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Mild winters lead to opportunity for deer hunters
Many Idaho hunters are optimistic about taking a deer, or maybe even two, this fall.Three consecutive mild winters across most of Idaho are resulting in unusually high numbers of mule deer and whitetail deer. Survival rates have been higher than average in five of the last six years.Biologists say mild winters and good summer conditions allow ...

BLM seeks bids for off-range horse care
At a time when current off-range holding facilities are nearing capacity limits, the Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities that provide a free-roaming environment for wild horses. The BLM is also soliciting bids for multiple short-term facilities in various states that border or are east of the ...

School board to meet Wednesday
The next regular meeting of the board of directors of Challis Joint School District #181 will be Wednesday, August 13, at the board room at Challis Middle School, starting at 6 p.m. There will be a transportation hearing at 6:30 p.m.After the call to order and consent agenda, trustees will hear patron comments and review written communications to ...

Country Classics play tonight
Tonight at 7 p.m. in Centennial Park, Music in the Park is pleased to present the Country Classics. Our old friends Tom and Leslie Levendofske have been making music together for more years than I can count. They have played in just about every venue up and down the Salmon River and with just about every musician in these parts. They produce a ...

Run for wilderness
Join Craters of the Moon staff and friends for the first annual Run the Rift Fun Run and other special events on Wild Saturday, September 27. A 5K and 10K run/walk will be offered starting at 8 a.m., followed by a wilderness puppet show, a trail exhibit dedication, and a wilderness film festival. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness ...

Restoration project in Yankee Fork has begun
The Salmon-Challis National Forest, along with the Bureau of Reclamation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Trout Unlimited, recently began implementing the Upper Yankee Fork Large Wood Restoration Project. The Upper Yankee Fork Restoration Project, located on the Yankee Fork between Jordan Creek and Eightmile Creek, is one of the largest stream ...

Donations
The Challis School District Board of Trustees has made a contribution to the Faculty Scholarship Fund in memory of Debra Bruno's mother, Lou Swindell.A donation received from Norman and Nikki Doll for the Challis School District Scholarship Fund in memory of Ann Adams, Bessie Prichard and Lou Swindell.A donation received from Vern and Connie ...

Donation
Mary and Calvin Bruno of Oregon have remembered and sent a donation to the Challis Volunteer EMTs in honor of Lou Swindell. It is nice when those behind the scene are remembered.

Challis Library News
Check out these new books at the Challis Public Library.Junior fictionThreatened by Eliot Schrefer. As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell. Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard. Tales from the Hood by Michael Buckley. Song of the Sparrow by ...

Stanley Library News
CA good crowd gathered at Redfish Lake Lodge on Saturday, August 2 for a luncheon with author Chris Crutcher. Crutcher is the author of a dozen books for young adults, one adult suspense novel, and an "Ill-Advised Autobiography," King of the Mild Frontier. Raised in Cascade, Idaho, Crutcher now makes his home in Spokane where he continues to write ...

Forest Service sponsors writing challenge for youth
You don't have to be a J.K. Rowling or a Dr. Seuss to take part in the Forest Service's Wilderness writing challenge.The U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region encourages all students to submit their personal reflections about wilderness, whether it is a 140-character "tweet" or the maximum length of 500 words. Through September 4, the Forest ...

Donation
The Clayton Cemetery Fund has received a donation from Linda Campbell in memory of Larry Rovetto and Dick Baker. Donations such as these are greatly appreciated to 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.

Daniels is Artist of the Month at Purple Easel Gallery

Celeste Graham, manager of the Purple Easel Gallery, is happy to announce that Wilma Daniels is the Artist of the Month for August. Wilma is a pine needle artist and she describes in her own words how she got started."It all started when we purchased a piece of ground down river, sight unseen, up Spring Creek, Idaho. That winter we took our kids ...

Local milkweed supports migrating monarchs

BY TONI RUTH. Most people living in the Salmon River region are familiar with the astonishing 900-mile migration Idaho-born salmon and steelhead make each year, but may not be aware that monarch butterflies make an equally impressive long-distance migration each spring. Weighing in at a mere half gram, western monarchs arrive to latitudes north of ...

Restoration project FEIS' decision available
The North Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Upper North Fork Health Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) Ecosystem Restoration Project located in the North Fork Salmon River drainage between Gibbonsville and Lost Trail Pass Ski Area. The Upper North Fork HFRA ...

Notice
A meeting for the Clayton Area Historical Association will be held at the Clayton Museum on Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m.

Finding balance in hunting technologies
Technological advances create unique challenges for wildlife management. Technology such as global positioning units (GPS) and advanced communication devices are common field tools used to obtain and store data, and maintain personal safety. On the other hand, using the aid of technology while hunting often results in questions of what constitutes ...

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