Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

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Salmon-Challis National Forest posted pictures of the "traffic jam" at Mt. Borah on Monday as thousands lined up to climb the peak for the eclipse of the sun. It was estimated that over 400 cars were parked in the vicinity, there were over 1000+ hikers on the mountain and anywhere between 150 and 200 people at the summit during #Totality. The Forest would like to thank everyone for being patient with the crowds. Patience paid off as as there were no issues reported during the eclipse event.


The Salmon Hockey Association’s (SHA) dream of a new facility with warm viewing, a small food area and ADA compliant restrooms is finally coming true.  SHA started planning and raising money for this project over 2 years ago, although the dream began many years before that. The trailer that had been used was showing its age (estimated at over 40 years!) and keeping it clean, warm and pleasant for the hundreds of out-of-town visitors we host each winter was difficult if not downright impossible. 
Last year the fundraising was kicked into high gear and local individuals and businesses donated generously.  When the City of Salmon, LOT committee and CHC Foundation committed funds the demolition was scheduled.  Generous individuals and hockey players donated their time and equipment (from crowbars to excavators) to tear down the existing facility.  Groundbreaking for construction was completed in June and the building is going up.  SHA is proud to be using local contractors and locally sourced materials where ever we can.  
The final plans call for a small ‘snack’ food area; men’s, women’s and ADA Family restrooms along with both downstairs and upstairs warmed viewing of the hockey action on the rink.
We are still in need of funds for finishing the second floor and furnishing the facility.  Please contact Jane Dougherty Sandstrom 865-1118 or Michelle Tucker if you can give.
SHA and the residents of Salmon and Lemhi County will be proud to show off this new facility to our visitors next hockey season!

The Lolo Peak fire took another run of more than 3,800 acres Thursday night, jumping the containment line and burning structures.

On Friday morning, Public Information Officer Mike Martin said “today will be the most critical day of the fire to date.”

The fire is now estimated at 18,896 acres.


The number of burned structures, and whether they were homes or outbuildings hasn’t been released. Missoula County Rural Fire is assessing the damage.

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The first two sockeye salmon to make it home from the Pacific Ocean in 2017 have arrived in the Stanley Basin. It’s a rough year for the fish.

A naturally produced fish showed up July 27 and a hatchery-raised sockeye made it on August 2. Idaho Fish and Game is hoping another 150 fish make it to Stanley this year. The fish have to travel 900 miles over several dams to make it from the ocean to Idaho.

So far this year, 225 of the fish have made it as far as Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston. They still have another 400 miles to go to get to their Stanley spawning grounds.


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Americans are passionate about their public lands, and places like the Frank Church Wilderness and its iconic watershed serve as a vivid example of how significant the impact of a transfer to State control could be to the paddling community. According to the Outdoor Alliance, some 43 percent of paddling in the 11 Western states primarily targeted for land transfer legislation occurs on public lands, as does 71 percent of the climbing. Public lands in those states harbor 12,659 miles of public mountain biking trails and 193,500 miles of hiking trails. Public lands provide access to dozens of rivers, including such classics as the Salmon, Selway, Colorado, Green, Yellowstone, Yampa, Rogue, Arkansas and American. Access to those and many more rivers could be lost in a blink.

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MISSOULA, Mont. - UPDATE: Evacuations ordered, pre-evacuation notices issued in Granite County. 

The Granite County Sheriff's Office confirms evacuations have been ordered for homes in the Brewster Creek area due to activity from a lightning-sparked 800-acre fire. Pre-evacuation notices are being given for the Lower Rock Creek area.

Granite County says all traffic for nonresidents on Rock Creek Road south of Clinton will be turned away.

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"Snowpocalypse 2017" may feel like a distant memory, but anglers and businesses that cater to them are still feeling the effects. 

The swollen rivers resulting from the melting snow made the migration from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho difficult for Chinook salmon. This year's salmon return is less than half of the 10-year average. 

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Editor’s note: Research, tenacious advocates and $16 billion have lifted Columbia salmon from the brink of extinction. But the Northwest has yet to figure out a sustainable long-term plan to save the fish that provide spiritual sustenance for tribes, food for the table, and hundreds of millions of dollars in business and ecological benefits. This is part of a special series of reports exploring whether salmon can ultimately survive.

Just one of the three pods of endangered southern resident killer whales has shown up this year in the Salish Sea near the San Juan Islands northwest of Seattle, their summer home as long as researchers have followed them since 1976.

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