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Jessica Zander and daughters Ava and Mia, who reside in Salt Lake City, Utah, returned to their home on Friday after spending a week in Challis visiting with Jessica’s parents, Dennis and Rosemary Savage, and other relatives.Rick and Cheryl Philps spent Saturday in Mackay where they attended graveside services at Mount McCaleb Cemetery for ...

Mountain transitions

ReconnectingAn April shower brings the first rain here in southwestern Michigan since I arrived. A clap of thunder is also the first. I think of Geoffrey Chaucer’s opening line to his epic poem of a medieval pilgrimage in the “Canterbury Tales.” “When showers of April pierce to the root the drought of March…”It has been dry here, ...

Good old days of Custer County
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGOApril 7, 1988Road construction along State Highway 75 from the junction of U.S. 93 to the East Fork of the Salmon River has a few people wondering about the necessity of the project, which is estimated to cost $3,845,475.The State Highway Department originally planned to improve the entire 54 mile stretch of Highway 75 all the ...

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