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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
(details below)
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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


source: KTVB
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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.

full story:
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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)

full story:
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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

link:
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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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ITD

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


source: KTVB
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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.

source: The Star-News March 18, 2021
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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.

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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:

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 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


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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

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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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Seasonal Humor:

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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
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 (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.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Used with permission.)
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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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Follow The Yellow Pine Times on Facebook (updated more often than emails)
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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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Idaho Hospitalizations Feb 21, 2021


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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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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Animals Playing in Snow

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Seasonal Humor:

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Winter Storm Warning Feb 25, 5pm to Feb 27, 5am

Winter Storm Warning Feb 25, 5pm to Feb 27, 5am

10-14″ possible

Yellow Pine Forecast

Thursday Snow likely after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between -1 and 9. South southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night Snow. Low around 20. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday Snow. Some thunder is also possible. Areas of blowing snow after 11am. High near 27. West southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Friday Night Snow. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 14. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Saturday Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Boise ID
1230 PM MST Wed Feb 24 2021

West Central Mountains-
1230 PM MST Wed Feb 24 2021

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THURSDAY TO 5 AM MST
SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow
  accumulations of 9 to 15 inches, except 1 to 2 feet above 6000
  ft. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...West Central Mountains zone.

* WHEN...From 5 PM Thursday to 5 AM MST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Blowing snow will make keeping the roads
  clear extremely difficult. Plan on treacherous travel conditions.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Feb 21, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 21, 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:

Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
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Village News:

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.

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Feb 16th University of Yellow Pine over the fence.
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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.
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South Fork Bull

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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

Report Monday (Feb 1) Dumpsters were empty and the building was clean, also there were some muddy bear paw prints on the outside of the doors. The road to the dump is plowed wide and smooth, nice drive.

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 15) 24 hour low of 17 degrees from Sunday morning. This morning 1.5″ new (SWE=0.09″) from overnight snow and 24″ on the ground, socked in fairly low and steady light snowfall. Hairy and downy woodpeckers, a clark’s nutcracker, jays, red-winged blackbird, chickadees, nuthatches and the pine squirrel visiting. Fresh fox tracks. Light snow ended after lunch time and clouds lifted on the hills, high of 35 degrees. Snowing big flakes and socked in mid-afternoon, just above freezing. Break in the snow late afternoon, then snowing and socked in again before dusk. Alternating light and moderate snowfall after dark. Snowed all night.

Tuesday (Feb 16) overnight low of 26 degrees, low overcast this morning, light breeze and snowing lightly. Measured 5″ new snow (SWE=0.38″) and 28.5″ average snow depth. Northern flicker, male red-wing blackbird, hairy woodpecker, jays, nuthatches, chickadees and pine squirrel visiting. Fresh fox tracks. Clouds lifting and a bit brighter at lunch time, a break in the snow while trees were dumping snowloads, high of 35 degrees. Flaking or snowing on and off during the afternoon, overcast and light breeze. Snowing lightly at dusk, about 1/2″ so far today. Snowed a little after dark. Some stars out around 1030pm, then snow after midnight. Looks like it snowed all night.

Wednesday (Feb 17) overnight low of 18 degrees, broken overcast this morning. Measured 3.5″ new snow (SWE=0.21″) and an average of 30″ on the ground. Hairy and downy woodpeckers, young red-winged blackbird, jays, nuthatches, chickadees and the pine squirrel visiting. Socked in and 30 minute snow flurry around 1030am, then broken clouds and scattered sunshine. Big patch of blue sky to south west, dark cloud to north east at lunch time, high of 37 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time. Partly clear and warmer early afternoon. Socked in to the floor, breezy and snowing hard mid-afternoon, a whiteout for about 30 minutes, then thinning clouds. Partly clear after sunset, mix of dark lower clouds and higher pink poofy clouds. Mostly cloudy and cold at dusk. Cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Feb 18) overnight low of 0 degrees, high thin haze covered the sky, measured 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.03″) and 29″ on the ground. Red-winged blackbird, jays, clark’s nutcracker, hairy woodpecker, nuthatches, chickadees and the pine squirrel visiting. Overcast and cold at lunch time, high of 30 degrees. Gusty breezes mid-afternoon, overcast and below freezing. A report that our phones were down for a while (no outside calls.) A few flakes late afternoon, calmer and cold. Cloudy at dusk. Started snowing before 11pm. More snow after midnight.

Friday (Feb 19) 24 hour low of 5 degrees from Thurs morning, measured a fat 3/4″ new snow (SWE=0.05″) and 28″ total snow on the ground. Broken overcast this morning and flaking lightly. Red-wing blackbird, jays and chickadees calling, nuthatches, hairy woodpecker and squirrel visiting. Cloudy at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 40 degrees. Light snowfall early afternoon, no measurable accumulation. Overcast, occasional flake of snow and icicles dripping late afternoon. Right at freezing at dusk. Internet was wonky around 715pm, then out for the rest of the evening. Started snowing around 11pm. Looks like it snowed most of the night.

Saturday (Feb 20) overnight low of 19 degrees, measured 2 3/4″ new snow (SWE=0.24″) and 29″ on the ground, high thin hazy overcast. Jays, red-winged blackbird, nuthatches, chickadees, female hairy woodpecker and pine squirrel visiting. Partly clear at lunch time, icicles dripping, high of 39 degrees. Internet (and phones) back on by 1230pm. Partly sunny early afternoon. Mostly cloudy, light breezes and flaking snow late afternoon for about half an hour, temperature dropping, then socked in down to the floor, foggy (low visibility) and snowed hard for a little over half an hour. Partly cloudy at dusk and temperature dropping. Cloudy before midnight.

Sunday (Feb 21) overnight low of 14 degrees, measured 1/2″ new snow (SWE=0.04″) from yesterday’s storm, and an average of 26.5″ on the ground. Snowing lightly before 10am and overcast. Hairy woodpecker, jays, chickadees, nuthatches and squirrel (tracks) visiting. Still snowing lightly at lunch time, high of 32 degrees. Still snowing lightly and just below freezing mid-afternoon, less than 1/2″ accumulation so far. Still snowing lightly at dusk, a bit over 1/2″ had stacked up.
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Idaho News:

Central District Health changes Ada, Valley county health orders to advisories

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, February 19th 2021

The health orders in Ada and Valley Counties are now shifted to health advisories, after a vote by the board of Central District Health Friday morning.

A Public Health Advisory is a set of strong recommendations, rather than requirements.

The advisories do not replace or supersede orders in place by cities or by the state, according to the board. For example, the mask order for the city of Boise is still in effect, as is the federal order for masks while using public transportation.

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City of Boise re-issues public health emergency order mandating face coverings, social distancing

link: KIVI story
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314 new Idaho COVID-19 cases

Feb 19, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 314 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 168,953.

There are a total of 137,279 confirmed cases and 31,674 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. See the chart below.

The state said 205,152 people have received the vaccine, and 258,541 total doses have been administered. …

Zero new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,826.

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Idaho February 15, 2021


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New COVID-19 cases in Valley County continue to decline

Just four new cases reported during previous week

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 18, 2021

The number of new positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County declined for the fourth straight week last week, health officials said.

The total number of positive cases since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer totaled 703 by Tuesday, up just four cases from 699 a week ago, health officials said.

That compared to a total of 17 new cases reported last week, 28 new cases two weeks ago, 34 new cases three weeks ago and 48 new cases four weeks ago.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 603 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer, up three cases from 600 cases a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 100 total positive cases through Monday, or one more than the 99 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 618 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is seven more than the 611 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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1,939 Vaccinations

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 18, 2021

A total of 1,939 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Valley County’s two hospitals, the hospitals reported.

St. Luke’s McCall had given 1,324 of the first doses as of Tuesday and 220 of the required second doses of the vaccine.

St. Luke’s McCall has been averaging 240 appointments per week since opening to those 65 and older on Feb. 1.

Cascade Medical Center has given out 615 first doses while 64 people have received the second dose.

The Cascade hospital will hold its next vaccination clinic today where 460 first doses and 90 second doses are scheduled to be given.

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Valley County mulls buying land for employee housing

The Star-News Feb 18, 2021

County would be landlord with small mobile home

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Feb 18, 2021

Buying property to rent out to new Valley County employees was proposed as a short-term housing solution by Valley County commissioners on Monday.

In their weekly meeting at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade, commissioners discussed the possibility of purchasing an empty lot or a lot with a park model mobile home on it. The county would then act as landlord to new employees looking for permanent housing.

“We’ve all just been talking about how difficult it is to hire employees right now, because they can’t find housing,” commissioner Sherry Maupin said.

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Grants available for Wildifire Community Preparedness Day

The Star-News Feb 18, 2021

Wildfire Community Preparation Day is a national campaign to encourage people and organizations to come together to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risk.

This year’s event will focus on what residents can do on and around their home to protect against wildfires.

There are more than 150 funding awards made possible through donations from State Farm.

For more information on application links and projects, email VCFirewise@gmail.com

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Letters to Share:

Next Chapter of Stibnite Gold Project – Exciting Company News

Busy time at our company today, a lot has happened recently at our company. A few months ago, regulators wrapped up the comment period on our Draft Environmental Impact Statement. We recently released our feasibility study, which shows a very positive outlook for the Stibnite Gold Project. Just a few weeks ago, we moved our corporate office home to Idaho and today we are announcing that we were approved to trade on Nasdaq (which will begin Feb 18).

Each exciting milestone has been a point of reflection for our team. And the more we thought about the future, the more we realized we’ve outgrown our old name.

I am very proud to announce our team is changing our name to Perpetua Resources. VIDEO link:

Perpetua Resources is a nod to our Idaho roots and our commitment to follow our state’s tradition of Esto Perpetua, translated to mean let it be eternal. We have always been stewards of Idaho’s vast resources. Our new name is simply a public declaration that we will always do our part to make sure our water, land, air and the opportunities for Idaho families will endure for this generation and many to come.

Our name may be new but I want to make sure you know nothing else has changed. We are still the same dedicated team of Idahoans. Our commitment to Idaho remains strong. And our plan to responsibly and ethically mine America’s only domestically mined source of the critical mineral antimony and one of the top-grade gold deposits is moving full steam ahead.

Making the transition to Perpetua Resources does mean I have a new email. You can now contact me at belinda.provancher@perpetua.us . If you happen to write me at my old email, please know, over the next several months, it will still find its way to me. If you want to see the new logo and look, please check out our new website (link) If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Belinda Provancher
Belinda.Provancher@Perpetua.us
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Burntlog Road route is the safest access to Stibnite Gold Project

To the Editor:

In a recent letter to The Star-News, questions were brought up regarding access to the Stibnite Gold Project, specifically around transportation of materials, supplies and our workforce to the project.

Safety is, and always will be, our top priority.

We spent a lot of time evaluating the safest route to Stibnite. We wanted to avoid traveling in parallel to the East Fork of the South Fork Salmon River and Johnson Creek and we wanted to minimize impacts to recreationalists and residents. We also wanted the safest route in terms of avoiding known hazards.

During the course of our transportation study, local residents pointed to the Burntlog Road as a possible option. The Burntlog Route accesses Stibnite from Warm Lake Road and connects to the old Thunder Mountain Road which keeps our traffic away from the rivers and reduces interaction with residents and recreationalists. It also avoids more known hazards.

This route utilizes existing roads wherever possible and will be updated to meet the 2011 guidelines and standards for designing National Forest System Roads as published in the U.S. Forest Service Handbook (FSH 7709.56) and cross-checked against Valley County road design standards. Additionally, we will upgrade culverts to allow for fish passage during the redevelopment of the road.

Our plan projects about 50 vehicles per day. Only one mile of the Burntlog Road travels the edge of the Middle Fork Salmon River watershed. This is an existing section of road along the Meadow Creek Lookout Road. The road will be widened from approximately 12 feet to 21 feet to ensure safe transport.

It is important to note that we will maintain the road year-round using the same methods approved by the forest and county today. In the summer, we will apply magnesium chloride as a dust suppressant on gravel roads to help limit additional sediment into waterways and to improve travel conditions. This is the dust suppressant used across the forest and county today.

The road between Yellow Pine and Stibnite is known to have avalanches during the winter/spring season and is precisely why we’ve proposed the Burntlog Route. For example, the Stibnite Road avalanche that occurred in April 2019 left the road buried by 40 to 50 feet of snow and downed timber.

The avalanche was naturally caused, and similar events will likely continue to occur whether or not we have a project. However, we were happy to lend a hand and our crews worked tirelessly to help clear the road.

We also pitched in to repair a section of the road and helped facilitate permitting in support of the emergency repair action in coordination with federal disaster relief funding.

We have been working with avalanche mitigation experts to develop best practices towards implementing a mitigation plan for all transportation routes during construction and operations.

For many years now we have had a road use agreement with the county to make sure we do our part to help maintain the roads we use. To date, we have spent more than $800,000 in maintaining and upgrading Stibnite and Johnson Creek roads. Should the Project move forward, we expect to include regular grading, dust suppression application, gravel application, and winter plowing.

The Idaho Transportation Department is responsible for the state highway system. However, we have committed to cooperatively designing and funding intersection improvements at Warm Lake Road and Idaho 55.

Significantly, no “ore trucks” will ever be on any road outside of the mine site. All truck traffic and supply deliveries will be in standard highway rated transport truck-trailers (WB-67). Permits will be obtained for oversized or overweight loads, the bulk of which will occur during construction.

We proposed that Warm Lake Road would be plowed open during the winter months. We understand that our proposed access route to the site will impact existing snowmobile routes along Warm Lake and Johnson Creek Roads.

However, we have worked diligently with the local snowmobile clubs to mitigate these impacts and have identified an alternative route to Landmark. Project traffic use of the Warm Lake Road will not prohibit Yellow Pine and Warm Lake residents and recreationalists from utilizing this route and has the possibility of increasing access to backcountry winter recreational opportunities.

We recognize that transportation safety is important to everyone. Finding the safest routes, investing in care and maintenance, communicating regularly with our communities and other users, and holding a high standard for transportation safety, are all a part of what we do every day and will continue to do every day.

We welcome continued conversation and encourage anyone with questions or ideas to reach out to us at community@perpetua.us.

Note: Midas Gold has changed its name to Perpetua Resources to better reflect our commitment to Idaho and to protect and sustain our state’s vast resources. Our people, our project, and our commitments are the same.

Kyle Fend, Field Operations Manager, Perpetua Resources

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Mining News:

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

Shares to Begin Trading on Nasdaq on February 18

Management Team Strengthened with Hiring of Jessica Largent and Promotion of Tanya Nelson

Boise, Idaho, Feb. 16, 2021 – Perpetua Resources Corp. (formerly Midas Gold Corp.) (“Perpetua Resources” or the “Company”) announced today that it has changed its name to “Perpetua Resources Corp.” effective February 15, 2021 and the Company’s common shares have been approved for listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”).

The Company’s common shares will begin trading on the Nasdaq on February 18, 2021 under the symbol “PPTA” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) under the new name at market open on or around February 18, 2021 under the stock symbol “PPTA”. As the Stibnite Gold Project (the “Stibnite Project” or “Project”) continues to advance through major milestones, the listing on a U.S. stock exchange is a strategic decision to focus the Company’s business in the United States and open additional opportunities for American investment.

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Midas Gold is now Perpetua Resources

Name change shows ‘a commitment to Idaho’ by mining company

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Feb 18, 2021

Perpetua Resources Corp. is the new name of Midas Gold Corp., the company that wants to extract gold and antimony from the Stibnite area in Valley County.

The new name, announced on Tuesday, is a nod to the company’s commitment to Idaho, sustainability and environmental restoration at Stibnite, Perpetua Resources President Laurel Sayer said.

“We are proud to enter our next chapter with a name that helps communicate our values and the sustainable future we are working to create for all of us,” Sayer said.

The name is also inspired by Idaho’s state motto, “Esto Perpetua,” which translated from Latin means “Let It Be Perpetual.”

The company’s new logo also draws from imagery in the Idaho state seal, said Mckinsey Lyon, vice president of external affairs for Perpetua.

“Perpetua’s logo and Idaho’s state seal use a protective shield around the river, forest and mountains to reflect a commitment to protect the things that make Idaho special,” Lyon said.

“Both also reference the mineral resources of the state, which are represented by a miner in the state seal and as stars for antimony and gold in our new logo,” she said.

The company also re-named its Idaho-based subsidiary to “Perpetua Resources Idaho,” which formerly was known as Midas Gold Idaho.

The subsidiary and its board of directors were established in 2014 to integrate local interests into the project, but have no decision-making authority.

Perpetua did not consolidate the companies into one because steps to convert from a Canadian company to a U.S. company are still unknown, Lyon said.

“No major decision can be made until then, so there are no changes to our company structure or to the business entities,” she said.

The name change follows last month’s relocation of the company’s corporate headquarters from Vancouver, British Columbia, to offices at 405 S. 8th St. in downtown Boise.

Despite the recent flurry of changes, there are no changes with the company’s personnel, its commitments or the Stibnite Gold Project, Lyon said.

“We want to make sure the community knows our name is the only thing changing,” she said.

A draft decision on the proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine is currently slated for release in August by the Payette National Forest.

Approval of the project would trigger a three-year construction phase that Perpetua estimates would cost about $1.26 billion.

The re-naming and relocation of Midas Gold stem from a corporate board reshuffling urged in November by Paulson & Co., a New York City investment firm.

The firm has invested about $66 million into Perpetua since 2016 and is the company’s largest shareholder with 44% of all shares.

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

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

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

Antimony is also used in the renewable energy industry, including the development of a battery capable of storing renewable energy, like wind and solar.

About 5% of the mine’s revenue would come from antimony, but it would become the only domestic source of the mineral and supply 30% of the annual demand for the United States.

source: © Copyright 2009-present Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (Used with permission.)
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BeMetals Reports Significant Copper and Silver Drill Intersections at Its High-Grade Polymetallic South Mountain Project

Vancouver, BC February 9, 2021 / BeMetals Corp. is pleased to announce a new batch of 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. Today’s 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 2020 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:

Krassel Spring Burning Notification

Feb 18, 2021

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the Four Mile, Bald Hill, and Krassel Administration Site Prescribed Fire projects this spring. Maps of the project areas can be found in the attached document. Units may be broken into smaller portions to aid in implementation. Timing will be dependent on weather; ignitions will most likely occur sometime between March and May 2021. 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.

For any questions or concerns, please email patrick.schon@usda.gov. Thank you and have a nice day.

Link: EZ Spring Burn Notification 2021021820.docx

Will Woods
Fuels Technician (Detail)
Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest
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USDA Forest Service wants you to #RecreateResponsibly during this winter season

Know Before You Go Out in the Snow

17, February 2021 – In light of recent tragic events and the 21 fatalities during the 2020-2021 winter season, the USDA Forest Service wants to remind recreationists to think ahead, plan, and prepare for their outings on National Forest System lands and to recreate responsibly.

To #RecreateResponsibly means to keep yourself healthy, to keep others safe, and to preserve and protect public lands. With another 2-3 months of winter remaining, visitors should exercise increased caution when traveling out into the backcountry. Visitors can mitigate their risk by doing the following:

* Know Before You Go – Check the forecast in advance. Find out if a recreation fee or permit is required. Bring the proper clothing and gear, packing extra layers, waterproof clothing, and avalanche safety gear. In addition, some areas can become dangerous with winter conditions. Keep in mind that roads and facilities may be closed in winter. Visit (link) for more information.

* Recreate with respect – Be respectful of other visitors and the place you are visiting by keeping pets on leash, packing out all trash and waste, and leaving the area better than you found it. Practice physical distancing by covering your nose and mouth and eating and resting outside. If you feel sick, stay home.

* Plan your route in advance – Go early or during the week when visiting popular areas. If possible, visit other sites to beat crowds. Explore locally as driving and parking may be more challenging in winter. Know what kind of roads you will be driving on and ensure that you have the right vehicle to make it to your destination. Do not rely on cell coverage or GPS. Instead, carry a paper map and know how to read it.

* Keep in touch – Always let someone know the details of your trip, including where you’re going and when you will be back. Be sure to stick to your plan.

* Play it safe – Know your limits and your gear. Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury.

By preparing ahead of time and using the resources provided, recreationists become aware of the dangers associated with winter recreation. Recreating responsibly, especially during the winter months, helps save lives.

To learn more about how to recreate responsibly during the winter, please visit (link),
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Trident submits formal proposal for large (but reduced) McCall-area land swap

by Don Day Feb 16, 2021 KIVI

Trident Holdings formally submitted its application with the State of Idaho to swap timberlands in North Idaho for a significant area around Payette Lake in the McCall area.

The 73-page document outlines Trident’s idea to buy timberland, then exchange it with the State of Idaho for about 26 square miles of land in Valley County. The land includes the tree-covered areas that frame Payette Lake, several islands in the lake itself, a few parcels in Pilgrim Cove and a large parcel near Deinhard Ln. in McCall.

The formal proposal represents a significant reduction from Trident’s earlier vision – to trade for 44 square miles. The updated proposal largely removes lands south of Little Payette Lake, as well as several parcels in Pilgrims Cove. Those lands would remain as Idaho endowment lands.

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Critter News:

Intermountain Bird Observatory seeing growth in Anna’s Hummingbird population in Idaho

In 2015, there were only about 20 reported sightings of the bird. This winter there have been about 150 sightings.

Chase Biefeldt (KTVB) February 18, 2021

There are just over a handful of species of hummingbirds in Idaho, but one of those species are relatively new to the Gem State.

They are called Anna’s Hummingbirds, and they are quite special.

Most hummingbirds fly to Idaho in April and leave by September, but Anna’s Hummingbirds arrive in October and leave in March, staying here during the coldest months of the year.

The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) is trying to figure out why they can survive these cold months, and why they choose Idaho as their home.

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more info:

Anna’s Hummingbird Identification


link: The Cornell Lab
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Fish & Game News:

Draw results available for spring bear controlled hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, February 19, 2021

Most controlled hunts begin April 1

Spring bear controlled hunt draw results are available now at (link),

The results are posted through Fish and Game’s licensing system. Email notifications will be sent to those who provided an email address on their profile.

Hunters whose names were drawn can buy the controlled hunt tags through any Idaho Fish and Game license vendor. The can also buy through the online license system, or by calling 1-800-554-8685 and the tag will be mailed to them after purchase. Tags will be mailed within seven to 10 days, so allow time for shipping.

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Annual F&G fur auction moves online for 2021

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, February 19, 2021

After a one-year hiatus, Idaho Fish and Game’s annual fur auction is back – albeit with some significant changes due to COVID.

This year’s auction of furs, hides, antlers, and other items has been moved entirely online, and will be run through Prime Time Auctions (link).

The online auction kicks off on March 1, and ends on April 9. While this unfortunately means potential buyers will not get to inspect items in person this year, they will be able to see photos of them on the Prime Time Auctions website.

Potential buyers will need provide a credit or debit card to register for the online auction, but have other options to pay for items they purchase. Here is more information.

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Application period for F&G Commission Community Challenge Grants opens March 1

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, February 19, 2021

Program provides funding for nonprofit groups’ projects that enhance fish and wildlife and recreation opportunities

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s Community Challenge Grant program is open for applications March 1 though April 15. Grants provide competitive funding for officially recognized nonprofit organizations to implement projects that are broadly supported by the local sporting community and enhance fish and wildlife habitat, populations, or associated recreational opportunities.

The Commission Community Challenge Grant program consists of two different awards:

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Key West wants to ban people from feeding roaming chickens

by Associated Press Sunday, January 24th 2021


AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Feral chickens run free in Key West, just one of those things that keep the Southernmost City charmingly weird.

But what’s delightful here and there becomes a nuisance when they’re everywhere. With the population getting out of hand, city commissioners are taking action — not by hunting down the fixings for a massive tailgate party, but by going after their human enablers.

They’re making it illegal to feed the free-roaming birds.

… The roaming chickens are fearless when it comes to approaching people, said City Commissioner Mary Lou Hoover.

“They’re becoming more aggressive by the day,” Hoover said. In her district, people have reported that when they go to put dog feces in the trash, chickens come up and attack them, thinking it might be food.

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Seasonal Humor:

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(Early fear of smallpox vaccinations – Getty Images)
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Feb 14, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 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
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Feb 28 – 2pm Fest Planning Meeting
June 12 – VYPA Meeting
(details below)
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From Valley County

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

Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
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Village News:

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.

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Cascade Medic 3

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Sam Jensen, Paramedic

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Teri Coombs, RN
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Feb 13th Pie Contest

The annual pie contest was held at The Corner at 2pm.

Judges; Nate, Ray, Ron
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1st: Christie Harris, 2nd: Deb Filler: 3rd: Teri Norell, Olivia McNeley, Liesl Constantidis
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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.
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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

Report Monday (Feb 1) Dumpsters were empty and the building was clean, also there were some muddy bear paw prints on the outside of the doors. The road to the dump is plowed wide and smooth, nice drive.

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
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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 8) overnight low of 21 degrees, no accumulation from the flakes and flurries on Sunday, measured 18″ total snow on the ground and broken overcast sky this morning. Jays, nuthatches, chickadees and the pine squirrel visiting. Fresh fox tracks in the area. Mostly cloudy and breezy at lunch time. Vaccines at Community Hall completed by 1pm. Mostly cloudy, cool and a little breezy mid-afternoon, high of 34 degrees. Partly cloudy and below freezing at dusk. Cold night.

Tuesday (Feb 9) overnight low of Zero degrees, no new precipitation and estimate 18″ of snow on the ground, mostly clear sky this morning. Lots of chickadees and nuthatches, a few jays, a flicker and the pine squirrel visiting. Mostly clear and still well below freezing before lunchtime. Almost clear sky and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 39 degrees. Cold and partly cloudy at dusk. Clear and single digits before midnight.

Wednesday (Feb 10) overnight low of -3 degrees, no precipitation and measured 18″ old snow on the ground, the sky was partly cloudy this morning with a slight cold breeze. Sunrise 1015am. Jays, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Overcast and still below freezing at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Partly cloudy, chilly light breeze and above freezing before sundown, high of 39 degrees. Cold and mostly clear at dusk. Stars out before midnight.

Thursday (Feb 11) 24 hour low of 1 degree from Wednesday morning, this morning overcast and measured 18″ old snow on the ground. A few fox tracks. Lots of chickadees, nuthatches and a little downy woodpecker visiting. Shooting on and off during the morning. Light snow falling before lunch time for less than half an hour. Below freezing, low clouds and fine light snow falling early afternoon and a bit foggy, high of 25 degrees. About 1/4″new snow by mid-afternoon and below freezing. Shots fired late afternoon. Steady snow and below freezing just before dusk. Still snowing at midnight, about 1″ so far. Snowed all night.

Friday (Feb 12) 24 hour low of 13 degrees from Thurs morning, this morning overcast – ridges fogged in, below freezing and steady light snow continues, as of 10am 3″ new (SWE=0.32″) and 21″ on the ground. Squirrel tracks. Jays, hairy woodpecker, nuthatches and chickadees visiting. Steady fine snow and low overcast at lunch time, high of 26 degrees. Still below freezing mid-afternoon, clouds sitting on peaks and ridges, light fog and still snowing – less than 1/2″ has accumulated since this morning. Juvenile male red winged blackbird visiting. Still snowing lightly at dusk, low clouds and temperature dropping. Steady snowfall before midnight, about 1″ so far. Looks like it snowed all night.

Saturday (Feb 13) overnight low of 16 degrees, measured 3″ new snow (SWE=0.26″) and 23″ snow on the ground, overcast and fine light snow falling. Fresh fox and squirrel tracks. Hairy woodpecker, juvenile male red-wing blackbird, chickadees, nuthatches and jays visiting. Socked in and steady snowfall at lunch time, high of 26 degrees. Pine squirrel visited briefly. Light snowfall mid-afternoon, about 1/2″ accumulation for the day and below freezing. Breaks in the clouds and not snowing at dusk, temperature dropping. Cloudy before midnight. Another half inch of snow during the night.

Sunday (Feb 14) overnight low of 9 degrees, thinning overcast this morning, measured 1.25″ new snow (SWE=0.04″) and 24″ total on the ground. Red-winged blackbird, hairy woodpecker, jays, nuthatches and several chickadees visiting. Overcast at lunch time. Pine squirrel showed up for quick lunch. Thicker clouds early afternoon, foggy ridges and peaks, high of 30 degrees. Overcast and fine light snow falling late afternoon for a short while. Low overcast and cold at dusk.
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Idaho News:

349 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

Feb 12, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 349 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 167,225.

There are a total of 135,949 confirmed cases and 31,276 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 171,604 people have received the vaccine, and 222,173 total doses have been administered. …

5 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,796.

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Idaho Thursday, February 11

source: KTVB
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Number of new COVID-19 cases decline in Valley, Adams

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 11, 2021

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Valley and Adams counties continues to decline, according to health agency reports.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County since the start of the pandemic rose to 699 cases by Tuesday, up 17 cases from 682 a week ago, health officials said.

The number of new cases is down from the 28 new cases reported last week. That figure is also down from the 34 new cases reported two weeks ago and 48 new cases reported three weeks ago.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 600 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 17 cases from 583 cases a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported no new positive cases through Monday, leaving the total number of cases at 99 since the pandemic reached Valley County last summer.

Central District Health reported 611 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 15 more than the 596 cases reported a week ago.

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Valley hospitals give 1,635 people first COVID-19 dose

224 people get second dose of vaccine

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 11, 2021

A total of 1,635 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Valley County’s two hospitals, the hospitals reported.

St. Luke’s McCall had given 1,020 of the first doses as of Saturday, while Cascade Medical Center has given out 615 first doses through Monday.

The Cascade hospital total includes 21 first doses given Monday to Yellow Pine residents.

A total of 170 people have received the second of two required COVID-19 doses from St. Luke’s McCall, while 54 people have received the second dose at the Cascade hospital. …

St. Luke’s patients can schedule appointments online using myChart. Those who have never used St. Luke’s services can set-up a myChart account online or by calling 208-381-9000.

Those who cannot use myChart can call St. Luke’s Connect at 208-381-9500 to set up an appointment.

Appointments at Cascade Medical Center can be made at (link)  or call and leave a message at 208-382-4285.

Those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine include people over age 65, health-care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, first responders, teachers and school staff, daycare workers, and jail or prison staffers.

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$500 grants offered for wildfire prevention projects near homes

Residents and organizations can apply for a $500 grant for projects to protect their homes and neighborhoods against wildfires in anticipation of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 1.

Wildfire Community Preparation Day is a national campaign to encourage people and organizations to come together to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risk.

This year’s event will focus on what residents can do on and around their home to protect against wildfires.

There are more than 150 funding awards made possible through donations from State Farm.

For more information on application links and projects, email VCFirewise@gmail.com

source: The Star-News Feb 11, 2021
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Deadly avalanche season

By Linda Larsen February 12, 2021 Local News 8

We are in the middle of an extremely dangerous avalanche year.

Last week was the deadliest week of US avalanches on record, and at least 15 people died.

A persistent weak snow layer, combined with last week’s high winds and the new snow we are receiving Friday and Saturday make for very dangerous conditions. Especially this weekend.

Safety experts are warning us to stay out of areas prone to avalanches.

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Letters to Share:

Viewpoint: Pact only gives Midas Gold permission to clean up old mining

By Laurel Sayer

For years, Midas Gold has raised concerns about water quality conditions in the abandoned Stibnite mining district. Now we can take action.

More than 100 years of mostly unregulated mining activity at Stibnite left legacy environmental features that are negatively impacting ground and surface water. In some places, arsenic levels in ground water can peak at 700 times the drinking water standard.

The problems at site are vast and it will take many years and millions of dollars to implement a comprehensive solution. The problem is, when the federal government and the last of the remaining operators abandoned the site in 2012, Stibnite became an orphan. As a result, the most viable and comprehensive solution will now have to come from private investment.

We want to be a part of the solution. We designed the Stibnite Gold Project to address environmental legacies in areas that overlap our operations.

The legacy cleanup work proposed by the Project will need to wait until the Project receives approval. However, this does not address the waste remaining outside the Project footprint and it does not solve the most pressing water concerns now.

Up until recently, we could not do anything to help. Why couldn’t we do anything before now? Well, to clean up historical mining wastes on a site previously subject to three previous Superfund agreements, we needed government authority and we needed to make sure that by volunteering to clean up a mess we didn’t make, we wouldn’t unfairly inherit the environmental liability.

The agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service took three years of detailed discussion and deliberation that involved multiple state and federal agencies as well as numerous federal government-to-tribal government consultations before a final agreement was reached.

The agreement is solely focused on cleanup. It does not authorize mining activity and it has no impact on the ongoing regulatory review process of the Stibnite Gold Project under NEPA. To be clear, Midas Gold has no authority to begin mining operations under this agreement.

The actions under the agreed-upon phase of this agreement do not “pave the way” or pre-build any of the features needed for the project. These actions are entirely separate – and in some cases increase, not decrease, the amount of work we must do in construction.

The agreement does three things. First, it directs Midas Gold to conduct “time-critical” cleanup actions that the agencies determined were necessarily urgent and must be completed in the next four years.

Second, if the Stibnite Gold Project is permitted to move forward and Midas Gold, EPA, and the USFS agree to the subsequent phases, this agreement allows us to clean up additional legacy waste outside of the project footprint. This provides the only credible path for a comprehensive cleanup across the entire district.

Finally, it provides us clarity and certainty that if we voluntarily do this work, we will not unfairly inherit the environmental liability for the mess we didn’t create in the first place – a mess left behind generations ago. Importantly, the agreement does not change our liability or responsibility for our own actions.

Phase 1 of the agreement will take place over the next four years and addresses critical locations affecting water quality impacting the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. The work was ordered now because, as EPA determined in the agreement, there is an immediate threat posed to public health, welfare and the environment and these types of actions must happen sooner rather than later.

Over the next four years, we will safely remove 325,000 tons of historical mine waste left behind by past operators and conduct three water diversions on site, so we can keep clean water away from contaminants. We will also conduct a historical mine waste characterization study and an adit investigation.

This work will be approved and closely monitored by federal agencies. It is backed by $7.5 million dollars in financial assurance. Once it is complete, more work will still need to be done. But our team believes, and regulators agreed, it is better to start solving parts of the problem now instead of letting it continue to worsen.

Our team did not cause the problems at site but we are committed to being a part of the solution for a comprehensive and permanent restoration of Stibnite. For now, we are focused on taking the first step.

(Laurel Sayer is the CEO of Midas Gold Idaho and Midas Gold Corp.)

source: The Star-News Feb 11, 2021
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Proposed access roads to Stibnite mine have many problems

To the Editor:

Over the past 40 years I have raised a family and grown a business here in Valley County. During that time my family and I have recreated extensively through camping, motorcycling, biking, hiking and kayaking in the South Fork of the Salmon area.

I wish to express my concerns for the access routes that Midas Gold has proposed to transport hazardous materials, supplies and manpower to and from the mine.

The proposed Burnt Log Road is currently a jeep trail along a high elevation ridge, reaching nearly 8,600 feet, and is immediately adjacent the the Frank Church Wilderness. This would make it the second-highest year round road in the state.

In several locations it lies within the Middle Fork of the Salmon River watershed. Midas Gold is proposing to keep this road open in winter for 65 vehicles per day, many of which will be carrying hazardous materials. It will use magnesium chloride, know to cause damage to road surfaces, vehicular brakes, and plant life.

This route is planned to be a 5%-7% grade, requiring massive amounts of earth to be moved, roughly 20 streams to be crossed, and wildlife migratory paths to be rerouted. We need a detailed design of the Burnt Log Road to be examined by appropriate scientists and engineers to assure safety for people, wildlife, and the environment.

The Johnson Creek and Stibnite roads will be used during the mine’s construction, deconstruction and throughout operations if Alternative 4 is chosen. In April 2019 an avalanche followed by land slides buried the Stibnite Road to depths close to 100 feet and closed access to the mine for close to a month. Valley County was responsible for the repair costing tax payers over $700,000.

Apparently, federal taxpayers will help with the expenses, but not any funds yet. The unwritten understanding is that Midas Gold will upgrade and maintain the Stibnite and Johnson Creek roads during the time of mine operation.

How do they intend to prevent slides in the numerous avalanche chutes to keep the road open? How is Midas going to handle recreation traffic, particularly in winter? Johnson Creek is a popular snowmobile route. Can backcountry enthusiasts and ore traffic share the road?

The DEIS does not discuss clearly what happens on the Warm Lake Road, a shared route among all the proposed alternatives, and is hugely popular with Yellow Pine locals and recreationalists. At present the grade to Landmark is not plowed in winter and has a grade of 13 percent in places, sharp switchbacks, and a narrow crumbling road surface.

Winter use by heavy ore trucks and magnesium chloride would further degrade this road. Who is responsible for improvements and repairs? Can campers and ore trucks safely negotiate this track together in summer?

Does the Idaho Transportation Department have a written agreement with Midas as to who is responsible for improvements and maintenance of Idaho 55 during construction and mine activities? Can we keep locals and tourists safe with Midas traffic once every 10 to 15 minutes? Has the impact of 29 ore-trucks daily, heavier than log trucks, on the road surface, particularly with the use of magnesium chloride, been calculated?

Most Idahoans who never enter the backcountry think they will be unaffected by the Stibnite Gold Mine, but in fact, their family’s driving safety will be compromised and most likely they will feel the affects of greater taxes. The Stibnite Gold Mine is all of our problem.

Gusti Laidlaw, McCall

source: The Star-News Feb 11, 2021
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Public Lands:

Friends of avalanche center to open online auction Sunday

The Star-News Feb 11, 2021

A live silent auction to benefit Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center will open on Sunday and run through Feb. 20.

The auction will be posted at (link)

Auction items posted so far include hotel stays, rounds of golf, snowmobile rentals, two-way radios, skis and snow gear. More items will be added in the coming days.

The goal is to raise $5,000 to fund additional avalanche forecasts for the 2021-22 season, “future forecasters” scholarships, the group’s beacon training park at the Little Ski Hill and the Granite Mountain weather station.

source: The Star-News Feb 11, 2021
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Critter News:

Idaho Fish and Game guides elk herd of 150 across Highway 20

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, February 11th 2021 CBS2

For the third year in a row, a very large herd of elk have moved their way into the Sugar City area from Teton Canyon.

The elk have caused traffic issues in the past near the Highway 20 and Highway 33 junction.

Idaho Fish and Game tried using a baiting operation in late December to try and prevent the elk from reaching the highway, but it didn’t appear to work. Officers are now working with landowners to patrol and place signs in the area to minimize disturbance of the elk from motorists of all kinds.

On Tuesday, it took about 15 minutes for the large herd to move from the east side of Highway 20 to the west side. Idaho State Police troopers helped Fish and Game officers escort the animals.

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Fish & Game News:

Fish and Game Seeks Input on Upcoming Big Game Hunting Seasons

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game wants to hear from big game hunters about proposed changes for the 2021 and 2022 seasons for deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain lion, black bear and wolf.

Fish and Game will not hold regular open house meetings, but the easiest way for hunters to review the proposals and provide their comments is by visiting the big game proposals webpage at (link).

The proposed changes are posted by species within each of Fish and Game’s seven regions. Potential season changes in the Salmon Region include:

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Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officer awarded Idaho Medal of Honor

By Sharon Kiefer, Bureau Chief – Communications & Marketing
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Conservation Officer Randy Martinez returned fire while two deputies were under attack in New Meadows

The Idaho Medal of Honor Commission announced on Feb. 10 that Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Randy Martinez is among six Idaho law enforcement officers awarded the Idaho Medal Of Honor.

The medal is the state’s highest honor for bravery and exceptional courage. It is awarded to first responders, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, or EMS providers, who perform exceptional, meritorious conduct in the line of duty in a situation that may have resulted in death or serious injury.

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Fish and Game biologists treat sick cow moose for a second time in Hailey

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

A cow moose with a severe eye infection was treated and released


IDFG

In early December 2020, Fish and Game was notified by residents of Hailey of a cow moose that appeared to have a severe case of conjunctivitis in both eyes. Local Fish and Game officers darted the moose and applied antibiotics in an attempt to clear up the eye infection. A GPS collar was also placed on the moose so that wildlife biologists could track her location and assess if the antibiotic treatment was effective.

The cow moose and her calf were seen throughout the Hailey area during winter.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Boise cat struggles with diet after sneaking food from the neighbors

Like many humans, Chester Bartlett, a dignified orange tabby, has added on a few pandemic pounds.

Feb 11, 2021 KTVB

The stresses of being a sentient being during the last few years have led to countless scores of people occasionally cheating on their diets. Some more than others, like one very tubby kitty in Boise.

Chester Bartlett, a dignified orange tabby, has certainly added on a few pandemic pounds after he weighed in at 31 pounds.

Bartlett’s mother told KTVB that he was placed on a diet after he tricked the whole family and the neighbors next door into feeding him repeatedly each day.

Turns out the cat wanted second breakfast every day – and elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper to boot.

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Seasonal Humor:

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Feb 7, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Feb 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
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
Feb 28 – 2pm Fest Planning Meeting
(details below)
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From Valley County

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

Next Festival Planning Meeting

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 @ Community Hall, 2pm
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Village News:

YPCountryClub-aHappy 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.
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January Precipitation History:

Year: Water / Snow
2021: 2.58″ / 23.9″
2020: 3.34″ / 38.6″
2019: 2.45″ / 19.0″
2018: 2.67″ / 17.7″
2017: 2.64″ / 17.8″
2016: 1.87″ / 10.7″
2015: 1.70″ / 7.5″
2014: 1.58″ / 8.4”
2013: 1.80″ / 16.0″
2012: 2.36″ / 11.9″
2011: 2.05″ / 7.8″
2010: 1.91″ / 12.75″

January Average Highs & Lows

2021 35.5 15.0
2020 35.1 18.4
2019 36.3 13.5
2018 39.0 22.1
2017 29.8 4.1
2016 36.3 15.3
2015 38.8 15.4
2014 39.1 13.0
2013 32.9 8.1
2012 37.5 14.8
2011 34.9 13.8
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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

Report Monday (Feb 1) Dumpsters were empty and the building was clean, also there were some muddy bear paw prints on the outside of the doors. The road to the dump is plowed wide and smooth, nice drive.

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 1) overnight low of 18 degrees, this morning mostly thin clouds, and measured 20″ of snow on the ground. Jays, chickadees, nuthatches and the pine squirrel visiting. At lunch time mostly thicker gray clouds, high of 50 degrees. Variable breezes, warm and mostly small white clouds early afternoon. Nearly overcast with gray thicker clouds late afternoon. Cloudy and above freezing at dusk. Gusty breezes started before 10pm and into the night. Mostly cloudy before midnight. Little bit of rain early morning (around 5am?)

Tuesday (Feb 2) 24 hour low of 23 degrees from Monday morning, (probably did not go below freezing.) This morning dark overcast, light breezes and started to sprinkle at 10am. Nuthatches, chickadees, a jay, a hairy woodpecker and the pine squirrel visiting. Break in the rain at lunch time, then light sprinkles early afternoon, breezy with low overcast sitting on top of the higher peaks and ridges, high of 42 degrees. Break in the rain mid-afternoon, then coming down pretty good for a short while then back to sprinkles. Still sprinkling and above freezing at dusk. A light dusting of snow before 930pm. Cloudy before midnight.

Wednesday (Feb 3) overnight low of 20 degrees, a scant 1/4″ new snow plus rain = 0.19″, snow on the ground averages 16″. Broken overcast sky this morning. Hairy woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, jays visiting and later the squirrel. A few flakes of snow before lunch time and above freezing, high of 36 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time. Thin spots in the clouds early afternoon with filtered sunlight and a bit breezy. Cloudy at dusk and below freezing. Fat trace of snow late evening. Cloudy before midnight.

Thursday (Feb 4) overnight low of 16 degrees, a scant 1/4″ new snow (SWE=0.01″) and 16″ of snow on the ground, flat overcast sky. Jays, nuthatches, chickadees and the squirrel visiting. Fairly fresh deer scat on Westside Ave. Overcast at lunch time, high of 33 degrees. Barely above freezing, overcast and breezy with a few flakes of snow mid-afternoon. Flaking but not accumulating at dusk. Light snow before midnight and a trace accumulation. Bold fox on the porch! Looks like it snowed all night.

Friday (Feb 5) 24 hour low of 20 degrees from Thursday morning, low overcast and steady snow this morning, a fat 3″ new snow (SWE=0.20″) and 19″ snow on the ground. Jays, hairy woodpecker, chickadees, nuthatches and the pine squirrel visiting. Thinner clouds and filtered sunlight at lunch time, light breeze, above freezing and light snowfall (another 1/2″ new), high of 39 degrees Mail truck made it in on time. Stopped snowing early afternoon and breaks in the clouds. Partly clear and gusty breezes just before sunset. Lighter breezes, a little above freezing and cloudy at dusk. Partly clear before midnight.

Saturday (Feb 6) overnight low of 17 degrees, light dusting of snow fell early plus 1/2″ snow from Fri (SWE=0.05″) and measured 18″ snow on the ground, the sky was overcast at sunrise. Fresh fox tracks. Jays, several chickadees, a few nuthatches and squirrel visiting. Cloudy and icicles dripping at lunch time, high of 39 degrees. Overcast and light breeze mid-afternoon, flaking snow. The river sounds louder. Cloudy, snowing lightly and right at freezing at dusk. A fat trace of snow by 8pm. Snowing lightly before midnight, maybe 1/2″ so far. Probably quit snowing shortly after midnight.

Sunday (Feb 7) 24 hour low of 27 degrees from Saturday morning, measured 3/4″ new snow (SWE=0.05″) and a little over 18″ snow on the ground. Overcast and gusty breezes this morning. Jays, chickadees, nuthatches, a downy woodpecker and the pine squirrel visiting. Cloudy and breezy at lunch time, high of 35 degrees. Flakes and flurries on and off during the afternoon, breezy and chilly. Elk wandering through the golf course. Calmer and cloudy at dusk.
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Idaho News:

Idaho moves to stage three of reopening after decrease in COVID-19 cases

By Katie Kloppenburg Feb 02, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday the state is moving into stage three of the Idaho Rebounds reopening plan.

In stage three, gathering sizes increase from 10 to 50 people and does not apply to political and religious expression, educational activities and healthcare-related events, like COVID-19 testing or vaccination events. The gathering size limit also does not apply to youth sporting events, as long as spectator rules by the Idaho State Board of Education are followed.

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs can still operate with seating only.

“This is not a signal to let up on our collective good efforts,” Little said. “We must stay vigilant. Idaho is surrounded by states that have detected a much more contagious, variant strain of COVID-19. We know it is only a matter of time before we discover it right here in Idaho.”

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404 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

Feb 5. 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 404 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 164,969.

There are a total of 134,265 confirmed cases and 30,704 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 134,367 people have received the vaccine, and 166,466 total doses have been administered. …

The state said 14 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 6,785 and 1 new case has been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 1,184. …

11 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,758.

full story: [Valley County 768 cases 5 deaths.]
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Idaho February 3, 2021

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Valley [County] Cases Total 682

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 4, 2021

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County since the start of the pandemic rose to 682 cases by Tuesday, up 28 cases from 654 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 583 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 27 cases from 556 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 99 total positive cases through Monday, or one more than the 98 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 596 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 34 more than the 562 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.

Three confirmed deaths and one probable death of Valley County residents related to COVID-19 have been reported.

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St. Luke’s McCall fills up COVID-19 vaccine slots in minutes

Cascade hospitals gives 500 shots on Wednesday

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Feb 4, 2021

Appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations through St. Luke’s McCall for those age 65 and older were filled within minutes after opening on Monday.

The 200 appointments were the first offered to a part of the general population as well as specific groups of people.

Previously, the COVID-19 vaccine was only available to health-care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, first responders, teachers and school staff, daycare workers, and jail or prison staffers.

New appointments will be based on the number of doses allocated to St. Luke’s McCall, St. Luke’s McCall Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer Amber Green said.

New appointments likely will open up on Monday each week, with more opening during the week if more doses are acquired, Green said. …

Cascade Medical Center was expected to give the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday to 500 people, most of which were over age 65, hospital CEO Tom Reinhardt said. The clinic was held at the Cascade American Legion Hall.

“We have ordered more vaccine, and will schedule our next clinic when it arrives,” Reinhardt said.

As of Wednesday, 858 residents of Valley County had received the first dose of the vaccine while 145 residents had received both doses, according to figures from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. …

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Valley County Driver’s License Services

Feb 6, 2021

Our driver’s license services are now open to normal business hours.

We are asking the public to assist us in keeping our community safe and our doors are open. Masks are still required and we are limiting the amount of people allowed in the office/lobby area at a time.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The hours for testing for Class D and motorcycle endorsements will be from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The hours for CDL testing will be 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fingerprinting services are available Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our office will be closed Wednesday March 10, 2021 for training.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 208-382-7158.

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Valley County get $2,837 for emergency food, shelter programs

The Star-News Feb 4, 2021

Valley County has been awarded $2,837 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The funds were made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

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Snow bike race draws 1,000 people, 95 entrants to Cascade

The Star-News Feb 4, 2021

Round Two of the 2021 North American Snow Bike Association National Championship Snow Bike Series drew 95 entrants and about 1,000 people on Saturday to the event’s new location near Cascade.

The event was moved from McCall, where it made its debut in 2009, to a track along Warm Lake Road, after the 2021 McCall Winter Carnival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

The day of racing ended with the UTVs taking the line, and the crowd was treated to mayhem and crashing galore.

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Two people taken to hospital after helicopter crash near Horseshoe Bend

Feb 05, 2021 KIVI

Two people were taken to the hospital after a USDA Wildlife Service helicopter crashed near Horseshoe Bend just after 12:30 p.m. The Boise County Sheriff’s Office says the helicopter was doing wildlife work in the area.

One of the occupants was taken to a local hospital by St. Luke’s air ambulance. The other occupant was taken by ground ambulance, according to the Boise County Sheriff’s Office. There is no word on their condition.

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Still waiting on your stimulus check? Check your pile of junk mail

8 million Americans received stimulus debit cards

By Karen Lehr Feb 02, 2021 KIVI

Here’s what you want to look for:

By now, most eligible Americans have received their second stimulus payment but some people are still waiting.

Even if your first payment in 2020 was deposited directly into your bank account, this time around you may want to keep an eye on the mailbox.

The Treasury Department and IRS sent out eight million pre-paid debit cards in this round of payments that are making some people question if they’re the real deal.

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Scam Alert:

Fake N95 masks have flooded the market. Here’s how to tell the difference

Feb 5, 2021 Local News 8

There’s one mask guideline that hasn’t changed throughout the pandemic — you definitely should be wearing one.

But what happens when you’re not sure if your mask is real?

Between the time the pandemic began and the year ended, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized over 14.6 million counterfeit face masks entering the US, the agency told CNN.

N95 masks are considered the gold standard for mask usage, but counterfeit doppelgängers may threaten Americans’ safety. Not meeting US safety standards means they may not filter out airborne particles effectively, the agency said.

Here’s how you can spot a fake N95 mask.

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Mining News:

Midas Gold submits updated plan for Stibnite mine

Changes aimed to ensure water quality in East Fork

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Feb 4, 2021

Midas Gold has submitted an updated plan that would go beyond its previous proposal to protect water quality and fish habitat at its proposed Stibnite Gold Project near Yellow Pine.

The changes come in response to the comments received on the Payette National Forest’s draft study of the project that was released last August.

Those comments, from citizens as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, worried whether Midas Gold’s plans to clean pollution from water draining from piles of waste rock and tailings would work, especially long after the mine is closed.

The new plan would eliminate two permanent water treatment plants that had been proposed. One water treatment plant would remain, but would only need to operate for 25 years after the mine is closed.

Critics worried whether funding would be available years from now to keep the treatment plants running and whether the plants would be adequate to keep pollution out of the East Fork South Fork Salmon River.

The Payette’s draft study outlined four alternatives for the proposed gold and antimony mine. The approved plan could feature parts of those alternatives as well as the latest proposal.

It is too soon to know if the updated plan will delay approval of the mine, for which a draft decision is currently expected in August, Payette Public Affairs Office Brian Harris said.

If further study is needed, the Payette could re-open the public comment period on the project, which has already drawn more than 10,000 comments.

The changes to the plan would focus on water quality in the East Fork, which runs through the heart of the project area.

Hangar Flats/Fiddle Creek

The most significant part of the new plan would eliminate a proposed waste rock pile in the Fiddle Creek Drainage, which at 168 acres would have covered the equivalent of 127 football fields.

Eliminating the Fiddle Creek pile means a permanent water treatment plant would not be needed to clean pollutants from rainwater and snow run-off seeping through the pit.

Some of the waste rock that would have gone in the Fiddle Creek pile would instead backfill the Hangar Flats Pit, one of three open pit mines planned by Midas Gold.

The new plan would reduce the Hangar Flats pit size from about 140 acres to 66 acres, reducing the amount of rock to be excavated by 44 million tons

Previous plans had called for a lake to be formed in the Hangar Flats Pit with groundwater, rain and snow runoff.

Eliminating the lake would prevent the release of acid and metals that occurs when exposed mining rock comes in contact with water.

The lake water would have required permanent water treatment to remove arsenic and antimony leached from the exposed mining rock, under previous plans.

Eliminating the lake also would keep water flowing in nearby streams. Those streams would be at risk of drying up until the lake is filled, which could have taken up to seven years.

Stibnite Lake

The updated plan calls for the existing Yellow Pine Pit Lake to be restored after gold ore is removed from the pit.

The lake marks where past mining operations have blocked upstream fish passage in the East Fork South Fork Salmon River for the last 80 years.

Previously, Midas Gold had planned to fill the pit and route the East Fork through a channel across the filled-in pit.

The new plan would put a liner in the bottom of the partially backfilled pit and let natural water refill it. The new lake would be renamed Stibnite Lake.

The East Fork would flow through Stibnite Lake and benefit downstream fish with colder water. Without the lake, downstream water temperatures would rise and could harm fish, according to Midas Gold.

Arsenic Reduction

The updated plan would neutralize more arsenic left in the slurry remaining after gold and silver is removed from ore.

Arsenic and other pollutants in the slurry would be neutralized by adding more lime than previously proposed.

Not all of the arsenic would be neutralized, however, and a treatment plant would still be needed to decontaminate water from the slurry, which would collect over time in a storage pond on top of the lined tailings pile.

Run-off water and water from the condensed tailings would need to be treated for about 25 years after the mine is closed, under the updated plan.

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

State forms advisory panel on endowment lands

Group’s formation prompted by proposals to develop state parcels

By Drew Dodson for The Star-News Feb 4, 2021

A panel of local citizens, organizations and businesses has been formed by the Idaho Department of Lands to review management of state endowment lands around McCall.

The Payette Endowment Land Strategy Focus Group met for the first time last Thursday for three hours over Zoom. Two more meetings will be held on Feb. 11 and Feb. 25.

About 87 members of the public observed last week’s meeting.

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Masks required at national parks

Feb 3, 2021 Local News 8

Masks are now required inside our national parks.

Everyone will need to wear a mask inside all park buildings and facilities.

They are also required on any park managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained. That includes narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and historic homes.

The National Park Service says it will continue to evaluate operations and make changes to visitor services as needed.

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Critter News:

Two wolves poached near Cambridge off Highway 71

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, February 3rd 2021

Idaho Fish and Game says two wolves have been poached just off Highway 71 northwest of Cambridge.

A conservation officer responded to the report on Jan. 30 and found two wolves; one was heavily scavenged, while the other remained intact after tumbling down a hill into Brownlee Creek.

Evidence was collected but the officer hopes to learn more about the case from an eyewitness or anyone else who may have information.

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Bannock Sheriffs Office retires drug dog into care of his handler

By Emma Iannacone February 2, 2021 Local News 8

After 8 years in the force, Bannock County Sheriff drug dog Ryder is retiring into the care of his handler.

On Tuesday, Bannock County Commissioners agreed to Sheriff Tony Manu’s request to retire one of the County’s 3 narcotic canines. For the adoption fee of $1, Ryder will get to spend his golden years with his handler, Corporal Nick Zweigart.

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IDFG says there is uptick in mountain lion encounters in Southcentral Idaho neighborhoods

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, February 6th 2021


Adult female lions sits in the backyard of a home in the Wood River Valley. (M. Smith)

Idaho Fish and Game officials say mountain lion sightings and encounters have increased in Southcentral Idaho mountain communities after recent heavy snowfall in late January.

Officials say they have received calls about mountain lions in the Wood River Valley, and near the mountain communities of Pine and Featherville. These calls started coming in after recent snowstorms brought feet of snow to area communities.

“Numerous reports of lion sighting and encounters have been reported to Fish and Game since late January, with most reports coming from neighborhoods north of Hailey,” Idaho Fish and Game said.

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Second sand cat arrives at Zoo Boise

By Katie Kloppenburg Feb 02, 2021 KIVI


Photo by: Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise announced Tuesday that they welcomed their second sand cat, named Simba. Zoo staff says Simba has recently been introduced to the female sand cat, Nala.

The introductions are going well and there are exciting prospects for the future of the species at Zoo Boise.

Nala came to Zoo Boise last November from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Simba came from the Living Desert in Palm Springs.

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Boise State students fined, admit to dumping 34 waterfowl carcasses behind Fred Meyer

by Ryan L Morrison Wednesday, February 3rd 2021 CBS2

Two Boise State University students recently confessed and were fined for dumping 34 waterfowl carcasses behind a Fred Meyer in Garden City.

Idaho Fish and Game officers started investigating the case on Jan. 25 when someone reported 19 whole waterfowl carcasses and 15 others with the breast meat removed behind the store at Glenwood and Chinden.

A suspected vehicle was identified through security footage and a photo was put out to the public.

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Fish & Game News:

F&G Commission modifies outfitter allocation in some newly limited, over-the-counter elk hunts

By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
Friday, February 5, 2021

Increased allocation is to match documented outfitter use in certain elk zones

During its meeting in Nampa on Jan. 28, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission modified the number of elk tags available to outfitted nonresident hunters in newly limited, over-the-counter elk hunts by increasing the allocation of outfitter tags in some elk zones in order to match documented outfitter use.

The modification to the outfitter allocation is part of a transitional process as Fish and Game heads into its first year with newly established limits on nonresident participation in over-the-counter elk and deer hunts.

The Commission used temporary rulemaking in December to approve increasing the outfitter set-aside for nonresident elk tags from 2,400 to 2,800. That was after approving a rulemaking petition seeking to increase the outfitter set-aside up to 25 percent of the nonresident quota for general nonresident deer and elk tags, which is the statutory ceiling. Without this action, documented outfitter use of tags in certain over-the-counter elk hunts would not be met.

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Mule deer poached and left to waste in Bingham County

By Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding the poaching and waste of a mule deer buck in Bingham County. The buck’s carcass was recently discovered on private property on the edge of Hell’s Half Acre in Game Management Unit 63 just west of Shelley.

Fish and Game estimates that the buck was shot sometime between the evening of Wednesday, Jan 27 and the evening of Friday, Jan 29. The head of the deer was removed along with its back straps. The rest of the carcass was left to waste.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Pandas play in the snow: National Zoo captures baby and parent pandas enjoying the snow

by Samantha Mitchell, WJLA Sunday, January 31st 2021

What really could be better than capturing pandas playing in the snow? How about a video of pandas sliding around and seeming to thoroughly enjoy it?

That’s exactly what the Smithsonian National Zoo did Sunday as they sent out videos and photos of both the baby panda and parent pandas relishing the white powder in their enclosures.

One video captured the adorable moment one of the pandas slid through the snow on its back, while another angle of the video captured the panda rolling around in the fluff.

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Seasonal Humor:

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WackyWinterDriving-a
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Jan 31, 2021 The Yellow Pine Times

Jan 31, 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
Aug 11 – Valley County Mask Order
(details below)
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From Valley County

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

(No events scheduled at this time.)
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Village News:

Winter Storms

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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January Precipitation History:

Year: Water / Snow
2021: 2.58″ / 23.9″
2020: 3.34″ / 38.6″
2019: 2.45″ / 19.0″
2018: 2.67″ / 17.7″
2017: 2.64″ / 17.8″
2016: 1.87″ / 10.7″
2015: 1.70″ / 7.5″
2014: 1.58″ / 8.4”
2013: 1.80″ / 16.0″
2012: 2.36″ / 11.9″
2011: 2.05″ / 7.8″
2010: 1.91″ / 12.75″
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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 road to the dump was plowed Saturday (Jan 30) and Lakeshore came in Sunday (Jan 31) to empty the dumpsters.

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

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

Boil Water Advisory Notice

Boil Your Water Before Using

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

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

The system is being monitored and checked daily for compliance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)

YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

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

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

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

YP Fire Commissioners:
Sue Holloway – District 1
Dan Stiff – District 2
Merrill Saleen – District 3
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 (Jan 25) overnight low of 4 degrees, mostly clear sky this morning with a little thin high haze, estimated 13″ snow on the ground. Pine squirrel, chickadees and nuthatches visiting. Thin overcast and filtered sunshine at lunch time, high of 30 degrees. Chilly mid-afternoon, below freezing, calm and mostly high thin haze. Hazy sky and filtered moonlight before midnight.

Tuesday (Jan 26) overnight low of -1 degree, cracks in the overcast this morning and 13″ of snow on the ground. Jays, a clarks nutcracker (briefly), chickadees, nuthatches, a hairy woodpecker and the pine squirrel visiting. Gray overcast at lunch time, high of 27 degrees. A few flakes of snow fell early afternoon for a short while. Overcast late afternoon and below freezing plus wind chill from light breezes. Broken cloud cover and weak moonlight before midnight. Clear and cold after midnight. Started snowing after 7am, by 9am snowing pretty good.

Wednesday (Jan 27) 24 hour low of 11 degrees from Tuesday morning. By 1030am we had 1″ new snow (SWE=0.07″) and 14″ on the ground, low clouds and snowing pretty good. A pair of hairys and a downy woodpecker, nuthatches, chickadees, jays and the pine squirrel visiting. Snowing pretty good (another inch), socked in to the valley floor and breezy at lunch time, high of 31 degrees. Mail truck made it in on time. Snowing pretty good early afternoon, gusty breezes and snow blowing out of the trees, low visibility at times. By 3pm we had 3″ new snow since the morning measurement, still snowing, below freezing and gusty breezes, ridges socked in. Still snowing at dusk, calmer and below freezing. More snow had accumulated by 9pm. Snowed all night.

Thursday (Jan 28) 24 hour low of 26 degrees from Wednesday morning (high of 31 degrees this morning) low overcast and light snowfall. Measured 5″ new snow on the board (SWE=0.32″) and 18″ snow on the ground. A pair of hairys and a downy woodpecker, chickadees, nuthatches, jays and the pine squirrel visiting. Still snowing lightly at lunch time and low clouds, high of 35 degrees. Break in the snow around 4pm, about 1/4″ accumulation but mostly melting as it was above freezing. A few more flakes late afternoon then another break at dusk. Snowing lightly after dark. Still snowing lightly at midnight. Light snow all night, then moderate snow early morning. (Bulk of snow fell after 6am.)

Friday (Jan 29) overnight low of 30 degrees, 4.5″ new snow (SWE=0.31″) and 21″ on the ground, low overcast and snowing pretty good – about an inch per hour. Northern flicker, jays, 2 hairys and a downy woodpecker, numerous chickadees and some nuthatches visiting, (the squirrel showed up later.) Socked in and steady wet snow at lunch time, high of 36 degrees. Snowed until mid-afternoon (settled down to 1.5″ from 3″ earlier), above freezing and clouds lifted from floor to below ridge tops. Snowing pretty good before midnight. Snowed until 7am.

Saturday (Jan 30) overnight low of 24 degrees, 3″ new snow (SWE=026″) and 22″ on the ground, broken overcast this morning. Jays, a pair of hairy woodpeckers, nuthatches, several chickadees, a dark-eyed junco and the pine squirrel visiting. Overcast at lunch time, a few icicles dripping, high of 34 degrees. Above freezing, overcast and a biting breeze before sundown. Cloudy and just below freezing at dusk. Partly clear and filtered moonlight before midnight.

Sunday (Jan 31) overnight low of 10 degrees, partly clear sky this morning, measured 20″ snow on the ground. Lots of chickadees, a few nuthatches, jays, a hairy woodpecker and the pine squirrel visiting. Thickening overcast at lunch time. Partly sunny early afternoon and icicles dripping, high of 43 degrees. Gusty breezes mid-afternoon. Mostly clear and cold breezes at sunset. Calmer and mostly clear at dusk.
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Idaho News:

635 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

Jan 29, 2021 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 635 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths on Friday.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 162,355.

There are a total of 132,217 confirmed cases and 30,138 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 94,071 people have received the vaccine, and 114,372 total doses have been administered. …

4 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 1,725.

full story: [Valley County 710 casts 4 deaths.]
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Idaho Thursday, January 28

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[Valley County] Cases Total 654

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Jan 28, 2021

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Valley County since the start of the pandemic rose to 654 cases by Tuesday, up 34 cases from 620 a week ago, health officials said.

St. Luke’s McCall on Tuesday reported 556 total positive cases from testing done at the hospital, up 31 cases from 525 a week ago.

Cascade Medical Center reported 98 positive cases through Monday, or three more than the 95 cases reported last week.

Central District Health reported 562 of the positive cases were confirmed to be Valley County residents as of Tuesday, which is 37 more than the 525 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.

Three confirmed deaths and one probable death of Valley County residents related to COVID-19 have been reported.

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Cascade hospital to start COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 65+

St. Luke’s McCall hopes to schedule older residents soon

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Jan 28, 2021

Cascade Medical Center expects to give 500 people COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday, including the first group of people age 65 and older.

All 500 appointments have been filled for Wednesday’s clinic at the Cascade American Legion Hall, hospital CEO Tom Reinhardt said.

St. Luke’s McCall is also hoping to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to those age 65 and older next week, but was still waiting Wednesday for authorization from the hospital’s parent company, St. Luke’s Health System, hospital Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer Amber Green said.

More clinics will be scheduled in Cascade as more vaccine becomes available, Reinhardt said.

Those wishing to be vaccinated in Cascade should go to http://cascademedicalcenter.net  and complete a form. Hospital staffers will call back to schedule an appointment.

More than 900 people have requested the vaccine from Cascade Medical Center, Reinhardt said.

The vaccine will be the first of two required to provide full immunization. Those who are vaccinated Wednesday will receive appointments for the second dose, he said.

As of Wednesday, 719 residents of Valley County had received only the first of two required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine while 94 residents had received both doses, according to figures from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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6 Common Myths and Facts About COVID-19 Vaccine, Debunked by CDH

by Erika Lee Wednesday, January 27th 2021 CBS2

Here are the six most common myths Central District Health says are frequently assumed about the COVID-19 vaccine and why they say they’re not true.

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7 more Idaho children diagnosed with MIS-C

All of the children diagnosed with the rare complication of COVID-19 have required hospitalization, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

January 28, 2021 KTVB

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said Thursday that seven more children in Idaho have been diagnosed with a serious inflammatory illness linked to COVID-19.

The children, who were sickened by Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) between November and early January, were not previously added to the state’s count. In some of the cases, public health investigations were only recently completed, according to Health and Welfare.

The new additions bring Idaho’s total number of confirmed MIS-C cases to 16 since the beginning of the pandemic.

MIS-C is a rare complication that causes inflammation in a child’s organs, brain, eyes, or skin, and can be fatal.

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Photos: McCall, Valley County gets pummeled with lots and lots of snow

CBS2 Jan 28, 2021

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McCall sees more than 2 feet of snow in 2 days

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, January 29th 2021

The most recent weather pattern is dumping snow into the McCall area.

According to the National Weather Service, McCall has seen 25.5 inches of snow over the last two days.

NWS says this is the most snow over a two-day period since January 1971, and it’s the fifth-highest amount over the course of two days since records began in 1905.

More snow is expected today!

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Snow bike races continue despite McCall Winter Carnival cancellation

By Steve Dent Jan 29, 2021 KIVI

Cascade, Idaho — The organizers of the McCall Winter Carnival made the difficult decision to cancel the carnival, it would have taken place this weekend.

Normally thousands of people make their way to McCall for this annual tradition, but despite the cancellation due to concerns over the coronavirus one event was able to continue.

On Saturday, a unique race with deep ties to Idaho will take center stage in Cascade.

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Area home, lot sales surge in 2020

McCall, NM see largest growth in prices, land sales

By Tom Grote for The Star-News Jan 28, 2021

Sales of homes and lots in 2020 reached levels not seen since the real estate boom of the 2000s, according to local Realtors and sales reports.

“Everyone wants a slice of paradise,” said Will Minshall, associate broker with The McCall Real Estate Company. “Buyers are looking for places with less people.”

Realtors responding to an informal survey by The Star-News offered mixed opinions on where the buyers are coming from.

Home sales increased 23% in 2020 over 2019 with sales of lots and acreages soaring to a 61% gain in 2020 over the prior year, according to figures compiled by the Mountain Central Association of Realtors.

The figures include sales in Valley County and the New Meadows area in Adams County.

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Tamarack Resort submits ambitious expansion plans for the mountain

The resort has filed for a special use permit with Forest Service that would greatly expand operations with six new aerial lifts including a 10-person gondola.

January 28, 2021 KTVB

As more snow continues to fall in Idaho’s mountains, Tamarack Resort is looking to the future with an ambitious expansion plan.

The all-season resort near Donnelly has filed for a special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service to more than double its mountain terrain for winter and summer recreation.

Tamarack Resort has spent the past 18 months updating its Master Development Plan (MDP), which sets the resort’s long-term development vision and identifies the mountain terrain necessary for expanding winter and summer operations on lands administered by the Boise National Forest.

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Public Lands:

Focus Group looks at endowment land surrounding Payette Lake

By Steve Dent Jan 28, 2021 KIVI

The Idaho Department of Lands manages 183,000 acres of land around Payette Lake and Little Payette Lake. On Thursday, interested stakeholders came together to form a focus group and hold their first virtual meeting.

Endowment Land was handed over when Idaho became a state, but it came with a catch. Endowment Land has to be managed to maximize revenue.

“These lands were pulled out of the public domain and given to the state to be managed in a way to produce income for public schools and other beneficiaries,” said Dustin Miller of the Idaho Department of Lands.

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Idaho State Parks sees record-breaking visitation numbers

By Katie Kloppenburg Jan 28, 2021 KIVI

Idaho State Parks had a record-breaking year with 7,6571,582 people visiting the parks in 2020. The previous record was set in 2019 with 6,468,159 visitors, after several years of steady growth.

“It’s a mind-boggling number,” said Brian Beckley, chairman of the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board, which oversees the department. “Never before have we had so many people come out to our parks. But with the pandemic keeping people indoors and isolated, outdoor recreation became one of the few things people could do responsibly to beat COVID cabin fever.”

The visitation figure accounts for day users and campers, according to a news release. Beckley said it is great to see so many people experiencing some of Idaho’s most special places, but it also meant more strain and wear on park facilities and staff.

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USDA Forest Service Chief Announces New Acting Regional Forester for Intermountain Region

Ogden, Utah, January 27, 2021 – USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen has announced Mary Farnsworth as Acting Regional Forester for the Forest Service Intermountain Region located in Ogden, Utah. As Acting Regional Forester, Farnsworth will oversee management of more than 32 million acres of national forest and grasslands, in six states with over 2,500 employees. In her new role as Acting Regional Forester, Farnsworth will play an essential role in carrying out agency and regional goals including 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 is currently serving as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region. Previously, she was the Forest Supervisor on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Beginning her career on the Umatilla National Forest in 1987, Farnsworth has dedicated more than 30 years to the agency. She has held a variety of leadership and staff positions across the agency including in the agency national headquarters in Washington, D.C., California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Farnsworth has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University in northern California.

“I look forward to building upon the amazing work this region has accomplished in the past few years.” said Farnsworth. “My focus will be building upon the principles of shared stewardship by maintaining and enhancing partnerships with state, tribal and local partners to ensure we maintain healthy, productive and sustainable forest lands on behalf of the American people.”

Farnsworth is taking over the position left vacant in April 2020, when Nora Rasure retired after serving 6 years as the Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region. In the interim, Frank Beum has been assigned as the Acting Regional Forester and will return to his role as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Forest Service Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Critter News:

Close of a long, distinguished career

Appaloosa spent 20 years working in the Frank Church wilderness

By Max Silverson for The Star-News Jan 28, 2021

Ajax, a 23-year-old Appaloosa, has settled into pack-horse retirement after 20 years and more than 15,000 miles of leading pack trains through the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness.

Ajax likely has more miles and days on the trail in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness than any horse alive, said Payette National Forest Wilderness Management Specialist Patrick Brown, who bought Ajax as a young colt in 2000 and trained him as a pack leader.

The 2.3-million acre Frank Church wilderness east of McCall prohibits motorized travel, so most Forest Service work depends on pack trains to move gear and supplies in and out. Tasks range from trail and facility maintenance to firefighting and historic restoration.

Ajax was primarily responsible for leading a pack [string] of about eight mules, but he was sometimes saddled with cargo.

Having a competent and reliable lead horse is essential for safety and efficiency, because much can go wrong when leading a string of eight animals each weighing 1,100 pounds stretching for 60 feet, Brown said.

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Fish and Game to reduce Idaho moose hunting tags for next season as population drops

Available tags for antlerless moose will drop from 74 to just three for the upcoming season.

January 29, 2021 KTVB

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced a major reduction in the number of moose tags that will be available for hunters next season. The reduction comes as biologists are working to figure out what is causing declining population and low calf survival for moose across the state.

Overall, Fish and Game will reduce available bull moose tags from 560 to 542 for the 2021-2022 hunting season, while available antlerless moose tags will drop from 74 to just three tags.

IDFG Director Ed Schriever said the department is trying determine the cause of the decline and reverse it in order to keep a healthy number of moose in Idaho.

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GPS collars help Idaho Fish and Game track deer and elk populations

By Lynsey Amundson Jan 28, 2021 KIVI

Idaho Fish and Game is using GPS collars to track deer and elk populations to help them better understand migrations, predation, and if any action needs to be taken to help these populations.

“It allows us to determine what management actions are necessary to manage that population effectively,” said Rick Ward, IDFG Deer, and Elk Coordinator.

They can set the collars to ping them as many times a day as they want, as well as detect when one of the animals have died.

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Officers find 25 more whole waterfowl carcasses dumped in Emmett

by Ryan L Morrison Thursday, January 28th 2021 CBS2

For the second time this week, Idaho Fish and Game officers have found an egregious amount of whole waterfowl carcasses dumped in the Treasure Valley.

IDFG officers say they found 25 whole waterfowl carcasses north of Emmett on Van Deusen Road. The mix of birds included mallards, teal and northern pintails.

Fish and Game conservation officer Josh Leal is investigating the incident and would like to find any potential eyewitnesses.

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Fish & Game News:

Safety tips when living in proximity to mountain lions

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Incidents of human-wildlife conflict with mountain lions have diminished in the Wood River Valley but sporadic reports of lions in residential areas continue to come into the Magic Valley Regional Office.

Reports of mountain lions in the Wood River Valley are down considerably from the winter of 2019-2020. Last year, Fish and Game reported nearly 100 incidents involving mountain lions in the Wood River Valley, which included several attacks on pets.

While reports have diminished this winter, mountain lions continue to live throughout the Wood River Valley. Fish and Game continues to receive reports, most of which involve lions moving through neighborhoods or sightings of lions in yards.

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Hunters will see big reduction in antlerless moose tags, similar sheep and goat tags for 2021-22 seasons

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Fish and Game biologists are trying to find out why moose populations are declining and reverse it

Fish and Game Commission on Jan. 28 set moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat seasons for 2021-22 during its meeting in Nampa. Changes include reductions in tags available for all three species, including substantial decreases in moose tags, particularly antlerless tags, and minor adjustments to tags for bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

The new seasons will be posted on Fish and Game’s website in early-to-mid March and available in printed rules booklets at Fish and Game offices and license vendors in mid-to-late March. The controlled hunt application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats is April 1- 30.

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Winter surveys show high numbers of mule deer fawns in the Upper Snake

By Morgan Pfander, Wildlife Regional Biologist
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Mule deer fawn numbers are looking really good across much of the Upper Snake Region as we head into the rough part of winter. “Our fawn production across the region was pretty incredible,” says Wildlife Manager Curtis Hendricks. “I think that we have only had fawn ratios rivaling these numbers on the east side of the interstate on one other occasion.”

Wildlife Biologists conducted mule deer herd composition flights this past December in each of the region’s mule deer data analysis units (DAUs). The Upper Snake Region includes portions of 5 mule deer DAUs – Smoky-Boise, Mountain Valley, Island Park, Palisades and Caribou.

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More F&G News Releases

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Crazy Critter Stuff:

Little Kid Feeding Birds Like Mother by Hand


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Seasonal Humor:

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