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With Blaine County public schools closed until April 6 due to COVID-19, the school district has created a free “Grab-‘n’-Go” food distribution program for children 18 and younger. That included this stop at The Meadows south of Ketchum, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The district handed out 2…

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Many local families are just getting into the swing of staying at home together during the COVID-19 period of “sheltering in place.” The Wood River Community YMCA has posted a few ideas and resources for homebound families looking for ways to pass the time productively.

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Schools across the Wood River Valley are temporarily closing their doors after cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, were confirmed in Blaine County over the weekend.

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A scheduled Blaine County school board meeting Monday night to discuss a potential upcoming levy has been canceled.

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The College of Southern Idaho's Blaine County Center and three private or charter K-12 schools in the area are temporarily closing their doors after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Blaine County.

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     The Blaine County School District Board of Trustees will meet next week to talk about what an upcoming levy might look like.

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    A visiting author hosted by the Blaine County School District this week encouraged the district and Wood River Valley community to build an “honest, thoughtful, ongoing conversation” with each other, a goal the district says it’s taking to heart.

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     The grassroots organization Reclaim Idaho journeyed to Ketchum on Saturday, Feb. 22,  in search of support for its “Invest in Idaho” ballot initiative, which would increase statewide K-12 funding by $170 million if it receives voter approval.

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The Blaine County School District will put a levy for building repairs, additions and technology on the ballot in August, the school board decided Tuesday—but the timing of the election could be complicated by a bill in the Idaho Legislature.

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     The author of a book about public education will appear at a series of events hosted by the Blaine County School District and various community partners next month.

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It’s a big year in the statehouse for education, the governor’s top priority of 2020, as lawmakers gear up to once again tackle teacher pay, Idaho’s public school funding formula and other ongoing issues.

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     Over a dozen ­dancers from Footlight Dance Company will present a free show titled “Idaho Bird Migration” at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 10 a.m.

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More than 200 Wood River High School students presented their Personal Projects at the school’s commons and gym on Tuesday. Students chose their own projects and the criteria by which they would be graded. On left, Timbra Hampton poses with her wakeboard. Hampton built the base of the board …

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The Blaine County School District didn’t present the results of its 2019 Community Survey as expected on Tuesday night, citing legal concerns about some of the results.

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     The Community Library in Ketchum is hosting free weekly English classes on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m., and French classes on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.

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The Blaine County school board passed the gavel to Keith Roark in his first meeting as a trustee, unanimously electing the Zone 3 representative chairman of the board Monday night. 

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     The Blaine County school board passed the gavel to Keith Roark in his first meeting as a trustee, unanimously electing the Zone 3 representative chairman of the board on Monday night. 

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     Fifth-graders and their parents have a choice for middle school in the Blaine County School District, and this week they can check out both options with a pair of scheduled open houses.

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A new year brings a new board to lead the Blaine County School District. Three new members will sit on the five-person panel at the trustees’ annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 13, looking to add stability—and transparency—to district management after a tumultuous year.

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     Reverse back-up alarms on school buses will continue at least until March in north Woodside in Hailey, despite objections from neighbors about the noise they produce.

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     Beginning Jan. 21, the Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center will offer “Science After School,” a program for fourth- and fifth-graders, at Alturas Elementary School in Hailey. The six-week program involves students with the natural environment through outdoor adventures and exploration.

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More than 1,700 people responded to the Blaine County School District’s 2019 Community Survey, according to the Idaho School Boards Association, which will now comb through the information before presenting it to the school board next month.

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After gathering feedback in Hailey, Ketchum and Carey, the Blaine County school board is zeroing in on its plan to ask voters for a plant facilities levy sometime next year. First, though, it wants to hear more—particularly from people who aren’t affiliated with the schools.

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Members of the Blaine County School District’s school board and Finance Committee will meet to weigh public input and refine a prospective plant facilities levy pitch tonight, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Community Campus in Hailey.

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After a month of coding, seventh-grade students Ellis Mallet, center, and Ozzie Scherer let their drone take flight during a performance at Wood River Middle School on Friday, Dec. 13. Using the same testing and design procedures followed by the world-renowned drone production company Verity…

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     Members of the Blaine County School District’s school board and Finance Committee will meet to weigh public input and refine a prospective plant facilities levy pitch on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.

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     Thanks to a grant from the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the Bellevue Public Library will offer its first Idaho Let’s Talk About It series of book discussions beginning Jan. 9.

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Nearly 1,000 people have taken the Blaine County School District’s community survey, and the board of trustees is hoping to pull more responses before the poll wraps up on Dec. 21.