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SALMON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says a fire near Salmon was started by fireworks. The Hot Springs fire started Sunday afternoon about 4 miles south of Salmon, east of the airport on BLM land. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service dispatched 4 engines, a federal helicopter, and the Lemhi Fire Protection District. The fire was fully contained at 25 acres at 9 a.m. Monday. The Buffalo Jump Fire started June 25. It was controlled at 6 acres. The cause of that fire is under investigation. The Salmon-Challis National Forest controlled two lightning-caused fires. The "K Fire" was located near K Mountain southeast of Salmon and was held to one-tenth of an acre. The "Deadwater" fire, near Deadwater on the North Fork Ranger District, was out at .20 of an acre. Fireworks are prohibited on all public land year-round. No fireworks of any kind may be possessed or discharged anywhere within the Salmon-Challis National Forest or the Salmon and Challis Field Office of the BLM, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Violators can be subject to a citation and fine with a maximum penalty of $5,000 or up to six months in jail.

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July has just begun, but firefighters have already been busy this month battling fires in Menan, Salmon and Pocatello. And with warmer-than-average temperatures expected this summer, there will likely be more to come. On Sunday afternoon, fireworks sparked a new fire on BLM land south of Salmon — the second human-caused fire to occur in the Salmon-Challis area in the past week, according to BLM officials.
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To all my friends and the community of Lemhi County,
My dad and I are under contract to purchase this wonderful historic building in the heart of Salmon. We hope to bring back all the space in the building to be used by the community and hope a place all of you want to visit frequently. We are looking to push grocery and retail store fronts on the downstairs, a group of offices upstairs and a dance hall venue for live music events on the old dance floor. I will begin to update this site more as well as get our website established so you can all keep track of our progress. The tin ceiling will be coming back for sure. The upstairs windows reopened as well. If anyone is looking for retail or office space please contact myself at fred.e.rick (at) or message on Facebook.

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A few strong storms are possible Wednesday evening from Salmon, Idaho eastward to the Butte and Bozeman areas. Otherwise, isolated showers and thunderstorms through Tuesday, with dry conditions most of the time. Variably cloudy with lows in the 40s to lower 50s and highs Thursday in the 60s in Butte and Bozeman to the 70s in Missoula and Kalispell. Dry and warmer Friday with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s. A slight chance of a shower Saturday with partly sunny skies and highs in the 80s. Sunny and very warm Sunday through the 4th of July and Wednesday with highs in the 80s.

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A strong low pressure system will bring widespread heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms starting this evening across southwest and west-central Montana, along the Divide, and into Lemhi County, Idaho.  Rises on rivers, streams, and creeks are expected and could lead to flooding in areas with the heaviest rain. 

A Flood Watch has been posted for all of southwest Montana from Monday evening through late Tuesday night for 1"-2" (locally up to 3") of rainfall creating those rises on area rivers, creeks and streams. The heaviest rain is expected tonight into Tuesday morning before beginning to tapering off Tuesday afternoon.

Another potential hazard from this system will be mountain snow (generally above 7,000') Tuesday morning.  At this point, the heaviest snow looks to impact unimproved and USFS roads located in the higher terrain over the southern Bitterroots, Lemhi, Anaconda, Pintlar and Flint Creek mountain ranges....

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Northwest Nazarene University's Office of Academic Affairs announces that 770 students have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester. To be eligible for this academic honor in the College of Arts & Sciences, a student must earn a 3.5 grade-point average while taking at least twelve graded credit hours of classes at the undergraduate level. To be eligible in the College of Graduate & Adult Studies, a student must earn a 3.5 grade-point average while taking at least six graded credit hours of classes at the undergraduate level, or a 4.0 grade-point average while taking six graded credit hours at the graduate level. NNU’s Dean’s List includes students from twenty-five states and twelve foreign countries.

From Salmon: Emmalyne Jackson (Salmon, Idaho); Eryk Foss (Salmon, Idaho); Kelly Wilkins (Salmon, Idaho);

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Salmon School District #291 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of
for the 2017-18 school year.

The teacher will work approximately 157 days, four days a week, Monday through Thursday – 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with one 4-hour teacher workday per month. This is a fully benefited position to include health insurance, sick and personal, PERSI retirement, and many voluntary benefit options.
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By LAURA ZUCKERMAN SALMON — The Salmon River is predicted this week to reach its highest level in more than two decades, a flood stage driven mostly by the melting of mountain snow but also recent rains, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula, Mont. On Friday, the river overtook Island Park on the west end of downtown Salmon even as several residents north of town used sandbags and other materials in attempt to keep at bay a creek that was inundating low-lying properties. The Salmon River is forecast to peak at between 9.1 and 9.2 feet on Tuesday afternoon. That’s considered on the high end of moderate flooding but historically comparable to high water events that occurred in the 1980s, said National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Leach....
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