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Salmon, Idaho:  Many of our neighbors have noticed and asked, why are so many of our buildings in such bad shape? Specifically, the white paint on many of our buildings has been chipping and flaking off for several years.  Most of those buildings are in good shape in general, but their appearance has been lacking.  This has not gone unnoticed! Forest building managers have been caught between a rock and hard place, with very old buildings, tight and reduced budgets, and government regulations that are designed to keep people safe and the environment clean. 

What is the common thread with all these issues? Lead-based paint! Lead has been used in paints for centuries.  Some of our buildings were built before 1910, and many were built in the 1930s and 40s.  Lead in paint usually makes for a long-lasting and durable paint that both looks good and protects the buildings.  Unfortunately, lead is also toxic.  Lead was banned from use on residential and public building in 1978. So, many buildings built prior to 1978 have lead-based paint on them.

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Of all the paddlers in this series, none has a more singular or spectacular story than that of Dr Walt Blackadar, the gun-toting, vodka-drinking country doctor who started kayaking in his mid-40s and, through sheer bravery bordering on lunacy, tackled first descents the likes of which the world had never seen.
By Steffan Meyric Hughes

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SALMON, Idaho- Being the center of attention isn’t unusual for Tater Tot, a 31-inch tall Miniature Horse who’s a part of Salmon, Idaho’s, Discovery Care Center’s pet therapy program. Wherever Tater goes, the little palomino and white horse attracts attention, whether visiting residents at the Care Center, entertaining youngsters at the Child Development Center or pulling his cart down Main Street during the annual Salmon River Days Parade. Almost everyone in town knows him, as he’s one of Salmon’s biggest celebrities. As a therapeutic equine with the Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association (WTRRA), Tater who, has been visiting the Care Center for over 14 years, is also a pioneer in his field, as he’s one of the first equines to actually go into a care center and make bedside visits with the residents.

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The 2017 total solar eclipse is fast approaching, and hordes of sky gazers are scrambling to find a spot where they can see the shadow of the moon completely obscure the sun for a few moments on Aug. 21. There's technically plenty of room for every American to pack into the narrow zone from Oregon to South Carolina where the total blackout will occur, shown on this eclipse map. But most of the country will be moored in a place where they will see only a partial eclipse, which occurs when the moon will block anywhere from nearly the entire sun to just a slice of it.

So we decided to create a simulation of the eclipse (above) that shows a view of the sky from any location in the U.S., allowing you to see what the eclipse will look like from anywhere. Here's what it will look like from Goreville, Illinois, a town of 1,067 lucky people where the eclipse will last for the longest period, over two-and-a-half minutes:...

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What's in your drinking water? Whether you're wondering if your water is safe or just what that weird smell is, a new tool is now available that could help. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its new Tap Water Database today (July 26), a searchable database that allows users in the U.S. to enter either their ZIP code or their local utility's name to learn what's in their tap water. The EWG is an independent advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that's focused on public health and environmental issues...

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Monsoon moisture will advance northward by Thursday afternoon, a larger portion of western Montana will have a chance of dry lightning with little rain.

A few showers and thunderstorms are possible through Wednesday evening from Salmon, Idaho eastward to the Butte and Bozeman areas.  By Thursday evening there will be a chance as far north and west as Missoula and even a slight chance as far north as Kalispell.

Most of the rain will evaporate before reaching the ground, except under the strongest storms.  The best chance of rain reaching the ground will be along the border south of Butte and Bozeman.  

Otherwise, with fire danger very high to extreme, big concerns exist for lightning sparked fires along with gusty winds and very dry air.

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