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Good old days of Custer County
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGODecember 31, 1987The Fish and Game’s December announcement that a portion of the Salmon River would be closed to steelhead fishing has not been well received in Challis. Many area businessmen and sportsmen feel the closure was arbitrary, and they believe lost steelhead business during the second quarter of the year will ...

About folks we know
Scott and Carrie Lamb spent last weekend in Boise visiting with Carrie’s parents, Carl and Vicky Nickels. Chris and Katina Anthony and children Daniel and Kathryn from Salt Lake City, Utah, returned to their home on Wednesday after spending the Christmas holiday in Challis as houseguests of Katina’s parents, Rick and Cheryl Philps. Also ...

Music Makes It Merry!

Challis elementary, junior and senior high school students presented their annual Christmas concert to the community on December 19, under the direction of Arlene Nelson.

Chamber announces Christmas Lighting and Décor awards

The Challis Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the annual Christmas Lighting and Décor contest.In the residential category, Brent and Ruth Brunker of the East Fork won first place.Second place in the residential category was awarded to Jerry and Faye Knox.Third place was a tie, awarded to Tom and Terri Yacomella and Blaine and ...

Mountain Transitions

2 Hungry birds and shining planetsA nice snowstorm is often sufficient to bring out the best of the little birds if not, necessarily, the best in little birds. Last fall was rather mild with little snow most of the time. Birds could forage far and wide and find many seeds on local weeds and in flowerbeds. They could, from time to time and at their ...

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