Officials are not sure whether Idaho’s delta-fueled COVID-19 surge is over.

The volume of calls to Custer County Search and Rescue volunteers this year was far less than the summer of 2020, sheriff’s Deputy and Search and Rescue Coordinator Shade Rosenkrance said.

Appointments for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots from Eastern Idaho Public Health are available Mondays in Challis and Tuesdays in Mackay, for people who have had the Pfizer vaccines.

Initial results from Revival Gold’s latest heap leach tests “are encouraging,” Revival Gold President and CEO Hugh Agro said in a news release.

Lifelong Challis resident Martha Berry was watching TV with her cat a little after 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 when two teenagers lost control of their 1991 Oldsmobile 88 and drove through her fence, across her yard and collided with the front steps of her Butte Avenue home.

Corey Rice wants to bring the knowledge he gained working for the city of Challis for 22 years to the position of mayor of Challis.

Incumbent Challis Mayor Mike Barrett is running for re-election so residents can see a “continuation of the philosophy of being efficient and providing value to the community.”

The mayors of Challis, Stanley and Mackay said they are putting the final touches on law enforcement contracts to replace contracts that expired Sept. 30.

Trails and roads near the Boundary Fire in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness are again open, following the Forest Service’s termination of its closure order last Friday.

Challis School District board members will hear the results of a survey on the possible sale of the middle school building at their 5 p.m. Oct. 13 meeting in the Challis Elementary School.

Mackay City Council members will further discuss possibly limiting the number of vacation rentals that can operate in the city and implementing operational requirements on the businesses after talking about the issue at their September council meeting.

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Because the cost to clean the water for a splash park in Mackay Kids’ Park was higher than City Council members expected, they voted to abandon the project.

Although he was appointed to the Mackay City Council only about six months ago, Greg Blackwell said he feels he's already done some good for city residents in the form of projects to improve the city.

Now he's retired from the Forest Service, Mackay resident Mike Foster said he can focus all his attention on being a good City Council member if elected to the Mackay council Nov. 2.

In-person classes resumed this week in the Mackay school district after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the city prompted district officials to close schools last week.

Mackay City Councilman Richard Mangum said he enjoys being responsible for the city's streets and airport so much so that he wants to continue on the council.

Reva McConnell is seeking a position on the Mackay City Council.

BOISE — A constant barrage of misinformation has Idaho health care workers facing increased animosity from some patients and community members, officials say. It’s gotten so bad in northern Idaho that some Kootenai Health employees are scared to go to the grocery store if they haven’t change…

Dean Wall said if re-elected to the Mackay City Council he will continue improving the city to meet the standards of both longtime residents and newcomers.

Mackay City Councilman Dennis Wallin wants to improve Mackay's sewer system by adding a third sewage pond and a wastewater evaporator and that's part of the reason he's running for office.

Drilling at First Cobalt’s Iron Creek project in Lemhi County has resumed, company officials announced, pointing out that their objective is to double the size of the current resource in the next two years.

The Boundary Fire grew during the weekend and on Monday assisted by unseasonably warm weather, fire managers reported.

Mackay School District Zone 3 Trustee Holly Seefried said if she retains her position on the board in the Nov. 2 election, she will focus on bringing in new teachers and supporting current teachers in Mackay.

Kady Jones of Mackay was prompted to run for the Mackay School Board Zone 3 trustee position after former Mackay head basketball coach Kelvin Krosch's contract wasn't renewed.

Mackay residents will see higher rates on their October water and sewer bills and visitors will have to pay more to camp at Tourist Park next year following action taken at the Sept. 14 City Council meeting.

Mackay FFA members cleaned up their stretch of U.S. Highway 93 in the Idaho Transportation Department’s Adopt a Highway program earlier this month.

Weekend snow helped slow parts of the Boundary Fire, burning since Aug. 10 in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

The mayors of Challis, Stanley and Mackay want more detailed monthly incident reports from the Custer County’s Sheriff’s Office, among other things, to be included in the law enforcement contracts they are currently negotiating with county commissioners and Sheriff Stu Lumpkin.

Drilling recently concluded in Revival Gold’s Joss target at Beartrack-Arnett “confirmed the continuity of high-grade mineralization in” the area, Revival Gold President and CEO Hugh Agro reported in a news release.

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday in Custer County, bringing the active case count to 10, a huge drop from the 20 active cases listed on Friday by Eastern Idaho Public Health officials.

Fast crosswinds forced a pilot at the Stanley Airport to make a rough landing last week, but Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Pumphrey said the man was committed to landing because of the cargo he was delivering.

Noelle Weickum of Salmon was driving south on U.S. Highway 93 on Sept. 15 when she lost control of her pickup, overcorrected and rolled three and a half times a few miles from Challis.

BOISE — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders expanded health care rationing statewide Sept. 16 and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19…

After three years of spending summer weekends as amateur loggers, Challis Lions Club President Julie Rodman said Lions are happy they can hire wood cutters again with money they received from a federal grant.

Rates for garbage services provided in and around Challis by Blue Mountain Refuse are pegged to increase by about 3 percent.

Stanley School students are excited for their upcoming trip to the McCall Outdoor Science School, according to their teacher Ashley Reese, but the COVID-19 pandemic might prevent them from going.

After rescinding Kelvin Krosch’s application to build employee housing in Mackay’s Industrial Park during their Aug. 10 meeting, Mackay City Council members approved the apartments at an Aug. 25 special meeting since Krosch came back with a special use application.

BOISE — An environmental group that wants to end public-land grazing has outbid a rancher in central Idaho for a grazing lease on state land that includes habitat for bull trout and steelhead.

After marking up a preliminary drawing of a new Custer County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 2, Custer County commissioners told County Clerk Lura Baker to start soliciting for bids on the 1,008-square-foot floor plan with their changes.

Custer County’s July unemployment rate dipped by a tenth of a percent in July to 4.5 percent from June’s 4.6 percent.

Cases of West Nile virus in horses have been confirmed this summer in Lemhi, Blaine, Twin Falls, Canyon and Ada counties, according to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

Although he’s so new he doesn’t yet have a name, Mackay cheerleading coach Amber Hulse said the Mackay Miners mascot got a chance to shine before the student body at a pep assembly held the first week of school.

Four hours of testimony didn’t sway Custer County commissioners to change the county’s position to permit an airstrip on a ranch in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

Challis Cemetery District board members might have to pay more for the 12 to 15 million gallons of water they use every year if City Council members decide to charge them year-round for usage at the cemetery.