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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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Mackay woman gets probation for meth charge

Judge Alan Stephens sentenced a Mackay woman to four years of probation and drug treatment on a felony possession of methamphetamine conviction.

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NASA offers tips to ready for eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and NASA officials are preparing to share the Aug. 21 experience of a lifetime.

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Inmate dies overnight in Custer County Jail

An inmate at the Custer County Jail was found dead in his cell early Sunday morning. He was alone in the cell, officials said.

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Choral Rendezvous celebrates 23rd year

Savannah Welch sings her heart out with her version of “Lucky” at the Choral Rendezvous concert in the Challis city park bandshell Saturday night. See more photos inside. Todd Adams photos

Although it was the smallest group of singers since Choral Rendezvous began in Challis in 1995, there were some talented voices among both adults and youths, organizers, singers and audience member

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