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The November 7 election produced some tie votes throughout the state, including locally.

In the Elk Bend Fire District race for the commissioner’s seat in District 2, contenders Scott Wayne Wootton and Keith Allen Richards each received 33 votes. 

In such cases the final decision is made by the toss of a coin. At the November 13 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners County Clerk Terri Morton was all prepared for the coin flipping occasion with a special Salmon Volunteer Fire Department coin however; the preparations proved to be unnecessary. 

It was announced that Scott Wootton had conceded the race and resigned from the fire district’s board of directors.

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A task force of legislators, officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Sportsmen’s Commission and ranchers recently came together to try and figure out how to handle elk herds that are costing ranchers in Lemhi County a lot of money. Allowing responsible hunters to come on ranch lands and harvest the elk has been one tact but as yet has not been very effective. Fish and Game Director Ed Shriver says the solution to the problem is complex: “Not every landowner wants hunters on his property, we understand your rights as private landowners. I think you all understand how complex it is for us to find solutions that dovetail into your operation and meet your needs.” Curtis Hendrix, regional wildlife manager says events like the task force are very useful for finding a solution everyone can live with.

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Randal Stoker grew up on a small family dairy farm in the Magic Valley area of Southern Idaho. He was taught at a very early age how to appreciate the beauty of farm life and an appreciation for hard work.  As a third generation dairymen, Randal learned early from his father how to milk and tend to cows and calves and all about dairying.  He was also involved in 4-H and FFA and learned much about agriculture and the satisfaction of raising prize Jersey cows.

Randal and Carol have been best friends ever since middle school where they first met. In their early years of marriage they invested in their own small Jersey herd and marketed the milk in the Magic Valley.  Carol, a small town girl, learned the value of hard work and the benefits of farm living as she worked right along with Randal milking, processing and marketing their milk. Randal’s extensive background in the Dairy industry has included Idaho State Dairy Inspector, Dairy Cooperatives, Cheese processors, a degree in Agriculture Economics at Utah State University and for the past 16 years He has been employed as a Dairy Marketing Specialist with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services in Washington, D.C.  Always longing for and missing the West, they were grateful to return to their native state of Idaho in 2014, where he continues his employment with the USDA. Since their return, and in preparation for retirement they both have been actively engaged in the startup of their sheep cheese operation.

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The Idaho Department of Labor offices in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Salmon are actively recruiting youth for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. Grant money is available through the WIOA program to help youth and young adults who are struggling in their career due to a lack of education or job training.

The WIOA program provides qualifying young adults with career guidance and financial assistance to help achieve their educational and employment goals. Services are customized to meet the needs of each applicant and may include job search assistance, work experience, apprenticeships or formal training programs as well as a variety of other assistance.


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November 10, 2017  —  eCobalt Solutions Inc. (ECS-TSX) (“eCobalt” or the “Company”) is announcing the SEDAR filing of a Feasibility Study Technical Report (“FS”) of the Company’s Idaho Cobalt Project (“ICP”), the only environmentally permitted, primary cobalt project located in the United States (see company news release dated September 27, 2017).  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.


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SALMON — There are figures in every small community that represent many of its virtues and all of its citizenship.

Charles “Buzz” Wing, of Salmon, was such a man and his unexpected death this month, at age 55, has left a gap larger than the Idaho mountain town where he was born and which he called home.

Buzz was a son, brother, husband and father and he was more than that. A 29-year veteran of the Salmon Volunteer Fire Department, Buzz married his second wife, Luann “Boo” Robie, in Montpelier in 2000 while the pair was attending fire school.

On Nov. 1, the day Buzz died, he would have marked his 29th anniversary working at the Lemhi County Road Department, where he recently had been promoted to assistant supervisor.

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Jude Trapani remembers his first glimpse of chinook salmon spawning 1,300 kilometers from the ocean, in Idaho’s Lemhi Valley. “It was magic,” he says. Historically, 10,000 chinook journeyed up the Columbia, Snake, and Salmon Rivers to spawn in the valley’s waterways. But by the time Trapani, a fish biologist with the federal Bureau of Land Management, arrived in 1991, it was magic that the scientist saw any fish at all—the number had slipped below 100.

The Idaho salmon share a ribbon of land along the Lemhi River with ranchers, who irrigate their hayfields with water from the river. In the early 1990s, the irrigation systems at times sucked dry a stretch of the Lemhi just outside Salmon, Idaho, cutting off the fish from their spawning grounds. To save the dwindling salmon, Trapani and other biologists turned to the ranchers for help.

“Salmon seem to have this pull on people,” Trapani says. “It wasn’t hard for ranchers to ask: ‘What can I do for salmon?’”


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Authorities identified the man from Salmon, Idaho, who was killed by an airborne elk earlier this week.

Trevor Stenlund died Monday, Oct. 30, in Blackfoot Valley, Montana, after a vehicle hit an elk and sent it flying into his truck, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office says, according to KPAX.

The incident happened at approximately 7:15 p.m. A woman driving a Toyota Scion hit an elk on Highway 200 and sent the animal flying, Montana Highway Patrol says.


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