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The Salmon City Council has unanimously approved Cathy Cranney be re-appointed to the Local Option Tax Commission and that Amy Tonsmeire become a new member of the commission. 

The LOT appointments took place during the February 7 meeting of the council and filled the commission’s vacancies. At that same meeting the council heard there are vacancies on the Sacajawea Center Advisory Committee which also need to be filled.

Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray told the council she has extended an invitation to the Shoshone-Bannock Cultural Committee for a representative and is hoping to hear from them before the next meeting. She said the Cultural Committee liked the idea of having an annual meeting at Fort Hall. It has been decided that fall is the best time for a meeting and Gray is working towards making that happen this year.

In an update on grants and projects Gray said the Center will be partnering with the Lemhi Historical Society again this year for Lemhi County History Month where, by way of a grant from the Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee, Dr. Gary Moulton will be the keynote speaker. Moulton is the preeminent editor of “The Lewis and Clark Journals.” He will be in Salmon June 21st for an evening program and will be a guest at the event picnic on June 23rd.

The Governor’s Trail Committee has also awarded the Center a grant to rebuild the fish weir and brush lodges. Gray has met with tribal members about the rebuilding project which will take place sometime in May. When the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe confirms this year’s date of its Agai Dika Gathering the Center will finalize the Outdoor School’s list of upcoming planned classes and demonstrations.

Gray said the Center will be hosting films from the PBS Point of View series. The free of charge showings will begin February 22 with the documentary “Web Junkies” which profiles how China is treating computer addictions. On March 22 the program “The Islands and the Whales” will be shown.

A tentative date of April has been set for an Open House at the Center. Gray said she wants to make attendance mandatory for council members so they can see all the positive changes that have been made at the facility. 

There is to be a Rally in the Pines ATV and Side by Side event in Salmon July 12th though the 15th. Gray said one of the scheduled rides will be on the Lewis and Clark Backcountry Byway and she will be inviting the participants to visit the Sacajawea Center. She said she will also be looking for feedback from the bicycle touring groups that have visited the area as to how they found community amenities.

The next meeting of the Sacajawea Center Advisory Committee will be April 4 at 1PM at the facility’s Learning Center. The public is welcome to attend.

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