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Custer County commissioners held an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon and declared a state of emergency following Tuesday's 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rolled through the county and much of Central Idaho.

To keep Challis students fed and healthy while school is canceled because of the coronavirus, Challis school district employees are distributing free lunches and breakfasts to children 18 and younger at a drive-up option at the Challis Elementary School.

A 10th death from the coronavirus was reported in Idaho Friday, April 3, while the number of confirmed cases rose to 1,013, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. 

Float permits on the Salmon River and Middle Salmon that had already been issued through April 15 were canceled March 27, according to Amy Baumer, public affairs officer with the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Custer County Commissioner Wayne Butts said the county has the money in hand for upgrades to the county jail and he’s optimistic the plan for the project will be approved by May 14.

Idaho workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus filed 13,341 new claims for unemployment benefits between March 15 and 21, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

All Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices are closed to the public until at least April 15, consistent with the governor’s statewide stay-at-home order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As Custer County elected officials take steps to ensure the safety of county employees and to comply with directives from the governor and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare because of COVID-19, people will need to schedule appointments to take care of some county business.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes officials from Fort Hall want to to replace a weir in Pettit Lake Creek, and the public has 30 days from Feb. 19 to comment on the project.

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.

The Challis Vikings enter the district tournament with a Thursday, Feb. 13 game, coming off a tough week with three losses.

Mackay schools will remain closed until at least April 2 in response to the coronavirus outbreak in Idaho, according to a notice from Superintendent Susan Buescher.

Schools in Challis and Stanley are closing at the end of the school day today and will remain closed until at least March 30 in response to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Idaho.

Jennifer Zollinger became Challis High School’s athletic director for the rest of the school year after school board members appointed her to the post last week.

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