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BOISE (AP) — Former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has asked the Trump administration to investigate possible Chinese involvement in a mining company that could compete in Idaho with a Canadian-based company that tapped Otter to serve on its board of directors.

Shareholders of eCobalt Solutions, owner and developer of the Idaho Cobalt Project, are being asked to approve a merger with Jervois Mining, an Australian mining and exploration company. The deadline for shareholders to vote on the issue is July 17.

Lightning ignited 11 new fires in the Salmon-Challis National Forest between July 8 and 15. Some have been called out, others are holding steady and others have grown quickly, forest officials report.

Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon has been listed as one of the 67 “critical access hospitals to know,” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

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While it didn’t result in an individual state title, placing fourth in pole bending at the conclusion of the Idaho High School Finals Rodeo on June 15 was a victory in its own right for Jessi Farr.

Kelli Ann Strand of Challis came home with the first-place trophy from the John Dropping Invitational Junior Championship golf tournament held June 9, 10 and 11 in Boise.

Challis siblings Lane and Kelli Ann Strand are in the midst of a busy summer series of golf competitions, coming off the spring high school season where they were both crowned champs.

Challis students involved with the Custer County Coalition lunch and learn program are bound for a four-day Idaho drug-free youth leadership summit in Coeur d’Alene June 18-21.

There have been seven dropouts at Challis Junior-Senior High School this school year, Student Council President Charlie Bullock told Challis school board members last week. And, he’s been denied a student meeting about it and other issues, he said.

Challis schools will receive $223,000 in federal funds from the Secure Rural Schools Act, formerly known as forest reserve funds, according to school district Business Manager Shawna Getty.

Challis Elementary School students in grades 4 through 6 developed science fair projects for the recent school science fair. Each student conducted his or her own experiment, recorded data and analyzed it to see if it helped to answer the guiding question they had developed.

Calvin and Jenna McGowan of Challis welcomed a daughter, Macie Jo Jean McGowan, on Feb. 16, 2019.