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Australian heads to Idaho for solar eclipse

The rising full moon lights up the Lost River Range and valley. A short flash burst lit up the orange lichen in the foreground. Scenes like this, that are unique to Idaho, are part of the reason thousands of visitors are coming to the Gem State to view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Todd Adams photo

Tens if not hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to eastern Idaho for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21.

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Crop insurance deadlines near

Farmers in Idaho and other western states are reminded to apply for crop insurance for their 2018 crops before the insurance periods close.

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Skies above Challis remain smoky

The Ibex Fire putt up a big plume Aug. 3, as this view from Twin Peaks Lookout shows. Smoke has been blowing into Challis and settling in Round Valley and surrounding locations from various regional wildfires, at times making air quality poor.

This week’s limited rainfall did little to slow the progress of two fires burning near Challis, and smoke from those fires and other major fires around the state continue to leave the area blankete

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Custer County’s ‘Rocket Man’ has a blast

Nathan Hampton helps a youngster launch his Estes Rocket at the Mackay rodeo arena, while one boy covers his ears and others eagerly wait their turn. The Custer County Fairgrounds was briefly turned into a spaceport last Wednesday during the newest fair event. Todd Adams photo

When Mackay High School senior Nathan Hampton says he would “kind of like to go design some rockets,” he’s not just blowing smoke.

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Custer County emergency responders prepare for eclipse

Steve Rembelski

“Prepare for the worst, hope for the best” sums up the preparations Custer County emergency services personnel have made for an unknown number of visitors for the Monday, Aug.

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Fire danger results in trail closures, use restrictions

Fire restrictions are scheduled to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Lands and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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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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