The loop road inside Craters of the Moon closes for the winter, but plenty of activities continue at the national monument and preserve, according to Ted Stout, chief of interpretation and education at Craters.

Two meetings to gather input on the wilderness evaluation process that’s part of the ongoing Salmon-Challis National Forest plan revision are scheduled next week in Challis and Salmon.

Sarah Baker, associate extension professor with University of Idaho extension service, received the distinguished service award at the 2018 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents conference in Columbus, Ohio, in October.

Mr. Butts goes to Washington on a regular basis. He lobbies Congress to keep funding two federal programs vital to Custer County’s economy, schools and roads: payments in lieu of taxes and the secure rural schools program which compensate rural counties and school districts for tax revenue l…

Admit it. You laugh when you watch an online video of a cat climbing and knocking over a Christmas tree. And you want to adopt a kitty from Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary this holiday season.

A half-dozen volunteer members of the North Custer Rodeo Committee last week approached Custer County commissioners with budget questions, ambitious plans to improve the rodeo grounds in Challis and a vision for the facility’s future.

The Christmas spirit is expected to be on full display the weekend of Dec. 7 and 8 in Challis.

The kitchen at the Challis senior center was a rockin' place several hours before the traditional community Thanksgiving dinner. 

Mark Wilson’s first-degree murder trial for the shooting death of housemate Pat Brown earlier this year has been moved from Challis to Rigby and is now scheduled to begin March 25 at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

North Custer volunteer firefighters were called out twice the morning of Sunday, Nov. 25, responding to a fire that destroyed a shed south of Challis and to a stovepipe fire in Challis.

The same strain of E. coli bacteria that caused the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to issue a nationwide food safety alert just before Thanksgiving, warning people not to eat romaine lettuce, likely caused the illness that threatened the life of a 7-year-old Pahsimeroi Valley girl last month.

Planning for the development of a connected system of trails in Challis will continue, Challis Mayor Mike Barrett said last week.

COEUR D’ALENE — Idaho wildlife officials have decided to suspend the current steelhead fishing season because of a possible federal lawsuit by six conservation groups contending the state’s steelhead regulations harm federally protected wild steelhead.

The average median weekly wage for Idaho women who worked full time in 2017 was $695, or 78 percent of the $893 median weekly earnings of men in the state, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled four public meetings later this year around the state to present amendments to its sage grouse recovery plans.

A couple of financial changes are coming soon that are related to the city’s water and sewer billing system.

Challis veterans and members of the public commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in ceremonies at the Veterans of Custer County Memorial Sunday morning and a dinner at Challis American Legion Hall that evening.

The disease struck suddenly, like a bolt of lightning. The support from the community built a bit more slowly, starting with a few friends -- like snowflakes -- helping the family, but then snowballing into a major avalanche of support.

Custer County Commissioners have paved the way for North Custer Rural Fire District to apply for a $500,000 community development block grant to build a new Challis fire station, estimated to cost $1,174,000.

Idaho Fish and Game officials have added 13,000 sterile kokanee to Mosquito Flat Reservoir near Challis, providing anglers a new fishing opportunity.

With big game animals on the move, wildlife-vehicle collisions tend to peak this time of year, according to Mike Demick, wildlife biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

An expanded lease between the Challis school district and the Bureau of Land Management means an additional $52,742 in revenue annually, school board members learned last week.

Challis High School students who took the ACT standardized test to assess college readiness scored slightly behind their statewide peers on average composite scores for each of the past five years, a report shows.

Challis school board members have approved an increase from half-time to three-quarters time for the two Stanley School teachers.

The majority of Custer County voters Tuesday stuck with Republican incumbents in statewide, legislative and county offices and re-elected incumbent Commissioner Wayne Butts in his race against fellow Republican write-in challenger Jeri D’Orazio. Butts garnered 1,363 to 588 cast for D’Orazio.

Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and Challis American Legion Philip Kirk Post No. 109 members will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Philip Kirk’s death.

Challis sixth-graders trekked through parts of Yellowstone National Park in October as part of the Expedition:Yellowstone program.

Residents of the North Custer Rural Fire District have the opportunity Tuesday, Nov. 13 to comment on a proposal to apply for a $500,000 Idaho community development block grant to build a new fire hall in Challis.

An admission fee to junior high athletic events in Challis is needed, school board members were told by Superintendent Lani Rembelski.

Henry Roybal was affectionately known to several generations of Challis High School students as “Señor Roybal” during his nearly 25-year career as the district’s Spanish teacher.

Auditor Dan Coleman gave Challis Joint School District No. 181 trustees a glowing review of the district’s finances last month, saying Business Manager Shawna Getty’s books were in better shape than some accountants’.

A search of a Challis couple’s apartment that found marijuana and methamphetamine was ruled unconstitutional by Judge Stevan Thompson.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little was elected the state’s next governor on Tuesday, capping a campaign that he launched a full two and a half years ago to succeed current three-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter.