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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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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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Closures last February of the Salmon River Road due to the heavy snows and avalanche conditions, which the Forest Service deemed unsafe for passage, drew angry outcries from down river residents. The upset culminated in May with a meeting of many residents, county law enforcement, county emergency services personnel, county officials, local and regional Forest Service officials and Idaho congressional delegation representatives. At that time those involved were tasked with finding ways to prevent the impacts endured last winter by downriver residents from ever happening again.

Communication was targeted as the key ingredient and Lemhi County has been meeting with the Forest Service ever since. At the September 11, 2017, Commissioner’s meeting North Fork District Ranger Ken Gebhardt and Salmon Challis National Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark delivered a letter of agreement on the Salmon River Road which stated a commitment by both parties, county and Forest Service, to jointly address the winter avalanche and snow removal activities on the road. 

The agreement states the Forest Service will continue being responsible for the road between April 1 and October 31 each year and that routine maintenance of the road will not occur between November 1 and March 31 each year.

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“Hang on!” I yelled as I punched the hole in Allison Ranch Rapid at 28,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) in late June, knowing very well my boat was about to go over.

I’d boated thousands of river miles, from Canada to Colombia and across the Western United States. I’d been in boats that had flipped, but before now, I had never unintentionally flipped one of my own...

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Release Date: Sep 11, 2017  

Contact(s): Amy Baumer

Salmon, Idaho:  The U.S.D.A Forest Service, Salmon-Challis National Forest (Forest Service) and Lemhi County, Idaho (Lemhi County) have been engaging in discussions to address winter avalanche and snow removal emergencies on the Salmon River Road.  An emergency has been defined as any snow slide or avalanche condition that completely restricts access or the critical transport of residents to a health care facility.  These conditions would be assessed by both Forest Service and Lemhi County personnel prior to any emergency declaration. Recognizing that both the Forest Service and Lemhi County have limited resources, there is commitment on behalf of both parties to continue working together and to communicate capabilities and expectations.

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Idaho's largest wildfire is burning entirely within a rugged central Idaho wilderness area and being allowed to play its natural role.

Officials on Wednesday say the 110-square-mile wildfire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is burning grass and brush in lower areas and ponderosa pine and Douglas fir at higher elevations.

Officials say they have plans in place to protect bridges, a ranch, a guard station and other high-value sites that could be threatened.

The backcountry Chamberlain Airstrip remains closed due to the lightning-caused fire.

Rick Poisel, Idaho state service officer, will be conducting an outreach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in rooms 515 and 516, building five, of College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S. 25th E.

All veterans, family members and widows or widowers of veterans are encouraged to attend. He will work with veterans one-on-one, answering questions on pension and compensation and assisting with the filing of all claims with the VA Regional Office in Boise. In addition, he will address VA health care eligibility and assist with the application process.

He will provide information on both of the local facilities which provide medical services to eligible veterans: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City and the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Pocatello, Ammon and Salmon. His services are free of charge.

This is not in Salmon, but local veterans can contact the county veterans representative in your area or call Rick at 208-235-7890, for information.

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This cycle’s requests for Local Option Tax (LOT) funding totaled $107,284. The total of LOT monies available was $57,000 so according to Robin Watkins of the LOT Commission the commission members had to make some difficult decisions.

The commission’s allocation recommendations were announced at the September 6 meeting of the Salmon City Council and the council opted to discuss every allocation in detail.

Watkins first explained that the Lemhi County Fair Board was deemed ineligible for funding because it was requesting funds for an event which had already taken place. The Fair Board has been advised to submit an application for the 2018 fair in the Spring cycle of LOT allocations. 

The Sacajawea Center requested $3,800 to fund a regional advertising campaign in 2018. The LOT Commission recommended $3,000 be allocated.

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Over 30 quakes have struck Southeast Idaho so far today as temblor swarm surpasses 200

The earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho looked like it might be ending or at least slowing down on Thursday and Friday.

But then Saturday arrived and by day's end 19 quakes had struck.


There have been 31 more temblors so far Sunday, bringing the earthquake total since the swarm began on Sept. 2 to 201 quakes. All of the quakes have occurred in the Caribou County area east, southeast and northeast of Soda Springs.

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