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Trouble playing tonight in park
The band, "Trouble" is highlighted for Music In The Park this evening at 7 p.m. in Centennial Park, Challis. Frank and Tina Foster and drummer Ron Austin from Salmon, comprise this talented musical group that has been playing together for many years and remains a favorite of Music In the Park. Fans from up and down the Salmon River and folks from ...

Card of thanks
Not in a timely fashion, but with great sincerity the Challis Community Church/United Church of Christ thanks all those generous church members, church friends, friends of friends, and general good-hearted people who helped present the worship service and brunch on Choral Rendezvous (CR) Sunday.We are honored to have been a part of CR’s ...

The Clayton Cemetery Fund has received donations from Bert and Betsy Doughty and Mel and Sheri Hughes in memory of 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 my mailing to: Clayton Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 938, Challis, Idaho 83226.

The Clayton Area Historical Association has received a donation in memory of Mike Kalenik from K.A. Murray.

Card of thanks
Thanks to the elves again for all the surprises we received for the holidays. You are great and loving elves. We love and wish you the best.Love and prayers,Alvin and Martha McCoy

The Challis Cemetery Maintenance District has received a donation in memory of Gladys and Art Bradley and Ruth Leaton from William and Rosalie Hardman.

The Challis Area Forest Service employees have generously donated to the Challis Volunteer EMTs in memory of Harry James and Dick Baker.

Pastor Reinke to lead Stanley services
Last week you read a short history of the Stanley Christian Fellowship in Stanley starting in 1986. The following is just a little more history. In August 1994m Phil and Karen Coonts, who had been overseeing the group, were transferred to Mackay and asked Nancy Williams to take over. Nancy did this until her death in the spring of 2010. Dia Terese ...

Community Church to host picnic
The Annual Challis Community Church Picnic is Saturday, August 30, 2014. Everyone will start gathering in the Winegarner Memorial covered picnic shelter at the Community Garden to the east of the church around 4 p.m. There may be burgers to grill, or it could be that there is chicken to keep crispy. Either way, the church will provide picnic-style ...

Fish and Game works with tribes to supplement broodstock
Fisheries staff from Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Nez Perce Tribe and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will capture adult Chinook salmon from the South Fork Salmon River after a flash flood wiped out most of this year's broodstock.Severe thunderstorms producing heavy rain caused large amounts of sediment to flow into the South Fork Salmon River on ...

Celebrate salmon and art in Stanley this weekend
Idaho Rivers United is celebrating the vitality of Idaho's native salmon runs with the annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival in Stanley.Idaho's salmon are the Olympic champions of the salmon world. They travel farther and climb higher, 900 miles and 6,500 vertical feet, than any other salmon run on Earth. But Idaho's wild salmon runs still face the ...

Upper North Fork Restoration Project reaches milestone

The North Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest is pleased to announce that they have completed 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 ...

Stanley area recreation sites renovated

For five days, nine retired smokejumpers and one charming project team leader, Katy Nelson, who represents the Sawtooth Forest Work Center in Stanley, renovated Sunbeam Hot Springs and the Sunbeam overlook sites.The project also included the energetic, talented Tom Kovalicky, who represents the National Smokejumper Association trail crew program. ...

Masonic Lodge holding fundraiser
Challis Masonic Lodge #92 is raffling a carved bear named Jorge and auctioning off Fezzy Bear, both created by Lodge member Carl Alexander. The winning raffle winner will be announced and the auction will take place at Sunday's Masonic fall picnic. Proceeds from the raffle and auction will go to the Shriner's Hospital. The fez worn by Fezzy ...

Mental health training offered in Salmon
We often train people to know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid. But you’re just as likely to come in contact with someone who is suffering from an emotional crisis.Mental health experts will be offering a Mental Health First Aid training session Monday and Tuesday, August 25 and 26, at Salmon Public Library, 204 Main Street, ...

Your Health Idaho readying to reenroll Idahoans
Your Health Idaho is getting closer to launching its own technology platform and in the next few days it will start setting up accounts for the more than 76,000 Idahoans who enrolled in an exchange plan last year, despite the continual delays by the federal government."When Idaho decided we would use for the first year of open ...

River levels raised to help fish
Water managers will increase flows in the South Fork Boise River in an effort to restore fish habitat damaged by last year's wild fires. The Bureau of Reclamation in-creased the river volume from Anderson Ranch Reservoir by 400 cfs (cubic feet per second) on August 18, and again on Tuesday by another 300 cfs. The flow will remain at 2,400 cfs for ...

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