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The Lemhi County Commissioners were presented with many Bureau of Land Management (BLM) project reports November 28 during the Bi-annual meeting between the county and local agency personnel. ....Fisheries Biologist Jude Trapani of the BLM Fisheries Program reported on settlement stipulations involved in the Western Watersheds Project litigation aimed at blocking the agency from making changes to BLM grazing allotment regulations. 

Click here to read the article by Leslie Shumate.

On Saturday, December 10th, at approximately 10:56 am, the Lemhi County Sheriff Dispatch, received a 911 call from a juvenile reporting another juvenile, not breathing.

The Sheriff’s Office along with Salmon Ambulance was dispatched to 15 Thomas Avenue, which is in Thomas Estates, approximately ½ mile east of Salmon, just off of Hwy 28. Upon arrival, it was determined that the juvenile, 14 yr old Tristan J. Andrews, of Salmon, had died earlier that morning.

Sheriff Bowerman along with Lemhi County Coroner, Mike Mitchell, responded to the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates that the cause of death was more than likely not natural and the death remains under investigation. An examination is scheduled for Monday, December 12th in Idaho Falls by Forensic pathologist, Chuck Garrison. Andrews was taken to the Jones & Casey Funeral Home, where services are pending. The high school was notified and expect to have counselors and staff available on Monday to talk with students.

Niels Nokkentved, Dept Fish & Game

The Idaho departments of Fish and Game and Parks and Recreation are seeking public comments on a proposal to exchange 45 acres of the 34,000 acre Boise River Wildlife Management Area for 180 acres of private land nearby owned by the Harris Family LTD Partnership.

Adjacent urban activities have affected big game winter use of the 45 acre parcel. The replacement 180 acres, about a mile away, is more secluded big game winter range. Its acquisition by Fish and Game would enlarge the Boise River Wildlife Management Area, connect an isolated 80-acre Fish and Game parcel to the rest of the wildlife management area and would prevent development in critical big game winter range.

The 180 acres to be acquired by Fish and Game would become part of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area. Public use of the Homestead Trail, part of the public Ridge-to-Rivers trail system, would continue to be managed by Fish and Game on the 45 acre parcel after it is exchanged to Harris.

Because the 45 acres was purchased with federal Land and Water Conservation Funds in 1964, the “conversion and replacement” land requires National Park Service approval and an environmental assessment of the proposed land exchange.

Fish and Game and Parks and Recreation are requesting public comments on the environmental assessment, which is available for review online athttp://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/media/harrisLandExchange.pdf(4.4MB).

Public comments will be accepted from December 15 throughFebruary 15, 2012. Comments will be submitted to the National Park Service along with the Fish and Game and Parks “conversion and replacement” application.

E-mail comments to: caywoodjs@cableone.net, or mail them to: IDFG-Harris Land Exchange, c/o John Caywood, 8864 Kiowa Drive, Boise ID 83709. For further information contact John Caywood, exchange coordinator at 208-761-8845 or atcaywoodjs@cableone.net. (Map available on request)

On October 30th Redeemer Episcopal Church held a potluck supper for the Redeemer ChurchParish and friends The potluck supper was a wonderful time to reconnect and get together after a wonderfully long, busy summer. 49 souls involved with the church brought many varied dishes, sharing the bountiful harvest with which all of them have been blessed. Norma Clore, President of the church’s ECW group prepared the main course of Arkansas hickory smoked ham.

During the evening there were several different entertainment programs presented. The Redeemer Episcopal Children’s Choir sang two very lively, animated spiritual hymns. The Children’s Choir, although small in number is always a joy for all in attendance to watch and listen to as they do their performance. At this point it seems appropriate to let you readers know if your family is interested in having your child sing with this group contact Lois Blackadar at 756-2094.

Pam Reed, an active church member, shared with the gathering a poem entitled “The Goblins will get You”. As Halloween was the day after the dinner it seemed most appropriate to have Pam present this hilarious poem. In between “bouts of laugher” the hall was somewhat quiet as everyone listened for what was coming next.

The entertainment continued with each other interacting at their tables laughing at the many “tales” being told and updating and renewing friendships.

Karen Baumert, who conceived the idea of the dinner, hopes this is the 1st Annual Harvest Dinner. Most of the other attendees have expressed the same hope. We will expect to see each of you at the 2nd Annual Harvest Dinner.

Picture: Barbara Perry and Toots Perry (front row) wait patiently with Father Bob Perry, Grant and Carol Havemann and Kimberly Jones(back row). That’s right, they are in the food line with smiles on their faces.

 

Congressman Mike Simpson Idaho

Congressman Mike Simpson today voted to prevent any effort by EPA to regulate farm dust. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, by a vote of 268 -150. Simpson, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the EPA’s budget, is a cosponsor of this legislation.

“Any effort by a federal agency to regulate the dust created when a person drives on unpaved roads or when farmers work in the field would wreak havoc on farmers, livestock producers and other agriculturalists, especially in rural areas like Idaho,” said Simpson. “I was pleased to see this bill pass the House and am hopeful that the Senate will take a similar position on this issue—that increasing regulation of farm dust is as ridiculous as it sounds.”

H.R. 1633 ensures that the EPA could not impose more stringent dust regulations for one year. The agency is currently in the midst of a five-year review of the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter.

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