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The Hailey City Council cleared the Sunbeam subdivision for its first phase of construction Tuesday night after unanimously approving local applicant Marathon Partners’ planned-unit development and preliminary-plat subdivision applications.

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Following authorization from the Hailey City Council and Blaine County commissioners last week, Friedman Memorial Airport has officially secured a CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) grant of $11.4 million.

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The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission advanced a six-building subdivision project toward construction Monday night following unanimous approval in design review.

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The Hailey Memorial Day Committee has announced that the traditional ceremony marking the holiday will not be taking place this year amid continuing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

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The 2020 Summer’s End-Draper Rendezvous Music Festival has been postponed to August 2021 over COVID-19 concerns, founder Luke Henry announced Tuesday.

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In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Idaho’s May 19th primary election will be held by mail-in ballot only, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced last month.

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The Hailey City Council solidified the city’s first stage of its COVID-19 recovery plan during a special council meeting Monday, using Idaho’s Stay Healthy Order as a foundation. Effective May 5 through May 15, the first stage loosens some restrictions from last month’s isolation order while…

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Though the Hailey City Council opted to continue the proposed Sunbeam subdivision’s planned-unit development and preliminary-plat hearings to early May, a number of new project details were announced during a council meeting Monday.

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The Hailey Public Library has partnered with the Idaho National Laboratory for a series of virtual lectures on the cutting-edge research the latter organization is conducting. The first installment will be held during Earth Week on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m.

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The Wood River Land Trust opened a new short hiking trail in the Simons-Bauer Preserve west of Hailey at the mouth of Croy Canyon. The new access to open space is adjacent to the Hailey Greenway just beyond the Draper Preserve on Croy Canyon Road.

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The Hailey City Council voted 4-0 Friday afternoon to let the city’s emergency public-health order expire on Sunday, allowing construction and landscaping activities to re-launch Monday morning under a set of voluntary guidelines.

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The Hailey City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to adopt two new ordinances to ban single-use plastics at special city events and aim to increase diversity and longevity among street trees.

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A proposal from ARCH Community Housing Trust to build a 60-unit, three-story affordable housing complex in downtown Hailey received a go-ahead from the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission on April 6.

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With Hailey’s Public Health Emergency Order set to expire on Sunday, city council members convened over the web Thursday and Friday and voted 3-1 to extend the order following a lengthy debate.

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As Blaine County continues to assert itself as a COVID-19 hotspot, postal workers across the Wood River Valley have adopted new safety measures and rigorous cleaning regimens to halt the spread of the virus.

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Warmer temperatures this week have allowed a number of single-track trails to be opened in Croy Canyon west of Hailey. Several dirt roads in the area are also open for hiking and biking.

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Hailey Public Library Director LeAnn Gelskey is stepping down after over a decade in her position to pursue a new career with the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the City of Hailey announced on Wednesday.

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Following Saturday's confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Blaine County, a host of public-facing organizations and businesses have closed their doors. The three public libraries in the area have followed suit.

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It’s not an easy life for municipal street trees, according to the Hailey Tree Committee, but that may no longer be the case if a new ordinance goes into effect this spring.

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     The Bringing Us Closer community skate day, scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at the Campion Ice House in Hailey, has been indefinitely postponed.

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The Hailey City Council advanced two ordinances Monday that would revise the city’s area of impact to reflect new geographic boundaries and give residents more certainty about future growth.

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Hailey Mayor Martha Burke, third from right, swore in the city’s new police chief, Steve England, center, during a City Council meeting Monday as a crowd of local law enforcement and fire personnel looked on. “With the promotion of Steve England, I pledged to protect and serve the community …

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     A proposed single-plastics ordinance drafted by the Wood River High School W.A.T.E.R. Club advanced past its first City Council reading on Monday after receiving unanimous council support.

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Hailey Mayor Martha Burke will swear in Assistant Police Chief Steve England as the new head of the department during a City Council meeting Monday night, the city announced on Thursday.

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Citing an increase in enplanements, the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority board decided on Tuesday evening to approve a $71,350 work order with Boise-based T-O Engineers, allowing the airport to move ahead on a summer parking lot expansion project.

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A three-story, 16-unit residential complex set for the northeast corner of Silver and River streets in Hailey received unanimous recommendation for council approval from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday evening.

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The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission will take another look Monday, March 16, at a 60-unit housing project proposed for the former Blaine Manor site on Main Street after the commission decided on Thursday night to continue the project’s planned-unit development hearing.

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     The Valley Chamber is inviting business leaders and the general public to this month’s free Business After Hours networking event from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at Café Della in Hailey.

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Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Ron Bateman has been given the green light to create a proposal alongside Hailey Fire Chief Mike Baledge for consolidation of both departments into a single agency, a subject that as been on and off the table for over two decades.

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There’s little question that rising home prices in Hailey have led some residents to explore new affordable housing options. One such avenue is renting—or renting out—an accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, perhaps better known as a “mother-in-law apartment.”

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     Hailey resident Mike McKenna was appointed to the Hailey Tree Committee on Monday, following former board member Nelson Mills’ resignation in 2019.

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The Bellevue City Council expressed strong support Monday for extending an area-of-city-impact boundary on the east side of state Highway 75 from Bellevue all the way to the Hailey city limits, in an effort to control entirely a 227-acre farm field for annexation.

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Hailey city officials hope that recent revisions to its area of city impact will provide a buffer between Hailey and Bellevue—though an overlap between the two cities’ areas of city impact remains unresolved.

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Over the past 13 years, Hailey has enjoyed roughly $6 million in revenue from local-option taxes imposed on car rentals, lodging, alcoholic drinks and restaurant meals. But a potential roadblock to the system lies ahead: Under Idaho code, only resort cities with a population under 10,000 can…

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     Hailey Mayor Martha Burke and Assistant Police Chief Steve England recognized three officers on Monday for their career achievements.

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     The newly formed Young Professionals Network will meet at the Sawtooth Brewery taproom in Hailey on Thursday, Feb. 13, for a networking event beginning at 5:30 p.m.