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Salmon River Road Construction Projects 8-23-17

Beginning August 22, the Salmon Challis National Forest will be administering three separate contracts, all impacting different sites on the Salmon River Road. These contracts will occur simultaneously. 

The three projects are the Corn Creek Boat Ramp Extension, Stoddard Pack Bridge Debris Removal, and Panther Creek Bridge Resurfacing.

The existing Forest Service special order and Lemhi County ordinance regarding the parking of vehicles on the roadway will be strictly enforced. Unattended vehicles on the Salmon River Road will be towed.

Members of the public are encouraged to use extra caution when driving around heavy equipment.

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KEEPING THINGS LEGAL 8-16-17 LMS

A Public Hearing was conducted during the August 16 meeting of the Salmon City Council for the purpose of following the letter of the law.

Acting City Planning and Zoning Administrator Teresa Morton explained that due to a typographical error in the newly adopted Salmon Development Code the Public Hearing process was necessary.

The section of code needing the correction has to do with Flood Hazard Zones. Morton explained that particular section of the code has to be adopted separately as a stand-alone document even though it is included verbatim in the Development Code. She said the stand-alone document has been adopted and in the adoption process a typographical error was found and corrected before adoption however; the same typo was also in the Development Code which was adopted before the error was found.

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GOLD-SILVER-COPPER 8-14-17 LMS

Over a hundred years after the rush, the search is still on for gold, silver and copper in the Lemhi Valley according to representatives of the Calida Gold Mine who met with the Lemhi County Commissioners on Monday, August 14.

Lisa Anderson is the Vice President of Government Relations and Noelle Laury is the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Idaho CuMo Mining Corporation (ICMC). Anderson explained that Poly Resources is the entity working on the Calida Gold Project and she confirmed that nine or ten holes have been drilled in the most recent attempt to verify the size of the Calida ore body. Poly Resources is the actual owner of the mining claims. ICMC was hired by Poly Resources to oversee the project based on the corporation’s environmental policy expertise and history of being able to facilitate other successful mining projects.

The most recent exploration is taking place 24 miles south of Salmon and five miles west of Highway 28 in the Mormon Canyon area.

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CYBER ATTACKS 8-15-2017 LMS

Cyber-attacks constitute the most challenging issue facing all cities and counties in the country as well as every internet using individual.

Lemhi County Treasurer Mary Ann Heiser recently returned from the annual National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers (NACCTF) Convention in Columbus, Ohio where she was one of two representatives for the state of Idaho. 

She told the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, August 14, that one of his year’s topics focused on cyber-attacks, subsequent ransom ware data rescues and how to take cyber security precautions. She said the largest data attack to date involves 80 million clients of Home Depot. One of the country’s largest insurance companies has also been a target which means the release of all forms of private information and there are daily reports of data theft which compromise the privacy of many millions of people. The art of cyber-attacks has become a worldwide industry employing millions of workers.

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The Salmon City Council has been invited to participate in creating a vision for future educational goals in the community.

At the August 2 meeting of the council Jenny Tracy said that last December a Community Educational Summit was attended by 60 community leaders. As a result, three committees were formed including the Education Community Committee which has developed a plan for county visioning sessions. She said the group is inviting graduating students, parents, teachers, business leaders and elected officials to any one of the several sessions to discuss where education is going and what the community’s vision of education in Lemhi County should look like.

Tracy said the visioning sessions will be proctored by Laurel York Odell and representatives from all the schools in Lemhi County will be attending. Tracy said it is important for elected officials to also participate. She invited members of the council to attend the August 15 session from 11AM to 1:30 PM in the Steele Memorial Clinic Conference Center.

The council then went on to unanimously waive the third reading of Ordinance 17-833, and pass the city’s fiscal year 2017-18 proposed budget on its second reading.

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CURB APPEAL 8-2-17 LMS

Several weeks ago the Salmon City Council asked City Attorney Fred Snook for a downtown property value review. The request was predicated on the council’s interest in the possible purchase of downtown parking opportunities for now and in the future.

Snook researched the availability of vacant, privately owned lots in the downtown core and reported his findings at the council’s August 2 meeting by way of a verbal tour of properties which either are or might be available. All of the assessed valuations listed are four years old and due to be reevaluated, undoubtedly upwards, within a year.

The first property on his tour was the vacant lot owned by Julie Kelly at the corner of Center and Shoup streets. It is currently listed at $89,000. Snook said the county has the half a block, unpaved parcel assessed at $50,854 which figures out to around $4.00 a square foot.

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CENTRAL IDAHO FIRE RESTRICTIONS AREA IMPLEMENTS STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS 8-7-17

Interagency fire management officials in east‐central Idaho will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at one minute after midnight (12:01 AM) on August 14, 2017. The Central Idaho Fire Restrictions Area encompasses all Forest Service (outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness) within the Salmon‐Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)亡almon and Challis Field Offices, along with State Lands and privately owned forested lands within the Central Idaho Dispatch Zone.

Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire outside a fire structure that is provided by the agency.

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8-2-17 LMS

The Salmon Challis National Forest has been rated by the Journal of Environmental Management as ranking fifth in the nation for fire risk. 

Fuels Management Specialist for the North Fork Ranger District Wade McPhetridge told the August 2 meeting of the Salmon City Council that the only areas with a higher fire risk ranking are three forests in California and the southeast region of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.

McPhetridge attended the meeting to update the council on his ongoing study of Jesse Creek which is Salmon’s Municipal Watershed. The area is the town’s only barrier from catastrophic fire should one ignite to the west and is itself tremendously overloaded with down and dead fuels. It has been rated as one of the state’s two most fire threatened areas and in turn has for years been a number one threat to the city’s water supply. It’s the job of McPhetridge and his team to decide how best to eliminate the fire risk.

Knowing the area’s history of fire behavior and potential entrapment is a key.

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