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CRANE AWARD RECONSIDERED 4-20-15 LMS

According to a press release from the office of County Attorney Bruce Withers the Lemhi County Commissioners met on Friday, April 17, and voted to sustain an objection filed against the Commissioner’s March 23rd award of a crane contract bid. 

Withers said, “As part of the Rattlesnake Bridge project, the Board had requested bids for required crane work. The Board, working through Northwest Engineering Service, had received bids from four different crane companies, and accepted the bid of Mountain Crane Service of Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Rappellers are wildland firefighters trained and prepared to operate in all the roles of helibase operations and as aerially delivered firefighters. During the week of May 11 through May 16 there will be 72 veteran rappellers from all over the nation, along with 30 additional support staff and four helicopters with flight crews coming to Salmon. 

The training will take place at the Salmon Air Base and Haynes Creek. Salmon Air Base will be hosting Spotter Emersion training during the week of May 13 through May 16. 11 Personnel will be participating in this training in order to prepare for becoming a qualified rappel spotter to deploy rappellers and cargo safely.

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Building permit fees for Salmon’s new public library have been waived by the Lemhi County Commissioners.

Lemhi County Library Association representatives Ramona Combs Stauffer and Ann Loucks met with the commissioners Monday, April 13, to request a fee waiver. They said everything is moving very quickly and as a result all the permits have to be in place since ground will be broken next Monday for the new $1,715,183 building.

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4-1-15 LMS

City Prosecutor Bruce Withers explained the process of case dismissals to the Salmon City Council at its April 1 meeting. He said he knows that is a frequently asked question so he devoted time to the subject in his semi-annual report.

Withers said that during an arrest a police officer will often make charges on each individual offense such as one charge for possession of marijuana and one charge for possession of paraphernalia. When the case comes to him if the person charged will plead guilty to the more serious marijuana offense he will dismiss the paraphernalia charge. He said that achieves basically the same sentencing result before a judge and saves the costs of a trial as well as the cost of officer’s court time.

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4-1-15 LMS

At an April 1 meeting, Certified Public Accountant Bob Baker gave the Salmon City Council an overview of the last fiscal year audit.

Baker said that all in all the city is in good shape and he found no errors in its operational flow. He said it is obvious that City Finance Director Amy Fealko and the council have created a good system of checks and balances.

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In her annual report to the Salmon City Council Lemhi County Humane Society representative Cindy Phelps reported the Animal Shelter provided shelter to 210 dogs during 2014. She said of those, half were bailed out by their owners. The rest were adopted. Forty five were adopted locally and about the same number were transferred to out of town facilities. Phelps said that only two had to be euthanized, one due to injuries sustained when hit by a vehicle and the other was unavoidable because of behavioral issues. 

On the feline side, 120 cats were sheltered during 2014. Phelps said about half of those were adopted locally and the other half were transferred out and found homes elsewhere. She said the shelter has become quite proficient in transferring animals to facilities outside the area which is what allows this shelter’s ‘no kill’ designation to continue. 

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During the Salmon City Council’s April 1 Roundtable discussion Councilman Fred Waidely announced that as of that morning the new local Lemhi Ride transportation service is up and running. He said 25 passengers were booked by 9AM and that Lemhi Ride will be providing same day service.

Waidely said seniors age 70 and older will ride free for the time being. There are two buses in operation plus a 15 passenger van and all are equipped with ADA access.

He said the Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) has left town taking with it an unresolved issue. At one point during the changeover negotiations TRPTA committed to transferring ownership of some TRPTA buses to Lemhi Ride. They have since reneged on that Memorandum of Understanding stating a decision to expand services elsewhere and the promised TRPTA buses are no longer here. Waidely said the matter has yet to be resolved. He said the Lemhi County Commissioners as well as the Lemhi County Economic Development Association are involved in the ongoing debate. The next TRPTA Board meeting is April 9.

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