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HOUSE FAVORS DELAY OF SAGE GROUSE LISTING 5-15-15

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY16, which includes a provision delaying the listing of the greater sage-grouse as an endangered species. Simpson supported language included in NDAA that would prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the bird for ten years, giving adequate time for effective state management plans to be developed and put into effect. The bill passed 269-151.

“Given the impact that a decision to list sage-grouse would have on Idaho, it is imperative ...

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GETTING READY FOR THE 4TH 5-6-15 LMS

At its May 6 meeting the Salmon City Council acted on several requests having to do with the upcoming 4th of July celebration.

First on the agenda was BriAnne Bruno of the Salmon River Days Festival Committee. She informed the council of the event’s new non-profit status and requested the closure of North and South Andrews Street for the street fair and a Main Street closure for the 4th of July Parade. Bruno also asked permission to use the vacant lot behind the Main Street Bear statue for various festival events such as the street dance, information booth and auction.

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AUDIT ACCEPTED 5-6-15 LMS

The 2014 official audit of city finances performed by Certified Public Accountant Bob Baker was unanimously accepted by the Salmon City Council at its May 6 meeting.

Baker commented the city funds are holding really well and that it was a solid year with the city’s net assets presently close to $13 million. His advice was to keep monitoring the budget. He had high praise for the city’s Finance Team and for City Finance Director Amy Fealko’s excellent job of pulling all the numbers together for the audit as well as her Management Discussion and Analysis report. 

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BRIDGE GRANTS AWARDED 5-6-15 LMS

Building a bridge to Island Park evidently ranks as a high priority statewide according to a report from city Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise.

She announced to the May 6 meeting of the Salmon City Council that every grant dollar requested for the Island Park Bridge project has been awarded to the tune of $170,000.

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GOLF ASSOCIATION DISCUSSION CONTINUES 5-6-15 LMS

A question of whether or not the Salmon Golf Association should be required to continue its 501 c3 status was raised at the Salmon City Council’s April 15 meeting and a decision was made to remove the requirement from the lease. Since then it has been decided that the status should be maintained.

At the May 6 meeting of the council Councilman Jim Bockelman said he thinks that having proof of the association’s good standing with the IRS should be included in the $1 annual lease agreement and Salmon City Golf Association President Steve Lish said it makes total sense to leave the phrase “must maintain a 501 c3 status” in the agreement with the city. 

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BUILDING REPORT 5-11-15 LMS

Lemhi Building Administrator Gary Goodman told the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, May 11, that his office has been very busy as the number of building permits being purchased continues to increase.

He said 51 building permits have been issued since January 1 which is way above last year at this time. He said considerably more permits than that have been issued since the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2014. Goodman said the usual average value for the year is around six and a half million dollars. He said the current value at seven months into this fiscal year, not including May, stands at $ 5.5 million which equates to 82 percent of a full year. With another five months to go he predicts this year will be well above average.

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ABUTMENT DESIGN SELECTED 5-6-15 LMS

The Salmon City Council has given Northwest Engineering Services directions to proceed with designing Mechanically Stabilized Earth abutments for the Island Park Bridge.

Project lead engineer for Northwest, Jeanne Bailey, presented three design options at the council’s May 6 meeting. 

The first option was the familiar concrete abutment consisting of concrete walls and stem walls with footings...

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