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Forest Service employees fund scholarships
In 1998, the Salmon Challis National Forest Employee Association created a student scholarship program to assist graduating seniors of our four local high schools. Funds were raised by employees purchasing raffle tickets for beautiful handmade custom quilts donated by Patty Hackett. Scholarships were valued at $500 during this time period.In 2000, ...

Upper Salmon River Chinook fishery closes
Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore signed an order closing the Chinook salmon fishery on the upper Salmon River from the Highway 75 Salmon River Bridge (about 250 yards upstream from the East Fork Salmon River) upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir at Sawtooth Hatchery. The closure took effect July 19, ...

Donations
The Clayton Cemetery Fund has received donations from Ben and Lynette O'Neal and Ted and Helen Malone in memory of Dick Baker. Donations such as these are greatly appreciated and help with the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery.Anyone wishing to donate may do so by mailing to: Clayton Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 938, Challis, Idaho 83226.

4-H News
CHS HogsChallis Hot Springs Hogs met June 27 at Lamb's to have a car wash fundraiser. We appreciate all who stopped by to have their car or truck washed.June 30 we met at Mitchell Cotant's house so he could show us how to give shots to a pig. Adriana and Jazmine Rivera attended.July 2 we met at Alex and Kevin Mora's house to learn how to grow your ...

Notice
Challis High School Football Camp will be held at the high school football field July 28 and 29, 6-8:30 p.m. All players entering grades 9-12 are encouraged to attend. Bring shorts and water bottles. For questions please contact Josh Franks at (208) 761-8550 or Josh_franks@hotmail.com.

Fast cars coming to Redfish
World famous automaker Bugatti, in cooperation with Redfish Lake Lodge and the Idaho Transportation Department, has announced plans to visit Redfish Lake this Saturday, July 25, following a white knuckle, high-speed drive along Idaho's Scenic Highway 75. The 13-vehicle parade may be the fastest and most expensive ever assembled in Idaho, with an ...

Funhogs play tonight, bluegrass is Friday
Tonight, Thursday, Music in the Park puts the fun back in music and presents the Funhogs at 7 p.m. in Challis city park. The Funhogs, a local band put together by leader and founder Steve Swank, are set to make the air ring with original material and great country from years past. Swank, who made the group popular here abouts back in the 80s, is ...

Pardoe to lead Sunday services in Stanley
"Please Sir, Another (Parable)!" is the homily topic that Reverend Ted Pardoe has chosen to speak on during our worship service at the Sawtooth Meditation Chapel this Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. After having spent summers at his ranch in Stanley, he worked about 20 years in a banking career on Wall Street in New York City before resigning in ...

Donation
The Challis EMTs have received a donation in memory of Dick Baker and Ruth Leaton. by Lew and Jean Frost.

Donation
The Clayton Area Historical Association has received donations in memory of Dick Baker from Lewie and Jean Frost, Pat and Jerry Hawkins, Doyle and Judi Leuzinger and Eugene and Jeanne Wright.We are a registered nonprofit 501C organization.

Chris Crutcher speaking at Stanley Community Library luncheon

Author and loudmouth Chris Crutcher will be the honored guest at the Fourth Annual Friends of the Stanley Library Luncheon at Redfish, set for noon on Saturday, August 2. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at Stanley Community Library. Crutcher's years as a teacher, then director, of a K-12 alternative school in Oakland, California ...

Sagebrush Soiree is this Saturday
It's that time of year to head north for the annual Sagebrush Soiree on Saturday, July 26. The largest fundraising event of the year for the Sawtooth Society will take place at Pat and Janis Lee's magnificent Lost Creek Ranch between Smiley Creek and Stanley. The most enjoyable gala of the year in the Sawtooth Valley, the Sagebrush Soiree ...

Card of Thanks

Junior High State Champion Bull Rider Pete Bradshaw would like to thank everyone that bought tickets from his raffle that he had for his trip to the Junior High National Finals. A very big thank you to the following businesses in Challis that donated items for the basket that was won by Tina Trusonovec of Challis: Challis Lanes, Family Dollar, ...

Hats Off
Chamberlain makes Dean's List. The University of Montana Western named a student from Challis, Idaho to its Spring 2014 Dean's List.Rachelle Chamberlain achieved grades in her classes to be placed on the Dean's List, meaning she achieved a 3.33 grade point average or better.

Extreme Mustang Makeover coming to Nampa
For the first time, the Extreme Mustang Makeover, presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro Program, will be held in Nampa, July 25-26. Those attending will have the opportunity to adopt trained as well as untrained Mustangs throughout the event.Youth and adult trainers picked up Mustang ...

Events at Craters of the Moon
August 2: Great Rift Expedition Presentation, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium. This spring, six backpackers retraced the route of famed Idaho explorer Robert Limbert along the 52-mile long Great Rift. See pictures and hear stories about this fascinating expedition of endurance and discovery through Idaho's unique wilderness. ...

Sign up now for series on history and meaning of Wilderness Act
The Idaho Humanities Council is offering a five-meeting reading/discussion series in Boise this fall on the history and meaning of wilderness in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. The series will meet at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, over five Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, ...

BLM wants input on rocket launch
Return to Snake River organizers have applied to Shoshone Field Office BLM for a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) that would allow them to temporarily control access to public land for their proposed rocket launch over the Snake River Canyon. The event will take place on private land directly east of the Hansen Bridge and is intended to commemorate ...

Department of Lands looking for comments
Idaho ranchers and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments now through the summer of 2015 on a review of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) grazing program.The State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) has heard an update on an IDL-commissioned grazing market rent study that will contribute to a detailed business plan for the ...

Post/pole harvest unit open
Approximately 28 acres of timber are available for personal use post/pole cutting along Kenney Wood Road on the ridge between Pattee Creek and the East Fork of Kenney Creek drainages. The unit is posted with signs identifying it as Unit #19 for personal use post/pole. Product rates are 50 cents per tree for pole-sized tree, diameter 4"-4.9"; $2 ...

ITD seeks input on projects
The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking public comment 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 safety; airports; ...

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