BOISE (AP) — A group of water users on Jan. 15 appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

A $14 million budget deficit might bring cuts to the the University of Idaho’s Custer County extension office, according to UI Associate Extension Professor Sarah Baker.

Nearly all the coverage, court documents and police reports involving the Rexburg missing children case have cast a poor light on Lori Vallow, the mother of the missing children and the new wife of Chad Daybell, whose first wife died Oct. 19.

Frank James said he was a firefighter for 15 years, so he knew he had only seven or eight minutes before his trailer on U.S. Highway 93 burned to the ground after the chimney caught fire on Jan. 4.

Christmas cash again arrived in the mailboxes of many Salmon River Electric Cooperative customers when a total of $330,000 in capital credits were sent out.

The annual fee 4-Hers pay the state increases this month to $21, up from $11.

North Custer Rural Fire District Chief Launna Gunderson checked in at the Challis City Council meeting to see if council members had a list of services and materials they could donate to Challis’s new fire hall.

A broken-down bus and near slide off didn’t get in the way of a good time during an overnight visit to Yellowstone National Park, according to Challis Elementary School sixth-graders.

On Nov. 26, 2019, Rexburg police learned two children were missing. Their mother and her new husband vanished the next day. As police, reporters and internet sleuths began digging into the case, every detail seemed to unearth a new rabbit hole.  

Fewer people in Custer County were unemployed in November 2019 than in October, according to the latest unemployment report from the Idaho Department of Labor.

Efforts to return the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River to its condition before mining and logging occurred there are going well, according to Trout Unlimited’s Jim Gregory.

Eight people signed up for the EMT training that began Feb. 7 at the Challis Area Health Center, three more than last year.

A social assessment that documents community perspectives and input related to the Salmon-Challis National Forest plan revision process has been completed by personnel at the University of Idaho.

A man who received a new gun as a Christmas gift decided to try it out and fired shots in his Trails End Lane neighborhood in Challis, prompting neighbors to call the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump was the top news story of 2019, according to The Associated Press' annual poll.

BOISE (AP) — From spent nuclear fuel to Medicaid expansion to cutting state regulations, Idaho had some big changes in 2019.

People can drop off their live Christmas trees in the parking lot at Land of the Yankee Fork State Park in advance of the Jan. 10 tree burning party.

Idaho high school students reported less bullying, cigarette smoking and sexual activity in the State Department of Education’s biannual youth risk behavior survey. But teens reported increased e-cigarette use, feelings of hopelessness and suicidal thoughts.

A record amount of grant money was awarded to local organizations earlier this month by the HUB.

The Bayhorse drainage and 8 Mile Creek will be augmented in the coming year, Heath Perrine told Challis City Council members.

Bureau of Land Management Challis Field Office recently released 61 wild horses back onto public land after the mares were treated with a fertility control vaccine.

The feral cat population is rising in Challis, according to Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary board chairman Todd Adams, and he asked City Council members to help the shelter reverse the trend.

North Custer Rural Fire District Chief Launna Gunderson told Challis City Council members last week that although construction of the new fire hall will begin in the spring, paying for all the construction will be difficult.

Bureau of Land Management employees continue to make changes at the space they rent from the Challis school district, some of which Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski listed off at the school board’s Dec. 11 meeting.

Several technology updates are being implemented in the Challis school district, and IT Specialist Lance Moss told school board members at their Dec. 12 meeting the main focus has been integrating Office 365.

Christmas trees are selling fast at Round Valley Supply in Challis, and Cody Bailey said when they’re out, they’re out.

Lemhi County received $2.1 million in grants to improve aprons at the airport, and Airport Board Vice Chairman Jim Crawford said it came at the right time.

North Custer Rural Fire District Chief Launna Gunderson will solicit bids in January to construct a new fire hall in Challis after receiving zoning approval from City Council members at a Dec. 12 public hearing.

After more than a week of debate between Challis Girl Scouts, entries by employees from Custer Telephone Cooperative, Salmon River Electric Cooperative and Thompson Creek Mine were determined division winners in the Challis Parade of Lights.

Holiday shoppers found plenty of Christmas goodies at last weekend’s Christmas Bazaar in Challis, some shopping for themselves, others buying gifts and others helping raise money for various causes.

Children got a chance to update Santa on their wish lists, decorate sugar cookies and eat pancakes last Saturday morning at the Tea Cup Cafe.

After Thanksgiving Custer Telephone Cooperative employees gathered and asked themselves, “What are we going to do for the parade this year?”

Idaho Fish and Game began helicopter surveys last week to determine the number of deer and elk throughout the Salmon region. Surveys will continue through January.

A packed house waited eagerly in the Challis middle school auditorium for the 30th Christmas Concert to begin, during which their host Eileen Hardy reflected on the theme of the concert. The concert followed the third holiday parade of lights on Dec. 6.

A new charter school in Salmon is one of six schools across the state to earn a grant intended to help disadvantaged and rural students.

Custer County’s October jobless rate stood a full percentage point higher than October 2018, according to the latest unemployment report from the Idaho Department of Labor.

Beginning Jan. 1 vehicle owners in Idaho will be required to prove they’ve had two auto insurance for at least two consecutive insurance in order to register their autos.

The city of Challis will update its sewer maps for the first time since 1983 following a request from East Idaho Public Health officials.

Challis American Legion members renewed a lease for a vacant lot next to Legion Hall with Challis city officials earlier this month and discussed improvements they would like to make to the building in coming decades.

The Boise physician who restored the Butts Creek fire lookout in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, leading to is addition to the National Register of Historic Places, has died.

A $150,000 grant means work at city park in Challis will proceed, Challis City Council members heard last week.

Challis High School Counselor Angela Sugden told school board members the district’s students are underperforming on standardized test and offered solutions at the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

Challis Mayor Mike Barrett said the city is awaiting a decision about supplemental funding from the Federal Aviation Administration before advancing the project to improve the airport.