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Challis voters will be asked Nov. 2 to let the city sell bonds for up to $3.5 million to pay for water system improvements. The bonds would be repaid with increased water base rates assessed users of city water.

Voters in the cities of Challis, Mackay and Stanley will choose some new city officials in the Nov. 2 general election, but there won't be a ballot for Clayton voters because none of the city government positions there are contested.

Two large fires continue to burn in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness as management of both has been combined and assumed by a Great Basin team.

BOISE — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders expanded health care rationing statewide Sept. 16 and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19…

Two large fires continue to burn in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness as management of both has been combined and assumed by a Great Basin team.

Challis voters will be asked Nov. 2 to let the city sell bonds for up to $3.5 million to pay for water system improvements. The bonds would be repaid with increased water base rates assessed users of city water.

SEATTLE — Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday.

After rescinding Kelvin Krosch’s application to build employee housing in Mackay’s Industrial Park during their Aug. 10 meeting, Mackay City Council members approved the apartments at an Aug. 25 special meeting since Krosch came back with a special use application.

BOISE — When Idaho public health officials announced last week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care, roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d'Alene were packing lunches, climbing on buses or grabbing backpacks for their firs…

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The Challis cross country season started with a bang, coach Peggy Redick said.

BOISE — An emergency trap-and-truck operation of sockeye salmon in danger from high water temperatures in the Snake and Salmon rivers netted enough fish at an eastern Washington dam to sustain an elaborate hatchery program, wildlife officials said.

The journey of salmon and steelhead back to Marsh Creek on the Middle Fork Salmon River near Stanley is being tracked this summer via an instream detection system.

Idaho Fish and Game officials are considering changes to some fishing rules in the Salmon region and are seeking input from the public.

With all the usual roadblocks and this year’s added concerns of dangerously high temperatures and low water levels, Idaho Fish and Game was worried no sockeye salmon would return from the ocean without some help.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Young salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river, and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and…

Getting the film footage documenting the 850-mile migration of salmon from the Oregon coast to central Idaho looked to be in serious jeopardy after Kris Millgate nearly destroyed her main camera 200 miles into the trip.

Challis golfer Kelli Ann Strand and the other members of team Idaho placed second in the Girls Junior Americas Cup, held last week at the BanBury Golf Course in Eagle. Strand finished second in individual scoring.

People who want to comment on the possible sale of the Challis Middle School can share their thoughts with school trustees at a 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 hearing in the school auditorium.

Challis student athletes will ride on the district’s coach-style activity buses to district and state tournaments only after school board members chose to limit use of those buses. Board members also approved the purchase of a new yellow activity bus.

With the penalty for using coach-style travel buses causing the Challis School District to lose between $53,000 and $68,000 a year for three years now, Transportation Director Blain Aldous said it might be time to switch to a fleet of yellow buses only.

Since his first day will be Wednesday, Aug. 11, the same day Challis school board members meet, new Challis Junior and Senior High School Principal Tyler Gaston will get a chance to introduce himself to trustees.

Challis students and teachers will use a science curriculum from the Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt publishing company for the next five years after school board members approved the $48,000 purchase.

Mackay students will now pay $200 to take driving lessons, and for the first time, people who don’t attend school in the district can pay $275 to join them.

Computer Zen donates copier to firefightersThe Challis Fire Department received a new Xerox ColorCube copier from Computer Zen in Salmon.

Harvie graduates from U of ITyler Harvie of Challis received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho during winter commencement held Dec. 12, 2020.