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FINDINGS OF FACT 5-22-17 LMS

Decisions on two subjects of Public Hearings that were held April 24 were announced at the May 22 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners. 

The first decision came after a work session was held in which County Attorney Bruce Withers summarized his findings and conclusions after review of a vacation request pertaining to the Deer Creek Subdivision. He said he had reviewed all the application paperwork as well as the testimonies presented at the April hearing and that everything is in order. He went on to recommend conditions that should be included in accepting the proposed vacation. 

The first condition he submitted to the board was that a depiction of the road which runs through the subdivision be made. Withers also said a specific instrument must be executed that dedicates a public right-of-way through the subdivision. 

The commissioners moved and seconded a motion to approve the proposed vacation of the Deer Creek Valley Subdivision along with the recommended conditions.

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FINDINGS OF FACT 5-22-17 LMS

Decisions on two subjects of Public Hearings that were held April 24 were announced at the May 22 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners. 

The first decision came after a work session was held in which County Attorney Bruce Withers summarized his findings and conclusions after review of a vacation request pertaining to the Deer Creek Subdivision. He said he had reviewed all the application paperwork as well as the testimonies presented at the April hearing and that everything is in order. He went on to recommend conditions that should be included in accepting the proposed vacation. 

The first condition he submitted to the board was that a depiction of the road which runs through the subdivision be made. Withers also said a specific instrument must be executed that dedicates a public right-of-way through the subdivision. 

The commissioners moved and seconded a motion to approve the proposed vacation of the Deer Creek Valley Subdivision along with the recommended conditions.

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BRIDGE PAYBACK AND SIDEWALKS 5-17-17 LMS

The State has refunded $110,000 to the city for the Island Park Bridge project according to a Finance Team report given the Salmon City Council on May 17, by Team Chairman Jim Bockelman. He said there is still a small portion of work to be completed on the bridge and that 10 percent of the final payment is being withheld pending completion.

He said there is nothing out of the ordinary to report with 58 percent of the fiscal year budget completed. 

Bockelman said a draft Memo of Understanding (MOU) between the city and the Lemhi County Economic Development Association is under legal review and will be presented to the council when it’s ready. The MOU has to do with repayment of the start-up fees loaned by the city to Lemhi Ride.

City Mayor Leo Marshall has received a letter from the Lemhi County Commissioners asking the city to re-visit the city’s contribution towards County Dispatch Services.

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SACAJAWEA CENTER COMMITTEE REPORT 5-17-17 LMS

At the May 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council Parks and Recreation Team Chairman, Councilman Rob Jackson, read a report from the newly organized Sacajawea Center Committee. He said that Ken Roberts has been named as Chairman, Hope Benedict as Vice Chair and Sherri Ford as Secretary. There is a vacancy on the committee and Sacajawea Center Director Linn Gray will be talking with Mayor Marshall as well as with the Shoshone-Bannock Cultural Preservation Director about suggestions for filling the committee vacancy.

The committee report said the Docent Program at the center has 14 committee members and four on-site volunteers which is the most support shown in several years. The Summer schedule continues to grow with events and lectures. August 18 and 19 has been set for the annual “Heritage Days” and the committee will be inviting more organizations to participate. The Center Committee is discussing advertising the center programs and the possibility of producing a monthly flyer as well as having center on-site hosts distribute informational brochures to local businesses.

The deadline for grant applications to the Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee is September 20.

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THE WATCHERS 5-23-17 LMS

River watching and trying to guess seasonal flooding impacts from the undammed flows of the Salmon River is part of this valley’s custom and culture 

The earliest date on the National Weather Service high-water ranking is one month short of being 101 years old. It is an entry of 6.84 feet occurring in June of 1916. Of the 42 high water events listed, 1916 is the 41st highest. Flood stage on the Salmon is 7.5 feet.

Not too surprising to ardent river watchers is the fact that of the top ten high-water marks nine occurred during the Winter. Number ten was in June of 1974 when the water on the Salmon Gage reached 8.67 feet. Number nine was 8.69 feet in February of 1963. Number eight was 8.9 feet in February of 1956. Number seven was an 8.05 in February of 1932. In January of 1984 the river crested at 9 feet. In February of 1949 the river topped the nine foot mark and registered a 9.07. The fourth highest reading was in December of 1983 at 9.5 feet. In January of 1973 the reading was 9.6 feet.

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PARKS & RECREATION REPORT 5-17-17 LMS

The city’s Parks and Recreation Team met on May 10 and according to Team Chairman, Councilman Rob Jackson, one of the topics discussed was an offer from a guest at the May 3 City Council meeting. 

At the early May meeting Shad Davis of Madison County, Project Manager for “Escape the Vape,” volunteered to assist the city in having e-cigarettes and vaping banned from local city parks.

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REPLACEMENT PROCESS BEGINS 5-17-17 LMS

Next on the list of infrastructure replacement or repair is the City of Salmon’s Wastewater Treatment Lift Station.

The lift station is the facility which collects all waste water generated by city use and pumps it to the sewer treatment lagoons for the first step of treatment. The lift station was last modified in 1986 and was originally built in the 1960’s which makes it and its delivery pipe around 50 years old.

In September of 2016 the Salmon City Council gave the firm of Keller Associates a $14,850 go-ahead to prepare an evaluation of the lift station and provide cost estimates on repair or replacement options. At the May 17 meeting of the Salmon City Council Keller Associates Vice President/Professional Civil Engineer Jim Mullen presented results of the evaluation to the council.

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ACTIVE AMBER ALERT Boise Police Department is looking for two children who were last seen in Eureka County, NV and are believed to be in danger.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VICTIM: Madison Ann Dundon Age: 7 Years 8 Months Sex: Female Race: Caucasian Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue Height: 4 Feet 0 Inches Weight: 40 pounds Identifying Features: Pierced Ears 

VICTIM: Jaylynn Dawn Dundon Age: 6 Years 5 Months Sex: Female Race: Caucasian Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Height: 3 Feet 6 Inches Weight: 35 pounds Identifying Features: Scar over left eye, and pierced ears.

SUSPECT: Joshua Bradley Dundon Age: 29 Years Sex: Male Race: Caucasian Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue Height: 6 Feet 0 Inches Weight: 150 pounds 

Jaylynn Dundon and Madison Dundon were checked out of their elementary school by their father, Joshua Dundon, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Joshua told witnesses he planned to take the girls camping near Arrow Rock Reservoir in Idaho.

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