Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Summer in Idaho means escaping town for the state’s abundant backcountry offerings. One popular destination is Stanley. Campsites near the small town in the Sawtooths are getting upgrades.

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The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States is located here in Idaho. Word came Monday evening officially designating the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.

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With the total eclipse just a few days away and many people arriving or in the state already on their way to where they plan to watch the solar spectacle, cloud cover could make or break watching the show in the sky. We have a look at Eclipse Monday’s forecast.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

If you live here in Idaho, it’s hard to miss stories about Monday’s upcoming eclipse of the sun. For several months, we’ve been visiting the towns and cities along the path of totality. Here we check-in with officials in Stanley, who are concerned about the crowds expected this weekend.

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With up to a million people predicted to come to Idaho to watch the solar eclipse on August 21, the sky is big business. While day turning to night is rare to see, the night sky is a spectacle unto itself.

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Most hotels and campgrounds in Idaho along the path of the total solar eclipse this August have been sold out for months if not years. But one group still has campsites available near Stanley. They plan to stream the eclipse to those who can’t make it into the backcountry.

Joan Marcus / Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Idahoans have an affinity for singer/songwriter Carole King. She owned a ranch in Stanley for more than 30 years and spent much of her time in the Gem State. But she’s not originally from Idaho, as audiences found out in a musical that’s been burning up stages from Broadway to London. The touring company of “Beautiful,” the Carole King story, is in Boise this week.

Redfish Lake Camera Screengrab

Sawtooth National Recreation Area officials are planning a 4.5-mile bike trail to connect the city of Stanley to Redfish Lake.

The Times-News reports that as soon as 2018 work could begin on the new trail, which would connect Stanley's Pioneer Park to the popular lake.

Planning for the new trail began in 2013 after the recreation area purchased a trail easement through a private ranch in the north third of the proposed trail route.

One Small Idaho Town Pitches In To Build Library

Sep 24, 2012
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When you live in a small town it’s important to have places for people to come together to create a community identity. That’s what Jane Summerville says the library is for the mountain town of Stanley.

“It provides story time for preschoolers, the only preschool activities available in Stanley. We have great book discussions,” she says. “I think more it’s a community center than anything, a gathering place.”

Authorities now say a section of Highway 75 is closed to traffic after significant growth from the Halsted fire near Stanley. 

Only those being allowed to use the highway between Lower Stanley and Gardner Creek are local drivers.  The closure is between mile marker 192 and 206.6. 

Authorities closed the highway on Wednesday evening after the fire made a 3,000 acre burn around Basin Creek, towards the highway. 

Drivers are asked to find alternate routes.  Officials it’s not clear when the road will be allowed to open to all traffic.

Halstead Fire Near Stanley Expected To Burn Through October

Aug 3, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Update: Saturday, August 4 The Halstead Fire is at more than 21,900 acres burning about 18 miles Northwest of Stanley. More than 330 people are now working on this lightning caused fire. It continues to burn through conifer forests and is moving through beetle killed trees.

Halstead Fire Evacuates Boy Scouts At Camp

Jul 30, 2012
Mardi Rhodes / Salmon-Challid National Forest

Two hundred boy scouts had to cut their camping trip short Monday and another 200 won’t be able to go at all. That’s because of a fire burning near the Bradley Boy Scout camp in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

The Halstead Fire is 15 miles north of Stanley and has burned 60 acres so far. Forest Service officials say it’s too dangerous for firefighters to fight on the ground because of fallen and dead trees. Ninety-two people are currently fighting the blaze from a distance, working to clear fire fuels and protect nearby campsites. A helicopter is also being used.