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Oct 2, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Oct 2, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Oct 4 – Village Council Team Meeting
Oct 6 – New Flags 1pm at the Kiosk
Oct 10 – Vaccinations at Community Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 6 – Fall Back (Time Change)
(details below)
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Local Events:

Oct 4th – Village Council Team Meeting

See below under VYPA News for more info.
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Oct 6th – New Flags for Yellow Pine

Wally and Roberta Cory, Cecil and Ginny have purchased 2 new flags for the kiosk, a state flag and a USA flag, to replace the old ones that are up now. Wally, Tim R. and Cecil will replace them in a little ceremony on Thursday Oct. 6th at 1pm.
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Oct 10th – Flu Shots

Teri and Sam from Cascade Medical Center plan a trip to Yellow Pine on October 10th. They will be bringing the fall flu shots and the new covid boosters. We will meet at the Community Hall likely some time between 10am and 1130am. Don’t forget to bring your insurance card.
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Oct 12th – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm on October 12th by the Music Festival committee. If you are interested in being a working member of the festival planning committee for next year, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Deb Filler for additional info. Everyone is encouraged to attend and get involved, provide input.
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Oct 31st – Halloween

(No events listed yet)
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Nov 6 – Fall Back (Time Change)

Sunday, November 6th: Time to change your clocks back an hour and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms.
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Village News:

Fall Colors September 30, 2022

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courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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September Weather 2022

Rain total for the month = 0.90″ (no snow)
Average high: 82 degrees
Average low: 40 degrees
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Found Keys and Phone at Big Creek Lodge

Phone was found on the runway. Keys were found on the road to elk Summit
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Found Keys at Profile Gap

A note received Sept 6th: “Coming out of Big Creek yesterday I noticed someone had hung up a set of Toyota keys on the Profile Summit sign at the top of Profile. It appears someone lost the keys, someone found them and put them on the sign. I thought I would pass it on to you so if you think it might help reunite the Toyota driver with their keys you could put it in the Times. Cheers!” – DV

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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 20: Bins were about 85% full. Road to dump is good.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

Update: YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

09/24/22 28957208 34484 24 1437 24 S 86
09/25/22 28996524 39316 24 1638 27 S 4832
09/26/22 29032768 36244 24 1510 25 M 3072
09/27/22 29066777 34009 24 1417 24 T 2235
09/28/22 29100857 34080 24 1420 24 W 71
09/29/22 29136551 35694 24 1487 25 T 1614
09/30/22 29168372 31821 24 1326 22 F 3873
Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
10/01/22 29200553 32181 24 1341 22 S 360
10/02/22 29227668 27115 24 1130 19 S 5066

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 9-12-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
July 3, 2022 YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting (minutes to follow)
July 4, 2021 YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
July 5, 2020 YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Village Council Team Meeting Planned Oct 4th

This is to notify that the Village Council Members will be meeting on October 4th at 4:00 PM at the Community Hall – Yellow Pine.

This working meeting is open for property owners to observe. There will be no public agenda, as this is for the working members to review general topics and planning for 2023.

Please share this information with other residents who might not be on our email list yet. Feel free to email me directly if you wish to be removed.

Lynn Imel
VYPA-Secretary

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Sep 6, 2022 YPFD Budget Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Our fall/winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11am to 7pm.
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins – closing for winter soon.

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Sep 26) overnight low of 37 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 38 degrees by 930am, clear sky and roofs wet with dew. A couple of steller jays around. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Quite warm mid-afternoon, clear sky, strong sunshine and light breezes, high of 87 degrees. Clear sky at dusk, calm and cooling off.

Tuesday (Sep 27) overnight low of 35 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 42 degrees by 935am, mostly cloudy (like bubble-wrap) and light breeze. Quiet, a jay and a pine squirrel calling, hairy woodpecker visiting. A few bushes are starting to show fall colors. Mostly cloudy and warming up at lunch time. Quite warm mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and light breeze, high of 89 degrees. Clear sky, warm and calm after sunset.

Wednesday (Sep 28) overnight low of 39 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, mostly clear sky (some high thin haze,) light breeze and light dew. Heard a robin calling, jays observed. Partly clear/cloudy at lunch time and warm. Mail truck was a little early. Warm and getting breezy mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy / partly clear, high of 87 degrees. Warm and mostly clear at sunset.

Thursday (Sep 29) 24 hour low of 42 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 58 degrees by 930am and mostly cloudy. Jays calling. Gusty breezes before lunch time. Mostly cloudy, cool and breezy at noon. Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool mid-afternoon, high of 70 degrees. Dark overcast and rain for about an hour late afternoon. Mostly clear after the sun set. More rain early morning.

Friday (Sep 30) overnight low of 40 degrees, 24 hour rain total = 0.30″. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, partly cloudy and light breeze. A few jays calling. Mostly cloudy at lunch time and VanMeter Hill socked in. Broken overcast mid-afternoon and cool breezes, high of 61 degrees. Mostly clear late afternoon. Mountain Larch and Aspens are starting to turn gold. Partly cloudy after sunset and cool light breeze.

Saturday (Oct 1) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 47 degrees by 10am, broken overcast and light breeze. A few jays observed. Cool and gray overcast at lunch time, chilly light breeze. Cool, calm and gray overcast mid-afternoon, high of 57 degrees. Dark overcast early evening with a little rain. Mostly clear after sunset.

Sunday (Oct 2) overnight low of 36 degrees, Trace of rain in the gauge from Saturday. This morning it was 43 degrees by 10am and dark overcast. Quiet, only one jay calling, and a pine squirrel visited later. Cool and dark overcast at lunch time. Cool, dark and cloudy mid-afternoon and fairly calm, high of 60 degrees. Broken thinner overcast by early evening.
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 373 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

September 30, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 373 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 495,873.

The state said 32 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 18,198, and 6 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,063.

5 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,176.

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14 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 29, 2022

A total of 14 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 14 new cases compared to five new cases reported the previous week and 12 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,180 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, the spokespeople said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district, according to Southwest District Health.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is now scheduling and administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

Patients may begin scheduling bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine boosters on Friday, Sept. 23, through MyChart or by calling St. Luke’s Connect, 208-381-9500.

In alignment with new federal guidelines, St. Luke’s will no longer provide monovalent boosters for people ages 12 and older. Those who received the monovalent booster recently should wait at least eight weeks before receiving the bivalent booster.

Pfizer is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Moderna is offered on Wednesdays only.

Schedule an appointment through MyChart at (link) or you can call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center has received the Moderna Bivalent Booster and will provide it on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the center’s Family Medicine Clinic.

The vaccine is available to anyone age 18 and older who has completed their primary vaccination series more than two months ago, has not had another booster within the past two months, and has not had COVID in the last three months. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule an appointment.

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Valley County Commissioners’ September 2022 Newsletter

* Absentee Ballot Requests
* P&Z Commission Vacancy
* Master Facilities Plan
* Commercial Solid Waste Rates Public Hearing October 4th
* Waterways Plan to be Presented at October 17th Joint Meeting
* Important Dates & Upcoming Meetings
* Current Employment Opportunities

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Two people found shot and killed in Adams County

by CBS2 News Staff Saturday, October 1st 2022

On Saturday, the Adams County Sheriff received a report of two people shot in the office of the Hartland Inn.

Authorities responded and found the two people dead.

According the authorities, a suspect was apprehended in Washington County.

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Search for missing person near Big Trinity Lake in Boise National Forest

A person reported missing Saturday had not yet been found as of Thursday.

KTVB Staff September 29, 2022

Elmore County, Idaho — The Big Trinity Lake campground is now closed until the search for a person reported missing in the area ends, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The sheriff’s office has not released a picture or description of the missing person. Deputies and personnel with Elmore County Search and Rescue responded to a call about the missing person Saturday, Sept. 24. The person was believed to have been in the area of Big Trinity Lake and nearby campgrounds.

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Tips and Advice:

Energy-saving tips for the Fall from Idaho Power

by CBS2 News Staff Wednesday, September 28th 2022

A new season of Fall is quickly approaching, so now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for colder temperatures.

Idaho Power offers the following energy efficiency tips to get your home ready for fall:

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Fire Season:

Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
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4 Corners Fire smoke slows L. Cascade algae

Future threat remains from runoff of burned areas

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 29, 2922

Smoky skies from the Four Corners Fire might have saved Lake Cascade from a fifth cyanobacteria health advisory in as many years, observers said.

However, the effects of the fire may increase the chances of algae blooms in future years due to runoffs of rain and snowmelt over areas cleared by fire, the observers said.

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Four Corners Fire [Final] Update September 26, 2022

Payette National Forest

Containment 96%
208-634-0820 – New phone number

On Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., Nevada Team 2 will transition command of the Four Corners Fire to a Payette National Forest Type 4 Incident Commander. This will be the last daily update for the Four Corners Fire.

Nearly all the suppression repair work has been completed by firefighting crews and contractors over the last week. This includes repair to dozer and hand lines and backhauling of hoses and related equipment. The Incident Command Post, located at the southern end Lake Cascade, has already begun dismantling the fire camp. Logistics staff have ordered contractors to remove tents, and electrical and communications infrastructure. Food, fuel and hygiene support contractors will be discharged over the next few days.

Type 4 Incident Commander will deploy a Type 1 hand crew and two engines. They will monitor and patrol the last 4% of containment line in the Willow Creek drainage as well as the fire perimeter. Type 4 Incident Commander will likely remain in place until a true season ending event.

A warming trend is expected to deliver above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the early in the week. Temperatures will reach into the mid to high 70’s with relative humidity decreasing to single digits. Daily temperatures will drop into the 60s late in the week. Winds are expected to be light and variable all week.

Nevada Team 2 wants to thank all of our partners and associated agency representatives for their support and counsel during the fire’s duration. These include: the Payette National Forest, Valley, Gem and Adams counties, and Idaho Department of Lands. Special thanks goes to the communities of God’s Acres, French Creek and Campbell Creek as well as the residents of Cascade, Donnelly, McCall and surrounding areas for their generous support they have given to Nevada Team 2 and all personnel involved in the Four Corners Fire.

Closure Information: On Sept. 15, the closure perimeter was reduced to allow more access to areas in and around the fire. See map and description at (link).

Hunting Information – (link).
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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/30/2022
The fire has transitioned to a Type 4 local incident management organization.
Total Personnel 21
Size 2,157 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Tenmile Fire, September 29, 2022

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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/25/2022
Size 39 Acres
No area or trail closure is expected, but the fire is on the Ramey Ridge Trail 006 where it intersects with the Rock Rabbit Trail 008 which is a primary route into Chamberlain Basin. The Beaver Creek Trail 016 that had been closed for bridge replacement is now open and is another route that can be used to reach Chamberlain Basin.
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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/29/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
No reported growth on fire; infrared mapping hasn’t occurred since September 8th.
Containment goals for portions of the fire located outside the Wilderness area have been achieved.
InciWeb Link:
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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/25/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/25/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/29/2022
Total Personnel 143
Size 37,836 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 64%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Ross Fork Fire mapped at 37,868 acres

September 28, 2022 Local News 8

The lightning caused Ross Fork Fire has burned 37,868 acres and is 64% contained.

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 2
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 1st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 10/1/2022
Total Personnel 414
Size 130,112 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, October 1

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Source of Moose Fire found but search remains for who started the fire?

September 26, 2022 Local News 8

Investigators with the U.S. Forest Service have determined the Moose Fire was caused by an unextinguished and unattended campfire, which spread to adjacent vegetation on the afternoon of July 17th. A wildland fire investigation team comprised of U.S. Forest Service Special Agents and Law Enforcement Officers, aided by local law enforcement, conducted numerous interviews along with forensic processing of the origin area. They say the incident occurred during a period of high temperatures, low humidity, and winds estimated around 30 miles per hour (MPH). The fire began on a small flat commonly used as a dispersed camping area, across from the Moose Creek drainage, between Salmon River Road and the Main Salmon River, approximately 5.6 miles west of North Fork, Idaho.

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Moose Fire, Idaho’s largest of 2022, now 75% contained

The Moose Fire has burned more than 200 square miles since July 17, when it started after a campfire was left unextinguished in a camping area in Lemhi County.

KTVB Staff September 30, 2022

Containment on the Moose Fire burning northwest of Salmon has increased significantly, Salmon-Challis National Forest officials said the morning of Friday, Sept. 30.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest reports 3 new fires

September 27, 2022 Local News 8

The Salmon-Challis National Forest has had three new fires in the last week. To date, there have been 47 wildfires reported on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. 41 of those reported fires are out.

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Boise BLM responds to multiple lightning ignited wildfires

September 30, 2022 Boise District Office

Fire crews completed the remaining implementation of fire containment lines overnight. The majority of active fire spread has been halted and crews will focus on reinforcing containment lines and mopping up interior hotspots throughout today and tomorrow.

Flat Fire
* Location: 15 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 980 acres
* Contained: 9/30 at 9:00 a.m.
* Estimated control: 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: Two dozers, two engines, two hand crews, one fuel tender and one water tender *
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Border Fire (Merged with Jake Fire on 9/29 at 5:30 p.m.)
* Location: 21 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 9,149 acres
* Estimated containment: 9/30 at noon
* Estimated control: 10/1 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: Smoke jumpers, four dozers, two hand crews and four engines*
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Hog Fire
* Location: 27 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 1,280 acres
* Contained: 9/29 at 6:00 p.m.
* Estimated control: 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: One dozer and six engines *
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Sheep Fire
* Location: 29 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: 510 acres
* Estimated containment: 9/30 at 2:00 p.m.
* Estimated control: 10/1
* Resources: Smoke jumpers and two hand crews *
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Biggy Fire
* Location: 27 miles north of Emmett
* Mapped size: Nine acres
* Contained: 9/29 at 6:00 p.m.
* Estimated control: 9/30 at 6:00 p.m.
* Resources: Sharing resources with Hog Fire
* Fuel type: Grass, brush
* Road Closures: None
* Structures threatened: No
* Cause: Lightning

Four helicopters will be shared with all fires depending on suppression priorities and objectives.

For More Information Contact Boise District Fire Information Hotline, (208) 384-3378
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Lightning leads to several large fires in Gem County

The fires started between Ola and Sweet. The Bureau of Land Management reported “substantial progress” in the fight to stop them Thursday.

KTVB Staff September 30, 2022

Four wildfires spotted early Thursday between Sweet and Ola in Gem County have burned 1,000 acres or more. The Bureau of Land Management late Thursday night did report that fire crews with the BLM and other agencies have made “substantial progress” in slowing the growth of those fires and achieving containment and control of them.

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Public Lands:

The Payette Post – Forest Newsletter August/September 2022

The Payette National Forest Newsletter, the Payette Post, is now available on a story map website. You can see it here at The Payette Post (view with Chrome or Edge).
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Public Surveys to Begin on the Payette National Forest

McCall, ID, September 27, 2022 – The public will encounter contract employees working on the Payette National Forest in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along forest service roads. They will be out in all types of weather conditions, wearing bright orange vests, and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead”.

The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey is being conducted on the Payette National Forest which will begin in October of 2022 and will go through Sept 30, 2023. The information gathered is useful for forest planning as well as local community tourism planning. It provides National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people actually recreate on the National Forest, what activities they engage in while there and how satisfied people were with their visit. Economic impact to the local economy is also captured in the survey.

The survey gathers basic visitor information. Surveys are voluntary and all responses are confidential; names are not included. Interviews last about 10 minutes. Questions asked include: where you recreated on the Forest, how many people traveled with you, how long you were on the Forest, what other recreation sites you visited while on the Forest, and how satisfied you are with the facilities and services provided. About a third of the visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip.

“Although the survey is entirely voluntary, participation is extremely important so we can assess visitor experiences on the Forest and strive to make it a better place to visit,” said Emily Simpson, acting Recreation Program Manager on the Payette National Forest. “We would appreciate it if visitors would pull over and answer a few questions. It’s important for interviewers to talk with local people using the forest, as well as out-of-area visitors, so all types of visitors are represented in the study.”

Information about the National Visitor Use Monitoring program can be found at (link).

Kelly Martin, MS (she/her)
Public Affairs Specialist
Payette National Forest
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Insect ravages stands of fir trees on Payette forest

Agencies work on guide to clearing before fires happen

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 29, 2022

A method to quickly show whether stands of fir trees have become infested with insects and could help spread a wildfire is now under the development by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Payette National Forest is working with Forest Health Protection and Rocky Mountain Research Station of the forest service on ways to show the damage that can happen to fir forests infested with balsam woody adelgid.

The insect is non-native and invasive and was detected on fir trees on the Payette in the early 2000s.

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Illegal dumping near Mountain Home threatens public access to endowment land

The endowment land is used to support public education in Idaho, but is now in danger of being restricted due to illegal dumping.

Jude Binkley September 27, 2022 KTVB

“Pick up after yourself.”

The line has been muttered by mothers around the world and now, the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) is asking the public to do the same.

The IDL loaded up two trailers and two picked beds with trash found on endowment land near Mountain Home.

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Mining News:

Suction-dredge gold miner working Idaho river fined $150K

Shannon Poe was ordered to pay $150,000 to the U.S. Treasury following 42 violations over three years of gold dredging on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

Keith Ridler (AP), Associated Press September 29, 2022

A suction-dredge gold miner from California who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without permits required by the Clean Water Act must pay $150,000, a federal judge has ruled.

Shannon Poe received the fine Wednesday in an order by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond E. Patricco in U.S. District Court in Idaho.

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Critter News:

‘We’re seeing a huge burnout issue’: Some Treasure Valley clinics facing veterinarian shortage

Shirah Matsuzawa September 29, 2022 KTVB

If you have taken your pet to the vet recently, you might have noticed a longer wait time. The delay is because some veterinary clinics are dealing with a shortage of veterinarians. Dr. Michael Marshall is a veterinarian with Boise Animal Health and Urgent Care.

Marshall said right now in the Treasure Valley, there is an overwhelming need for veterinary services to meet the demand. He also said the Boise clinic is actively working to recruit, but not having much luck just yet.

“Just about every area practice is booked up,” Marshall said. “So, clients are trying to get in and they normally could right away, but it’s taking weeks to get in, so they’re coming to places like us or West Vet or All Valley, which are experiencing just really long wait times and the real logjam, I guess, is just the number of veterinarians.”

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Idaho Fish and Game cautions hunters against Avian flu

September 29, 2022 Local News 8

Avian influenza could impact Idaho waterfowl hunters yet again this fall, with the virus now discovered across much of the state.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists are already seeing an increase in reports of avian mortality, which they believe to be the result of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

“We are uncertain of the HPAI strain type and virulence that may impact our wildlife this fall, but we do anticipate an increase in cases over the next few months as the fall waterfowl migration progresses,” Fish and Game Wildlife Veterinarian Nicole Walrath said. “These birds have been coming in their summer breeding grounds and will be migrating back through Idaho this fall.”

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Fish and Game News:

F&G urges hunters to keep a clean camp to avoid unwanted encounters with bears

By James Brower, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 30, 2022

Keep safe by keeping a clean camp

As hunters strap on their boots and head out into the woods this fall, Fish and Game would like to remind people of a few simple tips they should follow to keep a clean camp and avoid attracting unwanted visitors, particularly bears. As a general rule, anything you can do to store food and garbage in a secure location away from a bear and away from your camp will help keep both people and the bears safe.

“I recently responded to an incident of a grizzly bear poking its nose around an occupied campsite, no doubt looking for an easy meal,” says Jeremy Nicholson, Fish and Game bear biologist. “Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see large camps with coolers full of food, cooking grills, and other attractants left unsecured and accessible to a bear.” During the fall, bears are active 20 hours a day looking for food, so it is important to properly secure food items or any other attractants night and day. “I’ve seen coolers and other food items tucked under vehicles, in the bed of trucks, and stored inside canvas wall tents,” Nicholson says. “None of those will keep a determined bear from getting a food reward, and if you are camping in the National Forest, none of those options meet food storage requirements.”

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Brush up on Idaho’s trespassing laws before you go hunting or fishing

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

You need permission to be on private lands, and written permission is recommended

Hunters, anglers and other sportsmen and women should be aware of Idaho trespass laws before they head into the field. Trespass laws changed in 2018, and here are some basic things to remember:

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The 2022 ‘Sockeye Roundup’ caps off one of the most successful sockeye returns in the last decade

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Fish and Game staff herded up 59 sockeye to add to this year’s sockeye return

Idaho’s Stanley Basin has long been one of the West’s most iconic roundup arenas. For 160 years, cowboys and their hooved counterparts have comingled out in the vast valley beneath the towering Sawtooth Mountains where they come together each fall to round up the herds.

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More F&G News Releases

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Seasonal Humor:

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HuntDogDuck-a
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Sep 25, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 25, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
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Local Events:

Oct 12 – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm on October 12th by the Music Festival committee. If you are interested in being a working member of the festival planning committee for next year, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Deb Filler for additional info. Everyone is encouraged to attend and get involved, provide input.
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Letter of Thanks

As the temperatures begin to inch their way south, so are some residents of Yellow Pine. It’s been a Summer of change and challenges as we plan for next year. There are many who have remained steadfast in what they do for the Village and it’s important to recognize them. Thanks to the many who make Summers here enjoyable.

So, thanks to those that:

* Take the time to take care of the noxious weeds around town, it’s not always unnoticed.
* Provide a sanctuary place for some to visit and enjoy an evening of solitude.
* Pick up trash alongside the roads, trails, and campgrounds – especially after events.
* Continue to carry on with the traditional summer parties with good friends.
* Tend to the memorial every year and make it a beautiful attraction for Yellow Pine.
* Pick up the phone and call a friend to invite them for coffee or lunch.
* Tend to the emergency medical helispot before harmonica, making sure it was presentable.
* Respond to calls for medical help in a professional and caring manner.
* Took the time to help with the evacuation & road closures during the Four Corner’s Fire.
* Call when an online or amazon order is at the Post office for pick up.
* Host an impromptu happy hour.
* Make chicken soup when someone is “under the weather”.
* Call others to go on an adventure either fishing, hiking, biking, or exploring.
* Take the time to love all that surrounds Yellow Pine.
* Took the time to attend local meetings and making your voice and votes count.
* Help with people needing Doctor appointments and going other places out of town.
* Jump someone’s car to get them to a Doctor appointment on time.
* Tend to an injured person along the road and get them to a higher level of care.
* Worked so hard in preparing the golf course with signs, sand for the greens, and doing the Golf Tournament.
* Those who have taken the time to mitigate their properties from wildfire risks, taking the debris to the transfer station, and for those who take the time to keep the pile manageable and orderly
* Those who have made time to help one another when times become stressed or difficult
* Everyone who continues to improve Yellow Pine, making it a Community that cares.
* Folks who went on an early morning “rescue” ride to recover a fellow motorcyclist’s motorcycle
* Every Sunday and throughout the week, those who make sure to sent out the Yellow Pine Times, ensuring those that subscribe are kept updated on important information to our community. Huge thanks to the creator/editor of the Yellow Pine Times – we appreciate you so much!
* Continue to do so much for this community, making it a happier place we call home.
– Anonymous Friend of Yellow Pine
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Village News:

Sep 25th – YPFD Training

The YPFD scheduled a training day on the 25th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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VYPA Audit

The VYPA audit committee consisting of Kat Amos, Ann Forster and Willie Sullivan met on September 12, 2022 and did a preliminary audit of the Association accounts. Not all outstanding bills and deposits are available at this time but from the information we do have we believe the Association to be in a positive financial situation. We will conduct an item by item audit in the Spring after all credits and debits are available. – From Willie S.
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Idaho Power

A report that the Idaho Power tree trimming crew were here on Monday, September 19th. Thanks for keeping our power reliable.
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Found Keys Profile Gap

A note received Sept 6th: “Coming out of Big Creek yesterday I noticed someone had hung up a set of Toyota keys on the Profile Summit sign at the top of Profile. It appears someone lost the keys, someone found them and put them on the sign. I thought I would pass it on to you so if you think it might help reunite the Toyota driver with their keys you could put it in the Times. Cheers!” – DV

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Dump News

A report of a mattress left on the burn pile. Please review the Transfer Station rules below.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 20: Bins were about 85% full. Road to dump is good.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

Update: YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

09/15/22 28648276 33887 24 1412 24 T 465
09/16/22 28683611 35335 24 1472 25 F 1448
09/17/22 28717602 33991 24 1416 24 S 1344
09/18/22 28751812 34210 24.5 1396 23 S 219
09/19/22 28785056 33244 24 1385 23 M 966
09/20/22 28819227 34171 24 1424 23 T 927
09/21/22 28852840 33613 24 1401 23 W 558
09/22/22 28888326 35486 24 1479 25 T 1873
09/23/22 28922724 34398 24 1433 24 F 1088
09/24/22 28957208 34484 24 1437 24 S 86
09/25/22 28996524 39316 24 1638 27 S 4832

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 9-12-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
July 3, 2022 YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting (minutes to follow)
July 4, 2021 YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
July 5, 2020YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Agenda for September 10th VYPA Meeting

Approval of July minutes (August meeting was cancelled)

Treasurer’s report. Lorrine Munn
Community Hall. Rhonda Egbert
Cemetery. Margie Field, Ron Basabe
Infrastructure. Tim Rogers
Harmonica Fest. Josh Jones
YP Water Users. Steve Holloway
New Business:
* Resignation of Hailey Harris, Chairman
* Election of Stibnite Foundation representative
* Election of Stibnite Advisory Council representative
* Discussion: By Law amendment to allow emailing of agenda & minutes
Adjournment

VYPA Minutes Summary September 10, 2022

July minutes correction: Willie Sullivan – YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Treasurer’s report: All records kept by the previous Treasures have been put in “the cloud”, making them very difficult to access. The following is the only information given to The new Treasurer:
* General Fund $ 6,695.22
* Festival 10,012.47
* Cemetery 4,363.92
* Infrastructure 2,283.59
* Community Hall 810.07
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$24,165.27

The audit committee, headed by Willie Sullivan, will meet and provide a more detailed accounting. (See Harmonica Fest report below)

Lorrine Munn, Lynn Imel, and Josh Jones explained the difficulties encountered in accessing community minutes and financial accounts in the cloud. The members agreed that minutes and agendas will be emailed to members who provide email addresses and records will be kept as accounts on the community laptop by Lorrine. Motion to update the Quick Book dated was passed.

No reports were provided by committees for Community Hall, Cemetery, and Infrastructure. Written reports will be shared as they are received.

Harmonica Fest report was given by Josh Jones. Josh reported that there will be a meeting of the festival committee October 12th at 4:00. There are several outstanding bills and grants not yet received. There was approximate gross income of $81,560 and an estimated crowd of 2,700-2,800. There were no incidents of fighting, drunkenness, etc. reported. The members present voiced many good comments and congratulated the committee for a job well done.

Josh volunteered to Chair the 2023 committee and was unanimously elected.

Snow plowing of County roads will be done by Cecil Dallman and paid by Valley County. Plowing of main roads within Yellow Pine will be done by Cecil and paid for by the general fund account.

Water User’s report: Steve Holloway referred to information given at their recent meeting. Contact information for Clint Limbaugh will be sent to all water users.

New Business:

Hailey Harris, Chairman of the Council has resigned. As specified in the By Laws, the other Council members will meet and address the vacancy situation.

Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation representatives’ letters of interest were read. There being only two candidates, Lynn Imel and Willie Sullivan were unanimously elected. Lynn has served on SAC for several years. Willie Will replace Ronda Rogers as the Foundation representative.

When the minutes are developed in more detail they will be posted and emailed.
Lynn Imel, secretary

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Sep 6, 2022 YPFD Budget Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Our new fall/winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11am to 7pm. Starting after Labor Day weekend.
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Sep 19) Sunday’s rain total = 0.10″. Overnight low of 36 degrees. This morning it was 41 degrees by 930am, clear sky, light breeze and Good air quality. A couple of finches and a jay calling. A few clouds building up by lunch time, light breeze and good air. Partly clear mid-afternoon, pleasant light breeze and good air quality, high of 78 degrees. Mostly cloudy and calm at dusk.

Tuesday (Sep 20) overnight low of 36 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 42 degrees by 930am, decreasing clouds (partly cloudy) roofs wet with dew, haze of smoke – Yellow air quality. Quiet, not many birds around. Clear sky and haze of smoke at lunch time. Clear sky mid-afternoon, warm, light breezes, haze of smoke and yellow air quality, high of 84 degrees. Warm and partly cloudy early evening with better air quality. Cooling off and mostly clear at sunset. Robin calling.

Wednesday (Sep 21) overnight low of 38 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am, clear sky above light haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) roofs wet with dew and light breeze. Jays and a few finches calling. Clouds building up to the south at lunch time and warm. Mail truck was on time. Mostly cloudy (dark bottoms) by early afternoon, high of 80 degrees. Dark overcast, breezy and thundering mid-afternoon, followed by light sprinkles for about half an hour, then gusty winds and harder rain for a short while, all lasted probably less than 1 hour. At dusk it was nearly overcast and calm.

Thursday (Sep 22) Wednesday’s rain total = 0.03″. 24 hour low of 43 degrees. This morning it was 52 degrees by 930am, overcast, breezy and starting to sprinkle (lasted for about 45 minutes.) A few jays, 2 finches and a pine squirrel observed. Temperature dropping at lunch time, dark overcast. Cool, slight breeze and dark overcast mid-afternoon, high of 52 degrees. Dark overcast at dusk and slight breeze (no new rain.) Lots of stars out at 2am.

Friday (Sep 23) Thursday’s rain total = 0.02″. Overnight low of 32 degrees. This morning it was 36 degrees by 930am, clear sky, frost melting and steaming in the sunshine, light haze of smoke and Yellow air quality. A few jays around. Clear sky. light breeze and light haze of smoke at lunch time. Very nice temperatures mid-afternoon, clear sky, light breeze and slight haze of smoke to the south, very blue sky to the north, high of 73 degrees. Cooling off quickly after sunset, clear sky and increasing haze of smoke.

Saturday (Sep 24) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 37 degrees by 930am, clear sky, frost melting, light breeze and good air quality. Noisy air traffic. A few jays and finches visiting. After it warmed up grasshoppers clacking around and a few wasps. Clear and sunny at lunch time. Increasing street traffic. Clear and pleasant temperatures mid-afternoon, slight breeze, high of 80 degrees. Cooling off after sunset and clear sky.

Sunday (Sep 25) overnight low of 35 degrees, no rain. This morning the sun peeked over Golden Gate peak at 915am, it was 39 degrees by 930am, clear sky and no smoke. A couple of jays and a pine squirrel calling. Increased traffic and dust. Sunny and warming up by lunch time. Quite warm mid-afternoon, clear sky and strong sunshine, high of 86 degrees. Clear sky early evening and good air quality.
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 506 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

September 23, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 506 new COVID-19 cases and 2 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 494,0593.

The state said 30 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 18,121, and 5 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,048.

2 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,166.

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Five new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 22, 2022

A total of five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The five new cases compared to 12 new cases reported the previous week and seven new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,166 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, the spokespeople said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

Adams County has reported 615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, or five more than reported last week, according to Southwest District Health.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is now scheduling and administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

Patients may begin scheduling bivalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccine boosters on Friday, Sept. 23, through MyChart or by calling St. Luke’s Connect, 208-381-9500.

In alignment with new federal guidelines, St. Luke’s will no longer provide monovalent boosters for people ages 12 and older. Those who received the monovalent booster recently should wait at least eight weeks before receiving the bivalent booster.

Pfizer is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Moderna is offered on Wednesdays only.

Schedule an appointment through MyChart at (link) or you can call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at stlukesonline.org.

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center continues to offer the Moderna primary vaccination two-shot series every Thursday to those age 12 and older.

To receive the vaccine, patients may walk into the clinic, which is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays or call 208-382-4285 for an appointment.

The hospital is not offering any boosters at this time. The formulation of the boosters has changed and as of Sept. 1 only the new and improved formulation is to be used.

The new formulation is more effective against the COVID Omicron sub-variants than the original booster formulation. The hospital does not yet have any of the newly formulated boosters in stock but will notify the public when it is available

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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CPR, First Aid to be taught Oct. 4-5 in Donnelly

The CPR and First Aid class will be Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4-5, at 6 p.m. at the Donnelly Fire Station.

CPR will be taught on Tuesday and First Aid on Wednesday.

Cost is $25. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Call 208-325-8619 to register.

The Donnelly Fire Station is located at 244 W. Roseberry Road.

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Cascade library reopens after closure from Watkin’s fire

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

The Cascade Public Library has reopened after being closed seven months with expanded community programs for kindergarten readiness, tutoring and homeschool academics.

The city-owned library at 105 N. Front St. had been closed since Feb. 8 when it received smoke and water damage from a fire that burned down Watkins Pharmacy across the alley from the library.

“I am thrilled to have the library open and serving patrons again,” Cascade Mayor Judith Nissula said.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped shelve books, offer support and donations,” Nissula said.

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Funding for multiple major water infrastructure projects with federal ARPA and state surplus funds approved

September 22, 2022 Local News 8

Hailey, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Water Resource Board voted to spend approximately $87 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on a number of major water infrastructure projects statewide in its regular meeting on Friday held at the Community Campus in Hailey.

The board authorized spending $72.9 million to pay for the state’s share of the cost to raise Anderson Ranch Dam by six feet to create an additional 29,000 acre-feet of storage water, $8.3 million for two, new Upper Snake Basin aquifer-recharge projects to benefit the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA) and $5 million for the initial costs associated with design and contracting the Mountain Home Water Resiliency project, a pump station and pipeline from the Snake River to the Mountain Home Air Force Base for municipal water supply.

The board also authorized $12.5 million in grant funding for 12 Aging Infrastructure Projects and approved six low-interest loans totaling $18.1 million to assist irrigation entities with the aging infrastructure projects.

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Fire Season:

September 24, 2022 Map

20220924GOES17-a
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The Payette National Forest Prepares for Fall Prescribed Burning

McCall, Idaho, September 19, 2022 – The Payette National Forest will be conducting multiple prescribed fires this fall that may take place anytime from late September to early November when the right weather conditions exist to ensure the safety of the burns and to accomplish resource objectives.

The decision to ignite a prescribed fire depends on favorable weather conditions and the need to reduce smoke effects as much as possible. While smoke from prescribed fires is far less than that from a typical wildfire if smoke concentrations approach air quality standards, ignition will be delayed until air quality improves. While smoke from prescribed fires usually dissipates within a few days, residual smoke may be visible for up to 2 weeks in some cases.

Prescribed fire is an important forest management tool that helps us protect communities by reducing surface fuels, increasing the height of the tree canopy, reducing small tree densities, and promoting fire resilient tree species.

The risk of high-severity wildfire fire is also reduced as prescribed fire improves wildlife habitat and promotes long-term ecosystem integrity and sustainability. Prescribed fire is an important component of natural resource management and part of the comprehensive fire management program on the Payette National Forest.

The New Meadows Ranger District plans to burn approximately 3,000 acres in Boulder Creek drainage (13 miles northwest of New Meadows); 4,000 acres in the Cold July project area. (2 miles south of Tamarack Mill), and up to 100 landing piles in the Rusty Goose Timber Sale (3 miles east of New Meadows)

The McCall Ranger District plans to burn 500 acres of broadcast hand piles in the Brundage-Bear Basin project area. (3 miles northwest of McCall).

The Council Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 3,500 acres in the Weasel project area (13 miles northwest of Council) and 3,000 acres in Mill Creek-Council Mountain project area (5 miles northeast of Council).

The Weiser Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 1,200 acres in the Robinson project area (22 miles north of Weiser).

The Krassel Ranger District plans to apply fire to approximately 5,500 acres within the Bald Hill project area (east of Yellow Pine); 3,800 acres in the Four Mile project area along the South Fork of the Salmon River near the 4-mile campground (Approximately 18 miles east of McCall); 500 acres near the Big Creek Guard Station, and 70 acres around Krassel Work Center.

Caution signs and maps will be posted at trailheads and roads that lead into areas where prescribed fire is being used.

Individuals may contact Patrick Schon (208-634-0724) with any concerns they may have about the planned prescribed fires. The public may also call the Weiser, Council, New Meadows, McCall, or Krassel Ranger Districts for more information. Council RD: 253-0100; Krassel RD: 634-0974; McCall RD: 634-0400; New Meadows RD: 347-0300; Weiser RD: 549-4200.

For the most current information about prescribed fire projects please visit the Payette Facebook page, Inciweb, and refer to the Southwest Idaho Prescribed Fire story map at (link).

*Responding to a few questions we have heard from members of the public

Why do you ignited prescribed fire while wildfires are still burning?

While it may seem a little strange to ignite prescribed fire while wildfires may still be burning on the Forest, the Payette National Forest is 2.3 million acres and has a great deal of micro-climate variation from Hells Canyon to the high peaks within the wilderness area. These micro-climates give us the opportunity to safely conduct prescribed fire in the right place at the right time – without the concern for prescribed fire to become wildfires. Igniting of prescribed fires is done with a great deal of fire science information related to fuels, weather, and terrain as we do need the prescribed fire to carry through the fuels to successful meet the objectives of treating the land with a low-intensity burn. This information allows us to use prescribed fire as a management tool at the right time and in the right place.

Why put more smoke into the air?

Conducting prescribed fires is a very important management tool we use to help protect communities from the potential impacts for wildfires. We have been fortunate to not have a great deal of smoke during the summer months this year, until wildfires in Oregon took off in early September. The vast majority of smoke over the forest theses day is from wildfire burning in other states. To ensure that smoke impacts from prescribed fire are minimized, we work closely with the Idaho/Montana Airshed Group, the National Weather Service, and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest

Bald Hill Rx Map

Krassel Ranger District, Payette National Forest Prescribed Burns Fall 2022

September 22, 2022

The Payette National Forest, Krassel Ranger District, is planning to conduct prescribed burning on the Four Mile, Bald Hill and Big Creek Prescribed Fire projects this fall. The Four Mile project area is on both sides of the South Fork of the Salmon River between Poverty Flat Campground and Reed Ranch, with priority areas being east of the South Fork Road and south of Four Mile Creek. The Bald Hill project area is north of the East Fork Road and west of Profile Rd near the jct of the East Fork and Profile roads. Big Creek Project area will be pile burning along roads where thinning and piling occurred last year, with a potential broadcast burn east of Big Creek Airstrip. A map of the project areas are attached for your reference. Timing will be dependent on weather; ignitions will most likely occur sometime in late September, October or early November 2022. 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.

Any questions please contact Phil Roth, Fuels Specialist, or Laurel Ingram Fuels Technician.

Phil Roth
208-271-2761

Laurel Ingram
208-634-0622

Map
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InciWeb link:
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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 9/24/2022
Size 13,729 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 96%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday September 24th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map IR September 23, 2022

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Four Corners Fire contained after 5 weeks

Efforts by firefighters saved hundreds of homes near Lake Cascade

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

The Four Corners Fire was declared nearly contained this week, five weeks after it was started by lightning six miles west of Cascade and threatened hundreds of homes on the west side of Lake Cascade.

With no growth in the 13,700 acre fire over the past week, work has shifted from to repairing fire lines that were dug to contain the fire and removing hoses and pumps that were laid along the fire’s perimeter.

About 10 miles of fire line was scraped by bulldozers, 72% of which has now been repaired, an update from the fire said. About 95% of the 15 miles of fire lines hand dug by fire crews has been repaired, the update said.

The fire is expected to continue to creep and smolder within the contained perimeter.

As of Tuesday, the cost of the fire was about $37.9 million.

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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/24/2022
Total Personnel 258
Size 2,028 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 55%
InciWeb Link:
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Fire near Burgdorf slowed by rain, grows to 2,000 acres

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 22, 2022

The Tenmile Fire about 33 miles north of McCall grew by about 100 acres over the past week to about 2,000 acres and was 23% contained, fire officials said.

The fire, which was started by lightning on Sept. 7, is about two miles from Burgdorf Hot Springs and Secesh Meadows.

Rain over the past week kept fire growth to minimal creeping and smoldering, a fire update on Tuesday said.

The fire could grow with warmer, dryer weather forecasted for coming week, the update said.

As of Tuesday, no evacuations had been ordered with fire breaks at Secesh and Burgdorf Hot Springs in place.

The southeast side of the fire has moved into a fire scar from the 2000 Burgdorf Junction Fire. The area to the south and west of the fire was burned in the 2019 Nethker Fire.

As of Tuesday, there were 331 people assigned to the fire, including 10 crews, 11 engines and four helicopters. The total cost of the fire was about $5.5 million.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Tenmile Fire Update

Saturday, September 24, 2022

This evening, Great Basin Team 4 will transition command of the Tenmile Fire to a Payette National Forest Type 4 Incident Management Team. This will be the last daily update for the Tenmile Fire.

All vegetation removal and chipping operations have concluded. Crews will continue working in the area backhauling equipment and supplies. Hose lay will remain in place as the Type 4 Incident Management Team assumes command and will likely remain in place until a true season ending event.

Weather is expected to be higher than normal in temperatures and below normal for precipitation throughout next week, reaching into the high 70’s with relative humidity decreasing to single digits. The fire continues to hold minimal heat in some areas and continues to smolder in some of the duff layer of the forest floor.

Great Basin Team 4 appreciates the Payette National Forest, the Bureau of Land Management Cottonwood Field Office, Idaho and Adams counties, Idaho Department of Lands, the communities of Secesh, Burgdorf, New Meadows, McCall, Warren and surrounding areas for the support and hospitality they showed the entire Great Basin Team and all personnel involved in the Tenmile and Middle Fires.

Air Quality:
Air quality remains good. Over the next week, above normal temperatures may dry out fuels resulting in possible fire activity that may produce smoke visible to the surrounding communities.

Closure:
For the safety of firefighters and the public, two emergency fire area closure orders are in effect for the Tenmile Fire on the Payette National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, Cottonwood Field Office. The closure orders will continually be evaluated by the Payette National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management to reduce or rescind the orders as warranted based on current and potential future fire activity and other hazards that may be present. The closure orders, including a full description of the trails, roads, and areas closed, are available at (link).

This will be the last daily update for the Tenmile Fire from Great Basin Team 4.
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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 39 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 16, 2022

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, September 6, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Dismal Fire, September 14, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/19/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Patrol Point Fire, September 14, 2022

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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/24/2022
Total Personnel 307
Size 37,821 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 64%
InciWeb Link:
Ross Fork Fire information map, Tuesday, 9-20

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Ross Fork Fire 45% contained

September 23, 2022 Local News 8

The Ross Fork Fire was started by lightning on August 12, 2022 and was first discovered on August 14. The fire has been burning in remote and rugged areas of the Sawtooth National Forest and National Recreation Area and along the Highway 75 corridor south of Stanley.

The fire has burned 37,811 acres and is 45% contained.

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
InciWeb Link:
Fire Overview Map 9/16

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
Estimated Containment Date Saturday October 01st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 9/16

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/23/2022
Total Personnel 636
Size 130,109 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 51%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 31st, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, September 24

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Owl Fire 100% contained, Moose Fire 51% contained

September 21, 2022

The human caused Moose Fire burning west and south of North Fork has burned 130,093 acres and is 51% contained.

The Owl Fire has burned 747 acres and is 100% contained.

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Firefighter dies battling the Moose Fire

September 24, 2022 Local News 8

Saturday, a procession took place for Gerardo Rincon, a fallen firefighter who died battling the moose fire. Gerardo succumbed to a medical emergency while fighting the Moose Fire on September 20th.

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Mining News:

Feds give Perpetua $200K for antimony study

Pentagon wants to know more about Stibnite production

By Drew Dodson The Star-News September 22, 2022

Perpetua Resources has been awarded $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Defense to study antimony that could be mined as part of the company’s proposed mine near Yellow Pine.

The money will fund studies to determine if an estimated 150 million pounds of antimony the mine could produce will meet military specifications, Perpetua CEO Laurel Sayer said.

“Antimony from the Stibnite Gold Project site served our national defense needs during World War II and Perpetua is confident we can be part of the solution again,” Sayer said.

Results from the study are expected within a year. More funding could become available for more advanced testing.

The antimony would be used by the defense department for mortars, artillery, mines, flares, grenades and missiles.

The grant program through the Defense Logistics Agency is aimed at reducing the military’s foreign reliance on what the Pentagon says are “critical minerals” by establishing domestic sources.

About 90% of the world’s antimony supply is controlled by China, Russia and Tajikistan, according to data from the 2021 U.S. Geologic Survey.

Potential for 35%

Antimony from the Stibnite mine could provide up to 35% of the annual demand for the United States within the first six years of mining, according to Perpetua.

The proposed Stibnite mine would become the only mine in the United States that currently produces antimony, if permitted to operate by the Payette National Forest.

The soonest a decision on the project could be made is December 2023, according to Payette officials.

Approval of the project would trigger a three-year construction phase that Perpetua estimates would cost about $1.26 billion, followed by 12 to 15 years of mining.

Gold, silver and antimony would be extracted from three open pit mines totaling about 473 acres at Stibnite.

The mine is expected to produce 150 million pounds of antimony and 4.8 million ounces of gold, which is expected to account for 94% of the mine’s estimated $6 billion in revenues over the life of its operation.

The Process

Perpetua began exploration for its Stibnite proposal in 2009 under the General Mining Law of 1872, which allows anyone to stake claims to minerals discovered on federal public lands.

In 2016, an operating plan was submitted to the Payette National Forest, the lead agency on a permitting process that requires 50 different permits from local, state and federal agencies before mining can begin.

The mine would operate on about 1,425 acres within the Payette Forest, which requires the proposal to be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The federal law requires all projects that could affect land, water, wildlife or other public resources to be studied to assess environmental consequences.

In 2020, the Payette released an environmental study of four project designs and existing site conditions. Later that year, Perpetua submitted project changes to the Payette.

The Payette is now studying the updated mining plan and an alternative plan that would use existing roads for mine traffic instead of building new roads.

Perpetua’s proposal could be denied if the Payette finds that significant harm to natural resources cannot be avoided under any project alternative.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Public Lands:

Idaho City District Ranger selected

Josh Newman promoted from within the Boise National Forest

Boise, Idaho, September 20, 2022, — Boise National Forest Supervisor, Tawnya Brummett is pleased to welcome Josh Newman as the new Idaho City District Ranger. “Josh is a valuable member of the Boise National Forest family,” said Brummett. “He has worked on a variety of complex forest projects and has strong relationships in our communities. I am delighted that he is continuing to share his love for the land and enthusiasm to work with our partners as the Idaho City District Ranger.”

Newman has worked for the Forest Service in various field forester positions for the last 18 years. He worked on multiple national forests including the Sawtooth, Gunnison, Medicine Bow, Kaibab and ultimately landing on the Boise National Forest in 2008. Josh has an extensive background in timber and silverculture and recently served in a temporary Deputy Ranger position for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Stanley, Idaho.

“There are few things I enjoy more than being in the woods. I value bringing specialists together and working toward treatments that benefit wildlife, recreation and other ecosystem processes while producing viable timber sales that also relieve the stress of overcrowded timber stands,” said Newman. “I look forward to working with Idaho City’s diverse community to reach local solutions that improve quality of life and forest health.”

Josh Newman has been extremely active as a team lead for Boise front range projects. For the last four years, Josh has led a large reforestation program helping to restore large fire scars from the 2016 Pioneer Fire, 2013 Pony and Elk complexes and in planning reforestation efforts following timber harvests to improve forest resiliency around the Bogus Basin area.
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Ramshorn Pack Bridge removed

September 22, 2022 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI) — On Friday, Helfrich Outfitter’s successfully removed the 40-foot-long, six foot wide and approximately 12,000-pound Ramshorn Pack Bridge from the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The bridge had been washed into the river from a debris flow on Ramshorn Creek that occurred in early August.

The debris flow demolished the bridge, displacing it entirely into the Middle Fork of the Salmon River at the toe of the debris flow. The bridge was covered by thousands of pounds of logs, vegetation, rock and other debris. The bridge was obstructing river traffic and posing a safety concern. In addition, it was critical to remove the bridge from the river before winter weather prohibited removal and next spring’s runoff and subsequent highwater moved the bridge downstream into a potentially worse position where it could further hinder river boating or get lodged in a position where it would be more even more difficult to remove.

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Critter News:

Fish and Game reminds residents to protect garbage against bears

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents to bear-proof their garbage after receiving multiple reports of problem bears, lethally removing one bear and setting a trap for another.

Garbage cans that aren’t bear-proof offer easy access to high calorie foods as bears are fattening up for the winter, especially with a poor huckleberry crop and fires making food harder for the animals to find.

Fish and Game officials are asking residents to either request bear-proof trash cans from Lake Shore Disposal or keep trash inside until the morning of pickup.

Vacation rentals are especially vulnerable, so owners and rental companies are asked to provide clear instructions to renters.

“What we really need is for residents and visitors to make sure bears can’t get to any garbage or other food sources,” Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“Lethally removing a problem bear is a last resort, but one we have to take if a bear has become too habituated” to accessing human food, Berkley said.

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Fish and Game seeks reports of sightings of moose, calves

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking backcountry visitors to report moose sightings, including precise locations, numbers and whether the animals are adults or calves.

The information will help Idaho Fish and Game to focus survey efforts.

Reports may also help to determine any shifts in moose distribution or identify potential contraction or expansion of occupied habitat.

The preferred reporting method is online at (link).
idfg.idaho.gov
Click on the “Science” tab, select “Wildlife Observations and then click on “Basic Observation” to find the form.

Sightings can also be reported by contacting the McCall Fish and Game office at 208-634-8137 or (link).

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Elk foundation chapter to host banquet Oct. 1 in Cascade

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Heartland Banquet will be Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 60 in Cascade.

The event will include a general raffle, silent auction and live auction.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works to preserve and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife.

The organization also works to improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage.

Call 208-995-3511 for tickets. Seating is limited.

American Legion Post 60 is located at 105 E. Mill St. in Cascade.

source: The Star-News September 22, 2022
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Idaho Humane society seeing many patients with cheat grass

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 23rd 2022

The Idaho Humane Society is seeing lots of patients coming into the clinic with embedded cheat grass.

Cheatgrass can cause an immense amount of pain for pets, it can become stuck anywhere from the ear to getting wedged between toes, it can get in the paws, hair, mouth and the nose.

Idaho Humane Society suggests thoroughly checking your dog after outdoor adventures. Brushing is a great way to remove any cheat grass that might be on their coat.

If you notice your dog shaking its head excessively, it could be from cheatgrass. The faster your pet gets examined, the better the chance of a happy outcome.

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Fish and Game News:

Three helpful tips to remember when interacting with your local conservation officers

By T.J. Ross, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Conservation officers and sportsmen are playing for the same team

With most hunting seasons being open or opening within the next few weeks, Idaho’s hunting, fishing and trapping culture will soon be enjoyed by many.

Amidst the hustle and bustle this time of year, Idaho Fish and Game’s conservation officers are also hitting the woods to help keep people safe and to ensure Idaho’s wildlife resources are enjoyed safely, ethically and sustainably.

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Hunters should use caution this fall waterfowl season as avian influenza sees another surge

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Fish and Game is continuing to conduct surveillance of wild waterfowl in conjunction with the USDA Wildlife Services

Avian influenza could impact Idaho waterfowl hunters yet again this fall, with the virus now discovered across much of the state. Fish and Game biologists are already seeing an increase in reports of avian mortality, the suspected cause of which is high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

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McCall Hatchery closed to public for large construction project starting Oct. 1

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game’s McCall Fish Hatchery will be closed to the public starting Oct.1 to allow construction of two holding ponds. During the months of June, July, and August, the new holding ponds will be used to house adult Chinook salmon broodstock awaiting spawning, and will allow the hatchery to more efficiently address challenges posed by low flows and high water temperatures on the South Fork Salmon River.

Summer Chinook salmon is the primary species produced at McCall hatchery, with fish coming from the South Fork Salmon River. Historically, adults have been trapped, held, and spawned at a satellite facility on the South Fork Salmon River near Warm Lake during the summer months. The fertilized eggs were then transported to the main McCall Hatchery facility for incubation and rearing.

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More F&G News Releases

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Seasonal Humor:

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Sep 18, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 18, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Sep 22 – Equinox
Sep 25 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
Oct 31 – Halloween
(details below)
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Local Events:

Sep 25th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 25th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Oct 12 – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm by the Music Festival committee. If you are interested in being a working member of the festival planning committee for next year, please plan to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Deb Filler for additional info.
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Village News:

VYPA Audit

The VYPA audit committee consisting of Kat Amos, Ann Forster and Willie Sullivan met on September 12, 2022 and did a preliminary audit of the Association accounts. Not all outstanding bills and deposits are available at this time but from the information we do have we believe the Association to be in a positive financial situation. We will conduct an item by item audit in the Spring after all credits and debits are available.
From Willie S.
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Monday’s Smoke – Sept 12th Red AQ

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courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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Idaho Power

A report that Idaho Power crew was here Monday, September 12th, replacing a power pole over by the Fire Hall.

Sept 17th: Power blipped off and back on at 545pm.
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September 17th Annual Fish Fry

Yellow Pine celebrated the annual fish fry. Thanks to Stu For the Halibut and Sue and Steve for the great location, Alpine Village. A sprinkle of rain chased all but a few hardy folks inside then back out to the fire pit.
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(courtesy LM) more photos posted at the Yellow Pine Group Facebook Page
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Found Keys Profile Gap

A note received Sept 6th: “Coming out of Big Creek yesterday I noticed someone had hung up a set of Toyota keys on the Profile Summit sign at the top of Profile. It appears someone lost the keys, someone found them and put them on the sign. I thought I would pass it on to you so if you think it might help reunite the Toyota driver with their keys you could put it in the Times. Cheers!” – DV

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Dump News

A report of a mattress left on the burn pile a few weeks ago. Please review the Transfer Station rules below.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
With Labor Day approaching and higher traffic volumes anticipated, both lanes of State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will be open noon Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, to accommodate holiday travel.
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 8: Bins emptied Wednesday Sept 7th.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

Update: YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

09/08/22 28353795 44021 24 1834 31 T 6845
09/09/22 28399661 45866 24 1911 32 F 1845
09/10/22 28448259 48598 24 2025 34 S 2732
09/11/22 28500682 52423 24 2184 36 S 3825
09/12/22 28545448 44766 25 1791 30 M 7657
09/13/22 28580967 35519 23 1544 26 T 9247
09/14/22 28614389 33422 24 1393 23 W 2097
09/15/22 28648276 33887 24 1412 24 T 465
09/16/22 28683611 35335 24 1472 25 F 1448
09/17/22 28717602 33991 24 1416 24 S 1344
09/18/22 28751812 34210 24.5 1396 23 S 219

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 9-12-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Agenda for September 10th VYPA Meeting

Approval of July minutes (August meeting was cancelled)

Treasurer’s report. Lorrine Munn
Community Hall. Rhonda Egbert
Cemetery. Margie Field, Ron Basabe
Infrastructure. Tim Rogers
Harmonica Fest. Josh Jones
YP Water Users. Steve Holloway
New Business:
* Resignation of Hailey Harris, Chairman
* Election of Stibnite Foundation representative
* Election of Stibnite Advisory Council representative
* Discussion: By Law amendment to allow emailing of agenda & minutes
Adjournment

VYPA Minutes Summary September 10, 2022

July minutes correction: Willie Sullivan – YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Treasurer’s report: All records kept by the previous Treasures have been put in “the cloud”, making them very difficult to access. The following is the only information given to The new Treasurer:
* General Fund $ 6,695.22
* Festival 10,012.47
* Cemetery 4,363.92
* Infrastructure 2,283.59
* Community Hall 810.07
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$24,165.27

The audit committee, headed by Willie Sullivan, will meet and provide a more detailed accounting. (See Harmonica Fest report below)

Lorrine Munn, Lynn Imel, and Josh Jones explained the difficulties encountered in accessing community minutes and financial accounts in the cloud. The members agreed that minutes and agendas will be emailed to members who provide email addresses and records will be kept as accounts on the community laptop by Lorrine. Motion to update the Quick Book dated was passed.

No reports were provided by committees for Community Hall, Cemetery, and Infrastructure. Written reports will be shared as they are received.

Harmonica Fest report was given by Josh Jones. Josh reported that there will be a meeting of the festival committee October 12th at 4:00. There are several outstanding bills and grants not yet received. There was approximate gross income of $81,560 and an estimated crowd of 2,700-2,800. There were no incidents of fighting, drunkenness, etc. reported. The members present voiced many good comments and congratulated the committee for a job well done.

Josh volunteered to Chair the 2023 committee and was unanimously elected.

Snow plowing of County roads will be done by Cecil Dallman and paid by Valley County. Plowing of main roads within Yellow Pine will be done by Cecil and paid for by the general fund account.

Water User’s report: Steve Holloway referred to information given at their recent meeting. Contact information for Clint Limbaugh will be sent to all water users.

New Business:

Hailey Harris, Chairman of the Council has resigned. As specified in the By Laws, the other Council members will meet and address the vacancy situation.

Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation representatives’ letters of interest were read. There being only two candidates, Lynn Imel and Willie Sullivan were unanimously elected. Lynn has served on SAC for several years. Willie Will replace Ronda Rogers as the Foundation representative.

When the minutes are developed in more detail they will be posted and emailed.
Lynn Imel, secretary

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (20220910VYPAAgenda-MinutesSummary.txt)
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Sep 6, 2022 YPFD Budget Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Our new fall/winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11am to 7pm. Starting after Labor Day weekend.
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Sep 12) overnight low of 39 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 48 degrees by 930am, maybe some clouds? Very smoky – Red air quality – reduced visibility, mountains obscured. A few jays, finches and chipmunks observed. Very smoky at lunch time – Red Air quality. Warmer mid-afternoon, improved visibility but still unhealthy smoke, appears to be some clouds above the smoke and variable breezes, high of 84 degrees. Looked like some clouds above the smoke after sunset, Orange AQ, warm and calm.

Tuesday (Sep 13) overnight low of 48 degrees. Started raining this morning around 9am, by 930am we had received 0.01″ of rain, overcast, haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and 58 degrees. A hairy woodpecker, a few jays and finches, pine squirrel, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. Still raining at lunch time, cloudy and haze of smoke. Lightly misting at 2pm and foggy cloud belts mid-mountain. Stopped raining around 230pm, ridges and peaks socked in by low clouds and haze of smoke – Yellow AQ, high of 62 degrees. Appears mostly cloudy above the smoke after sunset, Yellow AQ, calm and humid.

Wednesday (Sep 14) overnight low of 46 degrees, 0.21″ in gauge from Tuesday’s rain. This morning it was 50 degrees by 930am, mostly clear sky and light haze of smoke, much better air quality. Jays, a few finches and chipmunks visiting. Partly cloudy at lunch time, light breezes and haze of smoke. Mail truck was on time, Johnson Creek road is getting rough. Pleasant temperatures mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy, light breeze and light haze of smoke, high of 79 degrees. Mostly cloudy after the sun set, calm and light smoke.

Thursday (Sep 15) overnight low of 46 degrees, trace of rain early AM. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am, dark overcast, drying out, haze of smoke – Yellow AQ. Heard a robin, finches calling, jays, golden mantled, pine squirrel and chipmunks observed. Gusty breezes and rain at 1045am. Rain stopped a little after lunch time, then thinner clouds and bits of blue sky. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy with patches of blue sky, light breeze and better air quality, high of 72 degrees. Thunder early evening, dark clouds and breezy. Started raining just before 7pm. Light rain at sunset, calmer and dark clouds. Rain stopped before 1015pm.

Friday (Sep 16) yesterday’s rain = 0.19″, overnight low of 39 degrees. This morning it was 43 degrees by 930am, good air quality and partly cloudy. Flicker calling, jays, finches and chipmunks observed. Increasing clouds. Mostly cloudy at lunch time. Cool and good air quality mid-afternoon, dark clouds to the east (rumble of thunder) and mostly clear to the west, high of 72 degrees. Partly cloudy, cool and calm after sunset.

Saturday (Sept 17) overnight low of 36 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 41 degrees by 930am, clear sky above haze of smoke (Yellow AQ) and heavy dew. Jays and finches calling, male hairy woodpecker observed. Clouds building up by lunch time. Broken dark overcast mid-afternoon, rumbles of thunder getting closer and calm. Rain at 340pm for nearly 30 minutes, then wind gusts at 430pm brought another 10 minute shower with thunder, followed by the power blipping off and on at 545pm, high of 71 degrees. Overcast and calm at dusk.

Sunday (Sept 18) overnight low of 37 degrees, little shower before 7am plus yesterday’s rain = 0.03″. This morning it was 44 degrees by 930am, thinning overcast and good air quality. Jays and pine squirrel calling, black-headed grosbeak observed. Mostly cloudy and light haze of smoke at lunch time. Thunder and dark overcast early afternoon. Sprinkles and showers mid-afternoon, occasional thunder and cooler, high of 69 degrees. Dark clouds and rumbles of thunder before sunset.
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RIPSteveMalmfRIP:

Stephen Malm

Steve Malm, long time summer resident of Yellow Pine, passed away Aug 27, 2022

Sincere condolences from Yellow Pine.

2004 Independence Weekend Golf Tourney Going for a birdie is the men’s closest to the pin winner, Steve Malm, at 34″
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 491 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 14 new deaths

September 16, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 491 new COVID-19 cases and 14 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 493,071.

The state said 22 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 18,046, and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,038.

14 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,156.

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12 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 15, 2022

A total of 12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 12 new cases compared to seven new cases reported the previous week and nine new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,161 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

Adams County has reported 608 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to Southwest District Health.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine is now scheduling Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older. Parents or guardians can make appointments in MyChart.

Monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for boosters in people ages 12 and older (Pfizer) and 18 and older (Moderna) are no longer authorized by the federal government.

Both mRNA monovalent vaccines remain authorized for primary series use, and the monovalent Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be used as a single booster dose in individuals 5 through 11 years of age.

In alignment with new federal guidelines, St. Luke’s will no longer provide monovalent boosters for people ages 12 and older.

St. Luke’s will begin administering bivalent boosters when it can be done safely. Pfizer is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. Moderna is offered on Wednesdays only

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center continues to offer the Moderna primary vaccination two-shot series every Thursday to those age 12 and older.

To receive the vaccine, patients may walk into the clinic, which is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays or call 208-382-4285 for an appointment.

The hospital is not offering any boosters at this time. The formulation of the boosters has changed and as of Sept. 1 only the new and improved formulation is to be used.

The new formulation is more effective against the COVID Omicron sub-variants than the original booster formulation. The hospital does not yet have any of the newly formulated boosters in stock but will notify the public when it is available

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Vandals in Valley County

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from Valley County Sheriff’s Office Sept 13, 2022

Over the last couple of months someone has decided it would be a good idea to destroy and or take road signs from various places around Valley County. Some of the signs that have been taken have caused some not so funny traffic hazards as they have been removed from important intersections.

While on patrol this morning one of our Deputies came across some of these signs, but not all of them.

We are asking all of our Facebook followers that if you see or have already seen something, please let us know. Even if you think it’s minor or random, that information may lead to finding who is behind these thefts.

As always stay safe and thank you for your support

(via Facebook)
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Highway 55 repaving project could cause delays through late October

by CBS2 News Staff Monday, September 12th 2022

The Idaho Transportation Department will begin repaving a busy stretch of Highway 55, which may lead to some delays for drivers.

Road crews will repave a six-mile stretch south of Cascade, repairing cracks, potholes and uneven surfaces. Additionally, construction will level out steep approaches and add a pavement apron to all roads and driveways connecting to the highway. Drivers could see up to 15-minute delays Monday through Friday through late October. Weekend traffic will not be affected.

“SH-55 is one of the most iconic highways in the state, with some of the best recreational opportunities Idaho has to offer,” said Greer Gardner, project engineer. “The winter snow this area is so popular for can cause wear on a highway. This maintenance will help improve safety and driving comfort for both Valley County residents and travelers.”

Additional information about the project can be found HERE.

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Cascade fund creates scholarships for fire, EMS careers

The Cascade Fire Community Fund has created a scholarship program to help high school seniors start careers in fire and emergency medical services.

The scholarship would reimburse tuition or training costs up to $2,000 per recipient.

The scholarship is available to any graduating seniors at Cascade Schools or the McCall-Donnelly School District who are interested in studying to become firefighters, EMTs or law enforcement officers, said Cascade Fire Community Fund Vice President Brad Howlett.

The community fund is a nonprofit group associated with Cascade Rural Fire that assists people in Cascade and southern Valley County experiencing hardships because of structure fires. The group provides support for lodging, food, clothing and other expenses.

“Many of our local first responder agencies are hiring (and have been hiring for some time), and we feel that this is a great way to provide a path for young people to joining one of these exciting careers while supporting our local departments,” Howlett said.

“Adequate staffing levels of our local departments is critical to our community’s resiliency,” he said.

One scholarship was budgeted for the current fiscal year, but more may be available in the future if demand is greater, Howlett said.

Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and submit an application with letters of recommendation by April 26, 2023.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, contact Howlett at cascadefirecommunityfund@gmail.com

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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Fire Season:

Payette Fire Update 9-15-22

Fire Information: 208-634-0820

Showers over the past 24 hours were lighter and more dispersed than on Tuesday, delivering up to 0.2” of rain in some areas but with most seeing little to none. Today, a 60% chance of heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms is forecast this afternoon. Moist, cool weather is expected to continue through the weekend. The precipitation and high humidity has had a favorable impact on many of the fires. There is still some potential for new fires to be detected, as not all locations within the Payette National Forest received significant precipitation. However, that potential decreases as moist, cool weather continues to saturate fuels. The New Meadows Ranger District is conducting initial attack on two new fires, Lake Fire and Camp Fire. The Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association is engaged in initial attack on the Boulder Fire on Jug Handle Mountain.

TENMILE FIRE (North of Crystal Mountain/Burgdorf – west of Secesh Meadows) & MIDDLE FIRE: (Jackley Mountain Area). These fires are being managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team, Great Basin Team 4. A separate fire update is being distributed by the Team. An Area Closure is in effect for the Tenmile Fire – French Creek and Warren Wagon Roads remain open. – The Marshall Mountain Mining District and all BLM lands south of FR 318 and FR 320 to the eastern boundary with FS lands are closed. Chimney Rock Rd 335 is closed and all road and trails to the west of Chimney Rock Rd are closed. There is no closure in effect for the Middle Fire. Fire Information: 208-473-7039.

FOUR CORNERS FIRE: (West of Lake Cascade) 13,725 acres, 96% contained. This fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team, Nevada Team 2. A separate fire update is being distributed by the Team. Fire Information: 208-207-7417.

RAINBOW FIRE: (Brundage Mountain) The fire is contained at less than 5 acres. This fire is located on the top of Brundage Mountain in the Hidden Valley area and is now in patrol status. No closures are in place for this fire.

NORTH CREEK FIRE: (North of Bear Pete Mountain) The fire is contained. This fire is north of Bear Pete Mountain and has been mapped at 5 acres. It is now in patrol status and is not expected to see additional growth. No closures are in place.

BULLDOG FIRE: (Near Council Mountain) The fire is contained. The fire burned in sub-alpine fir and consisted of multiple spot fires with a combined acreage of 8 acres. It is now in patrol status. No closures are in place for this fire.

PORPHYRY: (9 miles east of Warren) 2,930 acres, 40% contained. Primarily in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Containment goals for portions of the fire located outside the Wilderness area have been achieved. This fire is now in patrol status. The area closure for this fire has been rescinded.

DISMAL & PATROL POINT FIRES: These two fires are about 0.75 miles from each other within the FCRNR Wilderness. They are being managed as one incident by a Type 3 Incident Commander with a point protection strategy. Light precipitation and humidity over 60% were observed over the past two days. The DISMAL Fire is at 9,501 acres and is seeing smoldering and creeping fire behavior on the west, south, and east edges of the fire. More active fire behavior is present towards the northeast. Structure protection is ongoing at Root Ranch (1.25 miles west of the fire) and the Cold Meadows airstrip and Guard Station (0.3 miles southeast). The PATROL POINT Fire is at 16,561 acres and is seeing moderate fire behavior, mostly growing to the southeast and the west. It is approximately 7.5 river miles to the west of the Corn Creek Boat Ramp. Structure protection measures are in place at lower Chamberlain bridge, Lantz bar, Stub Cabin, Horse creek pack bridge, Salmon River Lodge, and Butts Creek Point historic lookout. The area closures for both of these fires have been lifted. Backcountry users are responsible for knowing and preparing for the hazards involved with entering an active fire area.

ROCK RABBIT: 38.5 acres. 1/4 mile from Rock Rabbit Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – Krassel Ranger District. Structure protection measures are in place at the lookout. The fire has a low potential for spread.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 212
Size 13,727 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 96%
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map September 17, 2022

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Residents in path of 4 Corners Fire allowed to return

Firefighters nearly contain 14,000-acre blaze west of Cascade

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 15, 2022

Kevin McNamara was “ecstatic” to return to his home on French Loop on the west side of Lake Cascade on Saturday after having to relocate in the path of the Four Corners Fire.

Mandatory evacuations were lifted Saturday morning for about 400 homes along West Mountain Road.

McNamara found only minor smoke damage to his home and felt a sense of relief from the decreasing fire danger, which once threatened to destroy entire neighborhoods in the area.

Experiencing the Four Corners Fire so close to home sparked conversations about preparing for another fire in the future.

… As of Tuesday, the cost of the fire was about $34.4 million.

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Rainbow Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rainbow Fire is burning at the top of Brundage Mountain and was ignited by lightning on September 7, 2022.
Current as of 9/15/2022,
Size 4 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rainbow fire, September 9, 2022

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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 383
Size 2,003 Acres
InciWeb Link:
9/17/22 Tenmile Fire Public Information Map

9/17/22 Tenmile Fire Progression Map

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Fire near Burgdorf Hot Springs grows to 1,900 acres

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 15, 2022

Lightning from storms on Sept. 7 ignited several fires near Crystal Mountain about two miles from Burgdorf Hot Springs.

Those fires quickly burned together to form the Ten Mile Fire, which reached about 350 acres overnight and growing to about 1,900 acres as of Wednesday.

A team is constantly monitoring the fire in case it spreads toward populated areas, Fire Information Officer Ryan Berlin said.

“There is currently a division assigned to Secesh and Burgdorf evaluating homes, improving defensible space when possible and constructing handline where needed,” Berlin said.

There were no evacuation orders considered as of Tuesday, he said.

… The fire had cost about $1.1 million as of Tuesday.

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Tenmile Fire Update

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Crews continue to clear vegetation and disperse the debris among the forest floor through chipping operations along the NF-318 Road. The fire remains active and continues to hold heat in isolated areas with minimal creeping and smoldering. Yesterday’s clear skies and warmer temperatures increased torching in some areas, which produced smoke columns in the afternoon.

NF-318 Road remains closed to the public to allow for firefighters to safely clear and chip the vegetation debris. Many other roadways remain open to the public, but we ask the public to stay mindful of firefighters and fire traffic in the surrounding areas of the fire.

Recently, several isolated weather systems have moved through the area with only minimal amounts of precipitation falling in and around the fire area. The Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) on Crystal Mountain, in proximity to the fire, received no measurable rainfall. Rainfall is expected mid-day Sunday possibly into the evening with a warming and drying trend to begin Monday and continue Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to be higher than normal throughout the week.

Air Quality:

Air quality remains good. However, with warming temperatures the fire activity may increase and produce smoke that may impact the surrounding communities. Surrounding communities should anticipate that smoke will remain visible until a significant season ending weather event moves through the fire area. Visit airnow.gov for more information. (link)

Closure:

For the safety of firefighters and the public, two emergency fire area closure orders are in effect for the Tenmile Fire on the Payette National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management, Cottonwood Field Office. The closure orders, including a full description of the trails, roads, and areas closed, are available at (link).
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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/15/2022
Size 39 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 13, 2022

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/15/2022
Size 2,930 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, September 6, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/16/2022
Size 9,501 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Dismal Fire, September 14, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/16/2022
Size 16,561 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Patrol Point Fire, September 14, 2022

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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 592
Size 37,781 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 41%
InciWeb Link:
Ross Fork Fire information map, Saturday, Sept 17

New Forest Closure Map 9-17-22

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Ross Fork Fire evacuation orders reduced to “READY” status

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, September 16th 2022

All areas of the Ross Fork Fire have been reduced to “READY” status as of Friday, Sept. 16, according to Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 9/16/2022
Total Personnel 25
Size 9,598 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 16%
InciWeb Link:
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Woodtick Fire emergency area, road and trail closure rescinded

September 15, 2022 Local News 8

Link:
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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 9/16/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 9,054 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/16/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,082 Acres
InciWeb Link:
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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/17/2022
Total Personnel 838
Size 130,086 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 50%
InciWeb Link:
Public Information Map for Saturday, September 17

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Moose Fire nears 50% containment

September 15, 2022 Local News 8

The human caused Moose Fire burning west and south of North Fork has burned 130,079 acres and is 47% contained.

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Owl and Horse fires remain 0% contained

September 15, 2022 Local News 8

Salmon, Idaho (KIFI) – The Owl and Horse fires remain 0% contained and are under the command of Wyoming Type 3 Team 5.

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Public Lands:

Public Lands Clean Up Day to be held Sept. 24 in McCall

United Payette is hosting a Public Lands Clean Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning at the Idaho Department of Lands office in McCall.

Participants will meet in the parking lot and then be assigned to a group and an area to clean.

Attendees should bring their own lunch, beverage and work gloves. Email Randy Fox at rfox@idahoconservation.org to RSVP.

The Idaho Department of Lands office is located at 555 Deinhard Lane in McCall.

Visit (link) for more information on United Payette.

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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Idaho sells one of five island parcels on Payette Lake

by Keith Ridler Associated Press (CBS2 Idaho) Wednesday, September 14th 2022

Idaho officials on Wednesday sold only one of five parcels at an auction involving a 14-acre island in Payette Lake near the vacation and second-home town of McCall in west-central Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Lands sold one lot on Cougar Island for its appraised value of just over $2 million to Jim Laski of Bellevue, Idaho. Laski has been leasing the lot from the state and built a cabin on it.

The agency also offered for sale the other four lots or the island as a whole, but they went unsold.

The Lands Department in a news release said it “will evaluate the next step for the other parcels on the island. The goal remains maximizing the return on behalf of the endowment beneficiary.”

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Forest Supervisor for Sawtooth National Forest selected

Jake Strohmeyer selected as Forest Supervisor for Sawtooth National Forest

Ogden, UT, September 16, 2022 —Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region, Mary Farnsworth, is pleased to announce she has selected Jake Strohmeyer as the Forest Supervisor for the Sawtooth National Forest.

“We are thrilled that Jake has accepted the position to lead the Sawtooth National Forest. He will bring a wealth of experience to the position,” said Farnsworth. “He’s had a successful career in the Forest Service with an extensive background in Forest Management. I know that his leadership will serve the Sawtooth National Forest well.”

Prior to his selection as Forest Supervisor, Strohmeyer served as the District Ranger for the Cascade Ranger District of the Boise National Forest, a position he held since 2016, where he was responsible for all aspects of management of the district’s resources including an active forest health and hazardous fuels reduction program, rapidly growing recreation use, and fire management.

Strohmeyer started his career with the USDA Forest Service in 1994 as a firefighter on the Boise National Forest and went on to work in a variety of positions on the Idaho Panhandle, Nez Perce, and Salmon-Challis National Forests. Prior to becoming a District Ranger, he had been a staff officer for the Payette National Forest where he worked on a wide variety of projects and issues including collaborative travel planning, wilderness management, large scale mining exploration projects, and the Payette’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

Over the years, Strohmeyer has performed several temporary assignments such as Deputy Forest Supervisor, Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Forest System in Washington D.C., and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Coordinator for the Intermountain Region.

Strohmeyer said, “I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility for managing the Sawtooth National Forest and I am looking forward to getting to know our partners, state agency personnel, congressional legislators, county and city representatives, and communities that use and enjoy the Forest.”
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BLM to conduct prescribed burn in southwest Idaho to improve sagebrush steppe habitat

Sept. 13, 2022

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement the Graves Creek Prescribed Burn on roughly 3,550 acres of public land near Juniper Mountain, which is approximately 30 miles southeast of Jordan Valley, OR, between Sept. 19 and Oct. 9, depending on weather and ground conditions. The goal of the burn is to reduce western juniper tree encroachment to help diversify the sagebrush landscape, which improves wildlife habitat.

Fire managers will be waiting for adequate weather conditions to conduct the burn. Burn operations are done in close coordination with the Idaho/Montana Airshed.

Once initiated, prescribed burning operations are expected to last up to five days. Personnel and equipment will be patrolling the burn and mopping-up hotspots for several days postburn.

The prescribed fire unit will be closed to public access during burning operations for public safety. Local roads in the project area will be intermittently closed during ignition operations, but traffic will be allowed to pass through the burn area, when it is safe to do so. The public can expect to see smoke from the vicinity of Juniper Mountain during ignition operations and residual smoke may be visible for multiple days postburn.

The BLM uses a multi-year, phased approach to reduce the risk of wildland fire. Year-round, crews are spraying noxious weeds, hand-cutting juniper trees and creating fuel breaks to help prevent catastrophic wildland fire. We all need to do our part to ensure One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire. For more information, contact the BLM Boise District Fire Information Line at 208-384-3378 or follow (link)
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Critter News:

F&G reminds residents to protect garbage against bears

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking residents to bear-proof their garbage after receiving multiple reports of problem bears, lethally removing one bear and setting a trap for another.

Garbage cans that aren’t bear-proof offer easy access to high calorie foods as bears are fattening up for the winter, especially with a poor huckleberry crop and fires making food harder for the animals to find.

Fish and Game officials are asking residents to either request bear-proof trash cans from Lake Shore Disposal or keep trash inside until the morning of pickup.

Vacation rentals are especially vulnerable, so owners and rental companies are asked to provide clear instructions to renters.

“What we really need is for residents and visitors to make sure bears can’t get to any garbage or other food sources,” Regional Wildlife Manager Regan Berkley said.

“Lethally removing a problem bear is a last resort, but one we have to take if a bear has become too habituated” to accessing human food, Berkley said.

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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Elk foundation chapter to host banquet Oct. 1 in Cascade

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Heartland Banquet will be Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 60 in Cascade.

The event will include a general raffle, silent auction and live auction.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation works to preserve and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife.

The organization also works to improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage.

Call 208-995-3511 for tickets. Seating is limited.

American Legion Post 60 is located at 105 E. Mill St. in Cascade.

source: The Star-News September 15, 2022
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First case of bird flu detected in domestic birds since May in Idaho

KTVB Staff September 14, 2022

On Wednesday, Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) confirmed the first case of bird flu in a domestic flock of chickens and ducks since May.

The confirmed cases of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus were found in a backyard flock in Twin Falls.

ISDA said that while HPAI was detected in wild birds this summer in Idaho, there have not been confirmed cases in domestic birds since May.

Poultry owners are encouraged to reinforce biosecurity measures for their flocks, limiting the number of people who interact with your birds, washing hands before and after handling the birds, and having dedicated clothing and tools for each flock, and prevent wild birds from interacting with domestic birds.

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More positive cases of West Nile Virus reported in Canyon County mosquitos

KTVB Staff September 14, 2022

Another mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus near Parma, according to the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories.

The end of summer is nearing, but health officials are still warning Idaho residents to remain vigilant in trying to keep themselves protected from disease-carrying mosquitos.

Jim Lunders, Director of Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District (CCMAD), explained the process that CCMAD routinely goes through to monitor mosquito populations.

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Fish and Game News:

F&G receives multiple reports of mountain lion in Garden City and West Boise

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Friday, September 16, 2022

Doorbell cameras captures images of a mountain lion between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14

Between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14, Idaho Fish and Game’s Southwest Region Office received multiple reports of a mountain lion moving through western Boise and Garden City. Footage of the animal was captured on two residential doorbell cameras, allowing Fish and Game to confirm that the animal was a mountain lion.

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10 tips for hunters during fire season

By Mike Demick, Staff Biologist
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Know before you go, be careful and do your part to prevent wildfires

With ideal conditions for wildfires to spread and with more hunters heading afield, hunters should pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary. They should also do their part to ensure they aren’t contributing to the problem.

Here are 10 things every hunter can do during fire season:

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Help fight wildlife crime by calling the CAP hotline at (800) 632-5999

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Cash rewards are available to callers who provide information leading to the citation of suspected wildlife violators.

With some hunting seasons underway and more opening soon, Idaho Fish and Game asks the public to call the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline if they witness a violation of wildlife laws.

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Traps, snares and pets can be a bad combination, and here’s how to avoid a problem

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Fish and Game provides resources that show pet owners how to spot and avoid trap sets, and how to release their pet if it becomes trapped

With many trapping seasons opening in October, upland game bird hunters and other folks recreating with off-leash pets are reminded to avoid traps and be prepared to act quickly in the event their hunting or hiking companion becomes trapped.

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More F&G News Releases

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Seasonal Humor:

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Sep 11, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 11, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Sep 28 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
Oct 12 – Festival Committee meeting at 4pm
(details below)
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Local Events:

Sep 28th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 28th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Oct 12 – Festival Committee

A meeting is scheduled at 4pm by the Music Festival committee.
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Village News:

Yellow Pine Country Club

New Sign made with 4th of July funds.
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Sep 3rd – YPFD Breakfast

They had a good number show up, pancakes, plain and blueberry, scrambled eggs, link and patty sausage and OJ and coffee.
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Labor Day Weekend Golf Tourney

The cannon went off at 1040am September 3rd.

“The fire department had a successful and fun day. Starting with a breakfast, had 25 people show up. The golf tournament had about 17 people show up, and Cecil made sure to keep them all hydrated. We ended the day with a raffle, the Bucket that Rhonda made had a lot of fun things in it. The Fire department brought in about $1500 to end the fun day of fundraising.” – R

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Labor Day Weekend at The Corner

The Dave Nudo Band played on the porch of the Corner Bar Sunday night and livened up the town a bit.
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Motorcycle Accident Sept 6th

“The patient went down a 75-100 foot cliff and climbed up the cliff and had to walk out on the trail about 1/2 mile. it’s basically unknown how he got out from there but his friend went to Krassel and he was was flown out from there to Boise.”

“The [South Fork] Salmon River trail is no joke. Some parts will make you queasy and weak in the knees. The sheer drops are impressive and some parts are barely wide enough for your tires. There’s a reason why they call it “Idaho’s deadliest trail”. We got word that somebody had gone off the edge. They were successfully air lifted out, luckily with only a broke leg. But then there was the issue of recovering his motorcycle. Our ragtag Yellow Pine SAR crew went into action [early Sept. 7th] and pulled off a successful extraction. Thanks Matt, Steve, Jason and Jeff!”
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South Fork River Trail Motorcycle Recovery Video

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Sep 6th – YPFD Budget Meeting

The fall YPFD Budget Meeting was rescheduled to September 6th at the Community Hall at 10am. (No minutes yet.)
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Sep 10th – Yellow Pine Escapade

15 people signed up for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. A good time was had by all. Benefit for the Community Hall.

“Yellow Pine Escapades rode through Cabin Creek, had lunch at North Shore Lodge at Warm Lake. Then we rode to the Landmark Guard Station for a guided tour of the historic buildings.” – SA

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Sep 10th – VYPA Meeting

There was a meeting of the Village of Yellow Pine Association at 2pm in the Community Hall. (See agenda and draft minutes under VYPA news below.)
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Found Keys Profile Gap

A note received Sept 6th: “Coming out of Big Creek yesterday I noticed someone had hung up a set of Toyota keys on the Profile Summit sign at the top of Profile. It appears someone lost the keys, someone found them and put them on the sign. I thought I would pass it on to you so if you think it might help reunite the Toyota driver with their keys you could put it in the Times. Cheers!” – DV
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Dump News

A report of a mattress left on the burn pile. Please review the Transfer Station rules below.
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YPFD Truck Maintenance

Mike Amos has volunteered to do our maintenance on our fire trucks but asked to do them at his house so he could use his own tools. Mike plans to start next week. The yellow fire truck will be at his house all next weekend for maintenance.
Fire Chief
Tim Rogers
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
With Labor Day approaching and higher traffic volumes anticipated, both lanes of State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will be open noon Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, to accommodate holiday travel.
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Sept 8: Bins emptied Wednesday Sept 7th.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

Update: YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person (208-631-3221) and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
09/01/22 28027234 43692 24 1821 30 T 5333
09/02/22 28068911 41677 24 1737 29 F 2015
09/03/22 28124859 55948 24 2331 39 S 14271
09/04/22 28169846 44987 24 1874 31 S 10961
09/05/22 28213572 43726 24 1822 30 M 1261
09/06/22 28258908 45336 24 1889 31 T 1610
09/07/22 28309774 50866 24 2119 35 W 5530
09/08/22 28353795 44021 24 1834 31 T 6845
09/09/22 28399661 45866 24 1911 32 F 1845
09/10/22 28448259 48598 24 2025 34 S 2732
09/11/22 28500682 52423 24 2184 36 S 3825

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 8-10-22..

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Agenda for September 10th VYPA Meeting

Approval of July minutes (August meeting was cancelled)

Treasurer’s report. Lorrine Munn
Community Hall. Rhonda Egbert
Cemetery. Margie Field, Ron Basabe
Infrastructure. Tim Rogers
Harmonica Fest. Josh Jones
YP Water Users. Steve Holloway
New Business:
* Resignation of Hailey Harris, Chairman
* Election of Stibnite Foundation representative
* Election of Stibnite Advisory Council representative
* Discussion: By Law amendment to allow emailing of agenda & minutes
Adjournment

VYPA Minutes Summary September 10, 2022

July minutes correction: Willie Sullivan – YP Water Users. Clarification regarding bids for facility and water lines improvements. Bids were considerably higher than expected and the work will NOT be started until grant money and users’ fees are adequate.

Treasurer’s report: All records kept by the previous Treasures have been put in “the cloud”, making them very difficult to access. The following is the only information given to The new Treasurer:
* General Fund $ 6,695.22
* Festival 10,012.47
* Cemetery 4,363.92
* Infrastructure 2,283.59
* Community Hall 810.07
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$24,165.27

The audit committee, headed by Willie Sullivan, will meet and provide a more detailed accounting. (See Harmonica Fest report below)

Lorrine Munn, Lynn Imel, and Josh Jones explained the difficulties encountered in accessing community minutes and financial accounts in the cloud. The members agreed that minutes and agendas will be emailed to members who provide email addresses and records will be kept as accounts on the community laptop by Lorrine. Motion to update the Quick Book dated was passed.

No reports were provided by committees for Community Hall, Cemetery, and Infrastructure. Written reports will be shared as they are received.

Harmonica Fest report was given by Josh Jones. Josh reported that there will be a meeting of the festival committee October 12th at 4:00. There are several outstanding bills and grants not yet received. There was approximate gross income of $81,560 and an estimated crowd of 2,700-2,800. There were no incidents of fighting, drunkenness, etc. reported. The members present voiced many good comments and congratulated the committee for a job well done.

Josh volunteered to Chair the 2023 committee and was unanimously elected.

Snow plowing of County roads will be done by Cecil Dallman and paid by Valley County. Plowing of main roads within Yellow Pine will be done by Cecil and paid for by the general fund account.

Water User’s report: Steve Holloway referred to information given at their recent meeting. Contact information for Clint Limbaugh will be sent to all water users.

New Business:

Hailey Harris, Chairman of the Council has resigned. As specified in the By Laws, the other Council members will meet and address the vacancy situation.

Stibnite Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation representatives’ letters of interest were read. There being only two candidates, Lynn Imel and Willie Sullivan were unanimously elected. Lynn has served on SAC for several years. Willie Will replace Ronda Rogers as the Foundation representative.

When the minutes are developed in more detail they will be posted and emailed.
Lynn Imel, secretary

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairperson
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Sept 10, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes
Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Sep 6, 2022 YPFD Budget Meeting (no minutes yet.)
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6 (rescheduled), 2022, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Our new fall/winter hours are Friday-Sunday 11am to 7pm. Starting after Labor Day weekend.
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Sep 5) overnight low of 41 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am, cloudless sky, light breeze and haze of smoke (yellow air quality.) Morning air traffic. Jays, finches, pine siskins and chipmunks observed. Warm and thicker smoke (Orange AQ) at lunch time. Afternoon target shooting to the west of the neighborhood. Hot and smoky mid-afternoon, no clouds and light breeze, high of 93 degrees. Cooling off after sunset, no clouds and haze of smoke – yellow air quality.

Tuesday (Sep 6) overnight low of 43 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 58 degrees by 945am, clear sky above a haze of smoke (yellow air quality.) A few early airplanes and light street traffic. Jays and several golden mantled squirrels observed. Thicker smoke and clouds building to the south with light breezes after lunch time. Very hot, partly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, high of 100 degrees. Shots fired near the village. Gusty winds 4pm. Warm, calm and mostly clear after sunset, better air quality.

Wednesday (Sep 7) overnight low of 50 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 62 degrees by 930am, mostly cloudy sky, light breeze and haze of smoke. Fewer birds around and more golden mantled squirrels. Hot and cloudy by lunch time. Mail truck was a little late, no problems reported. Gusty breezes early afternoon. Hot mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy with patches of blue sky, light smoke and variable breezes from light to gusty, high of 98 degrees. Increasing smoke. Mostly cloudy, warm and breezy early evening. Gray overcast, smoky – poor air quality, humid and almost calm right after sunset. Gusty breezes and short light rain shower just before full dark. Internet out for a few hours. Power off, on, off and back on around 925pm. Internet restores before 11pm.

Thursday (Sep 8) overnight low of 54 degrees, 0.01″ rain measured (first measurable rain since Aug 21st.) This morning it was 62 degrees by 930am, appears clear over opaque layer of smoke, calm and humid. Air traffic and a few 4-wheelers. A few finches, pine siskins, jays, chipmunks and golden mantled squirrels observed. Quite smoky at lunch time and mid 70s. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, clear over haze of smoke with poor air quality and breezy, high of 79 degrees. Red Air Quality by early evening, ruby red sunset. Getting a bit chilly at dusk, appears clear above the smoke.

Friday (Sep 9) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 39 degrees by 930am, chilly light breeze and apparently clear above thick layer of smoke, eye burning red air quality. A few jays, finches, pine siskins, chipmunks, golden mantled and a pine squirrel observed. Cool and smoky at lunch time. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, very smoky (Red AQ) and a bit breezy, high of 75 degrees. Very smoky red sunset, bad air quality and cooling off.

Saturday (Sep 10) overnight low of 32 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 41 degrees by 930am, chilly light breeze and likely clear above a thick layer of smoke, red air quality. Jays, a few finches, pine squirrel, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. Very smoky at lunch time, very bad air quality. Low water pressure for a while during the afternoon. Warming up mid-afternoon, clear above the smoke (Orange AQ) and light breezes, high of 84 degrees. No clouds, quite smoky (Orange AQ) and light breeze after sunset.

Sunday (Sep 11) overnight low of 35 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 46 degrees by 930am, either partly cloudy or thicker smoke to the south, Orange air quality and light breeze. Jays, finches, pine squirrel, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. Breezy at lunch time, sky obscured by smoke. Warm mid-afternoon, high of 89 degrees, a little breezy and likely no clouds above the haze of smoke (Orange AQ.) Getting darker before sunset from thicker smoke and crappy air quality.
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 618 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

September 9, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 618 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths on Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 491,564.

The state said 16 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,978, and 0 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,030.

6 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,131.

continued: [Valley County 2,935 cases, 16 deaths.]
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7 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 8, 2022

A total of seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The seven new cases compared to nine new cases reported the previous week and 20 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,149 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center continues to offer the Moderna primary vaccination two-shot series every Thursday to those age 12 and older.

To receive the vaccine, patients may walk into the clinic, which is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays or call 208-382-4285 for an appointment.

The hospital is not offering any boosters at this time. The formulation of the boosters has changed and as of Sept. 1 only the new and improved formulation is to be used.

The new formulation is more effective against the COVID Omicron sub-variants than the original booster formulation. The hospital does not yet have any of the newly formulated boosters in stock but will notify the public when it is available

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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First case of human West Nile Virus reported in Canyon County

KTVB Staff September 9, 2022

Southwest District Health (SWDH) has confirmed its first case of human West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2022, in Canyon County.

WNV is typically spread to humans and animals through bites from infected mosquitos, but does not spread from person to person. Many who get infected may not show symptoms, but severe cases can occur, especially in individuals over the age of 60.

The virus has the potential to become very serious, and includes symptoms of fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and swollen lymph glands or skin rash that occurs 2 to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito.

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Cascade fire fund ramps up efforts for 4 Corners Fire aid

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 8, 2022

The Cascade Fire Community Fund was founded to help people recover from house fires, but has drastically expanded its work this summer to help residents affected by the Four Corners Fire.

The forest fire started on Aug. 13 about six miles west of Cascade on West Mountain, prompting the evacuation of about 455 homes since the fire started.

The nonprofit has provided assistance to evacuees to cover the costs of food, water, fuel, household items, lodging and other needs as soon as news broke that homes along West Mountain Road would be evacuated, said community fund representative Brad Howlett.

“While the Cascade Fire Community Fund is prepared to provide much greater support, our close-knit community really took point on taking care of its own,” Howlett said.

Donations to the Cascade Fire Community Fund can be made at (link).

Those in need of assistance should contact the group’s president Mindi Anderson at cascaderuralfirecommunityfund@gmail.com or 607-651-5908.

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IDL ramps up wildfire investigation, suspected arsonists arrested

September 9, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in collaboration with the Idaho State Fire Marshall’s Office and law enforcement on alleged arson fires recently resulted in two arrests with another pending.

Last week, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Priest River man accused of multiple counts of arson. Earlier last month, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Challis man for arson on the Quinn Fire. An arrest is pending on two other wildfires under IDL protection.

IDL investigates all wildfires under its protection. So far this year, the agency investigated 226 wildfires, and of those, 102 are under investigation as human caused.

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Fire Season:

Smoke September 6, 2022

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courtesy NOAA
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Smoke September 9, 2022

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Smoke September 10, 2022

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Multiple fires continue to burn across Idaho as fire preparedness level increases

Fires continue to burn across the state and across the country. So far this year, over 49,000 wildfires have burned over 6 million acres across the nation according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

Right now in Idaho, over a dozen wildfires continue to burn and leave officials to elevate the national preparedness level to level four out of five.

“Right now there are approximately 14 large fire incidents,” NIFC Public Affairs Specialist Jennifer Myslivy said. “That’s a type 1 or type 2 incident management team managing those fires. Then you have a multitude of type 3 fires throughout Idaho.”

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National Fire News

Idaho Fires: 34
Acres: 268,612
New: 0
Contained: 3

Fire Unit Agency Size % Ctn Location Information
3 Prong Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,846 0 Eighteen miles east of Elk City, ID
Bear Gulch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 150 0 6 miles east of Murray, ID 208-557-8813
Caledonia Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 800 0
Castle Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 502 0 Fifty miles northeast of Lowell, ID
Columbus Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 1,800 0 Fire is located in the east fork of eagle creek 6 miles NE of Murray 208-557-8813
Diamond Watch Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 957 49 Diamond Peak 5 miles west of Nordman Idaho. 208-557-8813
Dismal Payette National Forest USFS 2,459 0 Thirty-seven miles northeast of Yellow Pine, ID 208-634-0820
Fire Creek Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 375 0 Seventeen miles east of Lowell, ID
Four Corners Payette National Forest USFS 13,703 81 Payette and Boise National forests. Six miles west of the City of Cascade, ID. 208-207-7417
Huckleberry Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 175 0 Thirty-six miles northeast of Lowell, ID
Kootenai River Complex Idaho Panhandle National Forest USFS 17,376 0 7 miles NW of Bonners Ferry, ID 208-202-5021
Little Copper Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 220 0
Lower Twin Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,500 0 Thirty-one miles northeast of Elk River, ID
Lynx Meadows Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 574 0 Twenty-one miles east of Elk City, ID
Moose Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 125,059 33 17 miles north of Salmon, ID 208-742-6690
Mount Everly Sawtooth National Forest USFS 168 0
Norton Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 7,967 21 Approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District. 208-481-0055
Patrol Point Payette National Forest USFS 6,352 0 Forty-three miles northeast of Yellow Pine, ID 208-634-0820
Porphyry Payette National Forest USFS 2,930 20 West of Porphyry Creek, 9 miles east of Warren, ID. Just north of Hettinger Ranch. 208-634-0820
Post Office Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,383 0
Prospect Ponderosa Area Office ST 291 15 Started on private land eight miles northwest of Harvard, ID
Ross Fork Sawtooth National Forest USFS 34,508 2 2 miles west of Smiley Creek, 1 mile south of Alturas Lake 208-329-6044
South Fork Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 400 0
Tenmile Payette National Forest USFS 759 0 Nine miles west of Warren, ID 208-634-6945
Twin Lakes Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 924 0 Twenty-five miles southeast of White Bird, ID
Two and a Half Idaho Falls District BLM 7,400 60 Five miles north of Pocatello, ID
Van Camp Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 1,786 0 Thirty miles north of Syringa, ID
Wallow Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 372 0
Warm Springs Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 2,659 1
Wash Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 120 0 Twenty-nine miles northeast of Elk River, ID
Wildhorse Boise National Forest USFS 8,882 95 Started on county land twenty-four miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID
Williams Creek Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests USFS 11,881 0 Five miles west of Orogrande near Wildhorse Lake 208-274-9674
Wolf Fang Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 1,900 0 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID 208-756-7853
Woodtick Salmon-Challis National Forest USFS 9,434 18 Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho

NIFC:
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Fire Update – Payette National Forest, September 11, 2022

Fire Information: 208-634-0820

Firefighters continue to work fire that resulted from last Wednesday’s thunderstorms. Of the 12 fire starts from that storm, six have been contained. The remaining 6 fires are highlighted below. Smoke is expected to clear today and may bring additional fire grown. The potential for new fire starts to be detected from this thunderstorm remains high as “holdover fires or sleeper fires” may surface. Fires that have been contained: Elks, Pinehurst and Hyatt all within the Little Salmon River Drainage. Double Fire just north of Brundage Mountain. The Cookhouse Fire in Cookhouse Gulch east of Council. Vic’s fire near Sloans Point/Paddy Flat area.

TENMILE FIRE (North of Crystal Mountain/Burgdorf – west of Secesh Meadows). – MIDDLE FIRE: (West Fork of Rapid River – Jackley Mountain Area). Both of these fires are being managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team, Great Basin Team 4. A separate fire update will be generated and distributed by the Team. An area Closure is in effect for the Tenmile Fire – French Creek and Warren Wagon Roads remain open – Corduroy Creek Road in the lower southwest corner of the Marshall Mountain Mining District remains open for use. To the east, the Chimney Rock Road 335 is closed and all road and trails to the west of Chimney Rock Road as closed. There is no area closure in effect for the Middle fire. (Fire Information for both of these fires can be reached at 208-473-7039)

RAINBOW FIRE: (Brundage Mountain) The fire is on the top of Brundage Mountain in the Hidden Valley area and is holding at less than 5 acres. Firefighters continue to secure containment lines and mop-up several areas that are holding a fair amount of heat. The fire in not expected to see additional growth. No closures are in place for this fire.

NORTH CREEK FIRE: (North of Bear Pete Mountain) This fire is north of Bear Pete Mountain and has been mapped at 5 acres. Smokejumpers, rappelers and a hand crew remain on site to continue to secure containment lines and mop-up hot spots as needed. The fire is not expected to grow larger. Aviation assets are continuing to be used to logistically support this fire as weather, smoke, and availability allow. No closures are in place for this fire.

BULLDOG FIRE: (Near Council Mountain) The fire is burning in sub-alpine fir and consists of multiple spot fires with a combined acreage of 8 acres. Good progress is being made on this fire towards containment. There are no hot spots around the edges of the fire, but firefighters are continuing to secure containment lines and mop up hot spots as necessary. This fire is expected to be fully contained by Tuesday. While fire growth has been minimal, as smoke lifts today fire activity may increase. No closures are in place for this fire.

PORPHYRY: 2,930 acres, 35% contained. Located 9 miles east of Warren, primarily in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – McCall Ranger District. No updated infrared mapping on this fire due to higher priorities and technical issues. Fire activity continues to be moderate in areas with unburned fuels. Crews are removing snags and keeping apprised on any increased activity along fire lines. The area closure remains in place.

DISMAL & PATROL POINT FIRES: Total approximate acreage between the two fires is 22,000. These fires are being managed as one incident by a Type 3 Incident Commander with a point protection strategy. The DISMAL fire did not receive infrared mapping, but reconnaissance reported it to be moving north and east with moderate fire behavior. Crews are on scene of Root Ranch and Cold Meadows Guard Station and are seeing minimal to no growth on the adjacent fire edges. PATROL POINT was mapped at 16,000 acres by IR aircraft early this morning. Last night the fire moved up Otter Ridge, and crews report that it has burned safely around Lantz Bar to the river’s edge. Crews will be on scene of Butts Creek Lookout (Salmon-Challis NF) and wrapping it today. The area closure order that was implemented on September 7th remains in place.

ROCK RABBIT: 0.25 acres. 1/4 mile from Rock Rabbit Lookout in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – Krassel Ranger District. No reported growth or activity.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Rainbow Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rainbow Fire is burning at the top of Brundage Mountain and was ignited by lightning on September 7, 2022.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Size 5 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rainbow fire, September 9, 2022

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Rainbow Fire burning on Brundage Mountain

The U.S Forest Service is reporting the Rainbow Fire is burning at the top of Brundage Mountain.

KTVB Staff September 7, 2022

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Tenmile Fire
Payette National Forest
Nine miles west of Warren, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022,
Size 928 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Tenmile fire, September 9, 2022

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Rock Rabbit Fire
Payette National Forest
The Rock Rabbit fire is burning the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness approximately 4.5 miles to the northeast of Big Creek.
Current as of 9/7/2022
Size 120 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Rock Rabbit Fire, September 6, 2022

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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 742
Size 13,712 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 81%
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map September 10, 2022

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Four Corners Fire: officials hope to lift evacuations later in the week

During Sunday’s meeting, officials said they are hoping to lift evacuations for homeowners in the Campbell Creek and French Creek areas later this week.

KTVB Staff September 8, 2022

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September 11, 2022 Four Corners Fire Daily Update

Fire Information: 208-207-7417 daily from 7a.m. – 7p.m.

Contained 88%
Lightning
13,715 Acres
6 miles West of Cascade Grass/Timber
Personnel 742
Hand Crews 17
Engines 43
Helicopters 2-T1; 1-T2; 1-T3

Firefighters deployed 100 miles of hose and 93 portable pumps that are being back hauled to be returned to service for other fires as needed. Towards the end of every incident, firefighters remove materials used during suppression operations. Some resources will be reassigned or begin the demobilization process.

Firefighters continue to mop-up, patrol and secure the perimeter. Crews will be working in the area to continue suppression repair efforts in various portions of the fire. Suppression repair on a wildfire is completed to reduce the environmental impacts that crews and equipment made during firefighting operations. These efforts reduce potential soil erosion and repair damage to infrastructure. The Forest Closure will continue to be reassessed, but for now will remain in place until it is safe for the public to recreate in the area. The French Creek and Campbell creek subdivisions will remain in the “SET” stage. Night operation efforts will remain for a couple more nights.

Smoke will be visible on the mountain, inside the perimeter within the foreseeable future. Do not call 911. To report fire activity or smoke within the fire perimeter call 208.510.8412. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire area by air and ground and will respond to any fire activity as necessary.

Weather: Today will start out chilly and smoky, then temperatures will be in the high 70’s at lower elevations and 70-80 at higher levels. Winds will be generally 10 mph or less.

Fire Restrictions: There are currently no fire restrictions in the area, but residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution if building campfires. Fire restrictions are determined by interagency guidelines including a “persistence of fire danger” in terms of fuel moisture levels and long-term weather forecasts.

Air Quality: Specific information about local smoke levels, forecasts, and possible health impacts is available at (link).

Evacuation Information: French Creek, Campbell Creek and God’s Acres residents are in the pre-evacuation stage (Set). Please visit (link) for evacuation level information. Valley County Sheriff’s Office will announce any changes to the evacuation status (208.382.5160).

Closure Information: Access to hunting unit 32 A near the Fawn Creek area is limited as the main route in from the west is within the closure area. A security guard is posted at the intersection of Cabarton and Snowbank Road and will not allow individuals into the area. The complete closure order for the Boise and Payette National Forests – including a full description and an accompanying map – is available at (link).
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Four Corners Evacuation Update

from Valley County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 9, 2022

The evacuation order for the French Creek and Campbell Creek subdivisions will be lifted beginning Saturday 9/10 at 9:00am. Homeowners will be allowed to go back into their homes, however this area will remain in the “set” stage. You must be a homeowner in order to re-enter these areas.

Please be cautious when re-entering the area. Fire crews and equipment may still be in the vicinity and traveling on the main roads. You are strongly advised to open the doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your house. Even if it is smoky outside, the air inside is also stagnant and may contain a high concentration of smoke particles.

If you have health concerns or sensitivities to the smoky conditions, carefully consider returning to the area and consult your health provider.

Smoke will be visible on the mountain. Do not call 911. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the area to respond to any fire activity as necessary. If you have questions about fire activity, smoke, or structure protection measures, please call the Four Corners Fire at 208.207.7417.

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 30
Size 2,925 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 40%
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, September 6, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Size 23,000 Acres
Dismal has shown significant growth since 9/6/22 and is significantly closer to merging with Patrol Point Fire. Fire Management is currently working to determine the new fire perimeter, but have been hindered by smoke and lack of IR resources.
InciWeb Link:
Map, Area Closure, September 7, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Size 23,000 Acres
Patrol Point has shown significant growth since 9/6/22 and is significantly closer to merging with Dismal Fire. Fire Management is currently working to determine the new fire perimeter, but have been hindered by smoke and lack of IR resources.
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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 632
Size 35,601 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 2%
InciWeb Link:
Ross Fork Fire information map, Sat, Sept 10

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New evacuations ordered for Petit Lake Rd. and Cabin Creek Rd. due to Ross Fork Fire

Wednesday evening, Blaine County Sheriff’s Office issued level three mandatory evacuations for Pettit Lake Road and Cabin Creek Road due to the Ross Fork Fire.

KTVB Staff September 7, 2022

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 15
Size 9,434 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 16%
InciWeb Link:
Norton and Woodtick Fires Overview Map 9/7

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 8,375 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 21%
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 2,048 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 9/9

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 9/10/2022
Total Personnel 809
Size 125,993 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 37%
InciWeb Link:
Progression Map for Saturday, September 10

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Evacuations issued near Moose Fire, Idaho’s largest of 2022, grows to 107,523 acres

Evacuations have been issued from the Fairgrounds to Tower Creek, and from the Fairgrounds to Moore Creek Road.

KTVB Staff September 7, 2022

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Public Lands:

Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee to Accept Project Proposals

September 7, 2022

The Southwest Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (SWI-RAC) will be accepting proposals for review and consideration for funding for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. The proposal deadline is October 28, 2022.

“The SWI-RAC will be very busy as they have about approximately $450,000 eligible for awarding to projects,” said Brian Harris, Designated Federal Official for the SWI-RAC. “RAC participation enables local residents to have a meaningful role in deciding how federal funds are spent on public lands.” The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act.

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

The SWI-RAC covers the Payette National Forest within Adams, Idaho, Valley, and Washington counties; the Boise National Forest within Ada, Boise, Elmore, Gem, and Valley Counties; the Fairfield Ranger District on the Sawtooth National Forest within Elmore County; the Middle Fork Ranger District on the Salmon-Challis National Forest within Valley County; and the Hell Canyon Recreation Area within Adams County that is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

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

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

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

DATE: October 28, 2022
WHAT IS DUE? Project Proposals

Completed applications must be received in hardcopy form or via email to DFO Brian Harris at brian.d.harris@usda.gov on or before the October 28, 2022 deadline. If submitting hardcopy proposals, mail completed proposals to Brian Harris, Payette National Forest, 500 N. Mission Street, suite 2, McCall, Idaho 83638 with a postmark no later than October 28, 2022.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Mining News:

Release of Stibnite mine study delayed again

December 2023 now earliest Perpetua Resources could get approval

By Drew Dodson The Star-News September 8, 2022

An environmental study of Perpetua Resources’ current proposal for a gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine will not be released until later this year, according to the Payette National Forest.

The additional time needed to complete the study means that the soonest a decision on the project could be made in December 2023, or six months later than previously estimated.

The study was previously set to be released in March, but most recently was expected to be released this summer by the Payette, the lead permitting agency for the proposed mine.

“It shouldn’t be interpreted as a need for ‘extra time,’ but rather we were off a little in the estimate of time needed for a full analysis,” said Brian Harris, a Payette spokesperson.

Requests for additional information and cooperation with other regulatory agencies are among many reasons analyzing the project has taken longer than first expected, Harris said.

A public comment period will follow the release of the study, but the length of the comment period is still to be determined, Harris said.

The public comments will help determine the timeline for a final decision on the project, he said.

The pending study will focus on an updated mining plan submitted by Perpetua in December 2020, or four months after the Payette released an environmental study on Perpetua’s original plan.

“We remain eager to show how our project improvements are designed to leave water quality and overall habitat in this historic mining district in better shape than they are in today,” Perpetua President Laurel Sayer said.

The changes were made in response to environmental analysis and over 11,000 public comments submitted on the Payette’s original study, said Mckinsey Lyon, a Perpetua spokesperson.

Pit Reduction

Perpetua’s updated mining plan would reduce the size of the proposed Hangar Flats pit, one of three open pit mines planned at Stibnite, from 140 acres to 66 acres, or by about 53%.

That would improve water quality and fish habitat by allowing the pit to be lined and completely filled with rock after mining, eliminating a lake that would have formed years after mining ended.

Water studies in the Payette’s draft study of the original proposal showed exposed rock in the pit walls would leach toxic metals into the lake and could require permanent water treatment.

Re-filling the Hangar Flats Pit with 18 million tons of waste rock would eliminate the need to pile the rock on 168 acres in the mostly undisturbed Fiddle Creek Drainage.

The Fiddle waste rock site would have required permanent water treatment to remove toxic metals from water seeping through the waste rock, according to the Payette’s original study.

Stibnite Lake

The updated plan would also create Stibnite Lake within the historic Yellow Pine Pit, which is currently a pit lake that Perpetua would drain to mine the highest-grade ore in the Stibnite deposits.

The pit would be partially re-filled with waste rock, re-shaped and then lined to prevent toxic metals from contaminating the lake, which the East Fork South Fork Salmon River would flow through.

Stibnite Lake would lower downstream water temperatures in the East Fork and improve fish habitat at the Yellow Pine pit lake, the most prominent remnant of historic mining at Stibnite.

Perpetua’s previous mining plans would have filled the pit after mining and re-established the East Fork in a lined channel over the site with no lake.

Two Plans

Perpetua’s updated plan is one of two versions of the project currently being studied by the Payette.

The other plan would route mine traffic through Yellow Pine using Johnson Creek Road instead of building 13.5 miles of new roads to Stibnite.

The route used in Perpetua’s updated plan would cross undisturbed Forest Service land, but would pose less risk of spills contaminating waterways, the Payette’s original study said.

Perpetua would prefer to operate the mine as proposed in the updated plan, but must follow whatever version of the project is approved by regulators.

So far, the Payette has studied four versions of the project, two of which have been eliminated.

The Process

Perpetua began exploration for its Stibnite proposal in 2009 under the General Mining Law of 1872, which allows anyone to stake claims to minerals discovered on federal public lands.

In 2016, an operating plan was submitted to the Payette National Forest, the lead agency on a permitting process that requires 50 different permits from local, state and federal agencies before mining can begin.

The mine would operate on about 1,425 acres within the Payette Forest, which requires the proposal to be reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The federal law requires all projects that could affect land, water, wildlife or other public resources to be studied to assess environmental consequences.

In 2020, the Payette released an environmental study of four project designs and existing site conditions. Later that year, Perpetua submitted project changes to the Payette.

The Payette is now studying the updated mining plan and an alternative plan that would use existing roads for mine traffic instead of building new roads.

Perpetua’s proposal could be denied if the Payette finds that significant harm to natural resources cannot be avoided under any project alternative.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Critter News:

Fish and Game warn public about increased bear conflicts

In a majority of cases, the conflicts stem from human behavior more than the bears’ behavior. Bears tend to only go out of their way when it involves an easy meal.

KTVB Staff September 6, 2022

After an increase in bear reports, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is reminding residents about tips that can help them avoid a bear encounter.

Staff at the Southwest Regional Fish and Game Office reported multiple calls about black bears breaking into homes near Crouch, with most encounters happening around the Castle Mountain and Terrace Lakes neighborhoods.

“This bear in Crouch has actually broken into area residences seeking and obtaining food rewards, which is obviously concerning behavior,” Regional Wildlife Manager Ryan Walrath said. “We are currently working to trap this animal, but want area residents to be aware that there are measures they can take to help prevent ‘bad’ bear behavior from escalating to this point, or from happening in the first place.”

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Fish and Game seeks reports of sightings of moose, calves

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking backcountry visitors to report moose sightings, including precise locations, numbers and whether the animals are adults or calves.

The information will help Idaho Fish and Game to focus survey efforts.

Reports may also help to determine any shifts in moose distribution or identify potential contraction or expansion of occupied habitat.

The preferred reporting method is online at (link) . Click on the “Science” tab, select “Wildlife Observations and then click on “Basic Observation” to find the form.

Sightings can also be reported by contacting the McCall Fish and Game office at 208-634-8137 or (email) mccallfishandgame@idfg.idaho.gov

source: The Star-News September 8, 2022
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Bureau of Land Management hosts wild horse adoption event in Caldwell

34 horses were up for adoption at Zimmerman Horse Training in Caldwell. As of Saturday afternoon, 19 of the mustangs had been adopted.

Jude Binkley September 10, 2022 KTVB

Wild horses are up for adoption this weekend at Zimmerman Horse Training in Caldwell. The event is part of the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program.

The program was established in 1971 and tasked the BLM with managing wild horse populations. This includes periodically removing excess animals from the range to maintain healthy numbers.

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Poulty production workshop to be held Sept. 18 in Cascade

The “Scratching Below the Surface” poultry production workshop will be Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Broken Felloe Farms in Cascade.

The workshop will include exploration of infrastructure and housing for layers and meat birds, identification of poultry feed and nutrition needs, practice of candling and grading eggs and discussion of on-farm poultry processing.

Cost is $20 per person or $30 for couples.

Visit (link) for more information and to register.

source: The Star-News September 8, 2022
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Fish & Game News:

Video: How to field dress a deer, elk or moose in a chronic wasting disease management zone

By Jennifer Bruns, Regional Communications Manager
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Current CWD management zone includes Hunting Units 14 and 15

Now that CWD has come to Idaho, Idaho Fish and Game is receiving lots of questions for hunters about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and what does this mean for hunters in the management zone (Units 14 & 15). Here are a few things to be aware of;

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More F&G News Releases

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Seasonal Humor:

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Sep 4, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Sep 4, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Sep 3 – YPFD Breakfast at Community Hall 8am-10am
Sep 3 – Labor Day Golf Tourney 1030am
Sep 6 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Community Hall
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
Sep 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sep 28 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
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Local Events:

Sep 6th – YPFD Budget Meeting

The fall YPFD Budget Meeting has been rescheduled to September 6th at the Community Hall at 10am. See Agenda posted under YPFD News below.
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Sep 10th – Yellow Pine Escapade

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)
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Sep 10th – VYPA Meeting

2pm at Community Hall
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Sep 28th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 28th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Village News:

YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,
YPWUA Board
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Smoky Saturday September 3rd

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courtesy Eye-n-Sky
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Sep 3rd – YPFD Breakfast

There was a breakfast on the 3rd from 8 to 10 at the community hall.
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Labor Day Weekend Golf Tourney

The Fire Dept did the golf tournament on September 3rd.
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YPFD Truck Maintenance

Mike Amos has volunteered to do our maintenance on our fire trucks but asked to do them at his house so he could use his own tools. Mike plans to start next week. The yellow fire truck will be at his house all next weekend for maintenance.
Fire Chief
Tim Rogers
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
With Labor Day approaching and higher traffic volumes anticipated, both lanes of State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will be open noon Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, to accommodate holiday travel.
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Aug 27: “Bins have been emptied recently, road is OK.”

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

YPWUA Grants

On August 27th many water users attended a presentation from Mountain Waterworks on the future of our water system. Many also called in on Zoom. The YPWUA Board, over the last three years, has worked alongside Mountain Water Works to obtain grants to replace our failing drinking water system.

Mountain Waterworks gave an excellent presentation on the status of our current system. The slow sand filters have been damaged by an earthquake and are cracked, our inlet water system is very crude and open to contamination, our chlorine injection building is below ground level and dangerous to our operator, it is also leaning and could fall into Boulder Creek, and our leaking distribution lines need to be replaced and increased in size.

We have been granted over 7 million dollars with the potential for additional no match money. Of that amount, the agencies granting this money are requiring the water users to repay $500,000 over a 30 year period. That amount is approximately $18.10 per month, per user or about an additional $217 per year. Mountain Waterworks explained that Yellow Pine is the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s number one priority for grants this year. Many communities in Idaho are fighting for this money for their projects. Yellow Pine received more money by population and also the lowest required payback of any community.

In 2007 the DEQ imposed a $100 per day fine on the YPWUA for not complying with the 1995 court order to repair our system. That fine was dropped by the court but a new date was established for 2026. If this project is not completed by 2026, that $100 Per day fine is reinstated. That calculates to $30 per month, per user, so we either pay $18.10 per month now and get our system fixed or pay $30 per month on fines and get nothing.

During discussion with those attending the meeting the group determined that we don’t have a choice. This project needs to be done to insure the community of Yellow Pine will continue to exist. The group was asked if there was objection to the project, by a show of hands, no one objected. So the board decided to approve this project.

Some at the meeting agreed to the additional costs but wanted to know if there was a way to pay either monthly or quarterly. We are in the process of looking into payment options.

Thank you,
YPWUA Board

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person (208-631-3221) and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

08/27/22 27840362 37604 24 1567 26 S 6930
08/28/22 27872363 32001 24 1333 22 S 5603
08/29/22 27907209 34846 24 1452 24 M 2845
08/30/22 27945183 37974 24 1582 26 T 3128
08/31/22 27983542 38359 24 1598 27 W 385
09/01/22 28027234 43692 24 1821 30 T 5333
09/02/22 28068911 41677 24 1737 29 F 2015
09/03/22 28124859 55948 24 2331 39 S 14271
09/04/22 28169846 44987 24 1874 31 S 10961

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 8-10-22..

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Next meeting is September 10, 2022

Minutes July 9, 2022
Yellow Pine Village Association
Officers present: Hailey Harris, Chr.; Ronda Rogers, Treas.; Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large
Officers absent: Josh Jones, Vice Chr.; Jenny Aldrich, Acting Secretary

Approval of June Minutes: Lorrine Munn requested that Treasurer’s detailed report be added.

Treasurer’s Report: General Fund $11,292.02; HC/Music Festival ($5,720.52); Infrastructure $1,957.38;
Community Hall $429.95: YPVA Total $12,222.75
Yellow Pine Pioneer Cemetery: $4,263.92

Harmonica/Music Festival Report: Josh Jones, Committee Chr. Absent, Rhonda Egbert reporting.
The committee is aware that expenses have created an approximately $5,000 deficit in the $12,000 budget. As usual some bills have not yet been received (e.g. porta-potties, T shirts, vendors). Cash donations are processed through YPAC which allows non-taxable donations. Rhonda Egbert reported that Josh Jones has told her he is willing to cover any deficit spending amounts and will share in the cost of porta-potties because they will be used by his motorcycle event following the festival. $12,000 will be set aside for the 2023 festival as required by Village By Laws. Money will be set aside for next year’s dust abatement; Perpetua has contributed one half of that expense in past years. Josh Jones has more details to be provided at next month’s meeting. (note: August meeting was cancelled)
Willie Sullivan made a motion that YPVA require Josh Jones post a bond to cover $12,000 to assure next year’s festival. Kat Amos, seconded. Discussion: the HC/Music Festival committee the has responsibility to oversee spending, therefore, shouldn’t the committee also be included. W. Sullivan amended his motion to include the committee members. Motion passed with one opposed. YPVA officers will meet with the committee and Josh Jones.

Dust Abatement: Lorrine Munn reported that North American will apply dust abatement solution to the main roads in the Village. Tim Rogers will compile a list of individuals wanting abatement, Rhonda Egbert will follow up. Comments included: “back” road needs abatement to edge of Village, need for pilot cars for some loads, up -hill driver has the right of way. Possible use of road in-bound before noon and out-bound after noon.

YP Fire Dept.: Lorrine Munn, Commissioner, reported that the YPFD wants a contract signed by the search and rescue unit to allow use of the rescue/medical equipment. Tim Rogers and Jeff Forster are to inventory the equipment.

Yellow Pine Water Users’ Assoc. Willie Sullivan reporting: June 21st was closing date for bids to install some replacement lines. Granite Construction was low bidder ($630,000) and will start on the upper section, working down to Bennett’s house replacing main lines. The Board is working with Granite to cut costs and do as much as possible with the $450,000 available. Mountain Water Works is continuing to seek more grants from Federal and State agencies. New Federal money becomes available for grants in October. Tim Aldrich is now on the YPWUA board as Secretary and the Board has contracted with
Clint Limbaugh to serve as the local contact person for service problems. His phone number and contact information will be provided.

Election of Officers: Vice Chairman,Treasurer and Secretary
Willie Sullivan commented that if more than one person is nominated there should be a secret ballot. Election of officers takes place at the July meeting. Secretary position will be open for election July 2023, but is presently vacant. Vice Chairman and Treasurer positions are open for election. Lorrine Munn and Kat Amos were nominated. Lorrine Munn was elected Treasurer by secret ballot, 10/16. Lynn Imel was nominated by Ann Forster to fill the vacant Secretary position until July 2023, no other nominees. Lynn Imel was elected by unanimous approval. Josh Jones was nominated as Vice Chairman by Lorrine Munn, seconded by Willie Sullivan. No other nominees, elected for two- year position.
Willie Sullivan moved that an audit be performed prior to September to provide protection for out-going Treasurer and new Treasurer. Seconded by Lynn Imel. This is a common practice and need not be done by a CPA. Willie Sullivan was appointed audit committee chairman and will select two or three others to assist and report.
Anne Forster suggested that the incoming Treasurer work with the outgoing Treasurer through the Harmonica/Music Festival.

Adjournment 3:00
Hailey Harris thanked everyone for participating in a good meeting.

Dear Yellow Piners,

Effective immediately, I will be stepping down from my position as Chairman of the VYPA Council.

While it was a pleasure to serve our wonderful community, I am not able to fulfill this role to the best of my ability at this time. Although, I still plan on being involved as much as possible in volunteering in our community improvement projects.

Please direct all future questions/concerns regarding the VYPA to our current officers. Thank you all for your support!

Warm wishes,
Hailey Harris
Dated Aug 23, 2022

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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Meeting Minutes
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6 (rescheduled), 2022, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
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Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 29) overnight low of 40 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 47 degrees by 9am, clear sky and light haze of smoke. Fewer birds around overall but some hummingbirds, several pine siskins, jays, a few finches, a pine squirrel and chipmunks observed. Warm and sunny at lunch time. Hot and increased smoke mid-afternoon, a few high thin hazy clouds and variable breezes, high of 92 degrees. Very slow to cool off after sunset, high hazy clouds and thicker smoke.

Tuesday (Aug 30) overnight low of 45 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 52 degrees by 9am, clear sky and better air quality. Haze of dust hanging over main street near the Veterans Memorial. Jays, finches, pine siskins, a few hummingbirds, a pine squirrel, a golden mantled and several chipmunks observed. Warm and sunny at lunch time. Hot and increasing smoke mid-afternoon, mostly high wispy clouds and light breeze, high of 96 degrees. Still the 90s early evening. A little cooler at dusk, looked like clear sky and haze of smoke.

Wednesday (Aug 31) overnight low of 45 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am, almost clear sky and light haze of smoke. A few finches calling, pine siskins, hummingbirds, jays, golden mantled, pine squirrel and chipmunks visiting. Hot and hazy at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time, no problems reported. Very hot by mid afternoon, partly cloudy/clear (big chunky clouds) and variable breezes, high of 101 degrees. Still in the 90s early evening. Slowly cooling down at sunset, calm, high thin clouds and haze of smoke.

Thursday (Sep 1) overnight low of 47 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 58 degrees by 930am, clear sky and haze of smoke. Finches, pine siskins, jays, hummingbirds, golden mantled, pine squirrel and chipmunks observed. Pretty warm at lunch time, clear sky and haze of smoke. Hot mid-afternoon, no clouds but more smoke and variable breezes, high of 93 degrees. Warm and no clouds at sunset, huge plume of smoke from the south across most of the sky. Orange air quality.

Friday (Sep 2) overnight low of 42 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am, no clouds and sky opaque with smoke, orange air quality. Finches, pine siskins, jays, hummingbirds and chipmunks observed. Warm and hazy at lunch time. Hot and smoky mid-afternoon, orange air quality and no clouds, high of 95 degrees. Increasing traffic and dust. Cooling off after sunset, no clouds but quite smoky and calm.

Saturday (Sep 3) overnight low of 45 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 56 degrees by 930am, broken overcast and smoky (orange air quality.) Finches, pine siskin, jays, hummingbirds, golden mantled, pine squirrel and chipmunks observed. Increasing traffic and dust. Cannon shot to start golf tourney went off at 1040am. Cloudy and smoky at lunch time. Pleasant temperature mid-afternoon, broken gray overcast, smoky and breezy, high of 94 degrees. Warm, no clouds, smoky and calm at sunset.

Sunday (Sep 4) overnight low of 42 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 53 degrees by 930am, clear sky and light smoke with much better air. (McCall has Red AQ.) Jays, finches, pine siskins, evening grosbeaks, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. No clouds and thicker haze of smoke at lunch time. Hot mid-afternoon, no clouds thicker smoke and dust – poor air quality, high of 93 degrees. Warm and very smoky early evening.
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RIP:

Steve Malm Aug 27, 2022
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 603 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

September 2, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 603 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 490,003.

The state said 14 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,935, and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,025.

3 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,118.

continued: [Valley County 2,924 cases, 16 deaths.]
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9 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News September 1, 2022

A total of nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The nine new cases compared to 20 new cases reported the previous week and 23 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,133 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 609 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is one more case than reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Valley County Commissioners Aug Newsletter

Emergency Declaration for Four Corners Fire
Valley County Fair and Rodeo Recap
McCall DMV Closing
Public Budget Hearing
Waterways Draft Plan Now Available
Summer Road Updates

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Valley County community health survey available until Sept. 15

Central Idaho Health District, St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center are inviting residents to complete a survey about Valley County health needs by Thursday, Sept. 15.

The 2023-2026 community health needs assessment survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous, and there are no right or wrong answers.

“The goal this year is to increase data collection in rural communities,” Central District Health program coordinator Shelly Hitt said.

The survey is available at (link).

Hard copies of the survey can be picked up and dropped off at Central District Health, located at 703 First St. in McCall, or at Cascade Medical Center, located at 402 Lake Cascade Parkway.

source: The Star-News September 1, 2022
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McCall Raises water rates by 4.8%

Those who use most water will be charged more

By Drew Dodson The Star-News September 1, 2022

Average monthly water bills for McCall residents will rise from $65.64 currently to $82.14 in 2028, under rate increases adopted last week by the McCall City Council.

Rates will increase 4.8% overall for 2023, raising average monthly bills to about $68.78. The annual rate increases take effect each year on Oct. 1, the start of the city’s budget year.

Rates will increase 3.6% annually starting in 2024, adding nearly $3 per year to monthly bills until 2028.

The new rates add a new billing tier to help curb high water usage that city officials say is caused mostly by large homes with lots of irrigation for landscaping.

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ID 55 project at Smiths Ferry enters final phase

Work plagued by landslides, cost overruns

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 1, 2022

Work on the Smiths Ferry project to widen and straighten Idaho 55 will again include one-way alternating traffic and delays starting on Tuesday while the roadway is paved.

The road will remain open in both directions through Labor Day weekend until one-way traffic and 15-minute delays restart.

The fall schedule is expected to continue until “late fall,” but no specific date was available.

The project to widen and straighten the highway through a mile-long section of road between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge was intended to be completed this fall. An article from the Idaho Statesman reported that remaining work on the project could be completed in the spring.

Since the project started in September 2020 construction has been halted during winter weather each year.

The project was set back several times because of landslides within the project area.

The site closed to traffic completely for about two days after a rockslide fell in the construction zone on Jan. 22.

A larger rockslide fell within the project on November 2021, closing the highway for more than two weeks and a rockslide near the south end of the project closed the project for 10 days in March 2021.

No injuries were reported from any of the slides.

The landslides also contributed to the project costing almost double the original contract of about $25.7 million in construction costs with a total budget of $30.8 million, said Idaho Transportation Department Office of Communications Manager John Tomlinson.

The project will cost between $51.6 million to $61.6 million, including construction, engineering, utilities, purchases of rights of way and public outreach, Tomlinson said.

“These supplemental funds would not be needed if not for the landslide repair and permanent stabilization,” he said.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Fire Season:

Idaho Smoke August 29, 2022

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Western Smoke September 1, 2022

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PNW Smoke September 2, 2022

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Smoke September 4, 2022

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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Current as of 9/3/2022
Total Personnel 805
Size 13,410 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 34%
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
InciWeb Link:
Four Corners Fire Map September 3, 2022

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Firefighters gain on 4 Corners Fire

Some homeowners allowed to return; blaze 39% contained

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 1, 2022

Calmer and cooler weather helped firefighters increase containment on the Four Corners Fire to 39% and lift evacuation orders for about 55 homes to the north of the fire.

High winds late last week also saw the fire grow by aver 1,000 acres to the southeast, prompting evacuation orders for 349 homes between Campbell Creek and Raspberry Road.

There were still about 400 homes under evacuation order as of Tuesday.

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Fire camps work like self-contained cities

By Max Silverson The Star-News September 1, 2022

As of Tuesday, the Four Corners Fire near Cascade had 846 people assigned, all of whom are working away from their homes and living in temporary camps while fighting the fire.

The fire’s incident command post is located at the southern tip of Lake Cascade by the corner of West Mountain Road and Lakeshore Drive.

Another “spike camp” is located on the southwest side of the fire near Four Bit Summit to cut down the time it takes firefighters to get to the fireline each day, said Forest Service Public Information Officer Jesse Bender.

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September 4, 2022 Four Corners Fire Daily Update

Fire Information: 208-207-7417 daily from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

A Virtual Community Meeting is Scheduled for today, September 4, 2022, at 6pm on the Payette National Forest Facebook Page.

Yesterday’s wind event was less significant than forecasted. This moderated weather resulted in minimal movement along the fire perimeter. There was widespread interior torching, but no new threats to the constructed line were detected. Firefighters focused on the small spot fires that were slowing progress over the past week. The attention and patience of the crews working on these little pieces of line is time consuming, but critical to creating solid containment around the entire incident.

Much of the smoke and heat produced yesterday was from Thursday’s strategic firing operations. This was done to reduce fuels around hot spots above French Creek and Campbell Creek communities and keep fire from getting into the canopy. Low intensity ground burns, where crews can work with weather to control the rate and intensity of spread, is a common tool firefighters use to help stabilize containment lines. Our top priority continues to be to protect the 454 threatened structures in the area to allow residents to return as soon as safely possible. Safety concerns from steep terrain north and south of Willow Creek are causing slow progress of containment on the south end of the fire. This is forcing firefighters to rely on air resources when weather conditions permit to prevent the fire from progressing further south. As a contingency, firefighters are constructing control lines using heavy equipment on Forest Road 404 along Olson Ridge and fortifying existing roads. Firefighters will continue to add depth on north and west containment lines to strengthen those lines. We expect conditions to remain hot and dry today, with the morning inversion keeping smoke in place during the morning hours.

As a reminder the Payette National Forest is holding a virtual community meeting today at 6pm. Operations will discuss daily events and provide an overview of future operations.

During this busy holiday weekend continue to be mindful of fire vehicles as you travel the roadways.

Weather: Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday. Today, calm winds are expected from the southwest ranging from 5-8 mph this afternoon with occasional gusts winds up to 15 mph on the ridge tops.

Fire Restriction: There are no fire restrictions in the area, but residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution if building campfires during the holiday weekend.

Evacuation Information: Valley County Sheriff evacuation orders (Go) are still in place for residents of Campbell Creek and French Creek. The team’s number one priority is trying to get individuals back into their homes as soon as possible. God’s Acres residents are in the pre-evacuation stage (Set). Others in the vicinity are encouraged to consider evacuation preparations (Ready). Please visit (link) for information on packing and preparing for evacuations. For more information on evacuations and local support, call the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 208.382.5160.

Closure Information: Access to hunting unit 32 A near the Fawn Creek area is very limited as the main route in from the west is in the closure area. A security guard is posted at the intersection of Cabarton and Snowbank Road and will not be allowing individuals through. The complete closure order for the Boise and Payette National Forests – including a full description and an accompanying map – is available at (link)

13,490 Acres
Contained 34%
Personnel 804
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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Current as of 9/3/2022
Total Personnel 97
Size 2,831 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
InciWeb Link:
Map, Porphyry Fire, August 3, 2022

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Dismal Fire
Payette National Forest
The fire is approximately one mile north of the airstrip and 1.5 miles north of the Cold Meadows Guard Station. The fire is 2 miles to the east of the Root Ranch, and the Root Ranch airstrip remains open.
Current as of 9/3/2022
Size 2,136 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Dismal Fire, August 3, 2022

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Patrol Point
Payette National Forest
The fire double in size yesterday as it is well established in the base of the Chamberlain Creek drainage about 1/2 of a mile to the south of the main Salmon River and continues to back down towards the river. On the east side, fire continues to back down Devil’s Toe Creek. In the Steep Creek drainage on the south, the fire has spread to Cabin Mountain.
Current as of 9/3/2022
Size 2,678 Acres
InciWeb Link:
Map, Patrol Point Fire, August 3, 2022

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Ross Fork
Sawtooth National Forest
6 miles E of Atlanta, ID
Current as of 9/4/2022
Total Personnel 60
Size 5,450 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
InciWeb Link:
090422 Ross Fork IR Map

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Current as of 9/3/2022
Total Personnel 4
Size 6,398 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 16%
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
InciWeb Link:
Norton and Woodtick Fire Overview Map 9/2

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Current as of 9/3/2022
Total Personnel 2
Size 2,546 Acres
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
InciWeb Link:
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Current as of 9/3/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,568 Acres
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
InciWeb Link:
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 9/2

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Current as of 9/2/2022
Total Personnel 767
Size 101,269 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 44%
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
InciWeb Link:
September 3 Moose Fire Public Information Map

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Golfing on Fire to raise funds for Cascade Fire Community Fund

Golfers can team up for the third annual Golfing on Fire fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10, at noon at the Cascade Golf Course.

The tournament will be a four-person scramble format. Entry and green fees are $75 per person.

Those who want to play but don’t have a team can email CascadeFireCommunityFund@gmail.com for help in finding a team.

Proceeds will benefit burnout funds, community outreach and education for the Cascade Fire Community Fund.

Visit (link) to register and for more information.

source: The Star-News September 1, 2022
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Public Lands:

Scoping-Kirkham Recreation Site Improvements Project

September 1, 2022

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the Kirkham Recreation Site Improvements project on the Lowman Ranger District.

Project Description

Funding for deferred maintenance and facility upgrades at the Kirkham Recreation area was received as part of the Great American Outdoors Act . This funding will be used to address the deferred maintenance and upgrade needs of the site. The project is designed to address the backlog of deferred maintenance needs of the site such as repairing the paved travel ways, replacing picnic tables, and installing trash receptacles. Infrastructure such as picnic table shelters, the viewing platform, and signage would be updated. Additional restrooms and changing rooms would be constructed. Interpretation kiosks or panels would be developed. Trail construction, reconfiguration, and rehabilitation are planned to create a trail system at the site that will safely direct visitors to the soaking pools while providing for resource protection.

The proposed redesign work would include reconfiguring the existing parking . The roads within the site would be repaired and resurfaced. Additional grants are being pursued to fund the bridge repair as this work is not covered under the Great American Outdoors Act funding. The bridge is structurally sound, but the cantilever construction allows movement on the highway side which creates cracking in the deck surface. The surface is currently in need of repair.

The primary safety concern identified with the Kirkham site is uncontrolled parking along the highway and people pulling on and off the highway. The Forest Service is working with the Idaho Department of Transportation to determine stipulations required for ingress/egress onto highway. The need for and feasibility of installation of traffic control devices along the highway is being explored.

The site, roads and parking are being assessed for snow plowing and associated snow storage in the winter. The level of snow plowing would depend on yearly funding and whether the site is managed by the Forest Service or a concessionaire operation.

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

How to Comment

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

1. Through the Kirkham Recreation Site Improvements Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
2. Mail to Traci Zimmerlee, District Ranger, Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, Idaho 83637.

If submitting comments by email be sure to include “Kirkham” in the subject line. Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your comments by September 21, 2022. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, NEPA Planner, at terre.pearsonramirez@usda.gov
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Critter News:

Fish & Games asks visitors to report sightings of moose

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking backcountry visitors to report moose sightings, including precise locations, numbers and whether the animals are adults or calves.

The information will help Idaho Fish and Game to focus survey efforts.

Reports may also help to determine any shifts in moose distribution or identify potential contraction or expansion of occupied habitat.

The preferred reporting method is online at (link). Click on the “Science” tab, select “Wildlife Observations and then click on “Basic Observation” to find the form.

Sightings can also be reported by contacting the McCall Fish and Game office at 208-634-8137 or (link).

source: The Star-News September 1, 2022
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First case of equine West Nile Virus reported in Gooding County

Idahoans should take extra precautions when spending time in areas with WNV-carrying mosquitoes, and ensure that any animals traveling along are properly prepared.

KTVB Staff September 2, 2022

Idaho’s first equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) was just reported in Gooding County, by an animal health laboratory with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).

Common symptoms of WNV in horses include fever and weakness, which can typically be observed in the horse’s hindquarters by a widened stance, stumbling, leaning to one side or dragging their toes. In extreme cases, horses may lose their ability to stand or even become paralyzed.

There are also mental symptoms that can develop, like lip-smacking or chewing movements and fine muscle tremors; some horses may also demonstrate an overall fearfulness as a symptom.

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Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated Saturday at Ponderosa

Ponderosa State Park and Payette National Forest will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Ponderosa’s Activity Center.

The event will include an information booth, crafts and a Junior Rangers program.

There will be a presentation at 11 a.m. with a live own from Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary.

This year’s theme of “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night” highlights the need for humans to work together to decrease the impact of light pollution on migratory bird populations.

Most birds migrate at night, traveling thousands of miles to and from their breeding grounds.

But artificial light, which is increasing globally by at least 2% a year, attracts and disorients these migrating birds and may cause them to land in areas where they are more vulnerable to collisions and other dangers.

Simple actions people can take to reduce the amount of light pollution around homes, businesses and other infrastructure include directing light downward and using motion detectors and minimum wattage.

Visit the Facebook pages of Ponderosa State Park and Payette National Forest for more information on the event.

There is a $7 entrance fee into the park for those who don’t have a valid Idaho Passport or Idaho Annual Pass attached to their vehicle.

source: The Star-News September 1, 2022
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Fish and Game News:

Boise County residents can help avoid bear conflicts by storing food and garbage properly

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, September 1, 2022

After black bear breaks into homes in Crouch, F&G staff reminds residents that they can help prevent human-bear conflicts

In late August, Idaho Fish and Game staff in the Southwest Region received multiple reports about a black bear breaking into homes in Crouch, with conflicts centered around the Castle Mountain and Terrace Lakes neighborhoods.

“This bear in Crouch has actually broken into area residences seeking and obtaining food rewards, which is obviously concerning behavior,” said Regional Wildlife Manager Ryan Walrath. “We are currently working to trap this animal, but want area residents to be aware that there are measures they can take to help prevent ‘bad’ bear behavior from escalating to this point, or from happening in the first place.”

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This month’s ‘Wildlife Express’ newsletter dives deep into the lives of salmon

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Friday, September 2, 2022

Salmon are the marathon runners — well, swimmers — of the fish world, and for some, their finish line is the rivers and streams of Idaho.

There are three species that make Idaho their final destination: Chinook, sockeye and coho. (If you really want to split hairs, you could add in kokanee salmon as the fourth, but technically they are the landlocked cousins of the sockeye family tree and don’t travel out to sea.)

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More F&G News Releases

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Aug 28, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 28, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Sep 3 – YPFD Breakfast at Community Hall 8am-10am
Sep 3 – Labor Day Golf Tourney 1030am
Sep 6 – YPFD Budget Meeting 10am at Community Hall
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
Sep 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sep 28 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
(details below)
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Local Events:

Sep 3rd – YPFD Breakfast

We will be having breakfast, the 3rd from 8 to 10 at the community hall.
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Labor Day Weekend Golf Tourney

The Fire Dept. is doing the golf tournament on September 3rd. Sign up at 10am start at 1030am.
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Sep 6th – YPFD Budget Meeting

The fall YPFD Budget Meeting has been rescheduled to September 6th, 10am at the Community Hall. See Agenda posted under YPFD News below.
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Sep 10th – Yellow Pine Escapade

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)
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Sep 10th – VYPA Meeting

2pm at Community Hall
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Sep 28th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 28th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Village News:

Community Thank You

Adam Pellegrini will be donating a new system (Facebook Portal device) to the community hall that will be for any council to use for Zoom meetings.
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YPFD Truck Maintenance

Mike Amos has volunteered to do our maintenance on our fire trucks but asked to do them at his house so he could use his own tools. Mike plans to start next week. The yellow fire truck will be at his house all next weekend for maintenance.
Fire Chief
Tim Rogers
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Planned Water Shutoff Aug 26th

On Friday, August 26th, at 9am, the YPWUA shut the water off to the lower part of Yellow Pine for about an hour for repairs.
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Aug 27th Water Meeting 12pm

The meeting was well attended, both in person and zoom.

Thanks to Adam P for technical assistance.

Unofficial Meeting Notes:

YP Water User informational meeting 8/27/2022
No voting at this meeting.
Important takeaway is:
#1 At least $18.10/mo. increase; method for monthly or quarterly payments has not been figured out.;
#2 YP water will continue on boil order until we consistently reduce use from 60,000/gal day to 30,000gal/day. Lawn watering is main impact;
#3 Board will make decision which alternative and your input helps them decide;
#4 Grant applications due in October so give Board your comments soon;
#5 Doing nothing or delaying work is not an option. We will be borrowing money and all water users will have an increase in use charge to pay back the loan;
#6 Some line repairs and leaks being done now. 2022-23 planning, contracts, approvals, funding, then start work.
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Light Smoke 7pm Aug 28th

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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

Link: to current road reports.

Hwy 55 Update from ITD August 26, 2022
With Labor Day approaching and higher traffic volumes anticipated, both lanes of State Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry will be open noon Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, to accommodate holiday travel.
Starting Tuesday, September 6, the Smiths Ferry project will transition to the fall construction schedule. Drivers should plan for one-way alternating traffic with 15-minute delays, Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.
Crews will start paving work on September 6. Drivers can expect a gravel highway surface for a few weeks, and the first layer of asphalt completed by the end of September.
To learn more about the construction schedule, visit link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Aug 27: “Bins have been emptied recently, road is OK.”

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person (208-631-3221) and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

08/18/22 27475944 41826 24 1743 29 T 3130
08/19/22 27516592 40648 24 1694 28 F 1178
08/20/22 27554524 37932 24 1581 26 S 2716
08/21/22 27591663 37139 24 1547 26 S 793
08/22/22 27630871 39208 24 1634 27 M 2069
08/23/22 27674908 44037 24 1835 31 T 4829
08/24/22 27720237 45329 24 1889 31 W 1292
08/25/22 27758224 37987 24 1583 26 T 7342
08/26/22 27802758 44534 24 1856 31 F 6547
08/27/22 27840362 37604 24 1567 26 S 6930
08/28/22 27872363 32001 24 1333 22 S 5603

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 8-10-22..

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Minutes July 9, 2022
Yellow Pine Village Association
Officers present: Hailey Harris, Chr.; Ronda Rogers, Treas.; Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large
Officers absent: Josh Jones, Vice Chr.; Jenny Aldrich, Acting Secretary

Approval of June Minutes: Lorrine Munn requested that Treasurer’s detailed report be added.

Treasurer’s Report:
General Fund $11,292.02;
HC/Music Festival ($5,720.52);
Infrastructure $1,957.38;
Community Hall $429.95:
VYPA Total $12,222.75
Yellow Pine Pioneer Cemetery: $4,263.92

Harmonica/Music Festival Report: Josh Jones, Committee Chr. Absent, Rhonda Egbert reporting.
The committee is aware that expenses have created an approximately $5,000 deficit in the $12,000 budget. As usual some bills have not yet been received (e.g. porta-potties, T shirts, vendors). Cash donations are processed through YPAC which allows non-taxable donations. Rhonda Egbert reported that Josh Jones has told her he is willing to cover any deficit spending amounts and will share in the cost of porta-potties because they will be used by his motorcycle event following the festival. $12,000 will be set aside for the 2023 festival as required by Village By Laws. Money will be set aside for next year’s dust abatement; Perpetua has contributed one half of that expense in past years. Josh Jones has more details to be provided at next month’s meeting. (note: August meeting was cancelled)
Willie Sullivan made a motion that VYPA require Josh Jones post a bond to cover $12,000 to assure next year’s festival. Kat Amos, seconded. Discussion: the HC/Music Festival committee has the responsibility to oversee spending, therefore, shouldn’t the committee also be included. W. Sullivan amended his motion to include the committee members. Motion passed with one opposed. VYPA officers will meet with the committee and Josh Jones.

Dust Abatement: Lorrine Munn reported that North American will apply dust abatement solution to the main roads in the Village. Tim Rogers will compile a list of individuals wanting abatement, Rhonda Egbert will follow up. Comments included: “back” road needs abatement to edge of Village, need for pilot cars for some loads, up -hill driver has the right of way. Possible use of road in-bound before noon and out-bound after noon.

YP Fire Dept.: Lorrine Munn, Commissioner, reported that the YPFD wants a contract signed by the search and rescue unit to allow use of the rescue/medical equipment. Tim Rogers and Jeff Forster are to inventory the equipment.

Yellow Pine Water Users’ Assoc. Willie Sullivan reporting: June 21st was closing date for bids to install some replacement lines. Granite Construction was low bidder ($630,000) and will start on the upper section, working down to Bennett’s house replacing main lines. The Board is working with Granite to cut costs and do as much as possible with the $450,000 available. Mountain Water Works is continuing to seek more grants from Federal and State agencies. New Federal money becomes available for grants in October. Tim Aldrich is now on the YPWUA board as Secretary and the Board has contracted with
Clint Limbaugh to serve as the local contact person for service problems. His phone number and contact information will be provided.

Election of Officers: Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary
Willie Sullivan commented that if more than one person is nominated there should be a secret ballot. Election of officers takes place at the July meeting. Secretary position will be open for election July 2023, but is presently vacant. Vice Chairman and Treasurer positions are open for election. Lorrine Munn and Kat Amos were nominated. Lorrine Munn was elected Treasurer by secret ballot, 10/16. Lynn Imel was nominated by Ann Forster to fill the vacant Secretary position until July 2023, no other nominees. Lynn Imel was elected by unanimous approval. Josh Jones was nominated as Vice Chairman by Lorrine Munn, seconded by Willie Sullivan. No other nominees, elected for two- year position.
Willie Sullivan moved that an audit be performed prior to September to provide protection for out-going Treasurer and new Treasurer. Seconded by Lynn Imel. This is a common practice and need not be done by a CPA. Willie Sullivan was appointed audit committee chairman and will select two or three others to assist and report.
Anne Forster suggested that the incoming Treasurer work with the outgoing Treasurer through the Harmonica/Music Festival.

Adjournment 3:00
Hailey Harris thanked everyone for participating in a good meeting.

Dear Yellow Piners,

Effective immediately, I will be stepping down from my position as Chairman of the VYPA Council.

While it was a pleasure to serve our wonderful community, I am not able to fulfill this role to the best of my ability at this time. Although, I still plan on being involved as much as possible in volunteering in our community improvement projects.

Please direct all future questions/concerns regarding the VYPA to our current officers. Thank you all for your support!

Warm wishes,
Hailey Harris
Dated Aug 23, 2022

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
(Vacant), Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Lorrine Munn, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes Link:
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

YPFD Budget Meeting Agenda for September 06, 2022, at 10am

Yellow Pine Fire Protection District Budget For Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Notice has been given that the Yellow Pine Fire District will hold a public hearing for consideration of the proposed budget, including the estimated revenue for the fiscal year, October 1, 2022 to September 20, 2023, pursuant to Country Law chapter 14, Section 31-1419A. Said hearing will be held at the Yellow Pine Community Hall in Yellow Pine, Idaho on Tuesday September 06, 2022, at 10:00 am. At said hearing all interested persons may appear and show cause, if any they have, why said proposed budget should not be adopted.

Proposed Expenditures:

The following budget is an estimated set forth in said budget of the total proposed expenditures and accruing indebtedness of the Yellow Pine Fire District for the Fiscal Year.

Yellow Pine Fire District Budget for 2022-2023

* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; 19,767.00

I, Ronda Rogers, Secretary/Treasurer of Yellow Pine Fire District, Yellow Pine, Id. do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct statement of the proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2022-2023. All have been tentatively approved and entered into district records. I further certify Yellow Pine Fire District did give notice for said hearing in two conspicuous places in the fire district, by order of the commissioners. Residents are invited to attend the budget hearing on Sept. 6, 2022 at 10 am and have the right to approve written or oral comments concerning the fire district budget. A copy of said proposed fire district budget in detail is available at 425 Yellow Pine Ave, Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677.

Dated this 23th day of August 2022
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After Action Report August 16, 2022

Johnson Creek Fatal (x2) Plane Crash

[from Valley County Sheriff’s Office]

On August 16, 2022, at approximately 1100 hrs., Valley County Sheriff Office (VCSO) personnel responded to a reported plane crash, located in Johnson Creek, several hundred yards north of the Johnson Creek Airport runway. Yellow Pine Fire Department (YPFD) initially responded to the location and determined that there were no survivors amongst the occupants of the plane.

VCSO personnel responded to the location and arrived at approximately 1330 hrs. We were met by YPFD personnel and briefed on the situation. The crash scene was turned over to VCSO, YPFD cleared the scene.

We began our investigation and recovery of the victims. As we began to work on extricating the victims from the aircraft, it was quickly evident that we would need equipment that was much more capable than the equipment we had.

We requested YPFD respond back to the scene with several pieces of equipment we needed for the extrication of the victims and fire suppression, due to the plane leaking fuel into the cockpit. Firefighter Ron Basabe responded without hesitation with the equipment that we had requested.

* Requested equipment- Chainsaw, Jaws of Life, Dewalt tools with saw blades and shears, ropes, and pullies, stokes basket, rigid backboard, six-wheel FD response UTV to be used for fire suppression.

Deputies familiarized themselves with the above equipment shortly after it arrived at the location and began the extrication process to remove the victims. UTV winch was used to remove the victims from the river bottom to the road via backboard (approx. 50 yards).

It took several hours to remove both victims and the dog. It was done while standing in Johnson Creek in thigh deep water. Valley County Coroner was at scene during this entire process and assisted with extrication.

Lessons Learned

Currently, we are awaiting funding for equipment that has been identified by deputies as needed for this type of operation. We were able to make do with current equipment and Valley County Search and Rescue (VCSAR) / YPFD equipment provided by Ron Basabe. Additional equipment, such as leather work gloves and eye protection were ordered the next day.

Had the above mentioned equipment not been at YPFD, it is questionable if we could have obtained it when needed. The YPFD building is optimal for storage of this equipment, it gives YPFD, VCSAR and VCSO deputies 24/7 access to the equipment. YPFD building also has a hardline phone in the building, giving Incident Commanders access to a reliable form of communication while in the back country.

Communication can always be better while in the backcountry. Some type of Garmin satellite device is preferable and will be ordered for future missions.

It will be suggested that deputies responding to future plane crashes, cover the tail number to the aircraft as soon as practical. This will hopefully limit possible identity of victims via tail number and postings on social media. This plane crash and identity of the occupants was known and posted on social media prior to VCSO arrival at scene.
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Meeting Minutes
Aug 16, 2022 VSCO After Action Report (plane crash) Link:
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6 (rescheduled), 2022, Sunday at 10am Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Aug 22) overnight low of 48 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 57 degrees by 9am, mostly small high thin hazy clouds and light smoke. Evening grosbeaks, cassins finches, pine siskins, jays, hummingbirds, pine squirrels, golden mantled and chipmunks observed. At lunch time mostly large chunky clouds and slight breeze. Partly clear mid-afternoon, warm, light smoke and variable breezes, high of 91 degrees. Dark clouds and gusty breezes early evening. Calmer and mostly clear after sunset.

Tuesday (Aug 23) overnight low of 48 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, partly clear/cloudy and light smoke. Jays, evening grosbeaks, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, pine squirrels and numerous chipmunks observed. Mostly cloudy and warm at lunch time. Hot by mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy. variable breezes and light haze of smoke, high of 90 degrees. Partly cloudy, haze of smoke and slight breeze after sunset.

Wednesday (Aug 24) overnight low of 48 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am, partly clear/cloudy and better air quality. Evening grosbeaks, finches, pine siskins, jays, hummingbirds and several chipmunks observed. Warm and mostly cloudy at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time. Increasing haze of smoke, mostly cloudy and hot mid-afternoon, variable breezes, high of 93 degrees. Cooling off just before dusk, smoky, mostly cloudy and calm.

Thursday (Aug 25) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, almost clear sky and light haze of smoke. Evening grosbeaks, jays, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, a golden mantled and lots of chipmunks observed. Warm, partly cloudy and increasing haze of smoke at lunch time. Mostly cloudy (with dark bottoms) and a minute of fine light mist (not enough to get wet) mid-afternoon and temperature dropping. Mostly clear and cooling off after sunset.

Friday (Aug 26) overnight low of 46 degrees, “trace” of mist recorded. This morning it was 54 degrees by 9am, good air quality and clear sky. Water off at 915am for about an hour for repairs. Jays, hummingbirds, finches, pine siskins and chipmunks observed. Warm and partly cloudy at lunch time. Local streets are very dusty. Hot, partly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, not much smoke, high of 90 degrees. Cooling off some by early evening. Partly cloudy after sunset and calm.

Saturday (Aug 27) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 54 degrees by 9am, partly cloudy and light haze of smoke. Juvenile and adult cassins finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, jays, pine squirrel and chipmunks observed. Increasing street traffic adding dust to the smoke in the air. Water Meeting at Community Hall 12pm. Partly cloudy and warm at lunch time. Mostly cloudy and breezy mid-afternoon, haze of smoke (and dust), high of 84 degrees. Mostly hazy after sunset, slight breeze and cooler.

Sunday (Aug 28) overnight low of 40 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 46 degrees by 9am, clear sky, haze of dust and smoke and light cool breeze. Jays, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, a doe and chipmunks observed. Pleasant temperatures at lunch time and increasing haze. Warm and hazy mid-afternoon, light breeze and haze of smoke, high of 83 degrees. Cooling off before sunset, clear sky and light smoky haze.
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RIP:

Rascal

2004-2022

We are sad to hear that old Rascal passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at the ripe old age of 18. He was the oldest and last of the “Waller Dogs” from Badger and Sarah. He loved to ride in the car and go on walks down by the Devil’s Bathtubs.

Mother Sarah and puppies 2004
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Steven Earl DavisRIPStevenEarlDavis-a
1950 – 2022

Steven Earl Davis, 71, of Idaho City, Idaho, died on August 10, 2022 near his home in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on August 24, 1950 to Earl Kay and Florence Davis in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Steven graduated from Bonneville High School and joined the National Guard 1970. After his service in the National Guard, he joined the Army in 1973 reaching the rank of E-6 Staff Sargent before honorable discharge for completing his service.

Steven married Diane McCall in March 1971 and they had three children, Jason, Jacob, and Jessica.

He worked as a commercial vehicle driver, miner, and had various management positions and was currently enjoying his retirement. Steven was an avid outdoorsman. He loved small and big game hunting, fishing, camping with his family.

Steven is survived by his children: Jason A. Davis (Janae), Jacob A. Davis (Jocelyn), Jessica A. Davis-Shaffer (John). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and one great grandchild and he has seven surviving siblings.

He was preceded in death by his parents Kay and Florence Davis, brother David Davis, and grandson Simon Davis.

Funeral services will be August 26, 2022 at 9:30am at Summers Funeral Home (3629 E Ustick Rd, Meridian, ID 83646).

Interment will follow at 11:00pm at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery (10100 N. Horseshoebend Rd, Boise, ID 83714) with luncheon following at Summers.

Honorary Pallbearers: Jason Davis, Jacob Davis, John Shaffer, Isaac Barton, Hunter Davis, Marshall Barton, Dalton Davis, Blaine Davis, Kevin Davis, Mark Davis, Scott Davis and Timothy Davis.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Steven Davis, please visit Tribute Store

source: Summers Funeral Home

Note: “Father was a miner up at Stibnite in the 90’s. Yellow Pine was one of his favorite places.”
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 738 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

August 26, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 738 new COVID-19 cases and 7 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 488,067.

The age group with the most cases is 18-29 with 110,865 cases.

The state said 23 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,879, and 6 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,018.

7 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,107.

full story: [Valley County 2,916 cases, 16 deaths.]
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20 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News August 25, 2022

A total of 20 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 20 new cases compared to 23 new cases reported the previous week and 36 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,133 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 608 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is one more case than reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 · Central Idaho Publishing Inc. · All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Paving projects proposed in 2023 Valley budget

County sheriff seeks two deputies to focus on back country

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 25, 2022

The Valley County Road Department budget will increase by about $1.7 million to about $9.7 million under the county’s proposed budget for 2023.

The road department budget is part of the county’s $38 million total budget, which will be considered at a public hearing before Valley County Commissioners on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.

The overall proposed budget increased by about $4.2 million from about $33.7 million this year. The budget takes effect Oct. 1.

Sheriff’s Office

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office will add two “recreation deputies” to focus on backcountry roads and remote areas that take hours to access with current staffing.

“In the past several years there has been a continual uptick in incidents requiring law enforcement response to the backcountry,” VCSO Chief Deputy Dave Stambaugh said.

When this happens, deputies are pulled off the valley floor and sent in to handle the incident, which can include drownings, plane crashes, snowmobile wrecks or general complaints at remote campgrounds, Stambaugh said.

The new deputies will be trained as emergency medical technicians and attend various backcountry skills schools to ensure they can provide the service needed for backcountry incidents, he said.

In addition to the additional staff and training, the VCSO budget includes equipment like motorcycles, snowmobiles and four-wheel drive trucks to support the deputies.

The county plans to take the entire 3% property tax increase allowed by law and would receive about $110,000 in property taxes from new development.

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Eagle man hurt when tree falls on Ponderosa Park camp

By Drew Dodson The Star-News August 25, 2022

An Eagle man suffered what was described as life-threatening injuries last Friday after being pinned by a tree that fell in Ponderosa State Park last Friday night during a storm, according to McCall Fire & EMS.

The 39-year-old man was struck by a tree at about 8:06 p.m. while at his campsite in the park’s Aspen Loop, Fire Chief Garrett de Jong said.

The tree was one of eight that fell in the park during Friday’s storm, Park Manager Matt Linde said.

Warren Wagon Trees

McCall Fire was also dispatched shortly after 8 p.m. last Friday night to clear seven trees that fell across Warren Wagon Road and snarled nearby powerlines.

“We removed all of the trees and kept the road closed until Idaho Power got on scene to secure power at 10:30 p.m.,” de Jong said.

Weather equipment at the McCall Municipal Airport registered wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour between 8 p.m. and 8:10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Weather equipment at the McCall Municipal Airport registered wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour between 8 p.m. and 8:10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Overall, about 422 customers in McCall were without power due to downed trees and limbs on power lines, said Jordan Rodriguez, a spokesperson for Idaho Power.

South Fork Road

South Fork Road east of McCall was closed over the weekend after heavy rains from the storm caused two mud slides that covered parts of the roadway with two feet of debris, said Brian Harris, a spokesperson for the Payette National Forest.

The road re-opened on Sunday night at about 5:30 after crews cleared debris using heavy equipment, Harris said.

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Cascade Fire seeks to add $2,900 fee to new homes

Fee would fund equipment purchases but not salaries

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 25, 2022

A public hearing will be held Monday on adopting a $2,900 fee on new homes in Cascade to fund improvements for firefighting and ambulance services.

The joint hearing will take place before the Cascade City Council and commissioners of the Cascade Rural Fire Protection District at 6 p.m. Monday at Cascade City Hall

The fee would apply only to new development and would be paid when a building permit is issued. Current homes and businesses as well as new garages, sheds and additions would not pay a fee.

Another hearing would be required before Valley County commissioners to consider fees for the fire district outside of city limits.

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Fire Season:

Idaho Smoke Aug 26th

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Idaho is reporting the most active large fires in the country

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, August 23rd 2022

According to a report from the National Interagency Fire Center, Idaho is reporting more active large wildfires than any other state in the country.

Of the states currently reporting large fires, the only one that comes close to Idaho’s 11 fires is Montana at 9. The other states include Oregon at 6, Alaska and California at 5 and Washington at 2. Utah, North Carolina, Wyoming and North Dakota all reported 1 large active fire.

The active large fires reported in Idaho are:

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Boise National Forest Fire Update

August 26, 2022

August 26th Boise National Forest Fire Summary

The lightning storms from last weekend ignited 16 new fires on the Boise National Forest. Of those sixteen, twelve have been called out, three are fully contained, and one is being monitored. The Bearcub Fire is being checked every other day by aerial reconnaissance and is currently showing no smoke with sparse burnable vegetation and low probability to spread from its current location. If conditions hold, this will be the last update on those fires currently staffed.

Weather conditions continue to be hot and dry during the day, with some cooler temps in the evenings. This weekend winds are projected to come from the West/Northwest traveling between 10 and 20 mph. With this hot, dry weather comes the need for hyper vigilance in fire prevention. Fire restrictions are not in affect on the Boise National Forest currently, but it remains important to take precautions against wildfires.

As fire activity slows, crews will be pulled from the following fires and made available for other incidents. Those that remain on each fire will continue to monitor any increase in fire activity and mop up any residual heat, securing the fire from the outside in. Mop up is an important part of wildland firefighting as this process ensures that the wildfire is DEAD OUT and will not reignite with aggressive winds. Just like you ensure your campfire is cool to touch, so do those crews working to mop up wildland fires.

The following fires remain burning, but are contained:

Wet Fire Started on 8/19 (11.5 acres): Has been holding at current acreage for several days with crews being demobilized. One Wildland Fire Module is staying on to continue securing and mopping up any heat. (Contained 8/24)

Oxtail Fire Started 8/21 (15 acres): Has been holding at 15 acres for several days. Burning in an old burn scar with subalpine fir and a plethora of snags and dead and down. 14 smokejumpers were flown off it yesterday, with 2 hotshot crews remaining on it for the next couple days. Following that, it will be monitored by air and staffed as needed. (Contained 8/25)

Canyon Fire Started 8/22 (10 ¼ acres): Has been holding for several days. Burning in subalpine fir. Wildland Fire Modules will fly off today, leaving a hotshot crew and Type 2 IA Crew to continue mop-up. (Contained 8/25)

The following fire is burning with 0% containment but with low probability of spread:

Bearcub Fire (.1 acres): Located within the footprint of the Rabbit Fire, meaning fuels are sparse and the exposure to firefighters is high. No smoke showing on 8/24, resources will fly every other day to check for progress.

Thank you to crews from near and far who jumped on this string of fires and kept spread to a minimum! Your work is greatly appreciated by those communities within the Boise National Forest.

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Boise District [BLM] Fire Update

Date: August 23, 2022
Contact: Chad Cline (208) 384-3378

Boise District BLM Fire and Aviation resources were able to make excellent progress in fire suppression efforts overnight and active fire spread has been stopped on all fires. Crews will continue to and mop up any remaining hot spots and will monitor throughout the day.

Doubletapp Fire

* Located near I-84 and Simco Road southeast of Boise
* Mapped at 710 acres
* Fire cause is under investigation
* Fire burned in grass and brush
* Fire progression has been stopped and fire crews will continue to mop up and monitor fire behavior throughout the day
* Boise BLM fire resources: 4 overhead, 4 engines, 1 dozer and 1 water tender
* Last night multiple resources from Boise City Fire, Orchard Fire and Mountain Home Rural Fire Protection Association aided in fire suppression
* Contained on August 22, 2022, at 8 p.m.
* Estimated control at 6 p.m. August 23, 2022

Bonny Fire

* Located south of Bonneville Point, at the intersection of East Blacks Creek and Upper Blacks Creek Road
* Mapped at 4 acres
* Fire Burned in grass and brush
* Fire cause is under investigation
* Crews continue to mop-up hotspots and monitor
* Resources on scene: 1 USFS engine and 1 Mountain Home RFPA water tender
* Contained on August 22, 2022, at 8:48 p.m.
* Estimated control at 2 p.m. August 23, 2022

Neal Fire

* Located northeast of Bonneville Point, north of East Blacks Creek Road
* Mapped at 11 acres
* Fire cause is under investigation
* Fire Burned in grass and brush
* Fire crews continue to mop-up hotspots and monitor
* Fire resources include: 2 Boise BLM overhead, 4 Boise BLM engines and 1 USFS engine
* Contained on August 22, 2022, at 11 p.m.
* Estimated control at noon August 23, 2022

For More Information Contact,

Boise District Fire Information Hotline, 208.384-3378
Or visit (link)
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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
Current as of 8/27/2022
Total Personnel 762
Size 10,179 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 18%
InciWeb Link:
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Four Corners Fire Update

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Contact Fire Information: 208.207.7417

Tonight, Sunday, August 28 at 5 PM, a Facebook live virtual meeting will be held to share an update on the Four Corners Fire and evacuations. The meeting can be openly accessed on the Payette National Forest Facebook page, (link).

The arrival of shifting winds gusting up to 33 mph from a cold front shaped events at the Four Corners fire yesterday. The fire grew by just over 1,000 acres and now has a 117-mile perimeter. The southeast side of the fire was very active, and firefighters focused on fire activity in the Hazard Creek and Willow Creek drainages. As firefighters worked in heavy smoke and dense vegetation, water scooping planes and helicopters – including a Chinook helicopter capable of flying in adverse conditions – dropped water along the ridges of Hazard Creek and on smaller fires ignited by falling embers within a half-mile of structures in Campbell Creek.

Despite challenging winds and smoke in all areas of the fire, good progress continues on the western and northern edges of the fire where firefighters are increasing containment lines. Fire crews constructing handline have reached Wilson Peak from the west side and will continue progressing to the east directly along the fire perimeter as safe and practicable and evaluating additional actions to limit fire spread.

For Sunday, crews will continue to maintain structure protection efforts on the east side. To the south, fire managers expect little fire spread to the west. Fire crews will continue to build fireline and to prevent spread to heavy vegetation in the area. Calmer conditions will prevail across the fire area with drier conditions and light southwest winds up to 10 mph. A low- to mid-level inversion layer will hold smoke but lift by mid-morning. Sunday and Monday, fire activity is expected to be slower due to cooler temperatures in the 70s with light winds. Fire activity overall will pick up as temperatures and higher winds gradually increase starting Tuesday then peaking on Thursday. Fire managers expect critical fire weather conditions by the end of week.

Air Quality: A heavy inversion is expected Sunday morning as stable conditions will limit air movement. Those with sensitivities should limit outdoor activities at least until the inversion lifts, which is expected to occur mid to late morning. Specific information about local smoke levels, forecasts, and possible health impacts is available at (link).

Evacuation Information: Valley County Sheriff has issued evacuation orders (Go) for area residents of Campbell Creek, God’s Acres, and French Creek. Others in the vicinity are encouraged to consider evacuation preparations (Ready). Please visit (link) for information on packing and preparing for evacuations. For more information on evacuations and local support, call the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 208.382.5160.

Closure Information: The complete closure order for the Boise and Payette National Forests – including a full description and an accompanying map – is available at (link).
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Homes escape Four Corners Fire

8,400-acre blaze on West Mountain 11% contained

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 25, 2022

Kevin McNamara was reflective as he was evacuating from his home on French Loop last Friday while watching the Four Corners Fire creep down West Mountain.

“We live in the West, one of the things you have to accept is that there are going to be wildfires,” McNamara said.

As of Wednesday, McNamara’s home and all other homes on the west side of Lake Cascade threatened by the fire were still standing.

The fire, about four miles west of Cascade did not receive the high winds forecast for Monday, allowing firefighters to focus on improving fire lines and protecting homes along West Mountain Road.

The fire was started by lighting on Aug. 13 and grew to about 8,400 acres with 11% containment as of Wednesday.

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Immediate evacuation for Campbell Creek due to Four Corners Fire

The Cascade Rural Fire Department is collecting funds for fire-related community needs.

KTVB Staff August 27, 2022

Due to increased activity on the Four Corners Fire, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office has raised the evacuation status for homes in the Campbell Creek area south to Raspberry Road to “GO” — leave the area immediately — the sheriff’s office announced Saturday morning.

The Four Corners Fire has burned 10,179 acres and is 18% contained as of Saturday, August 27. Active fire spread to the south and east Friday night and early Saturday morning, growing about one mile south toward Wilson Peak. Torching of individual trees and groups of trees and uphill runs with spotting of up to a quarter-mile were observed, officials with the Payette National Forest said.

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
Current as of 8/27/2022
Total Personnel 57
Size 2,286 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
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Fire along south Fork Salmon grows to 1,800 acres

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 25, 2022

The Porphyry Fire about nine miles east of Warren along the South Fork of the Salmon River grew to about 1,800 acres as of Wednesday.

The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 11 in designated wilderness on the Payette National Forest.

The “initial attack” of the fire included two helicopters dropping water on the fire in an attempt to put it out.

Because of the steep and rugged terrain water drops were the only option. Firefighters could not safely drive, parachute or rappel to the fire, said Payette National Forest Public Information Officer Brian Harris.

The fire started near the west bank of the South Fork of the Salmon River. The river remained open to boaters as of Wednesday, but the fire area as well as a portion of the Porphyry Creek Trail were closed.

On Aug. 18, the fire expanded to the west, and out of the wilderness area towards the nearby Hettinger Ranch.

“Additional firefighters and engines were placed at the ranch to implement structure protection measures and look for opportunities to steer the fire to the north away from the ranch and act as a containment line to stop progression up-river,” Harris said.

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Payette Wilderness Fires
Payette National Forest
Dismal Fire
Cold Meadows Area
Current as of 8/27/2022
Size 1,836 Acres
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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 8/27/2022
Total Personnel 26
Size 5,751 Acres
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/27/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,502 Acres
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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/26/2022
Total Personnel 777
Size 96,681 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 42%
InciWeb Link:
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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 8/27/2022
Total Personnel 2
Size 1,665 Acres
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Critter News:

Upcoming wild horse adoption events to be held in Boise and Blackfoot

BLM Boise and Idaho Falls Districts
Aug. 25, 2022

Boise, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting wild horse adoption events in Boise and Blackfoot in August and September. Both events will offer 4-H handled wild horse yearlings for adoption.

Since 2009, the BLM Idaho Wild Horse and Burro Program, in concert with the University of Idaho 4-H Extension Program, has successfully paired youth with young wild horses for gentling and training. Nearly 400 wild horses have been adopted into good homes, 600 4-H members have developed wild horse handling skills and more than $65,000 has been raised for Idaho 4-H Clubs.

Wild horses and burros available for adoption have been removed from overpopulated herds roaming western public rangelands. A BLM-approved application, which may be completed at the event, is required to adopt.

Following are the upcoming opportunities available to adopt a 4-H handled young wild horse in Idaho:

Western Idaho Fairgrounds
5610 Glenwood, Boise, ID 83714

Aug. 26
* 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Meet the Mustangs in the Draft Horse Barn
* 6 – 7:30 p.m. 4-H handled wild horse yearlings to compete in trail challenge

Aug. 27
* 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Meet the Mustangs in the Draft Horse Barn

Aug. 28
* 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meet the Mustangs in the Draft Horse Barn
* 1 – 2 p.m. Two 4-H handled wild horse yearlings available for adoption by competitive bid.

Eastern Idaho Fairgrounds
97 Park Street, Blackfoot, ID 83221

Sept. 2
* 11 a.m. 4-H handled wild horse yearlings to compete in trail challenge in the infield east of the arena
* 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Meet the Mustangs in the Goat Pavilion

Sept. 3
* 11:30 a.m. – noon in the Grandstands
* As many as eight 4-H handled wild horse yearlings available for adoption by competitive bid.

For more information about the events and locations, visit (link)
or contact the national information center at 866-468-7826 or (link).
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F&G asks grouse hunters to put wings in collection barrels

Grouse hunters can help biologists and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game track population trends by donating forest grouse wings in collection barrels throughout the area.

Grouse wings are used to determine a bird’s age and gender, allowing biologists to track population trends over time.

Hunters should detach the right wing from each ruffed, spruce and dusky or blue grouse and deposit them into the slot on top of the barrel. Instructions will be on the barrels.

Wing collection barrels will be at No Business Road, East Fork Weiser River Road, Brundage Mountain Road, Warren Wagon Road at the French Creek intersection and Lick Creek Road at the Rowland Pond parking area.

They also will be located at Paddy Flat Road, Gold Fork Road, Middle Fork Weiser River Road and Mill Creek Road.

There may be wing barrels at Anderson Creek Road and Snowbank Road, depending on the status of the Four Corners Fire.

Hunters may also drop wings off at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office at 555 Deinhard Lane in McCall.

source: The Star-News August 25, 2022
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Rabies confirmed in Adams County bat that came in contact with cat

So far in 2022, rabid bats have been found in eight Idaho counties.

KTVB Staff August 24, 2022

Idaho health officials are again urging caution around all bats, as they may be carrying the rabies virus.

Southwest District Health on Wednesday announced that a bat found in Adams County has tested positive for rabies. the bat was found inside a home where it had contact with a cat. It’s the first rabid bat discovered this season in the SWDH jurisdiction, which includes Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette and Washington counties.

The cat that was in contact with the bat inside the Adams County home has been vaccinated against rabies in the past, and was given a booster after the encounter. People who were staying at the home are being assessed for potential exposure, SWDH said in a news release.

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West Nile carrying mosquitoes discovered in Twin falls County

KTVB Staff August 22, 2022

Over the weekend, Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District (TFCPAD) found several mosquitos that tested positive for West Nile Virus north of Filer, along the Snake River.

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and TFCPAD are warning residents to act now to avoid catching the virus.

“We’re late in the season, but this is a good reminder that mosquitoes are still active and can make you sick,” said Brian Simper, TFCPAD Manager. “It’s a great time to take steps to reduce mosquito habitat and avoid mosquitoes when they are most active at dusk and dawn.”

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Fish and Game News:

Collaborative graduate study with University of Idaho looks into perch, bass and pikeminnow interactions in Lake Cascade

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The study will inform fisheries managers on what tools may be available to maintain or improve fishing at the lake.

Fisheries managers in the Southwest Region and University of Idaho graduate student Bryce Marciniak kicked off a study looking into the interactions between perch, pikeminnow and bass populations to determine their influence on the survival of juvenile perch.

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More F&G News Releases

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Aug 21, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 21, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Aug 27 – Water meeting 12pm at Community Hall
Sep 3 – YPFD Breakfast at Community Hall 8am-10am
Sep 6 – YPFD Budget Meeting at 2pm
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
Sep 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sep 28 – YPFD Training 10am at Fire Hall
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Local Events:

Aug 27th Water Meeting 12pm

Attention all Yellow Pine Water Users:

Meeting with all water users on August 27th at 12 noon at the community center in Yellow Pine.

Mountain Waterworks will be here to do a presentation on the progress of the available grants to completely repair our water system. This is a multi year project that will ensure the future of good quality water for years to come.

About half of the money needed comes from free grants but the other half requires all users to pay a small fee added onto their yearly bill. Mountain Waterworks will explain the details.

There will be a vote to either accept or deny the added charges to our bill. A vote will be taken by the shareholders. According to our Bylaws, only shareholders can vote.

Please remember, this is an investment in the future of Yellow Pine. Our current water system is frail and could fail in the future years.

Thank you
YPWUA Board
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Sep 3rd – YPFD Breakfast

We will be having breakfast, the 3rd from 8 to 10 at the community hall.
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Sep 6th – YPFD Budget Meeting

The fall YPFD Budget Meeting has been rescheduled to September 6th.
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Sep 10th – Yellow Pine Escapade

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)
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Sep 10th – VYPA Meeting

2pm at Community Hall
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Sep 28th – YPFD Training

We will be having a training day on the 28th of Sept. at 10am at the fire hall.
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Village News:

Aug 15 Johnson Creek Tragedy

A small plane crashed near the Johnson Creek Airstrip on Monday, August 15th.

Thank you YPFD crew for responding.
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The Corner Update Aug 19th

Hi Everyone – Update on equipment status. Currently our prep cooler is still down, we have a date for it to be repaired on Friday 8/26/2022.
Starting tomorrow, Saturday 8/20, we will be open from 9-11am for coffee and pastries then 5-7pm for a dinner special. We will run this everyday through Thursday 8/25. Then we will be closed on Friday 8/26 to take the equipment to be repaired and back open on Saturday 8/27 – provided all goes well!
If you have made prior arrangement for meals we will honor those arrangements. We apologies for the inconvenience this has caused anyone and it is our intention to be open as much as possible and help service the community. Thank you so much for your support!
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Aug 18 Power Outage 5am-10am

On Thursday, August 18th, Idaho Power shut our power off at 5am to replace some equipment out near Cascade. Power restored at 10am.

Thank you Idaho Power crews for working in the smoke.
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Storm Aug 19th

Thunderstorms moved through the area during the evening. Lots of wind, thunder and lightning but only 0.02″ of rain received in Yellow Pine, estimate gusts of up to 20 mph. Power blipped off and on at 737pm.

August 20th at approximately 11am the Valley County Sheriff’s office reported the South Fork Salmon River Road closed due to 2 mud slides in the Poverty Flats area. The South Fork weather station reported gusts of over 50mph during Thursday evening’s storm. Road reopened late Sunday afternoon, Aug 21st.
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Celebration for Don Waller August 20th

On Aug 20, 2022 there was quite a turn out to celebrate the life of Don Waller, last of the Mountain Men, at the Golden Gate campground.
At a later date, a memorial tombstone will be placed at Donnie’s grave and another will be put in the Yellow Pine Cemetery at Sally Ann’s grave.
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Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

June 18: Johnson Creek road opened. June 22: Deadwood Summit and Warm Lake Summit opened. June 23: Lick Creek opened. July 1: Profile Gap rough but open. Reports that Monumental and Elk summits finally opened.

Link: to current road reports.

Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.
link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report Aug 21: “Dump is good.” Road is good..

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person (208-631-3221) and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

08/11/22 27178908 43962 24 1832 31 T 7292
08/12/22 27217781 38873 24 1620 27 F 5089
08/13/22 27263876 46095 24 1921 32 S 7222
08/14/22 27306998 43122 24 1797 30 S 2973
08/15/22 27343983 36985 24 1541 26 M 6137
08/16/22 27389162 45179 24 1882 31 T 8194
08/17/22 27434118 44956 24 1873 31 W 223
08/18/22 27475944 41826 24 1743 29 T 3130
08/19/22 27516592 40648 24 1694 28 F 1178
08/20/22 27554524 37932 24 1581 26 S 2716
08/21/22 27591663 37139 24 1547 26 S 793

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 8-10-22..

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

Aug 27, 2022 Special Water Meeting 12pm at Community Hall
YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
Hailey Harris, Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (not released yet.)
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Special Yellow Pine Fire Commissioners Meeting
August 14, 2022

Officers In Attendance: Bill McIntosh #3, Lorinne Munn #1, Tom Lanham #2, Tim Rogers Fire Chief, Ron Basabe Assistant Fire Chief, Ronda Rogers Secretary/Treasurer.

Others: Leslie Jensen, Merrill Saleen, Nikki Saleen, Susan Matlock,

Meeting called to order at 10:00 AM

Welcome and Approval of Agenda

Discussion: Search and Rescue Equipment Contract with Valley County Sheriff Office. Commissioner’s discussion was about the 3.1.1 part of the contract where the Sheriff Office, charged. VCSO didn’t want the equipment on the truck but in the firehouse so it was easy access to everybody. Commissioners all agree the contract is important to have with the VCSO so the Equipment can be used.
Decision: Equipment will be placed in the firehouse for everybody to use and check out as needed, and return with-in 24 hour after each use. Vote 3/3 approval of the contract with the Valley County Sheriff’s Office and the Resolution #2022-01

Discussion: Budget for 2022-2023 with 3% yearly increase, going to try and recover-forgone amount for $201, total does not reflect this amount.
* Fire Fighting; $2867.00
* Wages; $0
* Advertising; $1000.00
* Repairs and Maintenance; $4500.00
* Travel and Training; $3500.00
* Insurance; $3400.00
* Capital Outlay; $1000.00
* Utilities; $3500.00
Total; $19,767.00

Commissioner’s discussed the need to change the date of public hearing date because the L-2 report needs to be in on September 8, 22 Vote: 3/3 approval of budget for public hearing and date change for September 6, at 10:00 am

* Discussion: Over Ride Levy, Tim went over the 5-year plan for the Fire Dept.

New Turn out suits, Water storage tanks, Big pump repair and placed, Continued education for volunteers, Newer water tender, Replace big Red fire truck with a type 3-fire truck, Add on to the firehouse for more room.

With the 5-year plan there is a need for a permanent over ride levy. Vote 3/3 approval to put the over ride levy on the Ballot for November election.

Meeting Adjourned at 10:29 am
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Meeting Minutes
Aug 14, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Aug 5, 2022 YPFD Search and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement Link:
Aug 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 YPFD Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link: to Amended minutes
Feb 24, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 YPFD Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – YPFD AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – YPFD Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 6 (rescheduled), 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
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Rocky Mountain Mechanical – Plumbing – Heating – Air conditioning
(208) 365-PIPE (7473) Emmett, will service Yellow Pine
Website:
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Local Observations:

Monday (Aug 15) overnight low of 44 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 52 degrees by 9am, clear sky (a bit of thin haze) and light breeze. Jays, finches, pine sksins, hummingbirds, pine squirrels and chipmunks observed. Clear and warm by lunch time, light breeze. Hot and mostly clear mid-afternoon with nice breeze, high of 94 degrees. Looked like hazy smoke to the south early evening. Warm with clear sky after sunset.

Tuesday (Aug 16) overnight low of 45 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 54 degrees by 9am, clear sky with haze of smoke – likely from fires near Cascade and the lower South Fork Salmon River. Jays, finches, pine siskins, a few ground squirrels, a couple of pine squirrels and chipmunks observed. Clear sky, haze of smoke and quite warm by lunch time. Hot, smoky and no clouds mid-afternoon, high of 97 degrees. Clear sky and haze of smoke right after sunset and 20 degrees cooler.

Wednesday (Aug 17) overnight low of 47 degrees, no rain. Some early (loud) air traffic. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am and high haze of thin clouds and smoke. Air quality a bit poor. Rivers running at their 30 year average. Jay, finches, pine siskins, humming birds and chipmunks observed. Hot with hazy sky at lunch time. Mail truck made it in on time, no problems reported. Very hot, breezy and blue sky mid-afternoon, better air quality but there is a cloud of smoke to the south, high of 101 degrees. Still in the 90s by early evening. Clear sky and still warm after sunset.

Thursday (Aug 18) overnight low of 47 degrees, no rain. Planned power outage 5am to 10am. Increased air traffic. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am, no clouds and haze of smoke, poor air quality. Jays, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, chipmunks and golden mantled squirrels observed. Sunny and quite warm at lunch time, haze of smoke. Very hot mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy, breezy and smoky, high of 100 degrees. Overcast after sunset and still plenty warm, feels a bit muggy.

Friday (Aug 19) overnight low of 55 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 63 degrees by 9am, a few small clouds above an opaque layer of smoke, and poor air quality. Evening grosbeaks, jays, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, several chipmunks, pine and golden mantled squirrels observed. Slow internet at times. More clouds before lunch time, warm and smoky. Hot, smoky and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon with light breezes, high of 93 degrees. Overcast, thunder and cooler early evening. Dark clouds, gusty breezes up to 20mph, thunder and splatters of rain mid-evening. Power off and back on at 737pm. Closer thunder, flashes of lightning and short showers before sunset, much calmer. Not raining and quiet at dark, humid, better air quality and slight breeze.

Saturday (Aug 20) overnight low of 50 degrees, yesterday’s thunderstorm = 0.02″ of rain. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, partly clear, good air quality, heavy dew and slight breeze. Evening grosbeaks, jays, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, a dozen chipmunks and a golden mantled squirrel observed. Report received at 11am that the South Fork Road is closed due to mudslides. Warm and partly clear at lunch time. Breezy and distant thunder early afternoon. Warm, breezy and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, high of 89 degrees. Thundering on and off late afternoon, dark overcast and cooling off. About 30 minutes of gentle rain early evening. Just after sunset we had broken overcast, humid and light breeze.

Sunday (Aug 21) overnight low of 49 degrees, yesterday’s rain = 0.06″. Early loud air traffic. This morning it was 55 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Jays, evening grosbeaks, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds and lots of chipmunks observed. Warm and partly cloudy after lunch time. Low flying helicopter at 232pm. Hot mid-afternoon, mostly cloudy (big and chunky with dark bottoms) and slight breeze, high of 94 degrees. Report South Fork Road reopened by 530pm. Warm and partly cloudy early evening.
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Idaho News:

Valley County Sheriff’s Office Press Release

On August 15, 2022, at 1120 hrs., the Valley County Sheriff Office (VCSO) received a call from Johnson Creek Airport staff, that there had been a single engine plane crash. A pilot flying into Johnson Creek Airport, observed the plane in the river as he made his approach to land and reported to airport staff.

Cascade Ambulance and Yellow Pine Fire Department were dispatched to the location. Yellow Pine Fire Department personnel were able to quickly locate the plane in Johnson Creek several hundred yards from the end of the runway. It was determined by fire personnel at scene, the two occupants of the plane did not survive the crash.

Valley County Sheriff Deputies recovered pilot Daniel Harro and passenger Mark Harro from the wreckage. The occupants are 38-year-old twin brothers, from Bend, Oregon. A small dog was recovered from the wreckage and transported by Valley County Sheriff Deputies to Boise for medical attention.

National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) was notified and has taken over investigation of the accident.

If you have further information on the accident, please call NTSB at 844.373.9922.
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Oregon brothers die in plane crash near YP

Mark and Daniel Harro were on camping trip

By Drew Dodson The Star-News August 18, 2022

Twin brothers from Bend, Oregon, were killed in a single-engine airplane crash near Yellow Pine on Monday morning, according to the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark and Daniel Harro, both 38, were on a camping trip in the area when their airplane crashed shortly after take-off from Johnson Creek Airport, Chief Deputy Dave Stambaugh said.

The Aviat A-1A airplane the brothers were flying in crashed while maneuvering near the airstrip on Monday at 11:20 a.m., said Eric Weiss, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman.

The NTSB is investigating the crash and expects to release preliminary findings in about two weeks, Weiss said.

Both brothers died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest, Valley County Coroner Scott Carver said.

Cascade Fire & EMS, the Yellow Pine Fire District and Valley County deputies all responded to the crash scene Monday afternoon.

The crash was reported by a pilot flying into the airstrip who saw the wreckage in Johnson Creek, the sheriff’s office said.

Two Valley County deputies transported a small dog that survived the crash to Boise for medical care.

Daniel Harro, an “avid flight enthusiast,” was piloting the airplane at the time of the crash, according to a news release from Bend Fire & Rescue.

Harro had been a firefighter/paramedic with the central Oregon agency since 2014, the release said.

“This is a devastating loss for our family,” Bend Fire Chief Toddy Riley said. “Daniel was well-loved and well-respected by everyone who worked with him.”

Mark Harro owned an online arts and crafts business called Homespun Harros with his wife, Kelly.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Bend firefighter and his twin brother killed in small-plane crash in Idaho

August 15, 2022 KTVZ

A Bend firefighter and his twin brother were killed Monday morning in the crash of a small plane near Yellow Pine, Idaho, the agency announced.

Bend Fire & Rescue Engineer Daniel Harro, 38, was killed in the crash, Bend Fire officials said. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is under investigation by local authorities, they said.

Harro and his twin brother, Mark, also a Bend resident, were returning to Bend from a backcountry camping trip near McCall, Idaho. Both men were killed, fire officials said.

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COVID-19 Updates: 612 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths

August 19, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 612 new COVID-19 cases and 9 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 486,100.

The state said 14 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,803, and 1 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,009.

9 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,090.

full story: [Valley County 2,904, 16 deaths.]
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23 new Valley County COVID-19 cases reported in last week

By Tom Grote The Star-News August 18, 2022

A total of 23 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 23 new cases compared to 36 new cases reported the previous week and 13 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,113 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 607 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is three more cases than reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Fire Season:

Aug 16 Idaho Smoke

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Four Corners Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: Payette and Boise National forests. The fire is location a half mile to the north of Lookout Point, 2 miles west of Cascade high along the ridgeline. (Cascade is not threatened by this fire).
InciWeb Link:

Current as of 8/20/2022, 9:51:17 AM
Total Personnel 419
Size 7,603 Acres
Four Corners Fire Map 8/20/22

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Four Corners Fire Update

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Contact Fire Information: 208.207.7417

Today, Sunday, August 21 at 7 PM, a Facebook live virtual meeting will be held to share an overview of the fire situation and expected actions. The meeting can be accessed on the Payette National Forest Facebook page at (link)

Yesterday, favorable weather gave firefighters the advantage, leading to minimal fire growth. Most of yesterday’s fire growth occurred late in the day when passing thunderstorm winds pushed the fire south through Greenfield Flat. More growth in this area is expected as the fire burns through dry subalpine firs and moth-killed trees. Helicopter repelling firefighters and ground fire crews are working in that area to limit fire spread and protect property and infrastructure to the south of the fire.

Today, warmer and drier conditions are expected to continue. The fire has been slowly backing down slope near French Creek, allowing firefighters the opportunity to dig handline, reduce vegetation, and create dozer line adjacent to private property for additional structure protection in anticipation of the fire continuing to the east. There has been no reported loss of structures.

On the north end of the fire, the dozer line is holding well, and minimal fire growth occurred to the west. Firefighters will continue efforts to construct and secure fireline where it is safe to do so. This may include existing natural and manmade features – such as meadows, rocky areas, and roads – as well as fireline constructed by crews and equipment.

This morning, heavy smoke will linger throughout Valley County. For information on local area smoke levels health impacts, visit (link). Aerial resources will assist crews on the ground, although a heavy smoke inversion may impact their ability to fly this morning. Lake Cascade is open; however, boaters should be cautious on the water and aware that the aircraft may use any area of the lake as needed to draw water. Additionally, use caution when along Lakeshore Drive due to the increase in traffic.

Evacuation Information: Residences in God’s Acres and French Creek are under evacuation status (Go). The Campbell Creek area is under pre-evacuation notice (Set). Others in the vicinity are encouraged to consider evacuation preparations (Ready). Please visit (link) for information on packing and preparing for evacuations. Kelly’s Whitewater Park is open to evacuees. For more information on evacuations and local support, call the Valley County Sheriff’s Office at 208.382.5160.

Closure Information: The Payette and Boise National Forests have extended the closure area to account for the recent fire growth. The complete closure order – including a full description of the trails, roads, and areas closed and an accompanying map – is available at (link).
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Evacuations ordered after Four Corners Fire breaches ridge

KTVB Staff August 19, 2022

The Valley County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders because of the Four Corners Fire along the western shore of Lake Cascade — using the “READY, SET, GO” system.

The Four Corners Fire has burned 5,560 acres as of Friday, Aug. 19. It’s located a half-mile north of Lookout Point and two miles west of Cascade in parts of Adams and Valley counties, and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. The Valley County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday evening that the east side of the fire had breached a ridge and began moving toward homes and toward the lake. The sheriff’s office is sharing evacuation information on Facebook and sending emergency notifications through CodeRED. Click here for CodeRED on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The area from Campbell Creek Road to Black Bear Drive on West Mountain is closed to all traffic, including homeowners. While no homes have been burned by the fire, if you have property in that area, you will no longer be able to access it.

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Multiple road closures result of Four Corners Fire emergency

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, August 18th 2022

They Valley County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for residents in the God’s Acres and French Creek due to the Four Corners Fire near Lake Cascade and multiple roads are being closed in the area.

Officials say activity from the 5,560-acre Four Corners Fire increases as hot and dry conditions continue to impact the region.

The US Forest Service has closed on Snowbank Rd. It will be closed to all traffic except emergency personnel.

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Porphyry Fire
Payette National Forest
Location: West of Porphyry Creek high along the ridge from the South Fork of the Salmon River.
InciWeb Link:

Current as of 8/20/2022, 10:39:50 AM
Total Personnel 37
Size 2,000 Acres
Map, Porphyry Fire, August 18, 2022

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Payette Wilderness Fires
Payette National Forest
InciWeb Link:

Dismal Fire
Current as of 8/19/2022, 1:07:29 PM
Size 1,750 Acres
Map, Dismal Fire, August 18, 2022

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
InciWeb Link:

Current as of 8/20/2022, 9:15:48 AM
Total Personnel 42
Size 5,698 Acres
Woodtick Fire Infrared Map 8/18

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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
InciWeb Link:

Current as of 8/20/2022, 9:47:38 AM
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,444 Acres
Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 8/19

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: 17 miles north of Salmon, ID
InciWeb Link:

Current as of 8/19/2022, 9:25:00 PM
Total Personnel 776
Size 89,344 Acres
Moose Fire Progression Map August 20

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Salmon River Road to be closed intermittently

Aug 15, 2022 Local News 8

Due to active fire behavior and fire growth along the Main Salmon River from Pine Creek to Panther Creek, starting immediately there is a high probability a portion of the Salmon River Road (#030) between Spring Creek and Panther Creek will be closed intermittently.

This potential closure is due to hazards associated with the increased fire activity which includes rolling material such as large rocks, logs and other debris.

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
InciWeb Link:

Current as of 8/20/2022, 9:16:07 AM
Total Personnel 15
Size 1,020 Acres
Norton Fire Infrared Map 8/18

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Ross Fork Fire

Sawtooth National Forest
Near Atlanta
Update for August 16, 2022

Fire is now 200 acres and 5% contained. The fire is active with group torching and short crown run activity. The primary fuel is subalpine fir. West winds continue to push towards the confluence of the Gold Run drainage. 6 Smokejumpers are assigned to the incident.

Please know that this fire is NOT the 6,400-acre Ross Fork grass fire near Pocatello.

Lightning sparks fire near Alturas Lake

By Emily Jones Express Staff Writer Aug 15, 2022

A naturally ignited 260-acre wildfire is burning in northern Camas County about 8 miles southwest of Alturas Lake, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Ross Fork Fire was detected by satellite around 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Lightning is suspected to be the cause, the Sawtooth National Forest reported Monday.

Six smokejumpers are currently assigned to the incident.

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Dry Creek Fire

Brush fire grows to 300 acres in south-central Idaho

by CBS2 News Staff Tuesday, August 16th 2022

The Bureau of Land Management is on scene of a brush fire that has grown to roughly 300 acres near Carey.

Officials say the Dry Creek Fire is about five miles northwest of the small town. Structures were threatened for a time but crews conducted a back burn to create containment lines and slow the spread.

Containment is expected Wednesday evening.

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Public Lands:

Update – South Fork Road Reopened

From the Payette NF around 530pm Sunday August 21st:

The South Fork Salmon River road is open for traffic. Be cautious while driving in areas that are prone to slides, such as those that have burned in previous wildfires, and during and following thunderstorms.
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South Fork Salmon River Road Closed Aug 205h

Message from Valley County Sheriff’s office

There are two mud slides on the South Fork Rd between Poverty Flats Campground and Four mile Campground covering the entire Rd making it impassable.

The slide by Poverty Flats is 2 feet deep and stretches approximately 30-40 feet wide. Payette National Forest will be working on the clearing the slides. It will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

We will update when information is available.

Johnson Creek Rd is open for an alternate route to Yellow Pine. Please remember this is a dirt road that can be one lane at times, drive responsibly and share road.
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Critter News:

Full crowds watch Valley County Rodeo

The Star-News August 18, 2022

The stands at the Valley County Fairgrounds in Cascade were full of spectators last weekend to watch the Valley County Rodeo.

A total of 192 contestants were entered from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

The non-sanctioned event was organized by Bar X Ranches of Davenport, Washington, with stock provided by Shamrock Rodeo of Chehalis, Washington, and Olson’s Miniature Bucking Bulls of Cascade.

This was the first year the rodeo was held on a separate weekend from the Valley County Fair, which was held the prior week.

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Rabies confirmed in bat caught in Blaine County

South Central Health urges people to make sure their dogs, cats and horses are vaccinated for rabies.

A bat caught in Blaine County has tested positive for rabies, the South Central Public Health District announced Thursday.

The bat is the first this year to test positive for rabies in south central Idaho, but rabid bats have been found in other parts of the state, including downtown Boise and Bannock County.

The rabies virus can cause a disease that, if left untreated, is almost always fatal for people and pets. South Central Public Health urges getting dogs, cats and horses are vaccinated, and advises taking these precautions around bats:

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Fish salvage issued on Big Lost River from Beck Diversion downstream to Moore Diversion

August 17, 2022 Local News 8

Fish and Game was recently notified the Big Lost Irrigation District will be dewatering the lower Big Lost River downstream of the Beck Diversion in the Big Lost Valley over the next week.

This action will result in little to no habitat available for fish in the lower Big Lost River, and it is expected that most fishes will ultimately die due to those circumstances.

To maximize the utilization of these fish, Fish and Game has enacted a fish salvage order for the many wild-origin fish that are likely to be influenced by these water management actions.

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West Nile Virus found in Canyon County Mosquitos

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 19th 2022

West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes near Middleton, Idaho. “This is the 5th Treasure Valley County reporting positive mosquito pools,” said Jim Lunders, Director of Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.

Lunders explained that the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District sets traps at over 100 locations throughout Canyon County to monitor adult mosquito populations. To date, the District has tested over 750 mosquito pools this season for West Nile virus. Thursday’s pool was the first to test positive.

The area where the mosquitoes were collected has been treated for both larval and adult mosquitoes. The District has increased control measures in response to the increased public health threat.

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Tips and Advice:

Do you know how to protect your pet in emergencies?

August 19, 2022 Local News 8

In the event of a wildfire, earthquake, house fire or other emergency, would you know what to do to protect your pet?

Teton County Emergency Management and PAWS of Jackson Hole want you to know how to keep pets safe in disasters and everyday emergencies.

If you take some simple preparedness actions now, you will encounter less difficulty, stress and worry when you need to make quick decisions during an emergency.

Follow the tips below to help keep your furry family members safe:

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Fish and Game News:

Big game hunters should see good hunting in 2022 with a few exceptions

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Friday, August 19, 2022

Here’s everything deer and elk hunters need to know heading in to the 2022 big game season

Deer and elk hunters should be optimistic and concerned about the 2022 hunting seasons. They will have mostly healthy, stable elk herds and potential growth in mule deer herds and harvest, but white-tailed deer hunting in portions of Clearwater area are unlikely to have recovered from a disease die off last year, and chronic wasting disease was detected for the first time ever in Idaho last year, which will have to be managed.

That’s a brief summary of what lies ahead for fall elk and deer seasons, and elk and mule deer hunters can safely anticipate hunting similar or slightly better than last year.

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Hunters should check for wildfires in their hunting areas before their trips

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Thursday, August 18, 2022

Large wildfires can affect hunts and access, even after the fires are out

Hunters planning their first trips want to pay close attention to fire closures and be prepared to alter their plans if necessary.

Large fires are common in Idaho and are often burning when archery season opens at the end of August. Fires can created large closure areas that temporarily curb hunters’ access to some areas. To see current area closures and fire boundaries go to Fish and Game’s Idaho Fire Map.

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More F&G News Releases

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Seasonal Humor:

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Aug 14, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 14, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Aug 13 – VYPA Meeting cancelled
Aug 16 – MasterCraft coming to service heaters
Aug 18 – Power Outage 5am-10am
Aug 20 – Celebration for Don Waller
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
Sep 10 – VYPA Meeting 2pm at Community Hall
Sep 11 – YPFD Budget Meeting at 2pm
(details below)
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Local Events:

August 16th MasterCraft

Update Aug 1st: contact Mastercraft by August 8th for service on the 16th.
MasterCraft is coming to Yellow Pine to do maintenance on propane and pellet stoves. See below:
“We will only be doing one day and one tech this year for service only – no inspections/job bids. The out of town service rate is $125 plus parts. With the cost of fuel/time, we need to fill the techs schedule to avoid a trip charge of $150. Our tech can take 6 calls. I have reserved 8/16.
Please call with name, addresses and phone number if you want service. Also need to know what appliance you have and/or any issues.”
Christy Wonenberg
MasterCraft Hearth & Home, Inc
103 N. 3rd St. McCall, ID 83638
208-634-3132
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Aug 18 Power Outage 5am-10am

On Thursday, August 18th, Idaho Power has a planned outage scheduled between 5am and 10am that will affect Yellow Pine and the Warm Lake area to replace some equipment out near Cascade.
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Celebration for Don Waller August 20th

On Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am we will be burying most of his ashes at Donnie’s grave, in the Alpine Cemetery, Cascade Idaho, followed by a Celebration of Life that evening at the Golden Gate campground, Yellow Pine Idaho. All who would like to honor him in whatever way they see fit are welcome to join us at either or both places. At a later date, a memorial tombstone will be placed at Donnie’s grave and another will be in the Yellow Pine Cemetery at Sally Ann’s grave.


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Yellow Pine Escapade September 10th

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)
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Village News:

The Corner Post-Fest News

The Corner Pub [was] closed Wed and Thurs [Aug 10-11] along with our normal Tuesday to recover from the music festival. Thank you for the understanding.

Update Aug 13: So… our prep cooler has gone out and we are waiting on the parts which should be in on Tuesday. We attempted to make this work on Friday but it ended up being a ton of extra work and food was slow getting out.
For the sake of food safety, quality and our own sanity we decided to close for a few extra days, hoping to be open by Wednesday. However we can accommodate smaller groups with reservations in the meantime. Give us a call or message us and we will do our best to make it work.
We apologies for the inconvenience this is causing we want to make sure folks coming through have an option for food and we`re doing our best to get back opened!
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August 14 YPFD Meeting

There was a special fire commissioners meeting August 14th. (No agenda provided.)
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August 13 VYPA Meeting cancelled

The Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting for August 13th has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.

It will not be rescheduled, we will meet in September for our planned meeting.
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Big Hail Stones Aug 12

At approximately 5pm very large (up to walnut sized) hard white hail stones fell intermittently for about 10 minutes, no thunder and no wind to speak of, then pea sized hail at the beginning of rain at 512pm, then hard rain shower 515pm-520pm.
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Video Link: Sound On!
Video courtesy PJ
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Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

June 18: Johnson Creek road opened. June 22: Deadwood Summit and Warm Lake Summit opened. June 23: Lick Creek opened. July 1: Profile Gap messy but open. Reports that Monumental and Elk summits finally opened.

Link: to current road reports.

Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.
link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

Be Wasp Wary

Long legged wasps are building nests under eves and any small crack they can enter under roofs, behind shutters, under propane tank lids and even inside truck mirrors.
* Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.
* Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants. …
* Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. …
* Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.
* Avoid flowering plants when possible.
* Keep work areas clean
Check for wasp nests either early morning or late evening when it is cooler and they are less active.

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report July 16: Bins are half full. Road is in good shape.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person (208-631-3221) and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

08/04/22 26804180 54052 24 2252 38 T 3006
08/05/22 26860509 56329 24 2347 39 F 2277
08/06/22 26925112 64603 24 2692 45 S 8274
08/07/22 26975840 50728 24 2114 35 S 13875
08/08/22 27030483 54643 24 2277 38 M 3915
08/09/22 27083692 53209 24 2217 37 T 1434
08/10/22 27134946 51254 24 2136 36 W 1955
08/11/22 27178908 43962 24 1832 31 T 7292
08/12/22 27217781 38873 24 1620 27 F 5089
08/13/22 27263876 46095 24 1921 32 S 7222
08/14/22 27306998 43122 24 1797 30 S 2973

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 8-10-22..

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator (208-631-3221)
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VYPA News:

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
Hailey Harris, Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

Aug 13, 2022 VYPA Meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum.
July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (not released yet.)
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
Aug 14, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
Aug 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Feb 24, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Aug 8) overnight low of 42 degrees, no rain. Early loud air traffic, and light street traffic (some campers remain on the golf course.) It was 54 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Lots of finches, pine siskins and hummingbirds visiting, a couple of jays and a trio of pine squirrels observed. Campers continue to leave. It was 81 degrees by lunch time. Breezy by early afternoon. Hot mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and light breeze, high of 96 degrees. Westside Ave is beat up and very dusty. Clear sky after sunset, slight breeze and slowly cooling off.

Tuesday (Aug 9) overnight low of 50 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 61 degrees by 9am and mostly cloudy. Jays, finches, pine siskins. hummingbirds and juvenile pine squirrels observed. Power off and on at 1039am. Warm and cloudy at lunch time. Helicopter went over at 111pm. Hot, cloudy, calm and a bit muggy mid-afternoon. Still plenty warm after sunset, mostly cloudy and occasional breath of a slight breeze. Not cooling off much before midnight. Warm most of the night.

Wednesday (Aug 10) overnight low of 49 degrees, tiny trace of rain at 730am. This morning it was 66 degrees by 9am and overcast. Lots of hummingbirds, a few finches and pine siskins, a couple of jays, a juvenile and an adult male black-headed grosbeak, a few ground and 1 pine squirrel observed. A few sprinkles of rain on and off, then light rain just before lunch time. Misting lightly after lunch for about 30 minutes. Mail truck made it in on time, Johnson Creek road getting rougher. Much cooler mid-afternoon, overcast and a bit humid, high of 78 degrees. Overcast and calm after sunset. No rain during the night (60% chance.)

Thursday (Aug 11) overnight low of 53 degrees, 0.01″ rain in the gauge from Wednesday. This morning it was 60 degrees by 9am and mostly high thin wispy clouds. A couple of jays, small flock of pine siskins, some finches, lots of hummingbirds, a hairy woodpecker, a chipmunk, a few ground squirrels and 2 pine squirrels observed. A little breezy before lunch time. Warm, mostly cloudy and breezy early afternoon. Hot and mostly chunky dark clouds with dark bottoms mid-afternoon, variable breezes, high of 93 degrees. 10 minutes of hard rain at 330pm. Cooling off a little by early evening and cloudy. Partly cloudy and nice breezes after sunset.

Friday (Aug 12) overnight low of 55 degrees, 0.03″ rain in the gauge from Thursday. This morning it was 63 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Some loud air traffic. A few finches, pine siskins, a jay, a hairy woodpecker, several hummingbirds, chipmunks ground and pine squirrel observed. Mostly cloudy and quite warm at lunch time, rumbles of thunder in the distance. Lightning map show several strikes in the area west of the South Fork. Darker clouds and short rain shower early afternoon, lighting strikes near the confluence of EFSF and SF. Closer thunder and dark clouds to the east mid-afternoon, muggy but cooler and light breeze. Crazy hail storm started around 5pm, walnut sized stones whacking the roof for about 10 minutes, then smaller hail and rain for about 20 minutes. Short showers and sprinkles on and off into early evening. It was partly cloudy (lots of blue sky) after sunset, cooler and gusty breezes.

Saturday (Aug 13) overnight low of 51 degrees, yesterday’s rain/hail = 0.06″. This morning it was 58 degrees by 9am, clear sky, heavy dew and very humid. A woodpecker drumming in the distance, hummingbirds, a few finches, pine siskins and a jay, chipmunks, ground and pine squirrels observed. Warm and a bit breezy before lunch time. Hot and partly cloudy mid-afternoon with variable breezes, high of 95 degrees. Very light traffic for a Saturday. Still plenty warm early evening, almost clear sky and breezes gusting once in a while. Clear sky after sunset and slowly cooling off.

Sunday (Aug 14) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. Light air traffic early. This morning it was 54 degrees by 9am, clear sky and light haze of smoke. Jays and finches calling, hummingbirds, pine siskins, chipmunks and ground squirrels observed. Mostly clear sky, light breeze and warming up at lunch time. Hot, partly cloudy and pleasant breeze mid-afternoon, high of 92 degrees. Warm and some hazy clouds early evening.
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Idaho News:

COVID-19 Updates: 753 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

August 12, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 753 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new death Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 484,008.

The state said 8 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,762, and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 3,003.

93,907 vaccine breakthrough cases have been reported.

1 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,060.

full story: [Valley County 2,891 cases, 16 deaths.]
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New Valley County COVID-19 cases jump to 36 in week

By Tom Grote The Star-News August 11, 2022

A total of 36 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 36 new cases compared to 13 new cases reported the previous week and 18 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,090 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases.

Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 604 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is six more cases than reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 Central Idaho Publishing Inc. All rights reserved (used with permission.)
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Cascade teacher dies in hit-and-run accident

Boise woman charged in death of art teacher Kristina Rowley

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 11, 2022

Cascade schools art teacher Christina Rowley was killed in a hit-and-run car accident on Idaho 55 near Eagle on Monday night, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

Natalie Hodson, 37, of Boise, was arrested following the incident and charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an injury crash, both felonies.

The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m. Monday while Rowley, 39, was driving a pickup north on Idaho 55, a sheriff’s report said.

Rowley got out the pickup and was checking the back of a flatbed trailer she was hauling shortly after 9 p.m. when she was hit by a minivan, the report said.

Witnesses, who called 911, said the minivan did not stop after the accident.

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Public hazardous waste disposal set for Aug. 20 in Lake Fork

Valley County residents can dispose of their household hazardous waste for free on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valley County Shop Building.

No business waste will be accepted. Call 208-271-2562 for more information.

The Valley County Shop Building is located at 50 E. Lake Fork Road.

source: The Star-News Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Mining News:

Second Canadian company requests exploration permit near Stibnite

Boise State Public Radio News By Troy Oppie August 8, 2022

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Stallion Gold has begun exploratory geological work in Idaho’s mountains between Yellow Pine and the Stibnite mining site, with a goal of determining how much gold and antimony might be in the ground.

The group says it holds 695 mining claims for a 5,644 hectare area of Valley County it’s calling Horse Heaven.

Stallion Gold last fall formally requested drilling exploration permits from the U.S. Forest Service. Rick Wells, Minerals program manager for the Boise National Forest, said exploratory drilling isn’t that much different than drilling a water well might be.

continued: [h/t SMc]
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Fire Season:

Payette National Forest Update Aug 13, 2022

Payette National Forest firefighters are responding to 6 wildfires that resulted from Thursday’s thunderstorms. Four of the wildfires are in the lower South Fork of the Salmon River drainage and two are northeast of the Kennelly Creek Campground.

It is typical in the days following thunderstorms for wildfires to be detected. All of the wildfires are under initial attack now and are being kept small in size.

South Fork Wildfire:

Bear Creek – south of the South Fork guard station about 4 to 5 miles. Single tree and staffed by smokejumpers.
Deer Creek – south of the South Fork guard station about 3 miles and staffed by smokejumpers.
Devil Creek – south of the South Fork guard station about 5.5 miles and staffed by smokejumpers.
Porphyry Creek – about 2 miles west of the South Fork. Being sized up now and in the process of being staffed.

Kennelly Creek Area:

Cougar Fire – 3.5 miles northeast of Kennelly Creek campground and staffed by helitak.
Kennelly Fire – 2 miles northeast of Kennelly Creek campground and staffed by helitak.

Stay tuned for updates on these and potentially more wildfires that may be detected today and throughout the weekend.

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Four Corners Fire

Payette NF

July 14, 8:00a.m. – Firefighters are conducting initial attack on the Four Corners wildfire located on West Mountain along the border of the Payette and Boise National Forests.

The wildfire is estimated at 50 acres and flared up about an hour before sunset yesterday evening. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but it is likely a lightning hold over from Thursday’s thunderstorms.

A full suppression strategy is being used on this wildfire with ground based firefighters on scene over night and more resources ordered. Aerial assets will be used throughout the day.

Stay tuned for additional updates throughout the day.

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Payette Wilderness Fires
Payette National Forest
Current as of 8/11/2022
Size 909 Acres
Significant Events The Dismal Fire is at 909 acres as of August 9.
InciWeb Link:

Map, Dismal Fire topo, August 9, 2022

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 8/13/2022
Total Personnel 81
Size 5,542 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Fri Aug 11 2022

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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/12/2022
Total Personnel 1
Size 1,068 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 8/12

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/13/2022
Total Personnel 1,232
Size 77,298 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Progression Map for Saturday, August 13

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 8/13/2022
Total Personnel 15
Size 431 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Fri Aug 12 2022

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Salmon-Challis National Forest Fire Update for August 12; 10:30 am

Central Idaho Fire Restrictions Area Is In Stage I Fire Restrictions

Mill Fire (August 11): The lightning fire was located approximately 12 miles northwest of Leadore on the Leadore Ranger District. The 0.10 acre fire burning in grass and a single tree is out.

Grouse Fire (August 11): The lightning fire is located approximately 15 miles southeast of Challis on the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District. The 0.10 acre fire is burning and grass and fir. Four firefighters are on scene working to suppress the fire.

Peterson (August 11): The lightning fire is located approximately seven (7) miles east of Lemhi on Bureau of Land Management land. The 0.10 acre fire is burning and grass, spruce, and fir. The Salmon-Challis National Forest is assisting and is on scene with two firefighters working to suppress the fire.

Williams (August 11): The lightning fire is located approximately 11 miles southwest of Salmon on Bureau of Land Management land. The 0.10 acre fire is burning and grass, brush, spruce, and fir. The Salmon-Challis National Forest is assisting and is on scene with two firefighters working to suppress the fire.

Weather: Isolated showers and storms will persist this morning, with an increase in coverage this afternoon. Wetting rains are expected with some storms along with gusts over 40 mph possible. For the weekend, monsoon moisture gradually shifts south and east. High pressure will cut off any risk of thunderstorms for the first part of next week.

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Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Fire Update 8/13/2022

Monsoonal moisture made a dramatic appearance across North-central Idaho the last couple of days. This sudden injection of upper-level moisture into our already warm airmass created the perfect recipe for spawning thunderstorms across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and surrounding areas. Damage from high winds has been reported in many local communities and lightning from these storms left many small wildfires in their wake.

Fortunately, precipitation was received with this event which helps to keep fires from getting too big too quickly, giving local firefighters a chance to safely engage in initial attack opportunities. Since the afternoon of August 11th, Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center has received 66 smoke reports resulting in 27 confirmed fires across state, private, and federal lands in the dispatch zone. 17 of those confirmed fires are on national forest lands.

Several fires on Nez Perce-Clearwater NF are in rugged, remote locations making some staffing options difficult. Fire Managers are currently assessing best strategies for each individual fire based on firefighter safety, values at risk, and available resources. So far, initial attack and suppression efforts have been successful on all staffed fires.

“Even though the storms were wet, we expect to have more reports and confirmations of holdover fires going forward into this next week”, said Kevin Pfister, Fire Staff Officer for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. “Sometimes these fires do not actually become visible until the weather trends back to warm and dry conditions” stated Pfister.

The forecast for this coming week shows just that, with temperatures possibly reaching the triple digits around the lower elevations by Wednesday or Thursday.

(via Facebook)
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Public Lands:

Southwest Idaho Resilient Landscape Project.

August 8, 2022

The Boise National Forest welcomes your comments on our proposed Southwest Idaho Resilient Landscape Project.

We are proposing to increase the pace and scale of prescribed burning to increase resiliency of existing vegetation groups, improve ecological function to native vegetation communities and wildlife habitats, reduce hazardous fuels, and improve firefighter and public safety.

To initiate the scoping process for this project, we have developed a description of our proposed action to provide the public and other stakeholders an opportunity to review and comment on the proposal. A copy of our proposed action can be found on our project webpage: (link).

For your comments to be reviewed and considered in a timely manner, we ask that you please submit comments by September 7, 2022. We request that you submit your comments online at (link).

For additional information, please contact Ryan Jones, Forest Fuels Planner, at ryan.c.jones@usda.gov. Thank you for your interest and participation in developing this project.

Sincerely,
Tawnya Brummett, Boise Forest Supervisor
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Trail Improvements on McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts Approved

McCall, Idaho, August 8, 2022 – The Payette National Forest has approved two Central Zone trail projects to be completed in 2023. Both projects will improve recreational opportunities in highly used areas on the Forest and have been designed to limit impacts to natural resources. “As a public service agency, an important part of our mission is providing opportunities for people to access their public lands responsibly, while still striving to protect other important resources such as wildlife and drinking water,” said Mike Beach, Zone Recreation Staff Officer. “Trails are one of our primary means of providing that access.”

The Pollock Mountain Trail Reroute on the New Meadows Ranger District will consist of a 650-foot reroute of the Pollock Mountain Trail (#181) just below Cold Springs Saddle. The grade of the existing trail is steep and is resulting in soil erosion and loss. The new alignment will be less steep, meeting Forest Service trail specifications, and recontoured to aid in soil retention. The work will be completed in 2023 by the Forest Service trail crew and conservation corps crews.

The Payette Lake Trail, proposed by the Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association (CIMBA), will be completed in 2023. The trail, on the east side of Payette Lake, will be approximately 3.2 miles when complete, with 0.7 miles on National Forest System lands, and the rest on state land. The trail will connect the Fall Creek Loop Trail (#107) with the “Silver Gate” Road on state land and will, along with the Payette Rim and Payette Lake trails on the west side of Payette Lake, combine to circumnavigate the lake. The trail will be non-motorized and will be built by a contractor in 2023. The decision memo and map, showing details of the decision, can be found at (link).

For additional information contact Brian Harris at brian.d.harris@usda.gov, or at 208-634-6945.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
p: 208-634-0784
c: 208-634-6945
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Brundage seeks to save 1,000-year-old trees

Thinning, planting to conserve whitebark pine

By April Whitney For The Star-News August 11, 2022

Crews are working at the top of Brundage Mountain Resort to save the whitebark pine, which has been shown to live more than 1,000 years.

Crews from Forest Service, Youth Conservation Corps and Brundage Mountain are trying to slow the rapid decline of the whitebark pine that has led to it being proposed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The whitebark pine grows in harsh, exposed sites at high elevations across the Mountain West. The tree helps stabilize soil, regulate runoff, and provide nutrition to wildlife species through its seeds.

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Middle Fork of the Salmon River Aug 14th

Salmon-Challis National Forest

A debris flow from Rams Horn Creek has entirely obstructed the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (MRSR) four (4) miles downstream of Boundary Creek Boat Launch.

Downstream of the debris flow, other log jams have fully obstructed the MFSR.

The debris flow has displaced the Ramshorn Pack Bridge that spanned Ramshorn Creek on the Middle Fork Trail (#4001). The bridge or pieces of the bridge are in the MFSR, location unknown.

Agency officials are STRONGLY encouraging people to launch from the Indian Creek Launch Site or another access point further downstream of Indian Creek for the foreseeable future.

Beginning Wednesday, 8/17, people can launch from Boundary Creek. However, Forest Officials are strongly discouraging launching from Boundary Creek or any point upstream of the Indian Creek Launch Site.

Launching from Boundary Creek will likely result in several portages of significant distance. Boaters may encounter frequent obstructions with little to no time to react before encountering them.

The Forest will continue to monitor the debris flow and any associated log jams.

When floating the MFSR, always be prepared for debris in the river, including logs and other river obstructions. In the post-fire environment that makes up much of the Middle Fork River corridor, falling trees, rolling rocks, and other hazards may be encountered at any time.

As there is access to the river, Forest Officials are not offering rollovers for launches next season.

Forest Officials are allowing late cancellations, up to three days prior to your planned launch, without penalty.

While the Forest continues to assess the situation, there are no immediate plans to try to remove the debris flow and associated obstructions.

The most up to date information can be found by calling 208-756-5587

(via Facebook)
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Critter News:

Boise National Forest experiencing more conflicts with bears

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 12th 2022

Areas in the Boise National Forest are seeing more conflicts between humans and bears. The affected areas are Boiling Springs, Silver Creek and Trail creek campgrounds and sites near Crouch, ID.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, bears are extremely smart with a keen sense of smell. If they find access to an easy food source they will return there. Campsites often provide an easy meal for a bear, and if one becomes conditioned for human food or trash, it has a good chance of being euthanized.

To avoid this, it is suggested campers store all food in their vehicle, trailer or camper with windows tightly closed. Garbage should be disposed in campsite trash containers and packed out if the containers are full.

Stoves, cooking utensils, personal items such as toothpaste, and pet or livestock feed should be protected in the same manner.

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BLM announces new opportunity for partnerships to support management of wild horses and burros

August 11, 2022 Local News 8

The Bureau of Land Management is announcing new grants available to public and private partners to help support the agency’s mission to manage and protect wild horses and burros.

The funding opportunity is open to local and state governments, tribes, other federal agencies and non-profit organizations.

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Rabid bat found in Bingham County

August 11, 2022 Local News 8

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) has confirmed a bat has tested positive for rabies in Bingham County.

This is the fifth bat to test positive in in southeast Idaho (4 in Bannock and 1 in Bingham) and the 8th in the State of Idaho.

While most bats do not carry rabies, rabies is a virtually 100% fatal viral illness in humans and other animals.

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Fish and Game News:

Hunting season is just around the corner. Here’s why every hunter should prepare their firearm or bow

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game encourages hunters to dust off their firearms or bows and visit their local shooting or archery ranges to get dialed in for hunting season.

Hunting season will be here before we know it. If you haven’t already, here’s why now is the perfect time to dust off that firearm or bow in preparation for the 2022 season.

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So you want to be a bowhunter: How (and where) to get bowhunter-certified in time for archery hunts

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Many archery hunts are open before and after the general season rifle hunt

Although many archery-only hunts start Aug. 30, it’s not too late to consider bowhunting for both small and big game this season. Although many hunters associate archery hunting with the early hunts, some archery hunts stretch into late December, so there’s plenty of time to get started.

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Monster sturgeon tops state record list

By Martin Koenig, Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Friday, August 12, 2022

C.J. Strike Reservoir produces third record this summer


Caption: Greg and Angie Poulsen (left, middle) and Wendy Guess (right) of Eagle Mountain, Utah with a 124-inch white sturgeon from CJ Strike Reservoir, clinching the current catch-and-release state record.

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More F&G News Releases

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Aug 7, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

Aug 7, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Aug 9 – Celebration for JR VanHoover
Aug 13 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Aug 16 – MasterCraft coming to service heaters
Aug 20 – Celebration for Don Waller
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
(details below)
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Local Events:

Celebration for JR VanHoover August 9th

We will have a Celebration of Life gathering for J.R. VanHoover on Tuesday Aug. 9th, 2022 at 1:30 pm at Stephen C. Guerber Park 2200 Hill Road Eagle Idaho. We can come together to reminisce, laugh, and share our memories. We look forward to seeing anyone who would like to come.
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August 13th VYPA Meeting

The Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting will be at 2pm in the Community Hall.
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August 16th MasterCraft

Update Aug 1st: contact Mastercraft by August 8th for service on the 16th.
MasterCraft is coming to Yellow Pine to do maintenance on propane and pellet stoves. See below:
“We will only be doing one day and one tech this year for service only – no inspections/job bids. The out of town service rate is $125 plus parts. With the cost of fuel/time, we need to fill the techs schedule to avoid a trip charge of $150. Our tech can take 6 calls. I have reserved 8/16.
Please call with name, addresses and phone number if you want service. Also need to know what appliance you have and/or any issues.”
Christy Wonenberg
MasterCraft Hearth & Home, Inc
103 N. 3rd St. McCall, ID 83638
208-634-3132
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Celebration for Don Waller August 20th

On Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am we will be burying most of his ashes at Donnie’s grave, in the Alpine Cemetery, Cascade Idaho, followed by a Celebration of Life that evening at the Golden Gate campground, Yellow Pine Idaho. All who would like to honor him in whatever way they see fit are welcome to join us at either or both places. At a later date, a memorial tombstone will be placed at Donnie’s grave and another will be in the Yellow Pine Cemetery at Sally Ann’s grave.
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Yellow Pine Escapade September 10th

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)
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Village News:

YPFD Meeting Aug 3rd

Notice Of Special Meeting Of The Board Of YPFPD Commissioners
Yellow Pine Fire Protection District (YPFPD), Valley County, Idaho

Notice Is Hereby Given, that a special meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the above-named Fire District will be held on the 3nd day of August 2022 at 2:00 pm, at Community Hall, 210 Yellow Pine Ave. Yellow Pine, Idaho 83677 at which the following business will be conducted:

I. Welcome and Approval of Agenda
2. Action Item: Temporary agreement with management of Search and Rescue equipment at the Fire House
3. Action Item: Radios
4. Meeting adjourned.

Dated this 2nd day of August 2022 at 2:00 pm. Notice posted at the Community Hall where the meeting will be held.
Ronda Rogers/Secretary
Yellow Pine Fire Protection District
Valley County, State of ID
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Putting up new signs at the golf course

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The 4th of July golf tournament proceeds paid for signs, sand, golf balls, tees, posts and cement for #7, #11, #17 and a post for the primary sign plus an updated history of the gold course.
(courtesy MF)
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Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA
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Water Shut off for Leak Repairs

Saturday, July 30th, the water was shut off to the lower end of the village for several hours while a leak was repaired up near the village center.

Many thanks to the folks out working in the hot sun to restore the water.

Water off again Sunday around 7am and back on again by 11am.

Low water pressure on and off August 3-7.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

June 18: Johnson Creek road opened. June 22: Deadwood Summit and Warm Lake Summit opened. June 23: Lick Creek opened. July 1: Profile Gap messy but open. Reports that Monumental and Elk summits are open.

Link: to current road reports.

Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.
link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report July 16: Bins are half full. Road is in good shape.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

Date Flow Used Hours gph gpm dow more less
08/01/22 26649768 45070 24 1878 31 M 7306
08/02/22 26699082 49314 24 2055 34 T 4244
08/03/22 26750128 51046 24 2127 35 W 1732
08/04/22 26804180 54052 24 2252 38 T 3006
08/05/22 26860509 56329 24 2347 39 F 2277
08/06/22 26925112 64603 24 2692 45 S 8274
08/07/22 26975840 50728 24 2114 35 S 13875

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING issued July 11, 2022
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 7-11-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator
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VYPA News:

Community Hall usage procedures

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
Hailey Harris, Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Lynn Imel, Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Joel Fields

July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (not released yet.)
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
Aug 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special meeting (no minutes yet)
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Feb 24, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (Aug 1) overnight low of 53 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 64 degrees by 9am, almost clear sky with a few small clouds and light haze of smoke. A few tree swallows, a robin, a jay, pine siskins, finches, pine and ground squirrels observed. Mostly cloudy and pleasant temperature at lunch time. More campers pulling into the golf course during the early afternoon. Nearly overcast and muggy mid-afternoon, haze of smoke, high of 95 degrees and humidity is up. Hot early evening and nearly overcast, haze of smoke. Very slow to cool off after sunset, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Sprinkle of rain pitter-pattering upon the roof before 2am.

Tuesday (Aug 2) overnight low of 59 degrees, 0.02″ of rain fell around 2am. This morning it was 65 degrees by 9am, mostly cloudy and haze of smoke. Raven and jay calling, hummingbirds, black-headed grosbeak, finches, pine siskins, juvenile pine and ground squirrels observed. Increasing traffic and dust, more campers pulling in. Porta Potties placed down by the school. Water pressure low for a while. Mostly cloudy and warm at lunch time. Getting a little breezy early afternoon. Hot but not excessive mid-afternoon, partly clear, light haze of smoke and light breeze, high of 90 degrees. Mostly cloudy right after sunset, small streaky clouds with clear patches, and slight breeze.

Wednesday (Aug 3) overnight low of 51 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 67 degrees by 940am and mostly high thin clouds. Finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, pine and ground squirrels observed. Heating up by lunch time, and mostly high thin clouds. Hot, mostly cloudy and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 93 degrees. Campers pulling in all day, dust cloud hanging over the neighborhood. Partly cloudy after sunset and warm. Campers running generators and traffic after midnight.

Thursday (Aug 4) overnight low of 54 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 67 degrees by 9am and nearly overcast. Wonky sounding airplane circling overhead around 905am. Report of low water pressure and brown water. A couple of tree swallows, finches, pine siskins, lots of hummingbirds, a juvenile jay, pine and ground squirrels observed. Cloudy and warm at lunch time. Increasing traffic, more campers pulling in. Getting breezy after lunch time. Hot with gusty breezes mid-afternoon and mostly cloudy, high of 93 degrees. Road barricades went up late afternoon. Still pretty warm early evening. Music up on main street. Campers are still pulling in, lots of dust. Almost clear sky after sunset and warm. Traffic jam after dark. Quiet at midnight.

Friday (Aug 5) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. Early air traffic, several planes at J. Crk. strip. This morning it was 62 degrees by 9am, mostly high thin wispy clouds and light breeze. Several pine siskins, a few finches, a couple of young jays, hummingbirds, ground and pine squirrels observed. Light traffic, pedestrians and dogs. Partly cloudy at lunch time, warm and gusty breezes. Music on main street early afternoon, increasing traffic. Partly clear, hot and light breezes mid-afternoon, high of 91 degrees. Music at the school. Warm and very dusty early evening. Mostly cloudy and warm after sunset. Poor air quality. Music until around midnight, then traffic. Rain after midnight.

Saturday (Aug 6) overnight low of 54 degrees, 0.16″ rain. Early loud air traffic for a few hours. This morning it was 56 degrees by 9am, partly clear sky above with fog belts mid-mountain, much better air quality. Hummingbirds, finches and pine siskins, ground and pine squirrels observed. Increasing traffic. Partly cloudy, warm and breezy at lunch time. Music on main street and at the school. Shooting to the north east around 240pm. Mild temperatures mid-afternoon, partly cloudy and pleasant breezes, high of 85 degrees. Ambulance near Yellow Pine Ave and Pioneer St. Quite a bit of traffic and dust. Clear sky, cooling off and light breezes after sunset. Dust and smell of smoke in the air. Cautious doe slinking through the neighborhood at dusk. Quieting down after midnight.

Sunday (Aug 7) overnight low of 40 degrees, no rain. Early loud air traffic, street traffic increasing. This morning it was 49 degrees by 9am, clear sky and light haze of dust. Hummingbirds, pine siskins, a few finches, a couple of jays, ground and pine squirrels observed. Campers trickling out of the golf course all morning. Mild temperatures and clear sky at lunch time. Low flying helicopter 203pm. Getting pretty warm by mid-afternoon, clear sky and pleasant light cool breezes, high of 89 degrees. Water pressure a bit low. Campers still leaving in a cloud of dust. Warm and clear early evening. Campers continue to pull out.
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RIP:

Donald Amos Waller Sr.DonWallerBigDan-a

January 14, 1950 – July 7, 2022

Don Waller, the last of the mountain men, passed away on July 7, 2022 at age 72. He was preceded in death by his mother Norma Jean Hodgson, father Van Away Waller, sister Gayle, first born son Donald Amos Waller Jr. “Donnie”, infant daughter, Sally Ann, and too many good friends to name. He is survived by siblings, Charles, Nancy, Dwight, Ron, Kathy and Debbie, children, Nikcole Rene’, Jason Ray, Levi, Lafe, Zak, Branden, and Sky whom Dad claimed, once he became aware of him. Known grandchildren are McKenzie, Hunter, Christopher, and Elijah. He has a bunch of nieces and nephews, some of whom he was close to, others he would have been close to, but like his wives and girlfriends, if I named all of you, he couldn’t afford this obituary and he preferred to pay his own way. He is also survived by an impressive number of friends. You know who you are and how he felt about you. Don worked as a cowboy, herding, roping and branding cattle, doctoring the sick and injured. He raised, trained and earned his living with draft and saddle horses. He showed his kids horses could indeed go “anywhere you can walk.” He was a horse logger, farrier, packer, outfitter and guide. He rodeoed and organized horse races, many of which he won. He used horse drawn equipment to travel, farm, and entertain. He touched the lives of many, and left us with wonderful winter memories of riding with him in his horse drawn sleigh. He spent the majority of his life in his beloved Rocky Mountains and referred to them as “God’s Country, home of the Nimiipuu”. He usually lived year-around in a wall tent, wearing the buckskin clothing he had made. He often had a small garden by his camp, and chickens roosting in the trees, protected by his favorite dog Able. He was a hunter, gatherer, trapper, gardener and fisherman extraordinaire. He lived as he liked, and he enjoyed life to the fullest. He also made money playing poker, betting on football and hummingbird fights, selling hides, snake skin, mushrooms, berries and his baked goods, pies, donuts, & bread. He was an excellent chef, making up dishes he called the “Wallaye Special”. He managed the bar and cafe, before it became the Yellow Pine Tavern. He used his pack string to deliver supplies to fire fighters. He built and maintained trails and fences and he had numerous other jobs. He was a patriot, a historian, he read a lot of books, enjoyed listening to sports, comedy, news and a wide variety of music, usually on the radio. However, his favorite music was whatever his musically inclined friends were playing or singing around the campfire. He enjoyed a good game of chess or pool or a fight. His friend Buck being his preferred choice for a challenging opponent. He was a sports fanatic and played sports in high school. He spent the last seven months of his life in the “Forgotten Corner” with his daughter “Sister”, where he enjoyed attending Hunter’s sporting events and watching rodeo or basketball on TV, often discussing the game with Branden or visiting with his other sons, friends and siblings via cell phones he was learning to use. He never failed to say “I love you” and he ended his calls “bye for now.” He was protective, wise, tough, had a stoic calmness in the face of adversity, and a hilarious sense of humor. Songs and stories were written about him, before he died. He sang in the shower, dove from high cliffs into rivers, gave his sisters rides on his feet, raced his toddlers to the outhouse, and pretended to be the Incredible Hulk or a Yeti before playfully attacking his little ones. “To catch a morel, you have to sneak by like you didn’t notice any, then turn around really quick and the whole lot of them will be behind you.” True story, that’s how I find them to this day. According to him, his greatest achievement was his kids and we could not have asked for a better Dad. Not even death scared him. He was looking forward to seeing Donnie and the rest of us again. He died of heart failure.

On Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am we will be burying most of his ashes at Donnie’s grave, in the Alpine Cemetery, Cascade Idaho, followed by a Celebration of Life that evening at the Golden Gate campground, Yellow Pine Idaho. All who would like to honor him in whatever way they see fit are welcome to join us at either or both places. At a later date, a memorial tombstone will be placed at Donnie’s grave and another will be in the Yellow Pine Cemetery at Sally Ann’s grave.


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Idaho News:

Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival returns this weekend for the 32nd year

By Steve Dent Aug 04, 2022 KIVI

The Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival marks the biggest fundraiser of the year for this small rural village located in the mountains two-and-a-half hours northeast of Cascade.

This free music festival has been happening for 32 years and people have already started showing up for this classic Idaho event.

“You would not believe the mayhem happening on the road outside my house,” said laughed Deb Filler, one of the organizers who looks forward to welcoming people to Yellow Pine every summer.

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COVID-19 Updates: 956 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

August 5, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 956 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 481,562.

The state said 37 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,719, and 2 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,996.

6 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,053.

full story: [Valley County 2,868, 16 deaths.]
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Valley County hospitals report 13 new COVID-19 cases

By Tom Grote The Star-News August 4, 2022

A total of 13 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 13 new cases compared to 18 new cases reported the previous week and 17 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,050 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

A total 107 new cases were reported in July by St. Luke’s McCall.

A total of 131 cases were confirmed in June, with 82 new cases detected in May and 13 new cases reported in April at the McCall hospital.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases. Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 598 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is the same number reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

source: © Copyright 2009-2021 · Central Idaho Publishing Inc. · All rights reserved (used with permission)
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Valley County Sheriff’s Office looking for possible drowning victim

KTVB Staff August 2, 2022

An active search and rescue effort is underway for a Nampa man that never returned after going swimming.

The Nampa man, identified by police as 43-year-old Clark Halverson, went into the Payette River to swim, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Around noon on July 31, the Valley County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a third party reporting a male in the water that seemed to need help. Deputies responded to the area on Highway 55, near Mile Post 89.

Once on scene, Valley County Sheriff’s deputies along with Cascade Fire and EMS began searching the area extensively from the water, land and using an aerial drone until 8:30 p.m. that evening.

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Valley County to close McCall DMV office

Last day to be Sept. 30 after state funding cut

By Max Silverson The Star-News August 4, 2022

The Valley County Department of Motor Vehicles office in McCall is set to close by Sept. 30 after Valley County commissioners were told the service is too inconsistent and was losing funding.

The McCall office is located inside the Idaho First Bank building at 475 E. Deinhard Lane Suite 10.

The county’s DMV program is funded through administrative fees, but those have begun to be phased out by ITD, and will end entirely next year, said Valley County Assessor June Fullmer, who oversees the DMV.

“The result is that the revenue stream that significantly funds our county DMV’s will no longer be available,” Fullmer told commissioners.

… The Valley County DMV office in the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade will remain open, with the one employee at the McCall location transferring to Cascade.

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Fire Season:

Payette Wilderness Fires
Payette National Forest
Current as of 8/4/2022
Size 580 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Dismal Fire, August 1, 2022

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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 8/6/2022
Size 4,953 Acres
InciWeb Link:

August 3, 2022 Map

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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/5/2022
Size 904 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Wolf Fang Fire Overview Map 8/5

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 8/6/2022
Size 68,166 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Moose Fire Public info Map for Saturday, August 6

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Norton Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location approximately seven (7) miles northwest of Lower Loon in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on the Middle Fork Ranger District.
Current as of 8/6/2022
Size 120 Acres
InciWeb Link:

Norton Fire Overview Map 8/5

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Multiple fires burning throughout Treasure Valley, secured by crews

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 5th 2022

Boise BLM Fire crews are responding to multiple fires throughout the Treasure Valley this morning, Friday, Aug. 5.

All active fires have been knocked down. Crews will continue to mop up and secure the fires.

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Nine fires break out overnight in foothills, may have been set on purpose

KTVB Staff August 5, 2022

Nine fires broke out overnight, and some of them may have been set on purpose.

The fires started in the early hours of Friday morning, according to Boise District BLM Fire Information Officer Brandon Hampton.

There is no set timeline for when investigators will have a good idea of how these fires started, or if these fires are related. However, early information concerns the Ada County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).

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Public Lands:

Smokey Bear’s Birthday celebration!

Tuesday, August 9, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park

Boise, Idaho, Aug. 3, 2022, — Boise National Forest employees, along with partners and members of the Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Co-op, invite the public to join in the celebration of Smokey Bear’s birthday!

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, located at 1900 N. Records Avenue in Meridian. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The party is an honorary celebration of Smokey’s years of dedicated service in educating us about the importance of preventing human caused wildfires,” said Boise NF Fire Prevention Officer Ryan Ball.

Activities will be held at Shelter A1. Directions can be found on the parks website: (link)

Partners of the Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Co-op include employees from Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Lands, Boise NF and City Fire Departments from Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell. Some refreshments will be provided by the City of Meridian.

During this free event, there will be Firewise safety information and kids’ activities. Smokey Bear will also be making an appearance!

Further information is available by calling Ryan Ball, at 208-587-7961 or the Boise National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 208-373-4100.
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Critter News:

Bears force camping closures in the Sawtooth National Forest

by CBS2 News Staff Thursday, August 4th 2022

Several incidents with bears are forcing the closure of “dispersed camping sites” along North Fork Road in the Sawtooth Recreation Area.

In a news release, forest officials wrote that bears have superior and are drawn to these types of camping sites.

“These closures aim to protect the public because food storage and garbage collection is more difficult to manage in dispersed camping sites. Trailheads and developed campgrounds in the area are still open,” officials wrote.

Forest officials wrote that they are working with Idaho Fish & Game to investigate the increase in activity.

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Moose spotted in Eagle tranquilized Thursday morning

The young bull moose was seen Wednesday during the busy late-afternoon rush hour.

KTVB Staff August 4, 2022

A young bull moose was located Wednesday evening in Eagle — not in the foothills, but in the middle of town. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday morning that the moose has been safely captured, tranquilized and moved to an area near Smiths Ferry.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says at around 5:30 p.m., IDFG enforcement staff located the moose in the area of Ballantyne Lane and Floating Feather Road and Highway 44/State Street. They located the moose shortly after people starting calling in with reports to Idaho Fish and Game’s Southwest Region office.

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Mosquitoes in Elmore and Payette Counties test positive for West Nile virus

KTVB Staff August 3, 2022

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus (WNV) have been detected in Elmore County and Payette County, prompting health officials to issue precautions to the public.

The positive mosquitoes, collected on July 29 by the Elmore County Mosquito Abatement District, are the first ones to be detected in the state this year. Last year, the first WNV-positive mosquitoes in Elmore County were detected on July 27.

“The detection of West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in Elmore County indicates that conditions are right for transmission of the virus to people,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, state public health veterinarian. “This is the time of year when we typically start finding positive mosquitoes and reports of human and horse infections.”

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West Nile virus detected in Ada County

by CBS2 News Staff Friday, August 5th 2022

The West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in mosquitos in Ada County for the first time in 2022.

Samples collected by the Ada County Mosquito Abatement District tested positive for the virus on North Five Mile Road and West Nazareth Way in Boise and East Deer Flat Road and South Cloverdale Road in Kuna intersections.

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Fish and Game News:

Large adult male grizzly bear euthanized in Boundary County after repeated attacks on livestock

By T.J. Ross, Regional Communications Manager
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Repeated livestock attacks prompted a decision to euthanize a grizzly bear in North Idaho

On Aug. 4, Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a large adult male grizzly bear in Boundary County near the town of Porthill.

There has been a series of livestock losses due to grizzly bears this spring and summer.

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Spring/summer Chinook seasons to close statewide Aug. 7 at the end of fishing hours

By Connor Liess, Public Information Specialist
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Fall Chinook seasons will open on Aug. 18 on several rivers

All remaining Chinook salmon fisheries on the Snake, Clearwater, South Fork Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater and Upper Salmon rivers will close at the end of fishing hours on Sunday, Aug. 7 which is the date set by the Fish and Game Commission to close spring/summer Chinook fisheries.

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More F&G News Releases

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July 31, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times

July 31, 2022 The Yellow Pine Times – Valley County, Idaho

Reminder: We are still under a boil water order.
Note: If you are not receiving the YPTimes emails, check your spam folder.

Community Calendar:

Apr 17, 2020 – Boil water order in effect
2022
May 10 thru Oct 20 – Burn Permit Season
May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season
June 1 – 6-day mail delivery starts
Aug 4-6 – Music Festival
Aug 13 – VYPA Meeting 2pm Community Hall
Aug 16 – MasterCraft coming to service heaters
Sep 10 – YP Escapade Ride
(details below)
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Local Events:

Aug 4-6 Music Festival

See website for info: (link)

“We have coordinated with MTE who will be offering extra support during the high traffic time and they will be bringing in extra routers positioned at certain parts of town. There will be coverage and support for limited data use, live streaming services will probably will be throttled, however.” – JJ
Note: MTE says local customers will not be affected by this.
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August 13th VYPA Meeting

The Village of Yellow Pine Association meeting will be at 2pm in the Community Hall.
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August 16th MasterCraft

MasterCraft is coming to Yellow Pine to do maintenance on propane and pellet stoves. See below:
We will only be doing one day and one tech this year for service only – no inspections/job bids. The out of town service rate is $125 plus parts. With the cost of fuel/time, we need to fill the techs schedule to avoid a trip charge of $150. Our tech can take 6 calls. I have reserved 8/16.
Please call with name, addresses and phone number if you want service. Also need to know what appliance you have and/or any issues.
Christy Wonenberg
MasterCraft Hearth & Home, Inc
103 N. 3rd St. McCall, ID 83638
208-634-3132
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Yellow Pine Escapade September 10th

Join us for a loop ride with a BBQ at North Shore Lodge. $30/person. Fundraiser for the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Sign up early at (link)———

Village News:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA
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Water Shut off for Leak Repairs

Saturday, July 30th, the water was shut off to the lower end of the village for several hours while a leak was repaired up near the village center.

Many thanks to the folks out working in the hot sun to restore the water.

Water off again Sunday around 7am and back on again by 11am.
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Yellow Pine Country Club

The primary country club golf course sign has been temporarily been removed for improvements.
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Watkins Pharmacy Update June 23rd

To the community: the insurance claims are ongoing… We are still working on the temporary pharmacy/store going in at Across the Tracks. We wish we could move everything along faster, but unfortunately we have no control over that as much as we wish we did! … Thank you for those who have reached out for updates. – Watkins Pharmacy
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Arnold Aviation News:

Arnold’s will no longer will offer grocery shopping services. (D9 now has online shopping – see below.) However, Arnolds will still pick up orders in Cascade from D9, auto parts, feed, and hardware, etc. for delivery to Yellow Pine. You will only be charged for freight from the Airport to YP.

Attention Mail Route Customers – FedEx Ground has changed their policy, and they will no longer pay for Mail Plane or Truck freight. If you can avoid it, we strongly encourage you to use UPS or USPS to receive packages. If you do order a FedEx Ground package, you will be billed for: Air Freight @ $0.45/lb, or Mail Truck Freight @ $0.05/lb. We are truly sorry this is the case, and are working very hard to make sure you still receive your orders. – Arnold Aviation
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D9 News:

You will be able to start ordering online directly from D9 on May 24th. Go to their website at link. Phone (208-382-4215) if you need assistance.

Orders must be placed before 10am Monday (Arnolds will pick up on Tuesday for Wednesday delivery.) It is important that upon checkout, you click the box marked “Gift” – and type in the order is for Arnolds to pick up and deliver to Yellow Pine. Otherwise they will think it is a local personal pickup.
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Yellow Pine US Mail

The 6-day a week mail delivery started June 1st. The Post Office in Yellow Pine is open six days a week year around: M-F 845am-245pm Saturday 9am-245pm. Forever Stamp: 58 cents. Support our local post office and purchase your holiday stamps here.
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May 15 thru Nov 30 – Firewood Season

Firewood permits are available at The Corner.
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State Burn permits required May 10th to Oct 20th

Closed fire season begins May 10, which means Idahoans outside city limits will need a burn permit before burning any debris. The closed fire season lasts until Oct. 20.
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Notice – Yellow Pine Times Deadline

In order to have your item posted in that week’s paper you must email it in by Noon on Sunday.

A reminder – if your group or business want an event, photo, minutes, news or advertising posted in the Yellow Pine Times, please write what you want posted in text form (for copy/paste) and send it by email. Remember to include the “who, what, when, where and why.” Images or groups of images must be under 10 megs per email.
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Road News

June 18: Johnson Creek road opened. June 22: Deadwood Summit and Warm Lake Summit opened. June 23: Lick Creek opened. July 1: Profile Gap messy but open. Reports that Monumental and Elk summits finally opened.

Link: to current road reports.

Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.
link:

South Fork Road: As of March 15th the road maintenance reverts back to the Forest Service. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
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Critters

20190429Dump2-bBe Tick Aware
Ticks are out early this year, 1st report Feb 11th.

* After being outdoors check for ticks. Remove any that are attached.
* Tumble any clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes. That should kill any ticks left in the clothing.
* When hiking outside where there are ticks, wear long clothing. Tuck the ends of pants into socks.
* Use a bug repellent to shoes, socks and exposed skin.

Be wary of mosquitoes spreading West Nile Virus

* Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
* Remove standing water around your home – this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
* Cover up your skin with clothing between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
* If you have livestock, also remember to change out their troughs every three days to keep the mosquito population down.

Be Elk and Deer Aware

It is spring “baby” season – watch your dogs, mama elk and deer can be very aggressive towards dogs. There have been a few dogs injured up here over the years.
Cows and Does are hanging around the village, please watch for them on local streets. There have been a couple of near misses reported.

Be Moose Aware

* Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
* Travel in groups whenever possible and make noise to alert animals to your presence.
* If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
* If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
* In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
Fourth of July weekend traffic on Johnson Creek. One more reason to drive slow.

courtesy Yellow Pine FB group

Be Wolf Wary

Report Saturday, Feb 12, wolves howling around the upper end of the village, and two were in a residential yard. F&G confirms there is a pack of 6 wolves in our valley.

* Always keep children nearby and in sight.
* Keep pets leashed and under control.

Be Bear Aware

* Keep trash cans inside a garage or shed until the morning of pick-up.
* Take down bird feeders in the spring.
* Do not store coolers, freezers or refrigerators outside where bears can reach them.

courtesy YP resident

Be Coyote Aware

* Remove or secure attractants, such as pet food, trash or dog feces.
* If you have a potential living food source for coyotes, such as chickens, secure their coops with wire mesh fences at least five feet high.
* Don’t leave your dog outside unsupervised.
* If possible, ensure your property boundaries are secure by keeping fences in good repair and letting your dogs out for bathroom breaks only in fenced areas, particularly at night. The American Kennel Club recommends solid fences of at least 6-feet tall, and buried in the ground at least 18 inches, and says that “coyote rollers” can provide additional deterrence.
* If your property is not fenced, turn on outside lights and make noise before letting your dog outside, and consider taking your dog out on a lead for nighttime bathroom breaks.
* Clear away brushy areas around your property that coyotes may see as safe denning or hiding spots.

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

Photo taken Jan 18, 2021 by AP

Be Cougar Aware

A big cat was hanging around the upper part of the village this winter. Watch your small pets and do not leave food outside.

photo courtesy NH
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Yellow Pine Transfer Station

Report July 16: Bins are half full. Road is in good shape.

Locals have worked hard to clean up the area, please be respectful.

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:

Summer Water Usage update July 30

The last three days we have been above 60,000 gallons of water consumed per day with yesterday’s usage over 65,000 gallons.

Unless we have another huge leak, lawn watering is the cause. Please limit your water usage and do not leave your water on all night. If someone notices a leak please let us know.

Thank you – YPWUA

The YPWUA is happy to announce that Clint Limbaugh has accepted the new position of Community Water Maintenance Coordinator.

Clint will be the contact person and advise the YPWUA board on Maintenance issues within the YPWUA district. He will be responsible for turning on and off property owners water, diagnose and troubleshoot shoot issues within the water district and then report to the board. Work with our water operator Warren when needed.

Thank you Clint for taking this much needed position.

Attention Yellow Pine Water Users

You may now apply to WICAP for help with your water bill under the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You may apply for help with your past-due, as well as your current bill.

Application may be made in person at the WICAP office in Cascade, 110 W. Pine St. You may also apply by phone at 208 454-0675, or on-line at (link).

Water Use

07/21/22 26074423 59500 24 2479 41 T 8847
07/22/22 26116484 42061 24 1753 29 F 17439
07/23/22 26165160 48676 24 2028 34 S 6615
07/24/22 26218775 53615 24 2234 37 S 4939
07/25/22 26274669 55894 24 2329 39 M 2279
07/26/22 26322419 47750 24 1990 33 T 8144
07/27/22 26364242 41823 24 1743 29 W 5927
07/28/22 26426410 62168 24 2590 43 T 20345
07/29/22 26486742 60332 24 2514 42 F 1836
07/30/22 26552322 65580 24 2733 46 S 5248
07/31/22 26604698 52376 24 2182 36 S 13204

We are still under a Boil Order. Please conserve water.

As of April 17th 2020, Yellow Pine is under a “Boil Order”. This boil order will be in effect until further notice.

DRINKING WATER WARNING issued July 11, 2022
Yellow Pine Water Users PWS 4430059 BOIL WATER ADVISORY Due to insufficient treatment
We routinely monitor the conditions in the drinking water distribution system. On 4-19-2020 we experienced a period of insufficient treatment due to extreme water demand which exceeded the capacity of the treatment system. A drop in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow, by backpressure, or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the drinking water may contain disease-causing organisms.
What should I do?
* DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
* Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
* The symptoms above are caused by many types of organisms. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What is being done?
Efforts are under way to curtail water use. Once water use is diminished, the water treatment system will again be operational and the boil water order can be lifted
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 365 days.
For more information, please contact Warren at 208-573-6261 or wdrake @ drakediversified.com
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received 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.
This notice is being sent to you by Yellow Pine Water Users Assoc.
PWS ID #: 4430059. Date distributed: 7-11-22.

Water Conservation Tipsyellowmellow

1. Turn OFF the tap when you brush your teeth
Pretty much everyone runs the tap whilst brushing their teeth, when in fact you only need water at the beginning and the end (to wet the brush and rinse it).

2. Try and conserve water when using the toilet
We’ve heard a simple saying for this “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down”.
Also don’t use the toilet as a bin, every time you throw a small bit of trash and flush the toilet 5 gallons is gone.

3. Shorten your shower and turn it off when you can
You can also turn the shower off in between, wet yourself, lather up then turn the water off. When you’re ready turn it on and rinse off.

4. If you have any dripping taps – FIX THEM.
A single dripping tap can waste 4 gallons of water a day (or more) or 1450 gallons of water a year.

YPWUA 2022 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 3, 2022 (minutes to follow)
YPWUA 2021 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 4, 2021 Link: to 20210704 YPWUA minutes
YPWUA 2020 Annual Shareholder Meeting July 5, 2020 link: to 20200705 YPWUA minutes

Water Board:
Steve Holloway
Willie Sullivan
Tim Aldridge
Stu Edwards
Candy Hardisty
Warren Drake – Water Operator
Clint Limbaugh – Community Water Maintenance Coordinator
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VYPA News:

Community Hall usage procedures

Community Hall Update: To ensure proper scheduling of the community hall usage and to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are asking that if you would like to use the community hall to contact Rhonda Egbert (member at large). With increased usage requests, we need to ensure that everyone is able to use it without conflict/overlap of events. Rhonda is taking point to schedule those individuals who want to use the community hall. Please also read the Community Hall Usage Guidelines-this outlines the etiquette required for usage.

Village Association Meeting Update: In the past as a courtesy, a Zoom video conference was an option for the individuals who were not able to attend the meeting(s) in person. However, I will not be providing this option going forward. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may cause some. Also, if you have a request for a meeting agenda item, please contact me (Hailey Harris) no later than 7 days before the upcoming meeting. We are not able to add agenda items without approval of the Chairman.

I will also be enforcing a meeting conduct, effective immediately: Meeting attendees are expected to: Uphold professional purpose of meetings by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons; exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions; refrain from harassing speech and other harassing behavior. Failure to conduct oneself in accordance with these expectations may result in removal of the offending person(s) or adjournment of the meeting.
-Hailey Harris

Yellow Pine Community Hall General Use Procedures

Hall General Usage:
* All events must be scheduled through the Community Hall Committee and approved by the Committee Chairman
* No property shall be removed from the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Responsible alcohol usage is permitted.
* No smoking is allowed in the hall. Pick up any butts scattered outside.
* Building and grounds are not a storage area. Do not leave personal items in or around the Community Hall without approval of the Community Hall Committee Chairman.
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered.

After each event using the hall:
* Sweep/vacuum hall floor and restroom floor
* Wipe down toilet
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Fold tables
* Stack chairs
* Turn off lights, ceiling fans, heater (if applicable)
* Put away any kitchen items after they are cleaned

After each event using the kitchen:
* Sweep/mop kitchen floor
* Wash, dry, and store all used dishes, utensils, pans, coffee pots, etc.
* Clean and wipe down sinks
* Thoroughly clean griddles, if used, and turn off propane to griddles
* Remove any unused food/beverages from the refrigerators/freezers
* Clean up any spilled food or beverage
* Empty garbage cans and take garbage to the transfer station
* Notify a committee member if problems are encountered

Using the Community Hall and/equipment for non-Yellow Pine events:
* A refundable, $50 deposit is required seven (7) days prior to the event
* After the event, a Community Hall Committee member will inspect the premises prior to the deposit being refunded
* A $150/day donation is requested for the use of the Hall
* A $200/day donation is requested for the use of the Kitchen

No deposit or use donation is needed for use by Yellow Pine community members, committees, or groups.

Yellow Pine Community Hall Committee:
Rhonda Egbert – Chairman
Members: Ronda Rogers, Deb Filler, Hailey Harris

Village of Yellow Pine Association:
Hailey Harris, Chairman
Josh Jones, Vice Chairman
Jen Aldrich, (temp) Secretary
Ronda Rogers, Treasurer
Rhonda Egbert, Member at Large

Cemetery Committee:
Ron Basabe
Marj Fields
Ron Earl

July 9, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes (not released yet.)
June 11, 2022 VYPA Meeting minutes link:
April 6, 2022 Village Council meeting to fill vacant chairperson position (no minutes.)
Sept 11, 2021 – VYPA Meeting minutes link:
Aug 14, 2021 VYPA Meeting Canceled (lack of quorum.)
July 10, 2021 VYPA meeting minutes link:
June 12, 2021 VYPA Meeting Minutes link:

VYPA Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of June, July, August, and September at 2:00pm at the Community Hall.
2022 Meeting dates:
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10

VYPA Bylaws adopted 8/8/2020 (link)
YPAC Corp Bylaws (link)
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YPFD News:

Yellow Pine Fire Department

If you have an emergency, please call 911

Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting (no minutes yet)
May 20, 2022 Meeting in Cascade with Forest Service (no minutes yet)
Apr 3, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Feb 24, 2022 Fire Commissioners Special Meeting Link:
Jan 30, 2022 Fire Commissioners Meeting Link:
Jan 10, 2022 YPFD Special Meeting Link:
Jan 9, 2022 YPFD New Commissioner’s Transition Meeting Link:
Nov 23, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Nov 8, 2021 – AAR Report (Hopeless) Link:
Oct 31, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Oct 14, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 27, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 18, 2021 – Special meeting Link:
Sep 11, 2021 – YPFD Budget meeting Link:
Aug 28, 2021 – YPFD Meeting to discuss election (no notes taken.)
Jul 10, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Jun 12, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
May 15, 2021 – YPFD Meeting Minutes. Link:
Sep 30, 2020 – YPFD budget meeting. (No minutes yet.)

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

Better yet, “Rake It and Take It” your yard waste (limbs, pine needles, brush, etc.) to the burn pile at the Transfer Station on the south end of the turn-around. Remember, keep the pile neat. Woody debris only, no nails, no cardboard and no furniture! The Boise NF will burn the pile in the fall when it is safe.

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

Valley County Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
A wildfire evacuation checklist that property owners in the Yellow Pine area might find useful. link: Valley County Evacuation Checklist – 2021

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

Fire Chief: Tim Rogers 208-633-2005
Assistant Fire Chief: Ron Basabe 208-633-9001
YP Fire Commissioners:
Lorinne Munn – District 1
Tom Lanham – District 2
Bill McIntosh – District 3
Secretary/Treasurer – Ronda Rogers

2022 Meeting Schedule:
January 30, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
March 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm (rescheduled)
April 3, 2022 at 2pm
May 29, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
September 11, 2022, Sunday at 2pm Budget Meeting
November 27, 2022, Sunday at 2pm
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Biz Listings:

The Corner (208) 633-3325 Facebook Page
Summer hours: Wednesday thru Monday (closed Tuesdays) 9am to 7pm
Firewood permits Available May 15th
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Yellow Pine Tavern (208) 633-2233 Facebook Page
The Tavern will remain closed for renovations until further notice.
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Yellow Pine General Store and Motel (208) 633-3300
Website Facebook page
The General Store will be closed Mondays, and open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6pm. Sunday 10-3pm
The motel rooms and the laundry room are available 7 days per week. Email:
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Yellow Pine Lodge (208) 633-3377
Open
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Murph’s RV Park and Mary’s Cabins
FB page link
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Local Color Photography
Website
Facebook page
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Knotty Kat Crochet Works – 509-406-2221
FB page
Open Tue – Sat, 9-5
Yellow Pine eggs $4/doz
No longer taking scrap metal
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Buck Horn Outfitters LLC 208-633-3614
Buck Horn Outfitters is offering trail rides out of Yellow Pine, anything from an hour ride to day trips and fully catered camping / pack trips to high mountain lakes or DIY camp trips where you can enjoy Idaho’s back country to yourself.
See our website for more details. Or give us a call 208-633-3614
website:
Facebook:

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

Big Creek Lodge
website:
Opened May 27, 2022 for Fly-ins

Deadwood Outfitters
website:
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Local Fuel Suppliers

Amerigas Phone: 1-800-427-4968
Ed Staub & Sons Phone: (208) 634-3833
Diamond Fuel & Feed Phone: (208) 382-4430
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Outside Biz that will service Yellow Pine:

Cascade:
Arnold Aviation (208) 382-4844
D9 Groceries: 208-382-4215 Website link to order:
Upon “checkout” click on “gift” and write “Arnolds to pick up and deliver to (your name) in Yellow Pine” so they know who will pick it up and where it goes.
Watkins Pharmacy Cascade (208) 382-4204
Call your doctor and have your Rx transferred until Watkins can rebuild.
Cascade Auto (208) 382-4224
Cascade Vet Clinic (208) 382-4590

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J & R Septic
Cascade (208) 382-8727

Valley Roofing Idaho
Meridian (208) 830-4890 email:
Facebook:

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

Monday (July 25) overnight low of 46 degrees, no rain. Early loud air traffic. This morning it was 57 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Tree swallows, robins, hummingbirds, finches, pine siskins and young pine and ground squirrels observed. Sunny, warm and breezy at lunch time. Clear and hot mid-afternoon, variable breezes, high of 94 degrees. Clear and warm (no smoke) after sunset. Clear sky and cooling off a bit at midnight.

Tuesday (July 26) overnight low of 48 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am and clear sky. Swallows, robins and finches calling, pine siskins, hummingbirds, black-headed grosbeak, pine and ground squirrels observed. Clear and getting hot by lunch time. Hot and nearly clear mid-afternoon (half a cloud hiding behind Bald Hill) with nice breezes, high of 95 degrees. Still pretty warm just after sunset and clear sky. Warm and clear at midnight.

Wednesday (July 27) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 59 degrees by 9am, light breeze and high thin clouds covered most of the sky. A few swallows swooping, young pine siskins, finches, hummingbirds, a jay and juvenile pine and ground squirrels observed. Warm and mostly cloudy at lunch time. Hot with light breezes mid-afternoon and mostly high thin clouds. Hot and gusty breezes late afternoon, high of 97 degrees. Partly cloudy and calmer but still quite warm after sunset. Clear at midnight.

Thursday (July 28) overnight low of 51 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 62 degrees by 9am, no clouds but a thin haze of smoke. A very loud airplane made a turn over the village. A few swallows, a robin, finches, pine siskins, hummingbirds, young pine and ground squirrels observed. Hot and a bit hazy at lunch time. Possible thunder or jet around 2pm. Mostly clear with a few chunky clouds, hot and light breeze mid-afternoon, high of 99 degrees. Still plenty hot early evening. Partly cloudy and a bit hazy after sunset, quite warm and gusty breezes. Finally cooling off before midnight and clear.

Friday (July 29) overnight low of 53 degrees, no rain. Early air traffic. This morning it was 64 degrees by 9am, mostly clear (a few small clouds) and thin haze of smoke. A few tree swallows, finches, pine siskins, a jay, a black-headed grosbeak and hummingbirds, young ground and pine squirrels observed. Hot, breezy, hazy and a few clouds at lunch time. Increased street traffic and dust. Mostly cloudy and hot mid-afternoon, nice breeze, high of 97 degrees. Cloudless sky after sunset, pretty warm, light haze and light breeze. Cooling off after midnight, clear with haze.

Saturday (July 30) overnight low of 49 degrees, no rain. This morning it was 61 degrees by 9am, no clouds, thin haze of smoke and light breeze. Still a few tree swallows around, a juvenile jay, hummingbirds, finches, pine siskins, young pine and ground squirrels observed. Hot and sunny at lunch time with light breezes. Water turned off to lower part of village for several hours to fix a leak. Quite hot by mid-afternoon, clear sky and light breezes, high of 99 degrees. Quite warm and clear sky after sunset. Skeeters are hungry!

Sunday (July 31) overnight low of 51 degrees, no rain. Water off again around 7am for the lower part of the village, (back on by 11am.) This morning it was 62 degrees by 9am, no clouds and haze of smoke. Very dry and dusty. A few finches and pine siskins, hummingbirds, a couple of tree swallows, young pine and ground squirrels observed. Increasing street traffic and dust, a few late morning airplanes. Getting hot before lunch time, clear sky with haze of smoke. Hot and mostly cloudy mid-afternoon, smoky and dusty, high of 99 degrees. Campers pulling into the golf course, increased traffic and dust. Just after sunset it was half clear half cloudy, warm and slight breeze.
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Idaho News:

Mesa man, 18, drowns in Johnson Creek Saturday

By Max Silverson The Star-News July 28, 2022

A Mesa man drowned on Saturday while on a family camping trip at the Ice Hole Campground on Johnson Creek about six miles south of Yellow Pine.

Japheth Schrock, 18, died from drowning, said Valley County Coroner Scott Carver.

Schrock told family members that he was going to the creek to swim at about 10:45 a.m., said Lieutenant Kevin Copperi of the Valley County Sheriff’s Office.

At about noon a bystander on the other side of the creek saw Schrock floating face down near the campsite and yelled for help.

Family members ran to the area and helped her pull Schrock out, immediately starting CPR, Copperi said.

There was no cell phone service at the campsite so family members had to go to nearby ranch to call 911 at 12:50 p.m., he said.

Schrock was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age, according to his obituary.

Family members of Schrock performed CPR until first responders arrived [from] Yellow Pine as well as a Valley County deputy and Valley County Coroner Scott Carver, who pronounced Schrock dead on the scene.

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Yellow Pine music festival set Aug. 4-6 with concerts, workshops

The Star-News July 28, 2022

Yellow Pine will celebrate the 32nd annual Music and Harmonica Festival Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 4-6, with live music, harmonica workshop, demonstrations, a live auction and the Great Harmonica Run.

Live music will kick off Thursday, Aug, 4, at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug 5, at 12:45 p.m. after the opening ceremonies and Saturday, Aug. 6, at noon in the remote village of Yellow Pine.

First-time attendees are urged to not use GPS routes and not to underestimate the danger of the mountain roads.

Professional harmonica players featured for the first time at the festival will be Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, and Charlie Musslewhite.

Other scheduled performers will include Wilder, Blackwater Dan, West of Ustick, Muddy Boots & The Porch Pounders, Half Fast Hillbillies, David Richardson, Paddy Wagon, Broken Tip Jar and Side Hustle. Idaho stories in song and poetry will be presented by Gary Eller.

The Harmonica Workshop sessions will be Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yellow Pine Community Hall. Cost is $50 per session.

The 6.5K Great Harmonica Run will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at The Corner. Registration is $25 and is available online or beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the race.

Demonstrations include youth harmonica lessons, fly fishing, fly tying, casting, art and woodworking at the Demo Tent.

The community breakfasts will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Community Hall. Cost is $6 per person.

Attendees are advised to bring their own drinking water. Visit (link) for more information, including driving directions.

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COVID-19 Updates: 978 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

July 29, 2022 Local News 8

Idaho officials reported 978 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays.

The state said 107,098 people have received one dose of a two dose series, and 435,432 people have received an additional or booster dose. 2,478,038 total doses have been administered. 950,560 people are fully vaccinated.

The state said 32 new hospitalizations have been reported bringing the total number to 17,655, and 3 new cases have been admitted to the ICU bringing the total to 2,990.

8 new deaths were reported bringing the total recorded deaths to 5,035.

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Valley County hospitals report 18 new COVID-19 cases

By Tom Grote The Star-News July 28, 2022

A total of 18 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Valley County in the past week by the county’s two hospitals.

The 18 new cases compared to 17 new cases reported the previous week and 55 new cases reported the prior week.

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have reported 3,042 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in March 2020.

As of Monday, a total 99 new cases had been reported in July by St. Luke’s McCall.

A total of 131 cases were confirmed in June, with 82 new cases detected in May and 13 new cases reported in April at the McCall hospital.

Spokespeople for both hospitals said the number of new reported cases are likely far lower than the actual number of new cases. Both hospitals distribute home tests for COVID-19 and some patients may choose not to be tested, they said.

Thirteen confirmed deaths and three probable deaths in Valley County from COVID-19 have been reported by Central District Health since the start of the pandemic.

A total of 598 cases in Adams County linked to COVID-19 have been reported by Southwest District Health, which is two cases more than the total reported last week.

A total of 15 confirmed deaths from the virus have been recorded in Adams County by the health district.

Clinics & Tests – McCall

St. Luke’s Clinic – Payette Lakes Family Medicine now offers Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children age 6 months to 4 years. Children 5-17 years old already may receive the Pfizer vaccine.

The McCall clinic also offers the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and boosters to anyone age 18 and older, but the Moderna vaccine is not available for youths under age 18.

Second booster doses are available for adults ages 50 years and older, people ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Patients should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional primary shot is appropriate for them.

Pfizer vaccines are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. The Moderna vaccine is offered on Wednesdays only.

Those wanting to get a vaccination can schedule through MyChart at (link) or call 208-381-9500.

Parents of minors should create a MyChart for eligible children and set up proxy access. Instructions are available at (link).

Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for adults who are seeking their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose only.

Clinics & Tests – Cascade

Cascade Medical Center no longer offers the Pfizer vaccine. Those wishing to be given the Pfizer vaccine should contact St. Luke’s McCall or a local pharmacy.

The Moderna vaccine for those age 18 and older is available on Thursdays only along with the Moderna booster. Call 208-382-4285 to schedule a time.

The Cascade hospital offers a second booster shot of the Moderna vaccine to those over age 50 who received their first booster shot at least four months ago

Take-Home Tests

St. Luke’s McCall and Cascade Medical Center have take-home COVID-19 tests available. The saliva-based test offers results in two to three days.

The Cascade hospital also provides free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests, which is a nasal swab test that gives results in 10 minutes, but is less accurate than the saliva-based test.

The tests can be picked up at the main entrance to St. Luke’s McCall at 1000 State St. in McCall or at the clinic at Cascade Medical Center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy in Cascade.

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Ooops!

McCall man’s car, not in park, ends up in North Fork

By Max Silverson The Star-News July 28, 2022

What looked to passersby like a deadly crash on Idaho 55 with a white SUV submerged in the North Fork of the Payette River near Smiths Ferry turned out to be the expensive result of being distracted.

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Recovery workers pull the car of Jeff Skillern of McCall out of the North Fork of the Payette River last week.
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Jeff Skillern, 52, of McCall, was driving to Boise on July 16 when he pulled over to answer a phone call just south of the Rainbow Bridge.

He got out of the car to answer the phone and realized he forgot to put the car in park as it rolled slowly over the embankment and into the river.

Skillern was the only occupant of the car and nobody was injured in the accident. The car was removed from the river five days later.

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Idaho officials will allow remote bidding for state lands

The announcement comes ahead of auctions for cottage sites at Priest Lake and an island in Payette Lake.

Keith Ridler (AP), Associated Press July 29, 2022 KTVB

Idaho officials are looking to expand the number of participants in auctions for state lands and potentially bring in more money by allowing remote bidding.

The announcement by the Idaho Department of Lands on Wednesday comes ahead of an Aug. 13 auction in Coeur d’Alene for 10 cottage sites at Priest Lake in northern Idaho and an auction this fall for a 14-acre (5.5 hectare) “high-end” island in Payette Lake near the vacation and second-home town of McCall in west-central Idaho.

“The former live auction process limited participation to those who could attend in person,” Jim Elbin, the department’s division administrator for Trust Land Management, said in a statement. “Remote bidding may increase competition at endowment auctions, helping us better meet our constitutional mandate to maximize the return for our endowment beneficiaries.”

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Mining News:

Groups challenge Perpetua air-quality permit

Appeal cites ‘dangerous’ levels of pollution from proposed Stibnite mine

By Drew Dodson The Star-News July 28, 2022

The Nez Perce Tribe and conservation groups have appealed the approval of the first permit obtained by Perpetua Resources for its proposed gold and antimony mine near Yellow Pine.

The air quality permit approved last month by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality became the first of more than 50 approvals Perpetua needs to operate the mine.

Last Friday the tribe joined the Idaho Conservation League and Save the South Fork Salmon River in appealing the permit issued by DEQ, according to a news release.

The appeal asks for DEQ to invalidate the approved permit and incorporate into future permits “safeguards for public health and real-time monitoring processes to ensure these safeguards are effective.”

“People who work or recreate near the mine area could be exposed to dangerous levels of particulate and arsenic pollution,” said Bryan Hurlbutt, an attorney representing the tribe and the conservation groups in the appeal.

The permit conflicts with a federal treaty from 1855 that reserves the tribe’s right to hunt, fish, gather and pasture on land around the project zone, Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman Samuel Penny said.

“Clean air is critical to protecting our tribal members’ ability to safely access and use the area for treaty-reserved, cultural, spiritual and ceremonial purposes,” Penny said.

Perpetua may choose to respond to the appeal by Aug. 12. A hearing would then be held before the DEQ board.

The claims made in the appeal are “inaccurate” as expected air pollutants from the proposed mine “fall well below” regulatory standards, Perpetua spokesperson Mckinsey Lyon said.

“Those challenging this permit may not like mining activity, but that does not invalidate a permit that meets the requirements of law,” Lyon said.

The permit approved by the DEQ was the first of about 50 permits Perpetua needs approved to operate its proposed Stibnite mine.

The permit requires Perpetua to follow state and federal air quality standards, as well as conditions set by the permit.

The permit limits mining to 180,000 tons of material per day and ore processing to 25,000 tons per day to limit pollution from dust and mining equipment.

It also requires regular monitoring reports to the DEQ.

“The mishandling of this first permit for the Stibnite Gold Project raises concerns about how the 50 or so other regulator permits required for this project are going to be handled,” said Josh Johnson, a senior conservation associate with the Idaho Conservation League.

The company expects to have all necessary permits and approvals in place to begin construction on the 1,740-acre mine site by mid-2024, Lyon said.

The most significant permit needed is approval of the project’s operating plan by the Payette National Forest.

The Payette expects to release a draft study on the plan this summer with a final decision expected by the end of 2023.

Perpetua is currently working to get several water quality permits from the DEQ, Lyon said.

Those permits would include the use of cyanide to process ore, protecting wetlands and restoring damaged or contaminated streams.

Perpetua must work with Valley County on several of the permits, including a permit to construct mine facilities.

That review would include making sure Perpetua’s plans meet county laws that limit nighttime light pollution and determining plants that can be used for landscaping.

Perpetua has spent about $300 million since 2009 on the Stibnite Gold Project.

The Process

Perpetua began exploration for its Stibnite proposal in 2009 under the General Mining Law of 1872, which allows anyone to stake claims to minerals discovered on federal lands.

In 2016, an operating plan was submitted to the Payette National Forest, the lead agency on a permitting process that includes local, state and federal agencies.

The mine is being reviewed under the federal National Environmental Policy Act, which requires all projects that could affect land, water or wildlife to be studied for environmental harm.

In 2020, the Payette released an environmental study of four project designs and existing site conditions. Later that year, Perpetua submitted project changes to the Payette.

The Payette is now studying the updated mining plan submitted by Perpetua and an alternative plan that would use existing roads for mine traffic instead of building new roads.

A draft of the environmental study is expected to be released this summer. A public comment period will be held to help determine if anything was overlooked in the study.

Perpetua’s proposal could be denied if the Payette finds that significant harm to natural resources cannot be avoided under any project alternative.

An objection period will be held before the Payette issues a final decision. Only people who previously submitted “substantive” comments may object.

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Fire Season:

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Lightning Starts Wilderness Fires on the Payette National Forest

Point/Zone Protection Actions Planned for Wilderness Inholdings

McCall, ID, July 28, 2022— During the second week of July 2022, lightning ignited two fires in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness on the Payette National Forest. The Mosquito Ridge fire was a single tree and was declared out on July 25th. The remaining fire, the Dismal Fire, is burning in the headwaters of the Dismal Creek drainage north of Cold Meadows and is currently 33 acres in size as of July 28th.

The Dismal Fire is being managed to allow for naturally occurring wildfire to accomplish its ecological role within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. A point/zone protection strategy is being utilized for wildland fire response with values at risk being identified as structures at Root Ranch, Cold Meadows Airstrip, and Cold Meadows Guard Station. Under a point/zone protection strategy, fire managers assess the terrain, fuels, and current and forecasted weather to determine options to protect the identified values at risk from fire impacts. When pre-determined management action points (MAPs) are reached, tactics on the ground will be implemented including structure protection measures.

Fire managers are working in close coordination with property owners, stakeholders, and the public to advise of the current fire situation within the planning area and are actively monitoring the fire utilizing aerial observation and daily reports from two staffed fire lookouts.

No area or trail closures related to the Dismal Fire are in place at this time but may be implemented as necessary.

A Wilderness Fire Inciweb page is available at: (link) Payette Wilderness Fires Information – InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov) Updates on the Dismal Fire as well as additional fires that may take place in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area will be posted to this Inciweb page.

Brian Harris
Public Affairs Officer
Tribal Liaison
DFO – Southwest Idaho RAC
Payette National Forest
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Woodtick Fires
Salmon-Challis National Forest
Approximately 27 miles west of Challis, Idaho
Current as of 7/30/2022, 6:43:20 AM
Total Personnel 97
Size 1,980 Acres
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Wolf Fang Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
35 miles northwest of Salmon, ID
Current as of 7/30/2022, 7:59:44 AM
Total Personnel 1
Size 789 Acres
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Fire Overview Map 7/30

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Moose Fire
Salmon-Challis National Forest
17 miles north of Salmon, ID
Current as of 7/30/2022, 6:24:53 AM
Total Personnel 934
Size 45,113 Acres
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Moose Fire Info Map July 30, 2022

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Moose Fire burns lookout building and radio tower

July 27, 2022 Local News 8

The Moose Fire, near Salmon, has burned 38,321 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The Salmon-Challis National Forest reported Stormy Peak Lookout and the radio repeater was lost to the fire, but some items of historical value, such as the fire lookout logbook and other items, were salvaged from the building.

They are reminding people not to fly drones over the fire area. If you fly, they can’t.

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U.S. Forest Service: Moose fire was ‘human caused’

KTVB Staff July 30, 2022

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations have determined the cause of the moose fire, which was first spotted July 17 and is now estimated at 45,137 acres, to be human-caused.

The specific cause and the events around the fire are still under investigation, but investigators say information will be released as the investigation unfolds.

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Idaho Power monitoring shutting off power in certain ‘high-risk’ areas to mitigate wildfire risks

The overall goal of Idaho Power’s “Public Safety Power Shutoff” plan is to prevent power lines from starting wildfires.

Abby Davis July 26, 2022 KTVB

Idaho Power is rolling out its “Public Safety Power Shutoff” plan to help reduce the number of wildfires started by power lines and protect the power grid.

The plan is part of Idaho Power’s fire mitigation efforts. A team of atmospheric scientists is monitoring weather and fire conditions, like high winds and dry vegetation. Communications Specialist Sven Berg said they will shut off power once those conditions become too extreme.

The agency identified nine “high-risk” zones across Idaho, mostly in and around the Idaho City area, Garden City and Lake Cascade. Berg said 5,000 people live in those zones, which is less than 1% of Idaho’s customer base.

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Preparing for power outages amid wildfire season

by Mickaela Elich Wednesday, July 27th 2022 CBS2 Idaho

Some items to have in your kit include:

– Bottled water (five gallons per person)
– Matches
– Blankets
– Non-perishable food (canned food, crackers, etc.)
– Non-electric can opener
– Baby food or formula and diapers
– Pet food
– First-aid kit
– Prescription medications
– Battery- or solar-powered chargers for your devices (phones, tablets, etc.)
– Battery-powered radio and clock, flashlight, and fans
– Extra batteries
– A block of ice in the freezer

“There’s just some really basic things that you can have in your home to ensure that you’re ready if the power is out for more than a few hours,” Rood said.

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Public Lands:

BLM acquires Boise Foothills land to help maintain open space and protect wildlife habitat

July 26, 2022
Caleb Ashby, cashby@blm.gov, 208-384-3393

Boise, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management has acquired 275 acres of land in the Boise Foothills to increase access to open space and protect important wildlife habitat. The property is located a few miles north of Barber Valley overlooking Table Rock and downtown Boise. The BLM purchased the land from the Alta Harris Family Foundation, a non-profit organization, using money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The land that the BLM acquired connects public land that the BLM already administers to the north and east with the Idaho Fish and Game Boise River Wildlife Management Area to the southeast. The State of Idaho established the Wildlife Management Area primarily to protect big game winter range. The parcel that the BLM has acquired is considered crucial winter range for mule deer and Rocky Mountain elk. The BLM’s acquisition of this property aligns with the America the Beautiful initiative that seeks to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and expand access to public lands and waters through voluntary conservation.

“The Boise Foothills, with the vast amount of open space they provide, are one of the most iconic landscapes in the State of Idaho,” said Tanya Thrift, BLM Boise District Manager. “Bringing this parcel of land into public ownership helps maintain the natural environment and helps ensure that wildlife can continue to thrive there.”

“Dallas and Alta Harris were committed to protecting the environment, particularly to preserve areas for wildlife habitat and conservation. We believe that placing this land under the care of the BLM aligns with the wishes expressed by Dallas and Alta to protect our natural habitat,” said Felicia Burkhalter, President, The Dallas And Alta Harris Family Foundation.

For additional information about recreation opportunities on lands managed by the BLM in the Boise Foothills, please visit: (link).
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Specimen Mine Exploration – Plan of Operations

The Forest Service is seeking public input (scoping comments) for the proposed Specimen Mine Exploration-Plan of Operations on the Lowman Ranger District.

Project Description

The purpose of the federal actions is to respond to the operator’s Plan of Operation for minerals exploration as necessary to meet the requirements of Forest Service regulations, within the context of the operator’s statutory rights under federal mining laws. The Forest is currently reviewing this project which will be analyzed under a categorical exclusion, 36 CFR 220.6(e)(8) – Short-term (1 year or less) mineral, energy, or geophysical investigations and their incidental support activities.

Zacapa Resources Corp. wishes to pursue diamond core drilling exploration activities at its Specimen Mine site on Miller Mountain in Boise County, Idaho. This drilling would take place entirely within the Boise National Forest, administered by the United States Forest Service (USFS). Zacapa has chosen to pursue ultra-low impact diamond drilling in a manner that would have negligible surface disturbance.

The initial drill program involves 4 drill holes from 3 drill pads. If initial drilling is successful and sufficient time exists to continue drilling Zacapa has included 10 lower priority drill pad locations. In total the proposal would include drilling up to 12 drill holes from no more than 8 drill pads.

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

How to Comment

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

* Through the Specimen Mine Exploration-Plan of Operations Project webpage (link above). Select “Comment on Project” under “Get Connected” on the right panel. If uploading a file with comments, comments must be in the form of plain text (.txt), Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf).
* Mail to Lowman Ranger District, 7359 Highway 21, Lowman, ID 83637.

If submitting comments by email be sure to include “Specimen Mine Exploration-Plan of Operations” in the subject line. Comments received will be included in the project record and may be released in their entirety, if requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

When to Comment

To be most helpful, please submit your comments by August 10, 2022. For further information on the project, please contact Terre Pearson-Ramirez, Team Leader, at terre.pearsonramirez@usda.gov.
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Critter News:

Idaho Fish and Game responds to black bear encounter involving hiker and dog

Idaho Fish and Game received reports of another black bear incident in a residential area south of Ketchum.

KTVB Staff July 26, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) said they are continuing to see conflicts with black bears in the Wood River Valley.

On Monday, IDFG received a report of a black bear incident in a residential area of East Fork, south of Ketchum.

Conservation officers found that on Friday, July 22 a woman was walking her dog on a trail near her home when they encountered a black bear near the trail. The woman estimated the bear to be 120 pounds. After spotting the bear, the woman began walking backwards while talking to the bear. The women’s dog, which was off the trail, engaged with the bear.

The dog suffered several bite wounds that were later treated by a veterinarian.

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16 dogs left in hot cars this week

by Ryan Hawes Friday, July 29th 2022 CBS2 Idaho

Despite warnings, the Idaho Humane Society continues to respond to reports of dogs in hot cars.

This week alone, the humane society has responded to 16 cases of dogs being left in vehicles.

Since July 1st, that number is 137.

For all of 2022, Idaho Humane Society says it has responded to 235 reports of dogs being left in vehicles.

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Pay It Forward: Saving unwanted farm animals

by Brent Hunsaker Wednesday, July 27th 2022

Kuna, Idaho (CBS 2) — A six-month-old goat that was born with bad legs. Another has a bum hind leg. And then there’s a blind pig.

All of these disabled and unwanted farm animals might well be dead now, If not for Dominifarm. Founder Dominique Delobbe calls it her labor of love. She said, “it is a passion. I wanted to do it since I was a little girl. I always loved animals.”

And this farm fills a need. “There are very few sanctuaries in Idaho for farm animals.”

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Rabid bat found in downtown Boise

People and their pets should stay away from bats in the area.

KTVB Staff July 29, 2022

A bat tested positive for rabies when it was found on July 26 on a sidewalk on Bannock Street in downtown Boise, across from Cecil D. Andrus Park.

Two other dead bats were seen in the same area the week before.

Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare are urging citizens to avoid contacts with any bats as well as their pets, since the virus can cause a fatal illness in both people and pets.

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Fish and Game News:

Conflicts continue with black bears in the Wood River Valley

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Human-wildlife conflicts continue to occur throughout the Wood River Valley

On Monday, July 25, 2022 Fish and Game’s Magic Valley Region received a report of a black bear incident in a residential area in East Fork, south of Ketchum. Conservation officers who investigated the report found that on Friday, July 22, a woman was walking her Great Pyrenees near her home when she and the dog encountered a black bear at close proximity on the trail. It was estimated to be 120 pounds by the woman, who noted the bear was approximately the same size as her dog.

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F&G staff relocate moose from Hidden Springs community near Boise

By Brian Pearson, Regional Communications Manager
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

On Thursday, July 20, Southwest Region wildlife and enforcement staff successfully darted and relocated a two-year-old cow moose that had spent the prior few days in a community just north of Boise. Staff moved the moose to a more suitable area near Smiths Ferry, away from town and people.

Fish and Game began receiving reports of a cow moose in the community of Hidden Springs on July 18. Wildlife biologists from the Southwest Region office initially reached out directly to community residents, encouraging them to keep a respectful distance from the moose in hopes that it would move out of the area on its own.

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F&G welcomes first sockeye of 2022 to the Sawtooth Basin, and more are on the way

By Roger Phillips, Public Information Supervisor
Friday, July 29, 2022

Sockeye return at Lower Granite Dam is nearly three times the 10-year average the third-highest on record at the dam

Idaho Fish and Game trapped two sockeye at fish traps in the Sawtooth Basin near Stanley on July 28, which are the first fish for 2022 and part of what could be the largest sockeye return in years. Through July 28, there were 2,041 sockeye counted at Lower Granite Dam about 30 miles downstream from Lewiston, which is nearly three times the 10-year average and the third-highest on record since counting began at Lower Granite in 1975.

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Fish salvage order issued for the Big Wood River below Magic Dam and Richfield Canal diversion

By Terry Thompson, Regional Communications Manager
Monday, July 25, 2022

Fish and Game Commission issues orders for a fish salvage on the Big Wood River and Richfield canal below Magic Dam

The Big Wood Canal Company recently notified Fish and Game that they would soon close the gates at Magic Dam leading to substantial flow reductions or cessation of flow which functionally de-waters the Big Wood River approximately 1.25 miles below the dam and the Richfield Canal. The gates are closing earlier than normal due to ongoing regional drought conditions in the Big Wood River basin.

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