Monthly Archives: October 2016

Earlier today at the American Legion Hall in Cascade, Idaho, a group of Tamarack Homeowners were the successful bidders for the amenities in the Lodge of Osprey Meadows.   The only parcel to not receive any bids on in the lodge was the “Golf Cart Storage” space with a hefty price tag of $263,190.81.

This is another great step for the homeowners of Tamarack Resort to consolidate all of the assets and to ensure winter and summer recreation and amenities will be available to all guests and homeowners.

Stay tuned for more updates from Tamarack Resort.

What an awesome area in which we live and play. Check out the newest edition of the Visit McCall Magazine. Tamarack Realty is super proud to advertise in this high quality publication. Oh, did you know that Valley County is the healthiest county in Idaho? Or that Valley County is the 2nd highest county in the whole country for longevity? Come up and explore the West Central Mountains.

Brad Larsen
General Manager
Tamarack Resort 208.325.1020


Tamarack Owners Association Assumes Day-To-Day Operation Of Resort

All Assets Necessary For Successful Operations To Remain At Resort

DONNELLY, ID (October 13, 2016) – The Tamarack Municipal Association (TMA), the owners’ association of Tamarack Resort, announced today that it will operate the resort after homeowners successfully acquired substantially all of the assets of New TR Acquisitions Co. LLC (“NEWTRAC”), which owned most of the property at Tamarack Resort.

A group of homeowners established Tamarack Homeowners Acquisition Company (“THAC”) to acquire NEWTRAC’s resort assets which will now be operated by a newly established TMA subsidiary, TMA Operating and Technology Company (“TMATO”). TMATO will operate skiing, food & beverage, lodging and summer operations with no interruption of services to resort guests.

In connection with the acquisition of NEWTRAC’s assets, THAC has redeemed the chairlifts, zipline course and mid-mountain lodge by paying off all outstanding liabilities so that these critical operating assets will no longer be subject to auction by Valley County.

Today marks the start of a new chapter for Tamarack where homeowners have secured the future ownership and operations of the resort. It is a powerful statement of support and ensures the long-term future of this incredible destination for guests, employees and homeowners as well as the wider community in Valley County and the State of Idaho.

“This is a very positive development for everyone. This important milestone clears the way for the TMA to work with third party developers and investors to realize the vision of Tamarack and reach its full potential. ” states Brad Larsen, General Manager of Tamarack Resort. He continues, “This ensures that the people who love the resort the most now also control its future.”

In 2004, Tamarack Resort welcomed its first guests and became one of the first destination ski and summer resorts to open since Deer Valley, UT and Beaver Creek, CO opened in in the early 1980’s.

Tamarack Resort intends to begin making snow in November with a projected opening date of Friday, December 9th.

We live and work in a great Valley!  From the recent West Central Mountains Economic Summit to the “America’s Best Communities” finalist, Tamarack Resort, McCall, Donnelly, Cascade and New Meadows are constantly on the path to continued success.  Did you know Valley County is the Idaho’s healthiest county?  We also rank #2 in the COUNTRY for longevity.  Check out the October  issue of the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter.  Please go to  to sign up for the next copy (complete with cool pics and graphics that did not come through on this blog).

Monday, October 3rd, was a big day for the West Central Mountains. With Governor Otter, Lieutenant Governor Little and Director of the Idaho Department of Commerce Megan Ronk in attendance, along with the other 140 attendees representing area businesses, local officials and non-profits, it was a productive and eye-opening day.

A huge thank you to our sponsors and to the Shore Lodge for housing such an important event for our region and in such a remarkable setting on Payette Lake. We are one step closer to winning $3 million for the America’s Best Communities competition and this was a huge initiative in our 12-month process! Thank you to all of those who attended and those that supported this mile marker event. Attendees be on the lookout for a follow-up email for an opportunity to share your thoughts on the event for feedback for next year.

Valley Co. Econominc Development Council
West Central Mountains Leadership Academy
Idaho Power
Tamarack Realty

McCall Area Chamber
America’s Best Communities West Central Mountains
Rotary International
McCall Jewelry Company

Cascade Chamber
Shore Lodge
Idaho Recreation Council
Midas Gold

Donnelly Chamber
Idaho Dept. Commerce

First American Title

Meadows Valley Comm. Assoc.
Mountain Central Association of Realtors

Northwestern Mutual
Join the celebration! The Payette National Forest was selected to provide the US Capitol Christmas tree for Washington D.C. in 2016. The wait is over and this special tree will be begin its incredible journey from right here in McCall on November 5th as a big community event!

Saturday, Nov. 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on 2nd street and activities include:

* Kid’s Parade in Downtown McCall featuring the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
* Local Musicians & Non-Profit Groups
* Downtown 2nd Street Celebration
* Visit with Santa Claus and Smokey Bear
* Opportunity for everyone to sign the Capitol Christmas Tree banner
* Children’s Library Activity after the parade
* Mountain Life Annual Chili Cook-Off event (see details below***)
* Event Broadcasting by KTVB
* Annual City Tree-Lighting

There are many ways that you can help participate in this once in a lifetime event and help send-off our Idaho Mountain Gem to Washington D.C.! The McCall Chamber of Commerce is currently facilitating the following ways you can highlight your community support:

1. Sponsorship of the parade
a. Gold Level Sponsorship – $500: “Santa hats for All” parade participants
b. Silver Level Sponsorship–$200: “A bright night” – glow sticks, etc for kids parade
c. Bronze Level Sponsorship — $75: “Milk and cookies for Santa’s Little Helpers”

2. Participate in the Parade (FREE) – highlight your business or organization by being in the parade

3. Extended Business Hours – stay open late that evening and encourage community gathering, dining, and shopping! Offer those with Santa hats a treat -such as a candy cane

4. Have your non-profit group become a vendor – register your non-profit to participate on 2nd Street as a vendor selling food or drink

Sign Up through the McCall Area Chamber P: 208-634-7631 or
Deadline for sponsors and vendors is October 20th
Deadline for parade entrees is October 25th

Additional Information on the Tour
This kick-off event will be followed by a 12 stop in-state tour including stops in Cascade, Weiser, Council, and New Meadows before the tree travels cross-country to Washington, D.C.

Contact Christine Vance at the Payette National Forest if you have questions about the parade,, or contact Brian Harris at the Payette National Forest,, for any questions on the Capitol Christmas Tree Project.


When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time of event: 12-7pm
Set-up time for Chili Cooks: 12:00pm
Tasting: 4:00pm

Where: McCall Drug Parking Lot

Entry: The entry fee this year will be waived in light of our partnership with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour Kick-off Celebration event. Contestants may enter more than 1 batch of chili.

Deadline: October 31st

Contact: Kristin Amarante 208-315-3358 or the chamber office can email you an entry!
2016 Mountain Hollydays are just around the corner! Our little holiday booklet was so successful we will be continuing this 2016 season and are now taking your holiday events to include in the guide. Please submit your events that will be occurring from Nov. 21 – Jan. 1 to The deadline to submit these events is Friday, November 4th.

In addition, we will be selling advertising/coupon space again! For $100.00, your business will get space in the booklet with 2,000 copies to be printed and distributed throughout the community.

More details to come on Mountain Hollydays, but in the meantime please submit your holiday events!

2017 Winter Carnival
Friday, January 27th – Sunday, Feburary 5th

Winter Carnival planning is underway and the vendor applications are rolling in. To get a heads-start on this year, we are now asking you for your Winter Carnival events you plan on having during the 2017 carnival to be included in our event guide. The fee to be included in the printed guide is $100.00 for businesses and $50.00 for non-profits. An unlimited amount of events are allowed to be listed per business/entity!

Deadline to submit your events will be Friday, December 23rd.


We are busy finalizing our new winter Visit McCall magazine and about to go to print! We cannot wait to reveal this publication that just keeps getting better and better. Your copies will available in hand on November 1st! Digital issue will be available sooner and we will let you know when.

In the meantime, take a sneak peak at what’s to come. Thank you to Andrew Tobiason Photography for this stunning winter shot gracing our cover.
Recently, McCall was selected by Smarter Travel as one of “The Best Off-Season Mountain Towns in North America” and we are proud of this national recognition! Although summer and winter are signature seasons for us, we love our treasured fall months when the hustle and bustle has subsided and we can enjoy the peace in our beautiful area as the leaves change.

Among the other towns selected were: Stowe, VT, Park City, UT, Squaw Valley, CA, Vail, CO, Mammoth Lakes, CA, Lake Placid, NY, Banff, Alberta, Aspen, CO, and Blue Mountains, ON.

Read the full article HERE.
City of McCall Happenings

Bike Skills Park Opens!

The City of McCall is pleased to announce the celebration of the McCall Mountain Bike Skills Park located adjacent to the Harshman Skate Park on Idaho Street. The Ribbon Cutting, hosted by City of McCall, was held on Friday, September 23rd.

The Mountain Bike Skills Park is a great example of how partnerships can result in a wonderful public facility. The Skills Park concept has been around for some time, and the opportunity to develop the park in McCall came from the release of the grant funding fr om the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. The McCall Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee agreed that the development of a pump track that was easily accessible and close to town would be a great amenity for beginning riders. Because of the willingness of the MDSD School Board to expand the use of district property for another public recreational facility, the City of McCall was able to move forward with a grant application to IDPR for funding.

The project was funded by a $11,994 Mountain Bike License Plate Fund grant from IDPR, along with City funding through materials and labor provided by the Parks Department. Wayne Ruemmele of Epikos Design and Planning did the conceptual design, and donated time for project oversight. Kurt Wolf, McCall Parks and Recreation worked closely with Jason Clay of MDSD in order to make sure the skills park was consistent with MDSD’s facilities. Joe Weede of Single Track Sessions was the primary contractor. Excavation equipment was donated by Ben Gau of McCall Dirt Works.

City Staff has hauled and transported onto the site over 400 cubic yards of soil – an approximate value of $7,200
Far fewer trees needed to be removed than what was expected.
Opportunities for additional features may be available depending on remaining funding
Parks Staff is contemplating doing a small (mini) pump track in the City owned property behind the bleachers and adjacent to the Mtn. Bike Skills Park for young kids on strider bikes (ages 2-4)
Parks Department is working on setting up a maintenance plan with the McCall Youth Mtn. Biking Team, but the Parks Department will have the primary responsibility for the maintenance.
The total project cost was approximately $30,000 to include grant funding, donations, materials and labor.

Fun fact is that the completion of the skills park moves our region one-step closer to a gold designation from the International Mountain Biking Association! We are currently rated a silver designation.

Be sure to check out the City’s Blog for all the latest news and announcements.

September 21st and 22nd the West Central Mountains Leadership Class of 2016 began their year at Pilgrim Cove Camp for their initial retreat. We welcome the following class representing all of the region and from different backgrounds:

Juan Bonilla – Donnelly Fire Department
Morgan Bessaw – City of McCall
Barb Dixon – Meadows Valley
Melanie Holmes – Tamarack Realty
Patty Wold – Southern Valley Rec. District
Sean McCallister – St. Luke’s McCall
Chris Bjornberg – Cascade Medical Center
Kerry Olsen – Frontier Communications
Nicole Yardley – The Rustic Inn
Lindsey Harris – McCall Area Chamber

Andrew Mentzer – Valley Co. Econ. Dev. Council

Mark your calendars for November 25th – 26th at the North Fork Lodge!

Friday, Nov. 25th (10 am – 6 pm)
Saturday, Nov. 26th (10 am – 8 pm)

The McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau presents the Festival of Trees and Holiday Bazaar. This spectacular holiday show is filled with decorated Christmas trees available to purchase by silent auction bid PLUS…local one-of-a-kind creations at the bazaar. Local and regional artisans will be there with beautiful art, jewelry, pottery and other handicrafts to jump start your holiday shopping!

To register your tree, click here.

In the spirit of the holiday season we would like multiple organizations to receive proceeds from the Festival of Trees auction bids! When you sign up to donate a tree you will choose a charity or non-profi­t of your choice that will receive 50% of all the proceeds from the bids on your tree! In addition, we will place a cash donation box at each one of the trees and every dollar in the box will go directly to your chosen organization! The Chamber will award $50 prizes in several categories! The prize categories are: People’s Choice, Best in Show, A Child’s Christmas Wonder, Traditional Christmas, and Non-Traditional Christmas.

If you are looking to get rid of that old artificial tree you have your attic, give us a call! We will be happy to take it as a donation for somebody to decorate for entry into the event! Give us a call at the Chamber office for more information. P: 208.634.7631 or email:

Vendor Information

Setup Date: Wednesday, November 23rd from 9am – 5pm

We have a limited number of spaces so please follow our vendor application process closely:
Fees: Vendors will pay a $50 fee to the MACCVB.
Taxes: Each vendor will be provided a form to track the 1% tax that is required by the City of McCall. The Chamber will collect the funds each day of the event and are responsible for paying the City of McCall.
Vendor Application period is open until Friday, October 28th and notification will be made to the vendors of their confirmed space no later than Friday, November 4th. Not all applicants will be accepted. Your application will not be considered if it’s not submitted with the fee.
All items must be original work and created/crafted by the vendor. Duplication of art or craft will be limited. No dealer or agents will be allowed. No commercial production work, flea market or swap meet type items will be allowed. No food or perishable items are allowed for sale. All items for sale, tables and chairs must be inside the selling space you are assigned; the aisles must be kept clear.
The McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau reserves the right to photograph, and/or videotape the items for sale, booth displays and related content for advertising purposes. They shall also retain the rights to said photos and/or videotape. The Chamber reserves the right to deny any vendor to sell their items if they are deemed inappropriate in any manner. No refund will be given to vendors that are no shows for the event.
Vendor Application, click here.

These are just a few of the events to enjoy, but visit for the full schedule! Additionally, we want to know what you are up to so please submit your events to be included in our community calendar.

Franz Witte Pumpkin Patch
Saturday, October 8th, 15th & 22nd, 10 am – 5 pm
Franz Witte, 530 Hwy 55, McCall

Franz Witte Nursery will have a Pumpkin Patch, open to the public on three consecutive Saturdays in October – the 8th, 15th and 22nd. Hours will be from 10 am – 5 pm. Folks can wander the “patch” and select their own pumpkins. Additional activities will be happening!

Fall Fiddle Jamboree
Saturday, October 8th
Mountain Life Church, 14180 Hwy 55, McCall

McCall Music Society and McCall Folklore Society are proud to welcome The Idaho Junior Jammer Fiddlers and special guests to the Fall Fiddle Jamboree on Saturday, October 8th at 4PM at Mountain Life Church, 14180 Highway 55 in McCall.

General admission is $10 for ages 13 and over, and children 12 and under will be admitted free with a canned food donation for the McCall Food Bank. Tickets are available online, Albertson’s, or at the door.
Little Ski Hill Ski Swap
Sunday, October 16th, 10 am – 4 pm
Payette Lakes Middle School

Annual ski swap is back! Saturday, October 15th (10am-4pm) is for sellers dropping off gently used equipment for sale.

Sunday, October 16th (10am-4pm) is for buyers looking for great deals for the whole family! Early Bird entry available for $10 each and let’s you in at 9:30am for 30 minutes of VIP shopping.

Boot Stompin’ Barn Dance at Roseberry
Saturday, October 22nd, 6 pm – 10 pm
Historic Roseberry Barn

Join the McCall Arts & Humanities, McCall Folklore Society, and Historic Roseberry for their Barn Dance fundraiser! Tickets are $20 and are available at McCall Drug and online. Food & drink will be provided by Mountain Java & Back Room Bar and Amy’s Whole Food Creations. Live music will be by Hokum Hi-Flyers & Ava Honey!
Trunk o’ Treat at Alpine Village
Monday, Oct. 31st, 4 pm – 7 pm
Alpine Village

Celebrate Halloween with the community at Alpine Village! Activities for all ages and the Thriller Dance Flash Mob (put on by the Club at Aspen Village) at 5pm!

On Tuesday, October 18th at the McCall Public Library from 4 pm – 6 pm, there will be a seasonal job fair at McCall Public Library! Bring your resume and a smile to meet representatives from Brundage Mountain Resort, Little Ski Hill, Tamarack Resort, and Ridley’s Markets and see if there is a good fit for employment! This event is held in cooperation with the McCall Public Library and the Idaho Department of Labor.
Join the Small Business Association and sponsors Idaho First Bank and Valley County Economic Council for this special workshop titled “Doing Business With the Government,” on Wednesday, October 26th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at Idaho First Bank in the Community Room.

You can register online:

You’ll cover a lot of new ground in this FREE half-day workshop, including:
How to find government projects that are out for bid
Required licenses and registrations
The differences between state & federal contracting
DBE, 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Other Business Certifications
Where to go for assistance
This introductory course gives an overview on bidding with ITD, some of the requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, and services available to you such as free bid-matching and help with responding to RFPs from the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

A representative from Mountain Home Air Force Base will also be on hand to discuss bidding opportunities and procurement processes.

Please join them!
If you have not visited historic Warren, this fall it would behoove you to take a trip before the snow closes the road for the winter!

In 1862 the James Warren party discovered gold on Warren Creek and a town of several thousand people quickly grew. By 1872, most of the gold had been mined and the miners left the area after passing a vote to allow the Chinese miners to come in and work the already over-worked mines. Over a thousand Chinese miners populated the area. While a few struck it rich, many died pursuing their dream. Many of the original buildings perished in a fire in 1900. The buildings left in Warren today were built during 1901 – 1930. Warren is the 5th oldest town in Idaho and well worth the drive!

Travel Tips
Warren is about a one-and-a-half hour drive; the first 30 miles is paved and the remaining 15 miles is gravel. It is not a ghost town, although only a handful of people live there year round. It is only accessible by snowmobile in the winter months when the population decreases from 40-50 in the summer to approx 9-16 in the winter. During the winter months, mail and freight are flown in by ski plane! There are no gas or services available between McCall and Warren so be prepared!
An audio tour CD is available for rent FREE OF CHARGE from the Payette National Forest Building, located at the corner of Hwy 55 and Mission Street in McCall.

Old Dredge
As you near the town of Warren, you will see the dredge ponds and the old dredge. Stop and take a look around – you may just be that lucky prospector!

Historic Warren
There is a short, self-guided walking tour around the historic buildings, and the pamphlet can be picked up in town. The trail to the Chinese Cemetery begins just past the Waste Transfer Station on the left side of the road. Be sure to visit the Chinese Gardens, toward the Hennenger Ranch, 8 miles north of Warren, where you will find what is left of the old terraced vegetable gardens and a replica of a Chinese dug-out. Stop at Hays Station (the old Forest Service Guard Station) for hand outs, views and photos.

Let’s Eat
Now after your busy day, hit the The Baum Shelter (under new ownership!), where you can view a really neat collection of artifacts whilst enjoying the restaurant and full bar. Glance at the dollar bills on the wall from visitors from all over the world, and add yours to the display! The Baum Shelter is open Thursday – Saturday, noon to early evening. Moving with the times, telephones were installed in1995, however there is still no electricity!
Upcoming Meeting Dates and Information:
Board Meeting: Thursday, Oct. 13th at 7:30 am at Frontier
Business After Hours: Thursday, Oct. 20th with our host Delish Catering, McCall Weddings, and Broken Horn Brewery at Broken Horn from 5 pm – 7 pm
New Board Positions: Doris Armacost & Gary Thompson were both re-elected for another 3-year term and we welcome Steve Jones for a 1-year term of a vacated seat!
McCall Area Chamber of Commerce

The document below shows the updated list of properties on notice for the upcoming tax deed sale on October 17, 2016.  Stay tuned for more updates to this list.*  Please note there are no specific condominiums or hotel rooms in the Osprey Meadows Lodge, or any other residential improved property in Tamarack Resort going to auction on Oct. 17th.  Call Trisha Sears at 208-573-1489 for updates on all real estate within Tamarack Resort, including new properties coming on the market this week and which properties are offering great buyer incentives.

*October 5, 2016 update at 5pm:  727 Whitewater Drive has been removed from the list.  You can find the listing for this premier ski lot on the homepage of this website.


Updated Notice of Tax Deed Sale

Click here for the full 3 page notice with more properties:   tax-deed-sept