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Kids invited to fishing fair and derby

The annual Challis Kids' Fish Fair and Derby will be held Saturday, June 14 at Blue Mountain Pond. Registration is 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m., with the Derby ending at noon.There will be prizes for all kids ages 16 and under, additional prizes for the Big Fish Contest, Tagged Fish Prizes and Casting Contest.The Derby is in conjunction with the Idaho Fish ...

Visit Craters of the Moon
With sparse crowds, nice temperatures and abundant wildflowers, spring is a great time to visit Craters of the Moon park. Mid-June is the peak of wildflower season at Craters. EventsJune 14 and 21 - Wildflower WalksJune is the peak of the wildflower season at Craters of the Moon. Join Ranger Lennie on this guided 3-mile walk that will cover a ...

Stanley school raising funds
The Stanley School Parents Association is holding two specific fundraisers for the Stanley school this month.Float for the Kids is an opportunity to book a float trip and a portion of the price will go to the school. Deadline to book the trip is June 7 and participating outfitters are Sawtooth Adventure Company, The River Co. and White Cloud ...

June 14 is Idaho Fish and Game Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 14, is your chance to try fishing for the first time, or dust off your rod and put it back into use. It is Free Fishing Day in Idaho, and Fish and Game invites everyone to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license.Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as ...

School board meeting agenda
The regular board meeting of Challis Joint School District #181 will be at the board meeting room at Challis Middle School June 11 at 6 p.m. A budget hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.After the opening routine that includes recognition of visitors and adopting the agenda, trustees will consider the consent agenda that includes minutes, budget ...

2013-14 Steele Memorial Foundation campaign aids Salmon's SMMC

The 2013-14 Steele Memorial Foundation annual giving campaign supported the purchase of a comprehensive patient communication system at Steele Memorial Medical Center (SMMC). With the advancement in technology, this new system improves communication between doctors, nurses and patients, as well as increases safety and enables a quieter ...

Memorial run is June 14
The fourth annual Jeff Allen and Shane Heath Memorial 5K/10K/Half-Marathon will be held Saturday, June 14, at the Indianola Helibase. The route for the 5K/10K follows the Salmon River road from Indianola upriver. The half marathon has a new course this year that follows dirt roads. This is a family event and open to walkers. The Memorial Run is in ...

Deurloo is Artist of the Month

Celeste Graham, manager of the Purple Easel Gallery, is proud to announce that Robert Deurloo is the Artist of the Month for June. She happy at the timing that coincides with the newly completed "Bear Fountain" across from Salmon City Hall. Robert Deurloo is a professional sculptor who lives in Salmon near the largest wilderness area in the lower ...

Idahoans covered on COBRA can still buy insurance through Your Health Idaho
Idahoans who are currently getting insurance through COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, have until July 1 to shop for a health insurance plan through Your Health Idaho. The special enrollment period was recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. COBRA is a federal act that gives employees the ...

Free HIV Testing June 27
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and in recognition of this annual event, Eastern Idaho Public Health District (EIPHD) and Community Family Clinic (CFC) will offer FREE confidential rapid HIV tests. Call for an appointment at any EIPHD office. Free testing at the clinic in Challis, 1050 North Clinic Road, Suite A, is June 11 from 8 a.m. to noon ...

County contracts with CodeRED
Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the County of Custer has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Ormond Beach, Florida-based Emergency Communications Network.The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the county's emergency planning and ...

Biologists trap grizzlies for research
As part of ongoing efforts required under the Endangered Species Act to monitor the distribution of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is working to inform the public that pre-baiting and scientific trapping operations are once again beginning in the Upper Snake Region. IDFG biologists make up ...

Wolverine Conservation Plan comments due
The comment period for people interested in Fish and Game's wolverine conservation plan ends Monday. The Idaho Wolverine Conservation Plan was released May 19 for a 21-day public review. The comment period will conclude on June 9. Wolverines are members of the weasel family. In the northern United States, they occupy high-elevation alpine and ...

Ramps, rivers and potties
We're all a familiar with the brown access sign along the highway with the little fish and the hook. It means a ramp to launch your fishing boat...and maybe also a place to find a little relief from too much coffee. But all these ramps, rivers and potties have a story behind them.Idaho Fish and Game's fishing and boating access program's roots ...

Berberick and Gilman engaged

Mr. and Mrs. David Berberick of Post Falls, Idaho are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Ann Berberick to Timothy James Gilman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gilman of Inglewood, California.The future bride holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Idaho and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from ...

Hats Off

Kyah Decker Piva graduated May 10, 2014 from the University of Great Falls with a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in K-12 Health and Physical Education. Kyah was honored for attaining a grade point average of 4.00 for her last three semesters at UGF. Kyah and husband, Kaden, and sons, Braycen and Brixon, live in Ellis, ...

Challis Library News
"Fizz, Boom, Read!" at the Challis Public Library begins Wednesday, June 11. Ages 3-7 start at 10 a.m. and ages 8-12 will begin at 11 a.m. Parents, please arrive early to register your children. All programs are free of charge. Our library, now a member of LCEI - Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho, is offering an e-book component to our library ...

FFA rockin' Ag Swag
Challis FFA is having a carwash and greenhouse closing sale on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on over and look at the beautiful plants that Challis High School students have raised, while FFA members make your vehicle all nice and shiny! We also elected our 2014-2015 Officers. Dale Parkinson, president; Tyler Hughes, vice president; ...

Card of thanks
Although it was another small turnout, our event for the Custer County Cancer Fund at the Wacky Tacky Tea Party in Clayton May 3, was a success making $2,113. Special thanks to the City of Clayton for use of the hall, Lamb's Market and the Y-Inn for the tea, Village Square for the eclairs and Glenn and Joan Ritter for copying.Thank you again ...

Rev. Stan Aubrey to hold services in Stanley
The Sawtooth Meditation Chapel will once again be the venue for our Christian Fellowship's Sunday service. We will be welcoming Reverend Stan Aubrey and his wife, Eleaner. After nearly 40 years in active ministry as a Nazarene minister they have retired in Emmett, Idaho. But who can say "retired" and really mean it? The Aubrey's are spending their ...

Card of thanks
The Custer County 4-H Leader's Council and University of Idaho Extension Office would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for supporting our annual 4-H Flower Barrel Planting fundraiser:Allied Builder's Supply, Antonio's, Challis Messenger, Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District, City of Challis, Custer County Courthouse, Custer ...

Free fluoride varnish offered
On Monday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Eastern Idaho Public Health District in Challis will be offering free fluoride varnish to prevent tooth decay for children ages 6 months to 12 years. It involves a quick dental assessment and an easy paint-on application to the teeth. Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment. The phone ...

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