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Thursday July 28, 2016

Challis mourns death of former Principal Mike Olson
BY TODD ADAMS. The Challis community was shocked and saddened to learn of the drowning death of former Challis Elementary School Principal Mike Olson.Olson, 46, was boating down the Middle Fork of the Salmon Tuesday afternoon, July 19, when the raft in which he was a passenger struck a rock in Cutthroat Cove Rapid. Olson, along with others, was ...

Teens, fireworks started July 4 fire
BY TODD ADAMS. Juveniles lighting fireworks in the parking lot of the Challis LDS Church caused the brushfire that threatened structures the afternoon of July 4.Three teenagers admitted to playing with fireworks in the parking lot, Challis Fire Marshal and North Custer Fire Chief Launna Gunderson said. Two were lighting the fireworks and one was ...

Idaho Supreme Court overturns lower court, says evidence admissible in Huffaker case
BY TODD ADAMS. Idaho Supreme Court has agreed with the State (Custer County Prosecutor Val Siegel) that evidence a Challis man gave to police before and after his arrest for an alleged aggravated assault in 2014 was voluntary, did not violate his Fifth Amendment or Miranda rights, and is therefore admissible in court.Jon Steven Huffaker pleaded ...

School board acts to retain bus drivers
BY TODD ADAMS. Facing a growing shortage of school bus drivers, the Challis Joint School District #181 Board of Trustees has voted to fund training for new drivers and to increase salaries for drivers in the outlying areas of Patterson and Stanley.Trustees were also supportive of a proposal by Challis High School graduates Sheri Hughes and Sarah ...

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