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Salmon, Idaho:  Many of our neighbors have noticed and asked, why are so many of our buildings in such bad shape? Specifically, the white paint on many of our buildings has been chipping and flaking off for several years.  Most of those buildings are in good shape in general, but their appearance has been lacking.  This has not gone unnoticed! Forest building managers have been caught between a rock and hard place, with very old buildings, tight and reduced budgets, and government regulations that are designed to keep people safe and the environment clean. 

What is the common thread with all these issues? Lead-based paint! Lead has been used in paints for centuries.  Some of our buildings were built before 1910, and many were built in the 1930s and 40s.  Lead in paint usually makes for a long-lasting and durable paint that both looks good and protects the buildings.  Unfortunately, lead is also toxic.  Lead was banned from use on residential and public building in 1978. So, many buildings built prior to 1978 have lead-based paint on them.

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Salmon-Challis National Forest posted pictures of the "traffic jam" at Mt. Borah on Monday as thousands lined up to climb the peak for the eclipse of the sun. It was estimated that over 400 cars were parked in the vicinity, there were over 1000+ hikers on the mountain and anywhere between 150 and 200 people at the summit during #Totality. The Forest would like to thank everyone for being patient with the crowds. Patience paid off as as there were no issues reported during the eclipse event.

The Salmon Hockey Association’s (SHA) dream of a new facility with warm viewing, a small food area and ADA compliant restrooms is finally coming true.  SHA started planning and raising money for this project over 2 years ago, although the dream began many years before that. The trailer that had been used was showing its age (estimated at over 40 years!) and keeping it clean, warm and pleasant for the hundreds of out-of-town visitors we host each winter was difficult if not downright impossible. 
Last year the fundraising was kicked into high gear and local individuals and businesses donated generously.  When the City of Salmon, LOT committee and CHC Foundation committed funds the demolition was scheduled.  Generous individuals and hockey players donated their time and equipment (from crowbars to excavators) to tear down the existing facility.  Groundbreaking for construction was completed in June and the building is going up.  SHA is proud to be using local contractors and locally sourced materials where ever we can.  
The final plans call for a small ‘snack’ food area; men’s, women’s and ADA Family restrooms along with both downstairs and upstairs warmed viewing of the hockey action on the rink.
We are still in need of funds for finishing the second floor and furnishing the facility.  Please contact Jane Dougherty Sandstrom 865-1118 or Michelle Tucker if you can give.
SHA and the residents of Salmon and Lemhi County will be proud to show off this new facility to our visitors next hockey season!


Cyber-attacks constitute the most challenging issue facing all cities and counties in the country as well as every internet using individual.

Lemhi County Treasurer Mary Ann Heiser recently returned from the annual National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers (NACCTF) Convention in Columbus, Ohio where she was one of two representatives for the state of Idaho. 

She told the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, August 14, that one of his year’s topics focused on cyber-attacks, subsequent ransom ware data rescues and how to take cyber security precautions. She said the largest data attack to date involves 80 million clients of Home Depot. One of the country’s largest insurance companies has also been a target which means the release of all forms of private information and there are daily reports of data theft which compromise the privacy of many millions of people. The art of cyber-attacks has become a worldwide industry employing millions of workers.

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SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season.

The rare spectacle of the moon passing directly in front the sun, combined with the appeal of the West's great outdoors, is expected to draw tens of thousands of eclipse enthusiasts to rugged, remote national forests and rangelands from the Cascades to the Northern Rockies.

The Lolo Peak fire took another run of more than 3,800 acres Thursday night, jumping the containment line and burning structures.

On Friday morning, Public Information Officer Mike Martin said “today will be the most critical day of the fire to date.”

The fire is now estimated at 18,896 acres.


The number of burned structures, and whether they were homes or outbuildings hasn’t been released. Missoula County Rural Fire is assessing the damage.

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Of all the paddlers in this series, none has a more singular or spectacular story than that of Dr Walt Blackadar, the gun-toting, vodka-drinking country doctor who started kayaking in his mid-40s and, through sheer bravery bordering on lunacy, tackled first descents the likes of which the world had never seen.
By Steffan Meyric Hughes

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SALMON, Idaho- Being the center of attention isn’t unusual for Tater Tot, a 31-inch tall Miniature Horse who’s a part of Salmon, Idaho’s, Discovery Care Center’s pet therapy program. Wherever Tater goes, the little palomino and white horse attracts attention, whether visiting residents at the Care Center, entertaining youngsters at the Child Development Center or pulling his cart down Main Street during the annual Salmon River Days Parade. Almost everyone in town knows him, as he’s one of Salmon’s biggest celebrities. As a therapeutic equine with the Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association (WTRRA), Tater who, has been visiting the Care Center for over 14 years, is also a pioneer in his field, as he’s one of the first equines to actually go into a care center and make bedside visits with the residents.

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The 2017 total solar eclipse is fast approaching, and hordes of sky gazers are scrambling to find a spot where they can see the shadow of the moon completely obscure the sun for a few moments on Aug. 21. There's technically plenty of room for every American to pack into the narrow zone from Oregon to South Carolina where the total blackout will occur, shown on this eclipse map. But most of the country will be moored in a place where they will see only a partial eclipse, which occurs when the moon will block anywhere from nearly the entire sun to just a slice of it.

So we decided to create a simulation of the eclipse (above) that shows a view of the sky from any location in the U.S., allowing you to see what the eclipse will look like from anywhere. Here's what it will look like from Goreville, Illinois, a town of 1,067 lucky people where the eclipse will last for the longest period, over two-and-a-half minutes:...

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