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WHITE BIRD, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says a body found in the Salmon River on Saturday belongs to a Riggins man who went missing after a car crash in May. A boater found the body about five miles downriver from Hammer Creek, and then took Sheriff Doug Giddings, Sgt. Justin Scuka and Idaho County Coroner Cody Funke to the location so they could recover the remains. The sheriff's office said Monday that the coroner has identified the man as 60-year-old Kenny Swan, who went missing on May 28 after the vehicle he was in crashed into the Little Salmon River.
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SALMON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says a fire near Salmon was started by fireworks. The Hot Springs fire started Sunday afternoon about 4 miles south of Salmon, east of the airport on BLM land. The BLM and U.S. Forest Service dispatched 4 engines, a federal helicopter, and the Lemhi Fire Protection District. The fire was fully contained at 25 acres at 9 a.m. Monday. The Buffalo Jump Fire started June 25. It was controlled at 6 acres. The cause of that fire is under investigation. The Salmon-Challis National Forest controlled two lightning-caused fires. The "K Fire" was located near K Mountain southeast of Salmon and was held to one-tenth of an acre. The "Deadwater" fire, near Deadwater on the North Fork Ranger District, was out at .20 of an acre. Fireworks are prohibited on all public land year-round. No fireworks of any kind may be possessed or discharged anywhere within the Salmon-Challis National Forest or the Salmon and Challis Field Office of the BLM, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Violators can be subject to a citation and fine with a maximum penalty of $5,000 or up to six months in jail.

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July has just begun, but firefighters have already been busy this month battling fires in Menan, Salmon and Pocatello. And with warmer-than-average temperatures expected this summer, there will likely be more to come. On Sunday afternoon, fireworks sparked a new fire on BLM land south of Salmon — the second human-caused fire to occur in the Salmon-Challis area in the past week, according to BLM officials.
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(MISSOULA)- The largest earthquake in a dozen years rattled most of Montana early Thursday morning, radiating from an epicenter just outside Lincoln. The quake, which initially measured 5.8 magnitude, hit the region around 12:30 AM and was fairly shallow, happening just a little over 2-miles below the surface. The earthquake also lasted for upwards of 30-seconds, beginning with a slow tremor and then building in intensity. It was followed by what appeared to be a smaller aftershock a few minutes later. The quake was felt as far east as Billings and as far west as Spokane, including Idaho. The quake registered as "strong" to "very strong" in the Lincoln area of Lewis and Clark County. There have been no initial reports of damage. However, 9-1-1 call centers were swamped with phone calls following the quake and were advising people to only call if they were injured. The quake appears to be the largest to hit Montana since a 5.6 struck outside of Dillon a dozen years ago. By comparison, the state's largest quake which struck the West Yellowstone region 58-years ago was 7.2 magnitude.
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In Leadore, a city in Lemhi County, the cab of a truck ignited near the end of a city fireworks show at the local airport.

Leadore Volunteer Fire Department Chief Sam Peterson told East Idaho News that flames engulfed the entire vehicle and then set off some fireworks that were still in the bed of the truck. The chief is investigating the cause, but he thinks a firework or ember likely entered the cab and started the fire.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames, but the truck was destroyed, according to EastIdahoNews.com. No one was injured in the incident.

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RIGGINS, ID - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a 54-year-old Boise man who went missing during a fishing trip in the Riggins area. John "Randy" French is driving a maroon 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup with Idaho license plate 9435D, a specialty Salmon plate. "French left Boise Thursday, June 29th to go fishing in the Riggins area and was due home on July 1st but never arrived. The last place he was known to be was in the Salmon Rapids Lodge parking lot in Riggins on that Thursday night. French was making plans for fishing the next day but was gone the next morning prior to the arranged trip," a press release says. It was reported that French seemed confused and disoriented and possibly suffering from a health issue at that time. Boise Police Department has taken a missing person report and the Idaho County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for the subject in fishing spots around the area. If you see French or his vehicle, contact the Idaho County Sheriff's Office at 208-983-1100.
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CAMBRIDGE - Holiday travelers be warned, Mormon crickets are causing problems along some popular stretches of Idaho highways. Idaho 71 is swarming with the migratory insects between Cambridge and Brownlee Reservoir. Washington County deputies say the most noticeable problem spot is currently about six miles west of Cambridge. Officials warn that with the crickets constantly covering the road, it makes the narrow and twisting stretch between Cambridge and Brownlee that much more dangerous and distracting. The crickets are known to blanket entire sections of roadway, creating slick conditions for drivers
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DEORR’S GRANDMOTHER: I WILL KEEP SEARCHING FOR HIM UNTIL THE DAY I DIE DEORR KUNZ JR. 0 Updated at 10:25 am, June 30th, 2017 By: Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com SHARE THIS STORY Play Video Advertisement: 0:12 IDAHO FALLS — The grandmother of missing toddler DeOrr Kunz Jr. says she will keep returning to the Timber Creek Campground in Lemhi County until her grandson is found or until the day she dies. Trina Bates Clegg spoke with East Idaho Newsmakers about the case in a 38-minute interview that will be posted Sunday on EastIdahoNews.com. DeOrr was 2 years old when he vanished while on a camping trip with his parents, great-grandfather and a friend of his great-grandfather on July 10, 2015. There has been no sign of the toddler since that day, and nobody has been charged in connection to his disappearance.
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This festival, scheduled for Friday-Sunday, July 7-9, will offer up bands and DJs from those two states, plus easy access to Lost Trail's mountain-biking runs, a fun-run and a gigantic water slide. Organizers envision it as "an adult summer camp" atmosphere, said Kyle Glover of BFK Productions, which handled the music. The idea itself originated with a group of five Lost Trail seasonal workers who've nicknamed themselves the Adventure Crew.

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