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Thursday July 30, 2015

Mackay firefighters contain Mine Hill structure fire - BY TODD ADAMS
Mackay volunteer firefighters contained a fire that destroyed three structures on the Empire Copper Company's private property on Mine Hill Road.None of the structures were on the historic Mine Hill registry, Chief Randy Ivie said. The buildings were fully engulfed before firefighters arrived the night of July 22. Flames lit up the night sky and ...

Rep. Simpson's wilderness bill passes House - BY TODD ADAMS
Rep. Mike Simpson's wilderness bill, the Sawtooth National Recreation area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives by unanimous consent.It left the House Monday, July 27, and the next hurdle, a "mark-up" hearing on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, might be cleared by the end of this ...

Burley man drowns in Redfish Lake - BY TODD ADAMS
Joel Castro Juarez, 23, of Burley drowned in Redfish Lake after jumping out of a rental boat without a life jacket. At press time this week his body still had not been found, despite intensive search efforts that included sonar and divers.Juarez jumped into the water about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, to recover a flip-flop that had fallen into ...

Stanley firefighters mop up after hot tub fire - BY TODD ADAMS
Stanley volunteer firefighters responded late Friday night, July 24, to what was reported as a structure fire. By the time they arrived at Jerry and Lyrene Warren's home on Eva Falls Avenue (Highway 21) the couple's sons had put out the fire that started near a hot tub and spread to the deck."It was nothing major," said Andy Gunderson, Sawtooth ...

Challis considers policy for abandoned buildings - BY TODD ADAMS
Thanks to a persistent homeowner worried about fire danger from tall weeds and a vacant house only inches from hers, the Challis City Council is further along than ever with discussions on whether the city can or should condemn dilapidated, abandoned buildings.North Avenue resident Fran Stark said she would keep signing up on the city council ...

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