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The Lemhi County Library District Board has informed the city it would like to begin official discussions concerning the purchase of the property beneath the old Salmon Public Library Building. The city owns the property on which the library was built and has a $1 per year lease agreement with the district.

A letter to the city dated August 2, 2017, states the Library District is in a position to purchase the ground without the need for any levies or additional tax burden on the people of Lemhi County.

The Salmon City Council immediately asked City Attorney Fred Snook to research the legalities of such a transaction.

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UPDATE FROM BLM 9-11-17 LMS

On September 11, 2017 Bureau of Land Management Field Office Manager Linda Price and BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Skeet Townley brought Lemhi County Commissioner’s Chairman Ken Miner and Commissioner Brett Barsalou up to date on BLM projects and issues. Price led the list with ongoing conditions at Gold Bug Hot Springs. 

The constant overuse of the area near Elk Bend is causing problems that according to Price are not going to go away.

Townley said parking and human waste issues are foremost on the list of grievances. He said the agency is going to have to look at some form of restricted use such as ‘no parking’ enforcement along the road, some form of permit system limiting use to a certain number of visitors per day and/or designated campsites only. 

Barsalou brought up the issue of mixed jurisdiction among law enforcement plus the two agencies involved in the area.

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ARMY CORPS TERMS OF ASSISTANCE 9-6-17 LMS

Earlier this year the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) extended an offer to help with any damages the city incurred during this year’s high water season. The city responded with the required applications for certain specific areas of damage.

The work would take place under stream bank emergency protections as outlined in Section 14 of the 1946 Flood Control Act.

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9-11-17 LMS

Closures last February of the Salmon River Road due to the heavy snows and avalanche conditions, which the Forest Service deemed unsafe for passage, drew angry outcries from down river residents. The upset culminated in May with a meeting of many residents, county law enforcement, county emergency services personnel, county officials, local and regional Forest Service officials and Idaho congressional delegation representatives. At that time those involved were tasked with finding ways to prevent the impacts endured last winter by downriver residents from ever happening again.

Communication was targeted as the key ingredient and Lemhi County has been meeting with the Forest Service ever since. At the September 11, 2017, Commissioner’s meeting North Fork District Ranger Ken Gebhardt and Salmon Challis National Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark delivered a letter of agreement on the Salmon River Road which stated a commitment by both parties, county and Forest Service, to jointly address the winter avalanche and snow removal activities on the road. 

The agreement states the Forest Service will continue being responsible for the road between April 1 and October 31 each year and that routine maintenance of the road will not occur between November 1 and March 31 each year.

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LOCAL OPTION TAX ALLOCATIONS DECIDED 9-6-17 LMS

This cycle’s requests for Local Option Tax (LOT) funding totaled $107,284. The total of LOT monies available was $57,000 so according to Robin Watkins of the LOT Commission the commission members had to make some difficult decisions.

The commission’s allocation recommendations were announced at the September 6 meeting of the Salmon City Council and the council opted to discuss every allocation in detail.

Watkins first explained that the Lemhi County Fair Board was deemed ineligible for funding because it was requesting funds for an event which had already taken place. The Fair Board has been advised to submit an application for the 2018 fair in the Spring cycle of LOT allocations. 

The Sacajawea Center requested $3,800 to fund a regional advertising campaign in 2018. The LOT Commission recommended $3,000 be allocated.

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HONEYMOON UPDATE 9-8-17

The Honeymoon Fire is on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. 

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at approximately 1,597 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. Yesterday, the fire was most active to the east and is on now burning on the west side of upper Blue Moon Creek. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. 

Firefighters are implementing a point protection strategy on the Honeymoon Fire. A point protection strategy is a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire which takes in to account exposure to firefighters, values at risk, impacts to area user groups, and in the case of the Honeymoon Fire, wilderness values. The selected point protection strategy was determined to best balance for protection of values and firefighter safety.

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THURSDAY FIRE REPORT September 7, 2017 

Challis, Idaho: 

Yesterday’s fire activity was most prevalent in upper portions of Tenmile Creek and into east Mayfield Creek. The Fire continues to burn in the Yankee Fork Meadows area. Today’s objectives are to continue preparation work along the Custer Motorway (FS Road # 070), monitor the fire with lookouts throughout the fire area, and develop contingency plans if the fire crosses the Motorway. Active fire and smoke may be visible from the Custer Motorway. A large portion of the 2015 Elevenmile Fire is currently between the Motorway and the Ibex Fire, providing low risk for forest visitors in the area at this time. Currently, the Motorway is open. If traveling in the area, be prepared for dusty road conditions and traffic associated with the fire and other forest visitors. 

An infrared (IR) flight on September 6 estimated fire size at 16,930 acres.

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CRITICISM OF WEED PROGRAM DRAWS RESPONSE 8-31-17 LMS

The Lemhi County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) program has been in effect since first established in 1992 with the help of Lemhi County Ag Extension Office Agent Shannon Williams. The CWMA is a partnership comprised of private, federal and state entities in an effort to control weeds within its logical geographical boundaries based on similar land types, use patterns and problem weed species. It is not limited to county lines. 

At the August 28 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners Monte Bruhn, owner of the Salmon River Spray and Ag Company, showed a power point presentation of what in his opinion isn’t working about the CWMA program. 

Jeremey Varley has been the county’s Weed Management Supervisor since 2013. He saw Bruhn’s presentation and his reaction was, “Monte didn’t do his homework.” Varley said he feels the need to clear up several points of misinformation. He prefaced his remarks by saying he was speaking only as the former Weed Management Supervisor, not for the county or the state.

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