Challis students return to their classrooms on Monday, Aug. 26, for a full day of school.

LEWISTON (AP) — Wilderness advocates and fans are upset over an Idaho Fish and Game airstrip built in the middle of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, but have little recourse to fight it.

An Arco man was sentenced July 17 to a minimum of two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with thefts in Mackay during the New Year’s holiday this year.

BOISE — Central Idaho ranch owners want construction of a trail connecting the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley stopped and additional work to make it a smooth path for hikers and bikers prohibited.

With the merger of Jervois Mining and eCobalt, Jervois officials said in a news release they expect to be selling cobalt mined at the shuttered Idaho Cobalt Project in Lemhi County by 2021.

Brandyn Knight, who now lives in Rupert, was ordered to pay $507 in fines and court costs, received a withheld judgment, a suspended 90-day jail sentence and is on unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to using money that belonged to a search and rescue unit for his personal expenses.

Another Custer County Fair is in the record books.

SALMON — Local people told a panel addressing the state’s declining salmon and steelhead runs that there was no time to waste and no legal action that should be ruled out in an effort to save the fish that once crowded many Idaho rivers.

BURLEY (AP) — A Burley wildlife rehabber who was bitten by a rabid Twin Falls bat is undergoing treatment and says a state protocol needs to be put in place to ensure medical professionals are up to date on rabies bite treatment.

SALMON — Officials with a Canadian company exploring for gold near the former Beartrack Mine, roughly 13 miles west of Salmon, say preliminary indicators are promising but it could be years before any actual mining occurs — if ever.

SALMON -- Blues and Brews Fest, slated from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Sacajawea Center in Salmon, represents more than music, beverages and food for attendees.

With the merger of Jervois Mining and eCobalt, Jervois officials said in a news release they expect to be selling cobalt mined at the shuttered Idaho Cobalt Project in Lemhi County by 2021.

Custer County’s unemployment rate increased in June, to 4.4 percent, up from 4.2 percent in May and up from 4.1 percent recorded in June 2018.

Brandyn Knight, who now lives in Rupert, was ordered to pay $507 in fines and court costs, received a withheld judgment, a suspended 90-day jail sentence and is on unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to using money that belonged to a search and rescue unit for his personal expenses.

Another Custer County Fair is in the record books.

SALMON — Local people told a panel addressing the state’s declining salmon and steelhead runs that there was no time to waste and no legal action that should be ruled out in an effort to save the fish that once crowded many Idaho rivers.

New lightning fires continue to be detected in the Salmon-Challis Forest as the central Idaho fire zone has moved into the very high fire danger category. Some of the new fires were quickly called out while others are growing slowly.

There are still some tickets available for purchase for Thursday’s show and some tent camping sites available for this weekend’s Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis. Concert tickets will be sold at the gate Thursday until they run out.

BURLEY (AP) — A Burley wildlife rehabber who was bitten by a rabid Twin Falls bat is undergoing treatment and says a state protocol needs to be put in place to ensure medical professionals are up to date on rabies bite treatment.

SALMON — Officials with a Canadian company exploring for gold near the former Beartrack Mine, roughly 13 miles west of Salmon, say preliminary indicators are promising but it could be years before any actual mining occurs — if ever.

SALMON -- Blues and Brews Fest, slated from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Sacajawea Center in Salmon, represents more than music, beverages and food for attendees.

A rabid bat was found last week near Redfish Lake, south of Stanley, according to Mimi Taylor with Eastern Idaho Public Health.

The slate of events and attractions shrunk at the last minute at Saturday's Clayton Heritage Day, but the 150 or so attendees found plenty of ways to have fun and fill their tummies.

All forest areas and roads that had been closed because of the Vader Fire near Stanley were opened Saturday afternoon, according to Salmon-Challis Forest officials.

The city of Challis received a $357,321 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for work at the airport.

Seven Custer County youths reported they learned about making healthy choices and made new friends at the drug-free youth summit in Coeur d’Alene last month.

Challis Elementary School received a $10,299 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's fresh fruit and vegetable program. 

Custer County commissioners have scheduled a public hearing to consider implementing a fee to dump some types of cardboard at the garbage transfer station in Challis.

SALMON — A Salmon teen set herself the lofty goal of saving quaking aspens, among the U.S. West’s keystone trees, one stand of “quakies” at a time.

Big drops of rain falling for a short time sent everyone at the annual Custer Day celebration ducking under canopies or bolting inside one of the historic mining town’s buildings mid-afternoon July 13.

Most of the facilities at the U.S. Department of Energy's desert site were evacuated Tuesday due to a massive wildfire.

Traffic on a section of Idaho Highway 21 near Stanley is restricted, with a pilot car leading all travelers because of a forest fire burning on 436 acres 14 miles northwest of Stanley.

BOISE (AP) — Former Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has asked the Trump administration to investigate possible Chinese involvement in a mining company that could compete in Idaho with a Canadian-based company that tapped Otter to serve on its board of directors.

Don’t let the name fool you — the guys at Grumpy Guyz Pizza Pies really aren’t that grumpy.

Custer County commissioners are considering a new option to have adequate and accessible office space for some county departments.

Shareholders of eCobalt Solutions, owner and developer of the Idaho Cobalt Project, are being asked to approve a merger with Jervois Mining, an Australian mining and exploration company. The deadline for shareholders to vote on the issue is July 17.

Lightning ignited 11 new fires in the Salmon-Challis National Forest between July 8 and 15. Some have been called out, others are holding steady and others have grown quickly, forest officials report.

Steele Memorial Medical Center in Salmon has been listed as one of the 67 “critical access hospitals to know,” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Challis school board members accepted the resignation of Marta Pierson as secretary of the Challis Junior-Senior High School and hired Cassandra Barnes as sixth-grade teacher, Peggy Redick as junior high track coach and second-grade teacher and Jennifer Zollinger as assistant athletic direct…

Challis residents and visitors celebrated a cool, mellow Independence Day packed with usual events of a flag raising, pancake breakfast, parade, games, flag retirement ceremony, free barbecue, horseshoe tournament and fireworks.