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School board discusses tenants, security, staff shortages

An excavator dumps metal debris into a dump truck from the Challis Bureau of Land Management office building that was destroyed by an electrical fire last fall. The agency is now leasing space from the Challis school district in the middle school building. Todd Adams photo

Challis Joint School District #181 trustees this month received a confidential state report on potential weaknesses in building security, discussed two middle school leases with tenants and voted t

Thu
18
May
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Custer County Search and Rescue receives donation

Micah Cox, the tall guy on the left who serves as commander of the Challis Unit of Custer County Search and Rescue (SAR), accepts a donation from Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (IOGA) representatives Louise Stark and Travis Bullock of
Challis. Stark, of White Cloud Outfitters and Bullock, of Mile High Outfitters, said outfitting is a big part of Custer County 's history, and a donation to Custer County SAR makes sense. Both outfitters and SAR volunteers work to keep the hunting and fishing public safe. The Salmon River Chapter of IOGA serves both Custer and Lemhi counties. The outfitters' chapter holds two fundraiser per year, a dinner in March and a barbecue at the Salmon Select Horse Sale in April. Both fundraisers did well this year, so outfitters donated to SAR units in each county and scholarships at Challis and Salmon high schools

Micah Cox (left) serves as commander of the Challis unit of Custer County Search and Rescue (SAR).

Thu
18
May
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Green guy

Kindergartener Tayson Swindell, dressed in green with an orange cap against a blue sky, gets the hang of jumping rope at Challis Elementary School’s annual kindergarten field day earlier this month. Tayson and his fellow students enjoyed a variety of games on a sunny, warm May 8 afternoon. See more photos in a future issue of The Challis Messenger. Todd Adams photo

Kindergartener Tayson Swindell, dressed in green with an orange cap against a blue sky, gets the hang of jumping rope at Challis Elementary School’s annual kindergarten field day earlier this month

Thu
18
May
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Challis school district faces $150,000 budget deficit

Challis Joint School District #181 is facing a $150,000 to $160,000 budget deficit for the 2017-2018 academic year, trustees learned last week.

Thu
18
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

Thu
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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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

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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

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