BJ Bryant lifts son Evan at the skating rink next to Challis Elementary School Friday evening. Members of the Challis Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star are sponsoring family skating parties this winter and providing hot chocolate. Evan tried to keep his balance and could stand on his skates for short periods, but BJ had to keep a close eye and hands on him. Weather permitting, skating is planned Friday, Jan. 19, around 4 p.m. Todd Adams photo

BJ Bryant lifts son Evan at the skating rink next to Challis Elementary School Friday evening. Members of the Challis Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star are sponsoring family... + continue reading

The air inversion and low cloud cover over Challis earlier this week means frosty coats hang onto trees, shrubs, fences and tall grasses all day long instead of dropping off after the sun pops out. These pine needles and cones shimmered with their white topping.

The air inversion and low cloud cover over Challis earlier this week means frosty coats hang onto trees, shrubs, fences and tall grasses all day long instead of dropping off after the sun... + continue reading

Snowman of straw — What do ranchers do between calving and branding season? Scott Edwards created this whimsical sculpture to greet folks passing by the home of Preston Dixon and Nadine Chaffee in the Pahsimeroi Valley.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO January 21, 1993 Dwindling runs of Chinook and sockeye salmon and provisions of the Endangered Species Act spell changes in the way BLM manages land and... + continue reading

The owl ears from little Sawyer Herr’s owl hat are silhouetted against a fireball from the annual Christmas tree burn at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park last Friday night. She is the 11-month-old daughter of Chris and Lyndee Herr. People showed up for a bit of light and heat to chase away the winter blues. North Custer volunteer firefighters ignited and kept a close eye on the fire. Marshmallows, s’mores and hot chocolate provided by Idaho Parks and Recreation staffers were gratefully accepted. Last year the event was canceled because it was cold and deep snow buried the few discarded Christmas trees brought to the park, Manager Joni Hawley said.

The owl ears from little Sawyer Herr’s owl hat are silhouetted against a fireball from the annual Christmas tree burn at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park last Friday night. She is... + continue reading

Saturday afternoon clouds are reflected in a scenic pond in Round Valley looking south and east from the Pennal Gulch access road toward the cliffs above Challis Hot Springs. Todd Adams photo

Saturday afternoon clouds are reflected in a scenic pond in Round Valley looking south and east from the Pennal Gulch access road toward the cliffs above Challis Hot Springs. + continue reading

BJ Bryant lifts son Evan at the skating rink next to Challis Elementary School Friday evening. Members of the Challis Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star are sponsoring family skating parties this winter and providing hot chocolate. Evan tried to keep his balance and could stand on his skates for short periods, but BJ had to keep a close eye and hands on him. Weather permitting, skating is planned Friday, Jan. 19, around 4 p.m. Todd Adams photo

The air inversion and low cloud cover over Challis earlier this week means frosty coats hang onto trees, shrubs, fences and tall grasses all day long instead of dropping off after the sun pops out. These pine needles and cones shimmered with their white topping.

Snowman of straw — What do ranchers do between calving and branding season? Scott Edwards created this whimsical sculpture to greet folks passing by the home of Preston Dixon and Nadine Chaffee in the Pahsimeroi Valley.

The owl ears from little Sawyer Herr’s owl hat are silhouetted against a fireball from the annual Christmas tree burn at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park last Friday night. She is the 11-month-old daughter of Chris and Lyndee Herr. People showed up for a bit of light and heat to chase away the winter blues. North Custer volunteer firefighters ignited and kept a close eye on the fire. Marshmallows, s’mores and hot chocolate provided by Idaho Parks and Recreation staffers were gratefully accepted. Last year the event was canceled because it was cold and deep snow buried the few discarded Christmas trees brought to the park, Manager Joni Hawley said.

Saturday afternoon clouds are reflected in a scenic pond in Round Valley looking south and east from the Pennal Gulch access road toward the cliffs above Challis Hot Springs. Todd Adams photo

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Thursday, 01/18/18
Mackay area rancher Herb Whitworth is the second Custer County rancher to accept a voluntary buyout of his grazing permits for the Wildhorse allotment under Rep. Mike Simpson’s 2015... + continue reading

The late Joe Andersen and brother Andy Anderson (yes, they spelled their last names differently) were among the first commercial guides to take paying customers down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River after World War II using Army surplus rafts. Above, Joe leads a loaded Bar X pack string down Camas Creek trail.

01/18/18

Lenore Barrett, the longtime Idaho state representative from Challis, shares stories during a recent visit to the Messenger office. Barrett recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Idaho Republican Party. Todd Adams photo

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Dorothy Moon of Stanley represents legislative district 8 in the Idaho House of Representatives, which includes Challis. She was named one of the state’s top Republican legislators. Todd Adams photo

01/18/18

Two temporary L-shaped rakers hold up this side of the old Bayhorse Hotel. The rakers were funded by a previous grant from Idaho Heritage Trust. Land of the Yankee Fork State Park photo

01/11/18

Sports

Mitchell Cotant puts pressure on an Idaho Falls Tiger in the Jan. 13 home game. Challis walked away with an 80-52 win. Debbie Sheppeard photo

Thursday, 01/18/18
The Challis Vikings played two strong basketball games last week, with big wins each night. Challis dominated the Sho-Ban Chiefs in a Jan. 11 road game. The Vikings came away with a... + continue reading

Cooper Erickson, Ty Redick and Pete Bradshaw competed at last weekend’s Magic Valley Invitational wrestling tournament. Erickson and Bradsahw both earned first-place finishes. Redick notched his 100th win at the meet. Andrea Bradshaw photo

01/18/18

Isabel Clerici, a foreign exchange student at Challis High School, lines up for a rebound in the Lady Vikings’ Jan. 11 game against Grace. Lily Verhoeven photo

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Challis senior Laura Parkinson readies for a foul shot in the Jan. 11 game against Grace. Lily Verhoeven photo

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Challis High School senior girls played their final home basketball game on Jan. 11. Players and family members were recognized at the game. Lily Verhoeven photo

01/18/18

Vikings Kyle Gregory and Parker May hustle to the floor after a loose ball in the Jan. 5 game against the Ririe Bulldogs. Challis lost 72-42. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Viking Parker May shoots as teammate Isaac Schwenke positions for the rebound. Challis hosts Idaho Falls on Saturday, Jan. 13. JV action starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. Debbie Sheppeard photo

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Viking Ross Sheppeard challenges a Ririe defender on a fast break during the Jan. 5 match-up between the two teams. Debbie Sheppeard photo

01/11/18

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Thursday, 01/18/18
When it comes to forest management, controversies about forest fires, litigation, clearcuts and agency gridlock often dominate the headlines. But behind the scenes, Idahoans are writing... + continue reading

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Thursday, 01/18/18
Gasoline prices in Idaho have bumped up in the opening weeks of 2018, after consumers in the state saw an average increase of 28 cents per gallon in 2017 compared to 2016. Last year... + continue reading

Milestones

Pahsimeroi residents Eileen and Harley Wallis celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.

Thursday, 11/30/17
Harley and Eileen Wallis celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. The couple married Nov. 23, 1952, in Tendoy. The wedding was at the home of Eileen’s parents... + continue reading

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Thursday, 01/18/18
Elementary and junior-senior high school menu Jan. 22–25 Monday–Thursday breakfast: Assorted breakfasts with fruit, juice and milk Monday: Hot dog, macaroni and... + continue reading
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What to do on a sunny March afternoon? This brave soul from Bannock County took a cruise along the Lost River Range front in his hanglider Saturday afternoon, March 14. Other gliders were spotted in Round Valley while some were seeing elevated sights farther south near Mackay. Anna Means photo

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