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Local painter and artist Nancy Houver won a Red Ribbon, a Judges Choice Blue Ribbon, and a Grand Class Reserve Champion at the Lemhi County Fair for her gorgeous acrylic painting "Cochin Hen". Nancy has graciously agreed to donate limited edition, signed and numbered prints of her painting to the Salmon Public Library to help raise money for the New Library Building Fund. Prints will be $50 each and are available now for holiday gifts.
Nancy Houver was born and raised in Salmon. She has received an Associate of Advertising Design and Printing Technology, a Bachelor of Clinical Laboratory Science and an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy.
With Nancy's help, the monies raised from this project will help the library achieve its Community Fundraising goals, adding to their New Library Building Fund objective.
The public is invited to a regular meeting of the Lemhi Forest Restoration Group this Thursday, Oct 16, 9 a.m. - noon at the Idaho Fish and Game conference room. This forestry collaborative is made up of local citizens, forestry contractors, conservation organizations, economic development interests, hunters/anglers, wildlife biologists, county commissioners, and is attended by public land management representatives.
Thursday's meeting will focus on an update for the Upper North Fork Ecosystem Restoration Project, and how the collaborative will remain engage now that the 40,000-acre project is moving from the design phase to the on-the-ground implementation phase. Other items to be discussed include the group's multi-party monitoring efforts, and the Salmon Municipal Watershed forest restoration project.
After the morning meeting, group members will re-convene in the afternoon for an optional field trip to Moose Creek Estates where the proposed temporary road would be constructed to accomplish hazardous fuels reduction treatments near the subdivision.
If you are interested in attending the meeting and/or the field trip and you would like more information, please contact the group's coordinator Gina Knudson of Salmon Valley Stewardship at 756-1686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This fall, Lemhi’s After School Promise and Salmon School District 291 have joined forces to expand out-of-school time opportunities for Salmon area children through establishment of Salmon’s 21st Century Community Learning Center. The response to the new programming has been overwhelming, with 78 children registered in the 4 center operations. With establishment of a 21st CCLC, the traditional after school program that has been historically offered to families since 1998 by LASP, has expanded to encompass grades K-8. Additionally, there is now homework and enrichment club offered during the Pioneer School’s free breakfast time from 7 am to 8 am and a Fun Fridays enrichment program from 9 am to 1 pm. The great response to the new and improved programming has the 21st CCLC Director, Kim Olson, seeking additional community volunteers and support. The K-5 after school program that is located at the Presbyterian Center is one where volunteers are particularly needed. “We have a huge need for caring adults and older teens who are interested in reading aloud to young students, listening to beginning readers, helping with math homework and playing games or supervising a craft or art activity”, expresses Olson. In addition to homework assistance, the program provides children with a full supper meal after school and lunch on Fridays. Participants during the after school days also enjoy special arts and craft activities, a curriculum on prevention and hands-on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) based enrichment. The program also utilizes additional community partnerships, involving the Salmon Arts Council, Salmon FFA Chapter, Salmon Robotics club, Whitewater Therapeutic Riding Association and others to widen the students’ exposure to new concepts, interests and skills. An example of the successful partnership was the Friday October 3rd Fun Friday when Salmon Arts Council teamed up with a Salmon High School senior to provide a hand-on combined art and literacy activity as part of her senior project. The children greatly enjoyed the art and it gave the senior high school student a realistic introduction to teaching art in the classroom setting. The new partnership expands on the positive connection that has historically existed between the school district and LASP. All staffing for the programming is provided by LASP, with educational and administrative support by the district. The grant funding the program comes from the Idaho Department of Education and only allows for support of out-of-school time enrichment support. Currently, the K-5 grade after school is full and only accepting students to the wait list, however there is room in the before school, 6th - 8th grade program and limited space for families wanting to participate in the Fun Friday events. Individuals interested in making a difference through volunteering, joining the program to teach a specific skill or making a donation towards supplies not covered by funding are encouraged to contact Olson at 208-940-0409.
SALMON — Projects aimed at improving native fish habitat, forest health and reclaiming closed mines in Central Idaho are paying off with benefits for the land and jobs and wages for local families.
That’s the bottom line of a report recently released by the grassroots organizations Salmon Valley Stewardship and Sustainable Northwest.
That report examined more than 100 environmental restoration projects in Custer and Lemhi Counties between 2008-2013. Those projects contributed more than $17 million in economic activity for the the local, private workforce during that 6-year period. Projects included efforts to restore streams for salmon and steelhead, thin overgrown segments of national forests, and control weeds.
That number does not include additional benefits in the form of jobs in federal and state land management agencies.
“The dollars circulated locally from these projects are a huge boost to family incomes, local business income, and the local tax base,” said Tammy Stringham, director of Lemhi County Economic Development Association. “That adds up to a very welcome booster shot for our local economy.”
The total price tag for the 100-plus projects in the study was nearly $40 million. That suggests there is potential for growth for local businesses.
Stringham said her organization has been working to develop forestry related businesses that can engage in forest restoration projects and in training a more robust local workforce.
“There’s still a lot of dollars going out of the community, and we would like to see them stay here and create more jobs,” she said.
The report is titled Restoration Means Jobs in The Upper Salmon River Region. Salmon Valley Stewardship and the Oregon-based group, Sustainable Northwest compiled the report with funding from USDA Rural Development. The report is available online.
One example of a local family that benefited from this work is Boyd and Jill Foster, of Leadore. Boyd Foster has used his heavy equipment operator skills on several stream restoration projects in the Upper Salmon, most recently up the Yankee Fork near Stanley.
This kind of work has allowed the Fosters to remain in Leadore, population 100. The Fosters’ two children attend Leadore schools, which is the smallest K-12 school in Idaho. Jill teaches there part-time.
“Restoration projects are an important piece of the economic puzzle for local small businesses,” said Gina Knudson director of Salmon Valley Stewardship. “These are big numbers, but the truth is that even small contracts have a significant impact to our rural communities. Every student who stays in a small school matters tremendously. Better yet, this kind of economic activity can go hand-in-hand with traditional jobs, such as ranching and mining.”
The report also looked at 14 conservation easements on Custer and Lemhi County private ranches. Most of the $19 million spent on conservation easements stayed in the area, benefitting ranching families and local and regional workers who provided technical services such as surveying for the easements.
Knudson said the report focused on direct, private workforce benefit and did not examine dollars directed toward state or federal agency employees. Nor did it tackle “ripple effects” that the projects mean for local spending, improving fishing opportunities or other economic impacts of the work.
“Restoration work clearly benefits a wide range of local businesses, from agriculture to retail trade,” said Ben Alexander, of Montana-based Headwaters Economics. Alexander did look at the larger, indirect effects and concluded, “Components of the restoration industry are about half as large as the manufacturing sector and slightly larger than wholesale trade sectors in Custer and Lemhi Counties.”
John Audley, president of Sustainable Northwest, said, “"There is solid evidence that forest and rangeland restoration projects in the West help reduce the spread of invasive species, make wildland fire more manageable, and improve habitat, and air and water quality for wildlife and people. There is a clear need to increase the pace and scale of restoration for these environmental benefits, and this report shows the work makes strong economic sense as well for a region that struggles with low income and high unemployment."
The complete report is available at http://www.salmonvalley.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Restoration-Means-Jobs-in-the-Upper-Salmon-River-Region-2014-FINAL.pdf