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Firewood permits no longer available by mail on SCNF
Personal Use Fuelwood (firewood) permits are no long available by mail for the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Additionally, permits are not available by phone. Permits must be purchased in person and are available at local Salmon-Challis National Forest offices as well as the following area businesses: Cycles, Sleds and Saws (756-8475), Salmon ...

Card of thanks
The Benefit for me (Sheila Funk) was a fabulous success. I would like to thank the organizers, donators, volunteers and participants.I am proud and humbled by all the love and kindness I have been shown from my hometown of Challis, friends and family.I will pay it forward.Thank you,Sheila M. Funk

We, the family of Carolyn Smith, would like to invite everyone to come and help celebrate her 75th birthday, Saturday, May 24, at the Mackay Fire Hall.We'll have eats, program and country dancing starting at 6 p.m.Keep the date open for an evening of entertainment, music and dancing.Update to follow at a later date.

Card of thanks
I would like to thank everyone for your generous support with our fundraiser basket for Jackie Spears.Our winner of the drawing is Lura Baker, who gave the basket to Jackie.God has really blessed Jackie through all of you. Thank you with all my heart.Sally and Lori

The Clayton Area Historical Association will hold their next meeting at the Myron Comb's residence this Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m.

Spring burning on north zone of SCNF to begin
The Salmon-Challis National Forest, North Fork Ranger District, may be implementing spring burning between the dates of April 10 and May 30, 2014, when appropriate burn conditions are present. There are three units where burning may occur. The first unit is the South Fork of Williams Creek Unit, which encompasses 1,082 acres above the S. Fork of ...

Upper North Fork Restoration Project available for review
The North Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Upper North Fork HFRA (Healthy Forest Restoration Act) Ecosystem Restoration Project located in the North Fork Salmon River drainage between Gibbonsville and Lost Trail Pass Ski Area.The Upper North Fork HFRA ...

Death notice
Barbara C. Nord, 89, of Challis passed away April 6, 2014 in Missoula, Montana. Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies in Missoula are assisting the family with arrangements.

March precipitation improves water supply outlook
Back-to-back months of above average precipitation across most of Idaho boosted the water supply outlook according to the April report released by the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service. March precipitation amounts ranged from 103 percent to 190 percent of normal."The water year started with four dry months from October to January," said ...

New Challis-Yankee Fork District Ranger selected

Katie Wood has been selected as the new District Ranger for the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Her reporting date is May 5. "We are lucky to have her on board here at the Salmon-Challis National Forest," said Chuck Mark, Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor. "Katie's variety of experiences will ...

Card of thanks
The Challis Joint School District #181 would like to thank Melvin Lanier and the Custer County Road and Bridge Department for helping smooth out some issues with our elementary school parking lot. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Annual wolf report available online
The 2013 annual summary of wolf monitoring in Idaho is now available, and shows wolf numbers remain well above the 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs required to keep gray wolves off the endangered species list under the 2009 de-listing rule.The 2013 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report includes the current status of the wolf population in ...

Mackay resident roughs it in Baja for 80 days

Fran Magee, 19, of Mackay, Idaho recently completed an 80-day wilderness expedition in Mexico with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). On September 9, 2013, Magee and 15 other students embarked on an 80-day wilderness expedition through Mexico's diverse coastal and mountain environments along the Baja California Sur peninsula. The ...

Church to donate in memory of two who have passed
Two recent funerals and family suppers at Challis Community Church/United Church of Christ were made truly memorable because of the abundance of generous people, other churches and community organizations that stepped up to help.The families of the deceased were very pleased and we, members and friends of the church, feel honored that so many ...

Rock patrol is critical tool

Imagine driving one of Idaho's many scenic routes, especially one bordered by a mountain or hillside. Rocks begin tumbling down and a concussive meeting looms.The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) would like to intervene.Avoiding that nightmare scenario is the driving force behind ITD's annual spring maintenance activity: Rock Patrol. It is a ...

Maggie the Cow tours Custer County

Maggie the Cow got her fair share of trailer time as she traveled across Custer County during Ag Week, which was celebrated March 17-21 to recognize and celebrate agriculture in our community. Maggie and the Idaho Farm Bureau's "Moving Agriculture to the Classroom (MAC)" trailer visited schools in Mackay, Challis, Clayton and Stanley to teach kids ...

Vikings basketball team has a last hurrah

The Challis Viking Boys Basketball Team held a banquet and awards ceremony last month where over 70 attendees: players, stat keepers and their families and special guests and faculty celebrated the end of the basketball season. All the players on the team lettered for playing in a Varsity game. The awards they were given for the year are:Brandon ...

Bowling News
Jr. Sr. High February 28First Place Team: Parkinson/Rose, 17-7. High Team Series: Parkinson/Rose, 754. High Team Game: Philps/Wheeler, 288.High Girl Series: Makayla Parkinson, 438. High Girl Game: Mikayla Parkinson, 154.High Boy Series: Merritt Philps, 369. High Boy Game: Troy Claxton, Josh Wheeler, 150.Girls 125 and over: Mikayla Parkinson, 154, ...

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