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Judge has marathon day in court
Seventh Judicial Judge Alan Stephens had a marathon day at the Custer County Courthouse March 19 with disposition on several long criminal cases taking all afternoon and into the evening.Several defendants facing felony drug charges pleaded guilty, accepted plea agreements and will be sentenced later this spring.BakerJacob M. Baker, 22, of ...

Notice
To residents of the City of Mackay/South Custer Fire DepartmentAny open burning requires a burn permit as per Section 307 & 307.4 of the Idaho State Fire Code as of May 10. These permits are available online at www.burnpermits.idaho.gov or from either the Forest Service office in Mackay or Mackay City Hall. Hoses, shovels and pumpers need to be ...

Salmon-Challis National Forest to celebrate Arbor Day
Celebrate Arbor Day and the miracle of Idaho's working forests. In Idaho, the last Friday in April each year marks Arbor Day, which is the same date as National Arbor Day, a special holiday to celebrate renewable, sustainable trees. Arbor Day was the idea of J. Sterling Morton. In 1872, Morton helped start a new holiday in Nebraska dedicated to ...

Forest adds maximum length to firewood permit
The Salmon-Challis National Forest has added a restricted length firewood program. The implementation of this additional firewood program addresses unhealthy forest conditions due to recent insect epidemics, provides additional source of fuel wood to meet local demands and will reduce unnatural fuel from insect epidemic-impacted forested areas to ...

Heald named Instructor of the Year

Sam Heald was named the 2013 Salmon Region Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) Instructor of the Year at the annual instructor appreciation banquet. Sam received this honor in 1998, as well.Region hunter education instructors gathered at the Ranch Restaurant in Carmen on April 3. Each year, IDFG honors these volunteer instructors who are the ...

SCNF takes home regional award
The Regional Forester Awards ceremony is an annual event to honor exceptional individuals or groups and projects that beautify the image of the Intermountain Region. More specifically, the Meeting America's Needs award recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual, work unit, or group that ensure the Region's forests and grasslands provide ...

Card of thanks
Thank you to everyone that participated in the service for "Bill" William Chivers. The honor guard was exceptional - we especially enjoyed the "Taps."Dinner served by the American Legion couldn't have been better. We appreciate each of you.Thank you for your kind expression of sympathy and support. Challis will always be "home."Sincerely, Mayanna ...

Steelhead Derby wraps up with a ball

The Challis Area Chamber of Commerce held the Fourteenth Annual Steelheaders' Ball on Saturday, April 5, at the Challis Community Event Center. Approximately 100 people enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by the Y-Inn. The crowd increased as the evening passed. Folks danced the night away to the music of Hank Swank and the Funhogs, and came to ...

Challis Wrestling Club on the road again

April 4-5, Challis Wrestling Club traveled two different directions to compete in different parts of the state. Eight wrestlers went to Boise to compete at the Snakebite Invitational Three Style tournament. Friday was the Greco tournament where Bruin Bradshaw (2-1) took 2nd, Pete Bradshaw (2-0) placed 1st, Nicholas Dizes (1-1) got 2nd and Cooper ...

Challis wrestlers go to Montana Open
The Challis Wrestlers Club took five wrestlers to the biggest tournament in Montana and competed with over 1,600 wrestlers from all over the west. The long trip to Billings was well worth the drive for five wrestlers who finished in the medals. Those placing were: Ty Farr (10-1) to finish 2nd; Pete Bradshaw (4-2) finishing 4th; Trager Abatti (3-1) ...

Donations
The Challis School District Board of Trustees would like to gratefully acknowledge the following contributions.A donation has been received from Vernon and Connie Coiner for the JoAnn Bennetts Family Scholarship Fund in memory of Gary Dolfin, John Corrigan, William Chivers and Kathleen Harding.A donation has been received from Leslie Gallagher for ...

Spring turkey season tips
Hunting is generally a fall activity, however, there are a few spring hunts in Idaho that provide a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warming weather.The general turkey season opened April 15. With turkey populations currently high, there should be plenty of opportunity to put one on the table. However, since many turkeys spend most ...

Idaho's Easter Bunny
Spring is officially here, which means it's time once again for the shy and retiring rabbit to endure its brief stint in the Easter spotlight.For centuries, rabbits have served as symbols of springtime renewal and fertility, owing to their ability to produce many offspring. Over time, a melding of folkloric and religious beliefs created the Easter ...

Don't let summer drought stop you from gardening
No matter where you live, being a waterwise gardener makes environmental and economic sense. And it's really easier than you think.Here are just a few of the easy and affordable ways to conserve water while growing a beautiful garden.Grow plants suited to your climate, and this includes the average rainfall for your area. Select drought tolerant ...

Bowling News
Tuesday Youth March 11First Place Team: Beare/Wheeler, 19-13. High Team Series: Beare/Wheeler, 629. High Team Game: Beare/Wheeler, 239.High Girl Series: Becca Wheeler, 373. High Girl Game: Becca Wheeler, 143.High Boy Series: Gabriel Juarez, 332. High Boy Game: Loegin Bailey, 120.Girls 100 and over: Becca Wheeler, 143, 120, 110; Philina Beare, ...

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