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What's in your drinking water? Whether you're wondering if your water is safe or just what that weird smell is, a new tool is now available that could help. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its new Tap Water Database today (July 26), a searchable database that allows users in the U.S. to enter either their ZIP code or their local utility's name to learn what's in their tap water. The EWG is an independent advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that's focused on public health and environmental issues...

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The Salmon City Council has been invited to participate in creating a vision for future educational goals in the community.

At the August 2 meeting of the council Jenny Tracy said that last December a Community Educational Summit was attended by 60 community leaders. As a result, three committees were formed including the Education Community Committee which has developed a plan for county visioning sessions. She said the group is inviting graduating students, parents, teachers, business leaders and elected officials to any one of the several sessions to discuss where education is going and what the community’s vision of education in Lemhi County should look like.

Tracy said the visioning sessions will be proctored by Laurel York Odell and representatives from all the schools in Lemhi County will be attending. Tracy said it is important for elected officials to also participate. She invited members of the council to attend the August 15 session from 11AM to 1:30 PM in the Steele Memorial Clinic Conference Center.

The council then went on to unanimously waive the third reading of Ordinance 17-833, and pass the city’s fiscal year 2017-18 proposed budget on its second reading.

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VANCOUVERAug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - eCobalt Solutions Inc. (TSX: ECS; OTCQB: ECSIF) (the "Company" or "eCobalt") is providing an update on its Feasibility Study ("FS") and recently initiated pre-construction activities on its 100% owned Idaho Cobalt Project ("ICP") in anticipation of final FS receipt expected later in September.  The ICP is the only near term, environmentally permitted and primary cobalt project located in the United States.  In 2016 eCobalt commissioned the FS with Micon International Limited ("Micon") and SNC-Lavalin ("SNC"). 

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A Massachusetts federal court held its first hearing last week for a 2-year-old personal injury case in which a Glock pistol allegedly blew up in a hunter’s hands.

The plaintiff, Rodney MacDonald, of Chester, filed the case against the gun maker and three other defendants, but in their answers to his complaint, they all lobbed allegations against each other.

The lawsuit brings claims against various participants in the supply chain, including Georgia-based Glock; retailer Cabela’s, of Sidney, Nebraska; ammo maker Buffalo Bore, of Salmon, Idaho; and distributor Guns and Gear, of Agawam, Massachusetts.

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The first two sockeye salmon to make it home from the Pacific Ocean in 2017 have arrived in the Stanley Basin. It’s a rough year for the fish.

A naturally produced fish showed up July 27 and a hatchery-raised sockeye made it on August 2. Idaho Fish and Game is hoping another 150 fish make it to Stanley this year. The fish have to travel 900 miles over several dams to make it from the ocean to Idaho.

So far this year, 225 of the fish have made it as far as Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston. They still have another 400 miles to go to get to their Stanley spawning grounds.

 

 
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CURB APPEAL 8-2-17 LMS

Several weeks ago the Salmon City Council asked City Attorney Fred Snook for a downtown property value review. The request was predicated on the council’s interest in the possible purchase of downtown parking opportunities for now and in the future.

Snook researched the availability of vacant, privately owned lots in the downtown core and reported his findings at the council’s August 2 meeting by way of a verbal tour of properties which either are or might be available. All of the assessed valuations listed are four years old and due to be reevaluated, undoubtedly upwards, within a year.

The first property on his tour was the vacant lot owned by Julie Kelly at the corner of Center and Shoup streets. It is currently listed at $89,000. Snook said the county has the half a block, unpaved parcel assessed at $50,854 which figures out to around $4.00 a square foot.

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CENTRAL IDAHO FIRE RESTRICTIONS AREA IMPLEMENTS STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS 8-7-17

Interagency fire management officials in east‐central Idaho will begin Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at one minute after midnight (12:01 AM) on August 14, 2017. The Central Idaho Fire Restrictions Area encompasses all Forest Service (outside of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness) within the Salmon‐Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM)亡almon and Challis Field Offices, along with State Lands and privately owned forested lands within the Central Idaho Dispatch Zone.

Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited:

1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire outside a fire structure that is provided by the agency.

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8-2-17 LMS

The Salmon Challis National Forest has been rated by the Journal of Environmental Management as ranking fifth in the nation for fire risk. 

Fuels Management Specialist for the North Fork Ranger District Wade McPhetridge told the August 2 meeting of the Salmon City Council that the only areas with a higher fire risk ranking are three forests in California and the southeast region of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.

McPhetridge attended the meeting to update the council on his ongoing study of Jesse Creek which is Salmon’s Municipal Watershed. The area is the town’s only barrier from catastrophic fire should one ignite to the west and is itself tremendously overloaded with down and dead fuels. It has been rated as one of the state’s two most fire threatened areas and in turn has for years been a number one threat to the city’s water supply. It’s the job of McPhetridge and his team to decide how best to eliminate the fire risk.

Knowing the area’s history of fire behavior and potential entrapment is a key.

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TAPPAN & IBEX FIRES August 3, 2017

Tappan Fire: The Tappan Fire was detected at approximately 7:00 PM on August 1, 2017 on the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain. The fire is approximately 927 acres burning in grass, brush, and scattered timber.

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Tappan Fire August 2, 2017 August 2, 2017

Fire Size: Approximately 433 acres

Cause: Undetermined

Location: On the Middle Fork and North Fork Ranger Districts, near the confluence of Camas Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Fire is located east of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in steep, rocky, and inaccessible terrain.

Fuels: Grass, brush, and scattered timber.

Staffing: Fire resources assigned to the fire include one (1) helicopter, 12 firefighters, two (2) resource advisors, and fire managers located in Salmon, Idaho. The fire is being managed in the wilderness while providing for firefighter and public safety and protecting identified values at risk such as river camps, private property, and natural and cultural resources.

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