Suffering from cabin fever? Get outside this winter! But before you do, check the McCall Winter Trails & Recreation Interactive Web Map. Here you will find information on nordic ski, snowshoe, fat bike, and snowmobile trails throughout Valley County as well as current snow coverage and predicted 72 hour snowfall courtesy of NOAA.
With Regret & Apologies,
Despite that skiing is very good on a majority of the trails in Ponderosa State Park, conditions throughout portions of our primary and backup race course are not good enough to run a race.
Due to trail conditions in these areas and the forecast for next week, the McCall Nordic Ski Club has made the decision to cancel the 2018 McCall Re-Mastered Event. As most of you are aware it has been less than a stellar start to the Nordic ski season throughout the West. Our small group of volunteers responsible for putting this event on are dedicated to running a simple and well executed event. In order to do so, we rely heavily on our partnership with Ponderosa State Park. The current conditions at Ponderosa State Park will not support either of our primary or secondary race course alternatives and the club is un-willing to run racers through those portions of the course that may be un-safe or potentially damaging to participant’s equipment.
The club considered moving the event to Bear Basin, however the Remastered event has always been a success because we have a great partnership and event support from Ponderosa State Park. Without the State Parks assistance and support with race setup, grooming, aid stations, course markings, and event tear down this event would be un-sustainable without paid staff or many more volunteers.
With that as background we are not currently setup to easily move the venue to another location. However, we are committed to the event and are already working towards 2019 and a third backup plan which would involve a move in venues should conditions be similar next year.
Please mark your calendar for January 19, 2019 and join us for this great event one year from now. We will use this time to ensure it is an event you won’t want to miss as a nordic skier. Information will be updated shortly on our website and refunds will be issued to those that have already pre-registered for the 2018 event.
With Sincere Apologies,
The McCall Nordic Ski Club
Over the past 3 weeks, IDFG has received several reports of mountain lion sightings in McCall.
A message from Regan Berkley, IDFG Regional Wildlife Manager 1/11/18
Mountain lions occur throughout Idaho, but sightings are rare because the animals make their living by being secretive and cautious. It is likely that mountain lions move through McCall fairly often; however, these movements are typically at night and go unobserved.
Mountain lions may be drawn to McCall partly because of the large town deer herd. Deer are mountain lions’ primary prey species. Although McCall is not naturally winter range for deer, both landscaping plants and intentional deer feeding throughout town keep many deer in town through winter. IDFG strongly discourages feeding deer in town to avoid attracting predators, among other reasons.
Mountain lion attacks are even rarer than sightings, but keeping yourself informed and prepared is the best way to avoid a confrontation.
While there is no response to a mountain lion that can guarantee a person’s safety, Fish and Game offers the following suggestions if you encounter a mountain lion:
- Do not run. Stay calm and keep eye contact. Move slowly and try to back away. Running away may trigger the animal’s instinct to chase.
- Do what you can to appear large by raising and waving your arms or opening your jacket. Yell in a loud, firm voice.
- Never turn your back on a mountain lion. Always maintain eye contact and face the lion.
- When you walk or hike in lion country, travel in groups.
- Keep children close and in sight at all times. Pick small children up if a lion is near.
- Never approach a mountain lion. Give the lion a way out of a close situation.
- If a lion behaves aggressively, arm yourself with a large stick, rock, or other object and face the lion.
Pepper spray is very effective in deterring a mountain lion or other carnivores.
If you observe or encounter a mountain lion in town, immediately notify Fish and Game (208) 634-8137 or the local sheriff’s office.
The 2nd part in our Munchkin Series. Last month toddlers had fun getting messy. This month toddlers with there parents help will practice basic cooking skills, learn the importance of eating a rainbow and get to play with their food. Register at City Hall or mccallrec.com
Agenda Item is an
Introduction of Third Amendment to Contract with Lake Shore
Disposal to include Curbside Recycling
View the packet and refer to pages 167-203 for details.
“Patterns in the Sky” to be held in McCall January 23 & 30
Explore the Beauty of Mathematics through the Lens of Aviation
For planning purposes, please RSVP to
Rich Stowell at Rich@RichStowell.com or 805-218-0161.
McCall, ID – The Valley County 4-H UI Extension Program will host a two-night Family and Career STEM Awareness event at the Mountain Life Church in McCall on January 23rd and 30th. The event is free and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each night. Content is suitable for students ages 11 to 15. Parents and teachers are highly encouraged to attend as well.
Titled PATTERNS IN THE SKY: An Exploration of Mathematics through the Lens of Aviation, the event will explore the beauty and everyday applicability of math using thought experiments and aviation-themed experiential activities as follows:
January 23, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Mountain Life Church
Part 1: A Beautiful Mind(set) will address fixed and growth mindsets, the story of the Wright Brothers, and more. Hands-on activities will include interacting with people from the local aviation community, and engaging in a simulated formation flying exercise en route to discovering some interesting patterns.
January 30, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Mountain Life Church
Part 2: Help a Pilot Glide to Safety will introduce teamwork and experimentation to find the glide ratio and glide angle of a simple balsa glider. Next, participants will help a pilot determine the glide performance of a real airplane.
According to event facilitator Rich Stowell, “Our goal is to motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. But it’s just as important to include parents and teachers in these types of programs as well.” Stowell added, “This will be the first of several aviation-themed outreach events scheduled in Valley County in 2018.”
Event partners include the Valley County 4-H UI Extension, Mountain Life Church, Idaho Aviation Association McCall Chapter, McCall Municipal Airport, and others.
For planning purposes, please RSVP to Rich Stowell at Rich@RichStowell.com or 805-218-0161.
The City of McCall would like to encourage 2018 winter visitors to take necessary precautions to stay safe and comfortable. Please plan ahead to dress appropriately for wet, cold weather and walking on ice and snow. Today, January 3, 2018, McCall has a high temperature forecasted of 35° F, a low of 17°F and typically ever changing snow shower possibilities ranging from light to heavy. Comfortable, warm, walking shoes with traction are recommended and as always, care should be used when walking on snow and ice.
Thank you to our City of McCall businesses doing a great job clearing their frontage sidewalks for the safety of our visiting friends! We can’t forget our Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Crew for keeping streets and public areas clear while everyone else is sleeping.