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Calling themselves the MVP Wildcats now, for the Miners, Vikings and Pirates of the Mackay, Challis and Butte County high schools, the 17 softball players are eager to start the season, according to a couple of Challis players.

Eastern Idaho has seen a surge in coronavirus cases this spring, and Salmon River Clinic Physician Assistant Amy Klingler said there are two main factors that have caused that scenario.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West during the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study that concludes the situation is worsening.

It took about eight hours to put out a campfire that spread and consumed nearly 10 acres of brush along U.S. Highway 93 last week, even though the man who lit the fire took the necessary precautions.

Since the results of a 24-hour pump test on west well 2 in Challis show the well is producing about 300 gallons per minute, Mayor Mike Barrett said there is no need to re-drill that well.

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The Challis High School golf team competed in their first tournament on April 5 at Jefferson Hills golf course in Rigby.

Calling themselves the MVP Wildcats now, for the Miners, Vikings and Pirates of the Mackay, Challis and Butte County high schools, the 17 softball players are eager to start the season, according to a couple of Challis players.

The spring season for Chinook salmon on the Lower Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers opens April 24 and is expected to run through Aug. 8.

The March 25 doubleheader between the Challis-Mackay RiverCats and the Malad Dragons was played in chilly weather, with cloudy skies threatening to rain and a stiff breeze sometimes.

Challis High School academic team members competed in the regional competition on March 12, along with 20 other teams from throughout Idaho.

Mackay school board members will review prices for split-seat and bench-seat buses next month after authorizing Transportation Supervisor Mike Winters to get prices for both.

With her first year as the Mackay School District’s lone principal nearly under her belt, Stephanie Green was rehired by school board members at their March 8 meeting.

Concerns about possible side effects from second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations prompted Mackay school board members to cancel school for a day, giving employees a day off after receiving their second shot.

Challis Elementary School saw “firsthand where the good people in our community helped spread happiness and hope for a better future,” teacher and student council advisor Ed Gregory said of the difficulties associated with 2020.

Gyer and Latimer plan weddingJason Gyer and Brenda Gyer and Kathleen Latimer and the late E.L. Latimer announce the engagement of Taylor Gyer and Kaleb Latimer.

Local students make honor rollEric Tarkalson of Salmon earned a spot on the president’s list at Lewis Clark State College for the fall semester. To be on the honor roll, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.75 on a minimum of 12 graded credits.

Cindy Sims, a Challis High School graduate and the current occupational safety and health manager at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, received the Civilian Service Commendation Medal for her work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kylie Martin, who was born and reared in Challis, was crowned Miss Idaho Collegiate 2021 at a pageant held in Boise on Oct. 24. She will represent Idaho in the national competition in June.

Challis student graduates from UIAshley LeDesma received a master’s degree from the University of Idaho during summer graduation.