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Custer, Lemhi and Butte counties each had two active coronavirus cases at the end of the day Tuesday, according to data from regional health districts.

Stanley city officials let the COVID-19 health order that required face coverings in public and limited public gatherings to 10 people expire last week, replacing it with a resolution that strongly encourages the same measures.

Stanley School teacher Lisa Muscavage said she can’t speak for the other teachers and staff, but she’s personally joyed to have received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Eastern Idaho health officials last week removed mask mandates in Custer and Jefferson counties.

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BOISE — Limited coronavirus vaccine availability, confusion over just which Idaho residents should be vaccinated first and rumors of line-jumpers are all complicating the state's vaccine rollout.

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A Custer County man in his 70s died from the coronavirus Thursday, the Eastern Idaho Public Health department reported Thursday evening.

Citing eastern Idaho’s dwindling coronavirus caseload, regional health officials voted Jan. 14 to repeal long-standing mask mandates in Custer, Lemhi and Fremont counties.

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As vaccines for the coronavirus spread around the state, six Custer County residents had been vaccinated by the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 19, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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The number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in Idaho continues to grow.

Hospital representatives delivered a sigh of relief to eastern Idaho health officials on Dec. 17, saying that the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care workers boosted staff morale.

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Along with updating the list of symptoms in the Challis School District’s COVID-19 response plan, school board members chose to shorten the time students who test positive for the virus must quarantine from 14 days to 10.

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After a spike of 11 coronavirus cases in Stanley last month, Salmon River Clinic Physician Assistant Amy Klingler said she was happy to report the virus had been expelled from the small town. However, that’s the only good news she had to give to Stanley City Council members during their Dec.…

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A second Custer County resident has died from COVID-19, officials with Eastern Idaho Health reported Tuesday evening. 

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Four cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed within the Mackay School District as of Dec. 3, prompting district personnel to send multiple students home to learn.

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Idaho's death count from the coronavirus exceeded 1,000 when data was reported at the end of the day Thursday, Dec. 3, to stand at 1,014.

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BOISE (AP) — Idaho has reached an alarming milestone, with health officials reporting more than 100,000 residents have been infected with the coronavirus. At the end of the day Monday, the count stood at 101,698.

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With people making plans to travel for Thanksgiving despite the coronavirus pandemic, Mackay schools Superintendent Susan Buescher said her district is ready for the worst.

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Custer County was returned to the moderate-risk category for COVID-19, which means a face covering mandate is again in effect, after Eastern Idaho Public Health board members met Nov. 19.

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BOISE — Doctors serving Idaho and eastern Oregon spent hours last Tuesday trying to sway health districts, city leaders and the public to do more to stop the spread of coronavirus, warning that rationed care is looming in Idaho’s future.

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The death count from the coronavirus in Lemhi County increased to 7 at the end of the day Wednesday, Nov. 18.

As Custer County returned to the low-risk transmission level for the coronavirus, Mackay school board members considered requiring face masks in the low, green level of their response plan.

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Group gatherings are limited to 10 people and face coverings are required in Stanley under an emergency powers ordinance and disaster declaration resolution approved by the City Council Nov. 12.

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Challis High School freshman Dillon Fisher said he felt tired and had a dry throat on Sept. 16, the day of the homecoming parade. Two days later he learned he had the coronavirus.

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Idaho jumped past the 700-death mark from the coronavirus on Tuesday, Nov. 10. At the end of the day Tuesday, 714 Idahoans were counted among the dead from the virus.

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As Eastern Idaho Public Heath board members changed the metrics for active case rates in the eight counties they oversee, they also moved Lemhi County into the critical risk category for the coronavirus at their Nov. 5 meeting.

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At the end of the day Monday, Nov. 9, Idaho stood just two people away from recording 700 deaths from the coronavirus.

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Lemhi County recorded its first death from the coronavirus on Thursday, Oct. 29, the same day the state's death toll topped 600.

With input from parents and staff, Challis school board members adjusted the COVID-19 athletic events plan during a special board meeting Oct. 21.

In the face of students’ lackluster response to the current face coverings requirement within the Challis School District, board members chose to loosen the rule, among others, in their COVID-19 response plan at a special Oct. 21 meeting.

While a virus surge infects more eastern Idahoans, sends more to the hospital, and kills more, regional health officials are trying to get more people to voluntarily comply with public health guidelines and mandates.

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BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday ordered a return to some restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus as intertwined health care systems across the state showed early signs of buckling.

BOISE — Idaho’s economic rebound following a shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic is third-best in the nation based on the unemployment rate. But the tradeoff has come with the worst positive COVID-19 test rate in the country and a grim milestone: more than 500 dead. As of Sunday nig…

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The death toll from the coronavirus in Idaho hit 500 a week ago and has since pushed to 512, including one death in Custer County.

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Custer and Lemhi counties were moved back into the moderate-risk category for the transmission of COVID-19 at the Oct. 1 meeting of the Eastern Idaho Public Health District board, with mask mandates in place in both counties.

BOISE — Idaho will receive 530,000 rapid antigen tests that will be prioritized for schools, according to Gov. Brad Little. Officials said the tests take 15 minutes, are 95 percent accurate and conducted by collecting a nasal swab.

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Custer and Lemhi counties are back under mask mandates following the Thursday, Oct. 1 meeting of the Eastern Idaho Public Health District board and are both listed at moderate risk for transmitting the virus. 

When Custer County returned to the minimal-risk category related to the coronavirus, it prompted officials with the Challis and Mackay school districts to return to the green phases of their operating plans.

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Custer County has been in the moderate-risk category for the coronavirus since Sept. 3, and Custer County and Challis city officials said they will not enforce the health district’s mandate that people wear face coverings in public.

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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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SEATTLE (AP) — Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson has proposed removing four hydroelectric dams in the Northwest as part of a sweeping new plan to address the decades-long problem of how to save salmon populations without upending a system that provides power to millions of people.

A bull elk and a buck mule deer were shot and left to waste near Salmon and officials with Fish and Game are asking for the public's help to find the poachers.

After 115 mallard ducks died last month near Salmon, most likely from a fungal infection, Idaho Fish and Game officials say they believe the worst has passed.

With two new students at Stanley School, teacher Lisa Muscavage said all nine grade levels will be filled at the small school for the first time in several years.

In compliance with Gov. Brad Little’s loosened restrictions on high school athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic, Challis Athletic Director Linda Zollinger has sectioned off 32, 12-by-12 squares in the Challis High School gym bleachers.

Ahead of their January board meetings, Challis and Mackay school superintendents said it’s up in the air if college entrance exams will be required for members of the class of 2021.

Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski informed board members at a Dec. 8 meeting that the district will need to ask voters on March 9 for an additional $200,000 per year in their biennial supplemental levy.

Along with updating the list of symptoms in the Challis School District’s COVID-19 response plan, school board members chose to shorten the time students who test positive for the virus must quarantine from 14 days to 10.

With several of her students quarantining at home due to four positive coronavirus cases within the Mackay School District, music teacher Michelle Peterson said she had to push back filming their virtual Christmas concert.

Challis grad completes trainingPvt. Erik Rose completed U.S. Army advanced infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Jan. 22.

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.

After helping establish planning and zoning ordinances for Custer County in 2005, and looking after those regulations until 2019, former county planning and zoning commission Chairman James Mullin of Challis was honored by county officials last week.

Fire district receives donationPat Silvers of Twin Peaks Spray made a donation to the North Custer Rural Fire District.