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The gold rush to Boise Basin and Warren's Diggings in 1863 created a need for ferries to get prospectors and their animals across the Salmon River. Lewiston's Golden Age newspaper of Oct. 4, 1863, ran ads for two of these new ferries. The first recognized that many on the way to the gold fields were riding horses or leading pack animals, and that they would need grass and water along the way:

"LAIRD'S FERRY, Salmon River, 8 miles above Slate Creek...


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By Laura Zuckerman of Salmon Idaho


March 26 (Reuters) - A radiation leak at an underground nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was caused by "chemically incompatible" contents, including kitty litter, that reacted inside a barrel of waste causing it to rupture, scientists said on Thursday.

The U.S. Energy Department report on last year's radiation accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad showed that a drum of waste containing radioisotopes like plutonium was improperly packaged at the Los Alamos National Laboratory near Santa Fe before arriving for disposal.

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Bipartisan Medicare Reform and Secure Rural Schools Package 3-26-15

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. It passed the House with strong support from both Republicans and Democrats by 392-37. 

The bill strengthens Medicare and ensures senior’s access to care by repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replacing it with an updated system that will work better, and save money over the long term. The SGR is a formula that determines payment amounts to doctors who treat Medicare patients. 

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Only one bid was received for the building of two new restrooms in the city and it was much higher than expected.

In a March 18 report to the Salmon City Council, City Community Development Director Mary Cerise informed the council the bid for the restroom at City Park came in at $99,760 and the bid for a restroom at the Town Square Park was $101,490. That equates to 110% above projected estimates.

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According to a report from the Salmon City Council Public Works Team, the signal light at Church and Main Streets is going to be removed.

Team Chairman Fred Waidely read the March 11 meeting report at the full council’s March 18 meeting. He said that City Community Development Director Mary Cerise learned of the plan to remove the light and store it for future use in her latest communication with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Benjamin Burke of the department will then conduct a Signal Warrant for a new signal location at South St. Charles and Main streets in order to determine if a signal is needed at that location. 

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Idaho’s population shift to urban areas continued in 2014 as nearly 85 percent of the state’s population growth occurred in Idaho urban counties, new estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed.

Over 18,000 of the nearly 22,000 population increase statewide was in nine of those urban counties – Ada, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Bannock, Bonneville, and Jefferson – a 1.7 percent population gain from mid-2013 to mid-2014. There were fractional population losses in the other two urban counties – Owyhee and Butte – but not enough to change the overall increase. That put 65.7 percent of the state’s 1.63 million people in metropolitan statistical areas as designated by the federal Office of Management and Budget.

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The Army's decision Wednesday to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior over his capture by the Taliban "reinforces the reality and the belief that the standards of behavior that we expect of our military members are still the standards we expect," retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden tells Newsmax.

"You've got tens of thousands of other young men and women who go there and don't do what he did," said Hayden, who directed both the CIA and the National Security Agency. 

"You can think on a human level about a troubled young man and all of those thoughts — but it's a betrayal of those people who went there and did their duty if this kind of action did not have consequences."

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March 26, 2015 Idaho Statesman

Since I wrote a story Saturday on climate change and how it will affect Idaho trout populations, I got the usual criticism for reporting global warming as a fact.

Several of my critics pointed to satellite data that show the rate of the rising earth surface temperatures have slowed since 1998, what some call a pause. Still, the 14 hottest years for the planet since record-keeping began have been since then.


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