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As I have followed the mayor, city council and city clerk’s remarks on the cemetery, it occurred to me that perhaps no one is taking into consideration of what the cemetery actually is, a place that holds within its boundaries, generations of loved ones.

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Idaho’s independent and entrepreneurial spirit was buoyed when the Gem State became the least regulated state in the nation nearly two years ago. Our state government proudly cut over 1,800 pages of administrative code and showed the nation that Idaho was not only open for business, but that…

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On behalf of many proud Idaho companies in the business community, IACI is sad to see a small minority of state representatives gather for an illegitimate session at the state Capitol to attempt yet again to put big government in charge of decisions businesses should be making for themselves.

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Last week the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare enacted crisis standards of care across the state. According to Dave Jeppeson, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, "the situation is dire -- we don’t have enough resources to adequately treat patients in our hospitals, …

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The 2021 legislative session has drawn to a close — or an extended recess, at least. It was the longest legislative session in Idaho history. We thought it was important for lawmakers to give their account of that session, its highs and lows, and where they plan to go from here.

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Hi, I’m Madeline Smith and I am in Mrs. Cotant’s advanced reading class. We have started owning our “own” learning. What this means is we are working towards mastery. Owning our own learning is working at our own pace. For example, when we read a novel, we work at our own speed, so if one st…

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This last year health care providers have turned to telehealth as a solution to reach patients for health care needs. Sadly, telehealth isn’t much of a solution to rural communities lacking access to broadband internet. The need for immediate action is evident, particularly as rural Idaho be…

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As the president of the Middle Fork Outfitters Association, I represent 27 member outfitters in Idaho that take customers from all over the world on week-long Middle Fork Salmon River trips. We wholeheartedly support Congressman Mike Simpson’s bold and ambitious plan to save endangered salmo…

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The sun is beginning to rise and set later but there is still more dark than light, the temperature outside was below zero this morning, but gardening thoughts distract me from my winter activities. These are prompted by the arrival of a multitude of seed catalogs. Perusing the catalogs for …

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This has been a long and difficult year for many of us. We have been asked to wear masks, limit our get-togethers and stay physically distant from those we care about. We have canceled plans, changed schedules and stayed home much more than we would have liked.

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is forming a working group to study why so few sockeye salmon returned to Idaho this year. That’s after the run of sockeye from the Pacific Ocean to Central Idaho, forecast to be about 800, was only 27 fish.

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BOISE — Idaho’s state Department of Lands is moving forward with plans to issue a lease for a giant, 195-foot-tall cell tower on top of a 300-foot ridge smack in the middle of one of Idaho’s iconic views, the Sawtooth Mountains as seen from Stanley, even as opposition from an array of intere…

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In June 2019 Gov. Brad Little convened his Salmon work group, setting members on a mission to develop policy recommendations to restore abundant, sustainable, and well-distributed populations of salmon and steelhead to Idaho. Consensus recommendations are expected at year’s end but extension…

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This fall marks a time of great concern for the mental health and wellbeing for the citizens of our country. Our family knows loss. Cameron Wilder was 17 and wowed audiences with his singing and acting. He stood up for peers who were bullied or left out. Cameron died just after starting his …

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The Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, whose mission is to protect and advance the natural and cultural history of Idaho’s Sawtooth-Salmon River Country through preservation and education, strongly supports the Stanley to Redfish Lake trail as designed by the Forest Service. T…

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I am encouraging all District 8 voters to review the accomplishments of Representative Dorothy Moon while she has served Idaho as a lawmaker in Boise. Dorothy stands strong in pushing back against 30 plus years of federal mismanagement of our multiple use lands. She has made known to all tha…

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Having worked in many foreign countries and all across the US, I watch politics with interest. Observing the Socialists move into the Communist slot, the Democrats into the Socialist slot, and the Republicans leaning gradually into the Democrat slot, it appears to me the divisiveness within …

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County Commissioners & Sheriff, Please print an itemized list of costs for the $2.7 million including: Cost of each modular unit, Excavation costs, New employee costs, Laundry/kitchen equipment costs (or does the modular company supply the equipment?) Please provide the actual 2019 Inmat…

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It is with enthusiasm that I am endorsing Dorothy Moon’s re-election for representative of Legislative District 8. Being active in the Republican Party for many years, I have come to know Dorothy on a professional and personal level to be a caring, compassionate, intelligent person. Dorothy’…

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I have great personal respect for Hope Benedict and for her extensive service to our community, but her letter to the editor did not meet her usual standards of logical debate. She says "She (LaVerne Sessions) will represent her constituents rather than promoting the agendas of special inter…

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Voters normally replace their elected representatives when they do a poor job, but for some reason there is an effort to defeat District 8 Representative Dorothy Moon for what appears to be no good reason whatsoever.

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It is with great pleasure that we support a political candidate like Dorothy Moon. During my 20 years living in Idaho we have seen the typical politician that says one thing to get elected and then goes on to be the establishment pawn which keeps us in the dark ages. Not so with Dorothy. Her…

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For the past 6 years, I have been dealing with the results of this insidious Common Core as a tutor in our local JrSHS and Elementary schools. The kids I work with are giving up on math and their parents are frustrated to no end, not being able to understand this new direction our math educa…

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I attended the salmon recovery conference in Salmon on July 31. Rep. Dorothy Moon's introduction to the meeting said nothing about wanting to help or any ideas on how the state could help with salmon recovery. Instead she used the meeting to focus on her personal agenda on how miners are bei…

Vaccines protect us all from myriad harmful and potentially deadly diseases. They have safe and effective ingredients, have nearly eradicated more than a dozen illnesses and save lives every day. Don’t believe the misinformation about vaccines. They’re a huge public health benefit, and the D…

I work for the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Society at the Stanley Museum. Visitors always ask the same questions. Perhaps the most common question is “do we have to pay to get in?” I answer “there is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated.” This policy of free admissio…

Let’s take a moment to thank the Nez Perce for the legal actions taken against Midas Gold. This action indicates that there is problem with the stibnite mine and miners of old.

At an April conference, Congressman Mike Simpson publicly committed to restoring Idaho salmon and Gov. Brad Little announced a salmon working group. Little promised a new approach, saying, “I’m in favor of breaching the status quo.”

Among outdoor enthusiasts, the Pacific Northwest is known for its iconic salmon and steelhead that once thrived in the waters of the Columbia River Basin. At the turn of the 19th century approximately 10 to 16 million wild salmon and steelhead would return to the streams, rivers and tributar…

On Saturday, June 29, a motorcycle incident near milepost 265 on U.S. Highway 93 in Lemhi County turned many families' lives upside down. That incident will have lasting negative effects on everyone involved but I am writing this letter not to dwell on the negative but rather to acknowledge …

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The Forest Service has been inviting people to help create a vision for how the Salmon-Challis National Forest should be managed as part of the forest plan revision we began in early 2017. We are grateful that many people have taken the time to listen and share ideas, science, and even frust…

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Because of a lack of interest from participants within the Challis area, except for the loyal sponsorship from many local businesses, merchants and donors, the 36th annual Round Valley Horse on July 20 at the North Custer Rodeo grounds will be the final annual show.

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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 …

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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,…

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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.

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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…

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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 …

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.