BLACKFOOT – Some say it is not possible to pass through Blackfoot without stopping by the Idaho Potato Museum on the old highway while others who have lived here their entire lives may have never stepped foot inside the building. One thing is sure, the potato is memorable.

With the purchase of the Challis Lodge and Custer Land Management, Mia and Andy Baker want to help Challis grow without taking away the town’s charm.

Before Forest Service employee David Morris had a chance to set up his booth to give away ponderosa pine seedlings on Arbor Day, he already had customers waiting.

People move to Challis for the same reason they move to anywhere in Idaho — clean air, low housing prices and the chance to start a life far away from any heavily populated areas.

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LONDON (AP) — Little Arthur crawls out of bed in his red Marvel Comics pajamas, brushes his teeth and strolls outside after breakfast to his day job: helping out at the family hardware store in Rhayader, Wales. It’s Christmas and Arthur, nearly 3, has his work cut out for him wrapping presen…

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state are calling a Christmas tree thief a real-life Grinch after arresting a man they say stole dozens of evergreens from a family farm.

SANTA CLARA, California (BUSINESS WIRE) — This Christmas, Avaya Holdings will provide its industry-leading contact center solutions to help track Santa Claus’s journey around the world as he spreads holiday cheer.

People gathered in the American Legion Hall last week to learn methods of preparing beef, but because of Sarah Baker they may have left with a bias against chicken.

The Holiday Open House kicked off the Christmas shopping season in Challis, with vendors selling handmade items to shoppers who filled the Legion Hall.

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.