Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism


Salmon, Idaho:  The Salmon-Challis National Forest has spent the past several months documenting the current conditions and trends on the forest and in the surrounding communities. That assessment will soon be available in draft form. A series of public meetings November 6-14 will feature a chance to talk to the Salmon-Challis’ leadership and forest plan revision team about the findings.

Forest Plan Revision team leader Josh Milligan said members of the public, as well as federal, state, local and tribal representatives have helped his team better understand what’s important to forest stakeholders, and what needs to change.

“Since February, we’ve been meeting with members of the public, county commissioners, tribal leaders, and state agencies.  We’ve been very pleased with the information sharing that is happening.  With the release of this draft assessment and a preliminary need for change statement, it’s time to check back in to make sure we’re getting this right,” Milligan said.

Off Site Article: 
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Eight candidates have been selected for consideration to serve as a new Bonneville County Magistrate Judge.
The last session of the Idaho Legislature created a fourth magistrate judge to reside in Bonneville County. 
The list of nominees includes Dave Johnson, Steve Wetzel, Jordan Crane, Manual Murdoch, Steve Boyce, Tracy Gorman, Lindsey Romankiw, and John Cutler.
The 7th Judiicial District Magistrate Commission will meet July 21 to interview each of the candidates. The public is invited to attend the interviews in 25-minute segments beginning at 9 a.m.
Off Site Article: 

The general election ballot has a section to choose yes or not on a Constitutional Admendment. 

H.J.R. 5

“Shall Article III, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended by the addition of a new Section 29, to provide that the Legislature may review any administrative rule to ensure it is consistent with the legislative intent of the statute that the rule was written to interpret, prescribe, implement or enforce; to provide that, after review, the Legislature may approve or reject, in whole or in part, any rule as provided by law; and to provide that legislative approval or rejection of a rule is not subject to gubernatorial veto under Section 10, Article IV, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho?”

Here is a page which discusses the pros and cons of this admendment:

Off Site Article: 
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointments today of two new members to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, representing the Salmon River country and the Magic Valley on the seven-member panel.
Greg Cameron, a farmer who grows sugar beets and barley near Rupert, and Jerry Meyers, a retired long-time judge now working as a mediator from the tiny community of North Fork north of Salmon, fill vacancies left by the expired terms of Mark Doerr of Kimberly and Will Naillon of Challis, respectively.
Cameron, an avid archer and member of the Minidoka Bowman Club and Idaho State Bowhunters, said his four children and four grandchildren give him plenty of reason for wanting to be on the Fish and Game Commission.
“I am a passionate outdoorsman, and truly care about our natural resources in Idaho, especially the fish and game,” Cameron wrote in applying for the post. “We have a special state, with diverse fish and game opportunities. I would like to see it stay that way for many generations to come.”
Meyers, an attorney and former Lemhi County magistrate, served as a senior judge in Idaho courts from 2007 to 2014 while launching a mediation and private legal practice. A lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Idaho Houndsmen, Meyers said he finally has time to match his interest in serving on the Fish and Game Commission.
“My life experiences growing up on a cattle ranch in Power County, a real estate broker/appraiser, outfitter/big game guide, attorney, judge, and mediator will be beneficial working with the wide spectrum of issues and people coming before the board,” Meyers wrote in applying for the position.
Off Site Article: 

TWIN FALLS — It’s down to seven finalists for the two Fish and Game commission vacancies, and the governor says he has already made a decision on one of them, but he isn’t saying who.


Salmon region candidates, Beyeler is a rancher and state representative from Leadore who will not be returning to the Legislature in January, having lost the Republican primary to Dorothy Moon. Price, of Salmon, is a former supervisor in the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Zettel runs the Idaho Wilderness Company, a guide service in Challis, and Meyers is a rafting guide in Lemhi County who is involved in outdoors groups.

Off Site Article: 

By Louise Wagenknecht

Some confusion is evident in the Salmon area about the upcoming Idaho primary and caucus activity,  especially since a local school district levy will be held on the same day at the same regular polling places as the Republican presidential preference primary, so here’s a guide for the perplexed:  

Supplemental School District Levy: On March 8, Salmon School District 291 will hold an election on a Supplemental Levy of $388,000 per year for two years. This levy will help support the athletic, technology, music, vocational agriculture, and drama programs, as well as provide needed funds for classroom supplies, school libraries, the art program, and yearbook activities.  According to a flyer provided by the school district, “A levy provides money to help the District fund day-to-day school programs and operations. It bridges the gap between State funding and the cost of current programs, and pays for things like teachers, class materials, transportation, technology, and extracurricular activities. Levy fees account for approximately 6 percent of the District’s operating budget. The remainder comes from federal, state, and local funding.”  Voting will be at your usual polling place, or if you’re a new voter, check with the County Clerk’s office at the Courthouse, or go to This is a non-partisan ballot issue on which members of all parties, or independents, can vote. 

Republican and Constitution Parties Presidential Preference Primary: Also on March 8, both the Republican and Constitution Parties will hold presidential preference primaries. Only those registered in those parties are eligible to vote in this primary. 

Democratic Caucus:  On March 22, the Idaho Democratic Party will be hosting presidential caucuses in each of Idaho's counties.
Where: In Lemhi County, the caucus will be held at the Salmon City Center (City Hall) at 200 Main Street in Salmon.
Times: Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and participants will be welcomed in until 7:00 p.m., when the doors will close and the caucus begins.
You can preregister for the caucus and avoid long registration lines by going to
  • You do not need to be a registered Democrat in order to participate in the caucus. 
If you will turn 18 years of age on or before November 8, 2016, you may participate in the caucus also.    


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