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The new realities of social distancing have caused the nonprofit Higher Ground recreation and habilitation organization to go online with group activities to stay in touch and explore alternate forms of fundraising to serve a total of 736 people in Blaine County, New York and Los Angeles.

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After weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many gyms and fitness facilities will open back up on Monday. But safety protocols implemented to limit the risk of coronavirus transmission under stage two of the state’s reopening guidelines will change the experience—and likely restrict…

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After many weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many gyms and fitness facilities will open back up on Monday. Safety protocols implemented to limit the risk of coronavirus transmission under stage two state orders will change the experience and likely restrict the number of clients…

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The Wood River Trails Coalition isn’t seeking a federal CARES Act loan this summer as many nonprofits are, but it will be looking for donors and volunteers to keep hiking and biking trails in good shape.

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Spawning rainbow trout were very evident in the Big Wood River near a diversion dam in Bellevue on Wednesday. River fishing closed April 1, allowing spawning activity to occur. Fishing will reopen May 23 for Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer.

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The Blaine County Recreation District will move forward with its summer camps by incorporating social distancing protocols and other precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  

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Under a newly issued regulation, Idaho residents will now need to recreate in groups of 10 or fewer while on national forest system lands, the U.S. Forest Service’s Intermountain Region announced Wednesday.

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The Sawtooth and Salmon-Challis national forests have developed a plan for bringing seasonal employees on board with a high priority of not impacting local communities regarding COVID-19. 

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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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Amid a pandemic, Idaho also experienced its most forceful earthquake in more than 36 years, the state’s second strongest earthquake ever recorded. Though the Custer County Sheriff’s Office reported no damage in Stanley, the town closest to the epicenter, the viewshed of the Sawtooth Mountain…

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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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The Sawtooth Mountain Range of Idaho is perhaps best known for its sharp tooth-like peaks. Many of the peaks possess imaginative and descriptive names, such as The Rotten Monolith, Elephant’s Perch, The Coffin, The Finger of Fate, The Birthday Cake, Warbonnet, The Raker, and The Arrowhead.

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    With Sun Valley’s early closure, some Blaine County residents have turned to backcountry skiing and recreation to enjoy the last bits of the 2019-20 season. While the conditions fluctuate on a daily basis, the Sawtooth Avalanche Center says it will continue to issue daily avalanche forec…

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The city of Ketchum is closing its parks to limit social gatherings in light of COVID-19, the mayor announced Sunday morning.

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Anew Cold Springs chairlift is scheduled to be built this summer and be ready to run by the start of next ski season, opening up an additional 4,200 linear feet of novice terrain on Lower Broadway run as well as advanced terrain in Turkey Bowl and in two chutes dropping into the Cold Springs gully.

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A public workshop on a proposed north-valley preserve drew nearly 90 residents to the Limelight Hotel on Wednesday, inviting those present to comment on the project after a slideshow presentation by Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw.

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The Sawtooth Avalanche Center and Friends of the SAC will host a two-and-a-half-day avalanche safety course for snowmobilers and snowbikers beginning on Friday, Feb. 21.

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     The Sawtooth Avalanche Center will host a two-hour Spanish translated presentation on avalanches and snow safety based on its Know Before You Go platform that introduces basic concepts about snow, avalanches and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain.

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Early-winter snowfall built a good foundation of snow around the Wood River Valley, but as the season passes its midpoint, snowpack is falling below normal.

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     Steven Parker’s “Tubascope” sculpture has been selected by the Ketchum Arts Commission as a permanent Fourth Street installation, the city of Ketchum announced, and Parker will be paid $29,000 for his work.

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It’s no secret that gravel-bike culture has a stronghold in Ketchum, where hundreds of cyclists gather every year on Labor Day Weekend for the Rebecca’s Private Idaho race.

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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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Ten-year-old North Valley Devo Team member Tommy Hovey leads a group of youthful Nordic skiers during Wednesday’s Town Sprint races in Ketchum across the street from the post office. The Town Sprints offered classes for all ages as a kickoff for the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. The festival c…

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A Jerome man was killed in a human-triggered avalanche on Jan. 15 in the Baker Creek area, north of Ketchum. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is still working on a full report of the incident but has released a short video giving some technical details of the avalanche.

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     On Jan. 15, the Sawtooth Avalanche Center rated the avalanche danger “considerable” when a snowmobiler was killed in an avalanche near Baker Lake north of Ketchum at an elevation of about 9,000 feet.

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Community members are invited to the Environmental Resource Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, to join longtime Wood River Valley resident Ann Christensen for the center’s second Winter Tracking workshop of the season.

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The Blaine County Recreation District renewed terms for a pair of its board members on Jan. 6 during its regular meeting.

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The Sawtooth Avalanche Center has scheduled three events this week to help backcountry users learn more about avalanche formation and safety.

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The Fly Sun Valley Alliance and Sun Valley Resort have teamed up again to present Ski for Air Service Day by offering a full-day $50 lift ticket for skiing at Sun Valley on Sunday, Jan. 26. All proceeds from Ski for Air Service Day will support air service to Sun Valley.

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     The Sawtooth Avalanche Center has scheduled three events this week to help backcountry users learn more about avalanches.

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     The Blaine County Recreation District’s Ski Free Day is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 12, on all its trails countywide.