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March 2016



McCall, Idaho―March 31, 2016
On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the McCall Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the McCall Police Department, 216 E. Park Street from 10am – 2pm.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or visit

Note: The McCall Police Department also accepts unwanted or expired prescription medications on an ongoing basis at the McCall Police Department located at 216 E. Park Street during office hours (M-F 8am to 5pm).

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Bark n’ Beetles – Protect Healthy Trees

“Do yourself and your neighbors a favor by surveying your property and removing damaged tree material in order to protect healthy trees,” said Parks Supervisor & Arborist, Kurt Wolf.

Due to the heavy wet snow we received in December lots of trees were damaged and this could lead to a major problem with bark beetles this coming summer.  All the broken trees will be a prime food supply for certain bark beetles.  If the bark beetle attacks the broken tree and nothing is done to treat the beetle this could lead to a higher population of the beetles and more trees will be effected.


The first one to appear will most likely be the one that attacks Douglas-fir (or commonly call red fir) as the bark beetle emerges typically the first part of May.  This insect will either attack a standing tree or those that are lying on the ground from wind throw or snow damage.  The life cycle of this beetle is one year under the bark so the next generation will not emerge until May 2017.


The second and possibly most destructive bark beetle is the Ips pine (or Pine Engraver) that attacks Ponderosa pine.  This beetle emerges from the ground typically mid May looking for Ponderosa pine lying on the ground.  The life cycle of this beetle is only three weeks so the next generation that emerges can attack live trees or the tops of larger pine trees.


Treatment methods for the bark beetle vary but the most effective is removing the snow damaged tree right after snow melt and before the beetle attacks.  One can determine a successful attack by looking for little piles of frass or sawdust on the larger portion of the tree lying on the ground.  Once the frass is observed removal of the material is critical especially with the Ponderosa pine as the Ips bark beetle second generation will emerge within six weeks looking for a new food supply.  With the Douglas-fir beetle it will stay under the bark for a one year period before the next generation appears so timing for the removal is longer.


As mentioned above the best treatment of the snow damaged material is to survey your property either before or soon after snow melt then you need to remove the material.  Treatment of the downed material may include chipping, hauling the material to the county landfill or the Woody Debris dumpsters (located at each Fire Dept. when they are set up), or cutting the material for firewood.  Do not pile any firewood chunks up against live trees as when the bark beetles emerge they can attack the standing tree.


Written by:  John Lillehaug (Forester & Chair of the McCall Tree Committee)
Reviewed and approved by:  McCall Tree Committee and City Arborist

McCall Tree Committee Members: 

  • John Lillehaug (Chair) – Forester with the State of Idaho – Private Forest Specialist (IDL)
  • Richard ‘Whitey’ Rehberg – Forester & Timber Sales Contracting Officer – US Forest Service Payette National Forest
  • Nathan Todd – McCall Donnelly School District – Maintenance
  • Randy Acker – Acker Tree Service – Owner
  • Pavla Clouser – Ginko Landscaping – Owner
  • Kurt Wolf – Certified Arborist / City Parks Supervisor / City Arborist & Liaison for Tree Committee

For more information please contact Parks Supervisor & Arborist, Kurt Wolf@208-634-8967

Look how far we’ve come!

It’s always fun to look back and see what our town looked like in the past.

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Lake Street McCall, 1914

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Comprehensive Plan Website Launched

Visit the new 2016 Comprehensive Plan website and get involved in community events, participate in exciting challenges, answer important questions and contribute to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan. Help develop a Plan for our future. #McCallinMotion

Looking for Money?


The Local Option Tax Commission is accepting requests until 5p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016, for the use of revenue that is anticipated to be collected during FY17. All groups or individuals wishing to make a request for the use of the funds will need to complete and turn in a Request for Funding Application, a W-9, and proof of registration with the State of Idaho.

Eligible categories for the use of the funds include:
• Streets, sidewalks and pathways, public transit, pedestrian crosswalks and transportation
• Construction and maintenance of cultural and recreational facilities, including the McCall Municipal Golf Course and Library
• Recreational and cultural activities including but not limited to library, community art and cultural events
• Parks maintenance, development and beautification
• Animal shelters
• Direct costs to collect and enforce the tax
• Marketing, advertising, tourism development and event promotion

Applications for funding requests are available at McCall City Hall and from the City’s Web site Completed applications must be received by the McCall City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on April 29, 2016. Applications received after that date will not be eligible for consideration.

Sell your ART at 4th of July Celebration

We’ve reserved the Brown Park area to showcase a number of free craft activities sponsored by non-profits in the community. In addition, artists are invited to sell their products at the 4th of July Celebration.  *Space limited

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*Credit McCall Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Cost: $25
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Where: Brown Park
  • Details: Bring your own table and tent.


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