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Choral Rendezvous is back
Many of the singers of Custer County have sung in Choral Rendezvous (CR) at some time in the last twenty years. All alumni and everyone else are invited to come back this year to hear great music and recall memories of those good old days with old friends still singing in this year's choir.The classical concert on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at ...

Matheson plays for Music in the Park
Jim Matheson of Butte, Montana; Weiser, Idaho; sometimes California and Las Vegas in the winter, will play tonight at 7 p.m. in Challis city park.Music in the Park is happy to showcase Jimmy and his music and appreciates his willingness to share his talent with friends and neighbors here in "God's Country." Jim springs from a musical family who ...

Card of Thanks
I would like to thank everyone for the support and help for this year's fireworks display. Thank you everyone for the monetary donations necessary to purchase the fireworks and equipment for the display. There always seems to be something that breaks down or wears out even with the limited amount of use it gets.Bailey's Tire & Auto provided us ...

Jerry Reinke preaches in Stanley
The Stanley Christian Fellowship once again invites you to our worship services in our beautiful chapel that looks out to the Sawtooth Mountains. On Sunday, July 13, we are welcoming Pastor Jerry Reinke from Hailey.Pastor Jerry grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho where he and his wife, Karen, farmed for many years and they raised their two children. ...

4-H News
Round Valley StockmenOn July 1 and 3, we held our fifth and sixth meetings of the year. July 1 Hazen, Taylor, Makayla, RJ, Merritt, Ashley and Lisa attended. We talked about the signs of bloating, then did charts of beef and sheep stomachs.On July 3, RJ, Merritt, Ashley, Taylor, Hazen, Makayla, Rowdy, Jace and Riley attended. We started growth ...

Military Salute

Dustin Longfellow of Twin Falls graduated June 27, 2014 from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri BCT and AIT as a 12 Bravo. He is currently serving part time in the Army National Guard in Gooding, Idaho. He plans to become active duty in December with the Army.Dustin grew up in Challis and is a 2009 graduate of Cheyenne East High School.

Donation
Challis Volunteer EMTs have received a donation from Tiela Leuizinger in remembrance of Harry James and Rick Malone. The EMTs also received a donation from the Gammache Boys. The volunteer unit appreciates the community support.

Cradle News

Aaron and Alexis Trevino of Montpelier, Idaho are happy to announce the birth of their son, Nick Alexander. Nick was born at Portneuf Medical Center on May 29, 2014 at 2:49 p.m. Nick weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 and three quarters inches long.Happily welcoming him home are:Maternal grandparents Ron and Kandice Rembelski, ...

Chinook Salmon Return to Boise River
To expand opportunity for anglers to fish for one of Idaho's most prized game fish, Idaho Fish and Game Department released Chinook salmon into the Boise River July 2.The salmon were released at three locations only: Glenwood Bridge, Americana Bridge and Barber Park.Any angler wishing to harvest Chinook salmon from the Boise River must possess a ...

South Fork Chinook season closes
Angler surveys indicated that sport anglers have harvested the non-tribal share of hatchery Chinook salmon for 2014 in the South Fork Salmon River by yesterday, July 9.So, Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore signed an order closing the South Fork to Chinook fishing at the end of that day.Anglers had caught Chinook salmon in the South Fork since ...

ITD seeks public input on projects
The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment from July 1- July 30 on the FY2015-19 draft of the Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP).The ITIP is a five-year "roadmap" for planning and developing transportation projects, including: highways and bridges; bicycle and pedestrian facilities; highway safety; railroad crossing ...

Landowners can renew stewardship contracts
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that participants from the first year of the Conservation Stewardship Program can renew their contracts starting July 11 through September 12, 2014."About 200 landowners in Idaho signed up for the Conservation Stewardship Program in 2009. Those contracts are reaching the end of their ...

SIHA begins lecture series July 11
The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association will begin its annual Forum and Lecture Series on Friday, July 11. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Sawtooth Association will begin its first lecture with Richard H. Holm Jr., who will present a talk, "Bound for the Backcountry: Aviation in Idaho's Largest ...

Card of thanks
Cheryl Kalenik and family would like to thank all who attended Mike's Celebration of Life, especially musicians Harry Robinson, Scott Lee, Jack and Aileen Hardy, Tom and Leslie Levendofske, Nick Waite, Dave Muscavage, Steven Neal, Tony Gilliam and Howard Cutler. And, of course, Cheryl Baker and all our friends and family. Thanks to everyone. We ...

Notice
The Clayton Area Historical Association will hold their monthly meeting at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, July 12.

Donations
The Clayton Area Historical Association has received donations in memory of Dick Baker from Cheryl Kalenik, Rob and Carrie Hasselbring, and from Richard and Helen McDaniel.They have also received a donation in memory of Michael Kalenik from Richard and Helen McDaniel.We are a registered, non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.

Fish & Game firefighter commended for saving life

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho has presented a Citation for Exemplary Action to Larry (Kaili) McCray, Wildland Fire Medical Standards Program Manager with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).McCray, a FWS employee serving at NIFC in the position co-funded by other DOI ...

Volunteers come together to repair guzzlers

A group of volunteers from the Idaho Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation, Custer County 4-H, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Challis Field office of the Bureau of Land Management came together June 21 to repair the guzzlers that had been installed to help address the drastic decline in the state’s Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep ...

Chondo competes at intermountain tourney

Chondo Martial Arts Academy students competed at the first annual Intermountain Taekwondo Alliance National Tournament on Saturday, June 21. Students competed in forms, sparring and board breaking.At a pre-tournament ceremony Bj Bryant was promoted to 7th degree black belt and awarded the title of Chief Master.The instructors at CMAA would like to ...

CLocals featured at Ketchum Arts Festival
The 15th Annual Ketchum Arts Festival will feature four Challis artists, along with over 100 Wood River area artists, July 11-13. Longtime photographer and Stanley gallery owner, Thad Gerheim, will have new photos from his 5x7 large format film. Award winning silversmith, Fluff Wood, Sagebrush Silver, has original designed, hand-engraved, solid ...

F&G seeks input on unlimited controlled hunts
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to hear from the public about a proposed rule change to allow the Fish and Game Commission to designate specific unlimited controlled hunts as "first choice only" during the controlled hunt application process.Fish and Game has used unlimited controlled hunts to provide special hunting opportunities ...

State creates one-stop shop online for grower burn permits
Idaho growers can now obtain a crop residue burn (CRB) permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and a fire safety burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in one easy step online.The DEQ system for administering CRB permits now interfaces with an IDL application for issuing fire safety burn permits so that ...

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