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May 2, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

May 2, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

Community Calendar:

April 17, 2020 – Boil water order issued
March 31 – Weight Limits on SF road
April 2 – Hwy 55 weekday closures
May 5 – 3pm Cinco De Mayo at the Community Hall
May 9 – Next Festival Planning Zoom Meeting
May 15 – YPFD meeting 10am at the Fire Hall
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
(details below)
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Local Events:

Cinco De Mayo May 5

The community hall committee is once again doing its “give back to the community” with Free Tacos at the community hall 3 PM Wednesday, May 5.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in May to do plumbing projects. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Water Grant Presentation

Valley County Commissioner Meeting April 26, 2021, YouTube video, Yellow Pine Water starts at the 2:10:00 mark and lasts about 27 minutes.

Here is the ‘power point’ presentation (in a PDF format) that was given during the public hearing April 26th at the Valley County meeting.
link: 20210426 ValleyCountyPresentation.pdf
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Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1

About 15-20 locals pitched in with rakes and shovels to clean up the transfer station while the Lakeshore truck was in to move (and empty) the dumpsters. Many thanks to these community spirited folks.

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Kentucky Derby at the Tavern May 1

Locals enjoyed a get together, and some campers tired of sitting in their tent in the rain enjoyed the race with us. Thanks Dawn for the Kentucky Shrimp and Bourbon dip and being our inspiration.

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Power Outage

Saturday night, May 1, at 1004pm the power blinked off, on, off and back on.
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Yellow Pine General Store

Laundry is open. Gas Available and rooms for rent.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Upper Johnson Creek road is still closed at Landmark.

The Stibnite road between Yellow Pine and Stibnite mine is open.

The Hwy 55 project resumed April 2nd, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area. Project Website link:

South Fork Salmon River Spring weight limits are in effect March 31 through at least June 1st.
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Critters

Ticks

Tick season started March 11th, and are numerous this spring. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.

Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets, reports of pine martins living in the dump and raccoons on the north side of the village.

Be Fox & Coyote 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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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

Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1st was a resounding success!

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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.

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:

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water. Turn off your trickle when it is above freezing during the day.

Update Apr 16, 2021: Water usage is holding at around 35k gallons per day, down about 15k since a leak was fixed.

Update Nov 29, 2020: 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

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

Boil Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting May 9, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated May 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

The Fire Station recently had a propane heater installed. The heater will be a great addition to the fire station. It will be more efficient at keeping the station above freezing during the winter, especially since we keep water in the engines so they are ready to roll if an emergency occurs. It will also make it more pleasant to hold meetings at the fire station. Big thanks to Fire Chief Tim Rogers for coordinating this.

Meeting schedule for the YPFD. All meetings are at the YPFD Station
Sat. May 15 at 10am
Sat. June 12 at 10am
Sat. July 10 at 10am
Sat. September 11 at 10am Budget Meeting

YP Fire District 2 (east of Yellow Pine Ave) up for election Nov 2nd for 4 year term (per Valley County.) Link:

YPFD had a budget meeting on September 30, 2020 at 10am at the fire station. (No minutes yet.)

Make sure to keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

Also if you are burning any piles of forest litter and debris – please have a connected and charged garden hose that can reach your piles. If your hose cannot reach where you are burning, follow the good advice of having a shovel, axe, and water bucket at the scene. Rake away from anything that could ignite. Stop burning if winds become an issue. Make sure your fire is out before you leave the area. Nothing like getting surprised by a escaped fire in the middle of the night!

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” 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.

YPFD COVID19 Policy
link: YPFD Covid 19 SOP
link: Covid-19 EMS

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
Tim Rogers – 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
We will now be open 11am-8pm, closed on Tuesdays only. We will still offer smoked tri tip, brisket, and chicken sandwiches and also burgers and chicken wings.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233
Yellow Pine Tavern open daily:
Monday thru Thursday 8am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 8am to 10pm
Sunday 8am to 8pm
Indoor Dining with limited seating and Outdoor Dining Available.
Full Breakfast Menu. Burgers, Pizza, Fajitas, Beer, Wine and Pop
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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
Rooms, fuel, and laundry available now. Store plans to open by Memorial Day weekend.
Email for reservations
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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:

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

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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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Apr 26) overnight low of 29 degrees, measured 0.09″ rain from Sunday, high thin overcast sky this morning. Colombian ground squirrels out and chirping, first chipmunk sighting, a few finches have returned, hairy woodpecker, nuthatches, collard dove, dark-eyed junco, clark’s nutcracker, flicker calling and jays visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Leaves are breaking bud on the lilac bush. Mostly cloudy, warm and a little breezy early afternoon. Mostly cloudy and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 54 degrees. Partly clear and chilly breezes at dusk. Elk “talking” in the neighborhood just before dark. Mostly cloudy before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 27) overnight low of 29 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light breeze this morning. Some tree swallows have returned, a few cassin’s finches, red-wing blackbird calling, robins hopping around, jays, nuthatches and colombian squirrel visiting. Partly cloudy, light breezes and warm at lunch time. Mostly clear (looks like haze of smoke to the south), warm and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Woodpecker drumming off in the distance. Partly cloudy, calm and warm at dusk. Looked mostly clear before midnight, after midnight a very big bright moon.

Wednesday (Apr 28) overnight low of 27 degrees, almost clear sky this morning (tiny patch of thin haze to the north east.) More tree swallows have returned, robin and a few cassin’s finches visiting. Later a female hairy and a male downy woodpecker, two pine squirrels and a golden mantle ground squirrel. Warm, partly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Warm, partly cloudy and light breeze late afternoon, high of 68 degrees. It was still nice and warm at dusk, partly cloudy and calm. Partly or mostly clear after midnight.

Thursday (Apr 29) overnight low of 31 degrees, partly hazy sky this morning. Tree swallows, red-winged blackbird and jays calling, cassin’s finches, hairy woodpecker and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Tiny leaves coming out on lilac bushes. Warm and hazy sky at lunch time. Quite warm late afternoon, mostly cloudy sky and light breezes, high of 77 degrees. Warm, calm and mostly cloudy at dusk. Robins chirping, flash of a hummingbird. Mostly or partly clear before midnight.

Friday (Apr 30) overnight low of 35 degrees, partly hazy sky this morning and light breeze. Lots of birds singing, robins, swallows, cassin’s finches and female hairy woodpecker visiting. Mostly cloudy, warm and light breezes at lunch time. Very warm early afternoon, mostly cloudy and light breeze. Report of a quail in the neighborhood, and a hawk making the wild birds (and chickens) to go into hiding. Quite warm, light breezes and mostly cloudy late afternoon, high of 79 degrees. It was still light outside at 845pm (and warm.) Herd of elk by hole #1 at dusk. It looked cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (May 1) overnight low of 38 degrees, mostly cloudy (haze and wispy thin clouds) breezy and the river sounds louder. Swallows, robins and finches calling, 2 hummingbirds visited and big fat colombian ground squirrels scampering about. Lots of ticks! Overcast at lunch time and breezy. Dark overcast and rain showers on and off started mid-afternoon, high of 69 degrees. Break in the rain and a few small breaks in the clouds late afternoon. Partly clear at dusk, happy robins chirping. At 1004pm the power went off, came back on briefly, went off again and came back and stayed on. Looked cloudy before midnight, likely another rain shower after midnight.

Sunday (May 2) overnight low of 38 degrees, breezy, mostly cloudy sky and fog belts mid-mountain, measured 0.14″ from yesterday’s rain showers. Loud airplane circled over at 9am. Lots of cassin’s finches visiting, and two hummingbirds, no tree swallows – they must have headed for warmer places again. We had all 3 types of ground squirrels today, chipmunks, colombian and golden mantel, no pine squirrels. Hawk in the neighborhood scaring song birds (and chickens.) Mostly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Partly cloudy and breezy late afternoon, high of 54 degrees. Report of an osprey on the nest along the EFSF river.
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Idaho News:

177 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

April 30, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 177 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 187,656.

There are a total of 150,349 confirmed cases and 37,307 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 603,715 people have received the vaccine, and 1,057,549 total doses have been administered. 486,271 people are fully vaccinated. …

The state said 13 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 8,113, and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,376. …

1 new death was reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,046.

full story:
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Idaho April 26, 2021 Daily Cases


source: KTVB
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Valley drops mask rule at courthouse

Masks still required for courts, McCall DMV

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 29, 2021

Starting Monday, masks will no longer be required to enter the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, county commissioners decided on Monday.

The lifting of the ban applies to the courthouse, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office in Cascade, road department offices in Cascade and Lake Fork, the trash transfer station near Donnelly, the U of I Extension Service in Cascade, and the county’s weed-control office south of Cascade.

Masks will still be required in court facilities within the courthouse, including courtrooms, the clerk’s office and conference rooms because of an order from the Idaho Supreme Court, Valley County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Brian Oakey told commissioners.

The Valley County Courthouse Annex on Deinhard Lane in McCall also requires masks because of the Supreme Court order.

The McCall Department of Motor Vehicles office inside Idaho First Bank is still subject to the city’s mandatory mask mandate.

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McCall sets standards for lifting of mask order

Some criteria already met to limit spread of COVID-19

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 29, 2021

Guidelines to lift an order requiring face masks in the City of McCall were adopted last week by the McCall City Council.

The guidelines were drafted by local health officials at the request of the council after the council on April 8 extended the mask order to May 26.

“If cases remain where they’re at now, you’re a week away from meeting all of the criteria,” Central District Health Program Manager Gina Pannell told the council last week. …

Currently, 53% of people age 16 and older have been vaccinated in Valley County, or about 5,056 out of 9,552 residents in that age category. …

full story:
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Valley County COVID-19 vaccination rate rises to 53%

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 29, 2021

A total of 53% of Valley County residents over age 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported. That is up from the 52% rate reported last week.

A total of 5,069 county residents had received the vaccine out of an estimated 9,552 total population age 16 or over, according to the H&W’s online COVID-19 tracking site.

No new COVID-19 cases were reported by St. Luke’s McCall or Cascade Medical Center during the past week. The total stands at 745 cases have been reported in Valley County since the start of the pandemic.

Four confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths related to COVID-19 among Valley County residents have been reported by Central District Health.

Both hospitals reported plentiful openings for appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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CDH updates health advisory for Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, April 29th 2021

Central District Health updated its health advisory on Thursday for Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties to include some situations where masks are no longer needed.

The advisory started with a mask advisory reinforcement.

“Wear a face covering when you are in an indoor public or private setting where you are not able to consistently maintain six feet of physical distancing between you and anyone outside of your household,” CDH explained in its advisory update.

However other situations have changed.

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Idaho passes COVID-19 milestone of 1 million vaccine doses; case counts remain low

By Idaho Statesman Apr 26, 2021

Idaho has passed a COVID-19 vaccine milestone, administering more than one million doses of vaccine as case numbers continue to decrease, according to data published Monday.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said 1,020,224 vaccine doses had been administered by Monday. Just over 460,000 people have been fully vaccinated, while 131,837 people have received part one of a two-dose vaccine. Nearly 285,000 of those doses have been administered in Boise-based Central District Health’s four counties.

Still, Idaho is falling behind the national pace in vaccine distribution, Health and Welfare’s online data dashboard shows. Nearly 33% of Idaho’s eligible population (people 16 and older) have been fully vaccinated, compared to the national average of 35.4%. About 72% of Idaho’s senior population has received at least one vaccine dose, whereas 81.6% of seniors have nationally.

continued: at KIVI
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Valley County gets $1.4M in federal funds for roads, schools

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 29, 2021

Valley County recently received about $1.4 million in federal funding for county roads, schools, search and rescue and firewise projects from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

Of that money, about $894,000 went to the Valley County Road Department.

About $349,000 went to the McCall-Donnelly School District and about $50,000 went to the Cascade School District.

Also, about $105,000 went to a fund used for search and rescue and to programs to thin and prune trees near homes to prevent wildfires.

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Trident swap would give state 21,241 acres

N. Idaho timberland eyed for trade with land around McCall

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 29, 2021

The Idaho Department of Lands would gain nearly 1,000 more acres than it would trade away around Payette Lake under a land exchange application submitted by Trident Holdings.

Trident proposed to trade 21,241 acres of timberland in northern Idaho for 20,250 acres of state land around McCall, according to the Boise company’s application submitted to the lands department.

Trident does not currently own the northern Idaho timberlands, but has contracts in place to buy the lands upon approval of the land exchange, Trident founder Alec Williams said.

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Despite snow, rain, Pacific Northwest faces drought

by Associated Press Thursday, April 29th 2021

Despite a healthy amount of snowfall in the North Cascades over the winter and some recent rain, the Pacific Northwest slid into the “abnormally dry” drought category last week.

Kelsey Jencso of the Montana Climate Office says there’s been an intensification of dryness since February. Much of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are already experiencing moderate, severe and even extreme levels of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Ryan Lucas of the NOAA’s Northwest River Forecast Center said low precipitation will likely continue through July. He says rainfall isn’t keeping pace with normal levels.

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Mining News:

Road to Stibnite reopens after Feb. 23 avalanches

Perpetua crews clear 1,500 feet of roadway

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 29, 2021

The road to the site of Perpetua Resources’ proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine has been re-opened following a series of avalanches in February.

Stibnite Road was re-opened earlier this month after Perpetua spent about $88,000 and five weeks clearing debris from about 1,500 feet of roadway, said Mckinsey Lyon, a Perpetua spokesperson.

“The majority of the work was in moving debris, however there was minor damage to the outside bank armoring along the road,” Lyon said. “The road itself stayed intact.”

The clean-up means that the road is open to recreational traffic earlier in the season than normal, Valley County Road Superintendent Jeff McFadden said.

Work was done by Perpetua’s crew with excavators, front-end loaders and bulldozers stored at Stibnite, as well as crews Perpetua hired from O-K Gravel Works of Cascade.

Warm temperatures and rain triggered three avalanches on Feb. 23, leaving a debris field up to 30 feet deep across Stibnite Road.

Nobody was hurt in the slides, but one employee was temporarily stranded at Stibnite, the historic mining district 40 miles east of McCall that Perpetua is seeking permits to mine.

In March, Perpetua and Valley County commissioners agreed to wait for the snow to melt rather than have the county clear the road.

“We got permission from the county to conduct the work at our own cost,” Lyon said, noting the repairs were inspected by the county and the Payette National Forest.

“We were concerned that the ‘let it melt’ approach would block the road well into the early summer and potentially prohibit necessary work at Stibnite,” she said.

That work consists of about $7.5 million in clean-up of historic mining waste that was authorized by an agreement between Perpetua and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year.

In April 2019, a series of avalanches along Stibnite Road blocked the adjacent East Fork South Fork Salmon River, causing it to wash out the roadway.

Those slides caused about $700,000 in damage to the road, which took about six months to rebuild.

Federal and state emergency money paid for $674,000 of that work, while the county paid for about $26,000. Perpetua also assisted with clean-up of the 2019 slides.

An agreement with the county requires Perpetua to pay for routine maintenance on Stibnite Road, like snow plowing. However, the county is responsible for major maintenance work.

Since 2010, Perpetua has spent about $1.2 million maintaining Stibnite Road and Johnson Creek Road, the road most commonly used to reach Yellow Pine from Warm Lake Road east of Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Perpetua to offer $4,000 scholarship to graduating senior

Perpetua Resources has announced a $4,000 scholarship for one graduating senior in honor of Ken Assmus, a company employee who died Jan. 5 of complications of the COVID-19 virus at age 64.

Assmus, of Spokane, Washington, worked for Perpetua Resources, formerly known as Midas Gold, for 12 years and was the senior Geographic Information Systems specialist. …

Scholarship applicants must be a graduating senior at McCall-Donnelly High School, Cascade High School, Meadows Valley High School, Heartland High School in McCall, Council High School, Salmon River High School in Riggins, Shoshone-Bannock High School in Ft. Hall and Lapwai High School in Lapwai.

full story: The Star-News April 29, 2021
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Perpetua pledges up to $6,000 for Idaho STEM Action Center

Perpetua Resources is helping the Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation to reach its fundraising goal by pledging to match up to $6,000 in donations during the Idaho Gives Campaign.

The foundation is focusing its efforts this year on science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning opportunities for students, educators and communities to help build needed workforce skills and a stronger state economy.

Donations will help provide STEM learning interaction through camps, student competitions, learning materials, instruction, professional mentorship and other programs.

continued: The Star-News April 29, 2021
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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest Proposes Rental Cabins for Rent

McCall, Idaho, April 29, 2021 – The McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest is interested in hearing your comments on a proposal to 1) increase fees at two existing rental cabins, and 2) to begin using four cabins, currently administrative sites, as rental cabins for public use.

Burgdorf Rental Cabin: The cabin would be available from July 1 to September 30 for $160 per night with running water. The cabin sleeps 5-8 people. The cabin contains a flush toilet; shower; propane heat, lights and appliances; beds with mattresses; kitchen gear; cooking stove; wood stove and other amenities. The cabin is located adjacent to the Forest Service-operated Burgdorf Campground. Nearby are trails for both motorized and non-motorized use.

Warren Guard Station: The Warren Guard Station includes two buildings proposed for rentals, which would be available to rent from July 1 to September 30. The bunkhouse has two halves, which are accessed by private entrances with each unit containing 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Each half sleeps 4 people at $120 per night. The ranger cabin is a classic Forest Service cabin with an old time feel and is in very good condition. It has three bedrooms, 1 bathroom (shower/tub, sink and flush toilet), kitchen, and living room. It sleeps 6-8 people at $130 per night. The site would also house a volunteer host during the operating season.

Paddy Flat Guard Station: The Paddy Flat Guard Station includes a bunkhouse currently available for rental. The unit sleeps four people and includes a kitchen and bathroom. The proposal is to increase the nightly rate from $75 to $100. Further, an additional building at this site would be available as a recreation rental. This second dwelling includes a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom (flush toilet, shower, sink). The house has propane heat and running water. It sleeps four people at $100 per night.

Buck Park Cabin: Buck Park Cabin is a rustic cabin currently available for rental at $20 per night. It sleeps three people and has a wood stove for heat and cooking. No plumbing or electricity is available. A vault toilet is located outside. The proposal is to raise the nightly rate to $50.

McCall District Ranger Jenni Blake stated, “We recognize how important these sites are to our history and local communities. These new fees will help us maintain these unique and valuable guard stations while also providing additional recreation opportunities to the public.”

The majority (95%) of the revenue collected at recreation fee sites remains on the forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and programs.

Currently, these sites are used by Forest Service personnel on an as needed basis. Each administrative site has several building facilities, some of which would remain available for Forest Service personnel, while others would be available for rent.

All new fee proposals and fee increases will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee. The public is welcome to attend and comment at all advisory committee meetings. The meeting is expected to be held in the winter of 2021/2022. The exact meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on the Payette National Forest website and through the local media. These fee proposals will also have extensive reviews by both the Forest Service Regional and Washington Offices.

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate and maintain and improve these sites. Before the Forest Service received the authority to retain funds locally, all fees collected by the Forest Service went to the national treasury.

If approved, the cabins would be placed on (link) for rental information and reservations.

Photos of these proposed rental cabins can be found on the Payette National Forest webpage at: (link). At this time, comments are being accepted on the rental cabin proposals. Please send your comments to Emily Simpson, Payette National Forest, 500 N. Mission St. Bld. 2, McCall, Idaho 83638 or emily.simpson@usda.gov. Comments will be taken until September 30, 2021.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
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USDA Forest Service Midvale Telephone Fiber Optic Cable Installation Update

April 29, 2021

The Payette National Forest is seeking comments on the proposed Midvale Telephone Fiber Optic Cable Installation project on the McCall Ranger District. The project is located in T22N, R4E, sections 1 and 12 and T22N, R5E, sections 7-11, 14, and 23, Idaho County, Idaho. More information including a map can be found on the project webpage at (link).

The McCall Ranger District is proposing to amend Midvale Telephone Company’s permit to replace outdated buried telephone line with fiber optic cable starting at Burgdorf and proceeding south and east along Forest Road #246, then east and south along Forest Road #21 to the Secesh Area. The route is approximately 11.93 miles long, with approximately 6.6 miles on National Forest System (NFS) lands. Facilities will be buried in the designated utility corridor located within previously disturbed portions of the road right-of-way. The fiber optic line will cross under streams by directional boring (~10 feet below the streambed) or over streams by fastening the duct to the abutments of drainage culverts. Design features will be considered in the analysis, and included as terms and conditions of the permit, to avoid or minimize undesirable impacts to Forest resources and visitors in compliance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations.

The purpose of this project is to respond to an application from Midvale Telephone Company to amend their existing permit. The project is responsive to Mobile Now Act of 2017 and Forest Plan direction to consider special uses such as communication sites and utility corridors that cannot be accommodated off NFS lands. This project is being evaluated as a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act provided in 36CFR 220.6(e)(2) – Additional construction or reconstruction of existing telephone or utility lines in a designated corridor.

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your comments by June 4, 2021, and make them as specific as possible.

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

Webform submission is preferred but written comments may be mailed to: District Ranger Jennifer Blake, 102 W Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638. Please be specific on which project or projects you are commenting.

As a categorical exclusion there are no additional designated public comment periods for this project so this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input.

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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USDA Forest Service Rugged Ridge Outfitter Assigned Camps Update

April 29, 2021

The Forest Service is seeking scoping comments on the proposed Rugged Ridge Outfitter Assigned Camps project on the McCall Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. The project area is located in T24N, R6E, Sections 13, 17, 22, 28, 32, 35; T 24N, R 7E, Section 31; T 23N, R 6E, Section 34; T 23N, R 7E, Sections 18, 28, Idaho County, Idaho in Idaho game management unit 19A. More information including a map can be found on the project webpage at (link).

The McCall Ranger District proposes to amend an existing permit to authorize two new assigned sites. No new permanent structures or facilities would be permitted. Design features will be considered in the analysis and included in the terms and conditions of the permit to avoid or minimize undesirable impacts to Forest resources and visitors in compliance with applicable laws, policies, and regulations.

The purpose of this project is to respond to an application to provide adequate access to the permitted hunting area. This project is responsive to Forest Plan direction to authorize commercial services that meet established national standards and broaden the range of recreation opportunities and experiences provided on National Forest System lands.

This project is being evaluated as a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act provided in 36CFR 220.6(e)(3) – Approval, modification, or continuation of special uses that require less than 20 acres of NFS lands.

The Forest Service is contacting interested individuals, groups, and agencies to make them aware of the project and to gather pertinent feedback. To be most helpful, please submit your comments by June 4, 2021, and make them as specific as possible.

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

Webform submission is preferred but written comments may be mailed to: District Ranger Jennifer Blake, 102 W Lake Street, McCall, ID 83638. Please be specific on which project or projects you are commenting.

As a categorical exclusion there are no additional designated public comment periods for this project so this “scoping” phase is the best opportunity for public input.

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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Fire Season:

BLM officials: Idaho seeing more wildfires than normal, fire season could start early

By Frankie Katafias Apr 27, 2021

While Idaho is at relatively low risk for natural hazards, the most common — and most severe — is wildfires.

In 2020, the Bureau of Land Management’s Idaho Falls District reported a total of 150 wildfires. Of those, 130 were listed as “human-caused,” burning over 14,000 acres of land.

Last year’s fire season was considered fairly mild, but this year’s season could start much earlier than anticipated. Fire experts say a dry spring created a higher fuel load, and despite recent rain, a major warm-up will quickly dry those fuel loads and make them a wildfire hazard once again.

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Critter News:

Female grizzly bear killed in eastern Idaho; $40,000 reward offered

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, April 26th 2021

A reproductive female grizzly bear was found shot and killed in the Island Park area last month.

The bear’s cub, which was in the bear’s den, also died as a result of its mother’s death.

“The loss of a reproductive female grizzly is a real tragedy,” said Doug Petersen, regional conservation officer. “Someone out there knows what happened to this bear and we are asking them to come forward and share that information with us.”

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From birds to bobcats, this non-profit rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife across SW Idaho

By Karen Lehr Apr 30, 2021

It’s springtime in the Treasure Valley, which means by now there’s a good chance you’ve spotted some ducklings or another kind of baby animal. That signals the start of the busy season for the Animals in Distress Association and the Ruth Melichar Bird Center.

The non-profit organization has been rehabilitating animals in Southwest Idaho for the last 34 years.

“We get many orphaned ducklings and baby birds,” director Jennifer Rockwell said. “And it’s never-ending. Once you hang up the phone, you get another call.”

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West Valley Humane Society: Please do what you can before you abandon pets

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, April 26th 2021

A kennel with four kittens inside was left abandoned at the West Valley Humane Society.

It included a note.

“Please take good care of my kitties,” the letter stated. “I can no longer take care of them. I am now a senior without a place to go.”

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Letter to Share:

Gamebird Foundation Fundraiser

Hi all, to get a good look at some of the great ceramic coasters and cups done for The Gamebird Foundation, just click on the link below and it will open page 1. Of to the right is page 2, just click on it and it will open more pages. To order just look at the # at the bottom of the picture and determine the quantity of each that you want.

These coasters and cups are from Andy Sewell’s original paintings and are all signed by Andy. Folks that have looked at the coasters and cups that know art say they are the top of the line. We had a lady stop by yesterday and she just couldn’t believe the quality. Andy is one of the best in the USA.

All proceeds from the sale of the coasters and cups go to The Gamebird Foundation and the feeding, raising and releasing of wild pheasants and Red-Leg partridge from chicks to adults and releasing them into the best good habitat we can find. We raise and release thousands of these birds every year and it takes every dollar that we can raise from folks like you and your donation’s to keep the project going. All money that comes into TGBF is a donation, as we are a 501c3 non-profit anything over the cost of the item you buy is a tax deductible contribution.

To order or pay for the coasters and cups, you can go to our web page [below], and click on donations, you can email me at jhagedorn611@gmail.com or thegamebirdfoundation@gmail.com, call me at 208-883-3423 … Right now we have $10,000.00 worth of starter feed that we have to pay for by the end of May. Please help. Take a look at the link below and order now. You won’t want to get left out.

Link: to see the coasters

Link: to the Gamebird Foundation

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

During the spring wildlife baby boom, young animals are better off left alone

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Spring is here, and so is the peak of baby wildlife season. People are bound to see young wildlife when they venture outdoors during the spring and early summer, and there is a pretty good chance that they will see a baby animal that appears to be alone, with mom nowhere in sight.


IDFG/Randy Poole

While a well-intentioned human’s first instinct might be to rescue these cute, cuddly and seemingly helpless creatures, Fish and Game officials have a simple suggestion to people who discover baby animals that appear to be abandoned: The best thing you can do for them is to leave them be.

Every spring, Fish and Game receives calls from well intentioned humans who have “rescued” baby animals that they assume have been lost, abandoned or orphaned. While these people typically mean well, they are often doing more damage than good when they intervene, and typically, mom was not far away to begin with.

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Youth-only controlled hunts offer kids exclusive opportunities for big game tags

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Fish and Game offers thousands of youth-only controlled hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear

Idaho Fish and Game offers lots of opportunity for kids to apply for tags for deer, elk, pronghorn and black bear controlled hunts set aside exclusively for youth. The controlled hunt application period for deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear hunts runs from May 1 to June 5, and winners will be posted online by July 10.

Youth controlled hunt tags are available for many of Idaho’s best hunts, including 17 deer hunts, 15 elk hunts, five pronghorn hunts, and one black bear hunt. Youth hunts also provide a good opportunity for experienced hunters to mentor youngsters at separate times from general hunts.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Penguin chicks need swimming lessons from keeper

by Tijana Milich, Zenger News Monday, April 26th 2021

Two African penguin chicks at the Dallas Zoo experienced their first swim in front of visitors.

Video shows the penguin pair being led to the pool by a zookeeper. Hesitant about what they are supposed to do, the chicks stare at the water. One of the penguins is picked up and placed in the water by a zookeeper. The other penguin follows, jumping in the pool on its own.

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Seasonal Humor:

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April 25, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

April 25, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 31 – Weight Limits on South Fork Salmon River road
April 2 – Hwy 55 weekday closures
April 26 – Hearing on Water Grant
May 1 – Dump Cleanup Day at 12pm
May 9 – Next Festival Planning Zoom Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

Public Hearing Monday April 26

Grant – Yellow Pine Water Users Association

Comments due by 5pm April 23

Valley County is submitting a proposal to the Idaho Department of Commerce for an Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) for post disaster funding on behalf of the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in the amount of $150,000.00.

The intent of the emergency grant funds is to provide aid to replace the severely damaged transmission and distribution lines from the public drinking water facility to the community which were severely damaged in the March 30, 2020 earthquake.

The hearing will include a discussion of the need of the project; the application process; and the project’s scope of work, location, funding/budget, schedule, and expected benefits. Action Item

Public Hearing
April 26, 2021 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Building 2nd Floor
219 North Main Street Cascade, ID

Social distancing will be required, requiring telephonic testimony and/or limited access. Please call for further information. To listen to the hearing, please go to (link) and click on link labeled “Watch Commissioner Meetings Live” Instructions will be provided.

Direct questions & written comments to: Douglas Miller, Valley County Clerk PO Box 1350 Cascade, ID 83611 208-382-7100 (phone) 208-382-7119 (fax) dmiller@co.valley.id.us To comment telephonically or in-person, call 208-382-7100 prior to 5:00 p.m. April 23, 2021 OR email dmiller@co.valley.id.us until testimony is opened.
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Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1 at Noon

We are going to do a community cleanup at the dump on May 1 and the transfer people will come and dump the dumpsters for the beginning of summer.
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.
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Village News:

Rx Burn Yellow Pine April 19th


Photo by Local Color Photography

After a couple of days of thick smoke during the ignition, air quality improved somewhat during the week with light smoky haze for several days. Much better by this weekend.
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Yellow Pine General Store

Laundry is open. Gas Available and rooms for rent.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Upper Johnson Creek road is still closed at Landmark.

The Stibnite road between Yellow Pine and Stibnite mine is open.

The Hwy 55 project resumed April 2nd, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area. Project Website link:

South Fork Salmon River Spring weight limits are in effect March 31 through at least June 1st.
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Critters

Ticks

Tick season started March 11th, and are numerous this spring. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.

Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets, reports of pine martins on the west side and raccoons on the north side of the village.

Be Fox & Coyote 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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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

Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1 at Noon

We are going to do a community cleanup at the dump on May 1 and the transfer people will come and dump the dumpsters for the beginning of summer.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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:

See Notice of Public Hearing for water grant under Village News.

Update April 16, 2021: Water usage is holding at around 35k gallons per day, down about 15k since a leak was fixed.

Please conserve water. Turn off your trickle when it is above freezing during the day.

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

Boil Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting May 9, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated May 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

YP Fire District 2 (east of Yellow Pine Ave) up for election Nov 2nd for 4 year term (per Valley County.) Link:

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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
We will now be open 11am-8pm, closed on Tuesdays only. We will still offer smoked tri tip, brisket, and chicken sandwiches and also burgers and chicken wings.
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233
Yellow Pine Tavern open daily:
Monday thru Thursday 8am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday 8am to 10pm
Sunday 8am to 8pm
Indoor Dining with limited seating and Outdoor Dining Available.
Full Breakfast Menu. Burgers, Pizza, Fajitas, Beer, Wine and Pop
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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
Rooms, fuel, and laundry available. Store opens early May.
Email for reservations
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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:

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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Apr 19) overnight low of 30 degrees, mostly cloudy this morning, gusty breezes, a few balls of “graupel”, and haze of smoke in the air. Jays, clark’s nutcracker, cassin’s finches, red-breasted nuthatches, a dark-eyed junco, hairy and downy woodpeckers, first evening grosbeak and collared dove visiting, later a big fat colombian ground squirrel popped out for a bit. Gusty breezes and mostly cloudy at lunch time, haze of smoke. Gusty breezes early afternoon, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Mostly clear, breezy and better air quality mid-afternoon, high of 54 degrees. VanMeter is still smoking here and there. Clear sky before sunset, light breezes and light haze of smoke settling in along the river. Clear sky and light breeze at dusk. Clear and haze of smoke before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 20) overnight low of 22 degrees, clear very blue sky and light breezes this morning. The trees are full of cassin’s finches singing, tree swallows are back, jays, nuthatches, robins, male red-wing blackbird and pine squirrel visiting. Clear sky and light haze of smoke at lunch time. A few clouds, thin haze of smoke and light breezes early afternoon. Clear sky, warm, light breeze and light haze of smoke late afternoon, high of 59 degrees. Clear and above freezing at dusk. Looked mostly clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Apr 21) overnight low of 21 degrees, clear sky above a thin haze of smoke this morning. Swallows, cassin’s finches, pine siskins, jays, nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, colombian and pine squirrels visiting. Clear, warm and breezy with a haze of smoke at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Clear, smoky haze and breezy early afternoon. Clear sky, light breezes, warm and light haze of smoke late afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Clear, calm and haze of smoke at dusk. Looked clear before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 22) overnight low of 24 degrees, mostly cloudy (high thin small clouds) and variable breezes this morning, 0.02″ in the rain gauge. The tree swallows are still around, more robins have arrived, lots of cassin’s finches, a few pine siskins, jays, nuthatches, downy woodpecker, a colombian and a pine squirrel visiting. Thicker broader clouds and light breezes at lunch time. Shooting started around 5pm. Breezy, overcast (sitting down on VanMeter) and a few misty drops of rain late afternoon, then a few small cracks in the clouds, high of 62 degrees. Heard a red-winged blackbird calling. Bigger breaks in the clouds and a little breezy before sunset. Starting to rain just before dusk, didn’t last long. Skiff of snow fell during the night.

Friday (Apr 23) overnight low of 32 degrees, mostly cloudy (foggy ridges) and breezy this morning, good air quality. Heard a flicker calling, a few tree swallows swooping, robins, jays, cassin’s finches, nuthatches, chickadee, hairy and downy woodpeckers and a pine squirrel visiting. Broken cloud cover at lunch time. First rufus hummingbird sighted. Warm, mostly cloudy and breezy late afternoon, high of 61 degrees. Mostly cloudy, calmer and warm before sunset. Calm, above freezing and mostly cloudy at dusk. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 24) overnight low of 34 degrees, overcast and light breeze this morning. Some tree swallows still around, no finches, red-winged blackbird calling, jays, nuthatches, downy and hairy woodpeckers, clark’s nutcracker and pine squirrel visiting. Gusty breezes before lunch time. Light sprinkles, overcast and breezy early afternoon. Cooler, overcast and still raining lightly late afternoon, high of 51 degrees. Quit raining by early evening, broken cloud cover. Cloudy and not raining at dusk, foggy on top of VanMeter. Raining pretty good at 1015pm, then light showers. Still sprinkling lightly after midnight. Probably sprinkled most of the night.

Sunday (Apr 25) overnight low of 35 degrees, 24 hour rainfall measured 0.17″, low overcast (foggy ridges) and misting very lightly this morning. Red-winged blackbird calling, no finches, jays, nuthatches, female downy and male hairy woodpeckers visiting. Stopped raining a little after lunch time. A report there was 4″ of new snow on the road going over Big Creek summit this morning. Gusty breezes kicking up early afternoon. Sprinkles of rain on and off mid-afternoon, temperature and clouds dropping, high of 47 degrees. Raven calling off in the distance. Break in the rain late afternoon and overcast.
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Idaho News:

190 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

April 23, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 190 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 186,183.

There are a total of 149,366 confirmed cases and 36,817 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 585,090 people have received the vaccine, and 997,994 total doses have been administered. 444,371 people are fully vaccinated. …

The state said 14 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 8,033 and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,368. …

3 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,031.

full story: [Valley County 833 cases, 6 deaths]
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Valley County COVID-19 vaccination rate rises to 52%

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 22, 2021

A total of 52% of Valley County residents over age 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported. That is up from the 50% rate reported last week.

A total of 4,968 county residents had received the vaccine out of an estimated 9,552 total population age 16 or over, according to the H&W’s online COVID-19 tracking site.

One new positive case of COVID-19 was reported by St. Luke’s McCall last week. That broke a streak of two weeks where no new positive cases were reported in Valley County.

St. Luke’s McCall has now reported 639 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic reached Valley County a year ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported no new cases in the last week, holding at 106 total positive cases for the third week in a row. A total of 745 cases have been reported in Valley County since the start of the pandemic.

Four confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths related to COVID-19 among Valley County residents have been reported by Central District Health.

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3.5 magnitude earthquake reported near Stanley

by CBS2 News Staff Sunday, April 25th 2021

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 3.5 magnitude earthquake near Stanley just after 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The approximate location of the quake occurred 1.9 miles west-southwest of town.

The USGS said it was about 3.2 km deep.

source:

more info: USGS Link
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The USGS is showing 3 quakes in Idaho so far today:

2.6 3 km WSW of Stanley, Idaho 2021-04-25 05:09:15 (UTC-06:00) 1.1 km

3.5 3 km WSW of Stanley, Idaho 2021-04-25 04:23:21 (UTC-06:00) 3.2 km

2.7 11 km NW of Stanley, Idaho 2021-04-25 03:42:39 (UTC-06:00) 5.8 km

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Scam Alert:

Beware of these tax scams

By Natasha Williams Apr 20, 2021 KIVI

Tax day is coming up on May 17–but the Better Business Bureau is warning Idahoans about scammers trying to cash in on your refund.

According to the BBB, scammers will steal your identity and file taxes for you in hopes of stealing your refund–and sometimes you won’t even know it’s happening until it’s too late.

That’s why the BBB says it’s best to file early.

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Mining News:

Council to do its own water tests at Stibnite

Sampling would be separate from Perpetua’s

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 22, 2021

Independent water quality tests will be done at the proposed Stibnite Mine Project under a project announced by the Stibnite Advisory Council.

The testing will be funded by Perpetua Resources, which is proposing to extract gold and antimony from the Stibnite area of Valley County, but Perpetua will have no part of the drawing or testing of water samples, the council said.

The first tests will take place in July, when water samples will be taken from 18 locations around the area of the proposed mine that is crossed by the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon.

The samples will be collected from groundwater, the East Fork and other streams around the mine site, said Bob Crump of Riggins, who chairs the Stibnite council.

“This will allow community members to compare the results with the information Perpetua Resources is currently sharing and develop a clearer picture of the conditions that exist today,” Crump said.

After each round of samples is analyzed, results will be available for public review at (link)

The water samples will be collected in addition to samples from 70 locations that Perpetua already collects and submits to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Payette National Forest, Perpetua CEO Laurel Sayer said.

“We believe in total transparency,” Sayer said. “Giving the community the ability to check our work is simply part of being a responsible mining company.”

The program was developed after community members and local groups expressed worries over the how water quality in the East Fork will affect areas downstream, Crump said.

Perpetua will fund the program at a cost of about $89,000 per year, said Denis Duman, who represents Idaho County on the Stibnite council and teamed up with Crump to develop the program.

“We don’t see that as a conflict of interest,” Duman said, noting an independent lab that will be used to analyze the results.

The samples will be collected by the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, which was established by the University of Idaho.

Water samples will then be sent to Anatek Laboratories in Moscow, which will report the results back to the Stibnite council.

“The lab will report to the council, not Perpetua,” Duman said.

The results will include water temperature, acidity levels and dissolved metals, among other things.

The council plans to allow local citizens to observe and participate in the testing, with details to be determined, Duman said.

The East Fork, groundwater and other streams at Stibnite do not currently meet federal drinking water standards due to pollutants left by previous mining operations.

Some recent samples taken at Stibnite show arsenic levels 700 times higher than federal standards allow.

Mining at Stibnite began in 1939 and continued sporadically through the 1990s, when the site was abandoned.

Perpetua Resources, formerly known as Midas Gold, began mineral exploration at Stibnite in 2009.

Perpetua reached an agreement in January with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin cleaning up the historic waste.

That agreement authorizes about $7.5 million in work to begin this summer, including moving 325,000 tons of waste away from the East Fork and diverting streams around historic waste.

Two more areas outside of the mine project area could be cleaned up if the mine is given permits by the Payette National Forest. Those permits are pending.

The Stibnite Advisory Council was formed by Perpetua, then known as Midas Gold, in 2019 to allow community representatives to share information and voice worries related to the Stibnite Gold Project.

Communities represented on the council are the cities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins and Council, the Village of Yellow Pine and Adams and Idaho counties.

The City of McCall declined to join and Valley County is not a member due to potential conflicts since the county will be asked to issue permits for the mine.

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

State: Tamarack not liable to pay fire costs

West State Fire costs $400,000 to battle

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 22, 2021

Tamarack Resort will not be required to cover firefighting costs for the West State Fire, which burned 61 acres within the resort in November 2020 after slash fires burned out of control on the resort’s ski slopes, according to the Idaho Department of Lands.

The state investigated the cause of the fire and determined that the resort would not be cited or billed for the about $400,000 cost of fighting the fire, Public Information Officer Sharla Arledge said.

Several precautions were taken by the resort staff tending the fires and there was a quick response once they realized the fire was out of control, Arledge said.

“Tamarack employees appear to have been diligent in preparing for the planned burn that, unfortunately, got away from them,” she said.

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Payette plans to improve campsites in New Meadows area

The Payette National Forest is seeking comments on a project to improve campsites in the New Meadows Ranger District.

The Cold Springs, Last Chance, Grouse and Hazard Lake campgrounds are candidates for work done to expand, improve or replace fire rings, picnic tables, campsite markers, fee tubes, signs and kiosks.

A fence and toilet at the Last Chance campground are proposed to be replaced. The campground is located about nine miles northwest of McCall and has 20 single and two double campsites

Work on the Last Chance and Hazard Lake campgrounds is proposed to start this summer.

The Hazard Lake Campground has 12 campsites and is about 27 miles north of McCall.

The Cold Springs Campground has 19 campsites and is about eight miles west of New Meadows.

The Grouse Campground has 12 campsites and is about nine miles north of McCall.

“Camping is such a timelessly classic way to enjoy public lands and create great memories,” New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps said.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity to update our campgrounds and improve the visitor experience,” Phelps said.

The work would be funded by the Great American Outdoors Act of 2019, which provided $285 million to the Forest Service to reduce the backlog of maintenance across the agency.

Comments can be submitted electronically through the project webpage.

For more information about the project, visit (link) and search for “Campgrounds Deferred Maintenance Project.”

For more information on how to comment on the project or to request further information, contact Payette National Forest Central Zone Recreation Manager, Mike Beach at michael.beach@usda.gov or New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps at 208-514-5809 or erin.phelps@usda.gov.

Comments are requested before May 7.

source: The Star-News April 22, 2021
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State seeks comments on changes to timber cutting near streams

The Idaho Department of Lands is seeking public comment on proposed changes that would make it easier to understand rules for harvesting timber next to fish-bearing streams.

The department is holding a series of public meetings as part of negotiated rulemaking procedures on proposed changes to two rules.

Revisions of these two rules would simplify implementation as well as account for up-dated forest management practices of the current Shade Rule, which went into effect in 2014.

The Shade Rule was established to protect the shading of fish bearing streams when timber is harvested, but many consider the rule to be too complicated with numerous opportunities for error, an IDL news release said.

Local residents can offer comments during a meeting on Tuesday, May 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, located at 201 N. Third St. in McCall.

For more information, visit (link) and search for “rulemaking” or “Rules Pertaining to the Idaho Forest Practices Act.”

source: The Star-News April 22, 2021
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Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee to Accept Project Proposals

April 19, 2021

The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (SWI-RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Years 2021, 2022 and 2023. The proposal deadline is May 18, 2021.

“The SWI-RAC will be very busy as they have about approximately $1.4m eligible for awarding to projects,” said Brian Harris, Designated Federal Official for the SWI-RAC. “RAC participation enables local residents to have a meaningful role in deciding how federal funds are spent on public lands.” The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act.

SWI-RAC-funded projects must be located on National Forest System Lands in Ada, Adams, Boise, Elmore, Gem, Valley, and Washington counties, or on nearby lands if the project will benefit resources on the National Forests. Projects can be completed by Forest Service personnel, through partnership agreements, or by open-bid contracting with individuals and corporations. The SWI-RAC works closely with the Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintains roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds.

The SWI-RAC covers the Payette and Boise National Forests, the Fairfield Ranger District on the Sawtooth National Forest, the Middle Fork Ranger District on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, and the Hell Canyon Recreation Area in Adams County that is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Applications for SWI-RAC proposals can be obtained at (link), or from the Designated Federal Official, Brian Harris at brian.d.harris@usda.gov , 208-634-6945.

Potential project sponsors should contact local Forest Service offices to obtain information that may be needed for a proposal, including a Forest Service contact, and to ensure proper agreements and paperwork are completed that will enable the project sponsor to obtain funding if recommended for funding by the SWI-RAC. Projects must include a letter of support from the County Commissioners in those counties where the project is proposed. Selected project sponsors may be asked to make a 20 minute presentation to the SWI-RAC if deemed necessary. Times and locations will be assigned by the DFO.

SWI-RAC meetings to review and recommend projects will be held in late May and early June at dates and times to be determined. Meetings will be held in a virtual environment and are always open to the public.

Date: May 18, 2021 What is Due? Project Proposals

Completed applications must be received in hardcopy form or via email to DFO Brian Harris at brian.d.harris@usda.gov on or before the May 18, 2021 deadline. If submitting hardcopy proposals, mail completed proposals to Brian Harris, Payette National Forest, 500 N. Mission Street, suite 2, McCall, Idaho 83638 with a postmark no later than May 18, 2021.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
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Fire Season:

Valley County offers $500 grants to reduce wildfire risk

[Deadline May 2]

The Star-News April 22, 2021

Valley County is offering $500 grants through a new Firewise pilot program to encourage landowners to reduce wildfire risk on their property.

There are 20 awards available, with three being reserved for each of the county’s three fire districts and one for a backcountry location. The remaining will be awarded by priority.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of members from the Valley County Fire Working Group and final recipients will be approved by Valley County commissioners.

“The review panel is looking for innovative and creative projects that contribute to the community, even if the project is implemented only on one parcel,” Stephanie Nelson of the Valley County Fire Working Group said.

Examples of approved uses of funds include:

• Removal of hazard fuels, such as trees, brush and pine needles, that require hired labor, equipment rental or supplies, including leaf bags and chainsaw gas.

• Landscape hardening and upgrading to Firewise plants.

• Upgrading building materials to those that are fire resistant.

• Improvements for soffits, attic screens, enclosing wood decks and firewood storage areas.

• Support for community work days.

• Development and implementation of evacuation signage.

• Disbursement of educational materials, contacting absentee landowners and informing the community about defending their homes against wildfire.

A site visit will be required during the application process and again for photos to be taken once the grant application is selected.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for their approved, completed projects that meet agreed criteria.

The application deadline is May 2, and awards will be announced within two weeks. Projects must be completed by Aug. 1.

For more information, including applications and rules, email VCFirewise@gmail.com or visit the Valley County Fire Working Group’s Facebook page.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Preparing your property for fire season

By Emma Iannacone April 21, 2021 Local News 8

With the weather warming up, fire officials are hoping property owners will take steps to make sure they’re ready for fire season. …

Stouse offers some tips for homeowners:

* Create a fire-resistant zone around your home that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials. Stouse suggests starting closest to your home and working outward.

* When working on spring and summer projects, use fire-resistant materials to build, renovate or make repairs.

* Space out trees and trim branches that hang over decks and roofs to keep fire from traveling to structures. Trim low-hanging and low-lying branches that can light from a ground fire and ignite a tree.

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Yellow Pine “Rake it and Take it”

Instead of burning pine needles and branches, rake it and take it to the Transfer Station and pile NEATLY in the burn pile.

Remember only pine needles, branches and brush, no furniture, tires or construction materials.
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Full Lavaside Fire containment delayed

April 23, 2021 Local News 8

Firth, Idaho (KIFI) – Update 4/24 6:36 A post on The Bureau of Land management’s Facebook page says the blaze is 75% contained at this hour, but no “significant fire activity observed.” Crews had planned on it being 100% contained by now. Their new timeline is for Saturday at 6pm. The adjustment was made due to the sensitive nature of the fire.

The post goes on to say light precipitation occurred over the fire. 1 hand crew and 4 engines are scheduled to staff the fire tomorrow.

We expect another update tomorrow when 100% containment is reached.

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Critter News:

Fish and Game urges keeping trash away from hungry bears

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents for help curbing the problem of hungry bears foraging for food in McCall neighborhoods by making sure they don’t find any.

The department is already receiving reports of bears in the area, said Regan Berkley, Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife manager in McCall.

“Bears emerge hungry in the spring and are drawn to town by smells of food and trash,” Berkley said.

The bears will knock over trash cans many times in search of something to eat, she said.’

“It is important to make sure they don’t get a reward for this behavior,” Berkley said.

Bears are likely to return if they find even one trash can, cooler or freezer with food.

To prevent bear problems, residents are asked to do the following:

• Use bear-resistant trash containers properly by not overfilling them or tampering with latches.

• Take down bird feeders, as bird seed is a high-protein food source for bears. Birds are less dependent on feeding sources in the spring.

• Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can access them.

• Businesses are asked to not prop open bin lids.

Bears that have become too accustomed to human food sources cannot responsibly be relocated. They can become dangerous and, in some cases, must be trapped and lethally removed, Berkley said.

“Please help us avoid this situation by ensuring bears do not have access to human foods or trash,” Berkley said in the press release.

source: The Star-News April 22, 2021
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Legislation aims to kill 90% of wolves roaming Idaho

By Associated Press (AP) Apr 21, 2021

An Idaho Senate committee has approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors to kill about 90% of the wolves roaming Idaho.

The agriculture industry-backed bill approved Tuesday includes additional changes intended to cut the wolf population from about 1,500 to 150. Backers say there are too many wolves and they’re attacking cattle, sheep and wildlife.

Opponents say the legislation threatens a 2002 wolf management plan involving the federal government that could ultimately lead to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking back control of managing the state’s wolves. About 500 wolves have been killed in Idaho in each of the past two years.

source: KIVI
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Yellowstone park hazes wolves that get used to people

Associated Press April 25, 2021

Yellowstone National Park is using paintballs, rubber bullets and flying beanbags to haze wolves that have become too comfortable around people.

Biologist Doug Smith got permission from park rangers to use the non-lethal projectiles when members of the Wapiti Pack began travelling along roads and getting close to tourists on snowmobiles.

Park workers were instructed to fire on the wolves only during “teachable moments,” when they’d associate the pain with their nearness to humankind.

The hazing worked on one wolf that had become so used to people that it took a photographer’s tripod in November 2019.

source: Local News 8
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Horseback riders highlight the challenges they face on the trails

By Steve Dent Apr 22, 2021 KIVI

… Equestrian riders often use the foothills trails, especially those off of Cartwright Road. Now, they’re hoping to raise awareness to help everyone stay safe on the trails.

“Horses are more a fight or flight. They are going to see a predator,” said Karen Danley, a board member with the Foundation for Ada/Canyon Trails Systems. “They might think of you as a cougar and they are going to react to that.”

A horse typically weighs more than 1,000 pounds so a reaction on the trails can create a dangerous situation for both riders and other users.

“If something that startles him, his first reaction is fear and he might lash out at you with his hooves or he may run right into you,” said Beumeler. “It doesn’t make sense to a person, but it is very logical to a horse.”

Trail etiquette requires hikers and bikers to yield to horseback riders and bikers need to yield to hikers.

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World Center for Birds of Prey to break ground on new building on Earth Day

By Meredith Spelbring Apr 22, 2021 KIVI

The World Center for Birds of Prey will break ground on an expansion of its Interpretive Center on Earth Day.

The center will begin an expansion project to include more “educational opportunities and exhibits” on April 22 as part of a $3.2 million campaign known as HATCHED. Full construction will begin in July 2021 once the World Center’s Critically Endangered Californian Condors’s nestlings have fledged their nest, according to the Center.

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Spring Chinook salmon fishing starts at 3 Idaho rivers

By Cooper Waytenick Apr 24, 2021

Spring Chinook salmon fishing on the Snake, Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers started Saturday after the Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the start date back in March.

While returns to the Clearwater River are forecasted to be insufficient for fishing, fisheries managers are forecasting a run of more than 11,000 hatchery spring Chinook Salmon which are bound for all of the above locations.

Fishing on the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers is limited to 4 days per week, Thursday through Sunday, while fishing on the Snake River will be 7 days per week.

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Fish & Game News:

F&G seeks public input on whether to mandate gender identification for mountain goats

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Deadline to comment is April 30

Fish and Game is seeking public input regarding whether to mandate a gender identification course for mountain goats for hunters who draw mountain goat tags. People can comment by going to the public survey webpage. Deadline to comment is April 30.

Mountain goats are sensitive to harvest, particularly harvest of adult females. Increased nanny harvest can lead to population declines and fewer tags available to hunters in the future. Idaho and other states have various programs to educate hunters on gender identification of mountain goats and the importance of reducing the numbers of nannies taken in the harvest.

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Weekly Salmon Fishing Update – April 21, 2021

By Chris Sullivan, Anadromous Fisheries Coordinator
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Welcome to our new weekly Chinook Salmon Fishing Update. Each week, we will provide updates on seasons and rules and share data from creel surveys, hatchery returns, and fish passage through the Columbia and Snake rivers to help anglers plan their salmon fishing trips.

Chinook salmon fishing starts April 24, and this week we cover seasons and rules information and point anglers towards informational tools on the Idaho Fish and Game website.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Giant tortoise with injured legs given skateboard to get about

by Georgina JadikovskA Zenger News Monday, April 12th 2021

Munich — A giant endangered tortoise was seen moving around on a roller board during a physiotherapy session after joint problems left it with difficulties in lifting its massive shell.

The male African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata), named Helmuth, is treated at ZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen zoological adventure world in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Helmuth, 23, has recently been whizzing around the zoo on a roller board due to problems with its front legs. African spurred tortoises are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Endangered Species.

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Seasonal Humor:

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April 18, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

April 18, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 31 – Weight Limits on South Fork Salmon River road
April 2 – Hwy 55 closures
April 16-19 – Rx Burn near Yellow Pine
April 26 – Hearing on Water Grant
May 1 – Dump Cleanup Day at 12pm
May 9 – Next Festival Planning Zoom Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

Rx Burning Near Yellow Pine

The helicopter flights started on Saturday, April 17th, the smoke was quite thick all afternoon, but better air quality by evening. On Sunday, April 18th the helicopter started flying over around 1030am and continued for about an hour. Here is a photo from the webcam taken at noon.
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About 1pm looking west:
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Update on Bald Hill Rx Burn April 16: Crews are “black lining” the Rx area today and taking advantage of perfect Rx burning conditions to accomplish some of the burning. They will be igniting the broadcast burn area Saturday through Monday via helicopter ignition with use of the “ping-pong balls.” The burn is proceeding well and exactly as desired – flame length remain below 1 foot and 1, 10 and 100 hour fuels are consuming well with fire behavior meeting all objectives. Crews will remain on site through beyond Monday to watch over the burn area.

Prescribed Burning update near Yellow Pine and Eiguren

The Krassel Ranger District is planning to start burning next week (4/13/21). Ignitions will occur in the 4 mile and Bald Hill projects areas. Priority units are Bald Hill units F,G and 4 mile unit G,A. Maps of the project areas can be found below. Units may be broken into smaller portions to aid in implementation. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
p: 208-634-0623
f: 208-634-0634
patrick.schon@usda.gov
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Public Hearing – Grant – Yellow Pine Water Users Association

Valley County is submitting a proposal to the Idaho Department of Commerce for an Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) for post disaster funding on behalf of the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in the amount of $150,000.00.

The intent of the emergency grant funds is to provide aid to replace the severely damaged transmission and distribution lines from the public drinking water facility to the community which were severely damaged in the March 30, 2020 earthquake.

The hearing will include a discussion of the need of the project; the application process; and the project’s scope of work, location, funding/budget, schedule, and expected benefits. Action Item

Public Hearing
April 26, 2021 3:00 p.m.
Courthouse Building 2nd Floor
219 North Main Street Cascade, ID

Social distancing will be required, requiring telephonic testimony and/or limited access. Please call for further information. To listen to the hearing, please go to (link) and click on link labeled “Watch Commissioner Meetings Live” Instructions will be provided.

Direct questions & written comments to: Douglas Miller, Valley County Clerk PO Box 1350 Cascade, ID 83611 208-382-7100 (phone) 208-382-7119 (fax) dmiller@co.valley.id.us To comment telephonically or in-person, call 208-382-7100 prior to 5:00 p.m. April 23, 2021 OR email dmiller@co.valley.id.us until testimony is opened.
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Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1 at Noon

We are going to do a community cleanup at the dump on May 1 and the transfer people will come and dump the dumpsters for the beginning of summer.
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.
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Village News:

The Yellow Pine Tavern is open
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Stibnite Road is Open

Received a report that the road between Yellow Pine and Stibnite mine is open.
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Hwy 55

The project resumed April 2nd, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.

Project Website link:

If you have Facebook, here is a (link) to a cool ITD video, preparing and blasting.
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Spring weight limits in effect SF Road

“Forest Service officials on the Payette and Boise National Forests implemented the annual seasonal break up limits/road weight restrictions on portions of the South Fork Salmon River Road (National Forest System Road #674 and #474) effective today, March 31, 2021. The restriction is in effect annually through June 1, or as Forest Service officers determine that no further damage will occur to the roadway and remove the signing.”
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Ticks!

A report on March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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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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Critters

Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets, reports of pine martins on the west side and raccoons on the north side of the village.

Be Fox & Coyote 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

Community Cleanup at the Dump May 1 at Noon

We are going to do a community cleanup at the dump on May 1 and the transfer people will come and dump the dumpsters for the beginning of summer.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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:

See Notice of Public Hearing above under Village News.

Update April 16, 2021: Water usage is holding at around 35k gallons per day, down about 15k since a leak was fixed.

Please conserve water. Turn off your trickle when it is above freezing during the day.

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

Boil Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting May 9, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated May 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

YP Fire District 2 (east of Yellow Pine Ave) up for election Nov 2nd for 4 year term (per Valley County.) Link:

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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
Opened 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Apr 12) overnight low of 18 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning and light breeze, old snow lingers in the shade. Hairy woodpecker, jays, robin and nuthatches visiting. Breezy and more clouds at lunch time. Mostly cloudy and breezy early afternoon. Mostly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Elk on the golf course by late afternoon. Mostly cloudy and breezy before sunset. Above freezing, cloudy and breezy at dusk. A few stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 13) overnight low of 26 degrees, gusty winds earlier, overcast and breezy this morning, a few patches of old snow remain in the shade. Nuthatches, jays, juncos, and pine squirrel visiting. Decreasing clouds and increasing winds at lunch time. Blustery and almost clear mid-afternoon, high of 48 degrees. Ticks are blowing around in the breeze. Clear and calmer early evening, elk wandering the golf course and neighborhood before sunset. Getting gusty again right after sunset. Temperature dropping and lighter breezes at dusk. Lots of stars out before midnight.

Wednesday (Apr 14) overnight low of 27 degrees, mostly high thin clouds and light breezes this morning, smaller patches of old snow in the shade. Flock of juncos, hairy woodpecker drumming, robin visiting and clark’s nutcrackers calling. Getting blustery before lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Partly clear and gusty breezes mid-afternoon, high of 50 degrees. Calmer, cloudy and above freezing at dusk. It looked cloudy and lighter breezes before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 15) overnight low of 28 degrees, mostly cloudy sky and light breezes this morning, a few patches of old snow remain in the shade. Robin chirping, tree swallow swooping, jays calling and nuthatches visiting. Gusty before lunch time. Blustery and mostly cloudy early afternoon. Warm, partly clear/cloudy and lighter breezes mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Mostly cloudy and gusty before sunset. Patches of clear sky, lighter breezes and above freezing at dusk. Some stars out before midnight.

Friday (Apr 16) overnight low of 25 degrees, about half the sky is clear and half has small white clouds. Several tree swallows swooping and calling, male and female hairy and male and female downy woodpeckers, a few cassin’s finches, jay and robin hopping around, mountain chickadee and red-breasted nuthatches visiting, pine squirrel showed up late afternoon. Gusty breezes by 1045am. Mail truck was a little early. Partly cloudy and blustery at lunch time. Almost clear, warm and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Clear at sunset, light haze of smoke along the river. Above freezing and gentle breezes at dusk. “Eye burning” smoke settling in from the Rx burn by 930pm. Looked clear or mostly clear before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 17) overnight low of 23 degrees, clear sky and light breezes this morning, smaller piles of old snow in the shade. Tree swallows swooping around, robin calling, cassin’s finches, a few juncos, hairy and downy woodpeckers and nuthatches visiting; later the pine squirrel stopped by for a snack. Helicopter flights started at lunch time under a clear sky with light breezes. By 145pm socked in with smoke. Warm, smoky and low visibility early afternoon. Quite warm mid-afternoon, high of 63 degrees, light breeze, clear sky above thinner smoke (still eye burning) VanMeter is mostly visible. At dusk, the smoke was settling in along the river, clear sky and above freezing. Stars out before midnight.

Sunday (Apr 18) overnight low of 25 degrees, clear sky, light breeze and good air quality this morning. The last of the natural snow in the shade has melted down here on the flat, but piles that slid off north facing roofs have a ways to go. Swallows calling and swooping, finches singing from the trees, robin and jays hopping around, hairy woodpecker and first colombian ground squirrel sighting. Helicopter started flying at 1035am. Starting to get smoky at 1pm, helicopter still flying. Smoke hiding VanMeter hill from view by early afternoon, smoke above and behind Golden Gate hill but Johnson Creek ridge still visible. Quite warm, mostly clear above the smoke and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 69 degrees. Sounds like trees falling and rocks rolling down VanMeter hill. Smoke settling in closer to the ground before sunset.
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Idaho News:

212 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

April 16, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 212 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 184,769.

There are a total of 148,276 confirmed cases and 36,493 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 559,968 people have received the vaccine, and 927,665 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 6 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,943 and zero new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,361.

There are 11,301 asymptomatic reported cases and 10,303 cases among health care workers.

2 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 2,017.

full story: [Valley County 830 cases, 6 deaths]
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McCall extends mask order to May 26

Council splits 3-2 over COVID-19 precaution

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News April 16, 2021

A 45-day extension of an order requiring face masks to be worn in public places in the City of McCall was approved on a 3-2 vote last week by the McCall City Council.

The order is now set to expire on May 26 after it had been set to expire last Sunday. The order originally took effect on Feb. 26 after being passed by the council to stop the spread of COVID-19. …

St. Luke’s McCall Chief of Staff Gregory Irvine advised council members not to lift the mask order too soon.

“The analogy of spiking the football on the five yard-line when you’re running for a touchdown is an apt one,” Irvine said.

full story:
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Half of Valley County gets COVID-19 vaccine

Second week with no new cases reported

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 15, 2021

Half of the population of Valley County over age 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported.

A total of 4,766 county residents had received the vaccine out of an estimated 9,552 total population age 16 or over, or 49.9%, according to the H&W’s online COVID-19 tracking site. …

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Cascade Food Pantry needs new truck to help keep up with demand

Before the pandemic, the pantry was hauling 4,200 pounds of food. Now, they’ve been hauling around 7,200 pounds of food between the Treasure Valley and Cascade.

Joey Prechtl April 16, 2021 KTVB

Food banks have become more and more important throughout the pandemic, including the Cascade Food Pantry.

Due to the pandemic, they saw an enormous increase in demand and have also changed their operations and how they get the food to the people who need it.

They shifted to a drive-up system, with volunteers giving people a few boxes of food and they go on their way.

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Valley County offers $500 grants to reduce wildfire risk

Valley County is offering $500 grants through a new Firewise pilot program to encourage landowners to reduce wildfire risk on their property.

There are 20 awards available, with three being reserved for each of the county’s three fire districts and one for a backcountry location. The remaining will be awarded by priority.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of members from the Valley County Fire Working Group and final recipients will be approved by Valley County commissioners.

“The review panel is looking for innovative and creative projects that contribute to the community, even if the project is implemented only on one parcel,” Stephanie Nelson of the Valley County Fire Working Group said.

Examples of approved uses of funds include:

• Removal of hazard fuels, such as trees, brush and pine needles, that require hired labor, equipment rental or supplies, including leaf bags and chainsaw gas.

• Landscape hardening and upgrading to Firewise plants.

• Upgrading building materials to those that are fire resistant.

• Improvements for soffits, attic screens, enclosing wood decks and firewood storage areas.

• Support for community work days.

• Development and implementation of evacuation signage.

• Disbursement of educational materials, contacting absentee landowners and informing the community about defending their homes against wildfire.

A site visit will be required during the application process and again for photos to be taken once the grant application is selected.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for their approved, completed projects that meet agreed criteria.

The application deadline is May 2, and awards will be announced within two weeks. Projects must be completed by Aug. 1.

For more information, including applications and rules, email VCFirewise@gmail.com or visit the Valley County Fire Working Group’s Facebook page.

source: The Star-News April 15, 2021
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About 25% of Idaho in drought; 1 area in extreme drought

April 12, 2021 Associated Press

About a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought, with one pocket in the south-central part of the state in extreme drought.

The area in extreme drought is in the Pioneer Mountains, which straddles Blaine County and Custer County, Boise State Public Radio reported Monday during a water supply meeting.

“This is an ongoing, long-term drought that started back in the fall of 2019, and we just haven’t seen any kind of recovery there yet,” David Hoekema, a hydrologist for the Idaho Department of Water Resources, said Friday.

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Mining News:

Stibnite Advisory Council Launches Independent Water Monitoring Program

Work will Verify Conditions at Site and Bring Enhanced Transparency Around Water Quality to Perpetua Resources

Donnelly, ID – The Stibnite Advisory Council is launching an Independent Water Monitoring Program to bring increased transparency to Perpetua Resources’ Stibnite Gold Project and independently verify ground and surface water quality conditions at site. The Independent Water Monitoring Program (IWMP) was created after community members and city officials expressed concerns over the project’s potential impacts to water quality and a desire to see data provided by an entity other than Perpetua Resources.

The Independent Water Monitoring Program will give our community members access to objective data, which will be collected, analyzed and reported by Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI) and an EPA-certified lab. This will allow community members to compare the results with the information Perpetua Resources is currently sharing and develop a clearer picture of the conditions that exist today.”

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Public Lands:

Idaho State Parks increasing fees for vehicles, overnight use

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, April 13th 2021

If you’re planning to visit one of Idaho’s many state parks this spring or summer be prepared for some increased fees.

The state on Tuesday says it will be increasing entrance fees from $5-7 for every vehicle that enters a park. In addition, there will now be an additional $8 charge for each vehicle beyond the first two vehicles associated with a campsite.

The overnight use fee associated with use of any non-camping lands for the parking of motor vehicles or trailers not associated with a campsite between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. has increased to $20. And, if you don’t pay the required fees in a park, expect a surcharge of $20 (up from $10).

If you’re not really feeling the entrance fee price increase, the state reminds folks they can purchase a $10 Parks Passport for unlimited entry.

source:
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Forest Supervisor issues decision on Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project

Boise, Idaho, April 14, 2021 – Boise National Forest Supervisor Tawnya Brummett signed the Decision Notice for the Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project April 13, 2021. The decision implements the proposed action as described in the Need for the Proposal and Proposed Action chapters of the Environmental Assessment with modifications prompted by:

• consideration of comments received during the public scoping and comment period

• discussions with interested public, elected officials, Boise Forest Coalition, other interest groups and the project interdisciplinary team

• conversations with and input from objectors

By implementing activities at a landscape scale and using a condition-based management approach, this project optimizes biodiversity and improves resilience and integrity allowing for endemic levels of disturbance. The proposed action addresses critical health and safety needs by reducing hazardous fuels and removing hazard trees, thereby reducing risks to government workers, firefighters and the public. The work focuses on public safety and ensures continued, safe access to the forest in the Sage Hen project area. The project supports local livelihoods and economies and improves recreation opportunities for the rapidly growing Boise metropolitan area.

“Condition-based management is an approach that supports responsiveness and flexibility between planning and implementation in natural resource management. The concept allows the forest to respond to changing conditions on the ground’, said Forest Supervisor, Tawnya Brummett. “With the ability to modify our response to address those conditions we will be able to use resources more efficiently at the landscape scale.”

“In addition to the changes described above, I am committed to, and approving a phased decision for implementation of this project,” said Brummett. “This decision approves all project activities as described in the environmental assessment and decision notice; however, by phasing project implementation, additional public engagement will be allowed with the goal of increased transparency, and real-time problem-solving and dialogue with interested parties”

This phased approach is specific to this project and does not set precedent for how projects currently

underway or future projects will be implemented.

For specifics about the Decision Notice and phased implementation actions visit: (link).

To subscribe to email updates about this project and others, visit: (link).
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Bear Valley Borrow Source Development- Comment Period

The Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is soliciting comments for the Bear Valley Borrow Source Development Project. The Proposed Action Report is available electronically on the project webpage (link).

The proposed project is an activity implementing a land management plan and is subject to the pre-decisional objection process at 36 CFR 218 Subparts A and B.

The purpose of the project is to provide a cost-effective material source facilitate the maintenance and improve the overall condition of the Forest roads in the Bear Valley area. The proposal is to reopen and expand the existing borrow source located adjacent to Forest Road 579.

Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

1. Electronically through the Bear Valley Borrow Source 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 the Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637, Attention Terre Pearson-Ramirez.

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).

The opportunity to comment ends 30 days following the date of publication of the legal notice in the Idaho World. Only those who submit timely and specific written comments (36 CFR §218.2) regarding the proposed project or activity during a public comment period established by the responsible official are eligible to file an objection (36 CFR §218.24(b)(6)).

For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. The publication date of the legal notice in the newspaper of record is the exclusive means for calculating the time to submit written comments on a proposed project or activity. The time period for the opportunity to comment on a proposed project or activity to be documented with an environmental assessment shall not be extended. It is the responsibility of all individuals and organizations to ensure that their comments are received in a timely manner. Additional information concerning the project may be obtained from Terre Pearson-Ramirez, at 208-259-3361.
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Hikers warned to be on the lookout for toxic plant on the trail

Myrtle spurge is an invasive noxious plant all over the Northwest. It’s a light green weed that has yellow flowers on it this time of year.

Chase Biefeldt (KTVB) April 12, 2021

With the temperatures rising and warmer days ahead, there will be more people out recreating in the foothills, but a nice hike on the trails could go awry if you come in contact with a toxic invasive plant.

One of the most relevant noxious plants right now is Myrtle Spurge – an invasive noxious plant all over the Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
It’s a light green weed that has yellow flowers on it during spring.

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More info:

Myrtle spurge


Myrtle Spurge Ron Patterson

Myrtle spurge is a non-native, tap-rooted perennial that does well in low-water landscape situations. The problem is that it does so well in low-water situations, it can easily escape cultivation. The sap is very caustic and toxic. It can cause rashes, blisters, even blindness if it gets in the eyes. These plants are very dangerous around children. It is best to remove it from your landscape.

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Critter News:

Fish and Game urges keeping trash away from hungry bears

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents for help curbing the problem of hungry bears foraging for food in McCall neighborhoods by making sure they don’t find any.

The department is already receiving reports of bears in the area, said Regan Berkley, Idaho Department of Fish and Game wildlife manager in McCall.

“Bears emerge hungry in the spring and are drawn to town by smells of food and trash,” Berkley said.

The bears will knock over trash cans many times in search of something to eat, she said.

“It is important to make sure they don’t get a reward for this behavior,” Berkley said.

Bears are likely to return if they find even one trash can, cooler or freezer with food.

To prevent bear problems, residents are asked to do the following:

• Use bear-resistant trash containers properly by not overfilling them or tampering with latches.

• Take down bird feeders, as bird seed is a high-protein food source for bears. Birds are less dependent on feeding sources in the spring.

• Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can access them.

• Businesses are asked to not prop open bin lids.

Bears that have become too accustomed to human food sources cannot responsibly be relocated. They can become dangerous and, in some cases, must be trapped and lethally removed, Berkley said.

“Please help us avoid this situation by ensuring bears do not have access to human foods or trash,” Berkley said in the press release.

source: The Star-News April 15, 2021
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Domestic sheep cross Idaho Highway 55, head to Boise Foothills on Saturday

Spectators lined up on both sides of the highway to watch Wilder sheep rancher Frank Shirts move nearly 2,600 ewes and lambs into the Boise Foothills.

KTVB April 17, 2021

A large crowd gathered at the Idaho State Highway 55 and Beacon Light junction to watch rural sheep cross Highway 55 on Saturday morning.

As many as 500 people were possibly in attendance, according to Steve Stuebner with the Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission (IRRC). People lined up on both sides of the highway to watch Wilder sheep rancher Frank Shirts move nearly 2,600 ewes and lambs into the Boise Foothills.

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You can put your bird feeders up but keep them clean, officials say

April 12, 2021 Local News 8


Emily Carter – Two Pine Siskins and one American goldfinch on a bird feeder.

Salmonellosis outbreaks among birds have been making headlines in Idaho and neighboring states, which highlights the importance of keeping bird feeders and feeding sites clean to prevent the spread of diseases.

If you want to set up your bird feeders for spring, Idaho Fish and Game says go for it—just keep these tips in mind to help protect your fine-feathered friends.

* Before putting up your feeders, clean them with warm soapy water and then dunk/rinse them with a 10% bleach solution. Rinse and dry them well before adding food. This process will disinfect your feeders and reduce the spread of salmonellosis, respiratory infections, eye ailments, and other diseases among birds. To avoid spreading salmonella bacteria to humans, wear rubber gloves while cleaning/handling bird feeders, and immediately afterward wash hands with soap and water, hand sanitizer, or alcohol wipes.

* Use this sanitization method to clean your feeders (and even bird baths) at least once every two weeks. While the design of hummingbird feeders makes them a much lower risk for salmonella transmission, these feeders also require regular cleaning.

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Boise man catches record-breaking steelhead from the South Fork

The man caught the catch-and-release state record trout on April 11.


KTVB

Winning the championship is one thing, defending it is entirely different. One Boise man showed that after he set a new catch-and-release state record steelhead for the second time since 2017.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Scott Turner caught a record-breaking 39.25-inch long steelhead on April 11 in the South Fork of the Clearwater River, nearly four years to the day after he last set the record in 2017 with a 36-inch long trout.

Turner’s first record was beaten by Tucker Young in December of 2018 and again by Samuel Brumbaugh, who caught a 38-inch steelhead on April 19, 2019, on the South Fork Clearwater River.

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Fish & Game News:

Windows to Wildlife Newsletter

In this Spring 2021 issue:

* Lending a Hand to Help Wildlife, Habitat Conservation, and Researchers
* How to Get Started with eBird and iNaturalist
* Birds, Bees, and Milkweed
* On the Idaho Birding Trail: Roswell Marsh WHA

Link:
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Put your bird feeders up, but keep them clean says Idaho Fish and Game

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, April 12, 2021

Salmonellosis outbreaks among birds have been making headlines in Idaho and neighboring states, which highlights the importance of keeping bird feeders and feeding sites clean to prevent the spread of diseases. If you want to set-up your bird feeders for spring, Idaho Fish and Game says go for it—just keep these tips in mind to help protect your fine-feathered friends.

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April 12 Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River was most concentrated upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19 during the past week. Outside of location code 19, steelhead anglers were most commonly observed near the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17.

The best catch rates were once again observed within location code 19, and anglers interviewed within that area averaged 10 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 17 averaged 23 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 49 hours per steelhead caught.

River conditions were good throughout the week. The river had slightly cloudy visibility in all areas downstream of the East Fork on Sunday, and water temperatures ranged from the low to mid-40s depending on location. Currently, the Salmon River is flowing at 1,430 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 96 percent of average for today’s date. Upstream, near the Yankee Fork, the Salmon River is flowing at 712 cfs which is 90 percent for today’s date.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Mother chimp at Maryland Zoo interacts with adopted baby chimp

by Kendra Mann, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday, February 25th 2021

The Maryland Zoo shared an adorable video of a mother chimpanzee interacting with a baby chimpanzee adopted by the zoo.

“Lola’s mom Bunny interacts with baby chimpanzee Maisie the most of the adult chimps. She leads Maisie from place to place and seems to oversee which chimps socialize with her,” The Maryland Zoo wrote on Facebook.

… Maise was adopted by The Maryland Zoo in September 2020. According to the zoo’s website, Maise was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Aug. 28 but was moved to The Maryland Zoo to be paired with a surrogate mother and interact with other baby chimpanzees after her birth mother was unable to properly care for her.

full story w/video:

see also:

Baby Maisie Plays With Chimps Lola & Violet


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Seasonal Humor:

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April 11, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

April 11, 2021 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
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 31 – Weight Limits on South Fork Salmon River road
April 2 – Hwy 55 closures
April 13 – Rx Burn near Yellow Pine
April 16 – Yellow Pine Tavern Opens
May 9 – Next Festival Planning Zoom Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

Prescribed Burning update near Yellow Pine and Eiguren

The Krassel Ranger District is planning to start burning next week (4/13/21). Ignitions will occur in the 4 mile and Bald Hill projects areas. Priority units are Bald Hill units F,G and 4 mile unit G,A. Maps of the project areas can be found below. Units may be broken into smaller portions to aid in implementation. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
p: 208-634-0623
f: 208-634-0634
patrick.schon@usda.gov
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Opening April 16th.
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.
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Village News:

Spring Elk

Watch for elk wandering around at dusk.


photo by Local Color Photography.
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Hwy 55

The project resumed April 2nd, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.

Project Website link:

If you have Facebook, here is a (link) to a cool ITD video, preparing and blasting.
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Spring weight limits in effect SF Road

“Forest Service officials on the Payette and Boise National Forests implemented the annual seasonal break up limits/road weight restrictions on portions of the South Fork Salmon River Road (National Forest System Road #674 and #474) effective today, March 31, 2021. The restriction is in effect annually through June 1, or as Forest Service officers determine that no further damage will occur to the roadway and remove the signing.”
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Avalanche Closes Road to Stibnite

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The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” -PR They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look, the road is narrow and more slides could come down.

“Debris [is] strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road” – PR. The road could be open soon, No current report.
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Ticks!

A report on March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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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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Critters

Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets, reports of pine martins on the west side and raccoons on the north side of the village.

Be Fox & Coyote 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

The dump (and road) were last plowed on Saturday, Feb 27th.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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:

Please conserve water. Turn off your trickle when it is above freezing during the day.

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

Boil Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting May 9, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated May 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

YP Fire District 2 (east of Yellow Pine Ave) up for election Nov 2nd for 4 year term (per Valley County.) Link:

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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Apr 5) overnight low of 33 degrees, started snowing before 9am, a fat 1/4″ by 930am and socked in down to the valley floor and snowing big flakes, light breeze, estimate an average of 2″ old snow on the ground (lots of bare ground, yet several inches remain in the deep shady places.) Male and female cassins finches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, juncos, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Almost 2″ of snow fell before lunch time, tapering off to flakes, breaks in the clouds and ridges fogged in. Nearly all of the new snow had melted by early afternoon. Overcast, breezy and spitting snow for 10-15 minutes mid-afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Elk on the golf course around sunset. Cloudy and a little breezy but above freezing at dusk. Cloudy and calmer before midnight.

Tuesday (Apr 6) overnight low of 26 degrees, clear sky this morning. Half the ground or more is bare, 2-8″ snow remain in the shade, giving an average of 1″. The snow from yesterday melted down to 0.08″ water. Flicker calling, a few juncos, cassin’s finches, clark’s nutcracker, red-breasted nuthatches, mountain chickadees, jays, hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel visiting. Elk on the golf course at lunch time and half dozen nutcrackers foraging down the side of the road, clear and sunny. Warm, clear and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Still above freezing and clear at dark. Looked clear with sparkly stars before midnight.

Wednesday (Apr 7) overnight low of 23 degrees, clear sky this morning, the average snow depth is 1″, there is still 1-8″ of old snow in the shade. Tree swallows are back, calling and swooping, a few cassin’s finches, jays, chickadees, nuthatches and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Warm, clear and breezy at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. A few clouds, warm and windy mid-afternoon, high of 62 degrees. Overcast and calmer before sunset. Above freezing, calm and partly cloudy at dusk. Elk in the neighborhood after dark. Cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 8) overnight low of 31 degrees, overcast and breezy this morning, a few flakes of snow around 945am. Most of the yard is bare except in the shade, reporting a trace of old snow. Red-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos, jays, hairy woodpecker and cassin’s finches visiting. Snowing on and off, then snowing and sticking before lunch time, then another round of snow after lunch. Higher thinner clouds and new snow melted by early afternoon. Snowing on and off and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 43 degrees. Breaks in the clouds and scattered sunshine late afternoon. Elk on the golf course at sunset. Partly cloudy at dusk. Partly clear, breezy and getting cold before midnight. Clear after midnight.

Friday (Apr 9) overnight low of 16 degrees, yesterday’s snow had melted (SWE=0.02″), clear sky this morning and cold light breeze. Jays, nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and 2 pine squirrels visiting. First sighting of a golden mantel ground squirrel. Clear, sunny and light breeze at lunch time. Clear and quite breezy mid-afternoon, high of 56 degrees. Clear and light breeze at dusk. Elk on the golf course as it was getting dark. Clear sky before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 10) overnight low of 25 degrees, broken overcast and calm this morning, a trace of old snow lingers in the shade. Hairy woodpecker visiting, flicker calling in the distance. Getting gusty at lunch time. Cloudy and blustery mid-afternoon, high of 53 degrees. A few flakes of snow around 5pm. Strong gusts of wind around 530pm. Calmer at 630pm. A few flakes of snow at sunset. Cloudy, above freezing and light breeze at dusk. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Apr 11) overnight low of 18 degrees, clear sky and light breeze this morning, 95% bare ground. Robin calling, cassin’s finches singing, hairy woodpecker and nuthatches visiting, flicker drumming off in the distance, and pine squirrels running about. Clear sky and gusty breezes at lunch time. Partly cloudy mid-afternoon and light breeze, high of 46 degrees. Mostly clear before sunset and above freezing.
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Idaho News:

312 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

April 9, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 312 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 183,153.

There are a total of 147,052 confirmed cases and 36,101 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 518,450 people have received the vaccine, and 838,855 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 12 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,722 and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,320.

There are 11,160 asymptomatic reported cases and 10,175 cases among health care workers.

4 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,993. …

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Idaho April 5th


source: KTVB
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Valley County hospitals report no new COVID-19 cases

First time without new cases since March 2020

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 8, 2021

No new positive cases of COVID-19 in Valley County were reported last week by the county’s two hospitals for the first time in more than a year.

Both St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the past week.

That hasn’t happened since the first case was detected at St. Luke’s McCall on March 19, 2020. Cascade Medical Center detected its first case on June 23, 2020.

Since then, each hospital has had some weeks where no new cases were reported, but last week was the first time that both hospitals reported no cases the previous week.

Administrators of both hospitals said the news was welcomed but expressed caution about the state of the pandemic.

“We need to see a lot more people coming in for vaccinations before we feel like we are out of the woods,” Cascade Medical Center CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“It’s important not to let up too soon, and it is concerning that St. Luke’s medical centers in other Idaho cities are seeing a rise in hospitalizations,” said Amber Green, St. Luke’s McCall Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer.

“We have more tools in our tool belt to help fight COVID now and we need to continue to use them all,” Green said. “Get vaccinated, wear masks, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands.”

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County held at 731, the same number reported a week ago.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 625 total positive cases, while Cascade Medical Center reported 106 total positive cases.

Five confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths related to COVID-19 among Valley County residents have been reported by Central District Health. ..

4,068 First Doses

A total of 4,068 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by this week by the two hospitals. The hospitals also had given out 2,710 of the required second doses of the vaccine.

St. Luke’s McCall reported giving 2,337 first doses and 1,605 second doses since vaccinations started Jan. 13 through last Saturday. The hospital has appointments to give 300 vaccinations this week, both first and second doses.

Cascade Medical Center had given 1,731 first doses and 1,105 second doses by this week.

The pharmacy at the Albertsons supermarket in McCall also has been giving the COVID-19 vaccine, but company policy prohibits disclosure of the number of vaccines given, an Albertsons spokesperson in the company’s corporate office in Boise said. …

New Testing

St. Luke’s McCall has begun offering COVID-19 nasal swab testing for those not showing symptoms of the virus.

The tests are offered to:

• Those having exposure to someone with coronavirus at school or work.

• Those having exposure to someone with coronavirus in high-density or communal living.

• Those planning on traveling or who have completed traveling.

Those wishing to be tested should make an appointment using the same system noted above as those wishing to be vaccinated. Results will be posted in their myChart account, typically within 24 hours.

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McCall renews mask mandate for another 45 days within city limits

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, April 9th 2021

The McCall City Council renewed the city’s mask mandate on Thursday for people within city limits for another 45 days.

The mask mandate will expire on May 26 and includes a $100 citation for violators.

At the end of the month, or early next month, the council will rediscuss the parameters that are guiding its decisions. Those include weekly case rates, Idaho rebound stages, and vaccination percentages.

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Valley County offers $500 grants to reduce wildfire risk

The Star-News April 8, 2021

Valley County is offering $500 grants through a new Firewise pilot program to encourage landowners to reduce wildfire risk on their property.

There are 20 awards available, with three being reserved for each of the county’s three fire districts and one for a backcountry location. The remaining will be awarded by priority.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of members from the Valley County Fire Working Group and final recipients will be approved by Valley County commissioners.

“The review panel is looking for innovative and creative projects that contribute to the community, even if the project is implemented only on one parcel,” Stephanie Nelson of the Valley County Fire Working Group said.

Examples of approved uses of funds include:

• Removal of hazard fuels, such as trees, brush and pine needles, that require hired labor, equipment rental or supplies, including leaf bags and chainsaw gas.

• Landscape hardening and upgrading to Firewise plants.

• Upgrading building materials to those that are fire resistant.

• Improvements for soffits, attic screens, enclosing wood decks and firewood storage areas.

• Support for community work days.

• Development and implementation of evacuation signage.

• Disbursement of educational materials, contacting absentee landowners and informing the community about defending their homes against wildfire.

A site visit will be required during the application process and again for photos to be taken once the grant application is selected.

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for their approved, completed projects that meet agreed criteria.

The application deadline is May 2, and awards will be announced within two weeks. Projects must be completed by Aug. 1.

For more information, including applications and rules, email VCFirewise@gmail.com or visit the Valley County Fire Working Group’s Facebook page.

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McCall homeowners converting properties to vacation rentals, pushing locals out

“Every day there’s somebody posting that they’ve been kicked out of their residence because it’s being sold or turned into a vacation rental.”

Katija Stjepovic (KTVB) April 8, 2021

The housing crisis that is so critical in the Treasure Valley, stretches all the way up to the banks of Payette Lake and beyond.

Residents in Valley County and McCall have been dealing with skyrocketing prices on homes and rentals. According to Zillow, the average home value in McCall is just about $463,000, up 11.4% from the past year.

West Central Mountains Economic Development Council said 3-bedroom units are regularly being advertised for about $3,000 a month.

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Highway 55 rockslide caused by water, cut made by ITD crews last year

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, April 9th 2021

The Idaho Transportation Department says the March 15 rockslide on Highway 55 was caused by melting snow and a cut made by crews last year.

“Water from melting snow seeped into and destabilized the hillside at a cut crews created last fall,” according to ITD. “To prevent future localized slides, ITD is enhancing the reinforcement of the hillside as cuts are created.”

The slide happened in a work zone where crews are actively cutting into the hillside to create extra room for Highway 55 and increase safety for drivers. Updates provide a reduction in the severity of curves, wider shoulders, and add guardrail and pullouts.

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Boise woman hurt in Sunday wreck on ID55 north of Cascade

The Star-News April 8, 2021

A Boise woman was injured when she rolled her mini-van on Idaho 55 about seven miles north of Cascade on Sunday, the Idaho State Police reported.

Kristen Wright, 36 was driving northbound at about 8:45 a.m. when she drove off the shoulder, over-corrected and rolled her vehicle, an ISP report said.

Wright and two juvenile passengers were taken by ambulance to Cascade Medical Center where Wright was flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

Wright was listed as being in good condition on Monday by a Saint Alphonsus media representative. The conditions of the two juveniles were not available,

Emergency vehicles cleared the scene at about 10:15 p.m., the ISP report said.

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Water year ending with tight supply

April 7, 2021 Local News 8

A lack of precipitation during March resulted in near to below normal snowpack across most of the state as of April 1.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service said the vast majority of sites within the Snake River above Palisades Basin recorded record low precipitation in March.

As of April 1, total water precipitation in the Upper Sake is 80% of normal.

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Scam Alert:

Have you been vaccinated for COVID-19? Watch out for this phishing scam, Idaho

Apr 07, 2021 Idaho Statesman

More than 800,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Idaho as of Wednesday, and the U.S. Department of Justice is warning citizens of a fake post-vaccine survey scam that they might encounter.

A phishing scheme sent via email or text message asks individuals to fill out a COVID-19 vaccine survey with the promise of a prize or cash at the conclusion of the survey, according to a recent news release from the Department of Justice’s office of public affairs.

The surveys are used to steal money, and unlawfully capture bank and personal information, which increases the probability of identity theft.

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Letter to Share:

It takes more than raking pine needles

A rite of spring for those who live among the trees is raking pine needles and gathering branches broken by winter snow. But Valley County has a way to turn this bit of housekeeping into something much bigger that could keep homes standing during a wildfire.

The county is offering 20 grants of $500 each to people living in neighborhoods that have been built inside a forest to get their homes prepared for the unthinkable – a wildfire started by lighting, an unattended campfire that reignites or a burn pile that gets blown out of control. The grants will promote methods of protecting homes known as Firewise.

The Firewise concept is not new, but needs to be reinforced with the annual churn of new county residents and those buying vacation homes in wildfire-prone areas. The most common methods seem simple enough: trim branches that overhang a home, porch, and deck; prune branches of large trees 10 feet from the ground; use crushed stone or gravel instead of mulches five feet around a house.

The problem is people may not have the time, physical ability, equipment or money that is needed to do these precautions. That is where the county’s new grant program comes in. The money can be used to hire a tree service that can trim limbs around several homes or buy a dump truck filled with gravel to share among neighbors. And any job is easier if there are 10 people with shovels and rakes rather than one.

It may also convince those who have been putting off home improvements that now is the time to invest in fire-resistant roofing and siding that will vastly improve chances for survival in a wildfire. Or it could spur them to do something as simple yet effective as moving their firewood pile away from the wall of their house.

If enough people show an interest in the initial grant program, that will encourage Valley County commissioners to budget more than the paltry $10,000 allocated this year for future grants. State and federal agencies do what they can when a wildfire strikes on public land, but only action by individuals or groups of property owners can make those efforts pay off where it counts, which is saving homes.

source: The Star-News April 8, 2021
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Public Lands:

Prescribed Burning update near Yellow Pine and Eiguren

The Krassel Ranger District is planning to start burning next week (4/13/21). Ignitions will occur in the 4 mile and Bald Hill projects areas. Priority units are Bald Hill units F,G and 4 mile unit G,A. Maps of the project areas can be found below. Units may be broken into smaller portions to aid in implementation. Ignitions should take 1-3 days for each project, with smoke and fire most likely present in the project area until the next significant precipitation.

Please email me with any questions or concerns.

Patrick Schon
Fire Management Specialist
Payette National Forest, East Zone
p: 208-634-0623
f: 208-634-0634
patrick.schon@usda.gov
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Payette National Forest plans prescribed burns through June

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed burns through June in an effort to improve the ability to protect local communities from wildfire.

The dates and times of the prescribed fires will depend on weather conditions.

The benefits of prescribed fires include reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the canopy, promoting fire resilient trees and improving wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burns will include:

• McCall Ranger District: 350 acres in the Bear Basin area and West Face parking lot.

• New Meadows Ranger District: About 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek and 250 acres in the Meadows Slope project area.

• Krassel Ranger District: 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat campground.

Trailheads and roads that lead to these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations.

Fire personnel will work with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized, according to a recent press release.

For the most current information, visit (link) and search for Payette.

source: The Star-News April 8, 2021
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Public Comments Requested for Campgrounds Deferred Maintenance Project

New Meadows, Idaho, April 8, 2021— The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest invites public input on the New Meadows Ranger District Campgrounds Deferred Maintenance Project. Scoping comments would be most helpful if submitted by May 7, 2021.

The campgrounds under consideration are located across the New Meadows Ranger District, from Lost Valley Reservoir to Hazard Lake, within Adams and Idaho counties. The district proposes this project to replace various features within the Cold Springs, Last Chance, Grouse, and Hazard Lake campgrounds, including fire rings, picnic tables, site markers, fee tubes, signs, and kiosks. At the Last Chance Campground, a fence and toilet are also proposed for replacement. Work is proposed to start this summer at Last Chance and Hazard Lake campgrounds.

“Camping is such a timelessly classic way to enjoy public lands and create great memories,” said Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to update our campgrounds and improve the visitor experience.”

These projects would be funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law last year and is providing $285 million to the Forest Service in fiscal year 2021 to reduce the backlog of deferred maintenance across the agency. This funding will address critical maintenance needs across the Payette National Forest over the next five years. More information on the Great American Outdoors Act on USDA Forest Service lands can be found at (link)
. The scoping document provides more details on the project, as well as information on how to submit comments. The scoping document is available on the project webpage at (link) http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=59802

For further information on the New Meadows Ranger District Campgrounds Deferred Maintenance Project, please contact Payette National Forest Central Zone Recreation Manager, Mike Beach at michael.beach@usda.gov.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
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Payette forest to hold meeting Wed. on prescribed burning near NM

The Payette National Forest is seeking comments on a roughly 27,000-acre project that would include prescribed burns and tree thinning on land west and north of New Meadows for several years to come.

The project, called the Brush Mountain Ecosystem Maintenance Burn, is located in the Little Salmon River and Beaver Creek-Weiser River watersheds.

A virtual public meeting on the project is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting can be viewed online or by phone.

To access the meeting visit (link) and search for “Brush Mountain Ecosystem Maintenance Burn.”

The area extends from about four miles west of New Meadows north into Idaho County and includes federal land in the New Meadows Ranger District, private land and land managed by the State of Idaho and Bureau of Land Management.

The project is expected to last between five to 10 years depending on how many landowners agree to participate, New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps said.

“Improving wildlife habitat and forest resilience is important to not only federal and state agencies, but private landowners and the general public as well,” Phelps said.

The goals of the project are to improve habitat for elk, lynx, the white-headed woodpecker, northern goshawk and the northern Idaho ground squirrel. It also seeks to thin smaller trees and promote larger trees.

The prescribed burns would generally be done in the spring or fall. Thinning would be carried out to keep the fire from spreading out of the intended areas.

For more information on how to comment on the project or to request further information, contact Phil Roth, Fire and Fuels Specialist, at 208-271-2761 or philip.roth@usda.gov, or New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps at 208-514-5809 or erin.phelps@usda.gov.

Comments are requested before May 2.

source: The Star-News April 8, 2021
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Critter News:

How you can keep your pet safe during tick season

By Lynsey Amundson Apr 06, 2021 KIVI

As temperatures start to warm up, and with more people recreating outside tick season is ramping up.

Habitat Veterinary Hospital said they are already starting to see an increase in animals coming into their clinics with ticks.

“It’s that time of year and recently we have treated more dogs for ticks,” Dr. Steve Baker, Habitat veterinarian said.

You should be on the lookout for ticks when you are hiking or in any wooded or grassy areas.

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Fish and Game seeks info on mountain lion poaching

April 6, 2021 Local News 8

The Idaho Fish and Game Department is seeking information about the poaching death of an adult female mountain lion.

The animal’s body was found on Scout Mountain, south of Pocatello, on March 22. The lion was found off the Lead Draw-Crestline Connector Trail in Big Game Management Unit 70.

The female lion quota had been met in that unit in early February, meaning the animal was shot during a closed season.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the Citizens Against Poaching Hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and a reward is available for information leading to an arrest.

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Information needed regarding swan shooting near Newdale

April 6, 2021 Local News 8

Conservation Officers are seeking information after discovering multiple dead trumpeter swans on March 27 at the intersection of 100 N. and 2750 E. in Fremont County, just north of Newdale.

Five swans in various states of decomposition are suspected to have been shot. Holes indicative of gunshot wounds were found in the three bird carcasses that were intact enough to perform necropsies on.

“Trumpeter swans are classified in Idaho as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need,” wildlife biologist Matt Proett said. “Although large congregations of migrant swans may be observed in the agricultural landscape in winter, the summer breeding population in eastern Idaho is still quite low. We want to manage and conserve this iconic species for the enjoyment of future generations and poaching of trumpeter swans is taken very seriously.”

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Letter to Share:

Gamebird Foundation Fundraiser

Ceramic designed sealed coasters

There are 160 different designs for you to look at. If you like birds, animals, scenery, find the humming birds, the pheasants, geese, elk, you can just about name it. If you have something you want painted, water or acrylic, Andy can do it. The coasters are 4×4 inches square with a cork back. The ceramic coaster design is sealed after the painting is put on so it just don’t fade. The cork backing protects your fine furniture. I have not seen one of the fine pieces fade or chip and I know of some folks that have some for at least 10 years. The paintings on the coasters are from Andy’s original paintings and they all have his signature on them. These are a real piece of art.

The ceramic coasters are $10.00 each plus shipping. I shipped 6 coasters the other day for under $10.00. It depends on the weight. I will take one to six coasters to the PO and get the exact amount for you and where you live.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the raising and feeding the baby chick pheasants and the Red-leg partridge. The membership donates the raising and care. TGBF is a 501C3 nonprofit and can be used for a tax deduction.
“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
208-883-3423
Jhagedorn611@gmail.com

[Note: Contact The Pheasant Guy for photos and how to order.]
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Fish & Game News:

Idaho driver’s license or state identification required to purchase adult resident Fish and Game licenses

By Emme Andersen, Customer Service Representative 1
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – 12:55 PM MDT

A valid Idaho driver’s license or identification card must be presented to a license vendor to purchase a resident hunting, fishing or trapping license in Idaho.

Idaho Fish and Game moved to a new sales and licensing system in November 2020 and with this move came several new changes. One such change is the requirement to produce a valid Idaho driver’s license so it can be scanned when purchasing resident licenses, tags and permits from a vendor. For those who do not drive, an Idaho State Identification card is required.

Proof of residency is required to buy any resident license.

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Recreationists, homeowners and hunters are reminded grizzly bears are emerging from dens

Monday, April 5, 2021 – 9:28 AM MDT

Grizzlies are federally protected in Idaho and neighboring states

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reminds the public to remain vigilant as grizzly bears emerge from their dens this spring. Most grizzly bear conflicts can be avoided by practicing the basic bear safety guidelines below. Feeding, approaching, or otherwise disturbing grizzly bears not only poses a significant threat to humans and bears but is also a federal offense under the Endangered Species Act.

Approaching, disturbing, or feeding bears, intentionally or accidentally, is extremely dangerous to both humans and bears. Feeding wildlife is likely to habituate animals to human development and create dangerous human food conditioned behavior, when this happens bears can become aggressive and pose a threat to human safety. Feeding also discourages wildlife from seeking natural food sources.

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April 5 Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Biologist 1
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – 8:26 AM MDT

During the past week, steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River continued to shift upstream. Angler effort downstream of Salmon was minimal, and the majority of anglers were observed near the confluence of the Pahsimeroi River or upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19.

The best catch rates for the week were observed upstream of the East Fork in location code 19, and anglers interviewed within that area averaged 13 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed downstream of North Fork in location code 15 averaged 64 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork in location code 16 averaged 22 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 49 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 66 hours per steelhead caught.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Some Alaska Costco shoppers say ravens steal their groceries

by The Associated Press Saturday, March 27th 2021

Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they’ve had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot.

Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a short rib from his cart, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

“I literally took 10 steps away and turned around, two ravens came down and instantly grabbed one out of the package, ripped it off and flew off with it,” Lewallen said.

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Ravens Stealing Food

PBS 2007


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Seasonal Humor:

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April 4, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

April 4, 2021 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
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 15 – Hwy 55 closures (resumes April 2)
March 31 – Weight Limits on South Fork Salmon River road
April 4 – Easter Potluck Community Hall 3pm
April 16 – Yellow Pine Tavern Opens
May 9 – Next Festival Planning Zoom Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
(details below)
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Local Events:

Easter Potluck

Easter Sunday Potluck was at the Community Hall at 3pm. Around 20 locals showed up for the feast.

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Photo courtesy Ray Lutz
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Opening April 16th.
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, May 9, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm.

Contact Deb for link and passcode.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.
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Village News:

Wind Storm Cleanup

The wind storm that blew thru Sunday night and Monday morning knocked down trees on lower Johnson Creek from Yellow Pine to Wapiti Meadow Ranch and the EFSF roads. Many thanks to Cecil and Tom for going out and cutting trees out of the road and cleaning up rocks and debris on both roads.

No reports of local damage and our power stayed on.
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Hwy 55

The project resumed April 2nd, with full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area. One lane with flaggers evenings and weekends.

Project Website link:

If you have Facebook, here is a (link) to a cool ITD video, preparing and blasting.
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Spring weight limits in effect SF Road

“Forest Service officials on the Payette and Boise National Forests implemented the annual seasonal break up limits/road weight restrictions on portions of the South Fork Salmon River Road (National Forest System Road #674 and #474) effective today, March 31, 2021. The restriction is in effect annually through June 1, or as Forest Service officers determine that no further damage will occur to the roadway and remove the signing.”
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Avalanche Closes Road to Stibnite

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The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” -PR They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look, the road is narrow and more slides could come down.

“Debris [is] strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road” – PR. No timeline as to when the road will open, however a report that maybe it could be open later this week.
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Ticks!

A report Thursday morning, March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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Yellow Pine General Store

Please welcome Josh Jones as the new owner of the Yellow Pine General Store. He plans to open this spring.
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Critters

Pine Martins & Raccoons

Watch your small pets, reports of pine martins on the west side and raccoons on the north side of the village. Also a report of a pine martin in the transfer station.

Be Fox & Coyote 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

The dump (and road) were plowed on Saturday, Feb 27th.

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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.

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:

Please conserve water. Turn off your trickle when it is above freezing during the day.

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

Boil Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting May 9, 2021 – Contact Deb for Zoom link and passcode.
2021 Planning Notes updated May 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure Link:
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YPFD News:

YP Fire District 2 (east of Yellow Pine Ave) up for election Nov 2nd for 4 year term (per Valley County.) Link: to more info.

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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Mar 29) strong winds and rain after midnight, then a little snow, overnight low of 23 degrees, power stayed on! This morning measured 1/10″ new snow and 0.06″ in the gauge (probable undercatch due to wind,) measured an average of 13″ snow on the ground, overcast and breezy. No trees down in the immediate area that I can see. (Later reports of trees down on the South Fork, EFSF and lower Johnson Creek roads.) Light snow shower before 11am. Jays, juncos, male and female hairy woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Wind gusting up mid-afternoon and cloudy, high of 34 degrees. Blustery snow flurries later in the afternoon, mostly melted. Breaks in the clouds at dusk and breezy. Cloudy before midnight. Light dusting of snow fell during the night.

Tuesday (Mar 30) overnight low of 21 degrees, partly cloudy and cold breeze, trace of new snow on the snow board from last night, average 13″ old snow on the ground. Jays, clark’s nutcracker, hairy and downy woodpeckers, flicker, nuthatches, chickadees and a pine squirrel visiting. Partly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Mostly clear and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 41 degrees. Mostly clear, below freezing and calmer at dusk. Mostly clear and cold before midnight. Breezy after midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 31) overnight low of 13 degrees, measured an average of 11″ crusty old snow on the ground, clear sky and fairly calm this morning. Jays, clark’s nutcracker, hairy woodpecker, flicker, chickadees and nuthatches visiting, squirrel calling from the trees. Clear and warm at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Sunny and warm mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Report of pine martins and raccoons in the village. Getting breezy late afternoon. A bit of the sun was still above the horizon at 733pm. Above freezing and calmer at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Apr 1) overnight low of 20 degrees, measured an average of 9″ old snow on the ground, more open ground under trees and on south facing hillsides. Clear sky and cold breeze this morning. Jays, clark’s nutcracker, hairy and downy woodpeckers, a few juncos, chickadees, nuthatches and a pine squirrel visiting. Clear, warm and gusty breezes after lunch. Local birding report: first spring swallow sighted, a robin hanging around and 3 Rufous sided towhees in the neighborhood. Clear, warm and gusty mid-afternoon, smell of pine trees in the air, high of 63 degrees. At dusk it was way above freezing, calmer and clear. Looked calm and clear before midnight.

Friday (Apr 2) overnight low of 26 degrees, measured an average of 7″ old snow, ground frozen hard under the snow. Mostly (thin) hazy sky and 1 cloud this morning. Jays, hairy and downy woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and a pine squirrel visiting. Thicker haze at lunch time. Gusty breezes early afternoon melting snow. Quite warm and gusty under mostly cloudy skies mid-afternoon, more bare ground, high of 64 degrees. Still way above freezing at dusk, calmer and cloudy. Cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Apr 3) overnight low of 27 degrees, measured an average of 5″ old snow (more open ground), clear sky with a little thin haze to the east. Tree swallows singing and looking at nest boxes, chickadees calling, jays shrieking, woodpecker drumming, nuthatches tapping and pine squirrel trilling. What a concert! Partly cloudy at lunch time. Warm, increasing clouds and gusty breezes early afternoon. Warmer and gusty mid-afternoon, partly hazy and you can see the snow melting away, high of 66 degrees. A few elk wandering by around sunset. It was way above freezing, calmer and cloudy at dusk. Mostly cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Apr 4) overnight low of 29 degrees, measured 0 to 6″ of old snow – calling the average 2″ now. Mostly clear sky this morning, a little thin haze to the east. Flicker calling, jays, hairy woodpecker, chickadees, nuthatches, male cassins finch flew by and pine squirrel visiting. Later watched half a dozen tree swallows swooping around the neighborhood. Mostly clear and warm at lunch time. Increasing high haze, warm and light breeze early afternoon, melting more snow. Quite warm, overcast and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 67 degrees. Warm and cloudy before sunset.
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Idaho News:

ID 55 returns to ‘normal’

Highway back to 10-2 closures Mon-Thurs

By Max Silverson for The Star-News April 1, 2021

Traffic on Idaho 55 at Smiths Ferry on Friday will return to return to its previous schedule of closures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, the Idaho Transportation announced Wednesday.

Friday will see one-way traffic with 15-minute delays, which was the previous schedule for Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday.

The reduced hours had been in effect since March 1, when construction resumed on a two-year project at the site, the most direct route between Valley County and the Boise area.

A large rock outcropping that sat precariously above the highway was blasted on Sunday allowing crews to remove tons of rock and dirt that fell March 15.

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Hwy 55

On Facebook there is a cool ITD video, preparing and blasting. (link)
You do not need a FB account to watch it.
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284 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

April 2, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 284 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 181,181

There are a total of 145,560 confirmed cases and 35,621 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 466,384 people have received the vaccine, and 748,506 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 12 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,623 and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,305. …

3 new death was reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,966.

full story: [Valley County: 827 cases 6 deaths]
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COVID-19 vaccine opens to all age 16 and older in Valley County

By Tom Grote for The Star-News April 1, 2021

Anyone age 16 or older in Valley County can now seek an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, Central District Health announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s announcement comes one day after the COVID-19 vaccine was opened to those 16 years and older with a medical condition on Monday.

The broader opening comes a week ahead of Gov. Brad Little’s timeline to open vaccines to everyone age 16 and older by Monday.

A “significant increase” in state vaccine allocated along with vaccine received by some providers through federal sources has boosted the volume of available vaccine, the health district said. Central District Health covers Ada, Boise, Valley and Elmore counties. …

3,560 First Doses

A total of 3,560 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by this week from Valley County’s two hospitals. The hospitals also had given out 2,475 of the required second doses of the vaccine.

St. Luke’s McCall reported giving 2,196 first doses and 1,421 second doses since vaccinations started Jan. 13 through last Saturday. The hospital has appointments to give 309 vaccinations this week, both first and second doses.

Cascade Medical Center had given 1,364 first doses and 1,054 second doses by this week. Clinics are scheduled for today, April 15 and April 29 with more clinics planned in May and June.

The pharmacy at the Albertsons store in McCall also has been giving the COVID-19 vaccine, but company policy prohibits disclosure of the number of vaccines given, said Albertsons spokesperson Kathy Holland of the company’s corporate office in Boise.

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Percent of Total Population That is Fully Vaccinated

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As of March 30th (Valley County is looking good!)

source: Boise State Public Radio
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Scam Alert:

Waiting for your stimulus check? Watch for these scams!

By Natasha Williams Apr 01, 2021

The new round of stimulus checks has begun hitting bank accounts–which is great news for millions of Americans–but for scammers, it means another chance to try and steal your information.

The Better Business Bureau says last time checks were released, scammers tried to contact people through phone calls, texts, and emails about their stimulus checks–and it’s possible they’ll try it again this time.

If you get a text or an email with a link to an application, beware! It’s probably a scam. The BBB says sometimes scammers will call, posing as a government agency, in hopes of stealing your personal and financial information.

“Sometimes they even ask for a small fee in order to (allegedly) get you your stimulus funds faster,” explained Rebecca Barr with the BBB.

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Mining News:

Perpetua Webinar Schedule for April 2021

I wanted to let you all know what webinars will be happening this month. If you would like to listen in, please click on the Registration link below:

April Date/Time Topic Presenter Registration Link

Technical 4/8/2021 Noon Off-site Infrastructure Jordan (link)

ESG 4/15/2021 Noon Modern Mining & Social License Dr. Anderson (link)

Office Hours 4/27/21 10am Office Hours Dale/Jordan (link)

If you have any questions, or your schedule does not permit your attendance, let me know and I will send the recording once it is finalized.

Please share this information with your communities, friends, family or anyone you think might be interested,

Belinda Provancher
Community Relations Manager
Perpetua Resources
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Public Lands:

Break Up Limits/Weight Restrictions in Effect – South Fork Salmon River Road

McCall, Idaho March 31, 2021 — Forest Service officials on the Payette and Boise National Forests implemented the annual seasonal break up limits/road weight restrictions on portions of the South Fork Salmon River Road (National Forest System Road #674 and #474) effective today, March 31, 2021. The restriction is in effect annually through June 1, or as Forest Service officers determine that no further damage will occur to the roadway and remove the signing.

The purpose of the restriction is to protect public health and safety and to prevent potential resource damage to the road during spring thaw conditions. Motorized vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds on the steering axle and tire width less than 9-inches, and a weight of more than 300 pounds per inch of tire on all other axles are prohibited.

The Forest Service is asking for public cooperation to uphold this restriction until conditions allow for safe passage without causing road and resource damage. The road lies within the Cascade Ranger District on the Boise National Forest and the Krassel Ranger District on the Payette National Forest.

Exemptions to this restriction are provided for: persons with specific Forest Service authorization exempting them from this Order; Law enforcement and/or rescue and firefighting authorities in the performance of their official duty; and Federal or State administrative personnel in the performance of an official duty.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Payette National Forest plans prescribed burns through June

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed burns between March and June in an effort to improve the ability to protect local communities from wildfire.

The dates and times of the prescribed fires will depend on weather conditions.

The benefits of prescribed fires include reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the canopy, promoting fire resilient trees and improving wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burns will include:

• McCall Ranger District: 350 acres in the Bear Basin area and West Face parking lot.

• New Meadows Ranger District: About 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek and 250 acres in the Meadows Slope project area.

• Krassel Ranger District: 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat campground.

Trailheads and roads that lead to these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations.

Fire personnel will work with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized, according to a recent press release.

For the most current information, visit (link) and search for Payette.

source: The Star-News April 1, 2021
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USDA Forest Service Payette National Forest SOPA Update

Dear Interested Party,

The Forest Service’s quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) for April 1 – June 30, 2021 has been published. The Payette National Forest SOPA is available online at (link)

Thank you for your interest in the National Forests.
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Road conditions prompt closure for public safety

Boise, Idaho, April 1, 2021 — The Boise National Forest is temporarily closing National Forest System (NFS) road 327 (Granite Creek road) for public safety until conditions improve allowing safe passage. The road is temporarily closed to all highway legal motorized vehicles (passenger cars, vans, SUVs, pickups and trucks) due to vehicles becoming stuck and stranded in snow-covered segments of the roads.

“This closure is a routine annual event on a very popular National Forest System road,” said Brant Petersen, Idaho City District Ranger. “In the morning, the road may appear firmly packed, but as temperatures warm throughout the day the snow, ice and road base thaws. Vehicles get stuck creating an unsafe situation and stressing local resources. Visitor safety is our primary concern and we want to warn motorists before putting themselves at risk.”

Before driving any forest roads, visitors should be cautious and be prepared for the unexpected. Take warm clothing, extra food and water. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Know before you go and check the Boise National Forest’s webpage for current closure orders and maps.

For specific details on this closure visit: (link)

Map (link)
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Southwest Idaho Spring prescribed fire burning planned

Contact: Venetia Gempler 208-373-4105

Boise, Idaho, March 30, 2021— Southwest Idaho interagency fire managers anticipate favorable spring weather conditions for planned low-intensity prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are designed to reduce hazardous vegetation (fuels), large wildfire potential to communities, and improve wildlife habitat.

Weather and conditions permitting, prescribed burns are scheduled to start in March and continue through June. Approximately 3,600 acres are planned for ignition in 11 project areas within the Boise National Forest.

Public and firefighter safety is always the top 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 prescribed 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.

Information and signs will be posted on roads that access burn areas in advance of ignitions and remain in place through burn completion.

Visit the interactive map with the latest planned areas of prescribed fire treatments. (link) Zoom into your areas of interest to get the latest information. The Idaho Department of Lands and Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests’ planned prescribed fire treatments will be featured.

Planned Boise National Forest fall prescribed burns include:

Idaho City Ranger District

* Alder (261 acres): located 3 miles north of Placerville, Idaho. This a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Alder Ridge (100 acres): located 1 mile north of Placerville, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Amber (300 acres): located 2 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a modified tree well burn.
* Buckskin (200): located approximately 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho.
* Little Ophir (100 acres): located 4 miles west of Pioneerville, Idaho. A landscape burn using hand ignition that will reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface area.
* Mores South-Granite Creek (50 acres): located 3 miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. This is a landscape burn (ground fire) using hand ignition to reduce fuel in the wildland urban interface.
* Pilot (150 acres): Located about 2 miles south-east of Idaho City, ID in the Boise Basin Experimental Forest for scientific study and wildland urban interface protection.

Lowman Ranger District

* West Lowman WUI (650 acres): located approximately 2 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho between Clear and Miller creek drainages.

Emmett Ranger District

* Lodgepole Springs Underburn (585 acres): located approximately 14 miles north of Crouch, this will be a restoration underburn in the Silver Creek drainage north of FS road 671.
* Pinney Slope Rx (960 acres): Is approximately 6 miles north of Crouch, ID in the Pinney Creek drainage. Forest Service road 693 in Scriver Creek is South and West of the project area.
* Williams Creek Rx (240 acres): Is located west of Highway 55, between Banks and Smiths Ferry, Idaho. The project area is to the south and east of High Valley and located entirely on NFS lands in Valley County.
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Public Comment Period Opens for the Brush Mountain Ecosystem Maintenance Burn Project – Virtual Public Meeting to be Held

Payette National Forest Requests Comments on Shared Stewardship Project

New Meadows, ID, April 2, 2021—The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest invites public input on the development of the Brush Mountain Ecosystem Maintenance Burn Project. District Ranger Erin Phelps and her staff value public comment during this scoping period to help inform Forest Service officials as the project is developed. The district requests that comments be submitted through the project webpage at (link) by clicking on “Comment/Object on Project” by May 2, 2021.

The district will host a virtual public meeting on April 14 from 5:30 to 7 pm (Mountain Time). The meeting can be joined through the web at (link) or by phone at 669-254-5252, meeting ID 160 954 7522.

Prescribed burning and non-commercial thinning is proposed across approximately 27,000 acres to enhance wildlife habitat and forest stand structure and resiliency in portions of the Lower Little Salmon River, Middle Little Salmon River, Upper Little Salmon River, and Beaver Creek-Weiser River watersheds. In addition to work on the Payette National Forest west of New Meadows, Idaho, the project proposes work to be completed on adjacent Bureau of Land Management, State of Idaho, and potentially private lands (subject to agreement) in order to provide a more holistic, landscape-scale level treatment across ownership boundaries.

“This project will support Idaho’s Shared Stewardship efforts to align multiple agencies, organizations, and landowners to work across ownership boundaries and strengthen the resiliency of Idaho’s forests,” said Lynn Oliver, South Idaho Shared Stewardship Coordinator. Scott Corkill, Area Manager for the Idaho Department of Lands Payette Lake Office, agreed: “It takes all of us working cooperatively together to make a difference.”

The project is currently slated to be completed as a categorical exclusion. Projects may complete National Environmental Policy Act review as a categorical exclusion, pending input from the public and resource specialists about anticipated environmental effects. As a categorical exclusion, this scoping period is the only public comment opportunity before a decision on the project is made by the Forest Service.

“Improving wildlife habitat and forest resilience is important to not only federal and state agencies, but private landowners and the general public as well,” said Erin Phelps, New Meadows District Ranger. “This project is an opportunity for us all to look at these through the lens of nature rather than jurisdictional boundaries.”

Additional information on the project is available in the scoping document on the project webpage. Questions can be directed to Phil Roth, Fire and Fuels Specialist, at 208-271-2761 or philip.roth@usda.gov, or Erin Phelps, District Ranger, at 208-514-5809 or erin.phelps@usda.gov.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
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Critter News:

Missing cattle found in Kuna walking along Black Cat Road

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, April 1st 2021

Update: Owners have been found.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office found cattle Thursday walking on Black Cat Road and no one has claimed them yet.

ACSO took to Twitter to ask anyone if they recognized the missing cattle. They were found at about midnight on Tuesday.

“Deputies checked around but no one has reported them missing,” ACSO wrote.

Anyone who has information about the missing cattle, or has discovered they are missing a Holstein or a Jersey cow, should call the Idaho Humane Society at (208) 343-3166.

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Salmonella infections in 8 states could be tied to wild songbirds, CDC says

April 1, 2021 Local News 8

Investigators are looking into an outbreak of salmonella infections in 19 people that could be associated with sick or dead birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Infections have occurred in eight states, including California, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, with eight people requiring hospitalization. No deaths are currently reported.

The agency cites interviews with sick people and laboratory testing that show contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders could be driving the infections.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports being “inundated” with calls about residents finding sick or dead finches at or around bird feeders, particularly around the state’s central coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

One species in particular, pine siskins, is most frequently the subject of those calls in the state. …


Pine Siskin

The CDC recommends that people wash their hands immediately after they touch a bird feeder, bird bath, or handle a bird, even if they were wearing gloves. It also advises cleaning bird feeders outside your house, when possible.

And the Audubon Society recommends washing bird feeders with soapy water, before dunking them in a bleach-water solution. Cleaning bird feeders monthly can help prevent feeders from harboring disease. It can also help to rake or shovel up feces or birdseed casings scattered below bird feeders. the society says.

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Letter to Share:

Gamebird Foundation Fundraiser

Take a look at the attached ceramic coasters. These coasters are done for The Gamebird Foundation by Andy Sewell. All of the coasters are made from Andy’s original paintings. All signed. Not only are the coasters a fine collectors piece, they are a fine addition to any piece of fine furniture in your living, dining or den room in your home. These ceramic coasters will not fade nor will they mar your fine furniture with their cork backing. I will be sending another email with all the coaster’s with Andy’s paintings, how you can order. Andy is one of the finer artist here in the North West and further. Take a good look and you will be waiting for the rest of the drawings. All Donations for the products go to raising pheasant chicks to adulthood and released into the wild. God Bless and be safe.

GamebirdFoundationCoasters-a

“The Pheasant Guy”
Jim Hagedorn
jhagedorn611 @ gmail.com
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Fish & Game News:

F&G seeks public help in suspected elk poaching case near Emmett

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The big bull elk with a distinctive set of antlers was something of a celebrity to folks living in Emmett. Now Fish and Game is asking people for information regarding the suspected poaching of a large bull elk northeast of Emmett near Black Canyon Dam in late February.

Citizens Against Poaching is offering a reward for information in the case, and callers can remain anonymous. Contact CAP at 1-800-632-5999 twenty four hours a day, or provide information online at (link).

Local residents enjoyed observing the bull elk for several weeks prior to its disappearance. In late February, Fish and Game conservation officer Josh Leal responded to a report of a dead elk near the south side of Black Canyon Dam and found the headless carcass of a large bull.

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Spring turkey hunting outlook good for 2021 and similar to 2020

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Youth turkey season opens April 8, and general turkey season opens April 15

According to Idaho Fish and Game biologists around the state, turkey hunters in Idaho can expect more of the same in 2021 — which is great news for hunters looking to bag a gobbler during the spring season.

“The turkey outlook for the 2021 spring season is looking pretty positive,” said Jeff Knetter, statewide upland game bird manager. “Turkey populations, in general, were pretty healthy heading into this winter. This winter was relatively mild throughout the state, and we’ve had no major events that give us cause for concern regarding turkey survival. Last year was good for turkey hunters, and there’s no reason to believe it would be different in 2021.”

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Twin Falls Sheriff, Nampa Police add donkeys and goat to drug-sniffing team

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, April 1st 2021

The Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office and Nampa Police Department made some odd additions to their drug-sniffing team on Thursday: two donkeys and a goat.

Of course one would think it’s strange that donkeys and goats would be added to law enforcement instead of the usual K9, but then you realize what day it is… April 1!

“Ruby and Havoc are certified drug sniffing donkeys assigned to our Patrol Section,” the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook. “Known for their gentle disposition, Sheriff Carter and his wife Deneice are helping them get started with their first tour of duty with this new program.”

While this is clearly a joke, the donkeys are quite adorable.

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Seasonal Humor:

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March 28, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

March 28, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.
Wind Advisory for Sunday night into Monday. Gusty here today and report of 2 trees down on the South Fork Road.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 15 – Hwy 55 closures start *Closed by rockfall 3/16
March 28 – Festival Zoom meeting at 2pm
April 4 – Easter Potluck Community Hall 3pm
April 16 – Yellow Pine Tavern Opens
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

Hwy 55 Work – currently 1 lane open 8am-3pm, closed at night.

When the project resumes, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.

Project Website link:
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 28, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. (If you need the link, contact Deb.)
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Easter Potluck

Easter Sunday Potluck at the Community Hall at 3 pm. Ham provided. Contact Ginny or Deb with what you want to bring.
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Yellow Pine Tavern

Opening April 16th.


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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Heating Maintenance Day

Deb Filler is coordinating with Mastercraft of McCall to schedule a maintenance day in Yellow Pine for propane and pellet stoves. If you are interested, please contact Deb at 208 633-6945. The date will be at least a couple months out.
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Village News:

Scam Alert

If you receive an email with the subject “Favor To Ask” and it appears to be from a local official. DO NOT reply – it is a scam. The email will read something like “How are you doing? I need a favor from you. I would have loved to call you however can’t get to call right now, Kindly let me know if you are Online..” If you respond, they will ask you to buy gift cards.

Remember, never buy gift cards when asked unless it is in person from someone you know.
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Avalanche Closes Road to Stibnite

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The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” -PR They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look, the road is narrow and more slides could come down.

“Debris [is] strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road” – PR. No timeline as to when the road will open.
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Ticks!

A report Thursday morning, March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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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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Critters

Be Fox & Coyote 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

The dump (and road) were plowed on March 11th. Recent report the bins are full..

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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 Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
2021 Planning Notes updated Feb 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure 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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Mar 22) 24 hour low of 29 degrees from Sunday morning, measured 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.02″) and an average of 16″ on the ground, low overcast (ridges foggy) and light snowfall this morning. Jays, more juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, male and female hairy woodpeckers and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Break in the snow for a short while at lunch time, then light snow and light breezes into early afternoon, and melting. Clouds breaking up, warmer and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Overcast and snowed for less than an hour late afternoon, no accumulation. Snowed for about 20 minutes (trace) before dusk and calmer. Cloudy before midnight. Snowing before sunrise.

Tuesday (Mar 23) overnight low of 23 degrees, measured 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.03″) and 16 1/2″ average snow on the ground, overcast, light snowfall and light breeze this morning. Jays, clark’s nutcracker, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, flicker and a pine squirrel visiting. Flaking at lunch time and new snow melting. Breaks in the clouds early afternoon and light breeze. Mostly cloudy and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 44 degrees. Gusty breezes late afternoon and early evening. Mostly cloudy, above freezing and breezy at dusk. Partly or mostly clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 24) overnight low of 15 degrees, measured an average of 16″ of old crusty snow on the ground, sky is overcast. Raven flying over and calling, jays, lots of juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, a pair of hairy woodpeckers, a clark’s nutcracker calling from a tree and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Overcast at lunch time. Mail truck made it in a little early. Overcast and chilly light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 40 degrees. Late afternoon light snow falling. At dusk it was still snowing very lightly and starting to stick, right at freezing and breezy. Still snowing lightly before midnight. Steady snow after midnight and stacking. Probably snowed until 3 or 4am.

Thursday (Mar 25) 24 hour low of 23 degrees, measured 1 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.11″) and an average of 17″ total snow on the ground, sky is overcast – foggy ridges and lightly flaking. Fresh fox tracks. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and 2 pine squirrels visiting. A report of a Rufous Sided Towhee in the neighborhood. Flaking lightly all morning and melting. Overcast and flaking at lunch time. Quite a snow flurry for about half an hour early afternoon then back to flaking. Gusty breezes and snowing on and off mid-afternoon, high of 40 degrees. Breaks in the clouds and a “parade” of elk on Westside Ave. after sunset. Cloudy before midnight.

Friday (Mar 26) overnight low of 25 degrees, most of yesterday’s snow melted, 0.01″ in the gauge and an average of 16″ snow on the ground. Jays, lots of juncos, chickadees, nuthatches and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Cracked overcast at lunch time. Chilly breezes and gray overcast mid-afternoon, high of 43 degrees. Clouds breaking up late afternoon. Partly cloudy before sunset. Above freezing and partly cloudy at dusk. Looked cloudy before midnight, filtered moonlight.

Saturday (Mar 27) overnight low of 20 degrees, measured an average of 15″ old crusty snow on the ground, clear sky this morning with strong sunshine. Jays, juncos, downy woodpecker, clark’s nutcracker, red-breasted nuthatches and chickadees visiting, later both pine squirrels stopped by. Power blipped of and back on at 1121am. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Occasional gusty breeze mid-afternoon, warm and almost clear, high of 55 degrees. At dusk it was still above freezing and clear sky. High thin haze before midnight, fuzzy nearly full moon.

Sunday (Mar 28) overnight low of 26 degrees, measured an average of 14″ old crusty snow on the ground, partly clear sky, lots of high thin haze and above freezing this morning. Jays, juncos, hairy woodpecker, flicker, nuthatches, chickadees and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Getting breezy before lunch time. Fox wandering the neighborhood just after lunch time. Mostly clear and breezy early afternoon. Warm, almost clear and windy mid-afternoon, high of 60 degrees. A report of a couple trees down on the South Fork road today. Mostly cloudy and gusty breezes before sunset.
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Idaho News:

317 new Idaho COVID-19 cases

March 26, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 317 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 179,204.

There are a total of 144,114 confirmed cases and 35,090 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 417,124 people have received the vaccine, and 662,644 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 16 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,522 and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,288. …

Zero new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,954.

full story: [Valley Co 821 cases 6 deaths]
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Idaho March 25


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Gov. Brad Little: Anyone 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in April

By Meredith Spelbring Mar 24, 2021 KIVI

Anyone over 16 years old will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho soon. Gov. Brad Little announced Wednesday that all Idahoans, regardless of age, occupation and medical conditions, can make an appointment for the vaccine starting April 5.

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Anyone age 45 or older now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 25, 2021

Anyone age 45 older and anyone age 16 or older who lives in certain group settings are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Central District Health said Wednesday.

The announcement comes just two days after those age 55 and older became eligible to receive the vaccine in the area served by the health district, including Valley County.

The expansion was announced as more appointments have become available for the vaccine, with some providers able to offer same-day appointments, a news release said. …

Two New Cases

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the last week by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center after an increase to 10 new cases two weeks ago.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer totaled 728 by Tuesday, up from 726 a week ago, the hospitals reported said. …

3,308 First Doses

A total of 3,308 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by this week by Valley County’s two hospitals. The hospitals also had given out 2,288 of the required second doses of the vaccine.

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Hwy 55 Update March 23

(ITD FB post)

Starting Wednesday, March 24, Idaho Highway 55 will have daily openings to one lane of alternating traffic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Travelers can expect at least 15 minutes delays during this time. Crews will be actively monitoring the rock outcropping and are prepared to close the road immediately if weather or hillside conditions change. ITD recommends travelers, especially large vehicles, RVs, and trucks pulling trailers, still use U.S. 95 as the alternate route.

Our ITD personnel and contractor crews have worked nights and weekends to open the road and protect the public. While this is a major milestone, we recognize that there is still significant effort required to resolve this issue.

ITD is working alongside national slide experts and finalizing plans to safely remove the remaining rock outcropping, which will require additional full road closures. These closures will likely begin in the next seven days. More information about the closures will be provided as it is available. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, visit Idaho 511, and pay close attention to the message boards on ID-55.

Highway 55 will be closed after 3 pm to through traffic until 8 am, the next day until further notice. Once the debris is cleared from the slide and safe for travelers, ITD will go back to the restricted highway use Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 2:00 pm.

Check (link) for updates.
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Highway 55 closure causes dip in business for some Valley County stores

by Trevor Fay Monday, March 22nd 2021 CBS2

Commuters on Highway 55 are in for more delays as workers continue to clean up the landslide that shut part of the highway down. The Idaho Transportation Department said the area is still unsafe for traffic. Detours being recommended add hours to the commute between Valley County and the Treasure Valley.

“People say this is rock migration season,” Jake Melder, public information officer for ITD, said. “Ducks and rocks. If you’re finding yourself on a mountain highway, especially in an area that’s been signed for danger of rock falls, slow down.”

For some living north of the landslide on Highway 55, the usual commute to Boise takes about one hour and 15 minutes. But now, their only option is to take Highway 95 down to the Treasure Valley, which effectively doubles or even triples their drive time. So many are keeping an eye on ITD, waiting for updates on the condition of the roads.

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Tamarack Resort feeling the impact of the Highway 55 closure

By Roland Beres Mar 22, 2021 KIVI

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says Highway 55 is still not safe for drivers and will remain closed until at least Tuesday. ITD says the rain we’re getting today is not helping and resorts like Tamarack are trying to keep the landslide from bringing their Spring Break business down.

“The possibility of a rock or a boulder being in the roadway is increased this time of year, so slow down and drive attentively,” said Jake Melder of ITD.

Sometimes, it’s a lot more than a boulder. This massive slide near Smiths Ferry shut down Highway 55 on the way to resorts in McCall and Cascade just before Spring Break.

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ITD to repave Idaho 55 from McCall to Donnelly this summer

Winter weather, traffic breaks up surface laid in 2010

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 25, 2021

Eleven miles of Idaho 55 between Donnelly and McCall will get new pavement this summer under a project planned by the Idaho Department of Transportation.

The $3.25 million project is set to start in June and is scheduled to be finished in August, ITD Public Information Officer Jake Melder said.

The entire width of the highway will be repaved, but areas of the road that have broken up due to weather and traffic will get special attention, Melder said.

“For sections of damaged pavement, we will repair the base, and place a fresh layer of asphalt on top to provide a smooth riding surface,” Melder said.

Also targeted for repair is culvert crossing just south of McCall that has had trouble with heaving during the winter, he said.

… Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the work zone with flaggers and pilot cars directing traffic. Delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.

Work will be done Mondays through noon Fridays, with no work done on Friday afternoon or weekends.

For updates, go to (link)

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Idaho tax filing deadline extended to May 17

Mar 24, 2021 KIVI

The deadline to file Idaho state income taxes will be extended to May 17, following the temporary changes to the federal tax filing deadline.

Gov. Brad Little instructed the Idaho State Tax Commission to hold a special meeting to extend the state filing deadline to provide taxpayers and preparers with immediate clarification.

“I appreciate the Tax Commission and the Idaho Legislature for prioritizing the actions needed to ease the burden on Idahoans in preparing their taxes this year,” Governor Little said.

House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder said it’s a priority of the state Legislature to act as quickly as possible when they return on April 6 to approve legislation simplifying tax preparation for Idahoans.

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Scam Alerts:

Middleton store clerk stops prepaid card scam in progress

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, March 22nd 2021 CBS2

The Middleton Police Department gave a shout-out to a Walgreens clerk on Monday after they stopped a scam in progress.

A Middleton resident apparently got caught in a scam trap and went to the store to get prepaid cards as payment, according to MPD.

The resident headed to Walgreens to buy the cards and the clerk started asking questions about the purchase. They asked if the prepaid cards were for family or friends, and the resident started explaining their situation.

The clerk got their manager who then explained common scams and stopped the resident from purchasing and sending the cards.

“Thank you for your diligence Walgreens,” MPD said. “We would like to remind all that any time someone is requesting prepaid Green Dot cards, Google Play cards, iTunes cards, Western Union, etc. as payment, it is a scam and do not send the money. Those are extremely difficult to track.”

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Note: If you receive an email with the subject “Favor To Ask” and it appears to be from a local official. DO NOT reply – it is a scam. The email will read something like “How are you doing? I need a favor from you. I would have loved to call you however can’t get to call right now, Kindly let me know if you are Online..” If you respond, they will ask you to buy “Google Play” gift cards. Remember, never buy gift cards when asked unless it is in person from someone you know.
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Sheriff: Boise County hit with ‘Idaho Power’ scam threatening to turn off power

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, March 25th 2021

Scammers have been making the rounds in Boise County.

This time, the Boise County Sheriff says, scammers are claiming to be calling from Idaho Power and telling customers that if payment isn’t made their power will be turned off. The caller ID even says it’s Idaho Power.

But, alas, it’s not. It’s a scam.

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Public Lands:

Payette forest plans prescribed burns through June

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed burns between March and June in an effort to improve the ability to protect local communities from wildfire.

The dates and times of the prescribed fires will depend on weather conditions.

The benefits of prescribed fires include reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the canopy, promoting fire resilient trees and improving wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burns will include:

• McCall Ranger District: 350 acres in the Bear Basin area and West Face parking lot.

• New Meadows Ranger District: About 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek and 250 acres in the Meadows Slope project area.

• Krassel Ranger District: 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat campground.

Trailheads and roads that lead to these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations.

Fire personnel will work with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized, according to a recent press release.

For the most current information, visit (link) and search for Payette.

source: The Star-News March 25, 2021
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Critter News:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic

March 24 (FB)

The month of April our Schedule has changed due to road conditions. Cascade Vet Clinic will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Garden Valley Clinic will be open Wednesday and Thursdays.
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Highly contagious disease found in dead jackrabbits near Boise Airport

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, March 25th 2021

A highly contagious disease has been detected in some dead jackrabbits near the Boise Airport

Idaho Fish and Game says Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease, or RHD for short, is a deadly disease that affects animals in the rabbit family — including wild and domestic rabbits. Fish and Game says two dead jackrabbits found southwest of the Boise Airport were positive after lab results confirmed the findings.

It’s the first known case of RHD in Idaho. The symptoms are not pleasant: bleeding from the eyes and bloodstained noses caused by internal bleeding. Infected rabbits may develop a fever, respiratory distress and lack of appetite.

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‘The Bluebird Man’ Turns 99

Al Larson has built, tracks 330 bluebird boxes

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 25, 2021

Al Larson has probably done more to help the bluebird population in Idaho than anyone else in history.

Larson, who turns 99 on Friday, began building bluebird houses as a hobby when he retired in 1978 and is still tracking and making houses for the vibrantly colored migratory birds.

He currently monitors, with the help of other volunteers, a total of 330 bluebird boxes that he has built and placed in prime bluebird habitat above 4,000 feet from Cascade to the Owyhee Mountains.

Larson and his fellow volunteers have banded about 30,000 bluebirds with identification tags. About 33,000 birds have hatched and learned to fly from his boxes.

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Fish & Game News:

New items just added to Fish and Game’s online fur auction inventory

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Don’t miss out– auction closes April 9

Idaho Fish and Game’s annual fur auction has been underway since March 1 – albeit in a new online format—and there is no shortage of some amazing items, especially now that the inventory has just increased!

Up to this point, the available auction items were gathered mainly from the Southeast Region, but now additional furs, hides, antlers, skulls, carcasses, and other items from around the state of Idaho have been brought to the auction.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Unexpected guest: Bear soaking in hot tub caught on video in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

by WTVC Wednesday, March 24th 2021 CBS2

Sometimes you just need to sit and soak and let the cares of the day wash away. That apparently applies to bears, too.

A Georgia tourist staying at a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee recently had a surprise guest.

Todd Trebony, who owns the Juvenescence Medical Spa in Camilla, Georgia, had his camera rolling as he watched a black bear climb onto his cabin patio and take a dip in a hot tub.

Trebony shared the video on his Instagram page. Watch it below:

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Seasonal Humor:

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March 21, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

March 21, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order until further notice.
Highway 55 is closed due to rock slide.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17 – Boil water order issued
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 15 – Hwy 55 closures start *Closed by rockfall 3/16
March 28 – Festival Zoom meeting at 2pm
April 4 – Easter
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
(details below)
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Local Events:

Hwy 55 Work Begins March 15 * Road is currently closed due to rock slide.

Expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.

Project Website link:
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 28, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. (If you need the link, contact Deb.)
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Plumbers Coming to Yellow Pine

Rocky Mountain Mechanical will be coming to Yellow Pine some time in April to do a plumbing project. If you are interested in plumbing work please call (208) 365-PIPE (7473). These guys are professionals and do great work, clean and courteous.
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Village News:

Equinox

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Sunset near the Helipad March 20 by Scott A.
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Avalanche Closes Road to Stibnite

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The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” -PR They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look, the road is narrow and more slides could come down.

“Debris [is] strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road” – PR. No timeline as to when the road will open.
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Ticks!

A report Thursday morning, March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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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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Critters

Be Fox & Coyote 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

The dump (and road) were plowed on Saturday, Feb 27th.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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 Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
2021 Planning Notes updated Feb 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure 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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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
Website:

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

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

Monday (Mar 15) 24 hour low of 22 degrees from Sunday morning, average 22 1/2″ old snow on the ground and almost clear sky this morning. Raven calling off in the distance. Jays, northern flicker, starlings, male hairy woodpecker, nuthatches, chickadees and pine squirrel visiting. Partly cloudy after lunch time. Warm, mostly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Still above freezing at dusk and clear sky. Stars out before midnight.

Tuesday (Mar 16) overnight low of 23 degrees, average snow depth 22″, and almost clear sky this morning and warm sunshine. Jays, nuthatches, clark’s nutcracker, hairy and downy woodpeckers, chickadees and a pine squirrel visiting. Alert from YPWUA for low water today. Sunny and warm at lunch time. Partly cloudy, warm and light breezes mid afternoon, high of 53 degrees. Still above freezing and clear at dusk. At least partly or all clear before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 17) overnight low of 19 degrees, measured snow in more places and new average of 20″ this morning, clear sky and warm sunshine. Jays, nuthatches, chickadees, clark’s nutcracker, hairy and downy woodpeckers, starling, flicker and 2 feuding pine squirrels visiting. Partly cloudy at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Mostly cloudy, warm and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 55 degrees. Partly cloudy and way above freezing at dusk. Partly clear before midnight.

Thursday (Mar 18) overnight low of 22 degrees, measured an average of 19″ of old snow on the ground, mostly cloudy and light breeze this morning. Jays, nuthatches, chickadees, a junco, hairy and downy woodpeckers, flicker and a pine squirrel visiting. Mostly cloudy and breezy after lunch time. Breezy, warm and broken overcast mid-afternoon, high of 58 degrees. More open ground around trees and near buildings, a few bare patches of road in the neighborhood. Elk wandering by after sunset. Warm, partly clear and calmer at dusk. Some stars out before midnight. Rain probably started after 4am.

Friday (Mar 19) overnight low of 32 degrees, measured 0.14″ rainfall and an average of 17″ old snow on the ground, low overcast fogging the ridge tops and light sprinkles. Jays, juncos, nuthatches, a clark’s nutcracker and pine squirrel visiting. Stopped raining and breaks in the clouds after lunch time. Overcast, light breeze and occasional drops and sprinkles mid-afternoon, high of 45 degrees. Partly clear and a colorful sunset this evening, still above freezing. Cloudy before midnight. Snowed a little before sunrise.

Saturday (Mar 20) overnight low of 28 degrees, measured 1/4″ new snow (rain+melted snow=0.05″) and an average of 17″ snow on the ground, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, male and female hairy woodpeckers and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Getting breezy after lunch time and partly clear. Snowing pretty good early afternoon for a short while and melting, high of 46 degrees. Report of the first spring robin sighting. Also a report of coyotes yipping in the village a few nights ago. Another breezy snow squall later in the afternoon for over an hour (about 1″ fell then melted) and temperature dropping. Herd of elk wandered by out on the golf course before sunset. Partly cloudy after sunset. Temperature dropping after dusk and partly cloudy. Stars out before midnight. Cloudy after midnight. Dusting of snow fell before 430am.

Sunday (Mar 21) overnight low of 22 degrees, only a trace of snow remained on the snow board, the inch+ from yesterday had melted (SWE=0.09″) estimate an average of 17″ on the ground, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Fresh fox tracks. Jays, juncos, male and female hairy woodpeckers, clark’s nutcracker, chickadees, nuthatches and 2 squirrels visiting. Mostly cloudy at lunch time with scattered sunshine. Hawk in the neighborhood terrorizing songbirds (and scaring chickens.) Breezy, fairly warm and mostly cloudy with bits of sunshine mid-afternoon, high of 44 degrees. High thin overcast and light breeze after sunset. Still above freezing at dusk.
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RIP:

John Hanson

February 6, 1925 – March 19, 2021

John Hanson, of Yellow Pine and Nampa, passed away at home March 19th at the age of 96.

John was well known as one of the founders of the Yellow Pine Country Club and beloved teacher at the University of Yellow Pine 1979-85.

No arrangements have been made yet.
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How Do You Live Your Dash?

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years. (1934 – 1998)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars… the house… the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile…
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
With your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

– Author Unknown
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Idaho News:

Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry to remain closed through Sunday

March 18, 2021 KTVB

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The Idaho Transportation Department is advising motorists to use US 95 as an alternate route.

The Idaho Transportation Department has extended the closure of Idaho 55 through Sunday due to a rockslide that has buried the highway in debris.

The rockfall happened Monday night around milepost 99, between Smiths Ferry and Cascade, and the highway is completely blocked.

ITD is advising motorists to use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.

ITD crews monitoring the slide and say they have seen continued movement of the hillside. The decision to keep the highway closed through the weekend was made after the area was evaluated by a national rockslide expert.

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Hwy 55 Updates from ITD

link:
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Hwy 55 March 21st Update

(via FB)

ITD has been monitoring the rock slide throughout the weekend and determined that conditions continue to be unsafe in the area, and Idaho Highway 55 will remain closed to traffic.

According to our District Engineer at this point our ITD team can’t confidently open the road with the existing risks to the traveling public and crews. Recent weather conditions paired with the weakened hillside, rock and soil from the slide has created a situation that requires further considerations before we can allow cars through. We know ID-55 is an important travel corridor in Idaho and we are working hard to open the road safely.

Drivers are advised to use U.S. 95 as an alternate route. The next update will be provided in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 23.

Don’t forget about dialing *511 for current updates.
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383 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

March 19, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 383 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 177,185.

There are a total of 142,688 confirmed cases and 34,497 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 361,235 people have received the vaccine, and 578,288 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 10 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,428 and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,275.

There are 10,747 asymptomatic reported cases and 9,849 cases among health care workers.

3 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,941.

full story: [Valley County 817 casts 7 deaths]
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Idaho March 19


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Ten New Cases [Valley County]

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 18, 2021

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the last week by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center after several weeks of decline to just one new case two weeks ago.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer totaled 726 by Tuesday, up from 716 a week ago, the hospitals reported said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 621 total positive cases, or seven more than 614 total positive cases reported last week.

Cascade Medical Center reported 105 total positive cases as of this week, or three more than the 102 total positive cases reported last week.

Five confirmed deaths and two suspected deaths related to COVID-19 among Valley County residents have been reported by Central District Health. The second suspected death was added last week, but no details were available. …

2,867 First Doses

A total of 2,867 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by this week by Valley County’s two hospitals. The hospitals also had given out 1,780 of the required second doses of the vaccine.

St. Luke’s McCall reported giving 1,683 first doses and 1,166 second doses since vaccinations started Jan. 13 through last Saturday. The hospital has appointments to give 310 vaccinations this week.

Cascade Medical Center had given 1,184 first doses and 614 second doses by this week. Clinics are scheduled through April 29 where 1,300 first doses and 1,300 second doses are to be given.

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Boise VA opens up vaccinations to all veterans

By Steve Dent Mar 18, 2021 KIVI

The Boise VA is averaging 1,300 vaccinations a week and according to the VA they have vaccinated more than 60 percent of their veterans over the age of 65.

“When we first opened up vaccines to our veteran population we had one of the highest veteran vaccination populations in the country and that continues right now,” said Lindsay Kaster, a Clinical Oncology Pharmacist at the Boise VA Medical Center.

This week, the VA announced that all veterans regardless of their age can go down to the VA to get their COVID-19 vaccination. Veterans can schedule an appointment for that same day or whenever they want by calling 208-422-1499

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Idaho Legislature recesses until April due to COVID-19 outbreak

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 19th 2021

Scott Bedke, Speaker of the Idaho House, held a press conference Friday to announce a recess in the Legislature after a COVID-19 outbreak.

Both the House and the Senate will return on April 6 after six positive cases were found among lawmakers. This news comes as the Legislature is debating a bill that would ban local governments from requiring that people wear masks.

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Kayakers get their first lap of the season on the Payette River

By Steve Dent Mar 20, 2021 KIVI

Banks, Idaho — Idaho has a unique attribute where outdoor adventure seasons overlap and this weekend there were people skiing and kayaking on the same day.

Many kayakers are getting in their first laps of the season, but it’s also a time of year where the water runs cold, and warm weather gear is a necessity.

We were lucky enough to spot a group of paddlers that included Mike and Connor Voorhees, who were making their first run through the Staircase section on the South Fork of the Payette River.

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Mining News:

Perpetua says slide shows need for new mine access

Mining company wants to build new route to Stibnite

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 18, 2021

Avalanches last month on Stibnite Road show why the road should not be used as the main access to a proposed gold mine at Stibnite, according to Perpetua Resources.

A series of three slides on Feb. 23 left the road closed indefinitely with 1,500 feet of roadway buried under as much as 30 feet of snow and debris, said Mckinsey Lyon, a Perpetua spokesperson.

“These are three of the 12 total known large avalanche zones along Stibnite Road and a continued example of why we prefer the Burntlog Route for project access,” Lyon said.

The Burntlog Route is one of two mine access routes under consideration by the Payette National Forest, the lead permitting agency for the mine.

The other route, known as the Yellow Pine Route, would rely on Stibnite Road as the only road to the mine site, which Perpetua proposes to operate year-round.

A decision on the access routes is expected as part of the Payette’s draft decision on the project, which currently is expected in August.

Whichever route is chosen by regulators could ferry up to 68 vehicles per day, as many as 49 of which would be semitrucks carrying supplies and chemicals.

Using the Yellow Pine route would avoid harm to animal habitat and water quality that could result from building roads in undisturbed areas for the Burntlog Route, according to the Payette’s draft study of the mine.

The Burntlog Route would improve and extend existing Forest Service roads between Stibnite and the Landmark area east of Warm Lake.

Parts of the Burntlog route would come as close as 100 feet from Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

That could harm the wilderness area’s character and threaten the habitat of endangered species like the lynx, the draft study said.

The Burntlog Route would be built in designated roadless areas, which are valued by the Payette for the lack of wildlife habitat disturbance.

“Burntlog Route allows us to take a safer route to Stibnite, avoid recreational and residential traffic on Johnson Creek Road and provides two ways in and out of the site in case of emergency,” Lyon said.

The Payette’s draft study of the mine found no avalanche zones along the Burntlog Route she said.

“The road mostly goes above starting zones for avalanches,” she said.

Meanwhile, the 12 avalanche zones along Stibnite Road would remain a threat under the Yellow Pine Route, the study said.

Perpetua would plan for avalanche road closures in the winter if regulators opt to permit the Yellow Pine Route, Lyon said.

“Should we only have access via Stibnite Road, we would implement a full avalanche mitigation plan and stockpile materials and supplies on site.”

Stibnite Road would not be maintained through the winter if regulators approve the Burntlog Route.

Roads built for the Burntlog Route would be removed after the 12 -year to 15-year projected life of Perpetua’s mining operations at Stibnite, according to Perpetua’s proposal.

If the Yellow Pine route is selected, at least two years would be added to the company’s construction phase due to extensive work needed to about 40 miles of Johnson Creek Road, the draft study said.

Work would include blasting slopes to accommodate 20-foot-wide travel lanes and 3-foot-wide shoulders, leveling steep sections where possible and paving existing dirt roads.

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

Payette National Forest plans prescribed burns through June

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed burns between March and June in an effort to improve the ability to protect local communities from wildfire.

The dates and times of the prescribed fires will depend on weather conditions.

The benefits of prescribed fires include reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the canopy, promoting fire resilient trees and improving wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burns will include:

• McCall Ranger District: 350 acres in the Bear Basin area and West Face parking lot.

• New Meadows Ranger District: About 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek and 250 acres in the Meadows Slope project area.

• Krassel Ranger District: 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat campground.

Trailheads and roads that lead to these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations.

Fire personnel will work with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized, according to a recent press release.

For the most current information, visit (link) and search for Payette.

source: The Star-News March 18, 2021
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Bridge replacements, trail work to happen this summer on Payette

Three bridge replacements are planned for this summer on popular trails in the Payette National Forest with several other trail projects set to start.

The bridge replacements include the Alex Creek bridge on the Secesh River Trail near Chinook Campground; the Center Ridge Trail bridge, which is accessed from Warren Wagon Road; and the second bridge on the Pete Creek Trail, accessed from the Three Mile Creek dispersed camping area.

The work is funded in part by an Idaho Parks and Recreation grant and funds from the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020.

Funds from the federal legislation will be used to reroute short sections of the French Creek and Bear Pete Ridge trails as well as replace the Jenkins Crossing bridge on the French Creek trail.

Trails in the Rapid River drainage and the Chinese Cemetery Trail near Warren will also see trail work this summer with help from the Payette’s Heritage Program.

Trail crews on the New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts will have several partners on various projects, including the Montanan and Idaho Conservation Corps, the Idaho Trails Association, the Central Idaho Trail Riders Alliance, Back County Horsemen of Idaho and the Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association.

The Payette is also seeking public comment on two proposed trail reroutes.

A proposed reroute to the Bear Pete Ridge Trail would replace a heavily eroded stretch less than a quarter mile long with switchbacks that would be able to accommodate motorcycles.

The Willow Basket Trail, which accesses the Loon Lake trail system, would see a reroute less than a mile long.

More information about the proposed reroutes can be found on the Payette’s website at (link) , by searching for McCall Ranger District 2021 Trail Reroutes. Deadline to comment is March 30.

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Clear Creek Forest Health Project Virtual Community Meeting on March 30

Clear Creek Forest Health Project – Virtual Community Meeting on March 30

Mountain Home, Idaho, March 17, 2021 – The Mountain Home Ranger District of the Boise National Forest is in the preliminary stages of proposing the Clear Creek Forest Health (CCFH) Project. The project area is in Boise County and is located approximately 14 miles northeast of Boise, via Highway 21. The Forest is proposing this project to address forest health and hazardous fuels concerns in the wildland-urban interface near the Clear Creek / Robie Creek area.

You are invited to a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, March 30 at 5:30 PM. This online-only meeting will include a discussion of the preliminary proposal and include an opportunity for the public to participate and inform the development of the proposed action. Visit the project website to find the link to join this meeting.

Detailed information about this project can be found on the project webpage at (link)

If you would like to continue receiving information about the project, you can subscribe to emails on the project webpage (click on “subscribe to Email Updates” in the right hand column) or provide an email or mailing address to Comments-intermtn-boise-mtn-home@usda.gov (include “Clear Creek” in the subject line) or call Brian Lawatch, Environmental Coordinator at 208-590-3345. No response will indicate you no longer wish to receive project information.
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Idaho Land Board lifts moratorium on state endowment land surrounding Payette Lake

By Steve Dent Mar 17, 2021 KIVI

On Tuesday, the Idaho Land Board of Commissioners ended a moratorium on state endowment land surrounding Payette Lake, meaning the Idaho Department of Lands can now move forward on vetting applications for this land.

That includes Trident Holdings LLC’s application they submitted in February, they propose trading land they plan to purchase elsewhere in the state for some of this lakefront property.

State endowment lands were given to Idaho by the federal government when Idaho became a state and the state constitution requires Idaho to use this land to maximize long-term financial returns for public beneficiaries like the public school system.

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Critter News:

Cascade Veterinary Clinic Message

March 21st (via FB)

Due to road blockage our schedule has changed the week of March 22nd through Saturday the the 28th. Both Clinic’s will be rescheduling. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday Dr. Keith will be in Cascade Clinic. Wednesday and Thursday Dr Keith will be in the Garden Valley Clinic. Saturday for Garden Valley we will be rescheduling per road conditions. Sorry for any inconvenience. Be Safe. Subject to change
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Hunter harvest up for elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer in 2020

Elk harvest was sixth-highest of all time

By Brian Pearson for The Star-News March 18, 2021

Statewide deer and elk hunter numbers crept back up in 2020 after dipping between 2018 and 2019, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Idaho elk and deer hunters saw increased harvests in 2020, and elk hunting continued to steam toward all-time highs for consecutive years of harvest above 20,000 animals.

White-tailed deer harvest was also historic by topping the mule deer harvest, something that has happened just a few times in Idaho’s history.

The 2020 Idaho elk and deer harvests were up about 10% and 11% from 2019. After hunter numbers dipped between 2018 and 2019, hunter numbers also bounced back by about 4% for deer hunters and nearly 6% for elk hunters.

Total elk harvest was up about 12% from the 10-year average, whitetail harvest was about even with its 10-year average, and mule deer harvest was down about 11%.

Success rates in 2020 were steady for mule deer and elk hunters compared with 2019, while the success rate for whitetail hunters jumped more than 5% from 38 to 43.5%.

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This winters fawn and calf survival above average, “things could definitely change”

By Lynsey Amundson Mar 18, 2021 KIVI

Mule deer fawns and elk calves survival over winter is what determines the population’s outlook. Even though the deer and elk hunting season is several months away the survival of fawns and calves will affect opportunities for hunters this fall.

“Things look good,” Rick Ward, Idaho Fish and Game Elk and Deer Coordinator said.

At the end of February, Idaho Fish and Game says 83 percent of fawns and 92 percent of calves with collars survived through winter so far.

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Cow gives birth to quadruplets

By Kaitlin Miklos March 19, 2021 Local News 8

A cow in Buhl delivered one shocking surprise on St. Patrick’s Day.

She gave birth to quadruplets.

The odds of a cow birthing four [healthy calves] is 1 in 11.2 million

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Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game reminds hunters and anglers to keep their license profiles current

By Emme Andersen, Customer Service Representative 1
Friday, March 19, 2021

Licenses buyers are encouraged to keep their Fish and Game profiles updated to reduce the amount of returned mail sent back to Fish and Game due to invalid mailing addresses.

Since COVID-19 hit Idaho in March 2020, it directly impacted Idaho’s hunters, anglers and trappers ability to access services provided by Fish and Game. These restrictions dramatically impacted the amount of products bought online by sportsmen and women. The Fish and Game website has been an increasingly effective and efficient way to safely and quickly purchase licenses, tags and permits. This convenient method is not without potential problems, however, and a small side effect of this surge in web-based sales is the amount of products that have been returned to the Department because of old, insufficient, and incorrect addresses that are still in a person’s Fish and Game profile.

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Spring turkey controlled hunt results now available

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, March 18, 2021

General season hunts start on April 15 in many units

Hunters who applied for spring controlled turkey hunts can now check for the results online. All controlled hunt turkey tags were applied for, so there will be no leftovers available except for a landowner permission hunt.

Applicants who provided a valid email on their online license profile will receive an email of their draw status. Fish and Game will also send out post cards to successful applicants.

New this year, hunters who drew a controlled hunt tag will buy only that tag and will not be required to buy a separate permit. Controlled hunt turkey tags will also be valid in general hunts.

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March 15 Upper Salmon River Steelhead fishing report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Biologist 1
Monday, March 15, 2021

River conditions have been excellent, running clear to slightly cloudy, depending on location

Steelhead angler effort on the upper Salmon River increased again during the previous week, especially in the areas downstream of North Fork, in location code 15. Angler effort upstream of North Fork was similar to last week with bank and boat anglers spread out between Challis and North Fork. Anglers interviewed downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14 averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 15 also averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of North Fork averaged 26 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17 averaged 27 hours per steelhead caught. Anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 averaged 38 hours per steelhead caught, and anglers interviewed upstream of the East Fork Salmon River in location code 19 did not report catching a steelhead.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Tiny chameleon a contender for title of smallest reptile

by The Associated Press Friday, February 5th 2021


Picture taken in 2012 in Munich, Germany shows a newly discovered species of chameleon which is a contender for the title of world’s smallest reptile. Scientists from Madagascar and Germany called it Brookesia nana, said the male appeared is just 13.5 millimeters big. (AP Poto/Frank Glaw)

It fits on a human fingertip, but this chameleon could make a big splash.

Scientists from Madagascar and Germany say a newly discovered species of chameleon is a contender for the title of world’s smallest reptile.

Frank Glaw, who was part of the international team of researchers that classified the new species and named it Brookesia nana said the body of the male specimen appeared to be just 13.5-millimeters-long (a little more than a 1/2-inch.)

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Seasonal Humor:

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March 14, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

March 14, 2021 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
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 23 – Avalanche closed Stibnite Road
March 11 – Tick Season Began
March 14 – Time Change Spring Ahead
March 15 – Hwy 55 road closures start
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day at The Corner
March 28 – Festival Zoom meeting at 2pm
April 4 – Easter
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

Hwy 55 Work Begins March 15

Expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.

Project Website link:
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 28, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. (If you need the link, contact Deb.)
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Village News:

Second Dose March 10

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On Wednesday, March 10th, the 20 locals who received the 1st dose of vaccine, received the 2nd dose from Cascade Medical Center at the Yellow Pine Community hall.

The Village of Yellow Pine would like to thank Cascade Medical Center, Teri Coombs RN and Sam Jensen Paramedic for coming all the way up here – again. And a big thank you to the Village Ladies for having the hall open, warm and welcoming with coffee and munchies.

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Some locals that had to go out met the ambulance en route at Goat Creek to receive their 2nd shot.
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March 12 Power Outage

Idaho Power called Friday morning, March 12th, to inform us that they had received an “alert” of a Line Down in the Johnson creek area. Shortly after the call their helicopter flew over the village at 911am looking for the problem. Idaho Power called again early afternoon and the nice fellow (didn’t get his name) remarked he was surprised our power was still on, and reported there were trees down on the line and extensive damage. Crews dispatched from Boise were en route with a probable arrival around 230pm, and he estimated it will take 5-6 hours to repair.

Our power went off at 205pm. Power restored at 737pm.

A big Thank You to Idaho Power crews and to the friendly fellow for calling us with information.
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Avalanche Closes Road to Stibnite

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The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” -PR They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look, the road is narrow and more slides could come down.

“Debris [is] strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road” – PR. No timeline as to when the road will open.
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Ticks!

A report Thursday morning, March 11th of the first tick found. Check your dogs and yourself after a walk in the woods.
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YP Winter 2020-2021 Census = 29 people

This was counting only residents that wintered in. (If someone wants to count the dogs, cats, horses and mules, please share.)
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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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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

The dump (and road) were plowed on Saturday, Feb 27th.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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 Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
2021 Planning Notes updated Feb 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure 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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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 (Mar 8) overnight low of 26 degrees, snowed 3/8″ early morning (SWE=0.02″) and measured an average of 23″ on the ground, overcast (VanMeter socked in) and light snow falling. Lots of juncos, a downy and a hairy woodpecker, jays, starlings, chickadees, a white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Looks like a fox had visited during the night. Flaking snow right after lunch time. Light to moderate snow (mostly melting as it lands), socked into the valley floor or foggy ridges all afternoon, high of 35 degrees. Light snow and right at freezing at dusk. Snowing and stacking up after dark. Couple inches by midnight and still snowing. Probably snowed most of the night.

Tuesday (Mar 9) overnight low of 15 degrees, measured 4 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.38″) and an average of 28″ on the ground, mostly clear sky, strong sunshine bringing the temperature up quickly. Male and female hairy woodpeckers, flock of dark-eyed juncos, noisy jays, little nuthatches and chickadees and a pine squirrel visiting. Some clouds before lunch time. Overcast after lunch. Light snow for about an hour mid-afternoon, low clouds and below freezing, high of 41 degrees. Breaks in the clouds late afternoon for a short while then about an hour of light snow (dusting.) Mostly clear at dusk. Some haze before midnight.

Wednesday (Mar 10) overnight low of 10 degrees, measured 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.01″) and an average of 27″ on the ground, clear very blue sky. Jays, nuthatches, chickadees, male and female hairy and a female downy woodpecker and 2 pine squirrel visiting. Cascade Medical Center came in and gave the 2nd dose of Moderna vaccine at the Community Hall. Mail truck made it in on time and locals got their packages on main street after the shots. Mostly clear after lunch time. Report the ambulance returned with lights flashing at 3pm (ATV accident.) Mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, warm and roof snow melting and dripping, high of 42 degrees. A herd of elk wandered by slowly just before sunset. Partly hazy and a little below freezing before dusk. Stars out before midnight, temperatures dropping.

Thursday (Mar 11) overnight low of 4 degrees, no new precipitation and 25″ snow on the ground, clear sky and frosty this morning. Report of ticks out already. Jays, juncos, nuthatches, chickadees, hairy and downy woodpeckers, starlings and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Mostly clear at lunch time, icicles dripping. Warmer and mostly clear mid-afternoon, slight breeze, high of 47 degrees. Clear at dusk and just below freezing. Stars out before midnight.

Friday (Mar 12) overnight low of 5 degrees, clear sky and an average of 24 1/2″ snow on the ground. Idaho Power helicopter flew over at 911am. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, male and female hairy woodpeckers, starling and flicker visiting. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Power off 205pm. Clear and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 47 degrees. Clear and just below freezing at dusk. Power back on at 737pm. Stars out before midnight.

Saturday (Mar 13) overnight low of 11 degrees, clear sky and an average of 24″ snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, pair of hairys and a downy woodpecker, a red-winged blackbird, starlings, a clark’s nutcracker, nuthatches, chickadees and pine squirrel visiting. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Warm, clear and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 53 degrees. Clear sky and above freezing at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Sunday (Mar 14) overnight low of 13 degrees, clear sky and an average of 23″ snow on the ground. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, northern flicker, clark’s nutcracker, starlings and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Bright sunshine at lunch time and warming up. Warm, clear and sunny with slight breeze mid-afternoon, high of 58 degrees. Mostly cloudy at sundown.
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Idaho News:

Paramedic, nurse drive 8 hours on backcountry roads to deliver vaccines to rural Idaho community

Yellow Pine, a community of 29, is about 50 miles of dirt roads into the mountains east of McCall but like many others, residents were eager to get vaccinated.

March 12, 2021 KTVB

Yellow Pine, Idaho — Over the river and through the woods they went to grandma’s house, well, kind of. Thanks to a nurse and a paramedic, a small and very rural Idaho town was able to vaccinate most of its residents, most of whom are at high-risk for COVID-19 complications.

Paramedic Sam Jensen and Cascade Medical Chief Medical Nurse Terri Coombs have taken the 50-mile journey down dirt Forest Service roads to the community of Yellow Pine.

The community of 29 seasonal residents would have made an eight-hour round-trip drive if they wanted to go to the nearest city of Cascade to get vaccinated, a trip many couldn’t or wouldn’t want to make. But for Jensen and Coombs, it was a drive through Idaho’s backcountry that they wanted to do.

“Yesterday, it felt like we were going back to see friends,” Coombs said.

For these two healthcare workers, it likely felt that way since it was their second trip to the rural community in a month. This time it was for their booster shot of vaccine.

“It’s been a godsend for them to come up here twice up here to get it done,” Rhonda, a Yellow Pine resident, said.

Coombs and Jensen vaccinated 20 people when they came to town. The few who weren’t in town were still able to get the shot along an old dirt road.

“They flashed their lights at us, we all pulled over and immunizations were given,” Coombs said.

For a community of people who don’t fancy themselves going out often, they’re finally free to go out without the worry of contracting the deadly virus.

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333 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

March 12, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 333 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 174,943.

There are a total of 141,114 confirmed cases and 33,829 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 311,860 people have received the vaccine, and 495,633 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 19 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,295 and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,258. …

3 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,909.

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March 11 Idaho Cases


source: KTVB
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St. Luke’s, state launch COVID-19 vaccination registries

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 11, 2021

St. Luke’s Health System and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have announced new online sites to register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those interested in being added to St. Luke’s vaccine registry should fill out a questionnaire in MyChart patient online electronic health record portal.

“Instead of people checking back repeatedly for available vaccination appointments, St. Luke’s will reach out to patients on our registry when new vaccine supply has arrived and appointments are available,” a news release said.

People who do not have a myChart account, do not have internet access or need interpretation services can call St. Luke’s at 208-381-9500. Callers will be added to the vaccine registry and be contacted to schedule an appointment.

Those who wish to be vaccinated by Cascade Medical Center should use the H&W website at (link), CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

“Anyone who wants the vaccine should go to the site and put in their information, including where they prefer to receive the vaccine, and we’ll schedule them,” Reinhardt said.

Those seeing vaccinations also can go to (link) or calll 208-382-4285.

New groups of people have been added to those eligible to received the COVID-19 vaccine. They include grocery, convenience store and food pantry workers, U.S. Postal Service workers and essential gas, electric, water, and telecommunications utility workers who work indoors.

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One New Case

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 11, 2021

Only one new case of COVID-19 was reported in Valley County in the last week by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer totaled 716 by Tuesday, up one case from 715 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 614 total positive cases, up one case from week ago. Cascade Medical Center reported no new positive cases over the 102 total positive cases reported last week.

A fifth confirmed death related to COVID-19 among of Valley County residents was reported by Central District Health in the last week.

The new death was a man over age 60, a health district spokesperson said. No other details were disclosed due to privacy reasons.

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3.1 magnitude earthquake reported near Smiths Ferry

by CBS2 News Staff Sunday, March 14th 2021

The USGS on Sunday reported a 3.1 magnitude earthquake near Smiths Ferry just after about 11 a.m.

The approximate location of the quake occurred 4.4 miles west of town.

The USGS said it was about 12.8 km deep.

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M 3.1 – 7 km WNW of Smiths Ferry, Idaho

2021-03-14 11:17:04 (UTC) 44.318°N 116.175°W12. 8 km depth

USGS link:

M 2.5 – 8 km W of Smiths Ferry, Idaho

2021-03-14 13:19:45 (UTC) 44.308°N 116.195°W 10.0 km depth

USGS link:
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M-D school bond passes by whopping 89%

Only 20% of registered voters in the district cast ballots

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 11, 2021

A $33 million bond for the McCall-Donnelly School District passed by a landslide in a vote on Tuesday.

The measure received 1,076 votes in favor and 130 against for an 89% margin of success. A 66.7% “yes” vote was required for passage.

About 20% of registered voters in the district cast ballots in the election, according to the Valley County Clerk’s Office.

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Cascade renews $650K school levy by 72% margin

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 11, 2021

The Cascade School District’s $650,000 two-year supplemental levy renewal passed by a wide margin on Tuesday with a vote of 244 to 94, or 72%.

About 18% of registered voters in the district cast a vote, according to the Valley County Clerk’s Office.

The result means the school will continue to fund teachers, support staff, bus routes and travel for varsity athletics.

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85-year-old man, two dogs killed in McCall house fire

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, March 10th 2021

An 85-year-old man and two dogs were killed in a house fire in McCall.

According to McCall Fire and EMS, a house on East Lake Street became fully engulfed on March 3.

Firefighters did a primary search on the main floor while the basement flames were being attacked. They were unable to get into the basement during the attack due to “defensive fire conditions.”

Crews found the man in the basement and two dogs in a bedroom following the fire.

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Road closures on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry to begin Monday

Travelers should plan ahead for full road closures Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 12, 2021 KTVB

Construction resumes on Idaho Highway 55 next week and that means travelers should expect major delays between Boise and McCall.

The Idaho Transportation Department says crews will pick back up on the Smiths Ferry Project on Monday, March 15.

Crews are working to widen shoulders, add guardrail, and straighten a curvy one-mile stretch of the highway to improve safety between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge.

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Tips & Advice:

Meridian Fire issues warning after battery sparks house fire

A metal object touching both battery posts can spark enough heat to get a fire going, the department said.

March 9, 2021 KTVB

Meridian Fire is warning residents to be careful about how they store items after a 9-volt battery sparked a small fire at a home in Meridian.

The fire department shared a photo of the scorched pantry where the battery had been stored.

“9-Volt batteries can be dangerous as the positive and negative posts are very close together,” Meridian Fire wrote. “If a metal object touches the two posts of a 9-volt battery, it can cause a short circuit which can make enough heat to start a fire.”

People can protect against an accidental fire by storing the batteries in their original container. In addition, the posts of used batteries should be covered with a cap or tape prior to throwing them in the trash. Even weak or nearly-dead batteries may have enough charge to start a fire, officials said.

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Daylight saving time: ‘Turn and test’ to stay safe from home fires

March 13, 2021 Local News 8

As you turn your clocks forward for daylight saving time this Sunday, the Red Cross of Greater Idaho encourages you to also test your smoke alarms.

In the first two months of 2021 alone, Idaho Red Cross volunteers have helped almost 90 people with urgent needs like emergency lodging, financial assistance and recovery planning following 29 disasters, the vast majority of which were home fires.

“Home fires remain the nation’s most frequent disaster during COVID-19,” said Nicole Sirak Irwin, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Idaho and Montana. “This weekend, take a moment to test your smoke alarms to help protect your family against home fires.”

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Public Lands:

Payette National Forest plans prescribed burns through June

The Star-News March 11, 2021

The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed burns between March and June in an effort to improve the ability to protect local communities from wildfire.

The dates and times of the prescribed fires will depend on weather conditions.

The benefits of prescribed fires include reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the canopy, promoting fire resilient trees and improving wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burns will include:

• McCall Ranger District: 350 acres in the Bear Basin area and West Face parking lot.

• New Meadows Ranger District: About 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek and 250 acres in the Meadows Slope project area.

• Krassel Ranger District: 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near Reed Ranch and Poverty Flat campground.

Trailheads and roads that lead to these areas will be posted with caution signs and a map of the prescribed burn locations.

Fire personnel will work with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that smoke impacts are minimized, according to a recent press release.

For the most current information, visit (link) and search for Payette.

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David Hogen Returns to the Payette National Forest as the Krassel District Ranger

McCall, Idaho, March 10, 2021 – Payette National Forest Supervisor Linda Jackson is pleased to announce that David Hogen has been selected as the Krassel District Ranger. Hogen replaces Anthony Botello who moved to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest as the Deputy Forest Supervisor.

Ranger Hogen is no stranger to Idaho and earned his bachelor degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Idaho, then attended graduate school at the University of Idaho where he focused on Bull Trout life history in the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River near Yellow Pine.

He began his Forest Service career on the New Meadows Ranger District and returns to the Payette from the Medicine Wheel Ranger District on the Bighorn National Forest in northern Wyoming. He has been a District Ranger for 10-1/2 years, and has worked in Forest Service Regions 2, 4, 6 and the Washington Office.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to return to work on the Payette National Forest as the Krassel District Ranger,” said Hogen. “Coming back to the Payette brings a mixture of new to our lives as we are recent empty nesters with our son off to college, along with rediscovering our roots as my wife and son were both born in McCall.” The recreation opportunities on the Payette National Forest are a big hit with David as he enjoys ice fishing, skiing, hiking, and Cross Fit.

The Krassel Ranger district is east of McCall and encompasses the South Fork of the Salmon River, the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, the Yellow Pine and Big Creek areas and nearly 800,000 acres of the Frank Church River of No Wilderness Area.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
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BLM to increase Snively Hot Springs patrol after continued illegal, prohibited behavior

by Ryan L Morrison Monday, March 8th 2021 CBS2

The Bureau of Land Management Vale District and local officials will soon be taking stricter measures to protect the Snively Hot Springs after an increase of illegal and prohibited behavior has been noticed.

“We want to keep the hot springs open for the public to use and enjoy, but if people continue to ignore the rules and engage in criminal behavior, we will have to look at other options,” said Malheur Field Manager Pat Ryan.

Littering, illegal drug use, underage drinking, and driving under the influence are prohibited on public lands. Other behaviors, such as nudity, can also be considered as causing a nuisance.

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Critter News:

Payette County Sheriff’s Office warns of cattle rustling after 9 calves taken

Officials said they have been notified of at least nine calves stolen during the night from pastures in the Fruitland and Payette area.

March 11, 2021 KTVB

After a slew of reports and multiple calves going missing during the night, the Payette County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of cattle rustling in pastures near Payette and Fruitland.

The sheriff’s office announced on Wednesday that it is investigating several reports of cattle theft that were called in between March 5 and March 8.

Officials said they have been reported of at least nine calves that were taken during the night from pastures in the Fruitland and Payette areas.

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Burglars target veterinary clinics

March 10, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho Falls area law enforcement agencies are investigating a series of burglaries at local veterinary clinics.

There have been four break-ins reported since February 21.

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16.25-inch perch pulled from Lake Cascade, sets state record

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, March 12th 2021

A Wisconsin man set a state record Tuesday when he pulled a 16.25-inch yellow perch from Lake Cascade.

For Adam Mann, it wasn’t the length of the fish but the weight that beat the previous record. Mann’s perch was a whopping 3.22 pounds, beating Skye Coulter’s 2016 record of 2.96 pounds.

Mann and several friends made the long trek to Idaho in search of trophy perch, according to Idaho Fish and Game. Although fishing had not been hot that day, they had been finding some large perch throughout the day.

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Fish & Game News:

Lake Cascade produces another state record perch

By Martin Koenig, Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Wisconsin angler breaks certified-weight record set in 2016


Adam Mann

Congratulations to Adam Mann of Mosinee, Wisconsin, on landing the latest record yellow perch from Lake Cascade. After being weighed locally on a certified scale and inspected by a Fish and Game biologist, Mann was awarded a new certified-weight state record for his 3.22-pound perch that was 16.25-inches long.

Mann landed the monster perch while ice fishing on Tuesday, March 9. As an avid ice-fisherman, Mann and several friends made the long trek to Idaho in search of trophy perch. Although fishing had not been hot that day, they had been finding a some large perch throughout the day.

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Cougar in Canfield Mountain area serves as a reminder to use caution

By Kara Campbell, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

When people and their pets live in close proximity to mountain lions, everyone needs to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

Fish and Game has confirmed a report of a mountain lion in the Canfield Mountain area. To keep residents, visitors, pets, as well as wildlife safe, Fish and Game encourages everyone to follow these safety tips and suggestions when they recreate or live near mountain lion habitat.

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Area bird lovers asked to temporarily remove and clean bird feeders due to a suspected outbreak of salmonellosis

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Thursday, March 11, 2021

The fatal disease is suspected to have been found in southern and northern Idaho birds that frequent area feeders

Wild birds that frequent feeders in the winter can be especially susceptible to disease outbreaks of salmonellosis, due to the large numbers of birds coming to feeders.

Outbreaks associated with bird feeders may cause high mortality across large geographic areas. Currently, this outbreak is affecting wild birds in Idaho, Oregon, California, Washington, and even into British Columbia, Canada.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Watch: Close Call When Driver Suddenly Caught in Middle of Deer Stampede

By Kendra Mann, Sinclair Broadcast Group Tuesday, March 9th 2021

It was a close call for a driver in Oakland, California, when a vehicle was suddenly caught in the middle of a stampede of deer.

In a video posted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, a police cruiser’s camera captured a driver in front of them slam on their brakes as several deer ran in front of their vehicle, with one of the deer even landing on the back windshield of the car before running off.

“Another reminder you have to always be in control of your car and not distracted by anything else,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office wrote in part on Facebook.

Police say it appeared there were no injuries, including to the deer.

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March 7, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

March 7, 2021 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
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
March 10 – 11am-1130am 2nd Vax Community Hall
March 14 – Time Change Spring Ahead
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
March 28 – Festival Zoom meeting at 2pm
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

School Bond Ballots

A quick thinking local noticed that return postage was not included with the school bond ballots and contacted the county. The county has since made arrangements with the Yellow Pine Post Office to process the ballots without postage and be reimbursed later since we are a “vote by mail precinct.” Ballots much be received by the county clerk March 9th.
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Second Dose March 10

On Wednesday, March 10th, the 20 locals who received the 1st dose of vaccine, will get the 2nd dose from Cascade Medical Center at the Community hall from 11am to 1130am.
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 28, 2021, Zoom meeting at 2pm. (If you need the link, contact Deb.)
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Village News:

Avalanche Closed Road to Stibnite

The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look and get in the way.

“Debris strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road.” No timeline as to when the road will open. (More info in Idaho News.)
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March

The first week of March has been very nice in Yellow Pine, no new snow to shovel! Warmer than normal days (Friday’s high was 59 degrees) with sunshine melting the snow slow and easy, we have lost 5″ of our snowpack. Nights in the low teens early in the week, the freeze thaw cycle has started the Spring Rock Migration on both the EFSF and SF drainages (watch for rocks in the road.)

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March 1, 2021 Van Meter Hill by Local Color Photography.
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YP Winter 2020-2021 Census = 29 people

This was counting only residents that wintered in. (If someone wants to count the dogs, cats, horses and mules, please share.)
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Yellow Pine February Precipitation History:

Year: Water / Snow
2021: 2.91″ / 35.8″
2020: 3.33″ / 43.7″
2019: 4.21″ / 38.2″
2018: 1.43″ / 12.0″
2017: 6.27″ / 10.0″
2016: 1.70” / 6.7”
2015: 2.05″ / 1.5″
2014: 3.05″ / 24.8″
2013: 0.69″ / 9.1″
2012: 1.97″ / 12.5″
2011: 1.56″ / 13.9″
2010: 0.60″ / 3.5″
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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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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

The dump (and road) were plowed on Saturday, Feb 27th.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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 Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
2021 Planning Notes updated Feb 28th (link)
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure 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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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 (Mar 1) 24 hour low of 12 degrees from Sunday morning, measured an average of 28″ of snow on the ground, clear very blue sky this morning. Heard a red-wing calling, hairy woodpecker, jays, nuthatches and chickadees visiting, fresh fox tracks. Clear at lunch time. Breezy and clear early afternoon. Warm, strong sunshine and breezy mid-afternoon, melting snow and semi slushy paths, high of 49 degrees. Two pine squirrels chasing each other. Some high thin haze after sunset and still above freezing. Mostly cloudy (hazy) around midnight.

Tuesday (Mar 2) overnight low of 14 degrees, average snow depth 26 1/2″. Partly cloudy then mostly clear this morning, swept paths are very icy. Jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches and the pine squirrel visiting. Shots fired at 1126am. A few clouds at lunch time, sunny and icicles dripping. Very warm mid-afternoon, light breeze and partly cloudy, high of 52 degrees. Paths exposed to sunshine are slushy, those in the shade are solid ice. Partly cloudy and just above freezing at dusk. Hazy before midnight, a few stars out after.

Wednesday (Mar 3) overnight low of 12 degrees, average snow depth 25 1/2″. Clear sky and calm. Pine squirrel an early visitor, female hairy woodpecker, male northern flicker, nuthatches, chickadees and jays also visited. Warm and sunny at lunch time. Mail truck was about 10 minutes late today, no problems reported. Warm clear and sunny mid-afternoon, snow melting and slushy paths, high of 55 degrees. Clear and a little above freezing at dusk.

Thursday (Mar 4) overnight low of 12 degrees, average snow depth is close to 25″. Clear sky and slight breeze this morning. Heard a raven go “cronk” off in the distance, pine squirrel early visitor, male hairy and female downy woodpeckers, jays, nuthatches, chickadees, red-winged black bird and starlings visiting. Sunny at lunch time, icicles dripping. Almost clear sky, strong sunshine and quite warm mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Shot fired 544pm. Mostly clear and above freezing at dusk. Looked hazy to the east before midnight.

Friday (Mar 5) 24 hour low of 15 degrees from Thursday morning, average snow depth is 24 1/2″. Hazy sky this morning. Lots of dark-eyed juncos, 2 pine squirrels chasing each other, a male hairy woodpecker, jays, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Breezy and hazy sky with filtered sunshine at lunch time. Gusty breezes early afternoon. Warm, breezy and mostly hazy mid-afternoon, high of 59 degrees. It was well above freezing, calmer and mostly hazy sky at dusk. Hazy or cloudy before midnight.

Saturday (Mar 6) overnight low of 24 degrees, this morning gray overcast and light breeze, average snow depth is 23 1/2″. Heard a raven calling, male and female hairy woodpeckers and a downy, juncos, jays, chickadees, nuthatches, a small flock of starlings and 2 pine squirrels visiting. Raining lightly and lowering clouds at lunch time, lasted around half an hour. Small flock of starlings showed up. Gray overcast and a little breezy mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. Overcast, above freezing and misting before dusk. Occasional flake of snow late evening. Scant trace of graupel fell later. Looked cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Mar 7) overnight low of 20 degrees, measured 0.02″ of rain from yesterday and an average of 23″ snow on the ground, mostly cloudy sky this morning. Male and female hairy and male and female downy woodpeckers, jays, juncos, chickadees, nuthatches, starlings and a pine squirrel visiting. Gun shot around 1015am. Mostly cloudy and breezy after lunch time. Gray overcast, chilly breezes and above freezing mid-afternoon, high of 42 degrees. A little snow fell (and melted) before sunset. Light snow after dark.
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Idaho News:

Avalanches block road to Stibnite

Perpetua: Closure does not affect mine operations

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 4, 2021

A series of avalanches last week near Yellow Pine indefinitely blocked the road to the site of a mine proposed by Perpetua Resources, the company formerly known as Midas Gold.

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Perpetua Resources Field Operations Supervisor Layne Mouritsen stands on the Stibnite Road near Yellow Pine that was covered last week by avalanche shown behind him.

The slides on the Stibnite Road were the second time in two years that avalanches had blocked the only access to the Stibnite area.

Warm temperatures and rain triggered the avalanches on Feb. 23, leaving debris strewn along 1,500 feet of roadway and up to 30 feet deep across the road, said Mckinsey Lyon, a spokesperson for Perpetua.

On Monday, Valley County commissioners decided to wait for the snow piles to melt instead of using crews to clear the road to the proposed gold and antimony mine.

“First of all, I don’t think it’s done snowing,” Commission Chair Elt Hasbrouck said. “I think we should give it some time and let it melt down.”

Nobody was hurt in the slides, but one employee was temporarily stranded at Stibnite, the historic mining district 40 miles east of McCall that Perpetua is seeking permits to mine, Lyon said.

“Our staff has created a footpath over and around the debris and drives from Yellow Pine, hikes over the slide and then meets snowmobiles on the other side to get to the site,” she said.

There is no timeline for when the road may be cleared, but the company’s permitting and monitoring work at the site will not be affected, she said.

Clean-up of historic mining waste at Stibnite scheduled to begin this summer under a recent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could be delayed if the road is not cleared, Lyon said.

“We will work with state and federal agencies to get the road clear as soon as feasible,” she said.

Last week’s slides were not as large and did not carry as many uprooted trees and downed logs as slides in April 2019 that blocked the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.

“Water is moving through and beneath the obstruction, so at the moment there is limited risk to losing the road,” Lyon said.

Emergency Money

County commissioners also approved an emergency declaration on Monday that frees up state money to repair Stibnite Road if it is damaged by the slides.

The 2019 avalanches caused about $700,000 in damage to the road, which took about six months to rebuild after being washed out by the East Fork, Valley County Road Superintendent Jeff McFadden said.

The county paid about $26,000 for that work using money budgeted for other county road needs like chip sealing or patching, Hasbrouck said.

Federal and state emergency funds paid for $674,000 of the damages in 2019, but Commissioner Sherry Maupin said funding is not guaranteed.

Perpetua pays for routine maintenance on Stibnite Road, like snow plowing, under an agreement with the county, but the county is responsible for major maintenance work.

Maupin questioned whether the county should have any funding responsibility for Stibnite Road since the roads department is already facing a funding shortage.

“We don’t have enough funds to fix the valley roads, so anything in excess of standard maintenance has no funding source,” she said.

Perpetua also assisted with cleaning up the 2019 slides and will offer to help clean up this year’s slides as well, Lyon said.

Perpetua has spent about $800,000 maintaining Stibnite Road and Johnson Creek Road, which Lyon noted benefits Yellow Pine residents and recreationists.

Perpetua’s routine year-round maintenance efforts also free up county crews and equipment to work on more heavily traveled county roads in the valley, she said.

In 2014, there were 22 avalanches along the South Fork Salmon River from Yellow Pine to Stibnite.

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240 new Idaho COVID-19 cases

March 5, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 240 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 172,827.

There are a total of 140,013 confirmed cases and 32,814 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 271,684 people have received the vaccine, and 421,337 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 15 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,179 and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,245. …

Zero new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,876.

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Idaho Hospitalizations March 1, 2021


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New COVID-19 cases in Valley County down to two in week

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 4, 2021

The number of new positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County rose by only two during the last week, health officials said.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer totaled 715 by Tuesday, up two cases from 713 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 613 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer, up one case from 612 cases a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 102 total positive cases through Monday, or one more than the 101 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 629 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is four more than the 625 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.

Four confirmed deaths and one probable death of Valley County residents related to COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health.

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2,731 First Doses

By Tom Grote for The Star-News March 4, 2021

A total of 2,731 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 1,411 people had received the required second dose from Valley County’s two hospitals by Wednesday, the hospitals reported.

St. Luke’s McCall had given 1,516 of the first doses as of Tuesday and 817 of the second doses of the vaccine. This week 367 appointments are scheduled for first and second doses.

St. Luke’s McCall has added a fourth day to its weekly clinics. First doses will be given on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while second doses will be given on Saturdays,

Cascade Medical Center had given out 1,215 first doses by Wednesday while 594 people had received the second dose.

Four clinics have been scheduled at the Cascade American Legion Hall through April 29, where a total of 1,200 first doses and 1,200 second doses are scheduled to be given.

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McCall puts back mandatory mask order

Health district board had lifted ban Feb. 19

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News March 4, 2021

The McCall City Council last Thursday reimposed an order requiring face masks in public in the city to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The action came a week after the Central District Health board lifted a mandatory mask order that was in place for all of Valley County since last August.

The city order carries a $100 fine for not wearing a mask in public places, except for people who can prove a valid medical exemption.

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Idaho 55 project at Smiths Ferry to resume Monday

By Max Silverson for The Star-News March 4, 2021

Traffic delays will return to Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry on Monday with four-hour closures starting on March 15 as a roadway improvement project starts up again.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2022, will widen shoulders, minimize curves in the road and install guardrails on about one mile of road between Smiths Ferry and Rainbow Bridge.

Work on the project paused for the winter in November. Preliminary work to clear the site of snow will cause daytime delays of about 15 minutes through March 12.

Construction is scheduled to resume on March 15 with full, two-lane closures every Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The road, and the adjacent stretch of the North Fork Payette River, will be closed completely while crews conduct blasting and hillside demolition.

The schedule will continue until June, when one-way alternating traffic would replace the four-hour closures.

For more information, visit (link)

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Used with permission.)
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ITD reminds people to get their Star Card, deadline is October 1

By Katie Kloppenburg Mar 04, 2021 KIVI

The deadline for Idahoans to get the Star Card, Idaho’s REAL ID, is now seven months away. Starting October 1, people will need a Star Card. U.S. passport, military ID or another form of REAL ID to board a commercial flight or enter a federal facility.

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says 465,563 of 1.25 million licensed drivers in Idaho have a Star Card. Two years ago, only 70,000 people in Idaho had a Star Card.

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Idaho could increase snowmobile fees

March 3, 2021 Local News 8

A House bill is now in the Senate which could increase the current snowmobile certificate fee.

If passed, the fee for Idaho residents would increase by 7.4%, and it would increase by 92% for non-residents.

Validation stickers on rented snowmobiles would increase to nearly $66 for everyone.

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Public Lands:

Seedlings available for reforestation and habitat improvement

Boise, Idaho, March 3, 2021 — Landowners who need trees and shrubs to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance forests on their property are encouraged to come to the Boise National Forest Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale.

The surplus seedling sale will begin Saturday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seedlings will not be available on Sunday. The seedling sale will continue through the end of April, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The price is $30.00 for 50 seedlings. The minimum quantity that can be purchased is 50 seedlings of each species. A bundle of 50 seedlings will easily fit into a standard grocery bag. First come-first served, no presales.

Due to COVID considerations this years’ sale will be conducted differently than previous years.

All sales Saturday, April 3, will be drive up. CASH or CHECK only. In accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce, visitors are asked to please wear a mask.

This year limited quantities of big sagebrush and ponderosa pine seedlings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sagebrush is highly desirable for improving big game habitat in the Foothills. In forested areas, ponderosa pine is typically found on drier sites.

Each year, the Lucky Peak Nursery produces over three million one and two-year old trees and shrubs. These seedlings are used for public land reforestation activities in the intermountain west disturbed by wildfire, timber sales, or other events. When the Nursery has produced more seedlings than is customers need, that surplus becomes available to rural landowners for conservation plantings.

The seedlings are best suited for landowners with property in rural areas. They are not intended for homeowners in urban areas to plant in their backyards. Landowners who purchase the one-year old trees can expect many of them to grow and thrive if planted correctly. Written planting instructions and technical assistance will be available.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is located 16 miles northeast of Boise on State Highway 21. For more information about the annual seedling sale, call 208-343-1977. Lucky Peak Nursery, 15169 E Highway 21, Boise, ID 83716.

Linda Steinhaus
Public Affairs Specialist
R4, Boise National Forest
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Comment Period on the Rapid River Travel Management Project’s Environmental Assessment – Virtual Public Meetings Scheduled

New Meadows, Idaho, March 5, 2021 – The New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest invites comments on an environmental assessment for the Rapid River Travel Management Project. New Meadows District Ranger Erin Phelps and her staff value public comment to help inform Forest Service officials in their development of the project.

“We had a great level of public response during the initial scoping for the project last fall,” said Phelps. “We listened and incorporated that input into our alternative development, project design, and analysis. Now we’re really looking forward to this next step of public involvement to help ensure we have the full picture to help inform the decision-making process.”

The assessment and information on how to submit comments are available online at the project’s webpage at (link). Comments will be accepted for thirty days from the publication of the legal notice in the McCall Star-News. A copy of the legal notice will be available at the project’s webpage.

The district will host virtual public meetings to provide an overview of the project and answer question:

* March 11 from 12 to 2:30 (link), or by telephone at 669-254-5252, passcode 1604948076#; and

* March 18 from 5 to 6:30 (link), or by telephone at 669-254-5252, passcode 1603804972#

Additionally, the district has developed a story map of the project (link). The story map provides an interactive opportunity to learn about the project and the proposed action and alternatives.

The district proposes the project to review the designated use of sections of National Forest System trails 177, 183, 184, 187, 188, and 362 within and adjacent to the Rapid River Wild River corridor to align with existing regulations, and to update the forest’s motor vehicle use map (MVUM) accordingly. The trails under consideration are located approximately fifteen miles northwest of New Meadows, Idaho, within Adams County.

“I really appreciate the interest and involvement of so many varied interest groups and individuals,” said Phelps. “Rapid River is a deeply-loved place, and the only way to successfully move through this project will be to continue the fair, engaging, and respectful dialogue.”

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
Payette National Forest
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USDA Forest Service Chief Announces New Regional Forester for Intermountain Region

Ogden, UT, March 4, 2021 – USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen today announced the appointment of Mary Farnsworth as Regional Forester for the agency’s Intermountain Region, located in Ogden, Utah. As regional forester, Farnsworth will oversee management of more than 32 million acres of national forests and grasslands, across six states with over 3,500 permanent and seasonal employees.

Farnsworth will build on the progress made last year enhancing shared stewardship opportunities; emphasizing, strengthening and strategically planning future program delivery of recreation and range programs; and increasing the Region’s ability to treat priority landscapes to reduce the risk of wildfire. Farnsworth will also support national priorities such as containing the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring racial justice and equity, rebuilding the rural economy, and addressing the impacts of climate change.

“Mary’s ability to build effective and enduring partnerships will ensure the continued delivery of healthy, working forests for the Intermountain Region,” said Chief Christiansen. “The strong relationships she has formed while working with our state and local partners and diverse stakeholders make her a great choice to lead the Region.”

Farnsworth is currently serving as the acting regional forester for the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region. Previously, she held the position of deputy regional forester for the Region. Farnsworth has dedicated more than 30 years to the agency, beginning her career on the Umatilla National Forest in 1987. She has held a variety of leadership positions across the agency including in the agency national headquarters in Washington, D.C., California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Farnsworth has a degree in forest management from Humboldt State University.

Farnsworth is taking over the position left vacant in April 2020, when Nora Rasure retired after serving six years as the regional forester for the Intermountain Region. In the interim, Frank Beum acted as the acting regional forester and recently returned to his role as the deputy regional forester for the Forest Service’s Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Bureau of Land Management, Owyhee County remind people to enjoy public lands safely

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Owyhee County Search and Rescue (SAR) want to remind the public that while enjoying the tremendous recreational opportunities in southwest Idaho, to please do so safely and responsibly.

“There are year-round recreational opportunities on BLM-managed public lands in Owyhee County in addition to the many other uses, such as grazing,” said BLM Boise District Manager Tanya Thrift. “These lands are often remote, and we ask visitors to please take precautions to avoid hazardous situations and come prepared in case of an emergency.”

There have been a high number of Emergency Medical Services and SAR responses to incidents on public lands within Owyhee County that could have been prevented with a little preparation and adherence to basic safety principles.

• Always let someone know where you are going and what time you will return.
• Cellphone service is very limited, especially outside of highway corridors.
• Be prepared for emergencies by taking along extra water, food and clothing.
• Stay on designated roads and trails; it is unlawful to travel cross-country with motorized vehicles in Owyhee County.
• Carry a spare tire and know how to change a flat one.
• Unpaved roads should be avoided during inclement weather, and most require high- clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles even in dry conditions.
• Adhere to closure times for recreation sites such as Jump Creek (April 1 to Oct. 1 is 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Oct. 2 to March 30 is 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.). Violators will be ticketed.
• Be aware that the BLM manages public lands for multiple uses, including grazing, mining, logging and a wide variety of recreation. Please be respectful of other users.

“Always know where you are going. The biggest problem we have is when somebody in distress calls the sheriff’s office, but has no idea where they are at,” said Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Kenny Hoagland. “If lost, stuck, disabled or in an emergency, do not call a friend to relay the information to us, call 911. That way we can get a GPS location from your phone call.”

“It’s also important to check the weather,” said Hoagland. “Most rainstorms turn our dirt roads muddy, slick and impassable even with four-wheel drive. Please stay on established roads. Not only can you get stuck, you tear up the land that takes years to recover, if ever.”

When called upon, first responders and volunteer SAR personnel take time away from their families and jobs to provide emergency services after dark, on weekends and in extreme weather conditions. Often, these personnel experience the same hazards that contributed to the emergency. Response times, especially in remote areas, can take several hours.

“We welcome visitors to come down and enjoy the public lands in Owyhee County,” said Hoagland. “Just please be safe and considerate of others sharing the land with you.”
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Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on National Guard training expansion

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Guard Bureau have announced they are seeking public scoping comments on a proposal by the Idaho Army National Guard to expand military training onto about 20 square miles of public land west of Mountain Home and adjacent to the existing Orchard Combat Training Center.

The proposal’s purpose is to meet Department of Defense training requirements, ensure troop combat readiness and offset loss of training areas due to increases in native shrublands within the Orchard Combat Training Center. Portions of this proposed area are managed by the BLM, including the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

The Simco Training Area Environmental Assessment will analyze possible impacts from proposed heavy maneuver training between March and November, construction and maintenance of 12.7 miles of dirt roadways, infrastructure development and engineering practice areas. The proposal does not include live fire exercises.

“The BLM and Idaho Army National Guard have a history of collaborative management of the adjacent Orchard Combat Training Center,” said Amanda Hoffman, Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area manager. “This scoping period provides the public an opportunity to identify issues the BLM will consider as we develop our analysis of the proposal.”

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

This public scoping period will run from March 5 to April 5, 2021. Comments will be accepted through the following means:
Email: BLM_ID_FourRiversOffice@blm.gov
Fax: 208-384-3326
Surface mail: BLM Four Rivers Field Office, 3948 Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705

The BLM and Idaho Army National Guard will host two virtual public scoping meetings jointly via Zoom on March 17, the first at 2-3 p.m. and the second at 6-7 p.m. Meetings will include a presentation of the project proposal with an opportunity for the public to submit questions to specialists. Preregistration is required before receiving the virtual meeting links and can be found at (link).

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

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

For more information, contact the BLM Four Rivers Field Office at 208-384-3300.
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Critter News:

ISP warns of elk herd causing crashes near Pocatello

The herd of about 100 elk crossed Interstate 15, causing multiple collisions.

March 1, 2021 KTVB

Idaho State Police is warning all drivers to slow down and keep a sharp eye out for elk near Pocatello.

A large herd, numbering about 100 elk, has been spotted along Interstate 15 north of town, and has already caused multiple crashes.

Several of the elk were hit as they crossed the interstate between Pocatello and Fort Hall.

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Idaho officials ask for bird feeder removals amid outbreak

By Associated Press March 1, 2021

Idaho fish and wildlife officials are recommending that residents take down their backyard bird feeders or clean them frequently amid a salmonella outbreak that has infected songbirds across the western U.S.

The outbreak has been reported along the west coast and as far inland as Idaho, the Lewiston Tribune reported Friday.

“I got a call from a citizen in Grangeville and another in Kamiah saying they had birds behaving strangely and matching the symptoms of salmonellosis,” said Joel Sauder, a nongame biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston.

Those potential symptoms include wild birds behaving tamely, displaying lethargy, puffing up their feathers and not flying away when approached, the newspaper reported. Birds that are displaying these behaviors are typically well into the bacterial illness, which is usually fatal.

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Idaho officials find invasive mussels in aquarium products

By Meredith Spelbring Mar 05, 2021 KIVI

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture announced invasive mussels were found on aquarium items sold in the state.

The ISDA Invasive Species Program found live invasive zebra mussels in Marimo moss balls, a product commonly sold for use in aquariums, according to ISDA.

The ISDA is working with local Petco stores to get any additional product that is currently in transit. The agency’s response is part of a coordinated, nationwide effort to remove the impacted products from stores and advise on how to dispose of the products, according to a news release from ISDA.

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Letter to Share:

The Gamebird Foundation

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12 and 16 ounce. Outstanding wildlife mugs.

Hi all, take a look below at The Gamebird Foundation cups. Small one is 12 ounce and the large one is 16 ounce. These mugs are done for us by Andy Sewell, he is one of the best wildlife artist in the country. The prints are from Andy’s own original drawings. He does the cups himself, it is quite a process. We are working to figure a place for the logo of the foundation on the cup. Right now it is the large cup I think? Either cup will sell for the same price. Donation of $20.00 or more per each. If you want them mailed, you will have to pay postage, as we have to buy special boxes to ship. These are some of the most outstanding wildlife cups I have ever seen and I have done a lot of National Wildlife Banquets. You can go to our web page and order (LINK) or email me at jhagedorn611 @ gmail.com or call me at 208-883-3423. We have many members and board members that you can give an order to. We will also have coasters very soon that I will have pictures off. The money we raise from the products we take donations for only goes to buy baby chick feed for the baby pheasant and red-leg chicks we raise and release. We are a 501c3 non-profit corp.

Please pass along to your other wildlife friends. This are special collectable items. Stay posted for other good stuff.

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

Fish and Game seeks comments about several proposed rule changes

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Idaho Fish and Game is launching a negotiated rulemaking process and wants to hear from the public about four dockets of proposed rule changes. The comment period opened on March 3. To view the negotiated rulemaking notices, visit (link)

People can view and comment on each of the rulemaking proposals by visiting Fish and Game’s public comment page, or by following the respective links below. The deadline for comments for each is indicated under each individual proposal.

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Moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and rules booklet available online now

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Monday, March 1, 2021

Hunters will be able to pick up a print copy by late-March

Idaho’s 2021-22 moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons and rules booklet is now available online, and should be hitting the shelves at regional offices and license vendors in mid to late-March.

The booklet can be viewed online at (link)

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Wildlife Express Newsletter & Educational Activities

Feb 2021 link:
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Southern Idaho residents encouraged to temporarily remove bird feeders due to a suspected outbreak of salmonellosis

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, March 2, 2021


Sarah Harris
A female American goldfinch showing signs of salmonellosis in the Twin Falls area.

Salmonellosis, a fatal disease in birds, is suspected to have been found in southern Idaho birds that frequent area bird feeders.

After reports of sick and dying birds began to reach biologists in northern Idaho, it appears that salmonellosis, also commonly known as salmonella, might have been detected in southern Idaho. Salmonellosis is a common and generally fatal bird disease.

Wild birds that frequent feeders in the winter can be especially susceptible to outbreaks due to the large numbers of birds coming to the feeders.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff

Ferdinand the house duck brings joy to Boise family

Maggie O’Mara March 4, 2021 KTVB

A Boise woman may have the only “house duck” in town. Hailey Schisel says at first she considered getting chickens, but it turns out a fluffy baby duck was more her speed.

“I took him home, and just kind of went from there – it was a crash course taking care of a duck inside,” she said.

That’s right: The duck, who she named Ferdinand, is a regular part of the family, getting so comfortable inside the house as a duckling that Schisel says she needed to train him on how to be outside.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Feb 28, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 28, 2021 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
Feb 19 – Valley County Mask Advisory
Feb 28 – 2pm Fest Planning Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
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Local Events:

School Bond Ballots

A quick thinking local noticed that return postage was not included with the school bond ballots and contacted the county. The county has since made arrangements with the Yellow Pine Post Office to process the ballots without postage and be reimbursed later since we are a “vote by mail precinct.”
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Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
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Village News:

Avalanche Closes Road to Stibnite

The morning of Feb 23rd, we received a message there are slides on the road to Stibnite. “These slides start below Tamarack creek then up around the corner where the 2019 slides were.” They will keep us posted. Please don’t attempt to go up there to look and get in the way.
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Another Snowy Week in YP

Yellow Pine has received snow every day of the week, adding up to over 9″ of new snow. Saturday morning we had an average of 31″ of snow on the ground on the open flat down by the school. We received a total of 35.8″ of new snow for the month of February. We have received a total of 90″ of snow so far this winter.

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YP Weather Station Feb 27th

Check the Weather Page for snow totals for other months and years.
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From Gov Brad Little Feb 19th

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The Village of Yellow Pine sends a big Thank You to Cascade Medical Center.
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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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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

The dump (and road) were plowed on Saturday, Feb 27th.

20190429Dump2-bYellow Pine Transfer Station (aka, 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.

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 Your Water Before Using
Boil Water Order issued April 17, 2020.
Link: to Notice

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
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VYPA News:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September (June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11) at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.

Village Council members:
Deb Filler, Chairman
Matt Huber, Vice Chairman
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Secretary
Ron Noel, Member at Large

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)

Festival
Anyone interested in being a part of the Festival Planning/Working committee, please contact Deb Filler. Meetings will begin at the end of January. Even if you aren’t physically in YP, you can participate in the committee.
Next Festival Planning Meeting Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
2021 Planning Notes Link:
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival Policy and Procedure 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 keep your chimney clean. Cleaning brushes can be borrowed from the YPFD.

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, “Rake It and Take It” 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
Tim Rogers – 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
New owner, plans to 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:

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 (Feb 22) the 24 hour high of 33 degrees was this morning and the low of 23 degrees was from Sunday morning. Measured a fat 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.04″) and 27″ of snow on the ground, sky is overcast. Looks like every fox in the valley was partying in our yard last night, lots of tracks. Hairy woodpecker, red-winged blackbird, jays, chickadees, nuthatches and the pine squirrel visiting. Cloudy at lunch time, high of 40 degrees. Gusty breezes early afternoon. Lower clouds, gusty breezes and misty sprinkles mid-afternoon. Calmer and cloudy at dusk. Gusty breezes after dark. Rain then rain/snow mix ending before midnight. More rain and snow after midnight.

Tuesday (Feb 23) overnight low of 21 degrees, measured 1/2″ new snow (rain+snow=0.24″) measured 25-27″ snow on the ground (average 26″.) Gusty breezes this morning, big patch of blue sky to the south and black clouds to the north. Jays, nuthatches, chickadees and the pine squirrel visiting. Mostly cloudy and breezy at lunch time, high of 34 degrees. Low clouds, foggy, light breeze and fine light snow falling early afternoon. Flaking or lightly snowing during the rest of the afternoon, alternating between mostly cloudy and socked in with variable breezes. Breaks in the clouds and fat moon to the east at dusk. Hazy sky and filtered moonlight before midnight. Snowed before morning.

Wednesday (Feb 24) overnight low of 20 degrees, measured a fat 2 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.14″) and 27-29″ snow on the ground (average 28″.) Jays, red-winged blackbird, a white-breasted and several red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees and the pine squirrel visiting. A few flakes of snow falling from mostly cloudy skies for a little while before lunch time. Internet went wonky around 1140am, back on by 1215pm. Mail truck was a little late today. Breaks in the clouds early afternoon and icicles dripping, high of 38 degrees. The internet blipped out and back at 235pm. Partly cloudy and just above freezing mid-afternoon, beautiful blue sky over VanMeter hill. A report of 10 red-winged blackbirds in a flock up here. Sunset was pretty close to 6pm. Almost clear sky and temperature dropping at dusk. Cold and breezy late evening. Clear and cold before midnight, bright waxing moon high in the sky. Cold night.

Thursday (Feb 25) overnight low of -4 degrees, no measurable new snow and an average of 27″ on the ground, overcast sky and cold breezes. Jays, female hairy woodpecker, male red-winged blackbird, dark-eyed junco, red-breasted nuthatches, chickadees and pine squirrel visiting. Socked in and started snowing at lunch time, high of 27 degrees. Gusty winds, still socked in and snowing early afternoon. Below freezing, calmer but still socked in and snowing mid-afternoon, less then 1/2″ so far. Still snowing at dusk and calmer. Snowing pretty good before midnight. Looks like it snowed all night.

Friday (Feb 26) 24 hour low of 10 degrees from Thurs morning, measured 3 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.15″) and an average of 30″ on the ground, sky overcast – foggy ridges, steady light snow falling and breezy. Jays, red-winged blackbird, dark-eyed juncos, red-breasted nuthatches, mountain chickadees, hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel visiting. Light snowfall at lunch time, breezy and overcast, high of 32 degrees. Break in the snow early afternoon for about an hour, then lowering clouds, chilly breezes and light snow mid-afternoon. Two pine squirrels yelling at each other near the golf course. Break in the snow late afternoon and thin spots in the clouds. Cold, cloudy and not snowing at dusk. Snowing lightly after dark, thinner clouds and filtered moonlight. Still snowing lightly at midnight. Snowed most of the night, ending around 630am.

Saturday (Feb 27) overnight low of 15 degrees, patches of clear sky early then mostly cloudy. Measured a fat 2 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.16″) and an average of 31″ on the ground. Blackbird, jays and chickadees calling, also nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel visiting. Snowing lightly at noon, lasted about half an hour then partly clear, high of 35 degrees. Short little flurry around 1pm then partly sunny. Partly cloudy, below freezing and gusty breezes mid-afternoon. Calmer, mostly cloudy and cold at dusk. Partly clear before midnight and down to single digits, bright full moon peeking out from a large gap in the clouds.

Sunday (Feb 28) overnight low of -4 degrees, a trace of new snow and an average of 29″ snow on the ground, the sky was overcast this morning. Very vocal pine squirrel, hairy woodpecker, jays, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Overcast at lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Overcast and just below freezing mid-afternoon. Overcast and quiet at dusk, did not see the sun all day.
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RIP:

Tasha

Tasha was abandoned in Yellow Pine by her previous owner. Rescued and given a new home by John and Andi and taken to McCall in September of 2020 for the remaining months of her life. “She loved to catch popcorn, walk in tall weeds, and go visit a nearby cat playground dumpster, we called Kitty City. She brought us so much happiness.” She passed away Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021.
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Idaho News:

312 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths

Feb 26, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 312 new COVID-19 cases and 9 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 170,907.

There are a total of 138,652 confirmed cases and 32,255 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. …

The state said 233,241 people have received the vaccine, and 346,393 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 8 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 7,065 and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,229.

There are 10,321 asymptomatic reported cases and 9,558 cases among health care workers.

9 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,859.

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New COVID-19 cases in Valley County rise by 10 in week

Hospitals give 2,325 first doses of vaccines

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 25, 2021

The number of new positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County rebounded slightly after declining the previous four weeks, health officials said.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer totaled 713 by Tuesday, up 10 cases from 703 a week ago, health officials said.

That compared to a total of four new cases reported week, 17 new cases two weeks ago, 28 new cases three weeks ago and 24 new cases four weeks ago.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 612 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer, up nine cases from 603 cases a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 101 total positive cases through Monday, or one more than the 100 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 625 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is seven more than the 618 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.

Four confirmed deaths and one probable death of Valley County residents related to COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health.

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2,325 Vaccinations

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 25, 2021

A total of 2,325 people had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Valley County’s two hospitals by Tuesday, the hospitals reported.

St. Luke’s McCall had given 1,270 of the first doses as of Tuesday and 581 of the required second doses of the vaccine.

St. Luke’s McCall continues to schedule vaccine appointments three days a week. This week 368 appointments are scheduled for first and second doses, an increase of 97 appointments over the previous week.

Cascade Medical Center had given out 1,055 first doses by Monday while 154 people had received the second dose.

Five clinics have been scheduled at the Cascade American Legion Hall through April 29, where a total of 1,360 first doses and 1,640 second doses are scheduled to be given.

… To request a vaccination from Cascade Medical Center, go to (link) or call 208-382-4285.

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Health board lifts Valley County mask order

Action comes after decline in new COVID-19 cases

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Feb 25, 2021

The mandatory mask order for Valley County was lifted by the Central District Health board on Friday.

The mandatory mask order that had been in place since last August was replaced by a health advisory that strongly encourages people to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The order was lifted because of a steady decline in cases and reduced strain on hospitals across the district, health district Director Russ Duke said.

In Valley County, the number of new cases reported by St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center dropped to four during the previous week.

That is down from 48 new cases reported a month prior, but 10 new cases were reported in the past week.

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McCall City Council approves new mask mandate

The move comes after the Central District Health Board last week voted to lift public health orders for Ada and Valley counties.

February 25, 2021 KTVB

The McCall City Council on Thursday passed a new mask mandate with the “intention to protect its tourism-based community” from COVID-19.

The mandate goes into effect immediately and will remain in place for 45 days.

The move comes after the Central District Health Board last week voted to lift public health orders for Ada and Valley counties and implement public health advisories for the two counties.

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March 9 bond would roll over previous bond, lower cost

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Feb 25, 2021

McCall-Donnelly School District voters will be asked on March 9 to approve a $33 million bond to expand Donnelly Elementary School and Payette Lakes Middle School as well as refinance existing debt.

The vote requires a two-thirds majority to pass, or one more than 66.6% in favor.

The largest share of the bond, about $22.5 million, would be spent on the school renovations. About $10.7 million of the levy would refinance the district’s outstanding bond.

The outstanding bond is from a 2012 refinancing of a 2006 bond. The 2006 bond, which was for $28.6 million, was used to build Barbara R. Morgan Elementary School, expand Donnelly Elementary and remodel McCall-Donnelly High School.

Refinancing will allow the district to borrow at an interest rate of 1.65%, compared to the 2012 rate of 3.29%, for a savings of about $51,000 over the course of the loan.

The annual total cost to taxpayers would decrease from $53 per $100,000 in taxable value to $51. The bond would be paid off in 2038.

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ITD continuing work on Highway 55 Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge

By Meredith Spelbring Feb 26, 2021 KIVI


Photo by: ITD

Idaho Transportation Department is sharing new details about plans to improve Highway 55.

That work between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge is expected to start March 8. Drivers can plan for daytime work with a 15-minute delay through March 12. Spring construction starts March 15 with full road closures during the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

“The important thing to note is that this is all weather dependent,” said Vincent Trimboli, ITD spokesperson. “If we get a major storm that comes through we’ll probably shut it down, it’ll go back to one lane and we won’t have closures.”

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Boise man killed in rollover crash near Horseshoe Bend

Police say Everett Fowler died after his Ford pickup went off the highway and rolled. He was ejected from the truck.

A Boise man was killed in a rollover crash near Horseshoe Bend Friday afternoon.

Idaho State Police say shortly after noon, 69-year-old Everett Fowler was northbound on State Highway 55 when his Ford F-350 pickup crashed.

Investigators say Fowler failed to negotiate a curve while descending a grade, the truck went off the right shoulder and rolled. The crash happened at milepost 59.

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Earthquake reported west of Stanley

Feb 22, 2021 Local News 8


USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 3.5 magnitude earthquake was registered at around 3:40 p.m. about 12 kilometers west of Stanley, Idaho.

The quake was fairly deep, at an estimated 8 kilometers.

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Mining News:

Thunder Mountain Gold Reports Significant Drill Intercepts in the Texas Zone at its High-Grade Polymetallic South Mountain Project

22 February 2021 Thunder Mountain Gold Inc.

Boise, Idaho and Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 22, 2021 (Globe Newswire) — Thunder Mountain Gold, Inc. is pleased to report on the latest analytical results from its Phase 2 underground diamond drilling program at the high-grade South Mountain Zinc-Silver-Gold-Copper Project (“South Mountain” or “South Mountain Project” or the “Property”) in southwestern Idaho, U.S.A. The Company`s 2020 drill results demonstrate that South Mountain’s Texas Zone contains both high-grade Copper-Silver and Zinc-Silver-Gold mineralization (See Tables 1 and 2). The Company’s core drilling program intersected mineralization at depths beyond any historical drilling of the Texas Zone and the deposit remains open to depth (See Figure 1). Further drilling results will be reported when received from the laboratories.

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Public Lands:

Lake Cascade park reports 30% rise in campers

Ponderosa park notes 10% drop during 2020

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Feb 25, 2021

Ponderosa State Park reported a 10% decrease in campers in 2020, while Lake Cascade State Park reported a 29% increase in overnight camping visitors, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation reported.

Lake Cascade park reported a 13% decrease in day-use visitors in 2020. A count of day-use visitors for Ponderosa park was not available because the park traffic counter did not operate properly, park manager Matt Linde said.

Camping numbers were down in Ponderosa because the park closed one of the camping loops the day after Labor Day to make repairs and improvements, Linde said.

Despite the curtailed season, the park hosted about 78,000 campers in 2020..

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Busy Season of Trails Work Planned for the McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts

McCall, Idaho, [February] 22, 2021 – The trails program on the Payette National Forest’s McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts have a busy 2021 field season planned. Priority projects include three bridge replacements which were funded in part by an Idaho Parks and Recreation grant and work under the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), in additional to annual maintenance of the trail system.

Bridges to be replaced include: the Alex Creek bridge on the Secesh River Trail near Chinook Campground; the Center Ridge Trail bridge which is accessed from Warren Wagon Road (about a half mile past the bridge completed in 2020); and, the second bridge on the Pete Creek Trail, accessed from the Three Mile Creek dispersed camping area.

Funds received from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) will allow for reroutes to be completed on the French Creek and Bear Pete Ridge trails, which were approved in the mid-2010s. GAOA funds are also planned to replace the Jenkins Crossing bridge, further north on the French Creek Trail. Completion of this project in 2021 will depend on contractor and material availability.

Other planned work includes deferred maintenance on several trails in the Rapid River drainage and a cooperative project with the Payette’s Heritage program to improve conditions on the Chinese Cemetery Trail outside of Warren.

Annual maintenance such as log out, brushing, drainage maintenance, and tread repair will continue across both Ranger Districts, much of it off Goose Creek Road, Warren Wagon Road, and Lick Creek Road.

McCall and New Meadows trails staff are also looking forward to working with their regular project partners this coming summer, including Montana Conservation Corps (MCC), Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC), Idaho Trails Association (ITA), Central Idaho Trail Riders Alliance (CITRA), Back Country Horsemen of Idaho (BCHI), and Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association (CIMBA). Last year alone, these partners assisted in the maintenance of over 300 miles of trails!

In addition to the projects described above, the Forest is seeking public input on two planned trail reroutes intended to improve public safety, user experience, and watershed condition in the Secesh Summit area.

* The Bear Pete Ridge Trail (#142) is a popular trail approximately 20 miles from McCall, Idaho, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, section 28, Boise Meridian. In 2013, the District approved work on a number of sections of this trail to bring it up to Forest Service standards; however, this section was not included in that original NEPA. Under this proposal, approximately 0.2 miles of heavily-eroded sections would be obliterated and replaced with 0.4 miles of new trail. This trail would reduce trail grade by constructing a switchback which would accommodate motorcycle use.

* The Willow Basket Trail (#141) is located in Township 22 North, Range 5 East, sections 32 & 33, Boise Meridian and provides access to the Loon Lake trail system. The current proposal is to relocate the trail which involves obliterating 0.3 miles of trail, removing dilapidated structures and constructing 0.7 miles of new trail. The segment of the Willow Basket Trail proposed for reroute travels through a flat meadow and contains six trail structures (bridges, puncheons, and turnpikes) which are in various stages of disrepair. The proposed realignment follows the toe of the slope and crosses two drainages in more confined locations where two small trail structures would be constructed.

More information about the trail reroute project and a comment form can be found at: (link). Comments are requested by March 30, 2021.

If you have questions about these projects, please contact Central Zone Recreation Manager Michael Beach at michael.beach@usda.gov or 208-315-5263 or Central Zone Trails Lead Adam Larson at adam.larson@usda.gov or 208-634-0419.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Payette National Forest
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Critter News:

Proposed legislation would reduce Idaho’s 1,500 wolves to 500

by Associated Press Tuesday, February 23rd 2021

Legislation allowing the use of snowmobiles, ATVs, powered parachutes and other methods to hunt and kill wolves year-round with no limits in most of Idaho has been introduced.

A House panel on Tuesday cleared the way for a public hearing on the proposed law backers say is needed because Idaho has too many wolves. Former Republican Sen. Jeff Siddoway, who is filling in for a senator who is out with COVID-19, says the plan is to reduce Idaho’s wolf population from about 1,500 to 500.

Wolves could be hunted year-round in the state with no limits in all but a rugged area of central Idaho.

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Three sheep guard dogs stolen from Emmett ranch, commission says

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, February 25th 2021 CBS2

The Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission says three sheep guard dogs were stolen from a ranch near Emmett.

The commission says the Gem County Sheriff’s Office has issued a felony warrant against a Washington man in connection with the incident. CBS2 has reached out to Gem County to confirm this information.

According to sheep rancher Harry Soulen, the young dogs were taken on Dec. 16 while they were with a herd of about 50 sheep along Hanna Road. The dogs were left with the sheep on purpose for them to bond with the sheep and guard them against predators.

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World Center for Birds of Prey starts campaign to expand

By Katie Kloppenburg Feb 23, 2021 KIVI

The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey has launched the public phase of a $3.2 million capital campaign to expand educational opportunities and exhibits at its interpretive center. The campaign, called HATCHED, has raised 84 percent of the funding needed for the project to break ground this summer.

A news release says the Center has seen a 48 percent growth over a four-year period, as well as a need to reinvest in aging infrastructure. Nearly a million guests and around 500,000 children have visited the Center since it opened.

The design will double the capacity to serve students and the public, create STEM learning opportunities and show how we can act on behalf of wildlife and crucial landscapes, according to the release.

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Fish & Game News:

Feb. 22: Upper Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Report

By Brent Beller, Fisheries Biologist 1
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Fish and Game began interviewing steelhead anglers along the upper Salmon River Feb. 19

Angler effort over the weekend was low, and the majority of interviews were obtained in location code 17 between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers. No interviews were obtained from downstream of the Middle Fork Salmon River in location code 14. Upstream of the Middle Fork in location code 15, interviewed anglers averaged 27 hours per steelhead caught. Upstream of North Fork in location code 16, interviewed anglers averaged 14 hours per steelhead caught, and upstream of the Lemhi River in location code 17, interviewed anglers averaged 63 hours per steelhead caught. No anglers interviewed upstream of the Pahsimeroi River in location code 18 reported catching a steelhead.

River conditions varied depending on location but were generally good. On Sunday, the river had cloudy visibility downstream of the Lemhi River and clear visibility upstream of the Lemhi River with river temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Currently the Salmon River is flowing at 1,040 cfs through the town of Salmon, which is 95 percent of average for today’s date.

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Southwest Idaho River Otter Season Closes

By Evin Oneale, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, February 25, 2021

By order of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the river otter trapping season in Idaho’s Southwest Region will close on February 26th due to the regional harvest quota of 20 otters being met on February 23rd.

River otters must be presented at a regional office to obtain the appropriate pelt tag within 72 hours of harvest. Any trapper who has already reached their personal quota of three otters, and/or checks any otters after March 1st, must surrender those otters at an IDFG office for a $10 reward.

For more information regarding the otter season closure in Southwest Idaho, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465 or the McCall office at 208-634-8137.

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Fish and Game offers three self-paced Project WILD courses for educators

Monday, February 22, 2021 – 3:05 PM MST

Idaho Fish and Game’s Project WILD program will not host in-person workshops until late summer or fall, but the program will offer three courses that are self-paced with a completion deadline of May 10.

Idaho Ecosystems with WET, WILD and PLT

This class is a “sampler platter” of three leading environmental education programs (Project WILD, Project WET and Project Learning Tree) explored through the lens of Idaho ecosystems. There are three synchronous meetings and the rest is on your own time.

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