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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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MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana Highway Patrol says an elk that wandered into a roadway caused a deadly crash Monday evening north of Missoula.

The crash happened after 7 p.m. on Highway 200 near Potomac.

According to patrolmen a car was headed east when it hit the elk. That caused the elk to go airborne and hit a Dodge truck going the opposite direction.

The 21-year-old driver of the truck lost control and went down an embankment.

The man, who officials said was from Salmon, Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene.

MHP said he was wearing his seat belt.

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Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray informed the October 18 meeting of the Salmon City Council that the Governor’s Lewis and Clark Trail Committee has approved a very significant grant for the facility.

She said she has been informally informed, by way of email, that the committee has approved a fully funded grant to replace the facility’s aging fishing weir, brush lodges and tipis. In partnership with the Shone-Bannock Tribes, Gray applied to the committee for a $9,675 grant to rebuild the replications. Tribal students will do the rebuilding.

Gray told the council that because she will be out of town, she hoped the council would approve acceptance of the grant so she can notify the tribe before she leaves. Councilman Rob Jackson said he would like to see the official letter before approving the grant’s acceptance. Gray said her concern is that in her absence the council won’t approve the acceptance and she wouldn’t know why or be able to defend the grant.

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