Challis native McKinsey Bruning, née Van Pelt, grew up with the Salmon River in her backyard, “born and raised doing all things outdoors.”

The latest “Old Farmer’s Almanac,” published last week, is predicting “no fewer than seven big snowstorms from coast to coast, including two in April for the intermountain region west of the Rockies.”

People have a chance to learn about Idaho, its rivers and “the miracle of wild salmon,” and observe wild salmon spawning in the streams of their birth at the annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival in Stanley.

Salmon-Challis National Forest staff and volunteers this month are preserving the Lower Parrott Cabin at the confluence of Nugget Creek and the Middle Fork Salmon River within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Student Conservation Association members and staff are stationed at the Indianola Ranger Station on the Salmon River Road this summer, Salmon-Challis Forest Public Affairs Officer Amy Baumer said.

REXBURG — The first time the teenaged paratrooper Verlan Lauder from Rexburg touched French soil it was in a pigsty after falling from the sky and bouncing off a barn about 3 a.m. It was June 6, 1944, D-Day.

The vision is a 180-mile-long separated trail from West Yellowstone, Montana, through the Teton Valley, over Teton Pass and deep into Grand Teton National Park. But like an uncompleted puzzle game, several elusive key pieces are missing and still being worked out.

BLACKFOOT — There’s a magical place about 14 miles west of Blackfoot and a mile or so off U.S. Highway 39 on Liberty Road that’s likely to make you feel refreshed and happy.

BOISE (AP) — It’s the perfect time of year for morel mushrooms to start springing up in Idaho as soil temperatures warm, and already competition to find the tasty, coveted fungi is heating up.

Stanley’s annual winterfest had fewer spectators, a lot more snow and more variable weather both in Sawtooth Valley and surrounding areas this year than a year ago.

Locals turned out in a big way to help boost the coffers of the Challis Senior Citizens at the group’s annual fundraising dinner, auction and dance.

John and Charlotte Miller of Challis have been very busy folks getting organized for a huge class reunion and having a few family members come to visit.

Poppies were blooming at their peak in a Challis backyard on a recent afternoon as May gave way to June. In the background are the cliffs above town and a few of the many rain clouds that have been scudding through Round Valley this spring.