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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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I’ve asked myself what Frank Church would say.


He also lived in a complicated time. The United States was embroiled in a deeply unpopular war in Vietnam without an end in sight. Pitched battles were being fought daily between unrepentant segregationists and nonviolent civil rights activists demanding equality. The “Radical Right” — as Frank Church called it — was deftly manipulating the public’s dread of communism to justify putting in place increasingly harsh and “totalitarian methods.” As a champion of civil rights legislation, Church frequently faced the ire of citizens who were concerned he was undeservedly bestowing rights on minorities and people of color. In a letter to an incensed constituent in 1963, Church wrote the following: “If we truly love our great nation and all that it stands for, let us turn from the councils of ignorance, bigotry and hate, to councils of reason and decency.”


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SODA SPRINGS — Over 50 earthquakes have rocked east Idaho in less than 24 hours with folks feeling the effects from northern Utah to Idaho Falls.

The 52 quakes all occurred in Caribou County with the first happening around 6 p.m. Saturday. That earthquake was the largest – registering 5.3 on the Richter scale. The other earthquakes have measured between 2.7 and 4.5.

The earthquakes continued through the evening and into Sunday afternoon, with the USGS reporting a 4.5 magnitude quake occurring around 11:40 a.m. with the epicenter eight miles east of Soda Springs.

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Partnerships dedicated to addressing invasive weeds demonstrated a renewed commitment to the cause this summer through various projects in Wilderness areas across the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

Weeds such as spotted knapweed and rush skeletonweed find their way into the forest and flourish without any of their natural predators. In doing so, they out–compete native plant species for resources, interrupting the natural balance of the ecosystem. This is especially troubling in wilderness areas, which are valued for their pristine wild character.

In 2015, a consortium of groups formed including the Nez Perce Tribe, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho County, private landowners, and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. This summer, the groups worked at biological control in the Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness, Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, and Gospel Hump Wilderness.

In the Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game coordinated with the Nez Perce Bio-Control Center to pack thousands of weevils into the backcountry for biological control releases in the Selway and Lochsa drainages. The agency also provides funding to the Nez Perce Tribe Bio-Control Center to raise and harvest the weevils that are later distributed on the landscape.

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There are a lot of maybes in this world, but as president and CEO of Midas Gold Idaho, I can give you a few guarantees.

I can guarantee that without the Stibnite Gold Project, a branch of the Salmon River will continue to flow into an abandoned mine pit, preventing salmon migration; millions of tons of uncontained legacy spent ore and tailings will remain a likely source of water contamination; and Stibnite will remain an unreclaimed, abandoned mine site.

Before our project can proceed, I can guarantee that restoration of existing conditions will be included in our permits and that we will be required to provide funds to remediate impacts from our operations to ensure the site is finally reclaimed and restored.

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As Westerns go, the movie was a good adventure story without being great. Perhaps the main attraction was that it was Marilyn Monroe's only real Western in her collection of movies.

We must discount "Ticket To Tomahawk" in which she had a very minor role and "The Misfits," although set in today's West not a legitimate entry in the Western genre.

"River of No Return" is noteworthy on several counts. Besides being Marilyn's only Western, it was also director Otto Preminger's only foray into making a Western.

The producer actually wanted William Wellman, Raoul Walsh or Henry King to direct (all of whom had experience directing Westerns). However, Preminger had a contract with 20th Century Fox and was intrigued by the screenplay and the casting of Monroe opposite Robert Mitchum.

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Stanley, Idaho: The Honeymoon and Remington Fires are fires on the Middle Fork Ranger District in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, located west of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. 

The lightning caused Honeymoon Fire is estimated at approximately 480 acres, and is burning in grass and heavy timber. The fire grew to the east today and is on the east side of the Half-Moon drainage. Additionally, the fire continues to back to the south. The fire is located approximately one mile northwest of Sulphur Creek Ranch in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fire is being allowed to play, as nearly as possible, its natural ecological role in the environment while providing for firefighter and public safety. 


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An 5.3 earthquake followed by half a dozen aftershocks have struck Idaho near the state border with Wyoming, some 28 km east of Soda Springs which has a population of roughly 3,000 people, the USGS announced.

The earthquake which struck just before 6pm was registered at a preliminary 10 kilometers (6.2 mi ) depth.

Several aftershocks measuring from 3.1 to 4.1 magnitude have been recorded following the initial quake.

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