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Great bloomin’ shootin’ stars!

A high-altitude meadow near the base of Jordan Peak was full of purple shooting stars Sunday afternoon. Snow fields remain higher up in the Jordan Creek and Yankee Fork of the Salmon River drainages, providing moisture for springs to flow and wildflowers to bloom. The scientific name for shooting stars is Dodecatheon pulchellum. They are in the primrose family, also known as Primulaceae, and love moisture. They range widely across North America and are found from coastal prairies to mountain meadows and streamsides, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Austin, Texas. Todd Adams photo

A high-altitude meadow near the base of Jordan Peak was full of purple shooting stars Sunday afternoon.

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Firefighters won’t launch fireworks from Peck’s Hill

A colorful aerial firework explodes over the flag flying on the hill during this year’s final North Custer Fire Department display from Peck’s Hill. Fire Chief Launna Gunderson is looking for a new site for the public fireworks display and wants to end illegal, private displays of aerial fireworks for safety and fire hazard reasons. Todd Adams photo

This marks the last year that North Custer volunteer firefighters will launch fireworks on the Fourth of July from Peck’s Hill overlooking Challis.

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Golfers have fun raising money for cancer relief fund

Kelli Ann Strand was on the youth team that took first place with a score of 61 at the fundraising golf tournament for the Lemhi-Custer Cancer Relief Fund July 1. Above, she tees off toward the end of the fun scramble-format tourney.

Thirty-seven area golfers turned out Saturday for a fun scramble golf tournament to raise money for a good cause in perfect weather on the Challis Golf Course.

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Animal sanctuary now accepting homeless cats, dogs

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary board members talk in the dog kennel room of the new no-kill animal shelter, which began accepting homeless cats and dogs this week. Pictured are Tirzah Stuart, founder and CEO, Treasurer Nancy White, board Chairwoman Becky Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator Rita Moulton and Vice Chairwoman Sandra Willingham and her dog, Inky. A grand opening celebration will be scheduled for later this summer. Todd Adams photos

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary is now open and accepting placements for homeless cats and dogs.

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Airport runway, taxiway sealing completed

Pete Nelson, Middle Fork Aviation owner and Challis Airport Advisory Board member, takes off with a full load of passengers in his 1954 de Havilland Beaver, a workhorse of an airplane. Todd Adams photos

The city of Challis has a newly sealed, striped and smoothed airport runway, taxiway, airplane tie-down parking areas and ramps to individual hangars, and it only cost the city $9,550.

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Music in Park kicks off 8th season

Brian Walton plays the bass guitar in the bandshell as the crowd watches. Music in the Park takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the city park off U.S. Highway 93. Todd Adams photos

Brian Walton (bass), Travis Hardy (drums) and Chris McDonald (guitar) of the Travis Hardy Band kept a crowd of Challis locals and their dogs entertained at the first performance of Music in the Par

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School district needs new board members, employees

The 2016-17 academic year has ended, and while the students and teachers are gone, Challis Joint School District No.

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Correction

A poor word choice in a Page 1 headline in the June 22 issue of The Challis Messenger led to a mistake.

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Challis amends budget to spend $375,000 on water project

Challis City Council members unanimously adopted an amended 2017 budget at a special meeting earlier this month to allow the city to spend $375,000 that is already set aside to start a long-planned

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Valley Creek Preserve plan finished

The final plan is done, with goals, action items and estimated costs. The next step is to prioritize and make some things so.

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