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9-6-17 LMS

There are 15 trees on city property that are currently affected by Tree Blight. Most of them are on Main Street and some are in Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Mayor Leo Marshall reported to the September 6 meeting of the Salmon City Council that three local tree services were contacted. The city has received one tree pruning bid. Horticulturist Shane Parmer’s bid was for $5,250.

City Clerk Mary Benton told the council that according to her research if the branches are trimmed in the wrong place it can kill the tree. She said that is why a tree specialist is needed.

Councilmen Ken Hill and Jim Baker thought the price was too high. Councilman Jim Bockelman said the council referred the problem to the city staff and this is the result of the staff’s work although he agreed the cost was high. Councilman Rob Jackson said the total comes out to $350 a tree. Councilman Neal James made a motion to accept the $5,250 bid and get the trees trimmed.

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While we are still engulfed in smoke... we have our first Winter Storm Watch. Snow in higher elevations, and Lost Trail Pass.

The STORMTracker Weather Team says much colder air, rain, and snow are on the way by week's end.

A potent storm system will swing into the Northern Rockies on Thursday and Friday, creating widespread rain and mountain snow.

Rawlins says this will be one of the strongest storm systems to affect the state in several months.

You should start to see changes in the sky as early as Wednesday.

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In a report to the September 11 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners Salmon Bureau of Land Management Field Manager Linda Price described conditions along Morgan Bar which have drawn BLM attention.

Price said some car bodies have been discovered in the water at a spot next to private land along the river bank near the Morgan Bar Recreation site. Some of the river bank at that point is being held in place by tires and Price said it is her intention that the car bodies and tires are going to be removed. Fears have been expressed that removing the debris will cause flooding on land that is currently protected by the obstructions. She said causing flooding is not her intention.

Price said she has been consulting with hydrologists and riparian experts as to what the results might be when the cars and tires are removed. She is awaiting a report from the hydrologist to see how high the berm will have to be to protect the orchard and house in that area. Aerial photography shows the majority of an alternate channel is on BLM land. She is expecting the work to be done during next year’s low water season.

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The Lemhi County Library District Board has informed the city it would like to begin official discussions concerning the purchase of the property beneath the old Salmon Public Library Building. The city owns the property on which the library was built and has a $1 per year lease agreement with the district.

A letter to the city dated August 2, 2017, states the Library District is in a position to purchase the ground without the need for any levies or additional tax burden on the people of Lemhi County.

The Salmon City Council immediately asked City Attorney Fred Snook to research the legalities of such a transaction.

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Spotted knapweed is one of the invasive weeds the consortium focuses on during weed control projects. 

In the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, staff from the Nez Perce Bio-Control Center coordinated with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and private ranches along the Salmon River to host workshops about biological control. At these workshops, landowners were taught about the purpose and use of biological control, and given weevils to distribute back on their ranches in the Wild and Scenic Salmon River corridor and adjacent to the wilderness boundary. Landowners were taught best methods for deploying the insects and given an explanation of how and why the weevils are such an effective tool against invasive weeds.

 

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IDFG will do its best to keep hunters informed about what fires are affecting early season hunts. What follows is general information on a large-scale basis; see idfg.idaho.gov/fire for more detailed info.

There is major fire activity in Units 12, 17, 16A, 19 and 20, as well as in 8 and 18. People heading to the Clearwater area, especially the Lochsa/Selway areas, should check with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests about fires and fire closures. Information is online at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nezperceclearwater/home/?cid=fsm91_055753.

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UPDATE FROM BLM 9-11-17 LMS

On September 11, 2017 Bureau of Land Management Field Office Manager Linda Price and BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Skeet Townley brought Lemhi County Commissioner’s Chairman Ken Miner and Commissioner Brett Barsalou up to date on BLM projects and issues. Price led the list with ongoing conditions at Gold Bug Hot Springs. 

The constant overuse of the area near Elk Bend is causing problems that according to Price are not going to go away.

Townley said parking and human waste issues are foremost on the list of grievances. He said the agency is going to have to look at some form of restricted use such as ‘no parking’ enforcement along the road, some form of permit system limiting use to a certain number of visitors per day and/or designated campsites only. 

Barsalou brought up the issue of mixed jurisdiction among law enforcement plus the two agencies involved in the area.

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ARMY CORPS TERMS OF ASSISTANCE 9-6-17 LMS

Earlier this year the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) extended an offer to help with any damages the city incurred during this year’s high water season. The city responded with the required applications for certain specific areas of damage.

The work would take place under stream bank emergency protections as outlined in Section 14 of the 1946 Flood Control Act.

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