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Custer County commissioners, the University of Idaho extension agent and county fair board members are talking about holding the Custer County Fair later in August than it's historically been held.

Real Deal Smoke and Tap House and Allied Builders Supply reported missing merchandise after they were burglarized sometime late the night of Thursday, Jan. 2 or in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 3.

Community leaders in Challis and Salmon anticipate that 2020 will be a busy year in central Idaho with projects ranging from more trails being developed in Challis to updates at the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park to an expanded base of emergency services volunteers.

BLACKFOOT – Custer County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Oleson has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery in connection with a September 2019 incident that allegedly took place during the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

Community leaders in Challis and Salmon anticipate that 2020 will be a busy year in central Idaho with projects ranging from more trails being developed in Challis to updates at the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park to an expanded base of emergency services volunteers.

North Custer Rural Fire District Chief Launna Gunderson checked in at the Challis City Council meeting to see if council members had a list of services and materials they could donate to Challis’s new fire hall.

Firefighters and park rangers waited shivering till 6 p.m. exactly before they lit a stack of spent Christmas trees at the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, setting out s'mores supplies while they waited.

Recent cold weather caused beavers who chopped down about 15 trees at the Cottonwood campground north of Challis to stop building dams, which caused Bureau of Land Management officials to hold off on trapping the beavers.

At the start of the new calendar year, snow removal efforts in Challis were on track to generally align with the amount of money budgeted for the work, Challis Mayor Mike Barrett said.

The Challis Lady Vikings came home with a 54-8 win from a Jan. 11 game against Taylor’s Crossing.

Challis High School hosted the first boys high school basketball game of the new year on Saturday, Jan. 4, playing the Watersprings Warriors from the Idaho Falls area.

Challis Viking Blackheart wrestlers competed three days in a row in mid-December -- at a double dual at Teton High School Dec. 12 against South Fremont and Teton wrestlers and then heading to Marsh Valley for a two-day tournament on Dec. 13 and 14.

Skiers, snowshoers and other winter recreationists can now get daily forecasts for the Sawtooth National Forest from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

A broken-down bus and near slide off didn’t get in the way of a good time during an overnight visit to Yellowstone National Park, according to Challis Elementary School sixth-graders.

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.

Enrollment in the Challis school district is on the upswing after a dip in 2018, mostly because of more students at Challis Elementary School.

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