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Idaho Safewise-Safest Cities has ranked Salmon among the top ten safest cities in the state.

The ranking is based on cites in Idaho that reported fewer than ten crimes per 1,000 people during the last year. A statistic of ten crimes per 1,000 people is 50 percent less than the Idaho average and it’s 70 percent less than the national average. ‘Violent’ and ‘Property’ are the two categories of crime considered in the community safety rankings. Violent crimes are listed as aggravated assault, murder, rape or robbery. Property crimes are identified as burglary, arson, larceny/theft or motor vehicle theft.

Based on the lack of crime numbers, Salmon came in as the 5th safest place to live in Idaho.

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THURSDAY FIRE REPORT September 7, 2017 

Challis, Idaho: 

Yesterday’s fire activity was most prevalent in upper portions of Tenmile Creek and into east Mayfield Creek. The Fire continues to burn in the Yankee Fork Meadows area. Today’s objectives are to continue preparation work along the Custer Motorway (FS Road # 070), monitor the fire with lookouts throughout the fire area, and develop contingency plans if the fire crosses the Motorway. Active fire and smoke may be visible from the Custer Motorway. A large portion of the 2015 Elevenmile Fire is currently between the Motorway and the Ibex Fire, providing low risk for forest visitors in the area at this time. Currently, the Motorway is open. If traveling in the area, be prepared for dusty road conditions and traffic associated with the fire and other forest visitors. 

An infrared (IR) flight on September 6 estimated fire size at 16,930 acres.

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BOISE - It was an exciting and emotional night for Cowboy Ninja Lance Pekus and his fans.

The Idaho cowboy had the fastest time Monday night on “American Ninja Warrior,” advancing him to the next stage of the finals. But the "Cowboy Ninja" also revealed to America there is more than one hero in his family.

You would have never known it when watching him compete on national TV that with every grueling obstacle he manages to run through, climb over or hang from, back at home in Salmon, Idaho -- his wife Heather is battling her own competition.

"In our early 20s, Heather got diagnosed with MS,” said Lance Pekus. “She was able to get on medication and she went eight or nine years without having symptoms or problems.”

Watch Lance's run...

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People should be prepared for the worst when it comes to the earthquake swarm that’s been shaking Southeast Idaho since Saturday evening.

But experts say chances are the worst won’t happen.

Still, the most alarming scenario is that the earthquake swarm will end with a very destructive 7.0 magnitude earthquake capable of destroying buildings and killing people.

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The Lemhi County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) program has been in effect since first established in 1992 with the help of Lemhi County Ag Extension Office Agent Shannon Williams. The CWMA is a partnership comprised of private, federal and state entities in an effort to control weeds within its logical geographical boundaries based on similar land types, use patterns and problem weed species. It is not limited to county lines. 

At the August 28 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners Monte Bruhn, owner of the Salmon River Spray and Ag Company, showed a power point presentation of what in his opinion isn’t working about the CWMA program. 

Jeremey Varley has been the county’s Weed Management Supervisor since 2013. He saw Bruhn’s presentation and his reaction was, “Monte didn’t do his homework.” Varley said he feels the need to clear up several points of misinformation. He prefaced his remarks by saying he was speaking only as the former Weed Management Supervisor, not for the county or the state.

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Ibex Fire Update September 4, 2017

Challis, Idaho: Sunday Forest Service observations indicated the fire was most active in the head of Tenmile Creek and the upper Yankee Fork drainage. Despite yesterday hot and dry conditions, fire growth was minimal. A Type 1 helicopter continued to make bucket drops at the head of Tenmile Creek in attempts to slow the fire growth into Tenmile Creek drainage and towards Eightmile Creek. Firefighters continued working along the Custer Motorway preparing contingency lines by completing saw work, installing hand lines, and improving existing line. Today objectives are to continue this work.

Smoke from area fires, including the Ibex Fire, is impacting the local area and the town of Challis. Additional smoke is coming into the area from the Bearskin Fire (Boise National Forest), Highline Fire (Payette National Forest), and the Honeymoon and Remington Fires (Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest). A smoke forecast and other information regarding smoke in the area is published by the National Weather Service and is located at .

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RIGBY, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho police chief says one of his reserve officers was the unconscious patient involved in the confrontation between a nurse and police officer in a Utah hospital.

Rigby Police Chief Sam Tower on Friday thanked the Utah nurse and other hospital staffers for preventing Utah officers from obtaining a blood sample from 43-year-old William Gray, a Rigby reserve officer.

Tower says protecting the rights of others is a heroic act.

Gray was severely injured in a northern Utah crash in July while working his full-time job as a truck driver. According to Tower, a suspect was fleeing Utah State Highway Patrol when the suspect's vehicle collided with Gray's truck.

Gray has since remained in the hospital for severe burn wounds treatment.

The Rigby Police Department says it was not aware of the incident involving the nurse and a Utah officer until August 31.

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