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     A former fire chief from Colorado will step in Sept. 30 as interim chief of Wood River Fire & Rescue to replace current Chief Bart Lassman, who is scheduled to retire on Oct. 3.

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     The annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival has been nominated by USA Today’s 10Best guide as one of the Best Fall Festivals in the United States. The Trailing of the Sheep Festival is currently fourth on the 10Best leaderboard, behind fall festivals in Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York.

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     The Wood River Women’s Foundation will honor its 2019 grant recipients at its 14th annual Celebration of Grant Recipients and Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 7.  According to the foundation, awards this year will total more than $267,918 and will be granted to 11 local nonprofits.  S…

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The Hailey Public Library is partnering with the Wood River Seed Library to host the second in a three-part gardening series. “Starting Cool Season Vegetables” will be offered Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

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The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is opening campgrounds along the Salmon River for the spring steelhead fishing season beginning this weekend. Mormon Bend and Salmon River campgrounds are downriver from Stanley close to popular fishing areas and will be available to the public for an ov…

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The South Central Public Health District is accepting nominations for Health Heroes 2019. Health Heroes are individuals, groups and businesses that have made a big difference in the health of residents in south-central Idaho.

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Kiwanis of Hailey and the Wood River Valley is trying to raise at least $20,000 to buy a new play structure for Keefer Park in Woodside. The organization stated in a press release that the new equipment would be added by this summer.

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Fees collected from the sale of Idaho’s “goat plate” by the Idaho Transportation Department are available to fund recreation-related projects in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Nonprofit groups and governmental agencies operating in the SNRA are eligible for grants administered by the…

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Wow: The Generosity Project, a Wood River Valley-based nonprofit focused on youth, is donating $1,400 to the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Wood River Valley to support wellness programs.

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    Two Wood River Valley seniors were on the list of Idaho students nominated by U.S. Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo to attend national military academies for the 2019-20 school year.

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Gifted and Talented students from three Blaine County public schools participated in the Southwest Regional Invent Idaho competition in Boise on Saturday, Jan. 26—and one took home the top prize in his category.

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    College of Southern Idaho’s Blaine County Center is offering a new class called “Small Farms.” The class, offered in partnership with The Hunger Coalition Bloom Farm, introduces students to solid building, nutrient management, plant production, pest management, greenhouse structures, irr…

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    On Sunday, Feb. 10, the Sun Valley Community School will once again host Innovation Day Jr., a free opportunity for Blaine County children ages 5-8 to join the school on its Trail Creek Campus to create, innovate and engage.

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    BOISE (AP)— The Idaho Supreme Court has heard arguments in a lawsuit from a conservative group challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative to expand Medicaid but has delayed issuing a ruling.

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The Chamber Hailey & the Wood River Valley has hired Mike McKenna to serve as executive director. McKenna will replace Mary Austin Crofts, who stepped down from the position last month.

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 The Idaho Conservation League will host a comment-writing party on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to gather written comments on the evaluation phase for potential wilderness designations on the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The forest is carrying out a two-year-long process to revise its management plan.

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The Chamber Hailey & the Wood River Valley will host a Wake Up Hailey event on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 9-10 a.m., at Silvercreek Living, 31 E. McKercher Blvd. in Hailey. Visit with other chamber members, Anita Northwood and Silvercreek Living’s staff.

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Exhibitor registration deadline is Jan. 10 for this year’s Wood River Business Expo, to be held Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. The event is hosted by The Chamber Hailey & the Wood River Valley, Davis Embroidery and Sun Valley Economic Development.

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    The Chamber—Hailey and the Wood River Valley has hired Mike McKenna to serve as executive director. McKenna will replace Mary Austin Crofts, who stepped down from the position last month.

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During winter, deer, elk and other animals are congregated in lowlands known as “winter range,” which is often near towns and highways. Road kills are evidence of the toll that highways can take on wintering animals.

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Exhibitor registration deadline is Jan. 10 for this year’s Wood River Business Expo, to be held Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. The event is hosted by The Chamber Hailey & the Wood River Valley, Davis Embroidery and Sun Valley Economic Development.

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    The Chamber—Hailey and the Wood River Valley has hired Mike McKenna to serve as executive director. McKenna will replace Mary Austin Crofts, who stepped down from the position last month.

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During winter, deer, elk and other animals are congregated in lowlands known as “winter range,” which is often near towns and highways. Road kills are evidence of the toll that highways can take on wintering animals.

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In its fourth annual Sun Valley residency, Ice Dance International will rehearse a new piece of repertory created by dance luminary Trey McIntyre. The repertory will be filmed on Sept. 24 after dusk for Ice Dance International’s second public television special, to be distributed by American…

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The city of Hailey has closed the play structure at Hop Porter Park on Bullion Street for safety and maintenance work. The closure includes all swings and climbing areas. The closure, since late August, will continue until further notice, pending work completion and inspection, said Public W…

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    A group of experts will share their ideas on the human experience at the TEDx Sun Valley event on Sunday, Sept. 16. The topics will include a personal story of losing sight, caregiving of an aging mother, overcoming tragedies and more. TEDx Sun Valley will begin at noon and end at 6:30 p…

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A crew hired by Blaine County has begun construction of the southern half of the Adams Gulch Road bridge over the Big Wood River. The north side of the new bridge was completed last year.

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Paulette Jordan, Democratic Party candidate for governor, will hold an open house Monday, July 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the home of Bex Wilkinson, 122 Deer Run Road in Gimlet, south of Ketchum.

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     Join the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the Idaho Native Plant Society for a relatively short, high-elevation wildflower hike to Fourth of July Lake in the White Cloud Mountains on Saturday, July 14. Participants will experience Idaho’s spectacular high mountain flora and see 30 species …

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    Opera singer Jessica Jones will deliver her musical talent at the Sun Valley Opera on Monday, July 16. She is set to perform in Carole Lewis and Ted Walczak’s home in Hailey.

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    Caritas Chorale has organized about 100 adults and children for “A Day of Hope and Light.” The event on Saturday, June 2, features a 9 a.m. choral workshop, simultaneous 11 a.m. mini-concerts with various school and community choirs, and the main concert at 2:30 p.m. at the Wood River Pe…

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    Envisioning an electronic mountain bike in your future? The BLM Shoshone Field Office is offering an opportunity to try one out on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Croy Creek trailhead, 3.5 miles west of Hailey.  Local vendors will supply the bikes.

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    The Sawtooth Association is looking for volunteers on Sunday, June 3, for its annual Work Day. The help of volunteers means the organization will be ready to open the Stanley Museum and the Redfish Center and Gallery.

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  The Sawtooth National Forest recently completed the environmental assessment (EA) for the Big Wood Travel Management Plan. A draft decision notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) have been completed and are available for review. They can be viewed and downloaded from the Sawto…

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  Nearly 400 veterans are laid to rest at the Hailey Cemetery. The city’s 17th annual Memorial Day celebration provides an opportunity to honor their service—and that of other fallen veterans—to the United States of America.

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  A free bike rodeo, designed to teach bicycle safety to children of all ages, will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wood River Community YMCA, 101 Saddle Road, in Ketchum. Sponsors are the Ketchum Police Department and Higher Ground Sun Valley.

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  Higher gas prices are here to stay—with many motorists paying the most since 2014—but nearly 2 million more Americans will hit the road for a Memorial Day getaway this year over last May, bringing the total to 41.5 million travelers, AAA reported. Nearly 220,000 Idahoans will be among them…

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The Charles Hummel Award will be given by the Idaho Smart Growth board of directors on Friday, May 25, in Ketchum, in honor of architect, civic leader and Idaho Smart Growth co-founder Charles Hummel.

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Hailey’s annual Fourth of July parade and celebration is one of the biggest events in the Wood River Valley and is considered one the best hometown Independence Day celebrations anywhere in the U.S. This year’s Fourth of July Days of the Old West Parade theme is “Stars & Stripes Forever.”