elk tags (12,815) have remained the same for nearly 30 years. Although nonresident participation in general deer and elk seasons is limited by these statewide tag quotas, in the past there was no way to manage nonresident participation in each game unit or elk zone, resulting in disproportionally high numbers of nonresident hunters in some areas.

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Nov. 16: Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Biologist 1
Monday, November 16, 2020

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River decreased during the past week. The majority of anglers were observed downstream of North Fork in location codes 14 and 15, and due to colder temperatures, anglers were most commonly encountered during the afternoons.

Angler effort upstream of Salmon remained low. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 50 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 35 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed downstream of the Lemhi River in location code 16 averaged 26 hours per steelhead caught. No anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 reported catching a steelhead.

River conditions were good throughout the week. The river continued to have clear visibility, and water temperatures on Sunday were in the mid-30s. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,240 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 96 percent of average for today’s date.

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More F&G News Releases

link:
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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Bear ‘plays basketball’ at San Antonio Zoo

by Kendra Mann, Sinclair Broadcast Group Friday, November 13th 2020

A bear at the San Antonio Zoo was caught on camera enjoying a game of basketball inside his exhibit.

The bear, named Jordan, is seen on the video throwing a large rock with his paws as if he were shooting free throws.

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Seasonal Humor:

CovidPanda-a

ThanksgivingTraining-a
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Nov 15, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 15, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Sept 8 – Hwy 55 work started
Nov 2 – 3-day a week mail starts
Nov 14 – YP Tavern winter closure
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving potluck Community Hall 2pm
Nov 30 – Firewood Season Ends
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2pm. Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, at the Community Hall.
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Village News:

Veteran’s Day Snow in Yellow Pine

20201111YPTavenSnow-acourtesy the Yellow Pine Tavern

link: to photo gallery on FB
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South Fork Objectors Meeting

There was a meeting of the group of objectors Tuesday November 10 at 1pm in the Yellow Pine Tavern. The draft response is objecting to the the South Fork RAMP second draft decision which results in closing all secondary roads and drive in campsites on the South Fork and most on the Lick Creek Roads. (No minutes or info yet.)
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Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September or October.

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Bear Aware

* Keep all household garbage secured in a garage or other enclosed area.
* Leftovers or discarded fish or meat bones give off a strong odor and should be stored in your freezer until you haul the garbage to the transfer station.
* Keep attractants like B-B-Q grills, bird seed or pet food stored where bears cannot find them.
* Bird feeders should be taken down May through October or placed well out of reach of bears.

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Latest Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 55 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

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

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

Heat was installed in the Community Hall on April 30, 2020.

Addition for Community Hall bathrooms October 15, 2020.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days. Firewood Permits available.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

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

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

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

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

Monday (Nov 9) overnight low of 17 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning. Yesterday’s snow total 1/2″ (melted SWE = 0.03″), total snow on board 1.5″. Raven calling in flight, jay screeching from the trees. Dark clouds and overcast after lunch time. Low flying helicopter at 109pm. Overcast and light chilly breezes mid-afternoon, high of 33 degrees. Overcast and below freezing at dusk. Cloudy before midnight. Snow started falling early morning.

Tuesday (Nov 10) overnight low of 23 degrees, low overcast and light snowfall, 3/4″ new snow (SWE = 0.03″) and 2″ total snow. Very quiet. A few flakes at lunch time, clouds lifting off the ridges. Occasional flakes of snow on and off this afternoon. Mid-afternoon just below freezing, thick dark overcast and occasional flakes of snow falling, high of 33 degrees. Didn’t appear to be snowing at dusk and cold. Snowed during the night.

Wednesday (Nov 11) overnight low of 25 degrees, 3.5″ new snow overnight (SWE = 0.18″) and 5″ total snow on the ground this morning, thinning overcast. Breaks in the clouds and bits of sunshine before lunch time. At noon light breeze dumping snow out of the trees and filtered sunshine. More clouds and less cracks by mid-afternoon, chilly light breeze and occasional flake of snow falling, high of 33 degrees. Getting colder after dusk and not snowing. A few stars out before midnight and cold.

Thursday (Nov 12) overnight low of 6 degrees, light breeze, high thin haze over most of the sky this morning and filtered sunshine, 4″ of snow remains on the measuring board. High thin overcast at lunch time. Mail truck driver was a little late today. Thin overcast, filtered sun and cold gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 35 degrees. Hairy woodpecker visited. Overcast, cold and breezy at dusk. Cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Nov 13) Earthquake over by Stanley around 4am. Blizzard started at 815am, by 10am we had about an inch of snow (SWE = 0.06″) and about 4″ total on the board, blowing and snowing, socked in to the valley floor and low visibility. Snowing and breezy at lunch time. By 4pm we had received 6″ of new snow since 10am, steady snowfall and low overcast, high of 31 degrees. Stopped snowing before dusk. More snow after dark. Not snowing at midnight.

Saturday (Nov 14) overnight low of 24 degrees, overcast this morning and lightly flaking. Yesterday we had about 7″ of snow fall between 10am and midnight, but it had settled down to 5″ (SWE = 0.38″) on the measuring board by this morning and 8″ total on the ground. Breaks in the clouds at lunch time. Mostly cloudy and light breeze mid-afternoon, snow is settling and trees unloading, high of 36 degrees. Cloudy and light breeze at dusk. Light snow falling before midnight and into the night.

Sunday (Nov 15) 24 hour low of 27 degrees was from Saturday morning, 1.2″ new heavy wet snow fell during the night (SWE = 0.07) and measured a total of 7.5″ snow on the board this morning, sky is overcast. Cloudy and quiet at lunch time. Warmer, cloudy and dripping mid-afternoon, high of 39 degrees. Possible junco sighting. Cloudy and above freezing at dusk.
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Idaho News:

Idaho governor mobilizes National Guard, orders rollback to Stage 2 as COVID-19 cases swell

Little held a virtual news conference Friday afternoon and updated Idahoans on the Gem State’s fight against COVID-19 and the next steps to take.

Katie Terhune November 13, 2020 KTVB

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Friday that he is mobilizing the National Guard to help combat the coronavirus pandemic as cases threaten to overwhelm the state’s healthcare system’s ability to care for the sick and dying.

The executive order signed by the governor calls up 100 guardsmen to help expand healthcare access by assisting with mobile testing, facility decontamination, and more.

In addition, Idaho will also move back into Stage 2 of the reopening plan. Restrictions include a limit on gatherings to ten people or less, both inside and outside. Religious and political expression is exempt from the gathering limit, however, and bars, restaurants and other businesses can remain open, although patrons must be seated when not entering or leaving the business.

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1,519 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

November 13, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,519 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 79,798.

There are a total of 68,350 confirmed cases and 11,448 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 3 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 752.

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Idaho Cases Friday, November 13


source: KTVB
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Valley County reports 29 new COVID-19 cases

Total cases of virus now stands at 213

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 12, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 213 cases on Wednesday, up 29 cases from 184 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Wednesday reported 165 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 25 cases from 140 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center on Monday reported 48 positive cases, or seven more than the 41 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 152 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 24 more than the 128 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County since the pandemic reached Idaho in March. An 85-year-old McCall man died July 15 at St. Luke’s Boise hospital due to complications of COVID-19 infection.

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M-D still in class despite ‘red’ rating

None of six COVID-19 cases transmitted in schools

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 12, 2020

In-person classes for the McCall-Donnelly School District will continue despite Central District Health declaring Valley County in the “red” category of COVID-19 community infection rates.

M-D trustees on Monday decided not to change its current alternating day schedule, saying current precautions are adequate to prevent the spread of the virus inside the schools.

However, all extra-curricular activities, including basketball and wrestling, were temporarily suspended until Valley County is moved out of the red category.

Within the past week, six people within the M-D district tested positive for COVID-19, and 45 were quarantining at home after contact tracing found that they had potentially been exposed to known positive cases, Superintendent Jim Foudy said.

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Cascade in-person classes to go on under ‘red’ category

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 12, 2020

Cascade schools will continue in-person classes despite Central District Health declaring Valley County in the “red” category of COVID-19 community infection rates.

The district’s board of trustees made the decision during a special meeting on Tuesday.

The “red” category is the most severe on the district’s three category scale, where significant community spread of the virus is identified.

The health district changed Valley County’s category to red on Monday, which recommends “limited in-person instruction” for schools.

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‘People are running for the hills’

COVID-19 fuels local building boom

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 12, 2020

Carrie Potter has not had to leave her desk to witness how the COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a local building boom.

Potter, office manager at Pinetop Custom Homes in McCall, has been fielding an average of two new inquiries per day from people thinking about building a home in Valley County.

“If anything, the pandemic will cause exponential growth in Valley County,” Potter said.

“In a sense, people are running for the hills,” she said. “They have realized the disadvantages and dangers of living in highly populated areas.”

“This has been the busiest construction season I can remember since I started working for the city in 2013,” McCall Building Official John Powell said.

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Canyon, Washington counties moved to red health alert level

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, November 12th 2020

Canyon and Washington counties have been moved to Southwest District’s Health red health alert level.

The health district says it’s due to daily incident rates continuing to increase “across the majority of the district.”

Canyon County has a daily incidence rate of 4.90 daily new cases per 10,000 people while Washington County has 6.89 daily cases per 10,000, “which is increasing dramatically.”

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New COVID-19 travel restrictions in California, Washington, Oregon may impact Idaho travelers

Governors of California, Washington and Oregon unveiled new COVID-19 travel restrictions on Friday.

November 14, 2020 KTVB

Idaho Gov. Brad Little rolled Idaho back to Stage 2 on Friday while neighboring West Coast states announced stricter guidelines and travel restrictions amid surging COVID-19 cases across the U.S.

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Complicated Valley County land deal

By Don Nelson Nov 14, 2020 KIVI

Payette Lake is known for its peace and its unmatched beauty in every direction. It’s no surprise locals have become very curious about a proposed and very complicated land deal involving a Boise investment company and the state of Idaho.

Don Day from BoiseDev.com says “if you’re standing in downtown McCall and you’re looking over the lake, and you see that beautiful timberland that frames Payette Lake, it’s that and a whole lot more.”

There’s forty- four square miles that surround s the lake. It’s part of the Idaho Land Endowment, managed by the state for the benefit of public -school children which means they must manage the lands to make money.

Enter Trident Holdings, a privately held investment firm in Boise.

Days adds, “Trident sees an opportunity here to transition this land from its current status in the endowment to a new structure that would put about two thirds into what it calls park and then develop the rest of the land.”

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Several earthquakes hit near Stanley; largest a 4.3-magnitude

Four earthquakes hit near Stanley in Central Idaho Thursday night and into Friday morning, the latest series to rattle the area.

November 13, 2020 KTVB

Several earthquakes hit near Stanley in Central Idaho Thursday night and into Friday morning, the latest series of quakes to rattle the area.

According to the USGS, a 2.7-magnitude earthquake struck the area at 7:48 p.m. Thursday, followed about ten minutes later by a 2.6-magnitude quake. A stronger 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit at 3:54 a.m., then a 2.5 at 4:55 a.m.

KTVB has not received any reports of damage. The area where the earthquakes happened is about 14 miles northwest of Stanley in the mountains.

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Mining News:

BLM seeks comments on proposed mining operation near Quartzburg

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comments on a proposed placer mine located near Quartzburg. The proponent, Mountain States Mining, LLC, has submitted a Plan of Operations to develop a 3-acre mining site after several years of exploratory work.

This scoping period for the environmental assessment allows the public, organizations and other interested parties to identify potential issues that the BLM may consider including in the environmental analysis. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources or issues to be considered and analyzed. The BLM will accept comments throughout the scoping period: Nov. 13-27, 2020.

“The scoping process is a critical part of our planning process and ensures public involvement,” said BLM Four Rivers Field Manager Brent Ralston.

Maps and information about the project are available at: (link). The URL is case sensitive.

Comments can be submitted by any one of the following:
Email: BLM_ID_FourRiversOffice@blm.gov
Fax: 208-384-3326
Mail: BLM Four Rivers Field Office, 3948 Development Ave, Boise, ID 83705; Attention: Brent Ralston.

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

For more information, contact Brent Ralston at 208-384-3300 or BLM_ID_FourRiversOffice@blm.gov
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Public Lands:

Tamarack Resort fire contained; no cause released

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 12, 2020

The West State Fire at Tamarack Resort was declared 100% contained on Friday and extinguished completely by snowfall that started on Saturday.

The fire burned 61 acres within 500 feet of the resort’s unfinished mid-mountain lodge and about 100 feet from the Mile High Cantina.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, said Jennifer Russell, a public information officer for the Idaho Department of Lands.

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Fire near Council Mtn. burns 800 acres before snow falls

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 12, 2020

A wildfire started by an abandoned campfire grew to about 800 acres last week in Buck’s Basin east of Council Mountain before being quashed by snowfall, the Payette National Forest reported.

The Crystal Creek Fire was reported on Nov. 2 and was considered controlled after snow fell on the site over the weekend.

“Since the beginning of hunting season, 17 abandoned warming fires have been found on the landscape, and 25 abandoned campfires have been discovered in campground facilities,” Payette Forest Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

“This number of human-caused wildfires is not normal for this time of year,” he said.

People with information on who may have left the fire, or to report any abandoned campfire, should contact the Payette headquarters office in McCall at 208-634-0700.

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Payette National Forest to Soon Begins Christmas Tree Permit Sales

McCall, ID, November 10, 2020 – The Payette National Forest vendors will begin selling Christmas tree permits Saturday, Nov. 21. On Monday, Nov. 23, permits will be available at Forest Service offices via curbside service. Online purchase of permits begins on Nov. 16. All permits are valid to Dec. 31.

New this year, Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase online at Recreation.gov – click this link. Making permits available on-line adds convenience for visitors as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at offices that remain closed to walk-in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When purchasing online, be certain to specifically purchase a permit for the Payette National Forest as permits purchased online for other Forests are not valid on the Payette. Permits purchased online are $10 and an additional $2.50 service fee, then printed by the purchaser at the time of purchase (printer access is required).

Permits remain available locally as well at our vendors (see attached list) – and by calling our local Forest Service offices, paying via credit card/debit card, then curbside pickup (phone numbers attached). Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. The cost of a permit purchased locally is $10. Locally purchased permits are valid on both the Payette and Boise National Forest – one permit works for both Forests.

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

In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth-graders who are participating in the Every Kid Outdoors program can receive a free Christmas tree Permit. The U.S. Forest Service is among several federal agencies that support the Every Kid Outdoors initiative which is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to (link) and complete the application process for a pass, print the pass and call a Forest Service office for curbside service. If utilizing the online system at recreation.gov, enter the pass number when prompted.

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

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

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

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

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

Where to get a Christmas Tree Permit

Payette National Forest Offices via Curbside Service – call first.

All Payette National Forest offices are open for curbside service Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offices, and some vendors are closed on Thanksgiving.

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

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

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

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

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

Payette National Forest Vendors
Weiser: Ridley’s Food and Drug (208) 549-1332
652 E First St., Weiser, ID
Open: Everyday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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

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

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

New Meadows: C & M Lumber (208) 347-3648
3625 Walker Ln, New Meadows, ID
Open: Mon – Sat 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Veterans and Gold Star families to get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands

Nov 10, 2020 Local News 8

Veterans and Gold Star families are getting a free pass to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day.

They will then have free access for life to nearly 2,000 public locations spread across 400 million acres of land.

“With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter,” said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.

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Critter News:

Dog snatched by mountain lion during Idaho hot springs trip

Fish and Game officers say the family was sitting in the hot springs when the mountain lion attacked one of their small dogs.

November 10, 2020 KTVB

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says a mountain lion carried away a small dog as its owners visited a hot spring near Carey, Idaho.

The attack happened Thursday evening at the Wild Rose Hot Springs, which sits on private property along Highway 20.

The family reported that they were sitting in the hot springs with their small dogs nearby, when the mountain lion appeared and snatched up their pet. The mountain lion ran away with the dog, which has not been found.

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Black Bear Denning Activities and Den Characteristics in West-Central Idaho

January 1983
Authors: John J. Beecham, Doyle G. Reynolds, Maurice G. Hornocker

Characteristics of black bears (Ursus americanus) were studied in west-central Idaho during 1973-77.

Link: to paper to download
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Zoo Boise adds sand cats to Small Animal Kingdom

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, November 12th 2020 CBS2


Nala – Courtesy of Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise now has sand cats! Well, one sand cat for now.

Zoo Boise announced Thursday that it added a female sand cat, Nala, to its Small Animal Kingdom. The zoo also expects to add a male sand cat soon.

Nala was previously housed at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The male, named Simba, will be coming from the Living Desert in Palm Springs.

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Watch for Elk on the Highway

from Boise County Emergency Management Nov 11 (via FB)

Elk vs. vehicle collision in Boise County on Hwy 21 left four elk dead and one badly damaged vehicle. No one was seriously injured (other than the four cows). This is a reminder that the snow has brought the elk and deer down to lower elevations and onto our roads throughout Boise County. Please use extreme caution when driving in the darker hours and especially when our roads are slick. Elk in large numbers … are not uncommon in Boise County. Especially on Highways 21, 55 and just North of Horseshoe Bend. This isn’t to say large numbers of elk can’t be seen in other parts of our county. Please use caution and report any accidents on our roadways to 208-392-4411 or 911. Be safe when driving Boise County and Friends.
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Letters to Share:

The Gamebird Foundation has maintenance feed

Good snowy Sunday morning all, The Gamebird Foundation has maintenance feed for those hungry pheasants and other ground birds and some of our tree roosting friends. The grain is stored at the Jess and Chris Ford Ranch between Harvard and Deary Idaho For directions and to make arrangements to pick up you need to call Chris, 208-997-8361. The feed is free but the Foundation would like folks to make a donation if you can? They have lots of DOLLARS into gathering, hauling and storing of the feed. The Foundation can use your help along with the hungry birds. The feed is in large 1000 lb. totes. We have some bags to fill or if you have some bags to bring it would sure help. Don’t let your friends starve during the deep, wet cold winter weather.

We also have feed at the Dale Gottchalk ranch just West of Potlatch off Hwy. 6 on the way to Palouse. You can call Dale Gottchalk for Directions 509-334-8660 or call me at 208-883-3423. Again bring bags or something to haul it in as these totes weigh about 1000 lbs.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
208-883-3423
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Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

Holiday Fundraiser

I’m so excited about this one… Heavy duty Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue coffee mugs. Each is filled with my all natural and awesome candle pour. This scent is “Woodland Fawn” and smells AMAZING! When your candle is finished burning (approximate 60 hr. burn time!) you just simply wash your mugs with soap and hot water and you have a beautiful morning coffee mug ! You can have each mug/candle for only $15.00 minimum donation. This is less than you could get just the candle…and you will be getting a coffee mug, too! I can fit up to six in a medium flat rate box for $15.05 shipping. Local orders dropped off by arrangement. These make wonderful Christmas gifts. Support the fawns!

Contact me [Dory] via email or phone: 208 241-7081
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Fish & Game News:

Wildlife Express Newsletter & Educational Activities

Idaho Fish & Game November 2020

link: (pdf file)
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F&G Officer Rescues Mule Deer Buck from Deadly Entanglement

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, November 9, 2020

On Friday, November 6th, Fish and Game conservation officer Zac Sedlmayr received a call from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reporting a mule deer buck caught in some irrigation wheel line cabling. When he arrived on scene, he bulldogged the buck and used wire cutters to free the exhausted deer from the cable’s otherwise deadly clutches.

His body cam captured the entire encounter, and together with two Washington County and the local landowner, officer Sedlmayr gave the buck a new lease on life.

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November check stations will help monitor for chronic wasting disease

By Kara Campbell, Wildlife Regional Biologist
Tuesday, November 10, 2020


IDF&G

Idaho Fish and Game staff will be collecting samples from deer at hunter check stations across the Panhandle over two weekends in November as part of a statewide surveillance program for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Check stations will be operated November 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to sunset. Check stations will be located at:

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The A’s and B’s of steelhead, what do those terms mean?

By Marika Dobos, Fisheries Regional Biologist
Monday, November 9, 2020


Brett Bowersox

Anglers fishing for steelhead in the Snake River basin, particularly the Clearwater River, often hear the terms A-run, B-run or A-Index, B-Index steelhead but what exactly do those terms mean? The terms A and B are unique to steelhead management in the Columbia and Snake river basins and does not classify specific populations.

Rather the A and B terms define steelhead based on their adult size and the date they pass Bonneville Dam during their adult migration upstream. Snake River basin steelhead populations can be broadly termed “A-run” or “B-run” based on the dominant traits expressed. It is important to note that steelhead are extremely diverse, so there are overlaps in migration timing, age, and size across all summer-run steelhead populations in the Columbia River basin. To understand the reasoning for defining these two “types” of steelhead, we need to go downriver into the mainstem Columbia River and look at some history.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Mother rhino practices sparring with baby rhino at Cincinnati Zoo

by Kendra Mann, Sinclair Broadcast Group Tuesday, November 10th 2020

A baby rhino stole the show at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Baby Ajani Joe was caught on camera practicing sparring with his mother, Seyia, zoo staff explained on their Facebook page.

In the adorable video, the baby rhino is seen facing off with his mother as she gently gives him several nudges.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Nov 8, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 8, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Sept 8 – Hwy 55 work started
Nov 2 – 3-day a week mail starts
Nov 3 – Lodge and Store closing for winter, Corner open on mail days.
Nov 14 – YP Tavern winter closure
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving potluck Community Hall 2pm
Nov 30 – Firewood Season Ends
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2pm. Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, at the Community Hall.
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Highway 55 Closure starts Monday, Sept 21st

Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern Annual Halloween Party

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Had a great Halloween-Salmon Bake- End of Deer Season Potluck at the Tavern, our only gathering at the Tavern since February. The wild Salmon brought from Alaska by Tom Wood was wonderful and other dishes by our local cooks made for a good feed. Will miss our hunters and locals who are leaving for the season.
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Rx burn South Fork Salmon River Nov 2

Smoky sunset Monday, Nov 2nd

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photo courtesy John B.

Smoke from the prescribed fire visible from Yellow Pine by mid-afternoon.

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Satellite image of SF smoke plume 11/2/2020 330pm.

Map Link: FourMile Fall 2020 Notification
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Amerigas Nov 6

Dan from Amerigas was in Yellow Pine Friday, topping off propane tanks for winter.
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South Fork Road Update – Project Complete

10/26/2020

The South Fork Road reconstruction project is fully complete. No more closures or delays will take place currently or into the future.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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After Fire Action Meeting

On Tuesday, Oct 13, there was a meeting at the community hall to compile an “After Action Review” for the Buck Fire. (No report yet.)
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Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September or October.

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Bear Aware

* Keep all household garbage secured in a garage or other enclosed area.
* Leftovers or discarded fish or meat bones give off a strong odor and should be stored in your freezer until you haul the garbage to the transfer station.
* Keep attractants like B-B-Q grills, bird seed or pet food stored where bears cannot find them.
* Bird feeders should be taken down May through October or placed well out of reach of bears.

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Latest Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery started Nov 2nd (he will also drive the route Nov 3rd to make sure any ballots get taken out.) 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 bins were emptied Wednesday Oct 14th.

Road is good from YP to the dump.

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.

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

Heat was installed in the Community Hall on April 30, 2020.

Addition for Community Hall bathrooms October 15, 2020.

Minutes from September 12, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

November 1 – Time to change your clocks and change the batteries (and test) your smoke and CO alarms.

Burn Ban rescinded Oct 20, 2020

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Starting Nov 3rd open 3 days a week on mail days. Firewood Permits available.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Open Daily 8am to 10pm. Outside Dining and Bar. Breakfast and Bar Food.
Winter Closure: November 14, 2020 to April 16, 2021
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

Closed Nov 3rd for winter.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to 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 (Nov 2) overnight low of 23 degrees, clear sky and very little frost (dry.) Sunny at lunch time. Extra traffic for a Monday. The Rx burn at 4-mile on the South Fork putting up a lot of smoke, by mid-afternoon the sky was mostly smoky and the sun a red orb, high of 67 degrees. Jay and pine squirrel hanging around. At dusk it still mostly smoky (clear sky above) and starting to settle in along the river. Looked mostly clear before midnight.

Tuesday (Nov 3) overnight low of 24 degrees, clear sky and light frost. Slight haze of smoke, but probably from local wood stoves. Sunny and mild at lunch time, increasing haze of smoke. Warm and calm mid-afternoon, a few small clouds and thicker smoke, high of 69 degrees. Mostly high thin hazy clouds tinged with pink before dusk. It looked partly to mostly clear before midnight – bright golden moon.

Wednesday (Nov 4) overnight low of 28 degrees, partly hazy sky this morning, dry – no frost. Steller jay hanging around. Partly clear and warm at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Warm and partly cloudy mid-afternoon, slight breeze, high of 67 degrees. A little more traffic than usual for a Wednesday. Sky looked clear at dusk, still fairly warm and light breezes. Appeared clear before midnight.

Thursday (Nov 5) overnight low of 29 degrees, mostly hazy sky this morning, light breeze and frost melting and dripping off roofs. Gusty breezes before lunch time. Mostly cloudy and light breezes after lunch time. Mostly cloudy with light breezes and warm mid-afternoon, high of 70 degrees. Steller jay hanging around. Clear sky and light breezes at dusk. Windy after dark. Cloudy and calmer before midnight.

Friday (Nov 6) overnight low of 33 degrees, about half cloudy half clear sky this morning, dry – no frost or dew. Sounded like a northern flicker calling to the north. Almost overcast at lunch time, warm and light breezes. Dan from Amerigas in the village filling propane tanks. Blustery and gusty early afternoon. Overcast and light breezes mid-afternoon, cooling off, high of 63 degrees. Steller jay calling from the trees. Looked overcast at dusk and calmer. Appeared to be cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Nov 7) overnight low of 34 degrees, gray overcast sky this morning. Jay calling from the trees. Cloudy at lunch time. Cool, dark overcast and slight breeze mid-afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Raining and cooler at dusk. Rain turned to snow before midnight. More snow during the night.

Sunday (Nov 8) overnight low of 26 degrees, low clouds and light snow falling this morning with light chilly breezes. 24 hour rain/melted snow = 0.17″ and 1.25″ new snow on the board. Light snowfall and light breeze at lunch time. Steady snow, low overcast and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 31 degrees. Stopped snowing before dusk.
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Idaho News:

Valley County Election

Nov 4, 2020 The Star-News (via email)

Valley County Commissioner

District 2
Sherry Maupin (R) 3,873 – 57%
Tony Moss (D) 2,922 – 43%

District 3
Elt Hasbrouck (R) 4,976 – 91%
Josh Hurley (Write In) 469 – 9%

Valley County Sheriff
Patti Bolen (R) 4,246 – 68%
Jason Speer (Write-In) 1,967 – 32%

Valley County Prosecuting Attorney
Brian Naugle (R) 4,053 – 60%
Serhiy Stavynskyy (D) 2,737 – 40%
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More Election Data from The Star-News

Nov 5, 2020 by Tom Grote

Early Voting

The Valley County Clerk’s Office received 4,472 mail-in ballots, more than double the 1,963 mail-in ballots that were received for the 2016 presidential election, Valley County Clerk Doug Miller said.

Mail-in ballots accounted for 63% of the 7,153 total voters who cast ballots on Tuesday, county figures showed.

Valley County had 8,181 registered voters for Tuesday’s election, an increase of 40 percent over the 5,884 registered voters in 2016, Miller said. An additional 382 voters registered at the polls on Tuesday.

full story: The Star-News
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Record 1,330 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

Nov 6, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported a record 1,330 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths on Friday.

The next highest single day report was Wednesday with 1,290.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 70,909.

There are a total of 61,110 confirmed cases and 9,799 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 8 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 679.

full story:
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Idaho Thursday, November 5


source: KTVB
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Idaho sees record COVID-19 cases, full hospitals and now flu

Associated Press Nov 5, 2020

A state panel of medical experts are asking Idaho’s governor for a statewide mask mandate, hospitals are running out of space for COVID-19 patients and the week has been marked with record numbers of new cases and deaths.

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Valley County reports 184 total COVID-19 cases, up 18

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Nov 5, 2020

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 184 cases on Tuesday, up 18 cases from 166 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Wednesday reported 140 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 11 cases from 129 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 41 positive cases, or seven more than the 34 cases reported last week.

In addition, the private testing cooperative Crush the Curve has found three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Valley County with no change in the past week.

Nearly all of the positive cases reported by the hospitals were found following the start of the summer visitor season in mid-June.

Central District Health reported 128 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 20 more than the 108 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County since the pandemic reached Idaho in March. An 85-year-old McCall man died July 15 at St. Luke’s Boise hospital due to complications of COVID-19 infection.

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All three Valley commissioners test positive for COVID-19

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 5, 2020

All three Valley County commissioners have tested positive for COVID-19, leading the commissioners’ weekly meeting on Monday to be canceled hours before it was set to start.

Commissioner Sherry Maupin tested positive on Friday, while commissioners Dave Bingaman and chair Elt Hasbrouck tested positive on Monday after experiencing symptoms over the weekend.

Hasbrouck said that the board intended to continue with its weekly meeting on Monday. Maupin will be out of quarantine while he and Bingaman would attend via phone or video conference, he said.

Public spaces in Valley County Courthouse in Cascade were cleaned as a precaution. All offices in the courthouse remained open.

Commissioners each said they were surprised to contract the virus and said they took the recommended precautions.

“I wear a mask distance and use hand sanitizers,” Maupin said. “I have no idea where I was infected. This virus is very contagious.’

“I was very shocked when I tested positive on Monday,” Bingaman said. “I had some cold like symptoms but never thought about COVID.”

“My family and I have been very careful since the virus started spreading last spring,” he said. “We have been extra cautious with our social interactions and basic precautions for the last two months since my father was diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma and I was recovering from non-COVID pneumonia.”

The result demonstrated the need to continue to be vigilant about following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Central District Health moving into flu season, Bingaman said.

“Basic precautions could be all that keeps us out of another shutdown based on recent infection rates,” he said. “Seems like a pretty easy thing to me.”

Maupin echoed the same recommendations saying, “we need to wear our masks and follow guidelines to protect each other. Even with that some will be infected.”

“I encourage everybody to be vigilant and wear the mask and protect yourself because I don’t want anybody to go through this,” Hasbrouck said.

The county adopted an infectious disease control policy in March in an effort to provide essential services open and protect the staff.

The policy requires that masks be worn within county buildings, people observe physical distancing and good hand hygiene.

The policy also details telecommuting, limiting travel, limiting face-to-face interactions when appropriate and general sanitization protocol for all county buildings.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Used with permission.)
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Cascade School District reports second COVID-19 case

The Star-News Nov 5, 2020

Cascade Schools on Monday reported a positive case of COVID-19 in the school, but could only identify that person as “an adult” for privacy reasons.

Central District Health conducted tracing of people who had come into contact with the infected adult and requested that each go into quarantine, district Superintendent Jeff Blaser said.

“For students who were quarantined, we moved them to our remote learning program and they continued with their cohort classes the next day,” said Blaser, adding that he could not say how many students were required to go into quarantine.

The school also intensified cleaning and disinfection throughout the building, he said.

This marks the second confirmed positive case at Cascade Schools since another person was found to have COVID-19 in the first week of school that started Aug. 28.

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Cascade woman killed in rollover crash along Highway 55

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, November 3rd 2020

Cascade, Idaho (CBS2) — A 31-year-old Cascade woman died on Tuesday after a rollover crash.

Idaho State Police says Shaya Lee was driving south along Highway 55 north of Cascade when she drove off the road, overcorrected and then went back on the highway and off the right shoulder.

The vehicle rolled.

ISP says Lee was not wearing a seat belt. She died at Cascade Medical Center in Cascade.

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‘We’re stretched so thin’: Boise County needs more volunteer EMTs. Here’s how you can help

by Deni Hawkins Thursday, November 5th 2020 CBS2

Boise County is one of southern Idaho’s more rural counties, but in the summer and winter months, it can feel like anything but.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has driven more Idahoans out of their homes in search of fresh air and open space. Fittingly, this county is an outdoor oasis filled with rushing rivers, towering trees, and seemingly endless terrain suited for outings and adventure.

… “We’ve seen a substantial increase in outdoor recreation with campers, people coming up four-wheeling or in their side-by-sides,” he said.

As more people filter in each summer and winter, emergency crews find themselves responding to more rollovers, motorcycle crashes, ATV accidents and off-road rescues.

full story:
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4.0 magnitude earthquake near Stanley

Nov 6, 2020 Local News 8

The United States Geological Survey reports there was a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Stanley Friday.

USGS said the earthquake happened around 12:30 p.m.

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Mining News:

Midas study draws 10,000 comments

Payette forest sorts through Stibnite Mine responses

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Nov 5, 2020

Nearly 10,000 public comments were submitted on Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

The comments were received during a 75-day comment period on the Payette National Forest’s draft environmental study of the mine that ended Oct. 28.

The Payette received 9,611 online comments and several hundred more comments via mail and email that are still being processed, Payette Public Affairs Officer Brian Harris said.

The Payette is sorting the comments by content, which is expected to take three weeks to six weeks, Harris said.

“We then will identify which comments are substantive and which are not per the Federal Code of Regulations,” he said.

“Substantive” comments are those that offer in-depth critiques of certain elements of the project or that identify areas in which existing analysis is insufficient.

Some substantive comments could trigger further analysis of the project that could ultimately influence how the mine is permitted, Harris said.

A team of Forest Service experts from across the nation will be helping the Payette sift through the comments to speed up the process, he said.

Midas Gold is “proud to be one step closer” to permitting the proposed gold and antimony mine, the company said in a news release.

“The feedback from these comments will be incredibly valuable as we work with regulators to finalize the plan for the Stibnite Gold Project,” Midas Gold Corp. President Stephen Quin said.

The public comment period opened on Aug. 14 and was originally expected to last until Oct. 13 until the Payette granted a 15-day extension to Oct. 28.

Over 7,300 comments, or 76%, were received during the extension period, according to timestamps on the comments.

Responses will be issued to all 10,000 comments in the final environmental study, which is currently slated for release in August.

A minimum 45-day objection period will follow the release of the final environmental study and draft record of decision, which will be released at the same time as the final study.

Only those who submitted substantive comments during the project scoping period in 2017 or on the draft environmental study may issue an objection.

A final decision on the project could come as soon as December 2021.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Used with permission.)
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Idaho lawmakers support Midas Gold environmental impact statement draft

By Steve Dent Nov 05, 2020 KIVI

The public comment has ended on the environmental impact statement draft for a proposed mine near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River.

Midas Gold has been working for ten years to put this draft together, they want to mine for gold, silver and antimony at the Stibnite Mine site.

There were 9,609 comments on the Stibnite Mine proposal, and we combed through them to see what stood out.

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Letter to Share:

Midas Gold has been a strong supporter of first responders

To the Editor:

I have had the privilege of working for Midas Gold for the past seven years. I joined the team because I believed the company genuinely cared about the community and I am proud to say nothing could be more true.

Every day, I see how Midas Gold places a high value on transparency and working with Idahoans. From the very beginning, we’ve sought feedback from community members and tried to address concerns and implement suggestions into our Plan of Restoration and Operations. This work is still ongoing.

One area we prioritize is public safety. We want to ensure our operations and our communities are as safe as possible, now and in the future.

Today, our staff at site are trained in emergency response and many are wilderness first responders. From training exercises with the Village of Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department, supporting wildfire crews, to assisting Search and Rescue, the team partners regularly with emergency workers.

It is important to note that, as an operating mine, we will have EMS on-site and our own safety response plans and resources. We will also do our part to help ensure communities have the resources they need.

Prior to operations at the mine site, Midas Gold is committed to coordinating with the appropriate emergency response teams to identify equipment and training needed to respond to a variety of incidents both medical and environmental in nature, be it in the back country or on the highway.

Over the last several years, Midas Gold has made it a point to meet with first responders across Valley County and beyond. To date, we’ve met with the McCall, Cascade and Donnelly Fire Departments, and the Village of Yellow Pine’s fire district to discuss our plans and the potential impacts it may bring to their communities.

In these meetings, we’ve also found ways we can partner to better serve the community. For example, a few years ago, we loaned our emergency response trailer to the McCall fire department to respond to a fuel oil spill on Payette Lake. In addition, once we learned communication between first responders was strained around Yellow Pine, Midas Gold donated equipment, operator time, supplies and helped install a radio tower.

Today, first responders can communicate clearly, which makes the area safer for all of us and has been key to fighting wildfires and in search and rescue efforts.

We want these conversations to continue because we know collaboration will help make our communities safer and stronger. And the only way for us to fully understand the issues on the minds of communities is to work alongside them.

So, whether you have thoughts on public safety, traffic or jobs, please consider this an open invitation to come and speak with me or other members of the Midas Gold team. Trust me, we care what is on your mind and, working together, we can identify solutions.

Belinda Provancher, McCall

source: The Star-News Nov 5, 2020
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Public Lands:

Tamarack Resort fire uncontained

Cause of 60 acre blaze under investigation

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Nov 5, 2020

A fire that started Monday inside the ski area boundaries of Tamarack Resort grew to 61 acres on Wednesday, coming close to an unfinished mid-mountain lodge but causing no damage.

The West State Fire was considered uncontained on Wednesday but firefighters have made their way around the entire perimeter of the fire, the Payette National Forest said in an update.

“Containment of fire perimeter is not called until fire managers are fully certain the fire will not escape over a given part of the fire line,” the update said.

The cause was still under investigation, Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association Chief Fire Warden Paul Wagner said.

“It is still very dry,” Wagner said. “It is still fire season here.”

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Fire near Tamarack Ski Resort stays at 61 acres, rain and possible snow expected

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents in the area to make preparations now to keep your family and home safe.

November 4, 2020 KTVB

Tamarack, Idaho — A fire is actively burning on the West Mountain of Tamarack Ski Resort doubled in size by Tuesday morning, officials say.

The West State Fire started at about 1 p.m. on Monday and grew to about 50 acres by evening. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the fire was measured at 110 acres, with zero percent containment, according to Payette National Forest spokesman Brian Harris.

As of about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the fire is at 61 acres and 0% contained. However, officials added that the fire has stayed inside a set perimeter and no structures are threatened.

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West State Fire Update Nov 5, 2020

Valley County Sheriff’s Office (via FB)

We have cancelled the “ready” stage of the Ready, Set, Go evacuation process near Tamarack Resort, in Donnelly. The West State Fire is no longer a threat of spreading and is contained. A cancellation CodeRED alert was sent to the effected area.

Once again if you would like to be notified of CodeRED alerts for Valley County in the future, please click this link and sign up.
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West State Fire Update Nov 6, 2020

Idaho Department of Lands (via FB)

The fire has remained within the perimeter established on 11/3/20. Fire officials have estimated containment at 70%. Today fire crews will continue mop up operations – securing the remainder of the fire’s edge. Cooler and wetter weather conditions are expected late today and into tomorrow. The Idaho interagency Type 3 incident management team will return command of the fire to the local district at 6:30pm tonight.
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West State Fire Tamarack Resort

Nov 6, 2020 (via FB)

“Thanks to the hard work of fire crews on the West State Fire, we’re pleased to share that this morning the Forest Service rescinded the ready stage of the evacuation order issued by Valley County. There was minimal fire activity overnight, and the remaining ground crews continue to monitor the 61-acre fire footprint.

While the West State Fire burned within 500 feet of our mid mountain lodge and in the vicinity of our Summit Chairlift on Tuesday, we are grateful that the swift and coordinated action of fire crews prevented damage to either one. Out of an abundance of caution, Tamarack’s lift maintenance professionals inspected every portion of the Summit Lift on Wednesday and confirmed that no part of the lift had any exposure to the fire.

Our mountain operations team deployed our snowmaking equipment to help fight the fire. The mid mountain snow guns were used as an added measure of protection for the mid mountain lodge, and fire crews used the snow making water lines to refill their water trucks.

Starting today, the remaining fire crews on site will begin demobilizing and expect to be complete by Saturday. Tamarack is grateful for the efforts of all the crews who fought the West State Fire from the air and ground, including Donnelly and McCall Fire Departments, Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, the Idaho Department of Lands, the Payette National Forest and the Boise National Forest.

The fire will not impact Tamarack’s ski season and operations, still planned to begin December 11.” – From Tamarack Resort President Scott Turlington
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61-acre fire at Tamarack Resort now 100 percent contained

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, November 6th 2020

A small late-season forest fire that broke out at Tamarack Resort earlier this week is now 100 percent contained.

The fire grew to 61 acres and was reported above mid-mountain.

Folks in the area may see smoke for several days, but crews will be pulled off the fire by Saturday.

About 85 firefighters from Donnelly and McCall Fire Departments, Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association, the Idaho Department of Lands, the Payette National Forest and the Boise National Forest responded.

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Crystal Creek Fire

Payette NF Nov 5, 2020 (via FB)

Payette National Forest firefighters are working the 355 acre Crystal Creek Fire which was started by an abandoned warming fire.

The wildfire is burning on the east side of Council Mountain in Buck’s Basin, and has been visible from Council Valley and Long Valley (McCall area) with active torching of trees in Sub-Alpine fir stands.

Since the beginning of hunting season, 17 abandoned warming fires have been found on the landscape, and 25 abandoned campfires have been discovered in campground facilities. This number of human caused wildfires is not normal for this time of year.

It is critical that warming fires and campfires are fully extinguished before walking away from them. Persons found responsible for starting wildfires can be held liable for the full cost of putting the fire out.
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Wildhorse Creek Fire

BLM Nov 5, 2020 (via FB)

Wildhorse Creek Fire located 6 miles northwest of Hill City, near Wildhorse Creek. Fire is estimated at 250 acres, pushing north west and north east with strong winds. Camas County water tender, 5 #BLMTFDFire engines, 1 dozer, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 1 helicopter, and 1 Air Attack, are on scene. The fire is burning in grass and brush. Currently, there is no estimate on contain or control. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Wildhorse Creek Fire Update

BLM Nov 6, 2020 (via FB)

Wildhorse Creek Fire located 6 miles northwest of Hill City, near Wildhorse Creek. Fire is estimated at 350 acres. Crews continue to create and improve containment lines and mop up hot spots. The fire is experiencing wind gust of 20 mph but the fire is staying within containment lines. Containment is set for 11/6 at 6 p.m. with est. control set for 11/7 at 8 p.m. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Remember, it’s still dry and the risk of wildfire is still high. Use caution when enjoying public lands, make sure campfires are dead out, check chains and fire pressure, and when debris burning, make sure to have water and shovel close by.
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BLM to conduct pile burning near Horseshoe Bend

November 6, 2020
Jared Jablonski jjablonski@blm.gov 208-384-3210

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be burning logging slash piles approximately eight miles northeast of Horseshoe Bend along Pumpkin Creek as soon as Nov. 9 once weather, fuel moisture and conditions on the ground are favorable.

Burning operations are expected to last three to five days, with follow-up patrols lasting up to three weeks. Resulting smoke will have the potential to be visible from large distances due to location, fuel type and burning conditions. Updates will be posted to http://www.idahofireinfo.com

The purpose of this controlled burn is to reduce piles of hazardous fuels throughout 720 acres of BLM managed land after the recent Pumpkin Brainard commercial timber harvest. Doing so during cool and wet conditions minimizes the potential for fire spread.

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

MCPAWS shelter closes for five days after staffer tests positive

The Star-News Nov 5, 2020

MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter in McCall was closed last Friday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, an announcement from the shelter said.

“The rest of the staff was tested and came back negative, so we will be back to normal operations today,” Development Director Kattie Kingsley said Wednesday.

MCPAWS Veterinary Hospital and MCPAWS Thrift Store had no contact with the infected employee and those businesses remain open, Kingsley said.

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NPS seeks information related to illegal wolf shooting

Nov 2, 2020 Local News 8

Moose, Wyo. — National Park Service investigators seek help from the public as they try to find out who shot and killed a wolf in western Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

The body of the black-colored wolf was found near the Pilgrim Creek trailhead in the park on the morning of Oct. 26, park officials said Monday.

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2nd wolf found shot to death in Eastern Oregon

CBS2 Tuesday, November 3rd 2020

Halfway, Ore. – An elk hunter found a wolf that had been shot and killed on the largest national forest in Oregon last week.

Now the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help identifying the person or people responsible for killing the wolf.

The animal is the second wolf found shot and killed in the area this fall.

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Reward doubled for information in central Idaho moose poaching case

by Ryan L Morrison Tuesday, November 3rd 2020

Smiths Ferry, Idaho (CBS2) — Four bull moose were shot at and three were killed over a weekend in mid-October in Valley County.

One of the large bull moose was found dead by Fish and Game officers on Oct. 17 in, what they believe, is a poaching incident.

The bull was found west of Tripod Meadow near Smiths Ferry.

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Elk reduction program begins Saturday

Nov 6, 2020 Local News 8

An elk reduction program begins Saturday in Grand Teton National Park.

The park’s enabling legislation of 1950 authorizes Grand Teton National Park to jointly administer an elk reduction program with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department when necessary for the proper management and conservation of the Jackson Elk Herd.

Respective federal and state resource managers have reviewed available data and concluded that the 2020 program is necessary.

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Nearly 100,000 hatchery steelhead killed to stop virus

Associated Press November 2, 2020

Filer, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game officials say 96,000 juvenile steelhead at a southern Idaho hatchery have been killed to prevent a virus from spreading.

Officials tell The Times-News in a story on Monday that the steelhead in the Magic Valley Fish Hatchery would have been released next spring into the Little Salmon River.

Officials say there are 1.5 million fish at the hatchery, and losing 96,000 is not expected to have a significant impact.

Officials say the fish had been shipped as eggs from Fish and Game’s Clearwater Fish Hatchery in northern Idaho, and might have already had the virus then.

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Fish & Game News:

Two elk found shot and left to waste in Blaine County

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Fish and Game asks for the public’s help in finding individuals responsible for killing and wasting cow elk shot north of Carey, Idaho.

The public’s help is sought in the killing of two cow elk north of Carey, Idaho in the area of Road Canyon. Fish and Game officers received a report of two cow elk, one fully intact and the other partially processed that had been left to rot up Road Canyon along the Little Fish Creek Road. A bull elk carcass was also found at the scene but with an open antlered elk hunt at the time it is thought the bull was taken legally.

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F&G seeking information about bull elk shot and left to waste in Unit 66

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, November 5, 2020

A reward is being offered for information leading to a citation

A branch antlered bull elk was shot and left to waste sometime between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21 in Unit 66 near Flag Knoll. Fish and Game Conservation Officers are looking for any information the public may have about the incident.

Three elk carcasses in total were discovered in close proximity to each other. Two were properly cared for while the third was untouched and left to decay. It is suspected that all three animals may have been shot around the same time.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Bobcat found inside Kentucky Dollar General; released back into wild

by Anna Moore, WCHS/WVAH Staff Friday, October 16th 2020


Floyd County Sheriff’s Department

Floyd County, Ky. (WCHS/WVAH) – The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department released a bobcat back into the wild Wednesday night after it was found inside a store.

According to the sheriff’s department, the bobcat was seen inside a Dollar General Store near Route 680 and Route 80.

Deputies are unsure how the bobcat got inside the store, but say it was uninjured.

Deputies worked with Kentucky State Police and Martin Police Department to capture the wild animal.

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Seasonal Humor:

VeteransDay-a

CovidCone-a
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Nov 1, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times

Nov 1, 2020 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.

Community Calendar:

April 17 – Boil water order issued
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Aug 12 – Firewood Permits at The Corner
Sept 8 – Hwy 55 work started
Nov 2 – 3-day a week mail starts
Nov 2-3 – Rx burn South Fork Salmon River planed
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving potluck Community Hall 2pm
Nov 30 – Firewood Season Ends
(details below)
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From Valley County

Valley County Mask-Up
A county-wide mask mandate was approved the CDH August 11th, and is now in effect for Valley County. (link)

Rebound – Idaho Governor’s phasing program
link:

COVID 19: Recommendations and Resources for Safe Business Practices
link: (lots of info for businesses)
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Local Events:

Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2pm. Yellow Pine Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, at the Community Hall.
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Rx burn South Fork Salmon River planed

Update Oct 30: For your planning purposes and general knowledge. We are narrowing down our window for prescribed fire operations in Four Mile. Tentatively we are looking at burning Monday (11/2/20) or Tuesday (11/3/20) depending on weather. Ignitions will start in the afternoon and will last one day. I expect some residual smoke for a couple days. A system is expected to enter the burn area Wednesday which should bring cooler temps, high humidity’s and increased ventilation. Thank you for your interest and have a good weekend, Patrick

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning in the Four Mile project area this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The area that will be targeted for fire this fall is to the east of the South Fork Rd between Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat Campground. First priority burn block will be the area between Nasty and Four Mile creeks. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each burn block, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

The decision to implement prescribed fire always includes assessing the risk and impacts to communities, firefighters and forest resources. This season additional consideration will be given to complexity associated with COVID19, cumulative smoke exposure in our communities from wildfire and the commitment of fire resources locally and nationally.

If you will be operating in the area or have any questions please contact Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech or Patrick Schon, Fuels Specialist, so that we can collaborate on timing.

Patrick Schon
Email: patrick.schon@usda.gov
Laurel Ingram
Email: laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Map Link: FourMile Fall 2020 Notification
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Highway 55 Closure starts Monday, Sept 21st

Fall (September through November) and Spring (March through May)
– Daytime and nighttime work seven days a week
– Full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
– One-way alternating traffic during all other time frames
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Tavern Annual Halloween Party

Halloween gathering held at the Yellow Pine Tavern Saturday evening.

(waiting for photos…)


Old Tavern photo courtesy Tasha Edwards
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Yellow Pine Voting

Yellow Pine is a “vote by mail” precinct. You must be registered to vote in the Yellow Pine precinct to receive an automatic absentee ballot.

If you have not yet mailed your absentee ballot, please take it to the Valley County Courthouse before 5pm, Tuesday, Nov. 3rd.
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South Fork Road Update – Project Complete

10/26/2020

The South Fork Road reconstruction project is fully complete. No more closures or delays will take place currently or into the future.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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After Fire Action Meeting

On Tuesday, Oct 13, there was a meeting at the community hall to compile an “After Action Review” for the Buck Fire. (No report yet.)
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Help Support the Yellow Pine Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you for all your offers of help and support. Now you can help support the Yellow Pine Fire District by donating through our Go Fund Me account. Just click on the link to get started.

Even a small donation could help reach the fundraising goal. And if you can’t make a donation, it would be great if you could share the fundraiser to help spread the word.

Thanks for taking a look!

FAQ: YPAC is the charity that was set up to allow the Village to apply for grants. It was the only 501.c3 the Village has to allow GoFundMe to recognize an authorized EIN. So, funds will go to YPAC then they will cut a check to the fire district. YPAC is lead by Corey Phillips and Matt Huber is the Secretary.
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Boil Water Order issued April 17 still in effect.

No update for August or September or October.

Update July 5: the boil order is in effect due to extremely high use due to leaks.

Update June 12: The boil order is still on. We still are experiencing excessive water use because of leaks. Not sure when this will be lifted. We are applying for grants to repair the system.

Update June 2: The water plant is experiencing high water in Boulder Creek which brings more debris into the sand filter.

The high demand caused by leaks in the system plugs the sand filters prematurely. We will be on a boil order until further notice.
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Critters

Be Bear Aware

* Keep all household garbage secured in a garage or other enclosed area.
* Leftovers or discarded fish or meat bones give off a strong odor and should be stored in your freezer until you haul the garbage to the transfer station.
* Keep attractants like B-B-Q grills, bird seed or pet food stored where bears cannot find them.
* Bird feeders should be taken down May through October or placed well out of reach of bears.

Be Mountain Lion Aware

* NEVER run away from a mountain lion. The lion’s instinct is to chase and ultimately catch what they perceive as potential prey.
* NEVER turn your back on a lion. Always face them while making yourself look as large as you can. Yell loudly, but don’t scream. A high-pitched scream may mimic the sound of a wounded animal.
* SLOWLY back away while maintaining eye contact with the lion.
* Safety equipment you may choose to carry could include bear spray, a noise device, like an air-horn, and if you walk in the dark, a very bright flashlight.
* If you are attacked, fight back!
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Latest Road Reports

Link: to current road reports.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 3-day a week mail delivery will start Nov 2nd (he will also drive the route Nov 3rd to make sure any last minute ballots get taken out.) 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 bins were emptied Wednesday Oct 14th.

Road is good from YP to the dump.

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.

20190429Dump2-bYellow 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, etc.) goes in the burn pile on the south end of the turn-around;
* Cardboard boxes should be flattened before putting the in the dumpster,

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

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

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

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

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

YPWUA News:

The annual Water meeting for 2020 was held July 5th at the Community Hall 2pm.
link: minutes 20200705YPWUA.docx

Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020. This could last until leaks are repaired.

Boil Water Advisory Notice

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

You will be informed when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

State Water System ID#: 4430059 Date distributed: 3-22-2020

Notice of Intent to File an Application with USDA, Rural Development

The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an Application with USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG). Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant (ECWAG).

If any additional information is needed, please contact:
Willie Sullivan
Treasurer
ypwater @ gmail.com

Distributed to Yellow Pine Water Users Association customers via Yellow Pine Times on June 12, 2020.

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

Heat was installed in the Community Hall on April 30, 2020.

Addition for Community Hall bathrooms October 15, 2020.

Minutes from September 12 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from August 8, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from July 11, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

Minutes from June 13, 2020 VYPA meeting
link:

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

November 1 – Time to change your clocks and change the batteries (and test) your smoke and CO alarms.

Burn Ban rescinded Oct 20, 2020

After Action Report meeting Oct 13, 2020 (no minutes yet.)

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30th at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to clean and check chimney fitting before starting that first fall fire in your cabin. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

There was a YP Fire Commissioner meeting on June 27, 2020 at 10am at the Fire Station.
Link: 20200627 Fire Dept minutes June 27

YPFD COVID19 Policy

link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP

link: Covid-19 EMS (May 23)

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

Better yet, “Bring It, Don’t Burn It”, you can take your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe and doesn’t pollute our fine YP air.

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
(TBA) – Fire Chief

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

Open 11am-8pm Closed Tuesdays thru end of hunting season. Calling ahead works best. Groceries, Ice Cream, Beer and Soda. Our menu fluctuates but typically have Smoked Brisket, Tri Tip, Chicken, Burgers and Wings on hand.
Starting Aug 12th Firewood Permits at The Corner
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233

Open Daily 8am to 10pm. Outside Dining and Bar. Breakfast and Bar Food.
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377

Open until November 3rd.
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Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300

The store is open now and will be thru October (closing November 3rd for the winter.) Hours are 9 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
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Murph’s RV Park & Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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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 open 830am-5pm Monday-Friday, closed weekends.
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

The Star-News

click to 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 (Oct 26) overnight low of 8 degrees (-1F at Stibnite) high thin hazy clouds this morning, dry (no frost.) A few jays in the neighborhood. Mostly cloudy by lunchtime. Darker clouds and just above freezing early afternoon. Golfers playing out in the forest. Light breezes and gray overcast mid-afternoon, high of 37 degrees. Cloudy and calmer at dusk, colorful clouds to the west. Looks like high thin clouds before midnight, weak moonlight. Partly clear during the night.

Tuesday (Oct 27) the 24 hour low of 13 degrees was from Monday morning, mostly clear sky this morning, dry (no frost.) Mostly clear at lunch time. Tap water has a yellow tint. Warmer and partly clear mid-afternoon, high of 59 degrees. Steller jay hanging around. High thin pink painted clouds covered most of the sky at dusk. Partly clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Oct 28) overnight low of 21 degrees, partly hazy sky this morning, dry – not much frost. Mostly clear and sunny at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Warm, mostly cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 66 degrees. Steller jay still hanging around. The sky was mostly streaked with thin pink clouds at dusk. Partly or mostly clear before midnight, Mars and the Moon shining close together.

Thursday (Oct 29) overnight low of 24 degrees, clear sky this morning, dry – very little frost. Air and street traffic before sunrise. Clear sky and strong sunshine at lunch time. Warm, clear and slight breeze mid-afternoon, high of 69 degrees. Clear and calm at dusk. Increased traffic. It looked clear before midnight, bright nearly full moon.

Friday (Oct 30) overnight low of 25 degrees, mostly cloudy-hazy sky this morning, dry – no frost. Partly cloudy and light breezes at lunch time. Mostly hazy by early afternoon. By mid-afternoon we had a gray overcast and blustery breezes, high of 68 degrees. Steller jay hanging around. Mostly dark clouds at dusk and light breezes. Partly cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Oct 31) overnight low of 22 degrees, clear sky this morning, dry – no frost. Sunny and clear at lunch time. Local road work on Westside Ave. Clear sky, a little cooler and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Evening pine squirrel serenading the neighborhood. Clear and calm at dusk. Clear and cold at midnight, big bright full “blue” moon.

Sunday (Nov 1) overnight low of 23 degrees, clear sky this morning, not much frost. A lone Steller jay hanging around. Sunny and light breezes at lunch time. Clear sky, warm and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 64 degrees. Clear and calm after sunset.
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Idaho News:

1,064 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

Oct 30, 2020 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 1,064 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths on Friday.

That’s the third-highest number of cases reported on a single day. There were 1,073 reported last Friday on Oct. 23 and 1,094 reported the week before that on Oct. 16. It’s also the fourth daily report higher than 1,000. Idaho officials reported 1,021 new COVID-19 cases on Oct. 24.

This brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 63,810.

There are a total of 55,834 confirmed cases and 7,976 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state.

… 11 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 626.

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Friday, October 30

source: KTVB
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Idaho rolled back to Stage 3 of reopening plan amid coronavirus spike

Gov. Brad Little announced Idaho will be moving back into Stage 3 of Idaho Rebounds during a press conference on Monday.

Celina Van Hyning October 26, 2020 KTVB

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Monday that Idaho will be moving back into Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan. This decision was made due to healthcare facilities facing increased demand and capacity constraints due to COVID-19 statewide.

“Hospitals throughout the state are quickly filling up or are already full with COVID-19 patients and other patients, and way too many healthcare workers are out sick with COVID-19,” Little said.

Effective at 12 a.m. on Oct. 27, Stage 3 restrictions will be put into place statewide:

* Indoor gatherings must be limited to 50 people or less
* Outdoor gatherings must remain at 25% capacity or less
* Social distancing guidelines remain in place
* Long-term care facilities must require masks on the premises
* Seating-only at nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Nightclubs can only operate as bars
* Employers are encouraged to continue allowing employees to work remotely or to make special accommodations for in-house employees

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Idaho’s hospitals are full, nurses are fatigued and COVID-19 case rates are rising

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, October 27th 2020

Physician leaders from some of Idaho and Eastern Oregon’s largest health care organizations gave a grim outlook Tuesday of local hospitals on a weekly pandemic-focused session.

The topic of this week’s session was the impact of the current third wave of COVID-19 infections on hospitals, schools and individuals.

Leaders and physicians from Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Health Systems and Primary Health Medical Group took part and answered questions.

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Valley, Adams counties report surge in COVID-19 cases

Council schools report outbreak among students, staff

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Oct 29, 2020

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Valley and Adams counties surged in the last week, health officials said.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County reached 166 cases on Tuesday, up 18 cases from 148 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 129 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 14 cases from 115 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 34 positive cases, or four more than the 30 cases reported last week.

In addition, the private testing cooperative Crush the Curve has found three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Valley County with no change in the past week.

Nearly all of the positive cases reported by the hospitals were found following the start of the summer visitor season in mid-June.

Central District Health reported 108 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is nine more than the 99 cases reported a week ago.

The difference between the hospital figures and the health department figures are those who tested positive but did not declare Valley County as their residence.

One death from COVID-19 has been reported in Valley County since the pandemic reached Idaho in March. An 85-year-old McCall man died July 15 at St. Luke’s Boise hospital due to complications of COVID-19 infection.

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Amazing Rescue

Boise County Emergency Management Oct 26, 2020 (via FB)

The call came into dispatch at approximately 5:30 am on October 25th. A truck was reported upside down in Grimes Creek. Nobody knew how long the truck was there but there was a man with injuries trapped inside. Clear Creek Fire (CCVFD) was dispatched to the scene. Steve Moore (assistant Fire Chief for Clear Creek Fire) arrived on scene and identified himself as Incident Commander. After a size up, Steve requested that Wilderness Ranch Fire (WRFPD) and Wilderness Ranch QRU (Quick Reaction Unit) be dispatched for assistance to extricate the driver from the truck. Marvin Jennings and Aaron Dossey of CCFD crossed the freezing water and were the first to reach the patient in the truck. EBCAD unit 15 with Pat and Cheryl Mento arrived on scene and they too crossed the creek getting completely wet from the waist down. Aaron helped Cheryl cross the creek to the patient where she did an assessment and provided care. Wilderness Ranch Fire arrived on scene and in complete darkness with only headlamps, deployed a generator and extrication equipment. Volunteers forded the freezing water carrying the heavy extrication equipment to the truck on the other side of the creek to start cutting the vehicle open to rescue the driver. Many volunteers started showing up from both departments to assist. The driver was removed from the truck, secured to a backboard and transported by small boat to the other side of the creek. Several volunteers helped lift up the patient up a steep embankment to road where he was transported to the Air Saint Luke’s helicopter. Teamwork, having all of the right equipment and the many volunteers who came together as a team made this all work! Here’s a big THANK YOU! to CCVFD; Steve Moore (Deputy Chief and IC), Marvin Jennings, Mike Underwood, Aaron Dossey, Travis Hooper, Jack Loader, Kurt Volker, Jacob Pecora, Dave Walker, and Ray Vanden Brink. And a big THANK YOU to the volunteers from WRFPD; Colton McCarthy (Fire Chief), Curtis Dill, Bob Miller, Jim Bryant, Paul Bucca, Drew Bodie, Al Estupinan, Josh Owens, Tom Horner, and Kirstin Kelling. A special THANK YOU to Air St. Luke’s for flying in to assist with the patient and transport to the hospital. These people are true hero’s for responding to calls when others are in need of help! A shout out to Ryan Jensen and his crew from Mountain Towing for the difficult task of getting the vehicle out of the water! We live in an awesome county because of all our volunteers in the county to include Lowman, Placerville, Centerville, Garden Valley, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho City and all of the surrounding Fire Departments. THANK YOU ALL!!!
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see also:

Man rescued from upside-down pickup in Grimes Creek

Volunteers waded across the icy creek carrying extrication equipment to cut the driver free from the wreckage.


Credit: Steve Moore, Clear Creek Fire

link:
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Drilling complete at US-95 slide south of Riggins

October 27 ITD


ITD

Drilling on the face of the slope is now complete. Next crews will start installing mesh at the top of the slope and removing the rock berm on the south side. Impacts to traffic – delays up to 15 minutes – are expected to remain the same until early November.

Remaining work includes installing cable netting on the face of the slope, installing fencing at the bottom of the slope, repairing the surface of US-95 and making minor changes to Old Pollock Road. Work is expected to wrap up in mid-November.
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Letter to Share:

COVID-19 fatigue has set in, but now is not the time to snooze

BY St. Luke’s McCall Medical Staff

Hear that alarm? Now is not the time to hit the snooze button!

We have different types of alarms in our life in order to be prepared and to remind us of things that are important. Some alarms we can hit snooze, or even ignore, most of the time we need to heed them. We have had alarms go off for seven months about COVID-19, we know there’s fatigue, but we cannot hit snooze.

Idaho and many of our communities are experiencing extreme spikes in COVID-19 illness and deaths. As of today, St. Luke’s Health System has defined their hospital capacity as “guarded” due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

In Valley County, after a period of only a few positive cases, there has been a sudden increase in documented infections since Wednesday, Oct. 21. We are concerned that our case rate risks mirroring the extreme spikes in much of the rest of Idaho.

Our Twin Falls hospital is currently experiencing the brunt of the outbreak in our region. This is having a direct effect on the smaller rural hospitals surrounding Twin Falls which need to transfer patients requiring a higher level of care to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center.

You may be asking yourself, “what’s that got to with us, we’re fine?” Well it has everything to do with us, because we’re all in this together. When the larger medical centers in Idaho fill up with COVID-19 patients it means there are fewer beds available to accept patients from outside the area.

What’s happening in Twin Falls could easily happen in Boise, which directly affects us in Valley County.

Do not misunderstand, we have outstanding providers, nurses and clinical staff to care for you, but we do not have an intensive care unit in Valley County to care for those who need high acuity care.

With the recent rise in cases, rural counties and small towns all over the country have seen a disproportionate rise in cases. Cumulative COVID-19 mortality rates are higher in rural parts of some states compared to urban areas. We are dedicated to avoiding that fate here.

Cases throughout the state and country are rising and they are predicted to continue to rise, as colder weather sets in and we begin to spend more time indoors.

We had been holding our own and overall, our positive cases were previously relatively low. We are grateful to all the individuals and businesses who have been following the CDC guidelines from the beginning. Please resolve to do everything possible not to contract or spread the virus.

The fatigue from dealing with COVID-19 is real but we must not let up.

We have tools to fight COVID collectively. We need to remain diligent and deploy them more vigorously in areas of our communities where guidelines are not being followed.

Please know those of us who are here to take care of you, are working diligently to provide the care that our community requires and to procure additional resources where needed. But we need your help. Help us help you!

Here’s what we are doing and ask you to do as well:

• Wear a mask in public, wash hands frequently and watch your distance. Remember that you wear a mask to protect others and they should extend the same courtesy to you. Masks need to be worn properly, covering both the mouth and nose and pulled snugly to the face. Fabric masks should consist of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric and laundered daily if re-used. Isolate yourself and get tested if you develop fever or respiratory illness.

• Get an influenza vaccine.

• Limit interactions with those outside your household. Tighten your social circle and limit indoor gatherings to less than 10. Better yet, limit indoor gatherings to those in your household.

• We all want to support our local restaurants and shops, so consider take-out versus indoor dining and buying local versus traveling to other areas to shop.

• Minimize travel and plan your shopping and errands to minimize interactions.

Take care:

• Of yourself by exercising, getting enough sleep, eating right and staying hydrated. Find ways to unplug and reduce stress.

• Of each other: Be kind and gracious. Thank each other for wearing a mask and smile, even when wearing a mask. It can affect your emotion and can be seen in your eyes. Check in with family, friends and neighbors.

Idaho is receiving national attention for the rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19. This is not the kind of attention we want. We all want to be known for all the things we love about this place, not for being a COVID-19 hot spot!

(St. Luke’s McCall Medical Staff consists of Todd Arndt, MD, Heather Beaman, PA-C, Chuck Blankman, PA-C, Ashley Brown, LCSW, David Burica, MD , Sarah Curtin, MD, Jonathan Currey, MD, Heather Davis, PA-C, Mark Engibous, CRNA, Maureen Ferguson, MD , Megan Fitzmaurice, FNP, Autumn Freeland, PA-C, Jennifer Gray, MD, Caitlin Gustafson, MD , David Hall, MD, Rachelle Hamell, FNP, Doug Irvine, MD, Gregory Irvine, MD, Anna Kinney, PA-C , Patrick Kinney, MD, John Kremer, MD, Angela Latta, FNP, Jennifer Lewis, MD, Rich McChrystal, PA-C, Katrina McKellips, DO, Curt Meske, MD, Cory Nelson, CRNA, Timothy Neuschwander, MD, Amy Ocmand, MD, Tobin Purslow, PA-C, Adam Weller, MD, Julie Welty, MD, Jacob Wilson, LCSW, Marcia Witte, MD.)

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Scam Alerts:

Beware of COVID-19 medical scams

October 27, 2020 Local News 8

If you are seeking a cure for COVID-19, be careful when shopping online.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning people that some sellers are falsely claiming that things like colloidal silver, essential oils, supplements, and immunity-boosting therapies can prevent COVID-19 infections or treat other health conditions. In fact, he says they could pose a risk to consumers’ health.

“My office has contacted several sellers in the past eight months about their deceptive and unsubstantiated health claims,” Wasden said. “Ads for fake coronavirus cures are particularly troubling and should be reported to my office.”

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BBB: Make sure your smart home devices are cyber secure

By: Kristen Bolden – Executive Producer KIVI Oct 26, 2020

During the pandemic, the demand for smart home devices is on the rise. Unfortunately, the rush to buy products like the Amazon Echo or Google Nest means new cybersecurity risks, opening the door for scammers.

Rebecca Barr from the Better Business Bureau wants to remind everyone that any device connected to the internet is a cybersecurity threat. That means the more online products you have in your home, the more vulnerable you are to an attack. Within the next 12 months, over 80 million U.S. households intend to purchase a new type of smart home device, meaning scams will likely be on the rise.

So what are scammers looking for exactly? Smart home products keep track of unique personal information such as when you are home or away and your daily routine. Many also connect to some of your most frequently accessed online accounts like streaming services, which are powered by payment information. A hacker could take control of your smart device, access your data, and steal your identity without much effort.

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Tips & Advice:

IFFD share tips to avoid winter house fires

By Ariel Schroeder October 28, 2020 Local News 8

October marks the end of fire season, but this doesn’t mean we’re in the clear.

As we stay cozy and warm indoors this winter season, the Idaho Falls Fire Department reminds us to be safe when operating home heating equipment.

According to the IFFD, home fires occur more in winter than in any other season.

They say fall is the time to prepare our home from winter fires.

Public Information Officer for the Idaho Falls Fire Department, Kerry Hammon suggests cleaning and inspecting your home’s heating sources is a good place to start.

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Public Lands:

Abandoned Campfires

Payette NF (via FB Oct 30, 2020)

Forest Service firefighters have responded to 6 wildfires started by people abandoning campfires and warming fires over the last few days.

One such wildfire is the Tussle Fire on the Council Ranger District located off the Skunk Creek Road. The fire is approximately an acre in size and presents hazards to firefighters regarding falling trees. Smoke from the fire is visible from Lockwood Saddle and the Horse Mountain Lookout area – If you see smoke in this area, there is no need to call 911.

Fire behavior this time of year is typically low to moderate, but every fire presents risks to firefighters.

Be sure to fully extinguish all campfires and warming fires!
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South Fork Road Update – Project Complete

10/26/2020

The South Fork Road reconstruction project is fully complete. No more closures or delays will take place currently or into the future.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Rx burn South Fork Salmon River planed

Update Oct 30: For your planning purposes and general knowledge. We are narrowing down our window for prescribed fire operations in Four Mile. Tentatively we are looking at burning Monday (11/2/20) or Tuesday (11/3/20) depending on weather. Ignitions will start in the afternoon and will last one day. I expect some residual smoke for a couple days. A system is expected to enter the burn area Wednesday which should bring cooler temps, high humidity’s and increased ventilation. Thank you for your interest and have a good weekend, Patrick

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning in the Four Mile project area this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch. The area that will be targeted for fire this fall is to the east of the South Fork Rd between Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat Campground. First priority burn block will be the area between Nasty and Four Mile creeks. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each burn block, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

The decision to implement prescribed fire always includes assessing the risk and impacts to communities, firefighters and forest resources. This season additional consideration will be given to complexity associated with COVID19, cumulative smoke exposure in our communities from wildfire and the commitment of fire resources locally and nationally.

If you will be operating in the area or have any questions please contact Laurel Ingram, Fuels Tech or Patrick Schon, Fuels Specialist, so that we can collaborate on timing.

Patrick Schon
Email: patrick.schon@usda.gov
Laurel Ingram
Email: laurel.ingram@usda.gov

Map Link: FourMile Fall 2020 Notification
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South Fork Salmon River

Payette NF via FB Oct 27, 2020

Every August since 1965, Payette National Forest fisheries personnel have sampled areas of the South Fork of the Salmon River to evaluate fine sediments within Chinook salmon spawning areas.

This survey technique, known as “core sampling”, is performed by digging out portions of the stream bed and “sieving” that material through a series of graduated sieves (a strainer) that separates the material by size classes. The individual size classes are then placed in calibrated buckets and the displaced water is measured and recorded. A core sampling site consists of 40 individual dig sites and the material from each dig typically weighs around 50lbs.

Biologists are particularly interested in fine sediments, those less than 6 mm (slightly smaller than your pinky nail), because too much fine sediment can be detrimental to salmon and steelhead egg-to-fry survival.

In the winter of 1964 – 1965, a rain-on-snow event took place in the upper South Fork of the Salmon River watershed. This event, in conjunction with the hundreds of miles of logging roads and the unstable granitic soils of the region, caused several very large landslides that delivered thousands of cubic feet of fine sediment into the south fork and very nearly wiped-out the river’s Chinook salmon population.

As a result, a ban on logging within the south fork watershed was enacted and annual core sampling efforts were initiated. Fifty-five years later, the data set created by this sampling effort is one of the largest of any kind within the U.S. Forest Service and continues to guide management decisions on the Payette National Forest.

Today, the levels of fine sediment in the South Fork of the Salmon River are very close to what they were prior to the 1960s and are in line with reference sites in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. This shows fisheries personnel that the methods being used in the area are working, providing a safe habitat for Chinook salmon.
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Skunk Creek Project

10/17/2020

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Skunk Creek Project on the Cascade Ranger District in Valley County.

Project Description

The project would utilize commercial thinning, non-commercial thinning and/or prescribed fire to improve stand conditions, increase resiliency to ongoing and future insect activity, reduce existing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reduce the potential future fuel load being created by the current insect mortality within the wildland urban interface of the Clear Creek subdivision.

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

How to Comment

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

1. Through the Skunk Creek Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
2. Mail to Cascade Ranger District, PO Box 696, Cascade, ID 83611.
3. By fax at 208-382-7480.Hand delivered comments are not being accepted at this time as there are limited office functions as part of precautions in response to the coronavirus.
4. Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
5. If submitting comments by mail or fax, be sure to include “Skunk Creek” in the subject line.

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your comments by November 17, 2020. For further information on the project, please contact Jim Bishop, Team Leader, at 208-382-7400.
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USDA Forest Service Sloans Point Forest Resilience Project Update

10/26/2020

You are subscribed to Sloans Point Forest Resilience Project for USDA Forest Service. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

District Ranger Jennifer Blake signed the Decision Memo for the Sloans Point Forest Resilience Project on October 26, 2020. The Decision Memo is available on the project webpage at: (link)

The primary objective of the Sloans Point Project is to address insect and disease disturbances, which may be interfering with forest resiliency and reducing key components of the forest matrix, especially the western larch and ponderosa pine components. The project is designed to: 1) maintain and improve desired species composition to include aspen, western larch, Douglas-fir, and ponderosa pine; 2) manage for mixed age and size class distribution with an emphasis on retaining large diameter trees; and 3) reduce stand densities to reduce susceptibility to insect and disease outbreaks and improve forest resiliency.

This project falls within a category of action authorized by the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) and is excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. The Forest Service utilized a collaborative process to develop management recommendations as required by the HFRA and is partnering with the Idaho Department of Lands through the Good Neighbor Authority, which enables the Forest Service to achieve restoration and resilient landscape objectives across ownership boundaries through cooperative agreements. In accordance with the Agriculture Act of 2014, Subtitle A, Sec. 8006, this decision is not subject to administrative review.

Implementation of this decision is scheduled to begin in summer 2021.

Please contact Jennifer Blake, McCall District Ranger, at 208-634-4000 for additional information about this project.
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Decision to Move Forward on the Sloans Point Forest Resilience Good Neighbor Authority Project Made

McCall, Idaho, October 27, 2020 – The McCall District Ranger has signed the Decision Memo for the Sloans Point Forest Resilience Project on October 26, 2020. The 2273-acre project is located off the Paddy Flat Road within the Kennally Creek Watershed. The primary objective of the project is to address insect and disease disturbances, that are interfering with forest resiliency and reducing key components of the forest matrix, especially the western larch and ponderosa pine components.

The Forest Service utilized a collaborative process by partnering with the Idaho Department of Lands through a Good Neighbor Authority partnership agreement. This partnership enables the Forest Service to achieve restoration and resilient landscape objectives across ownership boundaries through cooperative agreements.

The project is designed to maintain and improve desired species with a mixed age composition to include aspen, western larch, Douglas-fir, and ponderosa pine while retaining large diameter trees. The project will also guard against insect and disease outbreaks by improving forest resiliency.

Implementation of this decision is scheduled to begin in summer 2021. The Decision Memo is available on the project webpage at: (link)

Please contact Jennifer Blake, McCall District Ranger, at 208-634-4000 for additional information about this project.
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Jordan Fire

October 30th, 2020 BLM

Start Date: 10/30/2020
Start Time: 2:30 pm
Location: 6 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, Oregon
Cause: Under Investigation
Fire Size: Estimated at 700 acres
Fire Behavior: Running
Structures Threatened: None at this time
Fuels and Terrain: Burning in grass and brush with steep topography.

Fire Crews/Resources: Four BLM engines, one BLM dozer, one type-2 hand crew, Owyhee RFPA resources, one air attack and two airtankers.

Evacuations: None

Closures: None

Summary: Bureau of Land Management and Owyhee RFPA resources are fighting the Jordan Fire near Jordan Valley, Oregon. The fire is running in grass and brush in steep terrain. Ground and aviation resources are currently engaging in fire suppression efforts as they work toward establishing containment lines and stopping active fire spread.

Fire season is not over, so please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires when recreating on public lands.

For more information on fires in Idaho visit (link)
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Letter to Share:

Just a little good news

Gamebird Foundation (via email 10/31)

Just a little good news. The glass is 1/2 full. We are half-way to reaching our goal of 2000 Red-Leg Partridge eggs for 2021. We will need $2000.00 plus fright. We have commitments for the first 1,000. We have turned my front yard into a sales yard. All the commission we receive will go into a fund for The Gamebird Foundation. We have a couple friends that help us put the equipment on Facebook and other forms of advertising. So far we have sold a horse trailer and a Bass boat. We have a motorbike coming soon and I think a 250 ford pickup, 4×4 with about 50,000 miles. Also have a retired plumbing contractor that said he will send some of his consulting fees to the Foundation. We have several elk and other prints to sell that have been donated. Please keep your eyes and ears open for products that we can sell. This is one way that we can help fund the Foundation in tough times. More news but we want to keep it short.

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
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Critter News:

Snake River Animal Shelter temporarily closes due to COVID-19

October 30, 2020 Local News 8

Due to unforeseen COVID-19 related circumstances, the Snake River Animal Shelter will be closed to volunteers and the public until Nov. 17, 2020.

Snake River Animal Shelter Executive Director Kristin Sanger said a staff member tested positive and others have symptoms.

She plans to do a deep cleaning before reopening.

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Pet Talk – The Hype and Hope of Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine

By Dr. Karsten Fostvedt Oct 30, 2020 IME

Cannabis refers to the plant Cannabis sativa, which originated in Central Asia, and has been used medicinally for more than 5,000 years. There are thousands of varieties of the cannabis plant, which differ in their compounds. The proportion of compounds in the cannabis plant determines its pharmacological properties.

CBD, Cannabidiol, was first identified in 1940 and appears in insignificant concentrations in the hemp plant. CBD is not considered intoxicating and it may have potentially favorable effects on anxiety, inflammation and epilepsy. At this time, under federal law, there are no uses of CBD for animals. Nevertheless, research is being conducted on the safety and efficacy of CBD in companion animals, mainly dogs.

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Trump administration removes gray wolf from endangered species list

October 29, 2020 (Local News 8)

The Trump administration is dropping the gray wolf from the endangered species list under the assertion that the animal’s population has sufficiently recovered, a move conservation groups decry as shortsighted and promise to challenge in court.

The move comes after the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed last year to remove the gray wolf from being listed under the Endangered Species Act after the wolf population increased. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are more than 6,000 gray wolves in the US.

“Today’s action reflects the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to species conservation based on the parameters of the law and the best scientific and commercial data available,” Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement Thursday.

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2 moose shot and left to rot near Banks

The poached cow and calf moose are the fourth and fifth moose illegally killed in the area this month, according to Fish and Game.

October 27, 2020 KTVB

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is investigating the fifth illegal moose shooting since the month began after a pair of moose were found dead near Banks.

The cow and calf moose had been shot and left to rot near Dry Buck Road, about three miles west of Banks.

Fish and Game received a tip about a poached cow moose through the Citizens Against Poaching hotline on Oct. 18. After conservation officers arrived in the area and began to investigate, an officer’s dog found a bull calf lying dead a few yards away from the female moose.

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‘Dangerous’ and ‘ethically ridiculous’: After botched elk shooting in Gimlet, homeowners question hunting regulations

Elk kill brings focus on hunting in residential areas

Emily Jones Oct 28, 2020 IME

After a bull elk was shot by two different bowhunters on Sept. 19 and 23—first nonfatally on the west side of state Highway 75, then fatally in a Rainbow Bend backyard—homeowners have been left scratching their heads over the legal practice of big-game hunting in residential neighborhoods.

… The controversial incident began on Sept. 19 when an archer hit the bull on a large parcel of private property in Game Unit 48, across the highway from Gimlet subdivision, prompting the animal to bolt across the highway into the residential neighborhood—located within Game Unit 49—with an arrow in its stomach.

Tajkowski said the archer then went “door to door” in Gimlet asking if he could take this animal down legally on their property.

“It seems that he was a young hunter who didn’t know any better,” he said.

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Pheasant stocking underway near Inkom

October 27, 2020 Local News 8

The Idaho Fish and Game Department plans to stock 1,500 pheasants at the Portneuf Wildlife Management Area south of Inkom this fall.

The WMA is managed by Fish and Game and is already a popular site for deer, turkey, and grouse hunting. “Now hunters can count on a more consistent and fun pheasant hunting experience between October 25th and the end of pheasant season in November,” said Regional Communications Manager Jennifer Jackson.

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Idaho’s sockeye salmon run falters again; experts perplexed

Associated Press / KIVI Oct 29, 2020

A meager return of sockeye salmon to central Idaho this year despite high hopes and a new fish hatchery intended to help save the species from extinction has fisheries managers trying to figure out what went wrong.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to form a working group to understand why only 27 of 660,000 juvenile fish raised in the hatchery and released in central Idaho in 2018 survived the two-year, 1,800-mile trip to the ocean and back to return as adults. Fisheries managers expected about 800.

On a more positive note, 125 fish reared in the wild in Redfish and Pettit lakes near Stanley returned this year.

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Fish & Game News:

Information sought about bull and cow moose killed and left to waste near Banks

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, October 26, 2020

This is the fourth and fifth illegally killed moose in SW Idaho in October

Idaho Fish and Game is asking the public for information regarding two moose that were recently poached and left to waste on the border of Unit 32 and Unit 32A west of Banks.

Fish and Game conservation officers received a call from the Citizens Against Poaching hotline on Oct. 18 regarding a cow moose that was shot and left to waste near Dry Buck Road, about three miles west of Banks.

When officers arrived and investigated, an officer’s dog located another bull calf moose that was shot and left just a few yards away from the cow. Officers gathered and processed evidence from the scene, and believe that the two animals were shot sometime between Oct. 14 and Oct. 18.

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Mule deer harvests down based on early check station reports, but more data needed

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Hunters had less time to hunt before check stations opened this year

Deer hunting in southern Idaho either got off to a slow start, or the harvest stats are lagging due to the timing of the opener, or a combination. That’s the preliminary snapshot based on mid October check station reports.

Check stations mostly captured early mule deer harvests in southern and eastern Idaho during opening weekend because many elk and white-tailed deer hunters concentrate their efforts later in the season.

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Deer hunting continues into November and December, even if you have regular deer tag

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, October 30, 2020

Deer hunters have many more opportunities to notch a tag

For many Idaho hunters “deer season” is seen as two or three weeks in October during the general, any-weapon season, particularly if they’re targeting mule deer in central or south Idaho. But there are many other opportunities available for those who haven’t notched a tag and want to keep deer hunting.

Pull out your dog-eared and tattered copy of the 2020 Idaho Big Game Seasons and Rules, or see it online, and check out the seasons you’ve skimmed or overlooked in the past because you still have plenty of places to continue deer hunting.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Security footage solves ‘moo-stery’ behind vandalized fall harvest display

by Kari Barrows, WLOS Staff Wednesday, October 28th 2020


Photo courtesy of Edneyville Elementary School

Hendersonville, N.C. (WLOS) — One mountain elementary school has solved a mystery behind some smashed pumpkins, thanks to surveillance cameras, and identified the ‘hooved hoodlums’ behind the incident.

On Oct. 9, Edneyville Elementary School shared a photo online of Mrs. King’s 2nd grade class in front of a new fall harvest display donated by The Nix Pumpkin Patch.

Just over a week later, the school announced the display had been destroyed.

“Thank goodness the damage was repairable, and that we were able to check security footage and get pictures of the 11 perpetrators!” the school’s post read.

Photos show cows taking over the school grounds at night, apparently crushing through some of the fall display.

“If you recognize any of these hooved hoodlums, let us know!”

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Seasonal Humor:

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