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Plans have been made for two sets of volunteer hosts to occupy the RV pads at the Sacajawea Center scheduled to be built before next season;

Chairman of the Sacajawea Center Team, City Councilman Fred Waidely, said Director Lin Gray told the team the volunteers are scheduled from May 15 to August 31 and from August 1 through September 15. A site agreement between the hosts and the city was introduced to the October 21 meeting of the City Council by Gray. The council suggested a few changes and Gray will make the revisions and present the document to the November 4 council meeting.

Waidely reported ground has been broken for new Interpretive signs made possible by a grant from the Steele Reese Foundation. He said the Shoshone-Bannock tribes will provide the informational content and design for the signs that are expected to be completed by next Memorial Day.

At the October 14 team meeting plans were being made for the annual ‘Thank You’ trip that has since been taken by this year’s docents. Waidely said 12 volunteers visited Red Lodge, Montana where they toured the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. Waidely said the center cannot function without the help of its dedicated volunteers. The yearly end-of-season trip is offered to show appreciation for the work they do.

The team recommended approval of a yearly Professional Services agreement between the city and Denyce Bigley of the Salmon Outdoor School. The council unanimously accepted that recommendation with high praise for the trip-back-in-time the school provides. Gray said it is definitely one of the center’s biggest attractions and makes the site special.

Waidely said the first annual Fall Frolic was held on October 11 and over 250 people attended. He said there were many children who participated in the games and other activities. The plan is to continue the program and make it a whole community event.

The Experience Work Force for Part Time concept was introduced at the Sacajawea Center Team meeting and later unanimously approved by the Salmon City Council. The 18 weeks of work at the center is through a Senior Community Service Employment program which puts participants in the position to receive training in community service while re-establishing skills with which to seek full time employment. In return the center receives a willing worker. The Experience Work Force program receives federal and state funding.

The Sacajawea Center has received funding for two projects. The John William Jackson fund, an unrestricted regional fund, awarded $1,000 to replace two signs on the center’s walking trail and $611 was awarded by the Children’s Charity of Idaho Fund. That money will be used to print revised copies of the Junior Explorer Booklet.

The next meeting of the Sacajawea Center Team will take place in the City Hall Conference Room at 4:30PM on November 12.

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