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The average salary paid to workers in Custer County is $615 a week, ranking it 36th of the state’s 44 counties, according to data from the first quarter of 2018 released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The majority of Custer County voters Tuesday stuck with Republican incumbents in statewide, legislative and county offices and re-elected incumbent Commissioner Wayne Butts in his race against fellow Republican write-in challenger Jeri D’Orazio. Butts garnered 1,363 to 588 cast for D’Orazio.

The annual Harvest Dinner at Challis Community Church was once again successful, raising more than last year, with about 150 people served and donations for dinner and raffle ticket sales raising about $1,800.

Sarah Baker, associate extension professor with University of Idaho extension service, received the distinguished service award at the 2018 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents conference in Columbus, Ohio, in October.

Mr. Butts goes to Washington on a regular basis. He lobbies Congress to keep funding two federal programs vital to Custer County’s economy, schools and roads: payments in lieu of taxes and the secure rural schools program which compensate rural counties and school districts for tax revenue l…

Admit it. You laugh when you watch an online video of a cat climbing and knocking over a Christmas tree. And you want to adopt a kitty from Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary this holiday season.

A half-dozen volunteer members of the North Custer Rodeo Committee last week approached Custer County commissioners with budget questions, ambitious plans to improve the rodeo grounds in Challis and a vision for the facility’s future.

The Challis Vikings traveled to Carey Nov. 30 to open their season at the Carey holiday tournament.

Auditor Dan Coleman gave Challis Joint School District No. 181 trustees a glowing review of the district’s finances last month, saying Business Manager Shawna Getty’s books were in better shape than some accountants’.

Contracts totaling $61,300 were awarded last week to companies based in Challis and Salmon to build a secure parking lot and storage yard for the Bureau of Land Management on land owned by the Challis school district.

All five senior boys who make up half of the royal court for Challis High School’s homecoming celebration are the sons of a Challis Junior-Senior High School teacher. The moms of all five of the young men teach at the Challis school.