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December 2017

Snow in the City Garbage Cans

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Campaign Begins

McCall City Source

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Campaign Begins

As part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, Idaho State Police and

McCall’s local law enforcement will be out this holiday season to save lives by keeping impaired drivers off our roadways.


Idaho law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols to find impaired drivers.  During the same time period last year, agencies who participated in the holiday mobilization arrested 254 drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) over the legal limit of .08.

“This holiday season we are reminding drivers that Idaho law enforcement has zero tolerance for impaired driving, and if drivers make the choice to drive impaired they will face the consequences,” said John Tomlinson, with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety. “We hope that this warning will help drivers make the choice to never put themselves or others at risk by driving drunk.”

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Library Programs to keep you warm.

January Programs:

Tour of Poland, the Baltic countries and Russia
Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm
Join Pete and Norma Walker for their video travelogue discovering many of the highlights and people of these beautiful and diverse countries. This video travelogue attempts to portray how tenacious and strong willed the people are with the rebuilding of their lives and cities after so much repression.  It is only since 1991 that Poland and the Baltic countries gained their independence and freedom. We hope you can join us and witness how proud and thankful these people are of their freedom and their beautiful countries.

Get Artsy
Friday, January 12th 3:30-5:00

Older elementary school aged kids (3rd-8th grade) will dabble in a variety of creative and artistic techniques. Supplies are limited, so monthly sign up is required.

Doing Democracy
Wednesday, January 17th 6:30-8:30

The McCall Public Library invites you to continue the discussion on the topic of – “with our communities rapidly changing demographics, what is our community going to do with all these old people”.

Sewing Machines 101
Wednesday January 17th 6:30-9:00pm

Beginner sewing machine class for adults. Attendees will be making bags. Due to limited space and resources registration is required. Let us know if you will be bringing in your own machine or use one of ours. Get your materials list when you register at the library or call 208-634-5522.

Sewing Machines 101 for kids
Thursday, January 18th 4:00-6:00pm

Beginner sewing machines class for kids ages 10 and up. Attendees will be making a simple drawstring bag. Due to limited space and resources registration is required. Let us know if you will be bringing in your own machine or use one of ours. Get your materials list when you register at the library or call 208-634-5522.

Let’s Lego
Friday, January 19th 3:30-5:00

Participants can free-build or participate in our monthly Lego activity/challenge. Build anything you can imagine; we have the materials. We hope to see you there!
A Short History of the Art and Sport of Falconry
Friday, January 19th at 6:30pm

Spend the evening with writer and falconer Rich Howard, and Learn about the origins of this 4,200 year old sport, and how it has evolved over thousands of years.  This lecture will discuss the earliest evidence of falconry found in China, Japan and the bas relief ruins in Khorsabad, Iraq some 1700 years ago. Falconry during the reigns of Genghis Khan, Frederick Hohenstaufen, and the Stuart Kings of England will be discussed alongside Shakespeare’s references to the sport. We will then focus on the 17th century and how the advent of guns contributed to a steep decline in falconry. Finally we will explore the revival of the sport in the late 19tha and 20th centuries.

This lecture was originally presented to a sell-out crowd at the Osher Institute at Boise State University.

Let’s Talk About It—Great American Classics
Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00pm
McCall Public Library and McCall Arts and Humanities present this year’s “Let’s Talk About It”. The year’s theme is the Great American Classic.  This month’s discussion of Catcher in the Rye will be presented and led by Idaho Scholar: David Nicholas. Books provided with registration, no library card required.

We believe that the great “classic” American writers still have a great deal to say, some of them more now than when they were written. This Let’s Talk About It series aims to give these older writers an opportunity to present their message today. Our method is to approach these classic texts from two opposite but mutually reinforcing points of view: as stories of individuals and as stories of culture.

Friday, January 26th  3:30-5:00

Create, invent and learn through exploration.

Friends of the McCall Public Library Book Sale
January 26 – February 3rd
10:00-6:00pm, Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm

Used book sale will be taking place in the McCall Public Library conference room all week!

McCall Winter Carnival
January 26th – February 4th

“There is Snow Place Like Home” Look for the McCall Library float in the Winter Carnival Mardi-Gras parade on January 27th at noon.

McCall Parks and Recreation: Photo Contest 2017 Entry Deadline December 31st

Everyone sees McCall through a different lens and we want you to show us your view!

The Amateur photo contest is open to all amateur photographers, all ages. By submitting an entry to the Photo Contest, entrants certify that their participation in this Photo Contest is not illegal or in violation of any law, regulation, treaty or administrative act.


The Photo Contest begins at 12:00am on11/01/2017 and ends at 11:59pm on December 31, 2017.  Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.

Entries may originate in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color transparencies, color prints, or black and white prints — so long as they are submitted electronically in a .JPEG .jpg, or.png form.
Caption information should include:
1. Category Name (Street Photos, Celebrations, On Top of the World, Serenity in Nature and Best of Town)
2. Last name, First initial
3. Photo Title  (Ex:  ST, Woods, T., Main Street)

All images must be submitted to with Photo Contest as the subject line, including all required fields, including name, email and other information about your photo submission. You may enter as many photos in each category as you want.  City of McCall contest supervisor reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.

Photos will be judged by City of McCall Communication Manager with collaboration of staff and community members.  Winners will be announced January 8; winners will be notified via email.  1st place winning photographs of each category will be used in the design of the City of McCall’s new website; set to launch in 2018.  Photo credits will be given to each winner.  All photographs submitted for the contest will become property of City of McCall to be used as marketing materials.


McCall Parks and Recreation: Re-Mastered 2018

Annual Re-Mastered Race January 20th and 21st, a great opportunity to tune up for the Boulder Mountain Tour. Find more information about the event here

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McCall Parks and Recreation: Race For Diamonds January 7th

An event for all ages and abilities. Register the day of 10 am till 11am, children $5 and Adults $20. Race begins at 11am, Skate and Classic Skiers Welcome. Sponsored by McCall Jewelry Company, Ponderosa State Park, McCall Nordic Ski Club, and City of McCall Parks and Recreation.

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McCall Area Housing Strategy

McCall’s Housing Needs outlined
& presented with recommendations.

The McCall Area Housing Strategy examines the current and projected housing situation in McCall, identifies various demographic groups and their housing needs, and makes recommendations for future housing policies that will meet the needs of McCall as an emerging mountain-tow.  Please take a moment a read the document here>. Comments can be made by emailing

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2017 McCall Area Housing Strategy_Review Draft

Anette Spickard Returns to McCall as the New City Manager

After a comprehensive search, McCall has a new Manager, Anette Spickard. Mrs. Spickard accepted the employment offer from McCall City Council on Monday, December 18, 2017, and aims to start the position in the first half of February, 2018.

Anette HeadshotMcCall has been a part of Anette’s life for more than thirty years. As a child she learned to ski at Brundage, learned to water ski on the Payette Lake and as a teen attended McCall-Donnelly High School. Her family the Petersens, were even McCall business owners back in the eighties. Over the years she’s continued to make our town of McCall a regular vacation spot for her own family.

Bringing her own unique personal history and a strong love of our community with her, she offers impressive government sector experience, extensive financial management and an impressive history of planning and development. Her lifelong career in public service will be a tremendous asset.

Realizing that her success in this position will originate from her inspiration to rejoin our city family, and her own family’s roots, Spickard happily accepted the offer to be McCall’s City Manager at the rate of $113K annually. She recognizes this includes a $17K cut in pay from her current position as Department Director at the City of Springfield in Oregon. Mrs. Spickard sees this as an opportunity to be a part of McCall’s future, its expected growth challenges and will surely stand as a strong leader to the administrative staff.

“We are so lucky to have found someone with her experience that also has such strong ties to and passion for our community,” said McCall City Council President Bob Giles.

Looking forward, we expect a fruitful partnership with Anette Spickard that benefits every citizen young and old. Expect to run into her occasionally and say hello, as she and her family are active in all things recreation especially skiing, rafting, fly fishing, and most of all walking their favorite canine companion Grizz.

Anette Spickard, we welcome you back to McCall…your Idahome.

Opinions on the Water Master Plan Encouraged.

McCall’s Water Master Plan released and ready for public review.


The water master plan is a regulatory requirement by DEQ that should be completed or updated every 5 years. Our last update was in 2012  and our last formal plan was completed in 2008.


The 2017 Water Master Plan identifies the existing capacity and gives future year projections for growth over 10 to 20 years.  Nathan Stewart, Public Works Director, stated, “we are pleased to include a 10-year water system capital improvement plan within this document and specific dates for those improvement projects. This is something we’ve not done in the past.”


Please review the document below and send comments to


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