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The Idaho Transportation Department is seeking input on conceptual design options to improve state Highway 75 from Elkhorn Road, south of Ketchum, north to River Street, on the south end of town, via an online discussion at itdprojects.org/idaho-75-elkhorn-road. The online discussion will be…

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The city of Ketchum is asking for public input on recycling improvements to gain increased participation and reduce contamination and other negative impacts.

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The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have reached far and wide—but the hospitality industry was hit especially hard. Most people stopped traveling, leaving businesses from hotels to cafes and bars seeing their numbers dwindle. Many stopped eating out, leaving restaurant operators wo…

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Ketchum City Councilman Jim Slanetz, left, Mayor Neil Bradshaw, Councilwoman Amanda Breen, Councilwoman Courtney Hamilton, Fire Chief Bill McLaughlin and Councilman Michael David take a break from a City Council meeting Monday to unveil the city’s new specialty fire engine designed to fight …

Blaine County deemed its COVID-19 transmission risk “moderate” once again on its risk assessment dashboard. The positive test rate for the county rose slightly from last week to 0.69%, with 3.1 average new cases per hypothetical 100,000 residents reported. See tomorrow’s paper for more infor…

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Dozens of people gathered in Ketchum Town Square on Saturday to highlight the need for workforce housing in the Wood River Valley. The Occupy Town Square Rally was organized by Ketchum resident Kris Gilarowski to demonstrate support for new community-housing projects—including the proposed B…

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The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is encouraging residents to remain vigilant and close off spaces beneath their porches and decks after receiving “numerous” daily calls about mountain lion sightings in the Wood River Valley this week—particularly in Ketchum and Sun Valley.

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Blaine County’s COVID-19 transmission risk was declared “minimal” by the South Central Public Health District today and “moderate” by the county’s own estimation. Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Idaho Mountain Express for the full story on local coronavirus rates.

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Three local cities have lifted their health orders after the CDC last week said that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in public. The Blaine County commissioners are meeting tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to discuss the countywide mask order. If you're interested, the public c…

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Three of four valley cities ended emergency health orders this week, unwinding COVID-19 restrictions and effectively ending pandemic safety rules some 14 months after local leaders swept them into place.

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The Ketchum City Council voted to rescind the city’s COVID-19 emergency health order on Monday, thereby removing local regulations and leaving the city under the state’s COVID mitigation guidelines. The decision came after a split 2-2 vote by the council, with Mayor Neil Bradshaw casting the…

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Ketchum became the third city in Blaine County to rescind its COVID-19 health order last night, following Hailey and Sun Valley. In light of these decisions, the leaders in Bellevue and Blaine County are preparing to make their own determinations on mask mandates.

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The Idaho Senate voted to adjourn sine die—effectively ending its 2021 legislative session—on Wednesday. But the Idaho House had different plans, choosing instead to go into recess, which would allow House Speaker Scott Bedke to call the House back into session later in the year without the …

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Gov. Brad Little today formally moved Idaho back into Stage 4 of reopening. The state spent much of last summer in Stage 4 of Little’s economic rebound plan, but has been in the more strict Stage 3 or Stage 2 since Oct. 26, 2020.

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Excavation contractor Carl Rixon surveys work Thursday morning on the new Bald Mountain Road to serve homes on the forthcoming Warm Springs Ranch subdivision at the foot of Baldy in Ketchum. Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw and Bob Brennan, the owner of Warm Springs Ranch, have signed an “option …