Trish Farr will stay on the Challis school board representing Zone 2 for another four years following the Nov. 5 election.

The Idaho Transportation Department has updated the 511 traveler information website, making it more user-friendly.

Hans Osenga received 141 votes in the Nov. 5 election, the most of any candidate for the two spots on the Mackay City Council. He joins Bob Burroughs, who was re-elected last week with 120 votes, Dean Wall and Wally Wallin as council members.

Bob Burroughs garnered 120 votes in Mackay’s Nov. 5 City Council election, allowing him to continue his role on the council.

Austin Clegg will serve another four years on the Stanley City Council after winning the Nov. 5 election with 20 votes. His opponent, Andrew Fosbinder, tallied 10 votes in the race.

Tags for Christmas trees can be bought for $5 at Salmon-Challis National Forest offices in Challis, Leadore, Mackay and North Fork and participating vendors and for $10 at Sawtooth National Forest offices and participating vendors.

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

North Custer Fire District Fire Chief Launna Gunderson has one goal before she retires next year -- to see ground broken on a new fire hall in Challis.

North Custer Fire District Fire Chief Launna Gunderson has one goal before she retires next year — to see ground broken on a new fire hall in Challis.

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The Bureau of Land Management invites the public to witness a wild horse roundup Nov. 5 in the Challis herd management area.

Comments about changes being made to the Carmen Creek Trail are being accepted by Salmon-Challis Forest officials until Nov. 25.

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Scott Wayne Smith, who was sentenced to probation last December in Custer County for the statutory rape of a 17-year-old girl in Challis, has been sent to prison.

Colson Creek Road, in the North Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis Forest, is again open to vehicles less than 64 inches wide, according to officials with the forest and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.

Barb Thomas presented several positions she believes the Challis school district could use to improve its image and employee relations at the Oct. 9 school board meeting.

Mackay mayor Wayne Olsen said he's spent the last five years trying to strengthen Mackay. Now he is asking voters to allow him to continue.

Richard Mangum said the biggest issue he has with Mackay's city officials is a lack of presence and transparency.

Roland Oxley said he wants to be Mackay's mayor because the town's economy needs a boost.

A news story about Mark Wilson’s court case which appeared in the Oct. 9 issue of the Messenger contained errors.

Idahoans who don’t have health insurance can get a free flu shot at Eastern Idaho Public Health offices in October.

Hans Osenga has been a Mackay resident for only a year and a half, but he’s made enough of an impact that many people asked him to run for mayor.

Incumbent Mackay City Councilman Bob Burroughs said he has no problems with how he and the Mackay City Council have run the town in the last two years.

Materials used to create an armored river bank revetment on the Salmon River will be removed this month by Bureau of Land Management officials.

The Challis City Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 10 meeting to change the monthly meeting times to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of every month.

Every tip that comes into the Custer County Sheriff’s Office in a 26-year-old missing person case in Challis continues to be checked out, according to a news release from Jail Administrator Linda Dubiel. Dubiel was the on-duty Sheriff’s Office dispatcher at the time of the incident.

Incumbent Challis school Trustee Trish Farr said if there was one thing she could change about the Challis school district, she would add more electives.

David Philps said the first thing he would work on if elected to the Challis School Board is open more lines of communication with parents and concerned citizens.

Hours that the visitor center at the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park is open were reduced this week.

Mackay FFA members cleaned up a stretch of highway on Sept. 17, as they’ve done every year for more than two decades.

Incumbent Stanley City Councilman Austin Clegg wants Stanley to remain as is because he doesn't want to see the town lose its authenticity.

An Idaho Falls man was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison, fined $500 and assessed $885.50 in other court costs after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Custer County District Court.

Musician and historian Gary Eller told the tale of the Salmon River region at the Land of Yankee Fork State Park Sept. 19 through music, poetry and stories.

When more than 150,000 people gathered in August for a music festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, many thirsty concertgoers got a taste of Idaho — Mackay, Idaho, specifically.