In partnership with the National Forest Foundation, Sawtooth National Forest workers will spend the next five years improving the forest’s health, restoring its rivers and promoting socially and ecologically sustainable recreation.

Camping will again be allowed in a section of Challis city park and near Blue Mountain Fish Pond during the Braun Brothers Reunion festival in August, following action by the Challis City Council.

Lemhi County Airport board members plan to upgrade the airport’s fuel farm this spring, now the grant to pay for the work is fully approved.

Several RVs are parked on undeveloped lots in Mackay, and Mayor Wayne Olsen says if city officials don’t keep an eye them, they run the risk of turning Mackay into a “mobile home city.”

Voters in the Challis School District determine March 9 whether to approve a $600,000, two-year supplemental levy for the district.

The Challis Messenger returns to its century-old publish day of Thursday, effective Thursday, March 4

Following a snow storm that dropped about a foot of snow on Mackay, Mayor Wayne Olsen and City Council members debated changing how the sidewalk at City Hall is cleared of snow.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Nearly two decades ago, Republican President George W. Bush stood on a bank of the Snake River near Pasco, Washington, and declared that four hydroelectric dams would not be torn down on his watch, though many blamed them for killing endangered salmon.

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BOISE — Sweeping tax cuts proposed by Idaho lawmakers would slash assessments on all income brackets and lower the sales tax from 6 percent to 5.3 percent beginning next year.

Problems in the supply chain and winter weather have interrupted two city of Challis projects again, according to Mayor Mike Barrett.

Stanley city officials let the COVID-19 health order that required face coverings in public and limited public gatherings to 10 people expire last week, replacing it with a resolution that strongly encourages the same measures.

Challis City Council members have agreed to hold a public hearing next month to accept input on the possible issuance of a conditional use permit to expand the Custer County Jail.

Concerns about possible side effects from second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations prompted Mackay school board members to cancel school for a day, giving employees a day off after receiving their second shot.

If people in Mackay want to connect their homes to city water and sewer lines, they will pay connection fees of $1,900 for water and $400 for sewer, after City Council members approved new fees Feb. 9.

Road conditions and a lack of experience resulted in a Challis 17-year-old losing control of his auto and smashing into a fence on the afternoon Jan. 30.

Challis Lanes has been sold, owner Bill Baker said, more than a year after the bowling alley closed due to extensive damage sustained in a Nov. 29, 2019, fire.

Before signing a contract with the Custer County Sheriff’s Office last fall, Stanley Mayor Steve Botti told county commissioners deputies could do a better job of enforcing some city laws.

Idaho Supreme Court justices decided last week that jury trials and grand jury panels can resume beginning March 1, with health and safety guidelines meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in place.

A $5,000 grant from the U.S. Deputy Sheriff’s Association means Custer County deputies are locked and loaded with fresh stun guns for the first time in years.

Stanley School teacher Lisa Muscavage said she can’t speak for the other teachers and staff, but she’s personally joyed to have received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Challis Elementary School saw “firsthand where the good people in our community helped spread happiness and hope for a better future,” teacher and student council advisor Ed Gregory said of the difficulties associated with 2020.

With drilling finished at the final seven holes in Revival Gold’s 2020 program at the Beartrack-Arnett Gold Project in Lemhi County, company officials reported that their expectations were exceeded.

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has ordered the state’s seven public health districts and providers to regularly report the number of coronavirus vaccine doses they have received and administered to increase transparency.

BOISE — Attempts by the Republican-dominated Legislature to wrest power from GOP Gov. Brad Little when it comes to emergency declarations during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic appeared to take a hit.

Stanley city officials continue to consider the possible annexation of four acres north of Stanley which could become the site of future workforce housing.

BOISE — Two former Republican speakers of the Idaho House of Representatives took the unusual step of releasing a letter last Wednesday blasting the Republican-dominated Legislature for its attempts to strip GOP Gov. Brad Little and future governors of emergency powers during crises like the…

With winter comes more hazardous driving conditions, and an unfortunate casualty can be roadside signs that are intended to help keep motorists safe.

A group dedicated to building a larger jail in Custer County met Jan. 11 with county commissioners to hash out ideas and set goals for the project.

Rick Thompson has two and a half weeks under his belt as director of the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park and says so far, so good.

The number of people allowed inside the Challis High School gym has increased to 276, following a change in Gov. Brad Little’s COVID-19 sporting events plan.

County commissioners added Round Valley Road, switched out Crane Lane for Valley View Lane and removed Sunrise Drive from the county road maintenance map during a special commission meeting earlier this month.

BOISE — State environmental officials on Friday asked lawmakers to approve about $3 million to deal with toxic discharge and a collapsing tunnel at an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho.

BOISE — Limited coronavirus vaccine availability, confusion over just which Idaho residents should be vaccinated first and rumors of line-jumpers are all complicating the state's vaccine rollout.

After the Internal Revenue Service mailed eight million debit cards, valued at $600 each, to Americans as their economic impact payments from the coronavirus relief package, many Idahoans called the Attorney General’s office about the legitimacy of the cards.

Citing eastern Idaho’s dwindling coronavirus caseload, regional health officials voted Jan. 14 to repeal long-standing mask mandates in Custer, Lemhi and Fremont counties.

Mackay City Council members approved the purchase of a new $8,200 snowplow at their Jan. 12 meeting.