Mackay FFA adviser Trent Van Leuven had been on the lookout for someone skilled enough to lead the construction of a trailer for a long time, according to his student Eric Estrada.

When she began her law enforcement career about a month ago, Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy Theresa Marshall had certain expectations.

The waft of fresh doughnuts and stew over a campfire drew visitors to Clayton Heritage Day last weekend, with many learning some local history while they ate.

Mackay Free Barbecue Secretary Jim McKelvey said he and committee members plan to go through about 1,800 pounds of top sirloin beef Saturday, Sept. 18 at Tourist Park during the annual community barbecue.

Although he hoped the 30 or so kids who participated in the Challis Community Bible Study soccer camp walked away with a better understanding of God, the Rev. Frank Unrein said the point of the program was to get them outside and make new friends.

Emily Sexson, an eight-year-old from Smith Valley, Nevada, got a lot more than she bargained for at her first music festival, the 2021 Braun Brothers Reunion.

With about twice as many bikers roaring into town compared to last year, Elk Bend Biker Bash organizers said they are encouraged to keep the good times rolling.

Lemhi County Historical Society President Hope Benedict was "flabbergasted" when she found out the Idaho Humanities Council wanted to honor her for more than 20 years of educating Salmon locals and visitors.

Happy to have a job with a comfy office chair, Kim Schwenke joined the Challis city payroll in late June as the new deputy clerk.

Visitors to the Clayton Independence Day celebration had a chance to grab one of 68 commemorative, laser-etched, wooden key chains as they dove for candy during the parade, and according to their creator that was the only chance they'll get.

As someone who can read an average book in about a week, 16-year-old Tristan Nutt said he thought interning at the Challis Public Library would be the perfect job.

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Finishing it just before school ended for summer break, Challis High School welding students presented a repaired snow groomer to Challis Ski Club members.

With a head count of 75 muscle cars, pickups and other cool rides, Connie Sugden of the Challis Classy Chassis said last weekend's car show broke the previous record by four autos.

Lined up on the hill overlooking the golf course, 40 or so Salmon-Challis Forest and Bureau of Land Management employees spent a day removing trash and realigning the rocks that spell out “Challis.”

Chants of “giant beans, sleepy beans, wondrous beans,” filled the middle school auditorium last week as the 21 Challis students in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Jack and the Beanstalk walked the boards during a dress rehearsal.

It took less than 45 minutes for Challis residents to clear the Forest Service out of free trees on Arbor Day.

The $5 million Nep and Mary Ellen Lynch Center, Salmon High School’s new athletic facility, should be finished by mid-June, but not in time for graduation.

As 50 or so Challis kids, mostly girls from kindergarten to eighth grade, launched balls around the high school gym during a youth volleyball camp, coach Debbie Sheppeard said developing skills isn’t necessarily the point.

People looking for a gift to give this holiday season can find some ready to go at the Challis Public Library, where workers have their tree lined with free, wrapped books.

A $9,500 grant from the Idaho Heritage Trust should allow South Custer County Historical Society members to install a replica of the Mackay Cigar Store’s street clock within a year, society member Mick Hoover said.

When dealing with burning hay bales, North Custer Rural Fire Chief Larry Garey said the hard part comes after the flames go out.

Before they met for their Dec. 10 meeting, Challis Mayor Mike Barrett and Councilman Travis Hardy guided a Christmas tree through the front door of city hall, creating a holiday atmosphere in the government building.

Challis volunteers with the Idaho Food Bank stayed busy in the cold weather Thanksgiving eve to held load food into about 65 autos full of hungry families.

Parents and kids gathered last Friday evening to paint and sculpt jack-o’-lanterns in preparation for Halloween

Most people started their Labor Day weekend with hopeful intentions, but two hikers exploring Idaho mountains Sept. 5 found themselves with busted ankles as search and rescue workers mobilized to reach them.

It will be a quiet 70th anniversary celebration for former Challis residents Francis "Speed" and Donna Mae (Crawford) Doffing because of COVID-19.

Challis may not being the best place to grow a fruit tree, but local gardeners said they can’t help but notice this has been a good summer for all sorts of fruit.

Custer County Sheriff Deputy Trevor Downey has been in law enforcement for about a month, and he said he’s glad he gets to start this new phase of his life here.

Members of E Clampus Vitus, or Clampers, from across the West gathered in the Bayhorse Cemetery late last month to pay respects to the dead and their history.

When she first learned her husband bought an electrical company without telling her, Challis resident Keasha Arneson said her response was a mix of anxiety and enthusiasm.