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02
Nov
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Two Idaho men take plea deals in Bundy case

O. Scott Drexler of Challis addressed a crowd of supporters Sept. 6 at the Challis American Legion Hall after two federal juries had acquitted him and co-defendant Eric Parker on most charges but deadlocked on others in connection with the 2014 armed standoff near Bunkerville, Nevada, over rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle. Todd Adams photo

Two Idaho men have each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of obstruction of a court order in connection with the 2014 Bunkerville, Nevada, standoff related to rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle.

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02
Nov
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Salmon-Challis wants forest plan input

Mine cart railroad ties lead toward fall colors and first snow on a peak in the Salmon-Challis Forest in this image from a past autumn. The mine is part of Land of the Yankee Fork State Park up Beardsley Gulch above the Bayhorse ghost town. Forest officials are seeking public input on planning documents. Todd Adams photo

Salmon-Challis National Forest officials want public input at a series of November meetings on an assessment of current trends and conditions on the forest and surrounding communities.

Thu
26
Oct
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Council denies reappointment of Challis clerk

Challis City Clerk-Treasurer Kellie Wahlstrom was not reappointed to her post after the Challis City Council followed a recommendation from Mayor Michael Barrett.

Thu
26
Oct
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Museum addition means more display space

Kyle Shinderling carries a sheet of particleboard while Cody Babb waits atop the roof of the new addition to North Custer Museum on Main Avenue in Challis. Todd Adams photo

The North Custer Museum will soon gain an additional 500 square feet or so of display space once an addition on the south side of the building is completed.

Thu
26
Oct
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Wilderness plans subject of open houses

A colorful sunset lights up the scenic Jerry Peak Wilderness south of Challis. Comments on the final management plan for the area are now being sought. Bob Wick, BLM, photo

Open houses are planned around Idaho to allow people to hear about and comment on the management plans for Hemingway-Boulders and White Clouds and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak wilderness areas.

Thu
26
Oct
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New physician assistant joins Challis clinic

A new physician assistant has joined the Challis Area Health Center staff.

Thu
26
Oct
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FFA students travel to national convention

The Challis School Board approved the trip last week, and today Challis FFA members are either on the way or at their national convention in Indianapolis.

Thu
26
Oct
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Improvements planned on Garden Creek Road

This aerial view, taken by Corey Rice from one of Pete Nelson’s Middle Fork Aviation airplanes, shows Garden Creek Road in the middle of the photo where it becomes Main Avenue at the city limits. Also pictured are the cliffs above Challis, an irrigated hayfield to the left and parts of Challis Golf Course to the right.

Right now the lower 2 miles of Garden Creek Road is 20 feet wide and has no shoulders, a couple of bad corners, poor drainage and a culvert instead of a bridge where it crosses the creek.

Thu
26
Oct
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Youth learn finer points of pheasant hunting

Wendell Gohn, William Wahlstrom, Jeff Moore, Jerry Shields and Brenna Cutler take aim at or watch a pheasant as it rises from the grass during a recent youth pheasant hunt. Photos courtesy of Fred Battley

Nine youngsters spent a day learning about hunting safety and pheasant biology, and then each bagged at least one bird during the Oct. 7 youth pheasant hunt held in Challis.

Thu
26
Oct
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County voters decide fate of new jail on Nov. 7

The old rock jail is more than 100 years old, houses only six inmates and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The above view is from the south, showing a portion of the chain-link fence and concertina wire surrounding the exercise yard. If voters approve a bond request, a new jail and courthouse renovation project would add a structure to the north that would attach to the existing courthouse. Todd Adams photo

While the ballot isn’t loaded for the Nov. 7 general election, Custer County officials remind voters that they are making a decision beyond city council, mayoral and special district races.

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