What patient wouldn’t want improved medical outcomes, improved quality in their health care and how they experience it and get a smaller bill for all of that?

Lost River Highway District officials want to form an exploratory committee to determine if people want to create a flood control tax district along the Big Lost River.

A hometown woman has opened a new H&R Block franchise at 610 U.S. Highway 93 in Challis between Gateway MiniMart and Service and the Holiday Lodge Motel.

Officials from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are soliciting input on road maintenance priorities.

After a 35-day federal furlough, local Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials on Feb. 11 updated Custer County commissioners and introduced two new Forest Service fire management officers.

A Challis resident dodged a blazing bullet this month when he discovered a chimney fire last Friday afternoon and threw water on glowing, red-hot wood paneling on a wall near his wood stove.

The recent conveyance of 600 acres of public land to Challis and other parts of Custer County fits nicely into the city’s plans to create more recreational trail systems, according to Mayor Mike Barrett.

Danese Maynard of Mackay woke up to the sound of her dog screaming in the wee hours Jan. 30, ran out into the snow in her bare feet and nightgown and tried to pull what she thought was another dog off her blue heeler. She was surprised to discover she was trying to break the death grip a you…

Due to an influx of students that has swollen the Challis sixth-grade population to 30 since the school year began, the class has been split in two and Kyah Piva hired as a teacher on a four-month contract, Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski said.

Custer County’s unemployment rate increased in December, the first time in months that more people reported being without a job.

Due to an influx of students that has swollen the Challis sixth-grade population to 30 since the school year began, the class has been split in two and Kyah Piva hired as a teacher on a four-month contract, Challis schools Superintendent Lani Rembelski said.

For the second year in a row Grant Parent lost to a girl at his second kids’ ice fishing derby at Jimmy Smith Lake on Saturday, but the 4-year-old took it much better this year, mom Stacy Parent said.

Ward Jones noticed the paint was blistering on the wall of his Morgan Creek modular home last Saturday morning and saved the house from burning down by busting a hole through the wallboard and emptying two fire extinguishers into the wall.

His fellow volunteers voted Johnny Gilbert firefighter of the year for 2018. The award was announced at the Jan. 26 firefighters’ appreciation dinner.

Two kids’ ice fishing derbies are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, organized by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Jamie Hill has been fixing up and remodeling the former HUB building on upper Main street for years and rented it to other Challis businesses before recently hanging up a sign and opening his business at 301 Main.

Fifteen furloughed Forest Service employees and family members took to the streets and byways around Challis last week to pick up trash and more joined them afterwards for a potluck lunch over the grill at Challis city park.

A San Francisco man who took crystal meth to help him make the long drive to Montana to help his mother move pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine in exchange for the state dismissing other charges and not opposing a withheld judgment as part of a plea agreement.

Since Challis and the mountains to the west are in a snow drought, skiers and snowboarders should check Chipmunk Ski Hill’s Facebook page and look for open signs posted on Main before driving up Garden Creek Road to the ski hill this weekend.

The first-degree murder trial of Challis resident Mark Wilson, accused of shooting Pat Brown of Challis last spring, has been postponed so Wilson can undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The perennial topics of sports and activity bus travel occupied Challis school trustees at their Jan. 9 meeting, as did board reorganization, a discussion of possible new career technical education classes and approval of an overnight natural resource education trip for fifth graders.

Travelers driving between Challis and Stanley have another reason to stop in Clayton since the Silver Street Mercantile & Goods store opened last Memorial Day weekend.

A public hearing to discuss the proposed resort tax in Mackay is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Mackay City Hall.

Judge Stevan Thompson last week ordered Angela Michelle Green of Challis to serve five years of probation on a felony perjury charge and suspended a prison sentence of four to seven years.

Judge Steven Thompson last week sentenced Justin Allan Green of Challis to five years of probation for perjury and imposed a suspended prison sentence of four to seven years.

Challis’ little rope tow that could, also known as Chipmunk Ski Hill, has been open the past two weekends, and skiers young and old have enjoyed mostly good conditions and sunny weather above the fog of town temperature inversions.

Rather than voting on individual requests for zoning variances in the Challis Airport annex area on the north side of town, Challis City Council members opted to advertise a public hearing on a proposal to change zoning in that area from a mix of residential and commercial to entirely commercial.

Custer County commissioners adopted changes earlier this month to require a conditional use permit for all mineral extraction activities including sand and gravel pits, rock crushing and rock quarries in all zoned areas of the county.

They were somewhat hesitant, but Challis school trustees voted 4-1 earlier this month to pledge up to $100,000 in matching funds to build a new regulation baseball field on school property. The field would allow baseball to be a sponsored sport in Challis and could be used for tournaments.

Voters decide March 12 whether to renew a $400,000 annual supplemental levy for the next two years for the Challis school district's operational fund.

Idaho's unemployment rate continued to drop in the final months of 2018, according to a report from the Idaho Department of Labor.

An ice fishing derby for kids is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, at Jimmy Smith Lake, in the East Fork Salmon River drainage southeast of Clayton.

Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary has rescued 379 animals since the facility opened on 10 acres north of Challis in July 2017.

The Stanley Community Library is redesigning its children’s area to offer more space and flexibility to help support two new weekly children’s programs.

Volunteers from the Challis unit of Custer County Search and Rescue found an overdue elk hunter in the Donkey Hills area of the Pahsimeroi and Little Lost River valleys and helped him get his pickup out last week.

When the torch was passed from Helping Hands volunteers to Challis Lions Club members last fall for distribution of firewood to the needy, the Lions had their work cut out for them.