From the weeklies

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Recreation budgets down, feds tell commissioners

From the Challis Messenger:

Recreation budgets for campground maintenance are down, managers from the U.S. Forest Service told Custer County commissioners in February.

That means that although the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District usually hires between four and six seasonal employees, it has the money for just two this year, Ranger Kurt Pindel said. The district also hires a four-member youth conservation crew, he said. Fewer seasonal employees will make it more difficult for employees in the south zone of the Salmon-Challis National Forest to clean and pump toilets, haul trash and collect overnight camping fees, so some of the 13 campgrounds might have to be closed, Pindel said.

No private company contracts with the Salmon-Challis to run campground concessions, as in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Pindel said, so cuts in recreation budgets mean fewer seasonal employees and less site maintenance.

Challis schools to get security boost

From the Challis Messenger:

More than 100 people packed the meeting room of the Challis Joint School District No. 181 board last week when trustees voted to install extra security measures at the three district schools.

The trustees agreed to install electronic door buzzers, strike plates and security cameras at Challis Junior-Senior High, Challis Elementary and Stanley schools to screen visitors. This system, estimated to cost $2,700 for each building, supplements existing security.

School officials met last week and again Feb. 28 in response to concerns voiced in the wake of a verbal threat of violence made Feb. 15 at the high school that led to the arrest and detention of a male student. The Challis student who made verbal threats had no weapons, but his threats came a day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office investigated a second incident of alleged threats at the high school on Feb. 21 but found nothing to substantiate a credible threat, according to Sheriff Stu Lumpkin.

Bonnie Stoddard retires

From the Jefferson Star:

Bonnie Bond Stoddard is retiring from her 60-year-plus career as a newspaper correspondent covering Clark County in order to record the county’s history in a book.

Stoddard draws on her many years of writing and collecting information for her book, called “Trails of the Silver Sage” which will feature the railroad, homesteaders and input from members of the community and will be a companion to her first book, a 1,200-page history titled, “Settlers of the Silver Sage.”

Stoddard has recorded many historical events firsthand, writing for The Clark County Enterprise, the Rexburg Standard Journal, Farm Times, the Post Register and various newspapers over the years. She has covered events such as the Teton Dam breaking and Clark County’s response in the efforts, the drowning of a high schooler in Kilgore, and rodeos and trail rides.

Planning and Zoning looking to reduce RV squatters

From the Jefferson Star:

Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Administrator Kevin Hathaway is exploring methods to decrease the number of RV squatters in the county. Hathaway said he is seeing an increase of people living in their RV’s longer than the legal amount of time.

Under the current ordinance, people are allowed to live in their RV for no more than six months, as long as they have proper water and sewer hookups.

Hathaway said he often sees people living in their RV during the construction of their house. However he is also seeing RV’s pull up beside houses with the extensions out, leading him to think they are living in the RV.

If planning and zoning notices an RV that has been in a place for more than six months, or if it hasn’t gone through the proper procedures to remain there, the department is legally allowed to ask the individual to leave. Although Hathaway said it would become a full-time job to monitor each RV.

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