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06
Apr
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Volunteers get newer, better fire truck

Firefighter Cobalt Richardson grins as he stands on the running board of the new fire engine. Photos by Vicki Armbruster

While the Clayton Fire Department retired its “Old Yeller” fire engine a couple of years ago and got a newer red one, Challis has gone the opposite direction and retired “Old Red” for a newer, more

Thu
06
Apr
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County, school districts see drastic drop in SRS funds

Custer County, its school districts and road departments are facing drastic drops in funding since the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) expired and Congress so far ha

Thu
06
Apr
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Idaho Cobalt Project gears up for possible 2018 startup

This 2016 aerial view shows the Idaho Cobalt Project site on a ridge in the Panther Creek drainage about 45 miles from Challis and Salmon. The nearby townsite of Cobalt on Panther Creek no longer exists except for a remnant building or two in an open field.

Things are looking up for Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP) with cobalt prices topping $25 per pound and rising as worldwide demand for cobalt for lithium ion batteries in everything from smartphones to e

Thu
30
Mar
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Custertel has another profitable year

Legionnaires Tom Pettit and Buzz Pfeiffer of Challis American Legion, Philip Kirk Post 109, posted the colors at the start of Custer Telephone Cooperative’s annual meeting last week. Above, Pettit, Custertel directors and members salute the American flag. Todd Adams photos

Custer Telephone Cooperative Inc.

Thu
30
Mar
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Robinson Bar Road slumps, SNRA closes ranch access

This section of Robinson Bar Road sloughed into the Salmon River late last week, making the one-lane road even narrower on this unstable section, seen from Highway 75. The road tread is only 9.5 feet wide now. Carole King and her ranch caretakers have vehicles parked on each side for ranch ingress and egress. The public Upper O’Brien and Lower O’Brien campgrounds are not affected.

A short section of Robinson Bar Road close to Carole King’s ranch of the same name sloughed into the Salmon River last week, leaving a 9½-foot-wide, unstable road tread.

Thu
30
Mar
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Pilot, copilot walk away from Mackay area plane crash

A frontal view of the crash shows the plane’s propeller in the foreground.

“They were really lucky.”

That was South Custer Search and Rescue Commander Jim Gregory’s reaction to two men walking away from a weekend airplane crash 7½ miles southwest of Mackay.

Thu
30
Mar
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Call dispatch prior to burning, fire marshal says

With the spring field and ditch burning season poised to start, Round Valley residents are reminded that they must contact dispatchers at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) prior to starting

Thu
23
Mar
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County, feds discuss August 21 eclipse

Custer County Commissioners have been discussing plans with federal officials for the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse since late last year, with an eye to preparing for an unknown but presumab

Thu
23
Mar
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New nurse practitioner joins Challis clinic

NP Jenna Jensen

Nurse practitioner Jenna Jensen joined staff at Challis Area Health Center last month, so the clinic is fully staffed with four health care providers.

Thu
23
Mar
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City gets deed to dilapidated house

The Salazar house: recently acquired by the City of Challis and soon to be demolished.

City of Challis has received a signed document from absentee homeowner John Salazar of San Louis Obispo, California, deeding his dilapidated house at 200 North 3rd Street to the city.

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