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By LAURA ZUCKERMAN SALMON — People stranded this winter after the U.S. Forest Service ordered the closure for safety reasons of a road along the Salmon River north of here say the episode intensified worries about being cut off in future from needed supplies and emergency services. The Salmon-Challis National Forest in early February cited public health and safety concerns tied to avalanches for instituting a weekslong closure of 40-plus miles of a dirt road along the Salmon River west of North Fork, which is about 20 miles north of Salmon. The Forest Service roadway is the only access by vehicle to homes and private property for the roughly 50 people who live in an area mostly composed of public lands. Those residents said the road closure saw a temporary halt and, ultimately, a slowdown in the delivery of U.S.

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By LAURA ZUCKERMAN SALMON —

Hundreds of wooden cutouts of pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies now adorn a chain-link fence that greets locals and visitors driving into or out of the city on U.S. Highway 93 South. The new public artwork was the brainchild of Ella Deutchman, board president of the nonprofit Salmon Valley Stewardship, and represents nearly two years of planning and preparation. The project, dubbed “Pollinator Pathway,” mimics the nearby “Stream of Dreams,” which was erected in 2014 and which features painted wooden cutouts of fish such as steelhead on fencing outside the local high school....

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SALMON — Richard Rabe began carving wood roughly half a century ago with the goal of occupying himself in the evenings to avoid “the idiot box,” his nickname for television.

Rabe, who worked for nearly three decades as an engineer at Idaho National Laboratory, found his love affair with wood intensified after 1976, when he bought a plot of land north of Salmon and began building a custom log home.

Today, at 83, Rabe calls his work in wood a hobby, but everything about his sculptures of wildlife declare him an artist — and of the first order....

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By LAURA ZUCKERMAN
The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Oct. 27 in Salmon. The 7 p.m. showing is full. To reserve a seat for the 8:15 showing go to hopevetoed.com.
It also will be shown in Idaho Falls on Nov. 15.
SALMON — Whether marijuana-based products have medicinal value and should be legalized are matters of debate among Idaho politicians. For one local family, the fight is purely personal.
 
The Phillips family is widely known in Salmon for generations of boys who excel in wrestling.
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