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SALMON — The defense attorney for a woman convicted in the meth overdose death of her baby had dozens of reasons to request that her sentencing be postponed

Heather Elam, 25, was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Lemhi County on a voluntary manslaughter conviction. Originally Elam was charged with first-degree murder but, as part of a plea agreement, the charge was amended to one count of voluntary manslaughter.

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The southern half of the Bitterroot Valley and points east could start seeing mountaintop snow by Tuesday as a wet weather system moves into southwestern Montana.

Up to 4 inches of snow may land on Lost Trail Pass and other areas above 6,000 feet elevation, according to an alert from the National Weather Service.

Missoula and parts of Lake County could see heavy valley rainfall and cold temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. Travelers should be alert for sloppy roads on Lost Trail, MacDonald, and Homestake passes in Montana, as well as Gilmore Summit and Bannock Pass in Idaho. Lemhi County could feel wind gusts of more than 30 mph on Monday and Tuesday.


That means it’s time for hardcore gardeners to pull those last tomatoes off the vine and gather mulch for winter defense.

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The National Weather Service office in Missoula is predicting wet snow on some mountain passes in western Montana and eastern Idaho starting Monday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday.

Meteorologist Genke Keno said the cool wet weather will dominate the area for the first part of the week...

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POCATELLO – Stefani Bennett, 44, of Salmon, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to embezzlement by a bank employee, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Bennett was an employee of the U.S. Bank in Salmon, Idaho. On July 8, 2011, Bennett withdrew $100,000 from a customer’s account and converted it to five cashier’s checks and $2,407.59 in cash, which she used to pay her personal bills and make personal purchases, all without authorization. Bennett admitted to other bank employees and to special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who interviewed her at a later date, that she took the money.

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GILMORE — The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue teams are searching the mountains west of Gilmore to find a man who went missing Sunday.

The man, whose name has not been release, is in his 60s and a diabetic, according to neighbors. Authorities tell EastIdahoNews.com that he left his home in Gilmore on Saturday morning on a yellow four-wheeler.

Officers say the man told his wife he’d be back shortly, but she became concerned and called police when he did not return home by 6 p.m.

Law enforcement, locals and campers in the area searched for the man Sunday night.

The search continued Monday morning and a helicopter with a thermal camera had been called in to assist.

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