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Custer County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Oleson wasn’t surprised when Idaho Supreme Court justices last month chose to put an indefinite hold on all jury trials, but that didn’t temper his disappointment in the decision.

A Custer County man in his 70s died from the coronavirus Thursday, the Eastern Idaho Public Health department reported Thursday evening.

A house near Stanley where Idaho State Police troopers stay while working in Custer County has suffered an estimated $30,900 in damages caused by a water leak and subsequent mold and rot.

The unemployment rate in Custer County in October 2020 declined to 5.9 percent, from 6.1 percent in September, according to the Idaho Department of Labor’s latest report. That compares to a rate of 4.8 percent in October 2019.

After Judge James Barrett asked each of the recently elected county officials if they would continue to serve Custer County, he said he was happy to hear them all say yes.

People who want to boost the Wi-Fi reception throughout their homes or offices have a new option to do so with mesh Wi-Fi, now offered by Custer Telephone Cooperative.

Stanley Chamber of Commerce members can plan Winterfest in earnest, since City Council members approved their safety action plan at a Jan. 7 special meeting.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence — a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to map animal migrations in the West in unp…

Anglers won’t be able to keep as many steelhead in the spring season as they have in some past years, following action by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

A trapper education course is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Idaho Fish and Game office in Salmon, 99 Highway 93 North.

Each year in late summer and early fall, Chinook travel more than 800 miles from the ocean to scoop out gravel nests in the small streams of the central Idaho wilderness and deposit their eggs.

With two new students at Stanley School, teacher Lisa Muscavage said all nine grade levels will be filled at the small school for the first time in several years.

Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski informed board members at a Dec. 8 meeting that the district will need to ask voters on March 9 for an additional $200,000 per year in their biennial supplemental levy.

Along with updating the list of symptoms in the Challis School District’s COVID-19 response plan, school board members chose to shorten the time students who test positive for the virus must quarantine from 14 days to 10.

With several of her students quarantining at home due to four positive coronavirus cases within the Mackay School District, music teacher Michelle Peterson said she had to push back filming their virtual Christmas concert.

Food service directors in Challis, Mackay, Salmon and Arco schools said students will have increased opportunities to try their food since the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the free meals program for the rest of the school year.

Four cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed within the Mackay School District as of Dec. 3, prompting district personnel to send multiple students home to learn.

With health experts asking people to not travel for Christmas due to the coronavirus, and winter break starting in a week or so in Challis, Mackay, Arco and Salmon schools, local educators say it will be on parents to keep the virus out of schools.

Kylie Martin, who was born and reared in Challis, was crowned Miss Idaho Collegiate 2021 at a pageant held in Boise on Oct. 24. She will represent Idaho in the national competition in June.

Fire district receives donationPat Silvers of Twin Peaks Spray made a donation to the North Custer Rural Fire District.