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Judge reluctantly places family man on probation

District Judge Alan Stephens somewhat reluctantly placed a 31-year-old man on probation for felony drug possession in August, saying the only reason he was doing so was because the man has several

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14
Sep
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Ibex Fire slows, tops 17,000 acres

Recent rains have slowed the advance of the 17,800-acre Ibex Fire that started in the Loon Creek drainage and is now burning in the Yankee Fork drainage, a Salmon-Challis National Forest fire manag

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14
Sep
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County presents jail plans, construction costs to public

Scott Cromwell of Slate Architecture shows jail plans to the Challis audience Monday night. Todd Adams photo

Custer County Commissioners and consulting architects, financial advisers and engineers explained to the public in Challis and Mackay on Monday night and Tuesday night, respectively, the ins and ou

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14
Sep
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‘Music Man’ Jack Hardy finishes tenth season

Jack Hardy, in the white shirt second from left, leads fellow musicians including his wife, Eileen, and son Travis in the grand finale to his 10th season of producing Music in the Park for Challis Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 31. City of Challis officials presented him with a plaque to honor his decade of providing summer music. Local musicians who had played throughout the summer joined him in what may be Jack’s final season as soundman, producer and organizer of the popular event.

Jack Hardy, Challis’ own Music Man, last week wrapped up his tenth season of being soundman, producer and master of ceremonies for Music in the Park.

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07
Sep
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Wildfire smoke worsens in central Idaho

The Ibex smoke plumes as seen from Homestead Station on the Custer Motorway show the fire in the Yankee Fork drainage. Forest Service photo

Surrounded by smoke is the best way to describe Challis, Round Valley and central Idaho this week, no surprise to anyone who has watched blood-red sunrises and sunsets and an orange moon at night a

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07
Sep
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Commissioners, Sheriff agree county needs new jail

The first floor plan shows jail areas in blue and red, offices in gray and public areas of the sheriff’s office in green. Architect’s drawing

Custer County Commissioners and Sheriff Stu Lumpkin agree that a new jail is needed and it’s only a matter of time before the state of Idaho or a lawsuit forces the current 105-year-old jail to clo

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07
Sep
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County adopts $10.8 million budget

Custer County Commissioners last week adopted a budget that anticipates $10.8 million in revenue and expenditures for fiscal year 2018 beginning Oct. 1.

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Sep
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Probable propane explosion destroys building

A probable propane explosion blew at least one wall and doors off an outbuilding at Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch south of Stanley Friday afternoon, Sept.

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Salmon River Road projects could cause traffic delays

Three projects are underway along Salmon River Road which could result in traffic delays, according to Amy Baumer with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

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Eclipse brings revenue boost to businesses

Photographer Rick Bush of Helena, Montana, chased the total solar eclipse to Challis and photographed this series of the diamond ring effect from his watch post at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park. Rick Bush photos

Word of the special eclipse burger being served at Challis Lanes Drive-In spread as far away as Arco, owner Bill Baker said.

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