Democrat Jon Glick of McCall is making his first run for public office against three-term Republican incumbent Rep. Terry Gestrin of Donnelly for the District 8B position in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Janice McGeachin, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, is an outspoken opponent of Medicaid expansion and introduced the successful resolution at June’s state Republican Party Convention to oppose it.

Candidates for the Custer County Commission and Legislative District 8 are expected to participate in an Oct. 24 meet the candidates event in Mackay.

If a cold wind hadn’t been blowing, you likely could have heard a pin drop outside the Mackay American Legion hall the evening of Oct. 13.

Challis matriarch Madge Yacomella has again rallied the troops of local cooks and helpers to serve a traditional harvest dinner at Challis Community Church at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

Republican Rep. Terry Gestrin wants to serve a fourth term in the Idaho House because he enjoys serving people and believes his experience is needed.

All five senior boys who make up half of the royal court for Challis High School’s homecoming celebration are the sons of a Challis Junior-Senior High School teacher. The moms of all five of the young men teach at the Challis school.

Field days to review potential wild and scenic river eligible segments in the Salmon-Challis National Forest have been scheduled, and interested people may participate.

The American Legion Post in Mackay has scheduled a ceremony to formally rename the Legion Hall the Joe Nowacki Memorial Hall and Community Center.

A Mackay man was placed on probation by Judge Stevan Thompson last month when the judge went along with an Idaho Department of Correction recommendation.

Wayne Butts has beem a Custer County commissioner for 15 years and is seeking re-election to a two-year term for the District 1 seat in the Nov. 6 general election.

Challis resident Jeri D’Orazio says he is running as a write-in candidate against fellow Republican Wayne Butts for the Custer County Commission District 1 position for several reasons.

October’s cooler and shorter days and rain have allowed fire managers on the Salmon-Challis National Forest to lift road and area closures for the Rabbit Foot and Prospect fires. But, the two large fires are expected to smolder until they’re buried under a blanket of snow.

The unemployment rate in Custer County dropped again in August, according to data from the Idaho Department of Labor.

The steering committee which oversees the Albertson Family Foundation 5th Day Learning Grant programs in Custer County has been awarded an additional $12,500 for funding as the second year kicks off.

Forest Service employees should be out and about on forest roads and in developed and dispersed recreation sites in the near future, gathering survey data from forest users.

Judge Stevan Thompson last month accepted a guilty plea from a visitor accused of felony possession of cocaine at the Braun Brothers Reunion concerts in Challis the second weekend of August.

A new, late-season fire detected in the wilderness last week had burned more than 7,000 acres by early this week and prompted the closure of the Boundary Creek Road into the popular Boundary Creek launch site on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

The possibility of requiring background checks for all volunteers and employees of Joint Challis School District No. 181 came up again at the board’s September meeting.

The No. 1 priority of the Challis school district is academics, Superintendent Lani Rembelski told trustees in her first report of the new school year.

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office handled 73 offenses in 2017, 14 percent fewer than the 85 reported the prior year, according to data tracked by the state.

Now that school is back in session and temperatures are dropping, more activities are planned inside the Challis Public Library, library Director Becky Mitchell says.

Custer and Lemhi county residents can offer their opinions and input about recreation management during eight upcoming community consultation sessions.

Friction between metal on a forklift or metal bands on a shipping pallet on a concrete floor likely caused a spark that ignited dust with flammable chemicals to start the Aug. 16 fire at Thompson Creek Mine.

A headline and news story in the Sept. 6 issue of the Messenger incorrectly attributed the source of a scholarship awarded during the Custer County Fair.

Seasonal road closures within the north zone of the Salmon-Challis National Forest have already begun and will continue for the next few months.

Idaho Cobalt Project personnel are on schedule to start underground mining and begin producing a cobalt-copper concentrate by the third quarter of 2020, mill Superintendent D.J. Patrick told Challis senior citizens last week.

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