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Mackay woman gets probation for meth possession

Judge Alan Stephens last month handed down two nearly identical sentences of probation and substance abuse treatment for two Mackay women charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.

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Campfires OK in established fireplaces

Salmon and Challis area Boy Scouts gather around a winter campfire for a story at a Klondike Derby. This warming fire had no danger of spreading, since it was surrounded by snow and scouts.

The burn ban for North Custer Fire District has been modified to allow recreational campfires in established fire pits or fireplaces, according to Chief Launna Gunderson.

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Challis animal sanctuary fully open

Daisy Scouts from Challis Troop 731 performed the flag ceremony at the grand opening celebration for Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary on July 29. From left are Avena Parker, Cedar Webster, Erika Davis, Callie Jones, Kaylee Schmuck, Claire O’Neal, Isabella Evans, Emarie Thayn and Emma O’Neal. Erin O’Neal photo

Daisy Scouts from Challis Troop 731 performed the flag ceremony at the grand opening celebration for Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary on July 29.

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Ibex Fire grows to 800 acres, haze hits Challis

A firefighter took this photo of the Ibex Fire on July 26. The fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest has spread to 800 acres. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The Ibex Fire, burning about 12 miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout, continues to grow, forest service officials said.

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State’s unemployment rate drops

Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month in June to 3.1 percent, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

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Full STEAM ahead with reading program

Kendal Mitchell, 12, holds the completed planetarium she and sister Jade, 14, built from a Tinker Crate kit in the Challis Public Library’s summer reading program. The program ends Aug. 10, but Library Director Becky Mitchell has plans for an after-school reading program beginning in September. Todd Adams photos

Challis students of all ages are getting a taste of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics — in the Challis Public Library’s summer reading program.

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More digits required

It’s time to update your cellphone contact lists, your old-school address books and possibly your Rolodex (quick, who knows what those are?).

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City tears down abandoned Salazar house

Challis Supervisor of Public Works Corey Rice climbs out of the city backhoe to make sure he’s not getting too close to Fran Stark’s house as he and city employees demolish the abandoned house once owned by John Salazar of San Luis Obispo, California. Salazar gave the house to the city earlier this year. Stark has complained it was a fire hazard that’s stood vacant for more than 20 years. The old house was only 9 inches from her house. The city tore off the addition closest to Stark’s house last spring and this week knocked down the rest. By midweek, the debris had been hauled away, leaving an empty lot the city plans to sell at public auction to recoup expenses. Todd Adams photos

It’s been more than two decades since Fran Stark of Challis first voiced concern to the Challis City Council about a decaying abandoned house that she said was a fire hazard.

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Firefighters douse gravel pit fire

North Custer volunteer firefighters use hoses and a deck gun to douse a burning wooden debris pile at a gravel pit. Challis Redi-Mix owner Frank Robinson and employee Steven Smithers dump water and mud on the fire and pull smoldering debris apart with front-end loaders. Todd Adams photos

North Custer volunteer firefighters responded to a burning pile of wooden debris that somehow caught fire at a Challis Redi-Mix gravel pit last Wednesday afternoon.

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Fire burns near Twin Peaks Lookout

The 400-acre Ibex Fire is seen burning 11 miles west of Twin Peaks Lookout. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service

The lightning-caused Ibex Fire on the Middle Fork Ranger District was estimated at 400 acres on Tuesday, according to a release from the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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