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Monica Gokey

As the Little Ski Hill closes in on its 80th season, it’s easy to wonder why the tiny mountain has persisted for so long. It’s sandwiched between two destination resorts: Brundage and Tamarack. But therein lies one of the marvels of the tiny mountain -- people love it because it's not like any other resort.

 

 

There is no chairlift here. At the bottom of the mountain, skiers and snowboarders shuffle into the path of an aging t-bar.

 

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As Black Friday approaches, cities in Idaho are reminding shoppers to think about local stores too.

American Express has popularized Small Business Saturday over the last few years. But in McCall, the idea of shopping local during the holidays is a tradition that pre-dates the credit card company’s initiative. That’s according to Nicole Musgrove of McCall’s Chamber of Commerce.

“I think most people try to buy anything they can from local businesses,” says Musgrove.

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City officials in central Idaho have approved allowing restaurants with five or fewer locations to open in McCall.

KTVB-TV reports that the resort town had previously only allowed restaurants with more than one location to make up just 10 percent of restaurants inside the city limits.

City council members approved the new ordinance during their Nov. 3 meeting.

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Fourth of July revelers traveling up the Highway 55 corridor will encounter a few changes at popular party spots this year.

The communities of McCall and Crouch are striving to offer visitors and residents a more family-friendly vibe.

In Crouch, the tradition of setting off fireworks in city center was started for a good reason: to draw the celebration away from wildfire-prone lands nearby.

But escalating debauchery over the years has spurred the city to lean away from a party that's become known as 'Chaos in Crouch.'

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Representatives from Native American tribes are in McCall this week to talk about how they can adapt to climate change. Donald Sampson says Native Americans are and will continue to be more impacted by climate change than the rest of the country. That’s because climate changes are affecting their traditional food sources.

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Update on April 27, 2016:  Valley County officials learned Wednesday that they will advance to the top eight in the America’s Best Communities competition. They’ll bring home $100,000 to begin implementing an economic development plan. In 11 months the contest sponsors Frontier Communications, DISH Network and the Weather Channel will assess how well the eight communities are implementing their plans. They’ll then choose three winners who will receive $1 million, $2 million and $3 million.

Rich Brown

One of the signature events of the annual McCall Winter Carnival is the giant images carved in blocks of snow. But many people don’t know that the Carnival hosts two separate snow sculpting competitions. One is sponsored by local businesses and teams can use power tools and chicken wire to build their masterpieces.

UPDATE: McCall Station Outage Resolved

Jan 15, 2016
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Updated 2:00 p.m. Friday: We are back online at these stations. Thanks for your continued patience!

Boise State Public Radio's three McCall stations are currently offline. The problem may also be affecting two translators in Cascade and Lake Fork/New Meadows. Our engineers are working to diagnose the issue and we'll post updates here as we learn more. We apologize for the loss of programming and are working to restore service as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. 

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For the fourth-straight year, Meridian chef Rich Brown won the top prize at the Idaho state snow sculpting competition in McCall, creating a 14-foot circus elephant in just three days.

The McCall competition is one of two sculpting contests held at the winter carnival each year. Local businesses host a themed contest, the state competition is later in the week. Brown took part in both and picked up first prize in the state competition.

He and his two teammates chose to sculpt a circus elephant. "It turned out very well," says Brown.

Idaho Fish and Game

More than 60 years ago, Idaho Fish and Game dropped beavers out of a plane and parachuted them into the state's backcountry. This little-known piece of Idaho history stars a crafty Fish and Game officer and a plucky male beaver named Geronimo.

Landmark Airstrip, McCall
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This story was updated July 8 at 12 p.m.

The surviving pilot of a deadly midair collision involving two small private planes in central Idaho is an aviation professor at Central Washington University.

Authorities say 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington, landed her plane in a grassy area after the Monday morning collision about 30 miles east of Cascade. The other plane crashed and caused a small fire.

McCALL, Idaho – A dragon more than two stories tall, a larger-than-life wizard’s head with a built-in kids’ slide and entwined, leaping swordfish helped this small resort town make its case to be “the snow sculpting capital of the Northwest.”  Teams of artists crafted more than thirty large and whimsical snow sculptures, which rose in the front yards or parking lots of sponsoring businesses and in a lakefront park.

Spike and Judy Baker

Snow will soon fall in Idaho's mountains, getting skiers excited for the winter. Already ski resorts in Sun Valley are making snow. But it will be at least until Thanksgiving before one of Idaho's popular resorts in McCall opens. Brundage Mountain has roots that go back to the 1920s.