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BLM changes position on sage grouse land

About 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat in six western states is no longer being considered for withdrawal from location and entry under mining law, according to the Bureau of Land Management

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Barrett wants to continue in office

Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett was appointed to the post of Challis mayor last September after Ike Funkhouser resigned.

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Coho salmon season opens

The coho salmon fishing season is now open through Nov. 19, unless the Idaho Fish and Game Commission shortens the season.

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Animal sanctuary seeks protocol

The Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary board would like an agreement with Custer County for boarding animals when either the critters or their owners have run afoul of the law within the county.

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Pesky debris

This pile of debris was once a dilapidated house that Challis city officials spent months, if not years, deliberating about. The city assumed ownership of the property and demolished the house after dubbing it a public nuisance and fire hazard. Commonly referred to as the Salazar property, the debris from demolition was supposed to go to the Challis transfer station. According to Mayor Mike Barrett, only two loads made it to the pit. Wendall Gohn of Blue Mountain Refuse said the city has to supply proof there is no asbestos in the debris. That launched a round of correspondence with personnel at the Environmental Protection Agency and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. The city is now waiting for instructions from the DEQ. Until it can be proven there are no hazardous materials, the piles will stay on city property. Meanwhile, the city is having a conversation with the Custer County Treasurer about back taxes owed on the Salazar property.

This pile of debris was once a dilapidated house that Challis city officials spent months, if not years, deliberating about.

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Road work continues on Idaho 75

The stretch of Idaho Highway 75 known as Pebble Beach continues to be closed four hours a day on weekdays as construction continues.

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Idaho Cobalt Project feasibility looks good

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.

The price is up and promises to hold steady, reserves are there and much of the groundwork is finished.

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Councilman seeks Stanley mayor post

Steve Botti

There’s plenty of work to be done for the city of Stanley, mayoral candidate Steve Botti says, and that’s why he’s seeking to move up from his City Council position to be the mayor.

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Spanish class revived at CHS

Alex Mora and Cole Verbeck work on their laptop computers last week during Spanish class at Challis High School. The foreign language class is a new offering at the school. Anna Means photo

It’s been years since Challis Junior-Senior High School has had a Spanish teacher, but now students can learn the language through the digital service Rosetta Stone® with local Harriett Henderson a

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Stanley students celebrate Pioneer Day

Stanley School students were joined by Challis fourth-graders at the Pioneer Days celebration Sept. 27. All the students were joined by some of the presenters for this group photograph. Photo courtesy Stanley School

The Oregon Trail was tough because there were no cars, airplanes or trains to take you there, no medicine to cure you when you were sick or injured, and you always had to ride in the wagon.

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