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Sitting six feet apart in the Stanley School gym, Challis school board members discussed the possibility of exempting the school from the district-wide yellow coronavirus status at their Sept. 8 meeting.

After some confusion earlier in the pandemic, Mackay school board members and Superintendent Susan Buescher clarified how federally expanded sick leave for teachers and staff will work going forward at a special board meeting held Sept. 8.

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Custer County has been listed in the moderate risk category for coronavirus since Sept. 3, which includes a mandate that people wear face coverings.

Because the coronavirus pandemic has slowed the manufacture of construction materials and supplies, Challis Mayor Mike Barrett said new bathrooms won’t be built in city park until November.

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A mandate to wear face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 went into effect Thursday morning in Custer County. Lemhi County had been under the same rule for several weeks, but those restrictions were lifted Aug. 31.

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Coronavirus tracking metrics used by regional health officials to levy social restrictions were flawed throughout July because of delays in test processing, according to data analysis and interviews by the Post Register.

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Lemhi County has been moved into the moderate risk category because of the rapid spread of coronavirus, according to Eastern Idaho Public Health officials.

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Mackay Schools Superintendent Susan Buescher admitted it’s strange to start the upcoming fall semester on a Tuesday, but she said her teachers need an extra day to prepare due to the pandemic.

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BOISE — July was not a good month for Idaho on the coronavirus front, with two-thirds of all Idaho’s COVID-19 infections to date reported since July 1, and the month’s tally of deaths surpassing April’s high, making July the deadliest month for the virus in Idaho

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The city of Challis was the lone governmental entity in Custer County to apply for the state’s coronavirus-inspired tax relief program.

With $1.25 billion in federal money to get Idaho’s economy running again after the coronavirus lockdown, state officials have been pumping money into small businesses including Salmon River Propane and Salmon River Electric Cooperative.

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With large classrooms and small class sizes, Challis school board members agreed students will most likely be able to return to school buildings in August.

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Custer County commissioners, Fair Board members and people involved in planning the county fair met last week and unanimously agreed it must go on despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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BOISE — Health care leaders pleaded Tuesday for a statewide mask mandate, saying it's the best way to slow a rapid increase in coronavirus cases.

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People living, visiting or just passing through Stanley are asked to wear a face covering in public spaces, in accord with a resolution passed by the City Council last week.

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BOISE — For a time in Idaho it seemed like the worst of the coronavirus pandemic could be over. After an initial onslaught of confirmed cases in the spring, by June numbers had dropped to a point that state leaders felt comfortable allowing businesses to reopen and life to get back to nearly…

Chondo Martial Arts Academy students hit the mats early last month for the first time since the coronavirus forced the place closed, but they had to do it under new rules and regulations.

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Eastern Idaho Public Health officials tracked three new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Custer County last week, more than doubling the count to five.

For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas.

Two former residents of Diamond Peak Health Care in Challis claim during the coronavirus lockdown, staff at the facility didn’t follow physical distancing and sanitation standards, failed to adhere to state health codes and mistreated residents.

Challis students and teachers are hoping they can return to their classrooms in the fall, but the superintendent said that will come with strings attached.

Idaho outfitters and guides have received guidance about what to tell their guests and how to plan trips as the state emerges from the coronavirus lockdown.

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The number of people in East Idaho who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus has increased in the last couple of weeks because ill people are attending gatherings where people are failing to observe recommended health and safety protocols, according to Mimi Taylor, public information office…

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After much deliberation, organizer Paul Lind canceled the June 20 River of No Return Endurance Run, citing concerns of spreading the coronavirus.

BOISE — Self-employed residents will be able to tap into the $300 million in grant money Idaho has set aside to help small businesses financially harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Brad Little announced last week.

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The 10th installment of the Spank Martiny Memorial Broncs and Bulls, set for June 6, has been canceled amid coronavirus concerns.

Several business owners in Challis, Mackay, Clayton and Salmon said they are trying to remain positive, but the economic toll of the coronavirus has dampened their spirits.

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Operations at the Lost Rivers Medical Center sites in Mackay and Arco should slowly return to normal in the next few week, CEO Brad Huerta said.

Idahoans filed 7,495 new unemployment insurance claims between April 26 and May 2 due to the coronavirus, bringing the seven-week total to 125,306.

BOISE — A plan to reopen Idaho during the coronavirus pandemic hinges on understanding what the state and individuals have to do to defeat the illness, the co-chairman of Gov. Brad Little’s COVID-19 testing task force said.

Airports in Salmon, Challis and Arco collectively received $70,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration last month to continue operations, maintain facilities and pay employees and utilities amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Challis church organizers had varied responses to Gov. Brad Little’s decision to end the statewide lock-down stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, with some trying to return things to as close as normal as possible.

For 15 straight years, dozens of cool cars, classic pickups and unique rides landed in Challis in early June at the Challis Classy Chassis car show and hundreds of people have checked them out each year.

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Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association representatives last week told Custer County commissioners they are trying to balance concerns for the coronavirus with the needs of Idaho’s tourism industry for the coming summer.

The cancellation period for float permits on the Main Salmon and Middle Fork Salmon rivers has been extended until May 15, Salmon-Challis Forest officials said last week, because of continued coronavirus concerns.

All national forest lands in Idaho have a 10-person group size limit for outdoor recreation, following an April 29 directive from the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region office.

Developed campgrounds and most recreation sites within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are closed until June 5, according to Julie Thomas with the Sawtooth National Forest.

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With nine seniors graduating this year, Mackay schools Superintendent Susan Buescher said there is a possibility Mackay families might get a graduation ceremony that complies with social distancing guidelines.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most social activities in Challis, but Corey Rice, president of the Challis golf board, said golfing is still acceptable, with some adjustments.

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BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little last week announced a plan for restoring normal activity in Idaho and recovering from the economic pain caused by the coronavirus, but warned the process will take time and will be based on declining infections and strong testing.

Challis High School seniors will graduate as planned on May 17, but social distancing rules and lingering coronavirus concerns will make celebrating their achievements challenging.

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Challis school district students won’t see the inside of a school building until fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. School board members agreed to continue remote online education for the rest of the year and end the year as planned on May 21. Board members discussed conducting school…

Calling it a “big deal” for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, ground was broken Aug. 12 for a fish weir on the outlet stream of Pettit Lake in Stanley Basin in the ongoing effort to restore sockeye salmon runs.

NAMPA (AP) — Wildlife experts have reported more than a dozen sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake in central Idaho after reporting a record-low number of salmon last year.

Sitting six feet apart in the Stanley School gym, Challis school board members discussed the possibility of exempting the school from the district-wide yellow coronavirus status at their Sept. 8 meeting.

Mackay Schools Superintendent Susan Buescher admitted it’s strange to start the upcoming fall semester on a Tuesday, but she said her teachers need an extra day to prepare due to the pandemic.

Plans for extracurricular activities in the Challis school district and bus routes for the school year pegged to begin Aug. 26 are on the agenda for the Tuesday, Aug. 11 school board meeting.

Challis school board members have awarded contracts for fuel, propane and garbage collection for the coming school year.

Jodie D. Gadwa Callison of Stanley has completed the doctor of dental medicine degree at the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona of Midwestern University.

Justin Jay and Harley Marie Hansen of Idaho Falls have announced the arrival of their first child, Lexus Marie Hansen.