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Councilman and Local Option Tax Commission Chairman Jim Bockelman presented a list of hopeful funding applicants at the April 2nd meeting of the Salmon City Council

The Salmon Arts Council was granted $3,400 for the staging and promotion of this year’s Blues, Brews and Bar-B-Que. Advertising will be targeted to bringing in vendors and visitors from outside the area and surrounding states for a festival geared to the whole family.

The Salmon Whitewater Park Association was given $4,500 for its two day Memorial Day weekend Salmon Riverfest 2014 event featuring a film festival, professional musicians and river floats.

The Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association was awarded $1,000 to help cover the cost of musical entertainment for the 4th Annual Cowboy Ball. The event is a fund raiser for the association. The Association was then granted $7,500 to go towards twelve specific costs associated with the 2014 Salmon Marathon which the organization has stepped forward to sponsor.

Funds previously channeled through the LOT to the Chamber of Commerce have now officially been redirected to the Lemhi County Economic Development Association. The $12,540 was awarded to the now defunct Chamber as a required match for an Idaho Travel Council (ITC) grant earmarked for a marketing plan focused on the city of Salmon. LCEDA has received approval from the ITC to take over the project.

The Salmon Savage Booster’s Club has picked up the three-on-three Basketball Tournament which was sponsored last year by Supportive Outreach Solutions and funded by LOT. The council agreed with the LOT Commission recommendation to offer the Booster’s Club $1,600 to go towards referees, trophies and advertising in general.

The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association will be given $1,400 to help with its Outfitters Rendezvous. The Thursday, April 10, event opens this year’s Salmon Select Horse Sale with the third annual Idaho State Championship Wolf Howling Contest, a Dutch Oven dinner, a benefit auction and other family friendly events.

Organizers of the Lemhi Valley Century Ride were awarded $700 for this year’s ride along with high praise for their thoroughly detailed after-event reports.

After hearing about the new ultra-running sport and its tremendously increasing popularity, the City Council agreed with the LOT Commission’s recommendation of $5,000 for Goldstone Ultra Running, LLC’s ‘Beaverhead Endurance’ 100k and 50k runs. It was explained that the length of the run, in this case 62 miles, requires the same number of support services for 50 runners as for 300 runners. Organizers totally believe in this area’s potential for ultra-running with its Continental Divide venue. The run will be held July 12 and be routed from Bannock Pass to Geertson Creek. Their Facebook page details the event.

The Sacajawea Center was awarded $5,000 to advertise the center’s Agai ‘Dika Heritage Days and the facility’s summer events.

The City Council approved all the requests but not all votes were unanimous. Council President Jim Baker voted ’no’ against four of the ten requests due to the lack of itemized statements showing exactly how the money will be spent.
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