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The State Department of Education released the cohort graduation rate for Idaho high schools last month, but local school administrators and counselors said it is not an accurate portrayal of their rural schools.

Tammy Daybell was dancing in her parents’ living room in early October. The librarian seemed in good spirits and good health, according to her father. Two weeks later, on Oct. 19, 2109, she was dead. By Oct. 22, she was buried near her parents’ home in Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.

Idaho women who had full-time jobs in 2018 had median weekly earnings of $702, which is 79 percent of the $883 median weekly earnings of men in the Gem State, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For 26 years the Challis Blackheart wrestling team has invited athletes from around the state to compete at the Mario D’Orazio Invitational, but this year marked the first time enough girls signed up that a separate bracket was made for them.

Mackay FFA members held their annual blood drive on Jan. 21.

Challis School Board members decided to change their regular monthly meeting date to the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. The new date and time takes effect in February.

Bureau of Land Management employees continue to make changes at the space they rent from the Challis school district, some of which Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski listed off at the school board’s Dec. 11 meeting.

Several technology updates are being implemented in the Challis school district, and IT Specialist Lance Moss told school board members at their Dec. 12 meeting the main focus has been integrating Office 365.

Chilson earns doctoral degreeJason Chilson, who grew up in Challis, has completed his doctoral degree in music at the University of Southern California.