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The following is a news release from Regional Economic Development of Eastern Idaho.
 
BLACKFOOT — Vancouver, British Columbia based eCobalt has announced plans to develop a cobalt mining operation in Salmon and hydrometallurgical refinery on a railhead in neighboring Blackfoot. The Salmon mine is the only environmentally permitted primary cobalt project in the United States.
 
With pre-construction activities already underway, the vertically integrated Idaho Cobalt Project is designed to produce cobalt for the rechargeable batteries market. The total capital and reclamation cost is estimated at $288.1 million.
 
“We are thrilled to announce eCobalt’s massive investment in our community that could create 60-90 full-time, well-paying jobs,” said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis. “The Idaho Cobalt Project is projected to support mining and refining capabilities through 2029. We’re excited to welcome eCobalt to Blackfoot and support their Idaho Community Block Grant application requesting funds to build a new railroad spur here, vital to improving their mine to refinery transport capabilities,” he said.
 
Refinery jobs will pay in the $60,000-$70,000 range. Approximately 125 jobs will be created at the Salmon mine.
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A man who disappeared during a hunting trip Tuesday evening has been found, according to Sheriff Steve Penner.
 
Penner says the man was able to walk to safety Wednesday morning and is in good condition.
 
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LEADORE — A 63-year-old man was missing in the Little Eight Mile area of Lemhi County near the Idaho/Montana border.
 
The man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after he did not return to his camp.
 
Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner says the man was with someone, but they got separated, and the hunter got lost.
 
Lemhi County Search and Rescue and the Idaho Air National Guard are searching the area. They have people on the ground, on horses and a helicopter searching for the man.
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It looks like anglers will be able to bag steelhead in Idaho after all this year, despite mixed public opinion.

Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners signed off on opening up a steelhead season starting Sunday with a two-bag daily limit. Those fishing on the Clearwater and parts of the Snake will also have to throw back any steelhead more than 28 inches long.

The move comes after state officials implemented a catch-and-release-only policy due to initial low fish counts at the Bonneville and Lower Granite dams.

Those numbers have rebounded, with an expected 25,000 hatchery fish to return to the Clearwater, Snake and Salmon rivers.

 

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With leadership by four-term Idaho Sen. Frank Church, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed in 1968 and established America’s premier program for safeguarding free-flowing waterways. Now, as the 50th anniversary of this legislation approaches, it’s a good time to reflect on what has been gained.

By the 1960s, 70,000 dams had been built on virtually every major river in 48 states, and more dams were proposed to flood hundreds more valleys and canyons. Inspired by Idaho’s Salmon and Snake rivers, and alarmed by the threats of dam proposals on them, the preeminent wildlife biologists of the day, John and Frank Craighead, conceived a program to set aside the best remaining streams. Sen. Church honed their idea into legislation.

Passing unanimously in the Senate and by 265-7 in the House back in a sensible age of bipartisanship, the measure banned new dams for designated rivers and directed agencies to safeguard river values where the land is federally owned.

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ECOBALT SOLUTIONS COM NPV (OTCMKTS:ECSIF) may have been flying under the radar, but this is a stock with eye-popping steady bullish performance over the past 18 months. ECSIF shares have consistently plowed higher in a steady move that has seen over 1,900% upside in that time. The company has been levered to the cobalt boom, which explains the strength. But this is an interesting angle on that story.

The company just announced positive economics from the Feasibility Study of the Company’s Idaho Cobalt Project, “the only environmentally permitted, primary cobalt project located in the United States. The FS is based on an underground mine with a target production rate of 800 short tons per day and a weighted average annual production of 2.4M lbs of cobalt, 3.3M lbs of copper and 3,000 oz of gold over a 12.5 year mine life with an estimated pre-production period of 24 months utilizing a 0.25% cobalt cut-off grade. The economic model uses a 34% corporate tax rate and a 7.5% discount rate, resulting in an after-tax NPV of $135.8M and an IRR of 21.3% using an average base case price of $26.65/lb for contained cobalt in cobalt sulphate.”

ECOBALT SOLUTIONS COM NPV (OTCMKTS:ECSIF) trumpets itself as a company committed to providing a unique opportunity for consumers to acquire an ethically sourced, environmentally sound, transparent supply of battery grade cobalt salts, essential for the rapidly growing rechargeable battery and renewable energy sectors, produced safely and responsibly in the United States.

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Our national forests are at risk from beetles, wildfire — and the U.S. Congress. While forests have evolved with fire and insects, it’s not clear they’ll survive attacks from misguided politicians.

One thing about busy fire seasons is we all breathe the smoke. It’s unhealthy and miserable. But we shouldn’t let it blind us. And politicians shouldn’t use it as an excuse to sell snake oil.

We know that fire is a fact of life in Idaho. When it’s hot and dry, forests burn. It doesn’t mean we should walk away. But it also doesn’t mean we should undermine protections for clean water, wildlife and public involvement.

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ORDINANCES & RESOLUTIONS 9-20-17 LMS

The long awaited opportunity to sell purchased but no longer needed cemetery burial plots back to the city is now available due to passage of the Conveyance of Cemetery Plots Ordinance adopted at the Salmon City Council’s September 20 meeting. Due to the months of discussion preceding the vote, the three -reading rule applied to ordinances was waived and the ordinance was passed on its first reading.

Details of a transaction under Ordinance 17-826 include; the seller being able to establish proof of ownership and executing a deed giving rights to burial back to the city. The amount to be paid to the seller is set by Resolution 2017-5 which was also passed by the council.

The minimum amount paid for a right to burial plot will be $200 or a maximum of the amount paid at the time of the purchase, whichever is greater.

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IMPROVEMENT NEEDED 9-25-17 LMS

In its annual budget summary Steele Memorial Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Jim Peterson told the Lemhi County Commissioners the report is not as positive as hoped but 2019 will be better.

The Monday, September 25, commissioner’s meeting was also attended by Chief Executive Officer Jeanie Gentry, Hospital Board Secretary Treasurer Kristin Troy and all members of the Steele Memorial Medical Center Hospital Board.

Gentry said the hospital has accomplished a lot during the past year, is looking forward to accomplishing more this coming year and, to not having another building project for a while. She said the budget has been reviewed with the hospital board and that she recommends it be approved by the commissioners.

Peterson said the focus for the coming year will be to modify current operations so that 2019 will be a better year than what is projected. He said a lot of ‘fixes’ have had to be done and he wishes he’d known about some of them before the new building project.

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9-20-17 LMS

The City of Salmon has a code that calls for a 20 foot clear vision triangle at all street intersections and a clear vision triangle of 15 feet at all driveways. 

Larry and Laura Zuckerman were informed by the City of Salmon Planning and Zoning Department that their trees were in violation of that code. They, along with acting City/County P&Z Administrator Teresa Morton, discussed the situation with the Salmon City Council at its September 20 meeting.

Zuckerman explained the trees were planted14 years ago to protect their house after a near miss incident with an out-of- control, drunk driver. The trees have since grown into an unused portion of a city right-of-way and are causing a visual obstruction. Discovery of the encroachment on city property came from the investigation into the visual obstruction complaint. Larry Zuckerman proposed to the council that the city retain its right-of-way but allow the trees to remain where they are. The trees are not in the roadway but are two to three feet into the city’s right-of-way.

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9-20-17 LMS

The Salmon City Council signed on to a number of agreements and Memorandums of Understandings at its September 20 meeting.

A yearly Professional Services Agreement with Denyce Bigley and the Salmon Outdoor School was unanimously approved by the council. Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray explained the one change in the agreement since last year was that overnight school event programs will be allowed at the center when they do not conflict with the regular Summer schedule. Fees collected by the Outdoor School for the overnights may be used to cover program costs and 30 percent of fees in excess of expenses will go to the city.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the county and city for Planning and Zoning Administration services was approved with praise for the services the city is receiving. Salmon City Clerk Mary Benton made the comment the $12,000 per year fee has been worth every cent.

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