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Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.4% in January, as more Idahoans continue to return to work after the jobless rate hit a historic high of 11.6% last April, the state Department of Labor reported.

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There is a rebirth in the ski pole industry and it’s happening right here in Ketchum.

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The city of Hailey approved 133 new residential units in 2020—up a whopping 177% from the 48 units it approved in 2019, according to a year-in-review staff report released last month.

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Nonprofits contribute significantly to the culture, education and health of the Wood River Valley’s residents. They also create hundreds of jobs and heavily impact the local economy. Dozens of these organizations figure in locally in large and small ways: chess clubs, food banks, library sup…

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Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, down one-half of a percentage point from November’s rate of 4.9 percent and 7.4 percentage points below a historic high of 11.8 percent in April, the state Department of Labor reported.

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Since kicking off last spring, the Small Business Administration’s forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans have provided a lifeline for numerous businesses, contractors, sole proprietors and nonprofits in the Wood River Valley.

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Beginning with money provided to three local agricultural enterprises, a new program of the nonprofit Sun Valley Institute for Resilience will help businesses expand their “regenerative, sustainable and resilient practices,” the institute announced this month.

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Guests occupied 29 percent fewer hotel rooms in the Sun Valley destination last month compared to November 2019, according to data from travel organization Visit Sun Valley, while the average daily room rate those guests paid in November rose nearly 20 percent.

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Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in November and nonfarm payrolls regained 6,200 jobs during the month, as the state’s economy continued to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 1,433 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide on Wednesday, raising the total to 125,452. Of those, health officials continue to monitor an estimated 75,469 active cases.

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In a unanimous vote Monday, the Hailey City Council launched a new municipal small business grant program that will distribute up to $200,000 to Hailey businesses using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act relief funds allocated to the city.

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed tourism and the economy of the Wood River Valley, but business operators are adapting and the outlook for the winter remains cautiously positive, a panel of area business and marketing experts said Monday.

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Following failed grassroots efforts to get a moratorium in the Wood River Valley against fifth-generation cell phone technology, 5G is now available in Ketchum through T-Mobile, according to the company.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare counted 473 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 22,707. Health officials consider the virus a contributing factor in 217 deaths statewide, seven more than yesterday. Of the grand total, 8,207 have recov…

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As more than 10,000 sheep in about a dozen flocks near the end of their annual foraging in the mountains around the Wood River Valley, the ranchers who own them expect to face a challenging market for the sale of their lamb and wool products.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported another 528 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 17,264. That's an increase of about 3,500 since last Friday.