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.

BOISE — Two conservation groups asked the Biden administration to reinstate a federal monitoring program to oversee the management of gray wolves in Idaho and Montana following changes in wolf hunting laws in the two states intended to drastically reduce wolf numbers.

BOISE — Hospital facilities and public health agencies are scrambling to add capacity as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide. But many Idaho residents don't seem to feel the same urgency.

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Mackay Council members Greg Blackwell and Dean Wall didn’t support a splash park during the Aug. 10 City Council meeting, forcing Mayor Wayne Olsen to break a tie vote. Olsen supported the $42,000 project proposed by Sarah Erickson.

Two of five drill holes planned this summer at Revival Gold's Joss target in Lemhi County have been completed, company President and CEO Hugh Agro reported in a news release.

Although they are still developing an application process, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials will use $30 million to make sure Idaho school districts that want to test for COVID-19 have the option.

Idaho's iconic endangered salmon are celebrated at the Sawtooth Salmon Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Stanley Museum.

Residential additions in Challis have been occurring more than usual this summer, and according to Mayor Mike Barrett some confusion can arise when that work takes place in old town.

The Boundary Fire, burning 2 miles west of the Boundary Creek boat launch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, has grown to 309 acres. It’s about 25 miles northwest of Stanley.

Challis student athletes will ride on the district’s coach-style activity buses to district and state tournaments only after school board members chose to limit use of those buses. Board members also approved the purchase of a new yellow activity bus.

With no growth at the Mud Lick fire in about a week, some firefighters and equipment are being released, fire officials reported Tuesday.

The United States Postal Service is proposing to implement changes in the next decade to solve its financial deficit. For Idahoans, the changes could mean a longer delay in mail delivery than most areas of the country would see.

Custer County's unemployment rate increased in June, compared to May, but remained well below the June 2020 level when coronavirus shutdowns affected the number of people working.

Sewer lines for flush toilets, handicap-accessible trails and an actual parking lot could become part of Stanley city park if the community development block grant the city applied for is approved.

An appeal of Custer County’s decision to allow operation of an airstrip on property within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Multiple roads and trails in the Salmon-Challis Forest have reopened after temporary closures because of fires burning near Salmon.

With the penalty for using coach-style travel buses causing the Challis School District to lose between $53,000 and $68,000 a year for three years now, Transportation Director Blain Aldous said it might be time to switch to a fleet of yellow buses only.

Energy-efficient doors and windows, LED lights, a fresh coat of stain and a new roof are on the list of possible upgrades to the Challis Airport pilots’ lounge after $30,000 in supplemental CARES funds became available from the Federal Aviation Administration.

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be more dangerous than other versions has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus, internal documents show.

After pulling in three dozen or so diners at its grand reopening on July 7, attendance at the thrice-weekly lunches at the Challis senior center has been extremely low, Site Manager Kellie Wahlstrom said.

The Custer County Fair returns to Mackay next week with its usual full schedule after last year’s event was slightly pared down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Idaho Transportation Board members are expected to decide today if semitrailers weighing up to 129,000 pounds will be allowed on U.S. Highway 93 between Challis and Arco.

Custer County Commissioners raised daily and single-use rental fees at the county fairgrounds in Mackay after a July 12 public hearing on the matter.

Challis students and teachers will use a science curriculum from the Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt publishing company for the next five years after school board members approved the $48,000 purchase.

Auto, dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle drivers generally go too fast as they traverse Smelter Avenue, according to Mackay residents who spoke at their council's July 13 meeting. And they want the Custer County Sheriff's Office to do something about it.

As part of an effort to train Idahoans for their preferred careers and create more skilled workers, people can now mix career exploration with summer fun through two online programs aimed at children.

Proud Source Water and K Squared Construction employees could have new housing options in Mackay once recently permitted apartments are built in  Industrial Park.

The volleyball section of Kids' Park in Mackay could be turned into a splash park, depending on what City Council members decide at their Aug. 10 meeting.

Jeff Wells, a member of the Mackay Airport Board will have easy access to his new hangar, once it's built, after City Council members signed off on their first hangar lease contract last week.

Burn restrictions implemented earlier this month in Lemhi County have been lifted by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The Central Idaho dispatch zone, which includes the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Bureau of Land Management lands in the Challis and Salmon districts, state-owned lands in the region and private forest lands, was moved to extreme fire danger July 15. Stage one fire restrictions are in effe…

Prices for building permits and other planning and zoning fees increased July 7 after Custer County commissioners approved a new fee plan.