Communities in the Wood River Valley are more than collections of homes. They are collections of people who traded mainline careers and higher… Read more

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Some years ago, the taxpayers of Idaho paid a lot of money to re-introduce wolves into their natural habitat. Now they are going to pay a lot of money to kill off those wolves. Does that make sense? It does to 26 Idaho Senators. Thank you, Michelle Stennett, for standing against such idiocy.…

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As most everyone in the Valley knows, earlier this month a fire was started in the common area of the lower part of Indian Creek by the use of a device called a Rodenator. This device is commonly used by farming operations and golf courses to control rodent populations that create dens, whic…

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As a concerned business owner and resident of the Wood River Valley for over 48 years, I would like to express my deepest feelings in opposition to the proposed Bluebird Village downtown Ketchum.

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Idaho is about to declare war on wolves. In a blindingly swift action, the Senate approved a bill that could enable the wholesale destruction of 1,400 of the estimated 1,500 wolves in the state. It would reduce their numbers to a sickly few.

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I would love a COVID-19 vaccine passport. After more than a year in full or partial quarantine, I’m so happy to be vaccinated I want to get the words “FULLY” and “VAXXED” tattooed on my butt and run naked through the streets. (Don’t worry, I won’t. America has suffered enough.)

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I want to correct the record on a recent letter I read about Mike Boren, who is requesting a conditional-use permit at his Hell Roaring Ranch. Mike is simply seeking this permit to make the grass pasture that he occasionally uses to land small aircraft available for emergency use—all well wi…

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I would like to correct Brian Opp’s letter of April 14. He erroneously stated the Democrats blocked Trump’s $2,000 bailout checks in December 2020. Trump made the statement to give that amount, but the GOP blocked it (thanks to Mitch McConnell and the Republican-held Senate). Trump did not c…

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As a Ketchum resident of over 40 years who lives on Walnut Avenue just one block from the proposed Bluebird Village project, I have a first-hand view of the downtown parking situation. I see available parking spots on my street and nearby every day during business hours and in the evening. I…

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The fact that it currently seems normal to throw away nutrient-rich food and yard “waste” shows us just how far out of alignment our current way of life is. It is preposterous to continue to extract nutrients from the earth to grow plants and animals and then bury those nutrients in a landfi…

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This Earth Day, we reflect on all the amazing strides the Wood River Valley has taken on behalf of the environment. Local groups like the Sun Valley Institute, Wood River Land Trust, Climate Action Coalition of the Wood River Valley, Conservation Voters for Idaho, Environmental Resource Cent…

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The Idaho Legislature became a theater of the absurd this week when its members returned from a hiatus intended to halt COVID-19 in the mostly mask-free session. Unfortunately, the hiatus did nothing to stop the whackadoodle notions and motions coming out of the House this year.

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Thanks to clever, easily digestible rhetoric from the morally and financially bankrupt National Rifle Association, Americans have engaged in years of bickering over whether guns kill people.

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For four years, former President Donald Trump promised an infrastructure proposal that never appeared. President Joe Biden has now rolled out a plan with a more than $2 trillion price tag. Stakeholders should resist trying to score immediate political points and consider instead how to stop …

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In its latest bid to become “king” of Idaho, the Legislature approved a bill that would make it nearly impossible to get a citizens initiative on the ballot.

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At the monthly meeting of the Wood River Fire & Rescue commissioners on March 17, four representatives of Croy Canyon and western Hailey presented their concerns regarding the proposed campground in Croy Canyon. They represented over 90 other property owners in this canyon. They discusse…

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My newly adopted 1-year-old terrier-mix puppy, Ranger, was screaming in fear and was running around in circles trying to escape. The big Labrador (aren’t they usually so sweet) was not playing with my puppy; he was attacking him. The Lab had been sitting on the front stoop of a neighboring H…

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We hear from the mayor that he promotes transparency in government. Some things work well; if you email participate@ketchumidaho.org, you often receive a thoughtful response. However, the P&Z process is not transparent, and should be modified.

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It has become almost impossible to walk anywhere in the Wood River Valley without being both assaulted by other people’s loose dogs and stepping in dog poo.

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Why is it that people are pouring out of blue states that have been run by and ruined by Democrats into red states, only to try and change them into a blue state, just like the state they fled from?  The reason Idaho and other red states (Texas, Florida, South Dakota) are superior places to …

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One thing I want to make clear is that Ketchum is growing and that is not really a good thing. I know that I don’t want this town to grow any more, and I also know other people who feel the same. I’m fine with tourists coming here for vacation, but people who move here from cities and want t…