John Piva and his granddaughter, Abria Thayn, smile for the camera.

John and Kathy Piva always have a good time with their grandbabies. This year was no different as they celebrated Abria Thayn’s sixth birthday, not just for a day, not just for a week... + continue reading

Principals in the University of Idaho Alumni Association’s efforts to raise funds for the proposed Performing Arts Center at the university are shown at a recent dinner rally at Salmon. Left to right are James Herndon, Salmon area chairman; Jim Lyle, U of I alumni director; Mrs. Jack Furey, Challis area chairman; and Dr. Ernest Hartung, president of the University of Idaho.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO November 19, 1992 Custer County is soon to join the rest of the world with up-to-date telephone communications for the hearing impaired, equal access to all... + continue reading

Photos courtesy Sharp family

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Derrell H. Sharp, third from left, is shown with fellow prisoners after being liberated from the Bilibid POW Camp in Manila, Philippines, according to a newspaper account. Photos courtesy Sharp family

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The Sharp brothers pose on the family ranch up Challis Creek after the war. From left to right, they are Ralph E. Sharp, Derrell H. Sharp and J. Lessil Sharp. Ralph was underage and used Les’ ID to enlist in World War II. He was twice wounded on Saipan. Les had injured his back as a rodeo cowboy and served on the home front. Photos courtesy Sharp family

Against all odds, their father survived the loss of an arm in 1942 during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, the brutality of the Bataan Death March and three years as a prisoner of... + continue reading

Photos courtesy Sharp family

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Derrell H. Sharp, third from left, is shown with fellow prisoners after being liberated from the Bilibid POW Camp in Manila, Philippines, according to a newspaper account. Photos courtesy Sharp family

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The Sharp brothers pose on the family ranch up Challis Creek after the war. From left to right, they are Ralph E. Sharp, Derrell H. Sharp and J. Lessil Sharp. Ralph was underage and used Les’ ID to enlist in World War II. He was twice wounded on Saipan. Les had injured his back as a rodeo cowboy and served on the home front. Photos courtesy Sharp family

Against all odds, their father survived the loss of an arm in 1942 during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, the brutality of the Bataan Death March and three years as a prisoner of... + continue reading

Photos courtesy Sharp family

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Derrell H. Sharp, third from left, is shown with fellow prisoners after being liberated from the Bilibid POW Camp in Manila, Philippines, according to a newspaper account. Photos courtesy Sharp family

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The Sharp brothers pose on the family ranch up Challis Creek after the war. From left to right, they are Ralph E. Sharp, Derrell H. Sharp and J. Lessil Sharp. Ralph was underage and used Les’ ID to enlist in World War II. He was twice wounded on Saipan. Les had injured his back as a rodeo cowboy and served on the home front. Photos courtesy Sharp family

Against all odds, their father survived the loss of an arm in 1942 during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, the brutality of the Bataan Death March and three years as a prisoner of... + continue reading

John Piva and his granddaughter, Abria Thayn, smile for the camera.

Principals in the University of Idaho Alumni Association’s efforts to raise funds for the proposed Performing Arts Center at the university are shown at a recent dinner rally at Salmon. Left to right are James Herndon, Salmon area chairman; Jim Lyle, U of I alumni director; Mrs. Jack Furey, Challis area chairman; and Dr. Ernest Hartung, president of the University of Idaho.

Derrell H. Sharp, third from left, is shown with fellow prisoners after being liberated from the Bilibid POW Camp in Manila, Philippines, according to a newspaper account. Photos courtesy Sharp family

Photos courtesy Sharp family

The Sharp brothers pose on the family ranch up Challis Creek after the war. From left to right, they are Ralph E. Sharp, Derrell H. Sharp and J. Lessil Sharp. Ralph was underage and used Les’ ID to enlist in World War II. He was twice wounded on Saipan. Les had injured his back as a rodeo cowboy and served on the home front. Photos courtesy Sharp family

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Thursday, 11/16/17
Gary O’Malley, the executive director of the Sawtooth Society, plans to retire at the end of the year. O’Malley has held the post for nine years. In a press release, Sabina... + continue reading

Volunteer firefighter Brandon Jones, right, sprays a stream of water onto an early morning Nov. 3 fire at the former LDS church building which is now owned by Wayne Davis of Challis. Backing him up in the center is Scott Lamb, kneeling, and Larry Garey, in the red helmet at left. Jones was misidentified in a similar photo in the Nov. 9 issue of The Challis Messenger.

11/16/17

Sports

New uniforms were donated to the Challis junior high wrestling team by the Challis Wrestling Club. The squad ends its season with an 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, district meet in Challis. Shown in their new uniforms are, back from left, coach Scott Lamb, Tui Schwenki, Clay Bullock, RJ Philps, Cody Lloyd, Cayden Zollinger and coach Jake Zollinger. In the front are coach Joel Zettel, Hoak Corgatelli, Dante D’Orazio, Ty Farr and Colton Battley.

Thursday, 11/16/17
New uniforms were donated to the Challis junior high wrestling team by the Challis Wrestling Club. The squad ends its season with an 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, district meet in Challis. Shown... + continue reading

Blaine Ammar chases down the Genesee Bulldog quarterback in the state semifinal 1A D1 football game. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Pete Bradshaw (44) looks for a place to run as Genesee defenders close in. Bradshaw led the Vikings in rushing yards in the final game of the season. Challis ended up third in its division. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Kade Bruno pumps his fist, showing his agreement with the officials’ call on his touchdown reception for Challis. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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The Viking defense charges in against the Bulldogs. Cooper Erickson, Ross Sheppeard, Blaine Ammar and Pete Bradshaw press forward in last Saturday’s semifinal game. Challis lost to Genesee. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Cooper Erickson gets the tackle as Justin Rembelski and others rush to assist in the final game for Challis this season. The Vikings advanced to the state semifinal game, but lost to Genesee. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Ross Sheppeard delivers a pass despite pressure from a Genesee defender. Sheppeard threw three touchdown passes for the Vikings during semifinal the game. But, his arm wasn’t enough for the Vikings to win. They lost to Geneseee 50-28. Debbie Sheppeard photo

11/16/17

Keaton Kikuyama, Laura Parkinson and Katie Hewitt all earned volleyball all state tournament honors in Class 1A, Divison 1.

11/09/17

Cooper Erickson and Pete Bradshaw stop a Horseshoe Bend player from gaining yardage in last week’s quarterfinal game in the state tournament. Challis advances to the semi-finals with a Saturday, Nov. 11 game. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Rowdy Piva runs toward the goal line, scoring for Challis. The Vikings advance to a Saturday semi-final football game in Moscow. . Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Ross Sheppeard runs for a touchdown in the Nov. 4 quarterfinal game against Horseshoe Bend. Challis won, advancing to the semi-finals. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Challis players Blaine Ammar and Ross Sheppeard work to get to the Horseshoe Bend quarterback in the Nov. 4 quarterfinal football game. Challis made school history with the win. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Pete Bradshaw looks for a path to gain yards. He helped the Vikings to a 63-18 win against Horseshoe Bend on Nov. 4. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Mitch Cotant and Pete Bradshaw stop a Horsehoe Bend player in the Challis win last Saturday.

11/09/17

Opinions

Thursday, 11/09/17
The forest has prepared a draft assessment that examines existing conditions of resources, uses and influences on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. This forest-wide assessment of 15... + continue reading

Local Scenes

Thursday, 11/16/17
It’s been a lean year for steelhead, but stocking the Boise River with hatchery steelhead has become a fall tradition, and on Nov. 16 anglers get a chance to catch a sea-run fish where... + continue reading

Milestones

Thursday, 09/14/17
Caitlin Haugh and Chance Elam were married June 3, 2017, in the Stanley Meditation Chapel in Stanley, Idaho. The ceremony was officiated by Revis Turner, and a reception was held at Redfish... + continue reading

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Thursday, 11/16/17
Elementary and junior-senior high school menu Nov. 20 and 21 Monday–Thursday breakfast: Assorted breakfasts with fruit, juice and milk Monday: Beef stroganoff over pasta,... + continue reading
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