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A pair of incidents at Blaine County schools brought student safety back to the fore last week. This year, though, administrators are using a new tool to help secure schools—and, they say, it’s already paying dividends.

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A small black bear cub seen wandering in the streets of a residential section of Hailey for several days last week was killed by an Idaho Department of Fish and Game officer.

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   3 p.m. Update: The fire has been contained and fire managers will remain on scene "mopping up," according to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.

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Rene Rodriguez, a former sheriff’s deputy in Blaine County and a former sheriff of Lincoln County, was arrested Friday in Twin Falls County following an indictment charging him with sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16.

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After gaining preliminary plat approval Tuesday from the Ketchum Planning & Zoning Commission, the Onyx at Leadville luxury condominium project can be subdivided into separate units for future sale.

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One in eight women in the United States will develop cancer over their lifetime. That statistic was shared from the American Cancer Society during a “brown bag lunch” event sponsored by St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center to discuss the current prevention methods for breast cancer.

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A human-caused brush fire burned 27.7 acres between Picabo Desert Road and East Magic Road along state Highway 75 in southern Blaine County on Thursday, Oct. 10, shutting the highway down for more than an hour.

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A pile of timber lies near Reinheimer Ranch south of Ketchum, the result of an ongoing tree-clearing project on Bald Mountain coordinated by Sun Valley Resort, the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Bureau of Land Management. The project—part of the nationwide Healthy Forest Initiative—is int…

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The Chamber of Hailey & the Wood River Valley is inviting businesses and the public to attend this month’s Business After Hours at the Lago Azul restaurant. It will be held at 14 W. Croy St. in Hailey on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5-7 p.m.

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     Community members are invited to attend “Science Pub: Saving Baldy’s Forest: Restoring an Icon of the Wood River Valley,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Sawtooth Brewery in Ketchum.

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     A meet-and-greet event for Blaine County School District board of trustees candidates, hosted by 5BPA WRMS PTA, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hailey City Hall, in the upstairs meeting room.

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     The Boise VA Medical Center will host a “Conversation with the Community” on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the American Legion Post 115, 220 Cottonwood St. in Ketchum. According to the VA Medical Center, the event is being held to raise awareness, share information and hear from veterans and s…

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     On Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Wednesday, Oct. 23, candidates for city offices will take questions and discuss issues in two separate Pizza and Politics forums. The events are sponsored and organized by the Idaho Mountain Express as a public service.

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     The Hailey City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m. will consider a proposed amendment to a development agreement with FAPO Holdings Idaho that would pave the way for demolition of a 1936 Forest Service building that houses the Wood River Sustainability Center on River Street, t…

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     The Idaho Transportation Department will close U.S. Highway 20 between mileposts 164 and 173 near Fairfield on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 17, as crews pave the newly constructed Willow Creek and Rock Creek bridges. The closures are expected to begin at 11 a.m. and are anticipat…

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After a full year of work, the Blaine County School District’s Finance Committee formally recommended that the school board pursue a levy totaling some $40 million for construction, maintenance and technology over the next 10 years, during the trustees’ regular October meeting Tuesday night.

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After a full year of work, the Blaine County School District’s Finance Committee formally recommended that the school board pursue a levy totaling some $40 million for construction, maintenance and technology over the next 10 years, during the trustees’ regular October meeting Tuesday night.

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The Blaine County commissioners continued to increase support for the county’s state-mandated snowmobile grooming program Tuesday, moving closer to bringing the operation in house under county staff.

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Results of an autopsy have determined that the driver of a Volvo involved in a three-person fatality in May died of natural causes. The collision, which killed everyone involved, shook the Wood River Valley community, taking the life a recent graduate of the local fire academy and a retired …

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Concurrent with a ribbon-cutting on the Myrtle Street bike/pedestrian pathway project in Hailey on Tuesday was an unveiling of a new piece of art commissioned by the Hailey Arts and Historic Preservation Commission.  The colorful sheep sculpture honors the historical sheep migration route al…

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A former Carey resident has successfully petitioned the court to deregister as a sex offender following a conviction in 2008 of sexual abuse of a minor when the defendant was 19 and the victim was 13.

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A Bellevue resident faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance following a warrant arrest that was made in Ketchum on Sept. 21 by a police officer with the Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.

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5 p.m. Oct. 10 update: State Highway 75 between Shoshone and Timmerman Junction is now reopened, according to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. Crews are still working at the scene and drivers are asked to use caution.

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     The Bellevue City Council will meet Monday at 6 p.m. to continue deliberation on a planned-unit development application for the Strahorn subdivision, followed by deliberation of a preliminary plat for phase 1 of the subdivision.

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     The Blaine County commissioners extended contracts with three agencies to provide emergency medical services for fiscal 2020 on Tuesday, part of a slew of deals renewed during the board’s regular meeting.

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After a three-hour deliberation period that drew a crowd of 150 to the Limelight Hotel—marking the largest City Council meeting turnout this year—it became clear that in order to set up shop in Ketchum, the planned Marriott Tribute hotel will need to rethink its proposal.

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is providing 5,000 antlerless elk tags for new general hunts in the Pioneer Zone and part of the Smoky-Bennett Zone in an effort to reduce elk depredation on agricultural fields.

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A jury trial involving a former Lincoln County sheriff has once again been rescheduled after the defense argued for more time to fully prepare their case. This is the second time a continuance has been given, as the trial was originally set to commence on Aug. 6.

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A Ketchum man charged with a felony DUI at the end of August remained in jail as of Tuesday. Aleksandr William Baron, 30, is scheduled for an arraignment in Blaine County’s 5th District Court on Oct. 21, at which time he will be asked to enter a plea on the felony charge.

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A Twin Falls man has been charged with four felony charges of using a stolen credit card following an investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office that determined he used the card multiple times over a two-day period in September.

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A Blaine County resident faces a single charge of felony DUI following a traffic stop on Oct. 2 that resulted from another driver’s reporting the vehicle for driving erratically.