BOISE — With $260 million in federal money at stake, lawmakers on a Senate panel voted Feb. 10 to create an interim committee to review and recommend new math, science and English standards for Idaho's 300,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Several elected positions in Custer County will be on the May 19 primary election ballot, when the field of candidates is winnowed for the general election.

Tammy Daybell was dancing in her parents’ living room in early October. The librarian seemed in good spirits and good health, according to her father. Two weeks later, on Oct. 19, 2109, she was dead. By Oct. 22, she was buried near her parents’ home in Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.

Avalanche safety courses have been hosted for 17 years by personnel from Idaho Parks and Recreation, but Recreation Education Program Director Rich Gummersall said this year they are needed more than ever.

A Salmon agency is in the running for rural transit funds provided through the Idaho Transportation Department.

More wolf hunting and trapping tags are available in the Salmon region this winter than in the past, according to a press release from Idaho Fish and Game Public Information Specialist Brian Pearson.

Many Idaho residents whose 2019 adjusted gross income was less than $69,000 can electronically file their state income tax returns for no fee.

Kyle O’Brien swore to uphold the law as a sheriff’s deputy in Custer County Jan. 21, returning after nearly four years as a Blaine County sheriff’s deputy.

REXBURG — Reporters, from as far away as the New York ABC affiliate camped out from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Rexburg police station waiting for Lori Vallow to show up. She never did.

The Lemhi County Museum entertained 1,122 people with their “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibit that was open from Nov. 30 to Jan. 10.

While the rest of the world was wondering where Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow were, the police were not, although they were keeping their cards close to their bulletproof vests.

Every year select Mackay FFA students participate in the breeding livestock project via an interview process by community leaders.

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary staff and volunteers found homes for 138 dogs, 126 cats, 16 pot belly pigs, 15 farm animals including rabbits and horses and one severe macaw in 2019, and President Tirzah Stuart wants to do better in 2020.

People get another chance to shake off the winter blues this weekend in Stanley with a hockey tournament and a big Super Bowl party on tap.

Creosote buildup is the leading cause of chimney fires, according to North Custer Fire Chief-to-be Larry Garey, and it was why he and other fire volunteers had to rush to a home on Idaho Highway 75 the afternoon of Jan. 18.

Chad Daybell and his wife Lori Vallow, the mother of two missing children whose case has become national news, are on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, but the children apparently are not.

Plans for repairs of the Seventh Street bridge in Challis had to be adjusted because of federal mandates, which Mayor Mike Barrett said will more than double the cost of the project.

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.