Ever since she moved to her current home on Third Street in 2018, Challis resident Mary Ann Perrenoud said the smell coming from one of her neighbors’ homes has been a constant nuisance.

After delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, Challis schools Food Director Sarah Jones said elementary students will get to munch on free, fresh fruits and vegetables again starting Sept. 21 thanks to a $9,675 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

A nearly $1 million grant is expected to provide better internet access to some rural customers of Custer Telephone Cooperative.

Campers looking to have a fun holiday weekend got a little too much excitement when their campfire ring nearly started a wildfire on Labor Day.

Idaho Public Television is helping families with in-home education while many students are attending school remotely.

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.

A new fuel farm is on the docket for the Lemhi County Airport after the Federal Aviation Administration granted the facility $1.1 million to improve infrastructure.

Most people don't realize dumping a bucket of water on a campfire isn't enough to put it out, Sawtooth Rural Fire Chief Andy Gunderson said.

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.

Recent lightning storms have kept Salmon River Electric Cooperative workers busy making sure the lights don’t stay out for too long.

As part of an effort to make the Nov. 3 election a success during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Postal Service officials updated their election mail website and designed it to ensure both election officials and voters have the information they need to vote by mail.

For the second time this month, Challis residents experienced record-breaking heat as the temperature hit 98 degrees Monday, Aug. 17.

Following the U.S. Forest Service’s lead, North Custer Rural Fire District firefighters began enforcing a burn ban in Custer County Aug. 21.

As of Monday morning, the Bear Creek Fire burning 29 miles east of Salmon hit 10,706 acres according to overnight infrared tracking.

Plans to establish a trailhead and parking lot on Challis Creek Road to provide access to the cliffs north of town have been put on hold, according to Challis Trails Committee member Helen Winegarner.

Hot temperatures and drying conditions on public lands have prompted the implementation of fire restrictions throughout Central Idaho.

Originally hoping to have the new Seventh Street bridge in place by Labor Day, Challis Mayor Mike Barrett said the construction project’s start date had to be pushed to the day after the holiday because of the coronavirus.

Prescribed burns along the Big Lost River are likely to begin this summer and continue for several years as part of the South Big Lost River restoration project.

Challis residents who haven’t cleared their lawns of weeds yet this summer have been receiving citation letters, and Mayor Mike Barrett said people are slowly taking them seriously.

Revival Gold, which operates the Beartrack-Arnett gold properties in Lemhi County, plans to use the proceeds of public offering of some company shares to fund more exploration and development in Idaho.

First Cobalt officials have tweaked their plan to reopen the only cobalt refinery in North America, according to company CEO and President Trent Mell.

A national outbreak of Salmonella involving onions has sickened a couple dozen Idahoans, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

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.

It was a long day in court Monday at the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony as the first day of Chad Daybell’s two-day preliminary hearing kicked off.

The preliminary hearings of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell can be broadcast live by media outlets, following a July 27 ruling by Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins.

Prosecutor Rob Wood filed a motion asking Magistrate Judge Faren Eddins to disallow video coverage of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow’s preliminary hearings, citing concerns about tainting the potential jury pool.

The three-year restoration project at Bonanza stream has resumed for 2020, according to Salmon-Challis Forest officials.

With clean, straight lines freshly painted and new landing lights shining brightly, the Challis Airport is “open for business,” according to JUB Engineers Project Manager Kent Atkin.

The route to Henry Creek is under repair by the Bureau of Land Management to facilitate repairs in the Williams Creek and Lake Creek livestock grazing allotments.

After about 13 years work with the city of Challis, former City Clerk and Treasurer Colleen Engle left City Hall to work elsewhere.

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

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.

A Valley Wide Cooperative propane truck from Salmon was traveling just outside of Challis on U.S. Highway 93 on July 21 when the driver lost control, went off the road and rolled the vehicle.

Lori Vallow, who is being investigated for her possible involvement in the deaths of her two minor children, her former husband and her current husband’s former wife, will stand trial from Jan. 25-29, 2021, in Madison County on three misdemeanor charges.

REXBURG — Attorney Mark Means filed a court document June 14 stating Lori Vallow will plead not guilty to three misdemeanor charges.

BLACKFOOT — A scaled-down version 2020 Eastern Idaho State Fair has received the blessing of the fair board, the city of Blackfoot and Southeastern Idaho Public Health, fair officials said last week.

Challis students will see a 5 cent increase for breakfast and lunch next year, after school board members approved the increase at their July 14 meeting.

While many county fairs across Idaho have been canceled or significantly scaled back because of COVID-19, the Custer County Fair will proceed with few changes.

The Eastern Idaho State Fair board is looking to move ahead with this year’s fair, but the mayor of Blackfoot and Bingham County officials have expressed reservations about whether it is safe due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Challis residents who don’t clear unsightly weeds from their property will soon receive notices to remove them or receive a citation from the city.

Stanley City Council members spent more than an hour of their July 9 meeting discussing the possible merits of changing the town’s building codes to allow for more modernistic homes.

Field work has started up again at the Beartrack-Arnett gold mines in Lemhi County, Revival Gold President and CEO Hugh Agro reported last week.

TWIN FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors from more than half of Idaho’s counties questioned whether Gov. Brad Little’s plan to use $200 million in federal aid for property tax relief is legal under the federal coronavirus aid package.