2021 Year in Review
YP Winter 2020-2021 Census = 29 people
This was counting only residents that wintered in.
Yellow Pine General Store
Please welcome Josh Jones as the new owner of the Yellow Pine General Store.
Cougar in Yellow Pine
There has been a small cougar hanging out in the village for almost 2 weeks as of Sunday Dec 29th. Tracks up at the post office and also around residences near main street. Keep an eye on your pets.
photo provided by Nicki
Report of lots of wolf tracks by the Yellow Pine campground reported New Year’s Eve.
Wednesday’s Storm Jan 13
An overnight storm with rain and wind in the early hours of Wednesday gave Yellow Pine 1/2″ of rain on top of snow and frozen ground making paths and roads icy and dangerous. It was so bad that Ray Arnold had to turn around and go back to Cascade with our mail and supplies. Our power blipped off and back on at 112pm. The temperature dropped to 8 degrees by Thursday morning. Studded tires and/or chains are needed to drive up the hill to the post office. A report that the corner by The Corner is very treacherous. Boot cleats are necessary to walk around outside. Ray made it in on Thursday, reporting that the road is a “sheet of ice all the way in from Cascade.”
August 26, 2000 – December 30, 2020
Boise, Idaho – Davis was born on August 26, 2000 in Boise, Idaho. He is survived by his parents, John J. Mosqueda and Monica L. Mouw. Davis has 5 siblings, Adriana, John, Michael, Lillian, and Joseph. Davis fell in love with the outdoors at an early age while spending time in Yellow Pine, Idaho with his great-grandparent’s John and Barbra Davis, his name sake.
Diana Lynne Julian
August 23, 1952 – December 15, 2020
Diana Lynne Julian, 68, of Cascade, Idaho passed away on December 15, 2020. While her passing was unexpected, she fortunately did not suffer and was at peace.
The weather service issued a winter storm warning for Wednesday, but it kept snowing until early Saturday morning, giving us 13.5″ of new snow over 4 days. As of Sunday morning we have 20″ of snow on the flat down by the school house.
Webcam view of the village looking west on the afternoon of January 30th
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Happy Birthday John
John Hanson just turned 96 years old. John is a former teacher at the University of Yellow Pine and one of the founders of the Yellow Pine Country Club. The village of Yellow Pine sends Happy Birthday Greetings.
It takes a village to protect a village
On Monday, Feb 8th, 21 Yellow Piners received their first shot of the Moderna Vaccine at the Community Hall thanks to the Cascade Medical Center. This project started a couple of weeks in advance, with note from Tom Reinhardt, CEO of the CMC, requesting a survey of our wintering in population. We set about making phone calls and sending emails, asking folks, “Are you interested in getting the jab?” With help from local ladies, we found 20 willing villagers (plus 1 standby) and submitted the list to Cascade. They set the date for Feb 8th at noon. Preparations were made on our end, the Community Hall was warmed up, cookies and coffee provided, and cleaned up afterwards thanks to Deb, Rhonda and Ronda, Village Council Members. And our local snow plow operator went out Sunday to clear the South Fork and East Fork roads to make sure the medical folks had a safe trip in. By 1130am, both sides of main street were parked full of an assortment of winter vehicles waiting for the ambulance to arrive. A little after noon the locals (wearing masks) started filing inside the hall to read a helpful flyer about the vaccine and fill out paperwork, and then line up for the shots. Teri Coombs, RN, and Sam Jensen, Paramedic, administered the painless jabs. Then we all sat around (spaced well apart) to enjoy coffee and cookies while we waited the allotted time to make sure no one had a reaction. A bunch of very happy locals then headed for their homes a few at a time.
The Village of Yellow Pine wishes to send a great big Thank You to Cascade Medical Center and their hardworking personnel for taking care of us old farts in the back country.
Cascade Medic 3
Sam Jensen, Paramedic
Teri Coombs, RN
Weekend Snow Storms
The weather service put out winter storm advisories for 3 winter storms to hit our area. Storm #1 gave us 3″ new snow by Friday morning, storm #2 another 3″ new snow by Saturday morning plus another 1.25″ by Sunday morning and measured 24″ total snow on the ground. Storm #3 is due Sunday night into Monday with more snow. So far in February we have received 12″ of snowfall.
Snowy Week in Yellow Pine
We have received measurable snow every day this week. Monday 1.5″, Tuesday 5″, Wednesday 3.5″, Thursday .5″, Friday .8″, Saturday 2.8″ and Sunday .5″ for a total of 14.6″ new snow. The snow depth has varied from 24″ to 30″ this week. Sunday morning measured an average of 26.5″ on the ground. So far in February we have had 26.6″ of snow fall and average 22″ on the ground. Average high 36F and average low 14F.
Feb 16th University of Yellow Pine over the fence.
Internet and Phone Outage
On Thursday a report that folks were unable to call in from the outside – or out from the inside. Thank you to Marty for noticing and calling it in to MTE – the phones were working again by late afternoon. Friday evening, Feb 19, Yellow Pine internet and long distance went down. Saturday morning we also discovered that 911 was also down. We could call each other locally but could not call out to report the outage. However, Nate from MTE must have gotten the “bat signal” and managed to get our internet/phones working again by 1230pm Saturday. A report that it was ice and snow causing the outage. Yellow Pine owes Nate from MTE a big Thank You.
Midas Gold Announces Name Change to Perpetua Resources and Approved Nasdaq Listing
News Provided By Midas Gold Corp. Feb 16, 2021
New Name Reinforces Commitment to Idaho
Restoration of Legacy Mining District and Domestic Production of Critical Mineral Antimony
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.”
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.
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.
YP Weather Station Feb 27th
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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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.)
March 1, 2021 Van Meter Hill by Local Color Photography.
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.” -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.
Second Dose March 10
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.
photo captured from KTVB news story, probably courtesy Sam Jensen
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.
Some locals that had to go out met the ambulance en route at Goat Creek to receive their 2nd shot.
photos courtesy TN
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.
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.
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.
Hwy 55 March 21st Update
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.
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.
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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.
The project resumed April 2nd, expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm in the Smith’s Ferry area.
Apr 17 – Boil water order reissued
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.
About 1pm looking west:
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.
Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233
Opened April 16, 2021
Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300
New owner, plans to open this spring.
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.
Yellow Pine General Store
Laundry is open. Gas Available and rooms for rent.
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.
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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.
shared by GB
shared by TN
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.
Saturday night, May 1, at 1004pm the power blinked off, on, off and back on.
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.
Bald Hill Rx Burn
The Payette NF continues to reduce fuel near Yellow Pine. On Thursday, May 6th, they started on Units I and J in the Bald Hill project. A light haze of smoke was visible to the north east.
Rx burning was also done on the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Photo from Ray Lutz, May 6th around 1030pm between MP 12-18.
Cinco De Mayo
A power outage did not stop the fun on May 5th. Folks gathered for free Tacos at the Community Hall provided by the VYPA hall committee. Such a good time was had by all that no photos were submitted by press time.
Power went off at 104pm May 5th and came back on at 625pm. The Idaho Power recording said “150 customers” affected, but gave no cause.
The Community Hall Storage Shed project is complete!
After a six-month delay at the manufacturer, the shed was delivered on April 22nd.
A huge Thanks to both the Stibnite Foundation for funding and to YPAC Corp. for acting as our Fiscal Agent so we could get the grant.
photo provided by DF
John Albert Hanson
Feb 6, 1925 – March 19, 2021
John was a WWII veteran. He joined the navy in the late fall of 1942. He served in the Pacific on submarines. He was part of a special operation that is still classified today. After the war, he attended U.C. Berkley, graduating with a Masters degree in Education. He was a teacher and a principal during his career.
We first came to Yellow Pine in the summer of 1979 to visit Don and Dottie Millen and Carl Kitchen who we knew from teaching in the same school district in the past. In 1980 we learned from them that the teacher position in Yellow Pine would be open in the fall. John had just retired and we were looking for a new adventure. We decided to apply. We went to McCall for an interview in early August and were hired that day, much to our surprise. Thus began our life in Yellow Pine. We taught from the fall of 1980 through June of 1987. We taught in McCall the year of 1985-1986, as there were no students for school in Yellow Pine that year.
School days in Yellow Pine were always an adventure. As teachers and students together we were always busy learning, living and taking care of each other. As a group we camped, we hiked, we learned about our surrounds, we discovered, we sewed, we painted, we did woodcrafts, we skied, we cooked, we played baseball and basketball, we picked huckleberries, we did a Christmas play at the B&F Bar directed by Dale Johnson, we sang, we welcomed the National Geographic crew to Yellow Pine, we visited Lafe and Emma Cox at the ranch to see a Presidential Inauguration on TV. A first TV view for some. We learned to read the newspaper when we could get one. we consumed many books of all kinds, we learned games and puzzles. John and Don Millen and several students flew to McCall for a cross country ski race. We had a Christmas “Brazeer” as one student called it, where the students sold things they made so they could buy treats and things they wanted for school (like new balls, ski poles, and boots.) They wrote the University of Yellow Pine Cookbook, which was a big seller. Most all residents came to buy something. With the help of Harlow Struble and Dave McClintock and other community members the basketball court was poured. There was always something going on.
John loved the game of golf, so with the forest all around us, he decided to put in a few holes. He and neighbor Rick Boyd laid the original 9 holes with Rick throwing a baseball different directions through the forest. They drank a lot of beer, lost the baseball many times, and found it again over the time it took to establish those 9 holes. Over the years other community members and forest service became involved and supported the course including Bud Boyd who named all of the holes.
When Don Millen, Bud Boyd and John felt we needed to establish a fire district (to lower home insurance costs if you could get insurance at all,) we started golf tournaments to benefit the Fire Department. They were very popular. People came to Yellow Pine just to play golf. John was always buying clubs in thrift stores and leaving them at the store so anyone could go play a round anytime.
A relative of the Sumners (we were told) interviewed John for an article she wanted to write about the golf course. She submitted it to Golf Magazine. They printed the article in the August 2006 issue. The photographer they sent in made several errors in the captioned photos. 1) The teacherage house, where we first lived and is no longer there, was NOT a course club house and 2) John, who was 81 at the time was not the founder of Yellow Pine, but he was very proud of the course, community members and others who helped maintain it over the years. It always put a smile on his face when he saw or heard others enjoying a round of golf.
While we were active in the community for many many years, we tended to hang out at home and entertain family and friends, community members, and others from all over the United States and Canada.
John served on the Village Council many times, helped establish the Fire District, build the Fire Department building, served on the Fire District Board, the Water Board and was a Quick Responder Unit member.
As John got older it got harder for him to get around and do things that needed to be done. It was very frustrating for him. He had always been very active. He fished, hunted, snowmobiled and loved to ride the ATV. While gathering winter wood was a chore, it was one he enjoyed. He was always looking for a “good tree” as we drove in or out.
We closed the house in October 2019 and were not able to return until now.
He is survived by 4 children: Deborah, Eric, Barbara and Holly and their spouses; 8 grandchildren: Dawn, Jannelle, Joshua, John, Abby, Chloe, Rupert, Marcella and their spouses; 10 great-grandchildren: Kate, Brad, Gabriella, Alyssa, Bentley, Kayla, Elijah, Emma, Ender, and a newborn son of Marcella, myself and a very loyal English Black Lab – Shadow II – who owns him still.
Update May 14, 2021: Kerry and Dion from Idaho Rural Water were onsite yesterday along with Nicki and me for leak detection in the “downtown” Yellow Pine grid.
Utilizing their leak detection equipment, and Nicki’s knowledge of the distribution system, Kerry and Dion successfully located a number of leaks including a large leak at a fire hydrant. The fire hydrant was turned off and Tim, the fire chief, was notified that the hydrant is not operational.
Many small leaks were identified and marked, but of particular concern is the waterline that runs under the alley behind the hotel and all the way down to the community center. Numerous active leaks were located in that section. So many leaks exist along the alley that the best course of action is probably replacing the entire run of pipe.
Nicki followed up after the guys left and using her tablet and GPS program, accurately recorded the location of all the leaks identified. Now that a record of the leak locations exists, prioritization of the leaks and a plan to repair them can be developed.
Kerry and Dion were very thorough and helpful, and the work they completed will be beneficial to reducing demand on the system as a whole. Based on today’s daily system data, reported this morning by Nicki, it appears that daily demand was reduced by approximately 10,000 gallons as a result of yesterday’s work.
Regards, Warren Drake, Drake Diversified LLC
On May 13th Cecil, Tom and Ron fixed a leaking valve which resulted in saving 5000 gallons of water!
Update May 6, 2021: The Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Yellow Pine, Idaho intends to file an application with the USDA, Rural Development to obtain a drinking water system facility planning grant. If any additional information is needed please contact: Willie Sullivan, Treasurer Ypwater @ gmail.com
Preakness at the YP Tavern
On Saturday, May 15th, locals gathered at the Yellow Pine Tavern to watch Rombauer win the 146th running of the Preakness. A good time was had by all.
Plumbers Visit Yellow Pine
Keaton and Robert from Rocky Mountain Mechanical traveled to Yellow Pine from Emmett Monday evening, and spent the night in the motel rooms behind the General Store. Then Tuesday (May 18) morning bright and early they started the first of several plumbing projects for locals. These guys are fast, efficient, clean and courteous professionals. We are lucky they are willing to travel to our remote location.
Memorial Weekend Events
May 29, 2021 – Yellow Pine Escapade – ATV/UTV Rally at 10am
Join us on May 29th for another rally game. This year’s Rally game is – Letter Tiles! Participants ride their vehicles in the 70 miles of identified area to participate in the game. The timeframe of this event is from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Participants begin and end the event at the Yellow Pine Community Hall.
Yellow Pine Tavern
Had a great turnout for our Memorial Potluck got a bit busy and missed out on Photos of the event and great food. However we made close to $500 towards our 4th of July Fireworks Fund. Great Photos to share of our Karaoke singalong late in the evening though, with our next Generation of Karaoke Junkies coming up. Bringing up memories of our old times with Vickie and Karaoke at the Corner.
Join us on Memorial Day Weekend for some great food and live music with Hannah Wickizer! She will be playing at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The General Store plans a “soft opening” Memorial Day weekend with beer, beverages, and ice. Rooms, fuel, and laundry available now.
Water News May 30
All non essential water needs to be shut off. Filter cleaning today. Those at the top of the hill, water outage expected.
Johnson Creek Road Officially Open
Report May 25th that Johnson Creek road is open at the upper end. The avalanche debris on Warm Lake road was removed by the County.
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Thunderstorm – Trees Down
Thursday night (June 3rd) we had quite a thunderstorm pass over Yellow Pine around 1030pm. Wind gusts, loud thunder and no measurable rain. Report of a lightning strike 4.5 miles to the southwest of Yellow Pine. The weather station at Stibnite recorded a wind gust of 25 mph. The weather station at Tea Pot Dome on the South Fork Salmon River recorded a wind gust of 52mph as the storm came thru there.
Report June 4th at 630am that big trees had come down and blocked the South Fork road at the intersection with the East Fork of the South Fork road.
Trees cleared at the intersection Friday by a local
Trees had also come down on Johnson Creek road Thursday night, but they had been cut out by Friday morning. Watch for debris in the road.
Gusty winds brought down a big tree on Johnson Creek road Saturday afternoon and it was cleared by locals.
Memorial Weekend Water News
Starting Thursday, May 27th, Yellow Pine water usage was between 29,000 and 35,000 gallons a day.
Yellow Pine General Store (208) 633-3300
Rooms, fuel, and laundry available now. Store plans a “soft opening” Memorial Day weekend.
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.
Summer construction to start on Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry
by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, June 1st 2021
Summer construction is set to begin Monday on Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge.
YPFD Meeting June 12
At 10am the YPFD tested the siren and had a meeting at the fire hall.
Abstein Bridge June 14-15
The drillers were in June 14 and 15 to drill test holes on both ends of the bridge. The drill rig blocked the bridge for about 2 hours the first day and 3 hours the second day, although 4-wheelers could get through if necessary.
A report that the crew was very nice and ‘left no trace.’
Another Wind Storm
On Tuesday afternoon, June 15th, it was quite windy in Yellow Pine, estimate wind gusts of at least 30mph or higher. The South Fork weather station at Tea Pot Dome registered a maximum gust of 42mph and the station at Stibnite registered a maximum gust of 33mph.
No reports of trees down locally, but on Wednesday the mail truck driver reported trees had come down on Johnson Creek road – but had been cut out by the time he came through. No report on the South Fork route. Be aware there might be trees down on other back country roads.
On Friday morning, June 18th around 1030am Yellow Pine internet went down for about an hour. MTE said it was part of a larger outage. It apparently affected the MTE webcam at the Johnson Creek airstrip as it seems to be “stuck.”
Darrell Merlin Hathaway
Hathaway, Darrell, 66, of Meridian, passed away Monday, June 14, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.
The Highland Games Yellow Pine
On June 26th the Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers competed in Yellow Pine.
Thank you to Steve Holloway for donating Alpine Village Lodge for the Bald Mountain Knuckle Draggers so they could have their competition here in Yellow Pine.
This is the crew from Highland games.
courtesy Ann F.
Weight Over Bar
Photos courtesy of Deb F.
Power Outage and Thunderstorm
Tuesday evening Yellow Pine had a power outage 833pm-115am due to high winds damaging infrastructure down in the valley. Power was out from Kuna to Donnelly. We also experienced an intense thunderstorm with lightning striking Golden Gate Hill. About 10 minutes of intense rain, followed by light sprinkles adding up to 0.23″ total.
Link: to short time-lapse video courtesy John B.
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Yellow Pine Parade July 3rd
Our Annual Yellow Pine 4th of July Parade was especially good this year with the addition of Harley Goodwin’s Gonkulator put back in service by Scott Amos. As Dave Imel would say we had dolls and dogs. Also horses, fire trucks, bikes, marchers and Christie returning as Miss Yellow Pine. Margaret was this year’s Grand Marshall.
Courtesy the Yellow Pine Tavern.
Community Hall Yard Sale.
The yard sale ran June 15 thru July 4 at the Community Hall, This was a self-serve yard sale to support maintenance on the Community Hall.
OK Gravel worked on the lower end of Ellison Street June 30th and July 1st.
General Store Update
We just ran out of fuel. With the large amount of traffic in the last few weeks, we sold out of both tanks. The store will be closed through Wednesday, July 14th.
Transfer Station cleaned up July 10th
A huge thank you to Mike Amos, Tim, Ronda and Destinee Rogers, Clayton and Rhonda Egbert, Hailey, Ron, Clint and Nicki, Joel Fields for cleaning up the dump and surrounding area. Your help was so appreciated.
Ronald “Ron or Ronnie” Lawrence Smith
March 16, 1935 ~ June 10, 2021 (age 86)
Ronald (Ron or Ronnie) Lawrence Smith went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on June 10, 2021, after a brief bout of cancer. He was able to pass away at home with his family by his side. He was 86 years old.
Stibnite mine decision pushed back to 2023
Payette says more study needed of Perpetua Resources proposal
By Drew Dodson for The Star-News July 8, 2021
A final decision will not happen until June 2023 on Perpetua Resources’ proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine, the Payette National Forest announced.
General Store Update July 15th
The store has received their fuel delivery and now also offers diesel.
Smoke in Yellow Pine
Yellow Pine, along with most of Idaho has had smoky skies and poor air quality this past week. Most of the smoke is coming from fires in California, Oregon and Washington, but some days we were getting smoke from the Dixie fire north of the main Salmon River. Our air quality was in the “Orange” range for several days, and this past weekend it has been “Yellow.”
Western Satellite Map for July 18, 2021
DEQ awards $150,000 to the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in Valley County
Boise, June 29, 2021 — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $150,000 in drinking water construction assistance to the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in Valley County, Idaho.
The funding will be used to replace the damaged transmission and distribution water mains and install three pressure-reducing valves.
Land Management Agencies to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Boise and Payette Fire Restriction Areas
Campfires, Stove Use and Smoking Restricted
Boise, Idaho – July 13, 2021 – With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Boise Fire Restriction Area and the Payette Fire Restriction Area beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, 2021.
July 24 – Pet Vax Clinic
Dr. Keith Ruble and crew from Cascade Vet Clinic came to Yellow Pine Saturday, July 24th, for the annual Pet Vax Clinic. Their first stop saw 5 cats and 10 well behaved dogs, who were examined, received their vaccinations, other medications as necessary including banana flavored wormer for the dogs; some even had their nails clipped. The crew headed up town for lunch and planned to see more pets in the afternoon.
Unplanned Internet and Phone Outages
Tuesday (July 20) Internet went out before 530pm for about an hour. Then Wednesday (July 21) Internet (and long distance) out around 945am for about 2 hours.
Short power outage at 1209am early Wednesday (July 21.)
Lick Creek Road to stay closed through July 29 for bridge work
The Star-News July 22, 2021
Lick Creek Road east of McCall will stay closed through July 29 while Valley County crews replace the bridge at Zena Creek. Closed July 19th.
Harmonica Festival August 5, 6, and 7
Sunday, August 1st, Fire Chief Tim Rogers, Tom Olson and his visitors teamed up to clear the clogged culvert at the Veterans’ memorial on the east side of Yellow Pine Ave. Assistance from the big green fire truck for a bit of a flush. Ready for the rain that fell late Sunday afternoon.
April 25, 1953 – July 25, 2021
Merle Amos, age 68, of Burkett, died Sunday, July 25, 2021 in Midland. Private family services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Stevens Funeral Home.
The Sugar Cane Wildfire is under aggressive initial attack near Sugar Mountain on the Krassel Ranger District. The fire is actively burning and torching in Sub-Alpine fir and Lodgepole pine. It is estimated at 30 acres at this time, but growing larger in a southeasterly direction.
The fire is located 3 miles north-northwest of the Stibnite Gold site near Sugar Mountain – approximately 8 miles east of Yellow Pine.
Perpetua Resources has evacuated the Stibnite Gold Mine site under their emergency response plan.
A big thank you to Doug Christensen for running the water truck and sprinkling local streets to keep the dust down before the festival.
And special thanks to the Sanitation Specialists for their hard work: Dion, his son Nathan, his daughter Ari, and her friend Jozzy.
And last but not least, thank you to our medical folks. There was an allergic reaction to a bee sting treated at the First Aid station. Life flight was called and patient taken to Boise.
Aug 14 – VYPA Meeting – Canceled
The August 14, 2021 VYPA meeting has been cancelled as we will not have a quorum of Council members available. The next VYPA meeting will be September 11th.
Storm, Slides and Fire updates Aug 6, 2021
The South Fork of the Salmon River Road from Warm Lake Road to the confluence with the East Fork is closed due to slides that have completely blocked the roadway.
Aug 7th: The Hogback fire is out and the airstrip is open.
Aug 7th: Sugar Cane is 100% contained.
Big Storm Aug 6th
At 230am we had a tremendous storm. Lots of thunder and lighting and hail coming down so hard it drowned out the thunder. The hail piled up nearly half an inch deep in the yard – like snow! Along with the melted hail the rain total was 0.59″ – enough to cause minor street flooding.
Piles of hail still on the ground at 9am, Aug 6th.
Power Outage Friday 1044am-109pm
We think this outage was storm related. Idaho Power didn’t have much info but did mention a fire. Have not been able to find out any information.
Kathryn Marie Fresques Hänggi
September 5, 1953 – July 5, 2021
Kathy Hänggi passed away on July 5, 2021, at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital. She fought to live with every breath. Her courage, hope and faith never faltered.
The Johnson Fire was reported today two and half miles south of Yellow Pine, Idaho. Currently it is a tenth of an acre, ground resources are using full suppression methods to contain the blaze.
Johnson Fire update 730pm Aug 2
“According to the Boise Interagency Dispatch Center it is near the Johnson Creek Airstrip. I’ve included a screen shot from their website as well. Currently we have a crew, engine, and helicopter on scene. Hopefully we have nothing new or significant to report on it tomorrow!”
Update Aug 3: According to the Boise Interagency Dispatch Center it was called out at 8:30pm last night.
Sugar Cane Fire
The Sugar Cane fire was started by lightning on July 30, 2021, 34 miles east of McCall, Idaho in the vicinity of the Stibnite Mining District. Two Hotshot crews, 1 T1 helicopter, 1 T2 helicopter and overhead personnel are assigned to the fire. As of 8/3, the fire was still approximately 3 miles to the NE of the Stibnite Mine site. The fire received measurable precipitation between July 31 and August 1, with continued isolated showers and thunderstorms predicted through Tuesday (August 3).
After many, many years of serving Yellow Pine, our Postmistress Paula retired July 31st. Congratulations!
South Fork Road Open
The big storm early Friday, August 6th, caused slides that closed the South Fork of the Salmon River road. FS crews brought in equipment to clear the slides. The road was opened by Tuesday morning, August 10th – with delays expected while they finished up.
Slide blocks South Fork Road for five days with dirt, rocks
The Star-News August 12, 2021
The South Fork Road reopened Tuesday morning after mudslides blocked the road about 16 miles from Warm Lake Road on Friday.
Heavy rain caused dirt, rocks and debris to block the road.
Forest Service crews with heavy machinery worked through the weekend to clear the slide.
The South Fork Road is owned and maintained by the Payette National Forest.
Valley County has an agreement to plow snow from the road in the winter.
Sugar Cane Fire near Stibnite contained by firefighters
By Max Silverson for The Star-News August 12, 2021
Crews were able to fully contain the Sugar Cane Fire about three miles northeast of the Stibnite Mine this week with the help of several days of rain, fire officials said.
The 133-acre wildfire was contained as of Sunday with crews completing fire lines around the entire perimeter.
The fire was started by lightning on July 30. Two helicopters, two hot-shot crews and a third firefighter crew were assigned.
Rain, Cooler and Better Air by Weekend
Yellow Pine received measurable rain during three thunderstorms this past week for a total of 0.48″, giving us exactly 2″ of precipitation so far in August.
The air quality was in the Red during the first part of the week with temperatures in the 90s, improving to Yellow AQ mid-week with temperatures in the 70s, and finally Green AQ by the weekend (Saturday’s high was 66F.)
Outdoor Burn Ban
August 13th through 17th the Idaho DEQ issued a burn ban for all outdoor burning due to the unhealthy air quality.
Yellow Pine General Store
The Liquor Store is now reinstated. Store hours: 10am to 5pm, Monday – Sunday.
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Cut Off From The Outside
Literally cut off – on Sunday, Sept 5th, at approximately 330pm, the phone line for Yellow Pine was accidentally dug up and damaged. Our phone lines were dead and of course there was no internet. Early Monday morning, Sept 6th (Labor Day,) MTE came to the village to work on restoring the line. Phones and (slow) internet restored around 6pm.
Labor Day Golf Tournament and Potluck Sept 4th
The cannon went off at 1018am to start the annual Labor Day Golf Tournament to benefit the Fire Department.
The winners from our golf tournament fundraiser for the fire department.
First: Tera and Brian
Second: Steve and Jonathan
Third: Luna and Ryan
Closest to the pin: Peter
A potluck at the Yellow Pine Tavern followed at 4pm with Lasagna and Brauts provided by the Tavern, Cory’s and Sullivan’s.
Community Hall Repair Project
The first step of the Community Hall Repair Project was completed on Sept. 1st when the new service door was installed in the kitchen. This should keep varmints and weather out of the kitchen.
Yellow Pine Avenue
A report that the county grader did the lower end of Yellow Pine Ave (main street) at least as far as the veteran’s memorial on Tuesday, August 31st.
Local streets are very dusty – no dust abatement this year on main street. Please slow down!
Internet and Phone Outage update
Sunday, Sept 5th, approximately 330pm, the phone line was accidentally dug up and cut next to Yellow Pine Avenue.
Fire Chief Tim and Cecil used the radio at the Fire Hall to call dispatch to report the outage Sunday afternoon. Dispatch contacted MTE. Nate headed down from Stanley Sunday night and they had a crew and equipment ready to leave Midvale early Monday morning (Labor Day.) Slow internet and landline phones restored by around 6pm on Monday.
The slow (dial up speeds) persisted on Tuesday until around 7pm then just the internet went out – along with cell service via the internet, but our landlines still worked. MTE said the slow speeds was not due to the cable cut – it was a much wider issue.
Internet was restored by 7am Wednesday morning, Sept 9th.
JR VanHoover Celebration of Life Postponed
It is with great regret that I want to let everyone know we, as a family, have decided to err on the side of caution and postpone the celebration of life for J.R. VanHoover that was scheduled for this Saturday. Members of our own family have recently tested positive for covid and we simply cannot take the chance this gathering could in any way be responsible for further spread of Covid to any of you. We want to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support we have felt. We will schedule a gathering at a later time.
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Rescinded Sept 17
Lifting the restrictions means the public is free to build a campfire, use a charcoal barbecue, or smoke outside of designated campgrounds and recreation sites.
Yellow Pine Tavern
Mushroom Steve and Brad did a great job refinishing the porch of the Tavern. After who knows how many years the old porch floor was crumbling and dangerous.
photo courtesy YP Tavern Sept 15th
Unplanned Power Outage Saturday
Saturday, Sept. 25th, the power went off at 225pm. Idaho Power recording said that approximately 221 customers affected, cause unknown. Eventually the recording was updated with an estimated restoral time of 838pm. In the mean time, locals fired up generators. The lights came back on at 820pm, but were dim for a little while.
The land line telephone service was a bit spotty during the afternoon.
Covid in the Community
Covid has hit Yellow Pine and due to exposure though minimal by yours truly the Tavern will be closed until Thursday September 23rd. Per advise from Cascade Medical I should be clear by then. Thanks for your support and patience, Lorinne
UTV Rally Sept 18th
Great turn out. Wonderful stories and history thanks to Sandy McRae. Terrific food. Even cutting out downed trees was part of the adventures. Was great to meet so many of the Emmett Rough Riders group.
photo courtesy DF
Flu Shots Sept 18th at the YP Tavern
About 14 folks received their fall flu shots at the potluck. Thanks Cascade Medical Center and Ann.
More Flu Shots on Sept 25th at Alpine Village
YPFD Hose Brigade
A small group worked on reclaiming the fire hoses that got used during the Buck Fire last Summer. Thanks to our Volunteers on the Fire Department.
photo courtesy Yellow Pine Tavern
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Fish Fry Sept 25th
Our Annual Fish Fry Thanks to Stu for Providing the Fish and Teri also providing fish this year. Willie, Jeff and Ann cooking. Steve and Sue providing the Location. Alpine Village is a perfect place to have the Event. Also thanks for all of the great Potluck dishes. There was around 40 or 50 in attendance Residents and Friends.
October 5th Fall Fuel Delivery
The Diamond Fuel and Feed tanker truck delivered fuel on Tuesday, October 5th.
We experienced internet (and some phone) connection issues starting late Sunday night, Oct 10th, and continuing all day Monday. The internet would be OK for a few minutes then drop the connection (or phone call.) MTE said they were trouble shooting on their end. Connection problems persisted until Tuesday morning and then returned to normal.
The community’s men and women joined together to extricate an accident victim on Sunday, Oct 17th. A UTV went over the embankment on Stibnite road (Hopeless Point) resulting in a four hour rescue, an ambulance trip and a helicopter ride after dark.
Planned Power Outage Oct 20th
Power off from 1030am to 1256pm. This was for equipment maintenance scheduled for our area.
From Perpetua Resources
Last month, we hosted the Yellow Pine and Cascade Fire Departments at Stibnite to participate in a Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (Hazwoper) Training alongside our site crews.
Photo courtesy Perpetua
Nicole Irving Musgrove
Nicole Irving Musgrove was born Sept. 8, 1978, to Marian Knight Irving and Thomas Irving in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved on to her next great adventure Oct. 10, 2021, at the age of 43.
Halloween/Salmon Bake Party at the Tavern Oct 25
Good crowd at the Salmon Bake – Halloween Party. Thanks to Tom for the Alaska Salmon and to our great local cooks for the Potluck dishes.
photo courtesy YP Tavern
Rock Migration Season
After the recent rains, rocks came down on the EFSF road.
“Gift wrapped migratory rock and many Tamaracks, East Fork of South Fork, Salmon River. 10/27/21”
Note: Local backhoe operator cleared the rocks on Thursday, Oct. 28th.
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Cascade Ranger District Rx Burns
A report that the big burn pile at the transfer station was burned this week.
Time Change Nov 7
When you set your clocks back, don’t forget to change the battery in your smoke alarm.
John Wilford Miller
Aug. 22, 1938 – Oct.19, 2021
John W. Miller passed away suddenly and peacefully in his home near Cascade on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, of natural causes after struggling the past few years with COPD, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and breathing issues. He was 83.
Cascade Medical Center sent Teri (RN) and Sam (EMT) with the ambulance to Yellow Pine on Tuesday, November 9th, to jab willing arms at the Community Hall. One local met the ambulance and received her jab on the side of the EFSF road. They did one first dose, one second dose and 11 boosters, as well as 3 flu shots.
The community of Yellow Pine appreciates their time and effort.
Veteran’s Day Internet Outage
Our internet went out around 1pm on Thursday, November 11th. Phones were still working and able to contact MTE. They had the holiday off, but were called in to work on the problem. Internet service was restored before 320pm.
Monday evening sixteen residents of Yellow Pine area gathered together for a hot dog roast at Golden Gate campground near Yellow Pine. Ginny and Cecil arranged this fun event and provided, music, lights, firewood, bratwurst sausages along with the perfect location. It was a great opportunity to get acquainted with the new owners of The Corner, Jenny and Tim Aldrich.
Hey everyone, I’d like to introduce ourselves as the new owners of The Corner, I’m Tim Aldrich and my wife is Jenny Aldrich. We are officially open a few days a week this winter, as reflected in the posted hours.
Here is a little bit about us and why we are here:
Yellow Pine is a special place we happened to stumble upon while riding adventure bikes on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route in July of 2021. We were quickly enamored with the idea of living in the wilderness and surprised there were so many amenities.
Every vacation or weekend trip we make is seeking solitude in some wilderness location, we had been open to a big move for quite a while but just never found the right fit. Enter Yellow Pine, a small community of like minded individuals who love the outdoors and live within a strong community.
We are self proclaimed foodies in the sense that we both love to cook and experiment with food. Our focus is quality, fresh, home-made food that you might get from your Grandma. We plan to keep the tried and true classics from the previous owner of The Corner with their delicious smoked meats and slowly add in some home-made recipes.
We look forward to meeting all the amazing people who enjoy this area as much as we do and sharing our love of fresh and delicious food with everyone.
December 13 Xmas Party Yellow Pine Tavern
Our Christmas party was success even though the extremely slushy roads kept some people home. Thanks to Ron and Cindy the Tri Tip was excellent, and thanks to our excellent cooks the side dishes were great.
photo courtesy YP Tavern
Blinky Power Monday
We had quite a big of snow fall early Monday morning, by 10am we had 8 1/2″ new snow and 14 1/2″ on the ground. The power blinked off and on several times. Then after midnight we had freezing rain and the lights flashed several times around 2am but stayed on.
Connie Babe Longman
February 15, 1939 – December 11, 2021
Connie Babe Longman, age 82, of Newport, Washington passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Connie was born February 15, 1939.
Connie lived in Yellow Pine for many years and is missed.
source: The Yellow Pine Times 2021