The Idaho Department of Lands will hold a public meeting in Challis at the Community Event Center at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, to discuss changes in how mining companies pay for cleanup at Idaho mines. Based on a change in state law, Idaho is changing the way companies put up funds to cover …

The online issue of the Challis Messenger, October 18, 2018, reproduced a story from “75 Years Ago” in its “Good old days ...” section. On October 19, 1943, Mrs. Pearl Adams Grubb had received a War Department telegram stating that her son, USAAF Staff Sergeant Frank A. Grubb, born April 28,…

The Central Idaho Public Lands Collaborative met on March 12 in Challis and presented the group’s vision for the forest, known as desired future conditions. Several members of the USFS plan revision team were in attendance along with Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark.

I am writing to voice my opinion regarding the current wilderness evaluation of large sections of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. I feel that the vast majority of the areas being evaluated do not satisfy several of the definitions of a wilderness. By definition, a proposed wilderness are…

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee was set up to promote better communication and coordination among federal and state management agencies concerning grizzly bear recovery. There were four major objectives identified: engage top-level decision makers in a coordinated approach to recover …

You won’t find the About Folks We Know column in today’s paper. We are temporarily taking a hiatus from publishing the column while we evaluate its role.

One hundred years ago the final conclusive battles of World War I were being fought in Europe. They were some of the bloodiest military engagements in history. At that same time, almost exactly 100 years ago, Joseph D. Nowacki, a young soldier from Mackay, was killed in one of those battles …

As parents of children at the Stanley elementary and junior high school we wanted to respond to the article in The Challis Messenger on Oct. 3 titled, “Challis schools, students get passing grades." First, we would like to express our gratitude for the Stanley School teachers as well as the …

On Nov. 6 Idahoans can vote on Prop 2, the Medicaid expansion initiative. Idaho is one of only 16 states that have not expanded the Medicaid program which has left 62,000 Idahoans, mostly working folks, with no ability to get health care. They have been caught for five years in “the Medicaid…

I am writing in response to the article with the heading "Group questions proposed BLM parking lot" on the front page of the  Sept. 20 edition of The Challis Messenger.

As we are looking ahead to the election for Custer County commissioner it would be catastrophic to change county leadership at this point, while we are involved in a national forest planning process that will impact our community for probably at least 20 years into our future.

This note is to the low-life (-lives) who stole three of my adult turkeys from the Mountain Springs Canyon ranch about a month ago.

The political divisiveness in Washington, D.C., may make advancing sensible legislation seem nearly impossible. But, legislation ending fire borrowing was pushed over the finish line by a group of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and both Houses of Congress. I have been proud to be a p…

The 2018 Idaho legislative session is over, and from my perspective as a member of the State Board of Education, it was a good, productive session for public education in Idaho — from kindergarten through college.

There’s still time. To ensure an accurate representation of the agriculture industry in this country, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has extended the 2017 Census of Agriculture response deadline through spring, and the Rural Coalition/C…

In 1992, the Idaho House of Representatives passed House Bill 756, creating the Idaho Housing Trust Fund. At the time, a responsible Legislature realized that creating pathways to safe and decent housing for hardworking Idahoans and low-income households was in the best interests of all Idah…

Jordan Chesler is a rural middle school counselor in New Plymouth, Idaho. She commutes 90 miles round-trip every school day from Nampa, straining an already limited budget with an additional $160 of gas expenses every month.

A typical family of four will get a $2,059 tax cut. Lower-middle and middle income families can save time and money on tax preparation due to the near doubling of the standard deduction and other simplifications. According to more than 100 economists, “economic growth will accelerate” under …

When it comes to forest management, controversies about forest fires, litigation, clearcuts and agency gridlock often dominate the headlines. But behind the scenes, Idahoans are writing several success stories that don’t often make the news.

America is in the midst of a full-blown crisis brought on by a groundswell of sexual harassment claims and a social media fervor surrounding #MeToo.

If you attend an Idaho college or university, it’s more likely than not you won’t graduate. Meanwhile, state officials are pushing to achieve the goal of by 2020 at least 60 percent of young Idaho adults receive a college degree or certificate. This is akin to filling an apartment complex wh…

Kudos to East Idaho Credit Union for leading the way – oh so brightly – and beginning what we hope becomes a new Challis tradition.

The forest has prepared a draft assessment that examines existing conditions of resources, uses and influences on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. This forest-wide assessment of 15 ecological, social and economic topics is part of the initial phase of forest plan revision. A draft prelimi…

This column is part of a series designed to carry on a discussion with Idahoans about the comprehensive tax reform efforts underway. This guest column, as well as the other tax reform-related op-eds in this series and links to cited reports and proposals, can be viewed on my official website…

Thank you, Challis-Mackay River Cats, for an amazing season! Yes, our season came to an end today on the losing end of the consolation championship game, but we won on so many levels this season that I cannot be more proud of each and every one of you players and coaches! So without getting …

“If I find a twenty dollar bill on the sidewalk, it feels good, but I’m not going to count on it to pay the bills.” (Tom Selleck)

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 4, 2016, a fire tore through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Challis Field Office destroying the building, leaving layers upon layers of charred debris. During those morning hours, 26 amazing volunteers from the Challis Volunteer Fire Depart…

With another school year starting, it is important to reflect on the many great things happening in Idaho public schools. This spring, two Idaho high school students were named Presidential Scholars, one of the highest academic honors in the country. New data shows the state’s graduation rat…