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The Sun Valley Resort has announced its plans to welcome guests back into its numerous lodging options, recreational facilities and restaurants.

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As the self-proclaimed canary-in-the-coal-mine city reopens its doors to construction, landscaping and ultimately tourists, city officials remain optimistic about the wisdom of their decision to let their public health order expire.

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There has been “really heartfelt cooperation and collaboration” from contractors in abiding with city safety standards at jobsites, Sun Valley Mayor Peter Hendricks said during a City Council discussion last week about reopening construction and landscaping.

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Allen & Co. cancelled its annual Sun Valley summit on Thursday, dealing another economic blow to the Wood River Valley, multiple sources familiar with the event confirmed to the Idaho Mountain Express.

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Local jurisdictions will vote soon on jointly tightened terms of last week’s state-issued isolation order as the total of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Blaine County hit 63. Meanwhile, the whole of Idaho has been asked to do what the Wood River Valley has done since last Friday: “shelte…

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As of Thursday, Blaine County had the most COVID-19 cases in the state. Amid the spread of the virus and increasingly restrictive guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cities throughout the Wood River Valley continues to reassess and respond accordingly.

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Sun Valley’s ski lifts sat still on Monday, hours after the resort decided to cease mountain operations nearly a month ahead of schedule to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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With local events, conferences and other public gathering being cancelled in the Wood River Valley due to the spread of coronavirus, hotels are beginning to feel the brunt of cancellations.

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Sun Valley will shut down mountain operations on Monday, March 16, after the coronavirus outbreak reached Blaine County on Saturday, the resort announced Sunday afternoon. The decision is a change of course for the resort, which as recently as Saturday expected to stay open through Easter. 

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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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     Hotel occupancy in Ketchum and Sun Valley was up 3.2 percent last month compared with January 2019, according to the nonprofit agency Visit Sun Valley, and bookings rose 5 percent.

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Fifth-generation cellular technology—a controversial topic in the Wood River Valley as of late—will be discussed at the next Sun Valley City Council meeting on Thursday, March 5.

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     The Sun Valley Tour de Force’s 2020 and 2021 road rallies will benefit The Hunger Coalition, the event’s organizer, Intrepid Events, announced on Tuesday.

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 Sun Valley Mayor Peter Hendricks, Councilwoman Michelle Griffith and Councilwoman Jane Conard were each sworn into office at the latest City Council meeting on Jan. 2.

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     Hosted by Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, a two-hour long presentation will introduce basic concepts about snow, avalanches and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. Scheduled to take place Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Sun Valley Community School, the presentation …

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Joe Hilber wrapped up his shift at midnight Thanksgiving morning, and got to sleep an hour later. Call it a nap: With a 4:45 a.m. alarm, he had plans to be at the base of Bald Mountain by 5:30 a.m., three and a half hours before the first chairlift of Sun Valley’s 84th season.

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     The Sun Valley Music Festival—formerly the Sun Valley Summer Symphony—announced this week that it will be reprising its winter season this February.

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Sun Valley’s snow guns haven’t gotten much help from the skies as they prep Bald Mountain for its Thanksgiving opening next week. October snowfall gave way to a bluebird November in the mountains of central Idaho—but things might change just in time for the season’s first turns.

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Numerous reports of unusually assertive coyotes in Elkhorn have prompted the Sun Valley Police Department to take action to dissuade the animals from hanging out in the area, Police Chief Mike Crawford said Thursday.

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A warm welcome was given at Thursday’s Sun Valley City Council meeting to the city’s new assistant city planner, Maya Lewis, who was hired last month. At age 21, she’s the youngest city staff member in history.

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Sun Valley Resort took second in SKI magazine’s 2020 Reader Resort Survey, trailing only Aspen in the publication’s annual ranking of Western destinations released last Wednesday.

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A pile of timber lies near Reinheimer Ranch south of Ketchum, the result of an ongoing tree-clearing project on Bald Mountain coordinated by Sun Valley Resort, the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Bureau of Land Management. The project—part of the nationwide Healthy Forest Initiative—is int…

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With the filing period for candidates having closed Friday, Ketchum City Council members Jim Slanetz and Michael David face challenges from former city Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Smith and frequent local candidate Mickey Garcia. In Sun Valley, Mayor Peter Hendricks and City Counc…