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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.

It was colder and there were fewer entries this year, but the second Challis Parade of Lights was well-attended by folks who came prepared for the cold and dark last Friday evening.

A draft sage grouse management plan and environmental impact statement released early this month likely means changes in some activities and projects on public lands in five western states, a representative of the Bureau of Land Management told Custer County commissioners Monday.

Fisher Creek livestock grazing allotment in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area south of Stanley has been voluntarily retired under U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s legislation that created wilderness in the area, Stanley Deputy Ranger Brian Anderson told Custer County Commissioners this week.

The loop road inside Craters of the Moon closes for the winter, but plenty of activities continue at the national monument and preserve, according to Ted Stout, chief of interpretation and education at Craters.

Two meetings to gather input on the wilderness evaluation process that’s part of the ongoing Salmon-Challis National Forest plan revision are scheduled next week in Challis and Salmon.

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.