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Monument meeting set in Blaine County
The Custer County Board of Commissioners will attend a meeting at the invitation of the Blaine County Board of Commissioners to discuss the proposed Boulder-White Clouds national monument designation. Custer County residents are encouraged to attend this meeting at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 6 p.m. ...

Senate, assembly candidates to meet Custer voters in Mackay
Republican candidates for the State Senate and State Assembly seats in Legislative District 8 will meet Custer County voters Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Mackay.District 8 candidates will make presentations, take questions and chat with voters at the session. They face off in the May 20 primary on the GOP ballot. ...

Donations
The Challis School District Board of Trustees would like to gratefully acknowledge the following contributions:A donation has been received from Monica Franks for the Ricky Wynn Franks Memorial Scholarship Fund.A donation has been received from Bob and Darlene Wright for the Debbie Kay Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund.The Board of Trustees, ...

Fire tips for spring burning season
It's that time of year again when we are burning weeds, ditches and fields. The North Custer Rural Fire District asks that everyone please keep the following regulations in mind. The Custer County Burn Ordinance for the North Custer Fire District states: "A person conducting an open burn must first call the Custer County Sheriff's Office Dispatch ...

Upper North Fork Restoration project comment period extended
The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Upper North Fork HFRA (Healthy Forest Restoration Act) Ecosystem Restoration Project has been extended two additional weeks. Comments will be accepted for 59 days following the date of publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register which ...

Donations
Good friends and neighbors Jerry and Pat Hawkins have sent a donation to the Challis EMTs honoring the memory of Ethel Peck and John Corrigan. Also received were special donations to help with the purchase of the battery-operated gurney.

Challis Wrestlers compete in Shelley tourney
Challis Wrestling Club headed to wrestle in Shelley, Idaho on April 11 and 12. They took 10 wrestlers to compete in Greco Friday night and 14 kids on Saturday for Freestyle. The tournament had a good turnout and all kids wrestled hard and did well. ResultsGreco and Freestyle: Joel Zettel placed 2nd and 3rd; Nicholas Dizes placed 2nd and 3rd; ...

Chondo holds testing

Wednesday, April 2, Chondo Martial Arts Academy held a testing for the children's tae kwon do class. On April 9, the students received their new belts. Shelbie Bryant 4th dan and Bj Bryant 6th dan proctored the exam. The instructors at CMAA are proud of the students' diligent efforts and appreciate the support of the families that make it all ...

Northern Rockies skies

Virgo the VirginA monthly look at the night skies of the northern Rocky Mountains, written by astronomers Ron Canterna, University of Wyoming; Jay Norris, Challis, Idaho Observatory; and Daryl Macomb, Boise State University.Virgo, the brightest star in Spica, is one of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac. Near its second brightest star, Zavijava ...

4-H News
Round Valley Stockman SwineThe Round Valley Stockman Swine 4-H has had two meetings in 2014. At our first meeting on Friday, April 15, we discussed what we should do with our pigs to keep them healthy and identified the parts of a pig. The second meeting, Friday, April 25 we did a word search on the parts of a pig and we also practiced giving ...

Card of thanks
The Challis Elementary PTA would like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions to our annual science fair. Your generosity made it possible for us to feed 200 people a great meal at no cost and by donation only. With the proceeds from our science fair chili feed and your donations, we are able to provide quality snacks to ...

Hiking a volcano: Great Rift Expedition 2014

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is composed of three young lava fields that spread across 500,000 acres of wild country on the Snake River Plain. Over the last 15,000 years, the lava erupted through a series of deep cracks, known collectively as the Great Rift.How does one hike across a 52-mile long volcano? On April 11, the six ...

Patterson students raise funds

March was a month of fundraising for Patterson Elementary students. Eight children contributed $52.25 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised by over 10 million elementary, middle and high school students through this fundraising event. Employees at the Challis branch of Wells Fargo generously counted ...

Wrestling club has another great weekend

The Challis Wrestling Club had another great weekend. Four members went to Rexburg. There was a great turnout and our wrestlers did a great job, with all of them placing. Friday night was the Greco tournament where Kyler Rector (2-2) took 4th; Jaiden Wright (2-1) took 2nd; Hayden Rector (3-0) took 1st; and Hunter Natoli (0-2) took 2nd. Saturday ...

ACE Academy offers teenagers chance to learn about careers in aviation
Navigating small airplanes, controlling air traffic and exploring Blackhawk helicopters are all part of the Aviation Career Exploration (ACE) Academy, June 16-18, hosted by the Idaho Transportation Department's Division of Aeronautics in Boise.Thirty teenagers will have the opportunity to participate in the academy, open to high school students ...

Rappel academies coming to Salmon
Rappellers are wildland firefighters trained and prepared to operate in all the roles of helibase operations and as aerially delivered firefighters. During the week of May 12-16 there will be 72 veteran rappellers from all over the nation, along with 30 additional support staff and four helicopters with flight crews coming to Salmon. The training ...

ISP is now testing for Trooper positions
The Idaho State Police is currently testing those who desire to become Troopers. The testing process began April 18 and will close May 16. ISP anticipates hiring approximately 20 new Troopers. The hiring process takes about six months to complete and successful candidates will begin training in November 2014.What does it take to become a Trooper? ...

Idaho cost of living nears national average
Idaho's cost of living moved closer to the national average in 2012, rising from 92.8 percent a year earlier to 93.6 percent, according to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.The eight-tenths of a percentage point increase moved Idaho from 32nd to 31st among the states in comparative cost of living. Idaho was one of 27 states and ...

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