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Two Bear Air rescues skier in Sawtooths

Two Bear Air crew members with their twin-engine Bell 429 helicopter.

A backcountry skier from Bozeman, Montana, who fell and injured himself in the Sawtooth Range southwest of Stanley Sunday, is lucky Custer County Search and Rescue (CCSAR) volunteers and a helicopt

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Correction

In the March 30 story about the two men who walked away from the crash of their Cessna 182, the device that alerted authorities to the location of the crash was misidentified.

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Legislators update Challis on session

Rep. Dorothy Moon updates constituents on the 2017 legislative session, while fellow Rep. Terry Gestrin (background) and Sen. Steven Thayn (foreground) listen. Todd Adams photos

Idaho Legislators representing District 8 held a public forum in Challis last week to update constituents on what the 2017 legislative session both accomplished and failed to do.

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California man pleads guilty to felony eluding officers

Custer County Prosecutor Justin Oleson has resolved a nearly yearlong case where a California man who led deputies on a car chase from Stanley to Ketchum last summer has pleaded guilty to a single

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Challis plans to move City Hall uptown

If all goes according to plan, Challis residents may soon be able to walk into a new city hall singing or humming Billy Joel’s 1983 classic song, “Uptown Girl.”

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Challis EMTs, clinic staff, Air St. Luke’s train for emergencies

EMTs Dani Harvie and Chad Workman get ready to transport a child actor portraying a spinal patient as PA Danny Fife prepares to open the Challis ambulance side door.

Challis EMTs and staff at Challis Area Health Center trained in Idaho’s Time Sensitive Emergency (TSE) accident simulations with Air St.

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Commissioners give dark skies reserved reception

Custer County Commissioners gave the idea of an international dark sky reserve roughly encompassing the boundaries of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the cities of Stanley, Ketchum and Su

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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

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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

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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

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