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Idaho's unemployment rate continued to drop in the final months of 2018, according to a report from the Idaho Department of Labor.

The Challis Blackheart wrestlers spent part of their Christmas break traveling to the Buhl Invitational tournament on Jan. 4 and 5. Several wrestlers came home with medals,

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary has rescued 379 animals since the facility opened on 10 acres north of Challis in July 2017.

Volunteers from the Challis unit of Custer County Search and Rescue found an overdue elk hunter in the Donkey Hills area of the Pahsimeroi and Little Lost River valleys and helped him get his pickup out last week.

Brandon McBride has been running Challis Computer and Video in a small office building on Pleasant Avenue next to Custer Soil and Water Conservation Service since July. He rents out newly released, older and classic movies, repairs computers and sells power cords and other electronics.

In two road contests last week the Challis Vikings split, defeating West Jefferson on Dec. 18 but falling to the Oakley Hornets on Dec. 20. The Vikings record now stands at 6-2.

Last week the Challis Vikings took on the Mackay Miners at home and the North Fremont Huskies in a road game, splitting with a victory against Mackay and a loss to North Fremont.

Challis High School students who took the ACT standardized test to assess college readiness scored slightly behind their statewide peers on average composite scores for each of the past five years, a report shows.

Challis school board members have approved an increase from half-time to three-quarters time for the two Stanley School teachers.