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May
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Hospitals break ground on Arco surgical suite

Wielding golden shovels for the groundbreaking ceremony are, left to right, Shelley Rupp, COO of LRMC; Toni Spencer, LRMC board chairwoman; Senator Jeff Siddoway; Jeff Daniels, Bingham Memorial Hospital CEO; and Bradley Huerta, CEO of LRMC.

Lost Rivers Medical Center (LRMC) in Arco and Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Blackfoot have announced a partnership aimed at increasing access to surgery for residents of rural Butte and Custer

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18
May
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Floodwaters drop as temperatures cool

Valley Creek near Stanley reached flood stage and overflowed its banks last week, turning that part of Sawtooth Valley into a wetland. Temperatures cooled and water levels dropped this week. While no major flood damage has been reported in Custer County so far this spring, water has flowed across highways and washed down side roads. A man died in a flooded basement in Ketchum, where the Big Wood River has caused more extensive damage and prompted evacuations in some areas. Mike Graham photo

Mother Nature delivered cooler temperatures this week, so floodwaters have dropped slightly in the Salmon and Big Lost river drainages, giving county emergency planners and responders and citizens

Thu
11
May
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Science students wow parents, teachers

Sixth-grader Kyren Feher experimented with speed and penetration of arrows with different tips shot at a target. “My mom was the shooter, and I was the data dude,” he told The Challis Messenger. He used a chronograph to measure arrow speed and a ruler to measure how deep arrowheads penetrated the target. “My dad was the convincer to have my mom shoot because she was worried about hitting the chronograph. She did great.” Although a 125-grain arrowhead penetrated deeper than an 85-grain, the 85-grain was faster and probably the best. An archer only gets one shot when hunting a particular game animal, Kyren notes. Todd Adams photos

Dozens of students from Challis, Stanley and Patterson elementary schools showcased science projects at the annual Challis School District Science Fair last week, filling the Challis elementary gym

Thu
11
May
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Good Old Days of Custer County

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

May 7, 1992

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11
May
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Commissioners declare flood emergency

Mike Sheppeard of Custer Telephone Cooperative uses the co-op’s backhoe to protect a Custertel utility cabinet from Morgan Creek floodwaters running across Morgan Creek Road earlier this week. Steve Cobbley photo

Flooding is the big story around central Idaho this week as hotter weather starting late last week combined with rainstorms to rapidly melt heavy snowpack and push the Salmon and Big Lost rivers an

Thu
11
May
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Garden hose, rapid firefighter response save trailer

North Custer volunteer firefighters survey the damage to the kitchen of Clay Jones and Paula Hays’ mobile home last week. Thanks to a garden hose, friends and neighbors and a fast response by firefighters, the trailer did not burn to the ground and some guns and other items were salvaged. Vicki Armbruster photos

Thanks to a garden hose, help from friends and neighbors and a rapid response from North Custer volunteer firefighters, Clay Jones and Paula Hays’ trailer along Highway 93 at Morgan Creek didn’t bu

Thu
04
May
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April 15 was Tax Freedom Day in Idaho

Americans work several months a year to earn enough income to cover the federal, state, and local taxes they owe.

Thu
04
May
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Envirothon celebrates 25 years

Challis Team A members are Pam Wilson (advisor), Laura Parkinson, Merritt Philps, Rebecca Auwen, Katie Hewitt, Lily Verhoeven, and Kacie Hewitt.

Idaho Envirothon celebrated a quarter century in this year’s event hosted at Living Waters Ranch above Challis last Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25.

Thu
04
May
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SREC voters reject mail-in ballots, district change

Sandy Johnson holds the ballot box while Salmon River Electric Cooperative members drop in their ballots. That’s Madge Yacomella’s arm. Sitting next to her is son Tony Ray Yacomella, sister Linda Curtis and friend Shannon Munson McGhee. Voters turned down proposals to allow mail-in ballots and to redraw SREC district boundaries. Todd Adams photos

Change never comes easily.

Thu
04
May
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Commissioners revisit eclipse, roads with Feds

Sometimes, it appears there truly is nothing new under the sun.

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