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The city of Ketchum’s local-option tax, which collects taxes from building materials, liquor sales and condominium and room rentals along with other retail taxes, saw a drastic decline in tax receipts during the three-month isolation order, which began being lifted in May. Collections droppe…

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In December, developer Jack Bariteau provided proof of the $80 million in financing he needed to continue a hotel project slated to be built at the southern entrance to Ketchum. Since then, little to no progress has been made on the River Street project, currently known as the Harriman Hotel…

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The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program has pumped millions of dollars into the local economy since early April. With more than $100 billion still available, the application period for the program is currently scheduled to end June 30.

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Movie theaters were given the green light to open last Saturday, two weeks ahead of the governor’s original plan for reopening Idaho businesses. But theaters in the Wood River Valley aren’t open just yet.

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Idaho’s phased reopening in the past several weeks has allowed for eateries across the valley to once again welcome diners—in limited numbers—back indoors. Nonetheless, curbside takeout services have remained popular for local restaurants.

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The Limelight Hotel reopened its doors yesterday, Thursday, May 21. To mark the occasion, the hotel—with the support of the Limelight Ketchum Community Fund and the Aspen Skiing Company Family Fund—donated $15,000 to local organizations. The sum was split among four nonprofits, with $5,000 g…

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Idaho is moving into the second phase of Gov. Brad Little’s plan to reopen businesses, the governor announced Thursday, giving local restaurants the go-ahead to reopen their dining rooms this weekend.

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On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced the creation of a new grant program to provide childcare business owners with funding amid the pandemic. The Idaho Child Care Emergency Grant is available to childcare providers licensed and/or Idaho Child Care Program certified and that are open.

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The first stage of Gov. Brad Little’s plan to reopen Idaho began Friday, allowing churches, daycares, and youth camps to open their doors to the public for the first time since March.

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The Trump administration an-nounced Sunday that the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program, launched April 27, had distributed 2.2 million loans totaling $175.7 billion. According to CNN, the average loan amount was $79,000, indicating that smaller businesses are being better accomm…

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The first round of CARES Act stimulus funding brought a flurry of business activity to local banks as they worked to process hundreds of federally guaranteed loans for individuals, businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the first time in three weeks, landscapers, contractors and construction crews went back to work across the entire Wood River Valley on Monday, April 20—including builders in Woodside’s Sweetwater development, pictured here. Last week, Hailey, Ketchum, Bellevue and Blaine County joined S…

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Allen & Co. cancelled its annual Sun Valley summit on Thursday, dealing another economic blow to the Wood River Valley, multiple sources familiar with the event confirmed to the Idaho Mountain Express.

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In recent weeks, local nonprofit organizations and the donors who fund them have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis in multiple ways. Some organizations are pushed to the limit while covering immediate frontline expenses for those in need. Others are facing uncertainties over the schedul…

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Two weeks ago, on Friday, March 20, Gov. Brad Little’s “shelter in place” order for Blaine County went into effect. By that point, businesses and other organizations across the valley had already closed in an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s order more or less sentenced…

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A grassy hill in downtown Ketchum known as “Hot Dog Hill” for accommodating Irving’s Red-Hots hot dog stand is expected to gain more than 59,000 square feet of retail and residential space.

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The Hailey City Council approved a preliminary plat Monday for the InnTrusted subdivision at the site of a 74-room Marriott hotel currently under construction at 711 N. Main St.

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New construction continues to bring new businesses to Hailey. Hailey Auto Clinic owner Alex Dunn opened his new garage at 610 Main St. in late 2019. Dunn, 35, traces his family history in the Wood River Valley back to the 1800s. He began working in the automobile service and repair industry …

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Strong sales from mid-December through early January helped mitigate a slow November and early December, Ketchum retailers told the Express, and a booming New Year’s crowd helped lessen the blow from a later-than-normal Thanksgiving.

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Businesses in downtown Hailey felt the love this holiday season. A walk around town on Monday yielded stories of abundance and joy brought by residents and tourists willing to spend locally.

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Resort communities are known for the natural beauty, cultural attractions and amenities needed to draw tourists. What they often lack are affordable housing options for workers looking to rent or buy a home.

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The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has rejected a proposed settlement agreement that would have changed how Idaho Power Co. customers with solar panels on their homes or small businesses are credited for the power they produce and put into the grid.

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The Bellevue City Council reached a momentous decision Thursday, Dec. 19, as council members unanimously voted to approve several applications related to a proposed subdivision in Slaughterhouse Canyon on land annexed into the city more than 10 years ago. The approved applications will allow…

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AAA says a record-breaking number of Americans will travel for the Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year holidays. The organization predicts that more than 115.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home between Sunday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 1. This is a 3.9 percent increase…

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A mixed-use building proposed by developer Jack Bariteau is gaining momentum after the Ketchum City Council unanimously approved an alley vacation, preliminary plat agreement and development agreement applications Monday.

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A proposed temporary automobile repair shop on Main Street in Hailey has drawn the ire of neighbors concerned about the look of junked cars already parked on the site.

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Developer Jack Bariteau’s long-awaited luxury hotel has finally demonstrated proof of financing, the Ketchum City Council ruled Monday, and should materialize at the southern gateway to town by 2021.

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After more than two hours of deliberation Monday night, it became clear that the proposed Marriott-brand Ketchum Tribute Hotel has gained traction in the community since undergoing a series of architectural revisions resulting in a more compact design.

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The city of Hailey and affordable-housing advocates throughout the Wood River Valley have been clamoring for years for additional housing. Momentum Development Group, the developers of Sweetwater Community in Woodside subdivision, are stepping up to the plate with the largest single housing …

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The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission approved on Monday a preliminary plat application for Hailey FF LLC for a Marriott hotel and five condominium units on a 1.85-acre property between Main and River streets.

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Prices for residential real estate in Blaine County continue to climb, with Bellevue leading the way on a percentage basis, according to data provided by the Sun Valley Board of Realtors Association.

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According to Nomadic Van business owners Ron Arnold and Gardner Cord, their dealership and rental service should be open in Ketchum by mid-December.