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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. 

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