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WATERSHED REPORT 2-12-18 LMS

Monday, February 12, North Fork US Forest Service District Ranger Ken Gebhardt provided the Lemhi County Commissioners with a power point review of the work that has gone into months of research on the Salmon Municipal Watershed and the results from that effort.

The city of Salmon’s water supply is delivered by way of the 14,000 acre watershed that has a fuel load which is virtually untreatable by way of normal means due to its almost inaccessible terrain. The watershed has been designated by the state as one of the two most fire threatened-areas in Idaho and has been a focus of the Lemhi County Forest Restoration Group for many years. Gebhardt said the group’s continued assistance throughout the study has been very much appreciated.

Gebhardt’s presentation took the commissioners through all the statistics covered and how they were obtained by way of the most modern technology and feet-on-the-ground analysis. He said the overall treatment goal for the area is to keep any fires that occur, down on the ground rather than up in the tree crowns. Wind studies of the canyons were a big factor in determining the way to approach the wildfire challenges.

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ROUNDTABLE 2-7-18 LMS

The Salmon City Council’s February 7 Roundtable Discussion included updates, questions, thank you’s and comments. 

Councilor Jim Bockelman thanked City Clerk Mary Benton for the informative written updates from city departments. He also thanked Sacajawea Center Lin Gray for her letter to the council. Bockelman said he has decided a goal he wants to accomplish is research into solar power. He said it would cost between five and six thousand dollars to obtain a complete assessment of city facility needs and he asked Finance Director Amy Fealko to provide figures on how much the city spends annually for electricity and propane.

Councilor Robin Phillips noted a meeting scheduled for that week to announce by-laws, a name and a mission statement for a new Chamber of Commerce. She said the gathering was also to solicit membership towards establishing an active Chamber organization in Salmon.

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In 2015, a seemingly regular family went on a camping trip in the Idaho mountains. Jessica Mitchell and DeOrr Kunz Sr. left their little boy DeOrr Jr. in the care of his grandfather Bob Walton while they went fishing, and when they returned, he was allegedly nowhere to be found. Baby DeOrr was reported missing on July 10, 2015, and no trace of the two-year-old was ever found in the woods. So what happened to the toddler?

To this day, police don't exactly know. They quickly sent trained professionals, police dogs, and helicopters out to survey the area, to see if DeOrr had fallen into the stream and drowned or was dragged away by animals, but they found no evidence on either front. While the good Samaritans of Idaho searched desperately for the little boy, inconsistencies began to arise in the parents' stories.

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Idaho farmland is being gobbled up by the minute to house the swelling population in America’s No. 1 fastest-growing state.

While some rural areas, such as Lemhi County, have programs in place like the Lemhi Trust to preserve farmland, the Treasure Valley does not.

“Where’s the leadership?” said Patricia Nilsson, a panelist at the fifth annual Nampa Ag Forum Feb. 6 at the Ford Idaho Center.  The event was attended by more than 350 people. Nilsson is Canyon County development services director.

“I’m not sure who my leader is,” she said.

Funding is another variable each community needs to figure out. Nilsson recalls a Pennsylvania county she once lived in passed two $50 million bonds to fund conservation efforts.

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eCobalt Solutions Inc. [ECS-TSX, ECSIF-OTCQX] has arranged a $26 million bought deal financing  to advance development of the company’s 100%-owned Idaho Cobalt Project located 26 miles west of Salmon, Idaho, which could soon rank as the only primary producer of cobalt in the United States, eCobalt CEO Paul Farquharson has said.

Farquharson is referring to the fact that the majority of the world’s cobalt is mined as a byproduct of copper and nickel.

Under the terms of the financing, the underwriters have agreed to purchase 20 million units of the company at $1.30 per unit. The underwriting syndicate led by TD Securities has been granted the option to buy an additional three million units at the same price for a period of 30 days after the closing date, potentially raising the total proceeds to $30 million.

eCobalt shares eased 12% or $0.175 to $1.28 in early trading Wednesday February 14. The 52-week range is $2.10 and 85 cents. ...

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TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY 2-7-18 LMS

The city has been approached with an offer to buy the parking lot on Shoup Street which runs from the Wells Fargo Bank property west to the area behind Rags & Wags. The offer was a topic of discussion at the February 7 meeting of the Salmon City Council.

The open access lot presently provides parking behind four Main Street businesses as well as anyone just needing a parking space. The Lemhi County Assessor has established a value of $95,400 for the 160 foot long parcel which calculates to $4.75 per square foot.

Parking space has long been a concern for council members who want to keep downtown businesses in place rather than move to the city outskirts. City codes require each business to have a certain number of parking places. Last year the council considered buying a smaller vacant lot further west on Shoup which was listed for $89,000.

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COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS & VACANCIES 2-7-18 LMS

The Salmon City Council has unanimously approved Cathy Cranney be re-appointed to the Local Option Tax Commission and that Amy Tonsmeire become a new member of the commission. 

The LOT appointments took place during the February 7 meeting of the council and filled the commission’s vacancies. At that same meeting the council heard there are vacancies on the Sacajawea Center Advisory Committee which also need to be filled.

Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray told the council she has extended an invitation to the Shoshone-Bannock Cultural Committee for a representative and is hoping to hear from them before the next meeting. She said the Cultural Committee liked the idea of having an annual meeting at Fort Hall.

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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR NAMED 2-12-18 LMS

Fred McDonald has been named as the Lemhi County Volunteer of the Year for 2017. 

In presenting a plaque with the county’s thanks and appreciation Commissioner Chairman Brett Barsalou confirmed that McDonald has served as a volunteer member of the Airport Board for 23 years and that he still doesn’t have a plane.

The award during the February 12 meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners came as a complete surprise to McDonald who thought he had been summoned to give an Airport Board status report, which he had done before the unexpected announcement. He asked his wife Beth if she had known about the plot and was told she was the one who aided and abetted the ruse. She had told him the reason for the meeting was to discuss the airport web cams.

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COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS & VACANCIES 2-7-18 LMS

The Salmon City Council has unanimously approved Cathy Cranney be re-appointed to the Local Option Tax Commission and that Amy Tonsmeire become a new member of the commission. 

The LOT appointments took place during the February 7 meeting of the council and filled the commission’s vacancies. At that same meeting the council heard there are vacancies on the Sacajawea Center Advisory Committee which also need to be filled.

Sacajawea Center Director Lin Gray told the council she has extended an invitation to the Shoshone-Bannock Cultural Committee for a representative and is hoping to hear from them before the next meeting. She said the Cultural Committee liked the idea of having an annual meeting at Fort Hall.

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